Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Should we Take Care of this Body as well? Let’s hear from Radhanath Swami

By on November 19, 2010 in Life with 217 Comments

Care of body In Krishna ConsiousnessQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Sometimes we have to think of our body and have to take great care of our body, especially during disease. Is that ok?

Radhanath Swami: How to realize the soul? By simply using this precious and sacred body that God has given us in harmony with the true interests of the soul. We like to eat, so we eat prasäd, food sanctified by first offering it to God. We like to speak, so we speak transcendental subject matters. We like to hear, so we hear transcendental subject matters. And we use  our sense of movement to act for the welfare of others. So, to use this body that we have in harmony with the actual self-interest of the soul is the path of realization.  The easiest process to accomplish this is Nama Sankirtan, using the body to dance for Krishna and using the sense of speech to chant the names of Krishna. It is a beautiful experience which has a very, very, very powerful effect of awakening our original natural consciousness.

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  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s reply not only answers the question but nourishes us spiritually!

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    That’s spiritual logic.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami gives the answer with true realisation. As Radhanath Swami recommends using the body in the service of Lord would creat the compatibility with the soul and we will be happiest ever.

    • umesh

      yes very true..

  • Ravi Garg

    Great reply….it is true that one has to engage his body in devotional service & that is the best use of the body for the soul……..

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Wonderful answer… our bodies are instruments to be used in the service of the Lord and should be taken care of accordingly.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Answering the question in very unique way and also showing us, how to use this body accordingly.

  • Sumit

    Very nice answer by Radhanath Swami. In shashtras also this body has been compared with the boat using which we can get out of the ocean of nescience.

  • santosh

    Radhanath swami maharaj is inspiring every one by his example and the results which he has given to the society.

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami gives us the balance between managing the body and caring for the soul.

  • Aishwarya

    This is how we start using everything in the service of Lord-beginning with using one’s bodies.

  • Rupa

    Nice reply..body is also precious and sacred..if used in interest of soul that is to serve God.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Very clear by Radhanath Swami. Take care of the body and use it in God’s service.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Thank you Radhanath swami for clarifying this doubt.

  • Sundar

    Thank you Maharaj for giving such a clear answer –
    “the body is a sacred gift of God to be used in His service”.

  • Sachin Boradia

    Simple and Sublime. Wonderful answer by Radhanatha Swami.
    Thank you very much

  • krishna chandra das

    God consciousness is a very practical, uplifting experience.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Yes, we have to use this body in harmony with the true interest of the soul.

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the right perspective to take care of the body.

  • Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami is so nicely sharing how to use this body..

  • Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami is so nicely teaching us how to use this body..

  • Karthik

    Very wonderfully explained the practical way to tread the path of God Consciousness.

  • Tilakini

    Wonderful. I would have liked to hear more on this topic.

  • N Swaminathan

    This is both beautiful and powerful

  • Sagar Wadekar

    JAI.. Maharaj explains so nicely, to the point. We need to really work on what Maharaj is instructing. thanks.

  • sachin

    Nice teachings by HH RNSM
    Thank U very much

  • malathi santosh

    Indeed a beautiful experience ! 🙂

  • Namita

    Wonderful explanation! So many times this can be so confusing for spiritual seekers, but Radhanath Swami has made this so clear.

  • nandkishor wani

    Radhanath Swami-Nama Sankirtan, using the body to dance for Krishna and using the sense of speech to chant the names of Krishna

  • madhura

    Wonderful answer by Maharaj.

  • Vijay Mathias

    Well said!

  • Sunaina C

    In relation to GOD, even this body becomes a treasured possesion to be engaged in His service, and thus, to be cared for.

  • Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj has shown the perfect way to care for our body, Krishna Conciousness!

  • Tilakini

    Wonderful, but I have to wonder if this was Maharaja’s response in its entirety?

  • Gurrappanaidu

    HH Radhanath swami maharaj very nicely explained the importance of body in spiritual life.

  • Sunny

    Without the body, we cannot do any spiritual activity. However beyond that there is no real value for the body!

  • anamika

    Radhanath swami telling the real renunciation,given by the god as a gift in the service of krsna

  • Sunil

    Rather neglecting body, Maharaj is giving us the best way to treat and maintain the body for upliftment of soul.
    Thanks Maharaj

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    We understand that real spiritual life is about utilizing ourselves in positive engagements and not just denying the bodily functions. Thank you Radhanath swami.

  • Chintamani P

    fantastic answer. Thank u.

  • anjan

    very practical. thanks to swamiji for the wonderful answer

  • dryuvaraj@gmail.com

    Radhanath Swami: How to realize the soul? By simply using this precious and sacred body that God has given us in harmony with the true interests of the soul. very nice

  • anand

    Thank you

  • Shra1wiz

    Simple yet profound answer by Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Nicely explained why and how to take care and utilize our body for spiritual progress.

