Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Is it possible to achieve social equality through bhakti? Lets hear from Radhanath Swami…

By on September 15, 2010 in Insights with 44 Comments

sage seeing everyone equallyQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Is it possible to achieve social equality through bhakti?


Radhanath Swami: Certainly. Krishna tells in Gita that a bhakti yogi sees everyone with an equal vision.

“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and an outcaste.”

How does a person see with an equal vision? By seeing the eternal soul within the heart of every living being. When we realize our own soul, we can perceive the soul in others, the sacred diving spark of life, the part of God, the atma. And then, there can be nothing but love and respect for every living entity. Universal brotherhood is spontaneously manifested in the heart when we know our father and mother. So we find the great saints of great traditions throughout history offering respect, love, and compassion to all living beings.

In the epic Chaitanya Charitamrita we read about Mragari, the cruel hunter. Not only would he kill, but he would slowly kill—so that the animal suffers. But after associating with a great bhakti yogi Narada Muni, and understanding the truth from him, he became such a loving devotee of Krishna. He would then meticulously go out of his way to avoid disrespecting and harming even an insignificant ant. This is the sensitivity of one who loves God. So yes, social equality is only real when it’s actually from the spiritual platform. On the spiritual platform there is total equality because we are not these bodies. We are not black, white or yellow; we are not Indian, Pakistani, American, Russian, African or Chinese; we are not men or women, rich or poor; we are not brahmans, kshatriyas, vaishyas, shudras or untouchables. We understand these to be temporary designations.

Through political or philanthropic propaganda, to try to create equality has much limitations.
In his famous address at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Martin Luther King proclaimed, “I have a dream that one day people will be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” He was a religious man.

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  • Dr Shreyas Palav

    an awesomely amazing explanation to envisage universal brotherhood !!!

  • Sumit

    What an explanation Radhanath Swami has given here. The example of mrgari is really awesome.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    True equality of vision can come only through a spiritual perspective so we must cultivate our innate spirituality, as explained by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has correctly stated that social equality is only real when it’s actually from the spiritual platform.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami has given very good explaination else people of the World think we are in to caste system but ours is a class system based on ones nature he accepts the occupation and accordingly comes under four varnas.

  • Ravi

    Nice, inspiring article by Swamiji……

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    We are seeing, in reality, how caste distinctions in the poorer nations has been replaced by (economic) class distinctions where the educated/prosperous/smart people look down upon the illiterate/poor/unemployed people. Real equality can only come through spiritual vision.

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj really sees everyone as spirit souls!

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Great explaination. Thanks Radhanath Swami

  • This is a wonderful explanation by H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj how to see every one equally. (pandita sama drishtihi)

  • umesh

    comprehensive answer to the problem of social equality from Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Clarified many misconceptions about spirituality.

  • Vinay Rachh

    very nice answer

  • seema.m.p

    True equality is only possible on a spiritual platform, because true equality lies only there. H.H.Radhanath Swami makes very difficult things very easy to understand. This is how he has tranformed many lives for good. If only the world were to follow his instructions, there will be no problems ever in this world. If only that were possible, if only this could be a reality.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    History bears witness to the fact that whenever and wherever society has neglected real religion, it gets haunted by exploitative tendencies, one section of society exploiting another.

  • Santipur Nath Das

    fantastic answer

  • saurabh

    Radhanath Swami shares a very important quality of a Sadhu, which he himself imbibes to the fullest. He because of his non-criticizing and impartial heart sees everyone with love and compassion. He shares his love of god with everyone. Thank you maharaj

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an beautiful understanding of how equailty transcends the local definitions and designations awarded to us by the society et al.

    Thank you Maharaj.

    Hare Krishna

  • Phani

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • anjanadri

    This article has very beautifully explained as to how we need to see the soul in every living entity. Thanks to Radhanath swami for this beautiful article.

  • N Swaminathan

    Radhanath Swami is clearly saying that philanthropy too has its limits and true equality can only be achieved when we move to the spiritual vantage.

  • Rajesh

    real formula for universla peace and brotherhood by Radhanath Swami!!

  • Anoop Goyal

    Truly spirituality is required to see everything equal

  • Perfectly logical:
    As soon as we come down to bodily platform there can not be equality because body implies designation, and there are so many varieties of designations. But at spiritual platform we all can be united because every soul is part and parcel of one Supreme Lord. Then where is the question of distinction.

  • Mitali kallianpur

    Very nice article.Thanks for sharing.

  • Ankush

    This is actual brotherhood …

  • vaishali kamat

    If every one in the world learn to live as per the teachings of the Bhagavat Gita, the world would be one big family. We can see this from Radhanath Swami’s life.

  • Manasa

    Radhanath Swami clearly explains here only in the spiritual platform that one can see with the real vision

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As Radhanath Swami nicely answers, equality is possible only through the understanding of God and realising that every living entity as a part and parcel of God. Thank you Radhanath Swami for enlightening us based on Scriptures.

  • Sujit Mehta

    Mind boggling realization ,if only we can learn from it

  • Vinay Malani

    Social equality does not mean equal distribution of wealth. That is the communist philosophy. Radhanath Swami has rightly pointed out that social equality basically means seeing everyone with equal love & respect with the understanding that all living entities are part & parcel of the Supreme Lord.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami makes things so clear that anyone can understand the message

  • Arabinda Sahoo

    Hare Krishna.
    As Maharaja pointed out with spiritual knowledge only can come true equality.

  • ks Subramanian

    Radhanath Swami restores religion to its prestine glory by his wonderful explanation. The social reformers pale in comparison!

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Spirituality seems to be the only way as spiritual people are selfless like Radhanath Maharaj. They have no agenda of their own which is what is really required for trust and for universal brotherhood.

  • rajendra desai

    EXCELLENT QUOTE

  • Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given a wonderful explanation of how one can see everyone equally by the knowledge of love of God.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    “Social equality is only real when it’s actually from the spiritual platform” ….Amazing answer.

    Every living being is part and parcel of Supreme God that is the real understanding and real equality.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Guru

    Wonderful reply ! and practical answer.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Chandrika

    Very beautifully answered.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for this article.

  • Rajaruban

    Wonderful.

  • VP Singam

    Fantastic article.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer! Great sages see everyone equally, be it man or animal. We should strive to come to that platform.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    On the spiritual platform there is total equality because we are not these bodies – a wonderful explanation on equality! On the material platform there are so many designations in terms of nationality, colour, caste, creed and many others because all these are on the bodily platform. Once we look at everyone on the level of the soul, all these designations fade away and we can only see the spirit soul. It is difficult to come to this platform but we can at least try.

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