Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Does bhakti Yoga Counteract the influence of time?

By on November 20, 2013 in Life with 32 Comments

sun rising yogaQuestion to Radhanath Swami: It is said in the Bhagvatam that with every rising and setting of the sun the life span of a person reduces, except when a devotee is performing Bhakti Yoga and hearing about the activities of Krishna. Could you kindly explain this?

Radhanath Swami Answers:  For one who is endeavoring to make this body a better place for selfish enjoyment, with every moment the duration of life is reducing; therefore, factually, death is one moment closer. An old person would give anything to be young again, but there is nothing one can do; one cannot reverse time.

But for one who utilizes his or her precious time in hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord, with every rising and setting of the sun that person is one day closer to eternal life. Why? Because in anything we do in Bhakti Yoga we are simply approaching that realm of consciousness beyond the limitations of time, beyond the limitations of the body. Every moment you are attentively chanting in kirtan you are one moment closer to eternity, to eternal life.

For a transcendentalist death is not the end, for a transcendentalist death is the beginning—death is the entrance into the realm of eternity, knowledge and bliss. But for one who is not, death is simply the end of everything that we identify with, the end of our entire existence. Therefore a devotee doesn’t even mind getting old, because he or she knows—if I am utilizing this body, this mind and this intelligence in Bhakti Yoga, as the body gets older, the soul is getting closer and closer to that eternal youthful spiritual form. Therefore it is said—die before you die. When the false desire for selfish enjoyment dies, if we can do that before we die, we attain eternal life. Devotees do not fear death; a devotee only fears forgetting Krishna; forgetting Krishna means spiritual death.

 

 

 

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  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami make a clear distinction between devotional life and material life in this nice answer.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. The absorption in the pastimes of Lord make us our real position of our eternal life.

  • Aishwarya

    “it is said—die before you die. When the false desire for selfish enjoyment dies, if we can do that before we die, we attain eternal life. Devotees do not fear death; a devotee only fears forgetting Krishna; forgetting Krishna means spiritual death.”-Very instructive.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Death is certain for everyone in this material world, however if one gets rid of his/her material desires, then he will not die at the end of his life.

  • amit chugani

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article

  • Human body gets a choice of two lives, material and spiritual. Material faces birth, oldage,disease and death. But Spiritual faces eternity. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb explanation of why materialists are afraid of death and transcendentalists are not!

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this article

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. For materialists Krishna comes as death and for devotees death comes as Krishna.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very convincing reply….

  • NSP

    Excellent explanation! Wonderful insight!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very hope giving explanation by HH Radhanath Swami. Krishna’s interest is devotees’ interest and hence Krishna is so much interested in His devotees.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    How Bhakti goes beyond time to have eternal loving life with Krishna is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami in this answer.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    The essence of bhakti is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami in this answer.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    The power of bhakti which encompasses all other benefits besides giving highest form of liberation is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami in this answer.

  • amit

    beautiful article

  • Ravi

    Wonderful answer by Swamiji……

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Bhakti yoga is like taking the lift to go to high raised building where as other processes are very tedious and like taking stair to reach the top floor with tremendous labour. Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami.

  • navin poojary

    For a seeker of spiritual emancipation,time is absolute and eternal just like the kitten in Cat’s mouth and rat in Cat ‘s mouth story

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Great Answer. Jai Gurudev!!!

  • Arun Deshmukh

    The only way to be in this life is to develop love and service attitude towards lord thats it…

  • Milind M Churi

    In due course of time death is inevitable for every one of us who are in this world.It is important for us to perform activities which will take us closer to the God as we grow old and old.Herein Radhanath Swami nicely explain to us how it is possible,that is by taking part in spiritual activity under bonafide guidance.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Great article.. Jai Gurudev !!!

  • Rasasindhu

    Superb reply….

  • Anurag

    For first time I have heard such an amazing explanation of working of Bhakti Yoga.Thank you for sharing this.

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Great Answer .Jai Gurudev!!

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Superb explanation. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Rajeev

    “Devotee only fears of forgetting Krishna” — thank you very much swami ji to make us realize that if we really want to be a devotee then we need to be fearful on only ONE thing, forgetting Krishna

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Great explanation. Thank you Gurudev !!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing answer! True, people who are following Bhakti Yoga and rendering devotional service know that Death is not the end of everything but a new beginning. But others are always living in constant fear of death as they do not know what lies beyond.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing

  • Hiroo Motwani

    Superb ! A American Sadhu having better understanding of Bhakti Yoga than Indian Monastics. Hare Krishna.

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