  • Narendra Rakibe

    Take care of your body but for using it for the process of self realisation. Crystal clear message by HH Radhanath maharaj

  • Rashmi

    Beautifully explained….thank u

  • Rakesh Chandra

    This is wonderful realization by Gurudev and teaching us how to use our body in the service for Krishna.Jai Gurudev!!!

  • gopasana

    perfect reply

  • HH Radhanath Maharaj always have wonderful and touching answers.

  • Chandra

    Radhanath Swami explains the importance of keeping the balance in spiritual life and use everything int he service of the Lord

  • Phani

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s answer covered entire philosophy.

  • Shoba Ramachandran

    We should take care of the body so that our purpose of life can be achieved. Body is like a vehicle that carries the soul. If the vehicle is broke down, how will the soul, the passenger will reach the destination – self realization? Always HH Radhanath Swami’s answers are perfect. Thanks very much.

  • Chaitanya Shah

    Very nice and clear answer to a question which so many of us have had no answer for.

  • Rakesh Chandra

    This is ver fundamental understanding given by Gurudev. Jai Gurudev!!!

  • Manish Kumar

    A very nice example of how to use this body to attain Krishna Consciousness.

  • Rasasekhara Dasa

    Very nicely explained Maharaj.

    • Stay with this guys, you\’re hepinlg a lot of people.

  • Wonderful explanation by Swamiji

  • madhavi

    thank you for sharing.

  • madhavi

    very nicely explained by swamiji!!

  • K.Awal

    This body belongs to God too and Maharaj explained it so sweetly encouraging everyone to take care of this body as a service to God.

  • dryuvaraj@gmail.com

    MAharaj himself takes care of his body by doing yoga and pranayam regularly

  • Thanks a lot maharaj…

  • Rasasekhara Dasa

    Very nice answer Maharaj.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Very nice.

  • madhavi

    Thank You Maharaj.

  • H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has explained very comprehensively and yet briefly how the body has to be used and why the body has to be taken care. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Kamal Gopi dasi

    A spiritualist is someone who is best at actually taking care of his/her body, even they aspire for liberation from the very same “material” body citing it to be a misery and the soul source of all our trials and tribulations. Radhanath Swami in this answers how it is true.

  • Chandrika

    This is a profound and relevant quote to us all.

  • naresh Jethwa

    Thank you very much

  • saveeta

    Thank you making us understand how to take care of the Soul temple

  • S paleja

    great answer. Thank u.

  • Siddhesvari Priya

    Thank you Maharaj ji for making us understand how to utilise our body in service of God.He told us to make a balance between body and soul.He showed us the way of being happy.

  • Advaitachandra Das

    Radhanath Swami explains the complex relationship between body and soul in such a simple and practical manner.

  • MPD

    very inspiring

  • suresh

    radhanath swami is an excellent spiritual master and at the same time is very pure and compassionate towards every creatures of the god’s creation,

  • Ishu Mathur

    Perfect question, and another perfect answer from Radhanath Swami.

  • Pragyesh Singh

    Wonderful answer from Radhanath Swami.

  • Vidya Patham

    This is a profound explanation given by Radhanath Swami on how to use our body as a steeping stone to go back home back to godhead.

  • madhavi

    very nicely explained.thank you.

  • Krishna Keshav

    Thank you Maharaj.

  • navin poojary

    Wonderful & practical reply

  • saveeta

    Thank you Radhanath swami for sharuing this information!

  • bharatsalokhe

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this practicle instruction on how I can use my body for Krishna’s service.

  • Sunil

    Maharaj really explains with his own true realization

  • Jagdish

    Perfect answer – very nicely explained how everything can be used in the service of Lord including this body.

  • Usha P M

    Only a spiritualist has a holistic view of life… Radhanath Swami proves it yet again.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very beautiful explanation of the question.

    Hare Krishna

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation of how to live life! Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • madri

    Radhanth swami’s teachings are always very practical.

  • madhavi

    thank you.

  • Arabinda

    Tremendous answer by Maharaj!

  • Rakesh Chandra

    “the body is a sacred gift of God to be used in His service”.Wonderful point by Maharaj. Jai Gurudev.

  • umesh

    Quite practical way to “spiriualize” our lives!

  • nilesh

    Good Reply !!!

  • N. Swaminathan

    Good answer from Radhanath Swami

  • anand

    great answer!

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very beautiful explanation.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Babita

    Wonderful ANSWER !!! It help us to understand that how we can utilize our body in the service of lord KRISHNA . Thank you very much maharaj for this wonderful answer.

