Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How to Cultivate Enthusiasm and Determination in Bhakti? Radhanath Swami Provides Tips

By on January 12, 2011 in Insights with 58 Comments

Cultivating Enthusiasm and DeterminationQuestion to Radhanath Swami: I am very much interested in Bhakti Yoga. But how do I cultivate enthusiasm and determination to remain steady on this path?

Radhanath Swami: How do you cultivate a plant? You have to protect it and you have to water it. If you’re growing a flower in your garden you must protect it from being ripped out, from being trampled on, from being choked by weeds, and you also have to put water on it. So that is how enthusiasm and determination are also developed. If you engage in sense gratification, it’s like choking whatever little enthusiasm and determination you have with the weed of sense enjoyment. Sense gratification very much deters the growth of our enthusiasm and determination. And offenses to others are like an elephant, trampling on that little seed of determination and enthusiasm. So we must protect it by guarding against sense gratification and guarding against offenses to others and we must water. We must water by whatever determination we have; we cultivate that by acting with determination. You already have determination; it’s just a matter of using it. When Srila Prabhupada was asked, “What do I do if I have no determination?” Prabhupada said, “No determination means you are an animal. A human being has determination. You simply have to choose to use it and choose to cultivate it by chanting Hare Krishna, by reading Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, by associating with devotees, and by endeavoring with great efforts.” If you endeavor, your determination and your enthusiasm will grow.

Krishna tells, “For those who are too much attached to material opulence and sense enjoyment, the resolute determination for devotional service does not take place.” Austerities cultivate determination. Good association and good sadhana cultivate determination. If you want it, Krishna will give it to you. If our desire is sincere then we will live accordingly.


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  • Gurrappanaidu

    Superb.. superb reply. Such a wonderful explantion!

    Thank you so much Maharaj for nice explanation about enthisiasm and determination.

  • Pranjal Kukreja

    Let us be determined to take this instruction of Radhanth Swami to our heart.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    “If our desire is sincere then we will live accordingly.” Having a sincere desire is the key to achieve anything!

  • Anil Timbe

    “If our desire is sincere then we will live accordingly.” This statement by Radhanath Swami really sumarizes the answer to the point.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has very nicely explained how to develop enthusiasm & determination to pursue a spiritual life. Association with pure devotees like him will help us tremendously to achieve the same.

  • Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj has provide the land of devotion that can be used to sow our enthusiasm and determination.

  • N Swaminathan

    A thorough explanation of the process of developing the taste for devotional service is given here by Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Yogesh Valhe

    Very inspiring answer from Radhanath Swami

  • Karthik

    To discriminate what is wrong and to be determined to do what is right is called determination.

    –His Holiness Radhanath Swami
    So this determination exits in all of us, otherwise we are animals. Thanks Maharaj

  • Vinay Rachh

    very nice answer

  • anand

    Thank you

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    What a beautiful answer! I especially liked the statement Radhanath Swami makes “You already have determination; it’s just a matter of using it”. We only have to make the choice to use it and cultivate it by austerities, sadhana and association.

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives wonderful explaination.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Amazing answer

  • Vinay Rachh

    Nice answer

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Very nice, simple and practical tips.

  • krishna chandra

    Protecting something valuable but vulnerable is very much desirable, specially in the all-important issue of spiritual interest.

  • Deepali Boradia

    Radhanath Swami has very clearly and wonderfully elaborated on how to cultivate determination.Now it is our job to endeveour.

  • Maharaj has given a very Graphic example of a flower, this gives a very clear picture.
    Thank You Maharaj.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Amazing. Maharaj Giving the answer in very Simple manner with great depth. Thank you Maharaj

  • Rajesh Agarwal

    Radhanath Swami’ advice is absolutely practical- be with those who possess the qualities one wants to acquire.

  • Sumit

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for giving answers to so many questions I have had before reading your answer here. Even Ashthang Yoga is based on the sense control where one must control his desires and senses to avoid engaging them in the sensual enjoyment.

  • Dr.Anjali S. Palav

    this is what i wanted to know.thnak you maharaj.

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami has very kindly answered this question giving every detail of the procedure. Let us be determined to be enthusiastic and enthusiastic to be determined on the path of Bhakti Yoga.

  • Ravi Garg

    The gardener takes utmost care in maintaining & growing the plants…..similarly, Swamiji, like an expert gardener, makes all efforts to inspire us to grow our Bhakti creeper…….

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us the conviction to cultivate determination.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami. With your mercy I will be able to have determination

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami emphasizes association with devotees to progress in spiritual life.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami’s answers are so practical

  • umesh

    explained graphically with the analogy of growing the plant, by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • nice analogy. hearing from maharaj clarifies the concepts and destroys the misconceptions. Thank you

  • malathi santosh

    I would sincerely desire to have that enthusiasm..

  • Sujit Mehta

    Sounds so simple, yet it is difficult to practice the answer lies in our determination. Radhanath Swami citing Srila Prabhupada as drawn our attention to where we lack.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very nice and wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami on cultivating Bhakti with Enthusiasm and Determination. As HH Radhanath Swami emphasises, the need for the association of Devotees and good sadhana are very very key limbs for progress in devotional service.

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect reply – the analogy with growing a plant is very easy and powerful way of explaining. Thanks a lot Maharaj for the nectar.

  • indresh

    thank you radhanath mahraj , for telling how to cultivate the enthusiasm .

  • Pankaj

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for your SAAS formula to cultivate determination:
    S – no Sense gratification
    A – Austerity
    A – Association
    S – Sadhna.

  • Ketan Pendse

    Maharaj is explaining very nicely how to protect our bhakti and its ingredients…. Enthusiasm and determination are very important aspects of bhakti..Thank you Maharaj for guiding us….

  • Kuldeep Soni


  • Ydas

    Radhanath Maharaj is speaking the truth about determination. He is himself a very determined person so great to hear this from him

  • Ravi

    Analogies used by Swamiji are quite appropriate to make us understand the subject matter

  • Manasa

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for reminding us that only by the association of devotees and good sadhana we can become enthusiastic and be determined in the spiritual path

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    It is so beautifully stated with an amazing analogy of guarding a plant.

    Thank You Maharaj.

    Hare Krishna

  • madhura

    Amazing!Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us.

  • Naveen

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful explanantion.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How True, If we take due diligence to protect our Bhakti then we are sure to help it grow and keep our enthusiasm rising.

    Hare Krishna

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Thank you so much Maharaj for explaining such complex matter in very simple way.

  • madhura

    Thank you Maharaj for such wonderful explanation.

  • Guru

    Wonderful explanation.

    Thank you so much for sharing us.

  • Chandrika

    Thank you for this inspiring post.

  • Sunny

    very clearly lets us know the obstacles & solution in path of cultivating enthusiasm and determination…

  • Milind M Churi

    True it is.How much strong desire of ours to be determined in our spiritual life is important.The ultimate resolutions to the obstacles on the path will follow soon we perfect our determination.Thank you very much.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb explanation as to how to be determined and enthusiastic! Thank you.

  • sunny

    powerful conclusion: “If you want it, Krishna will give it to you. If our desire is sincere then we will live accordingly.”…

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Good association and good sadhana!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very important to have enthusiasm and determination in order to progress in spiritual life. Thank you for highlighting this.

  • sandeep kamat

    Maharaj. I am extremely grateful for this statement.

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this very inspiring article on the need to act with determination and enthusiasm on the path of bhakti!