Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Struggling to be a serious spiritual seeker? Radhanath Swami’s answer will help

By on November 24, 2014 in Insights with 65 Comments

Spritual seekerQuestion to Radhanath Swami: We come to the temple, and we listen to lectures. But we are finding it difficult to take spiritual life seriously. So what is the solution? How to be determined?

Radhanath Swami Answers: Before you could run a cross country, you have to learn how to crawl. And then after learning how to crawl, you have to learn how to take your first step. Any destination begins with the first step. Man can move mountains by beginning with the first stone. We have to simply persevere from whatever position we are at, with honesty and sincerity. Krishna tells us in Bhagavad-Gita

ananyas chintayanto mam
ye janah paryupasate
tesham nityabhiyuktanam
yoga-kshemam vahamy aham
[BG 9.22]

If we are just honest and sincere, God will help us. God will help us in every way. How he helps us? He may put in many impediments on the path. But if we understand with positive attitude, “Yes! This is a good thing that is happening. This obstacle, this tragedy, is a good. Something for me to learn; there is something for me to grow through this process,” then we will grow and we will learn.

Association is important to maintain that proper attitude. At the beginning stages where we are just learning to crawl – spiritually – if you just have that positive attitude, nice association and the perseverance, then soon you will be running to Krishna.

Every journey begins with the first step, but there has to be faith for us to continue on. We are not speaking of blind faith. We are speaking of faith based on philosophy, logic and authority. That faith is real faith. That faith can carry us through our obstacles and inspire us to carry on, even when we are so very far away. If we just have that faith and that sincerity, the only thing that separates us from our ultimate aspiration is a little bit of time. Where there is faith, sincerity and honesty, that attracts mercy, and through mercy everything is possible.

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  • Satish Rane

    radhanath swami maharaj has very nicely answered. Thank you.

  • brajswaminidd

    It is so important to keep faith even during one’s spiritual growth. Actually having faith is nothing new to us , as in so many aspects of our life we have to keep faith. Just that same faith we have to keep even in our spiritual life.

  • biswajit

    Thank You For Sharing ,

  • Vinay Malani

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for presenting such beautiful insights as to how to understand & overcome the impediments on our spiritual journey.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. It’s very important to have faith in spiritual practices to make progress in spiritual life.

    • Vinay Malani

      Radhanath Swami often mentions in his spiritual discourses that without enduring hardships & undergoing severe tests, we cannot achieve love for God. It is a part of the purificatory process. We have to keep going on even in the face of extreme difficulties.

      • Piyush Singh

        Wonderful points. Thank you.

  • anil dislay

    Its realy a fact that association effects your attitude .. and with nice attitude even if every other things in life is going not so nice
    I realy feel my self on the right path ..

  • dharmendra vaishya

    Its amazing how radhanath maharaj gives such a simple solution and most important, it is easy to accept.

  • suresh

    very inspiring answer to get motivated

  • Vinay Malani

    It is imperative to have saintly association to develop faith in the spiritual process. HH Radhanath Swami is himself a very inspiring saint in this regards who has helped to strengthen the faith of thousands of people across the globe.

  • brajswaminidd

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami is absolutely right. We first learn crawling, then take a few baby steps & ultimately learn to run. Similarly, it will take some time before we develop love for God. As the saying goes – ‘Rome was not built in a day’!

  • Pankaj

    Where there is faith, sincerity and honesty, that attracts mercy, and through mercy everything is possible. Perfect answer by Radhanath Swami.

    • Vinay Malani

      Exactly. And though the spiritual journey maybe arduous & may take a long time to fructify completely, nevertheless the process is flawless. We just need to keep endeavoring patiently with full faith.

  • biswajit

    very inspiring

  • Smitha Krishna Das

    This step by step approach is very inspiring.

  • brajswaminidd

    If we are just honest and sincere, God will help us. God will help us in every way.-thanks for giving us this hope.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    We just have to have patience putting faith on the Lord. Krishna’s help will surely manifest at the ripened time.

  • Sanjiv

    Obstacle, tragedy, is good as Krishna reveals his sweet plan provided we take shelter of hearing about him more and chant more sincerely his holy names. – Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Piyush Singh

    In today’s world where influence of vices is so intense, this is very common problem. In name of advancement, masses are neglecting the uplifting practices of spirituality. The overall situation makes it very difficult to advance spiritually and that is why this answer from HH Radhanath Swami is so practical and relevant with this very helpful conclusion “Where there is faith, sincerity and honesty, that attracts mercy, and through mercy everything is possible.” Thank you for making this useful answer available.

    • Vinay Malani

      Your observations are very relevant in the context of the strife & violence that has encompassed practically the whole planet. Bonafide saints such as Radhanath Swami are the only rays of hope not only for bringing about peace in the world, but also to attain salvation at the spiritual level.

  • Navin Poojary

    Faith is stepping stone towards attaining higher spiritual realms

    • Vinay Malani

      Indeed. Without faith in the spiritual process, we will lose the battle against maya. HH Radhanath Swami’s instructions in this regards are very useful.

  • CS Sandeep S. Shinde

    Thank you very much for giving us step by step approach.