  • Pranav Gore

    Its great to be part of it. Thank you Maharaj

  • Shyam

    It seems like such a challenge to balance material needs and spiritual goals. However, we’re so blessed with the wisdom of Rupa goswami, that we don’t deny the body, but we simply deny the wrong motivations.

  • poonam

    Great reply, really we should never neglect our body, it can always be engaged in Krishna’s service

  • Ram

    Thank you for this wonderful post.

  • Braja Kumar Das

    Clear and concise answer

  • sandeep kaimal

    perfect reply

  • mahesh.kohale

    such mature understanding of spirituality of swamiji gives us direction to follow spirituality in our life

  • Ashwini

    H.H.Radhanath Swami told the answer in a very simple language

  • rakesh

    Great and deep impact of Naam sankirtana. Thank you H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj for nurshing us.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Relevant question and great answer by Radhanath Swami!

  • Naresh Jethwa

    very nicely explain

  • Neha

    Such a clear explanation how we can utilize each of our need keeping God in the centre.

  • Mahesh

    Perfect!

  • ashish

    THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT KNOWLEDGE

  • Sundar

    Really this sankirtan movement is the greatest benediction and its scientific as explained by Swamiji – using everything including this body to awaken the dormant soul

  • sundar ananda das

    beautiful answer that encompasses all the relevant points of body & soul!

  • surekha

    Thank you maharaj for suggesting us how to use our body in the service of the lord. Radhanath swami ki Jai.

  • Pravin

    to use this body that we have in harmony with the actual self-interest of the soul is the path of realization.

    perfect answer….

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    What HH Radhanath sweami says is perfect. In all situations try to somehow connect to God like eating Prasad, chant and dance.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very Profound explanation.

    Hare Krishna.

  • vaishali kamat

    If the body is looked upon as a vehicle for carrying the soul to a higher destination, then one would know exactly how much time we should be spending in taking care of the body.

  • vsk

    a crystal clear explanation

  • Anita Iyer

    The principle is not of denial but of harmony between the needs of the body and soul. Wonderful explanation!

  • amit raina

    perfect answer. thank you for sharing this wonderful article …

  • navin poojary

    Wonderful comment on the utility principle

  • tapasviniidd

    Thankyou Maharaj, for perfect answer

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Krishna has given the body to serve Him and thus we should utilize it for this purpose only.

  • Mahendra

    Perfect Question.. Perfect Answer…

  • sachin komble

    yes body is very important for getting perfection in spiritual life.

  • Sundar

    spiritual life is very practical as proved by Swamiji

  • Abhijit Toley

    I like the very practical and yet uncompromising answers from Radhanath Swami.

  • DEEPAK

    Thank you, Maharaj

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for instructing us to care of this body and utilise this body in the service of God.

  • ASHISH PATIL

    THANKS FOR THE NECTAR

  • ASHISH PATIL

    thanks maharaj

  • ajinkya

    Right answer maharaj.What is the use of body if we dont use for spiritual purpose

  • ajinkya

    Right answer maharaj.What is the use of body if we dont use for spiritual purpose.Body and soul togethor then only person can be happy.thanks.

  • ajinkya

    Right answer maharaj.What is the use of body if we dont use for spiritual purpose.Body and soul togethor then only person can be happy.his holliness radhanath ki jay.

    • ajinkya

      Maharaj whatever answer you give are perfect.Thank you for doing so much for humanity.

  • deepak bagla

    Excellent answer by Radhanath Swami

  • saurabh khatri

    Very nicely explained thank you very much.

  • vvdd

    wonderully explained of how to use everything in the service of the Lord

  • vvdd

    wonderully explained of how to use everything in the service of the Lord

  • vvdd

    wonderully explained of how to use everything in the service of the Lord

  • vvdd

    wonderully explained of how to use everything in the service of the Lord

  • Mukesh Rawal

    Common misconception in our heart. But Radhanath Maharaj as always lighten up torch of Knowledge to remove nescience from our heart.

  • pankaj

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami!

  • Thank you so much Radhanath Swamiji

  • Usha Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami makes revival of our original natural consciousness very simple by using our body to dance in kirtan for Krishna and chant his holy names. Perfect combination for enlightening our body and soul.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami is uncompromising and still balanced. What a combination!

  • bharat

    amazing information….
    thank you maharaj

  • Beautiful answer from Radhanath Swami!!!

  • Kadamba kanana

    wonderful answer

  • Rajeev

    Thanks for this wonderful nectar.

  • Body is a temple. Where resides the Lord, Parmatma. We need Your guidance all the time….. to maintain this temple in the service of the Lord.

  • Advay

    Thank You Maharaj.

