Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Do we get reactions for bad thoughts in the mind? Radhanath Swami says…

By on September 15, 2010 in Life with 12 Comments

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Question to Radhanath Swami: I understand that all the actions that we perform will give back a reaction. But what about the thoughts in our mind? What about the bad thoughts that we don’t act upon?

Radhanath Swami: According to the scriptures, in the time spans Satya yuga, Treta yuga and Dwapara yuga, humans were karmically responsible for every thought. This was because people had much power over their minds in those ages. But in the current age, Kaliyuga, the mind is like a hurricane. It’s very difficult to control the desires and thoughts that come to our mind. Therefore we are not karmically responsible for our thoughts. However, we are karmically responsible for our words and actions.

We always have the free will to contemplate on either good thoughts or bad thoughts. If we contemplate on bad thoughts, selfish egoistic thoughts, the mind will force us, impel us to speak and act accordingly in due course of time. When those thoughts and desires appear within our minds, we must neglect them by our intelligence, and we must choose to focus our mind on God. Then we can overcome those negative thoughts. And the easiest way to fix our mind on God whenever a bad thought comes, is to take shelter of God’s holy names.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.

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  • Vaishali Kamat

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this perfect answer. When I read your autobiography, The Journey Home, I realised how controlled are you in your thoughts. You have managed to think positively and learn some spiritual lessons out every situation in your life.

  • Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami is so nicely explaining what is the effect of bad thoughts and how to curb them. Thanks a lot !

  • Meera Sharma

    Thank you Maharajah for giving us the easiest solution to control our mind.
    “the easiest way to fix our mind on God whenever a bad thought comes, is to take shelter of God’s holy names.
    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining how the chanting of the holy names can help in controlling the hurricane like mind.

  • Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj has provided a solution that wonderfully explains the results of our thoughts.

  • Sunny

    relieving to hear that wrong things dont bring karma but also we need to heed to this warning to not let these to turn into words and actions…

  • Chandrika

    Much needed to hear this answer!

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for your answer.

  • Rajaruban

    Wonderful.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for giving such a perfect answer.

  • Satish Rane

    amazing answer, hare krishna.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb solution as to how to counteract bad thoughts!

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