Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Isn’t it true that only the rich can afford religion? Radhanath Swami…

By on September 15, 2010 in Insights with 34 Comments

man-prayingQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Isn’t it true that only the rich can afford religion?

Radhanath Swami: I remember, when I was child there was a song I listened to. It’s called “All my trials Lord, will soon be over.” One stanza in this song said, “If religion is that a thing that money could buy, the rich would live and the poor would die.”

Religion is not for the rich or for the poor. Religion is for the sincere. And whatever situation we are in, we could make the best of it. I had a close friend,  Bhakti Tirtha Swami Maharaj. He was born in a violent, poverty stricken ghetto of America. He was from the minority, an African American who was suppressed and depressed. His father left before he was born and his widowed mother had to raise him and the other children. He never had more than a few pieces of clothes to wear. But yet, whenever a friend of his came to his house, and the friend’s clothes were torn or too old, his mother would give her own son’s clothes to that friend. She wanted to teach him the virtue of compassion; she was a God conscious woman. Making sacrifices for the welfare of others, to help others, and to show compassion—that is real wealth. A poverty stricken person with a sincere, honest and compassionate heart has billions of times more wealth than a billionaire who is greedy and egoistic.  Real wealth is internal.

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  • Madhura

    Maharaj has so nicely expalined about the meaning of religion.

  • nitin gupta

    “Religion is not for the rich or for the poor. Religion is for the sincere” So truly said thank you maharaj for clearing my doubts

  • Anil Timbe

    “Making sacrifices for the welfare of others, to help others, and to show compassion—that is real wealth.” such a deep statement by Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Parag Udeshi

    Maharaj is giving hope that God is for everybody and to reach him sincerity is the way.

  • Really nice explanation by Radhanth Swami about religion

  • Nice explanation about Religion by Radhanth Swami..thanks

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Its so inspiring to hear about the life of bhakti Tirtha swami. This proves that if a person is sincere, irrespective of his social background, the lord will use him as His instrument to serve the humanity.

  • jyoti Chilka

    Great Info given, Thank you very much Maharaj, Dandavat Pranam

  • Santosh Mamdyal

    Very nice info by Radhanath Swami. We can surely make great progress if we simply understand the point which he is trying to tell us.

  • anjanadri

    Radhanath swami has shared a beautiful story of Bhakti tirtha swami, which is a lesson to us so that we are sincere in our search for God

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    This beautiful explanation throws light on the world scene today as to why along with more material wealth there is more unhappiness, violence and anger.

  • H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has nicely explained what is real wealth. “Making sacrifices for the welfare of others, to help others, and to show compassion—that is real wealth. A poverty stricken person with a sincere, honest and compassionate heart has billions of times more wealth than a billionaire who is greedy and egoistic. Real wealth is internal.” Thank you so much for this message which can open the eyes of those who are running just for money and nothing else.

  • Vidya Patham

    ‘Religion is not for the rich or for the poor. Religion is for the sincere.’ Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us this profound thought to meditate on.

  • meghana

    Thank u swamiji for such a wonderful teachings

  • Sumit

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami. A true religion does not put forth any such condition, rather it’s beyond material conditionings.

  • Pranav Gore

    PAMHO. Religion is aloof from money, here only consciousness matters.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami quoting His best friend HH Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj nicely put forward the real wealth, the internal wealth.

  • Rohit

    Amazing.. “Religion is not for the rich or for the poor. Religion is for the sincere” .. So True.!!

  • Rajesh Lad

    All glories to HHBTSM
    All glories to HHRSM for sharing that with us..

  • religion is for everyone as we are all His children. He would never discriminate but to understand this we need spiritual masters like H.H.Radhanath Swami to make us realise this fact

  • Abhijit Toley

    “Religion is not for the rich or for the poor. Religion is for the sincere.” Super! Another Radhanath Swami special!

  • ks Subramanian

    Radhanath swami demonstrates what he preaches in his dealings with everyone. An inspiration to all!

  • Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj has wonderfully put forth the real requirement to be religious – Sincerity

  • Gurrappanaidu

    “Real wealth is internal “..Maharaj nicely said.

    All glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

    Thanks for sharing us.

  • Sunny

    amazing read! Radhanath Swami’s conclusion is as usual brilliant – Making sacrifices for the welfare of others, to help others, and to show compassion—that is real wealth

  • Sujata

    Perfectly answered!

  • surekha

    Very profound answer.

  • rekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for showing us the example of Bhakti Tirtha Swami as a very compassionate soul.

  • kamlesh

    thanks gurudev

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for demonstrating how real wealth is real wealth that counts.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Jai Gurudev such a wonderful answer ..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer! True, real wealth is internal and the virtues that you possess – kindness, compassion, loving nature, sharing, caring, etc which money cannot buy!

  • anashree

    Thank you Maharaj for a nice explanation.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! Religion is not for the rich or poor but for the sincere seeker of truth. Real wealth is compassion!

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