  • Anand Iyer (Gurgaon)

    How beautifully Maharaj proves the Mayavada theory wrong – “do not take care of the body.. body is going to die. it is false.. etc.”

    Our body is also Krishna’s energy. So, it is to be used in His service only. That will awaken the dormant love for Him.
    Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • deepak bagla

    Thank you Maharaj for such a wonderful answer

  • Balkrishan Arora

    Radhanath Swami in such a simple way explains how to realize that we are the soul and not the body.

  • Babita

    Thank you maharaj for this simple & wonderful answer.

  • pranjal

    thank you very much maharaj

  • jackie

    spiritually logical!

  • Rakesh Chandra

    Very systmetically described by Maharaj how to use ones body in Krsihna Conciousness.

  • shailesh

    thank you for nice reply….

  • Ganesh Gavali

    Amazing.Wonderful answer.

  • Balkrishan Arora

    Radhanath Swami tells us the secret to realize the soul – that is – By simply using the precious and sacred body that God has given us in harmony with the true interests of the soul.

  • harshad

    Thank You very much Maharaj

  • Clear and straight forward answer with real depth.

  • Aishwarya

    Thank you very much for a clear answer.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami answers each & every question so perfectly & precisely !
    Hare Krishna !

  • anil

    simple and precise… thanks for sharing.

  • Anil Timbe

    very practical answer. thanks for sharing.

  • nandkishor das

    very nice reply thanks

  • shailesh

    Very nicely explained by Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Hare Krsna !

  • Manasa

    Using everything in the service of Krishna!!

  • anil

    Its with this human body that we can engage in devotional service… so this body is indeed very precious.

  • rachna

    So nicely explained….thanks for sharing.

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives an awesome answer!

  • Shyam Mahtani

    Here is the perfect reason for taking care of our body. We cannot serve the Lord properly in a diseased state. Thank you so much Swamiji.

  • chandraprakassh

    its a soul touching answer……………thank u so much swamiji

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for teaching us how to use this body for the service of the Lord.

  • Dheera

    Thank you so much

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami gives one of the best answers to to keep the body and soul together for achieving the perfection of life.

  • priya aiyar

    Very nicely explained by Maharaj as to how one must use everything for the pleasure of Krishna.Thanks Maharaj for this wonderful insight.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami’s explanation appears very simple yet very profound. When we engage our body and senses in the service of Krishna and lead a complete Krishna Conscious life, there is no need to take care of the body, in other sense, we don’t get any diseases. In another way, body is automatically taken care of, in a best way. Believe it or not its my experience.

  • Riya

    it is so practical

  • Anagha Warade

    Very true…
    Thank you for sharing..

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami’s gives the answer to keep the body and soul together.

  • shailesh

    Thank you Radhanath Maharaj.Hare Krsna !

  • kamlesh

    very encouraging

  • anil

    one for the best articles on this website… thanks a lot.

  • nandkishor das

    thank you so much maharaj

  • rahul

    wonderful. Radhanath Swami is simply wonderful

  • shailesh

    Simply superb ! Jay Sri Radhanath Maharaj ! Hare Krsna !

  • Damodar

    Thanks to Radhanth swami for this answer, it is through using body to follow the instructions of GOD we realize that we are not this body but spirit soul, so it is very important to take care of this body. Such a nice way of answering.

  • suvarna

    Very nice.

  • Gokul

    vow… practicing God consciousness is so practical!!! Thanks to Swami.

  • Priyanka

    That is so realistic

  • Guruprasad

    Thanks for sharing. Nice read.

  • Prerna

    i was thinking baout the same thing. Thanks for sharing this.

  • nandkishor das

    wow very nice

  • This is just very nice. Thank you very much for this facility.

  • madhura

    Amazing!

  • Jagdish

    Perfect answer – All glories to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Simple, straightforward and sublime. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    wonderful!!

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Wonderful analogy given and explained so nicely that how to take care of bodly needs in real way. Thanks a lot.

  • bharat

    Thank you Radhanath Maharaj for this beautiful description of how to engage the body in service of the Lord.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful!!!

  • Ramya

    Very important message by Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • shailesh

    Very nice article.Thank you for sharing ! Hare Krsna !

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very good answer! True, we have to take care of the body as it is through the body that we can serve the Lord and perform devotional activities.

  • NSP

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj! Body should be maintained and used for Lord’s service!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Amazing answer.. Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ji for the nectar.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Amazing answer. Jai Gurudev!!!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer! We have to take care of our body to serve Krsna and purify ourselves!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! We have to use our body in the service of Krsna. It is through our body and senses that we can perfect our lives by chanting the holy names of the Lord, by hearing Krsna katha, preaching the pastimes of the Lord and performing devotional service. So we must take care of it as it is Krsna’s property and we are caretakers.

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