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What is Humility? Radhanath Swami Eloquently Answers

By on October 1, 2010 in Insights with 50 Comments

Humility in BibleQuestion to Radhanath Swami: What exactly is this humility?

Radhanath Swami: Humility really means honesty. Humility is about simply being truthful. What do we have to brag about? If God does not make the sun rise, what will you do? Did you create your brain? Did you create your eyes to see? Did you create your heart to beat? Did you create your arms to act? As they say in British parlance, do not be proud of borrowed looms. Whatever we have is not ours. In the Kaöha Upaniñad 2.2.1 it is said that there is one supreme eternal and all others are subordinate to that supreme eternal. We are always subordinate to the supreme.

But yes, we have the free will to use what God gives us either in a good way or in an evil way. And according to how we use it, Karma is going to come back to us. Still, all the facility we have to either use properly or misuse is coming from a power way beyond our own. Let’s take the example of Hitler. The Lord gave him that mind and body, but he totally misused it. He used it to kill others, torture others, and thus he accumulated mountains and oceans of abdominal karmas for himself. Ultimately he was dead and gone, and his soul had to go to the next place to meet his karmas. Another example is Alexander the Great. He came and conquered parts of India. But where is he now? He was conquered by time. So everyone is subordinate to the power of God. So to be humble means to be realistic and honest. To be proud is to simply be dishonest, ungrateful and unrealistic. To be proud is an illusion. Of course, in the world today, people like proud people. But the fact is it’s an illusion. And it’s a miserable condition to the heart. So humility means to have enough integrity to be honest with the reality of our life before Lord. But it has to be practiced and cultivated.

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  • mona

    Thank u Maharaj for explaining in such a simple way about Humility.

  • Vishnupriya

    only a person whose truly humble can answer sooo beautifully

  • seema

    It does take a lot of integrity and courage to be honest.And only when we are honest to ourselves and the Lord ,we can be called humble.Thank you for this lesson on humility Maharaj

  • pranav gore

    PAMHO. I consider myself very fortunate for getting lords mercy through you. Thank you very much.

  • Humility means to have enough integrity to be honest with the reality of our life before Lord. Thank you Maharaj for this kind explanation.

  • umesh

    very simple & lucid definition of humility by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Humility simply means honesty!!!

  • Santipur Nath Das

    To be proud is an illusion… What an insight! Thank you Maharaj

  • Meera Sharma

    Very clear definition of “Humility” from Maharajah. Humility means being honest and truthful, and truth is we did not make this body, that we claim to be ours.
    It is given by God to us, so we have to utilize it for His service.

  • Sanath Shetty

    It takes one to know one. Radhanath Swami himself is such an amazing example of humility, he melts away all the stone like pride in hearts of those who get a chance to associate with him.

  • Aishwarya

    “So humility means to have enough integrity to be honest with the reality of our life before Lord. But it has to be practiced and cultivated”-wonderful definition of humility.

  • kalyani Ahir

    thank you maharaj for explanning me the meaning of being humble i really wanted to now from a long time
    hh Radhanath swami maharaj ki jay

  • suresh

    radhanath swami’s explanation about humility is very much soul touching,

  • sandeep kaimal

    To be proud is to simply be dishonest, ungrateful and unrealistic. To be proud is an illusion. excellent quote by swamiji.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    Humility is so misunderstood, but Maharaj has made it so clear in such simple terms. Jai!

  • Manish Raikundalia

    I like the connection Maharaj has made between humility and honesty. Very Nice!!

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Many people misunderstand humility as low self-esteem. But Radhanath Swami clarifies that real humility only brings us back to our constitutional position.

  • Abhijit Toley

    “So humility means to have enough integrity to be honest with the reality of our life before Lord. But it has to be practiced and cultivated.” – super quote!

  • malathi santosh

    Simple and sublime truth eloquently answered 🙂

  • Vidya Patham

    ‘Real humility means being honest with ourselves’. What a novel thought introduced by Radhanath Swami. It is much easier to relate to and practice when explained in such a practical way. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Nisha

    Wonderful definition of humility!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami truly exemplifies this rarest quality of humulity fully understanding the real owner and the supreme Enjoyer and Controller. Thank you Radhanath Swami for showing us the true path to understand these sublime principles.

  • Uday

    Most simple and down-to-earth explaination of humility, anybody can practice easily.

  • Madhura

    Amazing answer.

  • Suresh

    Very nice definition for humility.

  • Nancy

    Wonderful definition of humility. It’s really so logical but still pride so quickly arises in our hearts…

  • Thanks you very much for reminding us of the importance of humility in our lives.

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect answer – very nicely explained about Humility. Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • ravi

    Thank you very much Maharaj

  • santosh

    Hare Krishna !!
    To be proud is an illusion…What a explaination. You himself is more humble than blade of grass.

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki Jai!!

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath swami always emphasises on humility and here is clarifies what it actually means.

  • Gautam

    “To be humble means to be realistic and honest”. Thank you maharaj for such a wondeful explanantion on Humility.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    Actually it is a strain to pretend to be what you are not. Even an actor on stage needs to come back to his “real” world.

  • Arabinda Sahoo

    My gratitude to Maharaj for a great post.
    Thank you Maharaj.

  • Kaushik

    Radhanath Swami has perfect understanding of humility.

  • Anoop Goyal

    Thank you Maharaja for sharing this definition iof humility to be honest, realistic and hence be grateful

  • Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    humility means to have enough integrity to be honest with the reality of our life before Lord. But it has to be practiced and cultivated-H H Radhanath Swami

  • Ashish patil

    Humility lies in simplicity and honesty. Thank you very maharaj for the excellent answer

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    To be humble is common sense, but somehow many lack common sense.

  • Wonderful.

  • Sumit

    Nice definition of humility by Radhanath Swami.

  • Shoba Fernandes

    That is why they say Pride comes before a fall. One whi is proud, his entire life is wasted.

  • Servant

    A Profound message delivered by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj to keep ourselves humble.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Thank you so much Maharaj for wonderful explanation of real meaning of “Humility”.

  • Sunny

    brilliant explanation by Radhanath Swami…who could have explained this better…conclusion is too good: “So humility means to have enough integrity to be honest with the reality of our life before Lord. But it has to be practiced and cultivated”

  • Chandrika

    Thank you for this wonderful answer.

  • Suresh Chari

    Maharaj, what a great answer, You yourself are humility personified. Every moment of your life is full of lively examples for us to follow.

    Thank you maharaj for inspiring me an
    d guiding me through your wonderful lectures ad posts

  • Suresh Chari

    Dear Maharaj,

    You are humility personified. Every action, every word you speak gives us inspiration and motivation to progress in devotional service. You infact practice what you preach. Thanks for being the torch in our life.

  • Pranjal dixit

    Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Ankit

    has been looking for the defn of humiliity for long…this adds one more insight…

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