  • Sanjiv

    How important it is to have the right attitude – If one just has that positive attitude, nice association and the perseverance, then soon you will be running to Krishna

    • Vinay Malani

      You have summarized it very nicely Sanjiv. It’s only our conditioning which turns out to be the biggest obstacle in our spiritual advancement.

  • Vinay Malani

    No gain without pain. So also in spiritual life we will come across many hurdles which impede our spiritual progress. But we can overcome these easily if we sincerely take shelter of bonafide saints like Radhanath Swami.

  • NSP

    Excellent answer! Very inspiring!

  • vidya karekar

    Every journey begins with the first step, but there has to be faith for us to continue on – its so true for whether material or spiritual everything goes step by step

  • Prahalad

    Nice explaination by Radhanath Swami regarding how to progress in devotional life. It has to be step by step.

  • Kiran Shetty

    We define spirituality not just as a kind of inertia- but active engagement in the service of the divine- with Love and Devotion which is the substance. One of the quotes of Radhanath Swami that keep me inspired is:- “Love means to Serve and Serve means to Please”

    Hence Dynamic Engagement makes Spiritual life Blissful…

    • Navin Poojary

      Very nice point

  • Singaraju Srinivas

    Radhanath Swami touched each and every important aspects of devotional service in this answer that helps everyone to become serious in their devotional service.

  • Rakesh Pandita

    H.H Radhanath Swami simply explained here how to be determined, it just takes some faith and sincerity in following the process and then by mercy of Lord we can achieve perfection.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami gives a perfect answer for the young generation. However, they need to take the first step with free will.

  • Satish Rane

    Maharaj gradually brings a person close to Krishna. Thank you maharaj. Hare Krishna,

  • dharmendra vaishya

    1) Taking first step(towards krishna)
    2) If we are just honest and sincere, God will help us.(towards Krishna)
    3) Association help us to maintain(towards Krishna)
    4) Faith will take (towards Krishna)

    This 4 points explain by maharaj is so simple and practical…..

  • R.A.

    Lord Krishna is more pleased by loving devotional services which rendered by devotees in phase of temptation.’ If we have strong faith on Krishna and spiritual master, in difficult situations that time we access infinite mercy from their hearts.’ This is one of the quote given by H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj. This quote gives me in difficulties.

  • Sanjiv

    Development and nurturing of faith is so crucial

  • Sanjiv

    God tests us so that we can learn positive lessions and advance spiritually

  • khushal

    Wow. Such a hope giving answer by radhanath swamiji. Thank you radhanath swami for giving me the perseverance to go on in life with faith and determination and to do what is right. When I crawl Now on floor that gives me hope that soon I will walk and climb steps also. Amazingly powerful hope booster by swamiji. Thank you

  • Chandala Potdar

    Where there is faith, sincerity and honesty, that attracts mercy, and through mercy everything is possible. H.H.Radhanath swami maharaj ki jai

  • harsh0807

    Thank you swami ji for such an inspiration thought !!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! We have to have faith, patience, perseverance and dedication which will attract Krna’s mercy. without his mercy, we cannot progress in spiritual life.

  • Umesh

    Thank you Maharaj for hope giving answer…

  • Anand Patil

    amazing answer and very apt analogy of cross country race. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Sanjiv

    This is so instructive – How God helps us? He may put in many impediments on the path. We must understand that there is so something for me to learn and thus grow.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! We must persevere our spiritual life with determination and sincerity in the association of devotees.

  • Jeewan

    If we are just honest and sincere, God will help us. God will help us in every way.

  • Raju K Mewada

    Yes, very well thought explanation. H H Radhanath Swami explained very important lesson to be positive in every situation. Specifficaly when difficulties are there and we consider all such difficulties as a supporting situation to get our desired destination.

  • Rahul Gupta

    Wonderful and hopeful. Radhanath Swami gives such practical and easy to follow instructions that even a new person can benefit immensely

    • Sumit Sharma

      Well said! In his answer above, he has put lot of focus on being serious.

  • Helen Collins

    Such inspiring and hope giving answer….Where there is faith,sincerity and honesty, that attracts mercy, and through mercy everything is possible.

  • Ankush Mahajan

    “If we are just honest and sincere, God will help us…”. Very hope giving words. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this wisdom.

  • Narendra

    Faith, sincerety and honesty will attract the mercy of Krishna……Thank you maharaj for giving us that faith.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami. Through mercy everything is possible. This statement has touched my heart.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing

  • Jasson Thompson

    Step by step Spiritual Journey in proper association can help to achieve the ultimate goal of life

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    The last line is the verdict……! Puts everything together…..!

  • Satish Rane

    thank u maharaja.. v need to struggle to take shelter of Krishna.. hare krishna.

    • Sumit Sharma

      Very true! Without struggle and efforts, we cannot please Him,

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Where there is faith, sincerity and honesty, that attracts mercy, and through mercy everything is possible – this sums up the entire concept of how to progress in our spiritual lives.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice answer by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. It’s very important for a spiritual seeker to very serious about his devotional practices. People usually get trapped by complacency, therefore we must associate with devotees very often.

  • Asha Kanta Sharma

    A great answer really….Learned a lot….

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