Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Is a Fisherman Engaging in Sin?

By on September 24, 2010 in Life with 67 Comments

Fisher Man karma

Question to Radhanath Swami: Suppose a fisherman is catching the fish and selling it in the market to maintain his family. Do you think he is doing some sinful activities?

Radhanath Swami: Rather than talking about what’s sinful, we will just speak of the science of how the world works. The science is whatever suffering is coming on that fish, the reaction to that suffering has to come upon him. That’s the law of karma.

Now we may feel sympathy that he knows no other way to maintain his family and we may respect him for that. But still, if our survival is causing pain and death to others, we will have to bear the reaction for that.


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  • Santipur Nath Das

    Very good answer!

  • H.H Radhanath Swami has nicely explained about sin. Simple thing is that we should not cause pain to anybody.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Very nicely answered. It applies toeveryone, not only fishermen. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Dr Dhotre

    Sadhu (saint) means to cut, cut through our misunderstandings and ignorance to cure us of our illusory ideas.Thank you Radhanath Swami for being a true saint.

  • Yudhisthira

    Radhanath Swami gives a very balanced reply, talking the truth but clearly indicating that we need to respect even the fisherman.

  • Madhura

    Very nicely answered by Maharaj.

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah so nicely explained true science, The basic principle is, if we cause suffering to any living entity, it reaction will come in due course of time.

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami replies so humbily & politely yet does not compromise on the principle. This is such a rare mix.

  • vrajakrsna das

    amazing answers. hari bol

  • Amol Kulkarni

    Great answer Radhanath Swamiji, Thank you

  • Prachi Kulkarni

    To the point answer Radhanath Swami

  • Amol Kulkarni

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for clear thinking

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Radhanath Swami knows to reply in no unclear terms the fate of people engaged in certain activities which may seem genuine but in reality are binding.

  • Tushar Gaikwad

    perfect reply

  • Deep

    A perfect answer.Radhanath Swami has answers for every question.

  • Sujit Mehta

    There is always a question in what ever we are doing, that is if we care and want to live a righteous life. Radhanath Swami’s direction is so clear which is based on the scriptures ,if we follow these basic principles our lives can be uncomplicated. Eg:- To breed cattle for slaughter they are fed grains and their numbers are increased, now if we maintain ourselves by eating grains and let nature take care of their numbers where is the need.

  • Madhusudan

    plain and simple.
    if we are causing pain to others with our actions, same is going to come back to us.

    Thank you very much Maharaj for you have highlighted the underlying principle I must use to judge my actions rather than raise situational doubts.

  • bipin

    All Glories to H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How simplified. Even i wondered always how will he be dealt with when it comes to the law of Karma.

    But this explanation reveals that the fundamentals of the law shall remain the same whateve be the situation.

    Hare Krishna

  • abhay

    Nice explanation. Thank you.

  • Sanjay S

    Very honest, straightforward and truthful reply by Radhanath Swami

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    That means ignorance is no excuse. It is in our hands to turn to bonafide knowledge.

  • Darshan Mehta

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for giving a simple and straightforward answer. No beating around the bush!

  • Ashwani Kaul

    Very expert answer. All glories to HH Radhanath swami.

  • nisha

    such precise and clear cut answer!!
    That shows HH Radhanath Maharaj’s in depth knowledge!
    HH Radhanath Maharaj Ki JAI!

  • sangharatna bhamare

    Newtons 3rd law at work. Thank you maharaj.

  • Abhijit Toley

    This was a tough question. But what an answer! No compromise, but no confrontation as well! Super!

  • Sunny

    Radhanath Swami putting the law of this world so clearly; how careful we have to be while living in this world!

    Any pain we cause to others comes back to us.

  • Sumit

    Questions like these are always asked and we can give the exact answer which Radhanath Swami has given here.

  • Anoop Goyal

    Thank you Radahanath Swami maharaja for giving this nice answer without compromise

  • Mangesh Kulkarni

    how nice !!

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Being Sensitive about others. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami’s answers are selfless just like himself. He doesn’t hurt anybody’s sentiments or force anybody to think like him. Radhanath Swami ki Jai1

  • Dr Shreyas Palav

    Newtons 3rd law of motion always works.”every action always has an equal reaction in the opposite direction !!!”…the Boomerang effect will occur even if we r blissfully unaware of Gods laws and reality will shake us even more harshly than fiction..so choose wisely..or else..be ready to face trouble!!!

  • Deepak

    Beautifully explained

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect answer – explained in a very simple and powerful way.

  • Bhaskar

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has put the facts in a very nice way

  • mona

    If we are causing pain to others with our actions, the same is going to come back to us.

    Thank you very much Maharaj for highlighting the underlying principle

  • Vishnupriya

    Sin cannot be justified!

  • Anil Timbe

    what a reply to so sensetive question.. the concept is cleared without going to case specific details. This clears my doubt about other professions also.

  • AbC

    GOD consciousness clears all conflicts.

  • Kajal Gandhi

    Perfect answer to a confusing question..

  • Radhanath Swami has in brief spoken so nicely about the law of Karma.

  • Radhanath Swami has the special ability to focus on the principles rather than the details. Thanks for sharing this wonderful answer.

  • Suresh

    Maharaj very humbly point out that every action has equivalent reaction.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Whatever goes around, comes around. No one can escape it. Radhanath Swami does not compromise, but does not offend either in bringing out the truth.

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  • ks Subramanian

    I have been greatly disturbed at the extreme insensitivity of leaders about the suffering of the common man. The CWG at such huge expense for instance in a low income nation is unpardonable. I now realise that a higher principle is at work, handing out the results for actions to all. Ofcourse we must remain compassionate but should not lose perspective.

  • prabhat kumar

    Thank you Radhanath swami maharaj for nice ans.

  • Waqar Y

    let us all be more conscious of how we deal with others- even with the “lower” life forms.

  • Servant

    An enlightening reply by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered. Thank you.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    HH Radhanaath swami maharaj nicely explained on karma.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Hrishi

    I cut,chop and fry vegetables…we all know by science that vegetables/trees are living beings…am I going to bear the brunt of sufferings I am bringing to these living beings…am doing wrong karma? Pls. do not consider this as a challenge to the answer mentioned above but as a question of a confused person who is not able to relate to the answer. Thanks!

  • What a incredible answer Maharaj has given.
    Its other way around, making us understand the feeling of the living entity suffers.
    Thank you Maharaj for such a wonderful answer.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Without long drawn answers, Radhanath Swami immediately comes to the point of karma or Newton’s 3rd law- Every action has an equal and opposite reaction which no one can deny.

  • nishita

    a very complex question answered very simply by Radhanath maharaj!! a very scientific answer given in a different perspective.

  • Pooja, singapore

    Thank you for explaining and giving us a clarity on sin and their reactions.

  • Chandrika

    Well answered.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for this post.

  • Milind M Churi

    This is normally asked question by meat eaters.They ask what is the fault of a fisherman?He is doing it for maintaining his family.But this is a ignorance about the laws of our Supreme Father and ignorance is not the excuse.As Radhanath Swamiji tells us if we become cause of trouble and death for others then we have to undergo the reaction too.Thank you very much for sharing this nice question and answer.

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    thank you very much Radhanath Swami for the brilliant answer.

  • surekha

    We should earn livelihood without causing to suffering to other living entities. Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful message.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing such a brilliant answer Maharaj

  • nitin


  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer!

  • Arun Pagare

    Very intelligent and practical answer…

  • Laxmikanth

    very simple and practical , logical answer by Radhanath swami, if we say no fishermen does not have other option , than we are not showing sympathy to fish, if we show sympathy to fish we are not considering fishermen, so very intelligently balanced and well answered.