Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Why so many Obstacles despite Chanting Hare Krishna?!!! Radhanath Swami tells why…

By on January 20, 2011 in Insights with 79 Comments

Chanting Hare Krishna

Question to Radhanath Swami: I have been practicing chanting Hare Krishna for a while. Still, so many problems, so many obstacles in spiritual life!

Radhanath Swami: One who has faith in the holy name of Krishna will overcome all obstacles. It’s a major difficulty in a devotee’s life—we just don’t have that faith in chanting Hare Krishna. If we just have that faith, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome. If we have faith in Krishna’s name as being identical to Krishna—all merciful, fully accessible even to you and me—then we can not only overcome the day to day problems, we can actually cross over the ocean of birth and death. That is the power of the name.

Thus the association of devotees is so very, very critical because in that association—hearing from the devotees, speaking with the devotees, and exchanging the 6 loving reciprocation with the devotees—faith awakens. Faith is not something put into you, faith is awakened from within; the soul inherently has complete faith.

We have to long for this faith, we have to beg for this faith, we must pray for this faith and we must do the needful to get this faith. When we are humble, when we are tolerant, when we respect others and don’t expect respect for ourselves, we attract Krishna’s mercy, which awakens that faith and love in our heart.

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  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining, why and how to develop faith in the Holy name. One day with your mercy, I will develop faith and will be able face obstacles in life

  • abhay

    Thank you swami, for I also had the same question.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Answered to perfectly satisfy the intellect, and all the more–the soul.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    This is a very sublime and foundational quality taught by HH Radhanath Swami, the quality of awakening faith in the power of holy names of Lord. When we reach that magic 100% faith on the words of Lord and His representatives like HH Radhanath Swami, then there will neither be obstacles nor repeated birth and death.

  • Sujit Mehta

    Faith – Radhanath Swami has so wonderfully explained this underlying principle which propels our lives positively ahead.

  • Jagannath C

    Faith in the words of great spiritual leaders is our only hope to achieve the blessed shelter of the mercy of GOD.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Wonderful!! Maharaj simply cleared all obstacle.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Perfect answer.

    Thank you so much Maharaj

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah has clearly explained what we must do to be happy in Krishna Consciousness, have complete faith in the Holy Name of the Lord, that it is non-different than Krishna.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami highlights the crucial connection between faith and overcoming obstacles. It’s mystical, but coming from Radhanath Swami, it must be true!

  • suresh k

    thanks for this insight radhanath swami, the only source for overcoming any obstacles in one’s life, just increase faith in the holy names of the supreme lord,

  • Ketan Pendse

    Faith and Chanting are so interrelated… we begin chanting with faith and as chanting improves faith also increases… Thankyou Maharaj for this insight

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for setting such a high standard of devotional practice.

  • Sumit

    Very encouraging answer by Radhanath Swami on faith. We really need to be serios about cultivating faith by the practices which Radhanath Swami has suggested here. If we follow them sincerely, seriously and without any ulterior motive, we would see a great change in our lives.

  • Mallikarjuna

    Thank you for sharing this

  • Naveen

    “When we are humble, when we are tolerant, when we respect others and don’t expect respect for ourselves, we attract Krishna’s mercy, which awakens that faith and love in our heart.” Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a presentation, I will do my best to live by it.

  • Vinay Malani

    Obstacles are meant to only increse our devotion to God. A pure saintly person like Radhanath Swami does not get bewildered by such obstacles in the path of bhakti, rather he takes it as God’s mercy. We simply have to learn to follow in the footsteps of such great devotees.

  • Karthik

    First step to Faith is to start following the instructions of Radhanath Swami, who here has wonderfully explained practical aspects of attaining faith from his in depth realizations.

  • Das

    When will our faith develop Maharaj…?

  • N Swaminathan

    Radhanath Maharaj has given all measures starting from association. And most importantly begging for faith.

  • Aishwarya

    Very convincing and satisfying.

  • umesh

    as told by Radhanath Swami Maharaj, this is the faith that is most important aspect in overcoming obstacles.I pray that i may get such a faith in Lord.

  • Milind M Churi

    Thank you Radhanath Swamiji for answer to most commonly asked question.After reading it,Yes I am convinced of power of the Holy name and how to develop simple faith with practice and association of devotees.

  • Uday

    Faith is the beginning of spirituality.Developing faith in the Holy Name in the association of devotees is the sure to success.

  • sunil

    Yes that true. We chant daily but the faith that Krishna will protect us is still missing somewhere and therefore we get so much affect with miseries of material life

  • Amit C

    As Radhanath Swami says in his answer,”We have to long for this faith, we have to beg for this faith, we must pray for this faith and we must do the needful to get this faith,” let us all follow his advice and do our best.

  • Ravi Garg

    This explaination gives solace, hope & encouragement to our hearts to continue our devotional endeavours….thanks swamiji

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a nice understanding of how to be happy by chanting Hare Krishna.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Faith is so powerful that to dismiss it as sentimental is ridiculous. Radhanath Swami’s life is an example of unflinching faith in the grace of God.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Faith, the first and the ultimate of all requirements that one should inculcate, without which it will not be possible to even make an atom size upward move on the paths of spirituality.

    Hare Krishna

  • Shra1wiz

    Fantastic!!!

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    Faith is the basis for every action in this material world. We have faith in so many different aspects of this material world, but we are not willing to put the same faith in the Holy Name. Thank you Maharaj for this beautiful elucidation.

  • Manasa

    Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful message “If we just have that faith, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome. “

  • Ravi

    Association of devotees is definitely very very important to develop faith

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami himself has complete faith in the Holy Name and that is what is revealed from his words of wisdom.

  • Purnima

    Truly convincing. Thank you Maharaj

  • Kadamba Kanana

    Wonderful answer Maharaj.

  • Meera Sharma

    We need to develop faith that Krishna is non different than His name. Very practical instructions from Maharajh.

  • Abhijit Toley

    With faith, obstacles are just opportunities to grow in spiritual life. Faith is not sentiment, its power.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very practical answer

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami has emphasised on faith on the Holy Name. Those who have chanted in that mood have seen the results because the Lords reciptocrates to the degree of faith and conviction with which we approach Him.

  • mukund

    the six loving exchanges are really beneficial especially among devotees

  • rishi

    Thank you so much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the practical solution to the practical problem.

  • Pooja

    Beautifully answered like always, there is hope for us.. Thank u.

  • suresh

    Thanks Maharaj for awakeing us “One who has faith in the holy name of Krishna will overcome all obstacles”

  • sandeep kaimal

    perfect answwer

  • Ranjeet Kumar

    Thank you very much Maharaj, your answer gave me solace and relief. Thanks a lot for awaking the faith.

  • Vishvesh

    Radhanath Swami has given Very encouraging answer on faith. really great.

  • Vinay Rachh

    nice answer

  • samir paleja

    fantastic answer. thank u maharaj.

  • Prakash Mishra

    Radhanath Swami has answered this question which is there on the minds of so many of us in a wonderful way.

  • vaishali kamat

    Our Spiritual journey begins with faith. To build faith and increase it we need to associate with like minded people.

  • http://Website Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has such faith in chanting of Holy Names!

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Something really wonderful on faith – a very instructive and insightful reply.

  • Ravi

    Thanks for your guidance swamiji…..i am sure one who follows your divine instructions will definitely achieve faith in krishna & his holy name…..

  • Vishvesh

    Thank you very much Swamiji

  • Anagha Warade

    Thank You very much for sharing.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very beautiful narration. Faith cultivation if doesn’t happen, wouldn’t it spell disaster for us.

    Hare Krishna

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj makes life so simple!

  • madhura

    Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us.

  • Servant

    A wonderful message by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Pooja

    Wonderfully explained..thank u for repeating it over n over for us to remember

  • Deepak

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has wonderfully explained how to develop faith.

  • vraj

    what a powerful revelation.

  • Jay

    Thank you for this

  • http://www.in.com anil

    DEAR H.H RADHANATH MAHARAJ
    TODAY I GOT MY ANSWER, THE PATH YOU HAVE SHOWN, SUGGESTED SO NICLY THAT I FEEL THAT KRSNA HIMSELF HAVE TO ME AND SATISFIED… I AM DEVOTEE OF KOLKATA -MAYAPUR ANIL

  • Dr Memane Nanasaheb

    H.H. RADHANATH sWAMI sTRESS UPON FAITH , WITHOUT FAITH NOTHING POSSIBLE

  • Vinay K

    I was enlightened with this sentence “When we are humble, when we are tolerant, when we respect others and don’t expect respect for ourselves, we attract Krishna’s mercy, which awakens that faith and love in our heart.”

  • Chandrika

    Faith and love awakened by being humble, tolerant, respectful and having no false prestige. Beg and long for that faith.

  • sunny

    something I pray I always keep in my heart and endeavour to imbibe: It’s a major difficulty in a devotee’s life—we just don’t have that faith in chanting Hare Krishna. If we just have that faith, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation about having Faith is most important.

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Maharaj has told the process to go higher and higher in consciousness.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj goes to the root cause of all problems & gives us so much hope ! He is not only telling that Faith is required but He also gives us the solution on how to get that faith & thats by hearing in association of devotees !
    Thank you very much !
    Hare Krishna !

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful answer that when we have faith in the holy names of the lord then we can overcome all the obstacles.

  • Ganesh

    Thank you so much Maharaj for such beautiful explaination.Really Chanting Holy names attentively is so much imp.for us.Haribol!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! If we have faith in the chanting of the Lord’s name, then we can overcome any obstacles. Thank you for the hope-giving article.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    A complete power packed definition by Radhanath Swami Maharaj on Faith !
    Thank you !
    Hare Krishna !

  • Rajeev

    This is magical, just having faith in chanting of holy names can cure us with our so powerfully conditioned state of mind.
    Thank you very much for giving us this strong hope and inspiration.

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