Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Mutual Glorification in Spiritual Circles; What is it all About? Radhanath Swami Clarifies…

By on October 29, 2010 in Insights with 57 Comments

GlorificationQuestion to Radhanath Swami: When one Vaishnava, a devotee of the Supreme Lord, praises another devotee’s devotional qualities, what should be the mood of one praising, and what should be the mood of one accepting the praise?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur condemned flattering. .In the material world people praise others because they want to get something in return for that praise: one sometimes praises a politician because one wants help from that politician’s political powers; one sometimes praises a rich man because one hopes to get some money from that rich man. That is flattering. But when it comes to praising a devotee, one shouldn’t have this mentality. It should be done as a regulative principle as given by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to purify our hearts, for glorifying a devotee has that effect.

But the person being glorified should be very careful not to keep it for oneself, for then he/she will develop serious ‘indigestion.’ Any praise that comes, one should have a philosophical understanding, “Really, I am not the doer. If it wasn’t for the mercy of great saints like Srila Prabhupada and his associates, for what would I be praised for? Would I be following the principles of bhakti? Would I be chanting the holy names? Would I be performing devotional service? If it wasn’t for the association of the devotees protecting and sustaining me, where would I be? If it wasn’t for Krishna in my heart who is giving me intelligence and abilities, giving me the power to speak, what could I do? So, we should never take credit. We should give all glories to those from whom we are receiving our power and mercy. If we keep any praise for ourselves and we think we are the doers that will create havoc within our hearts. We should appreciate the affection of the person praising us, but the content of what he is saying we should understand belongs to Krishna and to those who are giving us that mercy of Krishna.


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  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    It is so pleasing to the heart to offer appreciation to a sincere devotee.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Nice to hear Mr. Mafatlal’s honest confession….

  • Kirti

    Difficult to practice, but immensely beneficial.

  • Tushar Gaikwad

    Interesting point – we will suffer from serious indigestion if we keep any praise to ourselves. No wonder we are all so spiritually ill these days!

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Only a truly humble person like Radhanath Swami will have no desire to take credit for any of the great tasks he accomplishes, and not let any amount of praise affect him.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has nicely explained the subtle distinction between non-devotees praising others as an act of flattery vis-a-vis devotees praising others as an act of regulative principle to purify our consciousness.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has nicely explained the subtle distinction between non-devotees praising others as an act of flattery vis-a-vis devotees praising others as an act of regulative principle to purify the consciousness.

  • Vani

    Maharaj has so nicely explained the praising mood, especially the last two lines are remarkable and easy to understand.

    • anashree

      Thank you Maharaj for wonderfully explaining the differnce between flaterry and appreciation.

  • Srivatsan

    Very instructive answer by Radhanath Swami on how to receive praise from others.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami Clarifies… between glorification and flattering

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj is teaching us the true meaning of humility.

  • Anil Timbe

    What to do with the praises…so aptly described with Radhanath Swami.

  • Siddharth Hindlekar

    Wonderful…Thank you radhanath swami

  • H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has nicely explained about appreciation. This teaching can help in progressing spiritually.

  • Ydas

    Radhanath Swami gives us what position we should take when there is the slightest of praise else we can develop severe “indigestion”

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami clarifies very nicely how to respond to the praisings of others. Radhanath Swami always instructs based on the scriptures. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita krishna Says I am ability in Man. So attributing every achievment to Lord is the right attitude.

  • Nandkishor Wani

    in my really so nice to hear appreciation but provided it should be passed to guru parampara.
    although its heart purifying but very difficult to glorify to someone genuinely from heart.

  • Sumit

    Radhanath Swami has suggested very nice way to avoid the pride to generate in our hearts. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this.

  • Anand

    we think we are the doers that will create havoc within our hearts — humility will never manifest in such a heart

  • Uday

    By glorifying sincere devotees we develop the quality of humility.However we should not expect any glorification.If anybody glorifies us we should pass it on to our spirtual master and the Lord.

  • Aishwarya

    Such a nice explanation for both giving and receiving appreciation.

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath swami very beautifully explains “Mutual Glorification.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Very nice. Thanks for enlightening us Maharaj. Hari Bol!!

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    Sometimes this glorification results in pride, and Maharaj has very carefully explained this. Jai Maharaj!

  • Gopinath Chnadra

    The philosophy of the Hare Krishnas is so deep…. even mutual glorification behind it……

  • Meera Sharma

    Very important instructions of Maharajah. Devotee glorifies other devotee,because of their simple heart and non -envious nature. When we recite All Glories to Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupad, there is no room left for our glorification.

  • Bhaskar

    Thanks Radhanath Swami Maharaj for giving such lucid explanation.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Offering sincere praise to devotees is one of the greatest joys of the heart.

  • Ranjeet

    nice one…

  • N.Swaminathan

    And once Radhanath Swami Maharaj said that we must be careful not to be proud of our humility. High standards aren’t got so easily.

  • umesh

    marvelous understanding of the devotees’ glorification in the spiritual circles by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • krishang

    wonderful,thank you

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami truly cares for us. He warns us of the dangers of becoming proud while we are practicing spirituality.

  • Mitali kallianpur

    Thank you for making us understand this point.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very nice reply…..Swamiji himself follows this principle sincerely in his life & teaches the same to his followers…….

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj explains how to protect ourselves from flattering & flattery!

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very nice and lucid reply

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Beautiful Article!

  • Prachi Kulkarni

    Offering praise and forwarding the praise we receive to our senior and Guru is one of the key aspect to remain stable in our devotional practice. Thank you for teaching us this principle Maharaj.

  • Chetan Warade

    Very loving Article !!!

    Thank you Maharaj

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Maharaj nicely explained diference between non-devotee praising (flattering) and devotee praising.
    Thank you so much Maharaj

  • Servant

    A wonderful message on what consciousness a praiser and a receiver should be, by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Profoundly Explained.

  • Wonderful site. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks for your effort!

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami practice what he preach

  • Vrajesh das

    Such a wonderful and simple explanation about genuine glorification and the mood of the devotee glorigying and the one being glorified. I was just looking for this.

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  • Chandrika

    So wonderfully explained. Thank you

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for explaining the mood with which we should accept glorification and the mood with which we should glorify others.

  • gopasana

    important principle to learn and practice

  • Ankit Patel

    Hare Krsna.

  • Govind

    thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    A perfect explanation of how we should glorify & what consciousness we should have when someone praises us !
    Its so true without the mercy of Srila Prabhupada & his followers, without association of devotees we would not even understand what is spiritual life, what to speak of following it !
    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for such lucid explanation !
    Hare Krishna !

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for this question and answer.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful answer. Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar.