Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Are problems opportunities..? Radhanath Swami unveils

By on May 4, 2011 in Insights with 84 Comments

Problems are opportunitiesQuestion: Even while we are in devotional service, we face such big problems. Is it because we are not serious or Krishna has some plan…

Radhanath Swami Answers: Problems in devotional service are opportunities. Krishna gives us the opportunity to go up or down in devotional service, and he does not interfere with our independent choice. Even though He knows how we will act still He gives us a chance. We may fail but even that will help us to improve in devotional service because in Bhakti the reaction of a mistake is the perfect arrangement for one to advance more. Whether we do the right thing or the wrong thing, in either case, we have the perfect opportunity to advance. But in order to actually advance, we have to give up doing the wrong doings completely. Sometimes we make mistakes, and the result shatters our sense of security in this world very badly. Such an incident is the perfect opportunity to give up making mistakes. As it is said, “Experience is the best teacher.”Ideally, a person hears the Shastra, hears from the devotees, understands what is right and what is wrong and follows it. Another person, not up to the ideal level,  is not willing to follow it. And therefore he/she has to be smashed by Krishna with an arrangement, an arrangement that smashes him/her mentally and physically. In that condition, he/she finally comes to the realization “I am going to stop making these mistakes forever. I am going to live according to guru’s words.”

 

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  • Vidya Patham

    ‘In Krishna consciousness the reaction of a mistake is the perfect arrangement for one to be more Krishna Consciousness.’ Thank you Radhanath Swami for emphasizing the importance of practicing pure Krishna consciousness in all circumstances.

  • Anand

    Krishna’s arrangement is perfect

  • rajesh

    om purnamadah purnamadam purnat purnamudachyate

  • Deepak

    What a wonderful realization of taking everything as KRsna’s arrangement

  • Problems in devotional service are opportunities.
    ………….in Krishna consciousness the reaction of a mistake is the perfect arrangement for one to be more Krishna Consciousness.
    ..in order to actually become Krishna Conscious, we have to give up doing the wrong doings once in and all.
    .”Ideally, an intelligent man hears the Shastra, hears from the devotees, understands what is right and what is wrong and follows it”.

    Thank you Maharaj for such an Enlivening answer.

  • Aishwarya

    Very strong yet inspiring!

  • vinay rachh

    Radhanath swami here practically teaches to how to take failures in life

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Experience is the best teacher but fools learn in no other way! This famous quote is herein beautifully summarized by Radhanath Swami.

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!

  • umesh

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives such a nice explanation from various perspectives.

  • Maharaj you talk at length how adversities can be turned in to opportunities to turn to the Lord and this has inspired me very much. It has helped me come out of really frustrating and insecure situations.

  • Vidya

    Very positive!

  • mona

    Krishna is the final planner.

  • Ganesh Gavali

    Really true.Such a brilliant answer by Maharaj.Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • Milind M Churi

    It is better to understand Guru’s words as quickly as possible and follow them in right spirit.After that we can easily accept the arrangement of our Supreme Father Sri Krishna the way He wants.Thank you Radhanath Swamiji for giving such a brillint answer.

  • Chitra udasi

    We learn from this that whether we take the right solution or the wrong, it becomes a learning opportunity only if we surrender to the will of Krishna. Thanks Maharaj

  • Nilesh

    thanks a lot for nice posting.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice clarification by HH Radhanath Swami. The words of Guru and previous acaryas are so potent and should be followed without doubt as otherwise we will experience soon the repercussions.

  • N. Swaminathan

    We should learn from our mistakes

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami explains how even a mistake in devotional life is an opportunity to improve. This is so encouraging.

  • Veena Damwani

    how nicely positively explained…radhanath swami ki jay

  • Nikhil Damwani

    awesome…so nicely clarified

  • M Pandu Rangayya shetty

    There is no loss in devotional service. every step is the opportunity to purify oneself. finally accept the words of Guru. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    This is such a hope giving and true explanantion.

  • Ramya

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Vinay Rachh

    Nice answer!!

  • malathi santosh

    Wonderful:)

  • Hare Krishna ! Thank You Maharaj to be with us

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a beautiful answer

  • Ravi Garg

    Thanks for such a nice article…..

  • Sid

    Thanks for a nice response.

  • Babita

    Extremely wonderful answer.

  • Keerthimayee

    Simply Amazing!

  • anamika

    Radhanath swami is perfectly realized soul

  • Arabinda

    Sadhu. Fantastic answer for a commonly asked question.
    Glories to Radhanath Swamiji.

  • Krishna Kumar

    A very pertinent question, and an equally clear and wonderful answer from Radhanath Swami.
    http://www.radhanath-swami.info

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful explanation.

    Maharaj nicely explained how to see the problems/issues with ‘sashtra chakshu'(in view of sashtras). These instructions gives more strength in devotional service.

    Thank you so much for keep posting.

  • deepak

    Very true. Many of us may have practical realization of this.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Brilliant answer!!!

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining this point very nicely.

  • Gopal lila das

    Very TRUE – Problems in devotional service are opportunities to take shelter of Krishna…

  • Guru

    Very nice explanation.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami Maharaj.

  • vinay rachh

    AMAZING ANSWEER

  • mukund

    What Radhanath swami says makes sense that we don’t look at things in this material world as an opportunity to serve. If you look at it in that way, then one will be happy in all circumstances

  • it was very important for me to know this.
    http://www.radhanathswami.co

  • anjan

    many thanks to swamiji for the nice answer

  • Dashrath Wasmatkar

    Really such an inspiring and encouraging answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Thank you for posting.
    Hari Bol!
    Visit- http://www.radhanathswami.co

  • tahnx for deeper undrstanding to various problems, which is faced by one and all..This increase in our faith in the lord.

  • rashmi

    Good times,Bad times or worst time,MAHARAJ just hearing and remembering your words has given us tremendous strength and faith.thank you so much

  • Sumit Sharma

    When we take initiation under an authorized spiritual master, he takes away all of the reactions of our previous karma, but if one still goes on making mistakes and committing offences, Lord has to arrange for a reaction to rectify the mistake of the devotee. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this nice answer.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Very nice and true.

  • Sunita Paleja

    Convincing explanation. Thank u.

  • Sunny

    Wow – so inspiring! so hope giving!

    Radhanath Swami says: “We may fail but even that will help us to improve in devotional service because in Bhakti the reaction of a mistake is the perfect arrangement for one to advance more”

  • GaurangaG

    Wonderful article !

  • Shyam Mahtani

    This is definitely a very important lesson for all of us, as we need to live by our Guru’s words. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Dr.Vivekanand Shanbhag

    When Radhanath Swami speaks , it becomes convincing that problems are opportunities

  • poonam

    Powerful realization…hope that someday I can fully live strictly by gurus orders

  • ramgovinddas

    Thank you maharaj for the very practical way of understanding.

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a perfect answer.

  • Ravi

    Thanks for your encouragement Swamiji…..

  • Visnu das

    Thank you Maharaj

  • Servant

    A very nice explanation by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • dryuvaraj@gmail.com

    Ideally, a person hears the Shastra, hears from the devotees, understands what is right and what is wrong and follows it

  • Pankaj

    Amazing answer!!! Difficulties are opportunities to grow…

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Very nice reply !.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Guru

    Wonderful article !

    Very inspiring one.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

  • Sriman Nitai Das

    Thank you Maharaj…

  • Kirti Chaudhury

    Radhanath Swami explains wonderfully how problems are in themselves not “problems”; it is how we perceive them.

  • Vinay K

    This explanation answers many questions regarding problems in this material world..

  • Vinay K

    Hare Krishna.. Krishna is the cause of all cause..

  • Chandrika

    Thank you very much for this post.

  • Sameer Lowlekar

    Very inspiring and precise answer!
    Thank you.

  • himanshu bhatt

    Problems in devotional service are opportunities. Krishna gives us the opportunity to go up or down in devotional service, and he does not interfere with our independent choice.how merciful is Lord Krishna, i would be the most fortunate the day i start recognizing these things.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    A perfect, complete & satisfying INSIGHT by Radhanath Swami on problems in life. Thank you very much Maharaj !

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this article by Radhanath Swami.

  • vijay

    wonderful answer

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Many times we have independent mentality & think that our perception is right but at the end we very much realize what Radhanath Swami so beautifully describes in the article “I am going to stop making these mistakes forever. I am going to live according to guru’s words.”
    Thanks !
    Hare Krishna !

  • vijay

    “I am going to stop making these mistakes forever. I am going to live according to guru’s words.”
    so amazing!!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Experience is the best teacher – absolutely right.

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Very clearly explained.

  • brajswaminidd

    A nice angle to see problems . Lesson learnt here is -it is better to hear and understand than experience and understand.

  • vidya karekar

    wonderful realisation ! Hope giving answer

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Problems in life is an opportunity to purify ourselves as well learn from our mistakes.

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