Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

If God is the Ultimate Cause, Why am I Held Responsible for my Actions?

By on September 28, 2010 in Life with 85 Comments

God's pupetQuestion to Radhanath Swami: According to the Bhagavad Gita we are not the doers. Whatever is done is done by Lord Krishna. Then why are we affected by laws of karma?

Radhanath Swami: We can’t do anything without God’s help. We cannot see or even breathe without God’s help. So how could we take credit for what we do?

However, we are responsible for what we do with whatever God provides us with. God tells us in the Bhagvad Gita, he tells us in the Quran, he tells us in the Bible, and he tells us through the sages what he wants us to do with what he has given us. But if we do the opposite, we act as instruments of our envy and our ego and we are using God’s energies in the service of our own envy and our own ego. And we will be held responsible for it.

Let’s take a hypothetical case for an example. Suppose your mother gives you one million dollars and tells you to give it in charity. But you use that money to buy heroin instead, and then try to make ten million by selling that. Somehow you get caught and you are brought to the judge. The judge gives you thirty years of imprisonment. Then, you can’t say, “I am not the doer, my mother is the doer. Because it wasn’t my money, it was her money.”


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  • Sunny

    Too good! I am so happy reading all these Q & A…no one has ever been able to give such simple clear cut answers to me before based on vedic wisdom…

    Thankful to Radhanath Swami and all those who are assisting him in trying to get this message around…

    Ignorance is root cause of all suffering…

  • Madhura

    Wondeful answer given by Maharaj.

  • Deepak

    ha ha ha, what an awesome answer, so wonderfullly explained. Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jaiii

  • Vijay Mathias

    The explanation is crystal clear! We are completely responsible for our actions.

  • Nisha

    Maharaj has answers to ever thing, such deep are his spiritual knowledge and deep realizations.

  • Rajesh Lad

    Wonderful article with wonderful example !

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the wonderful illustration. We have to stop passing the buck to GOD.

  • ajay p sankhe

    so much truth in these simple answers of life.

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami has described a deep fact of spritual science in such a simple manner, with a beautiful example.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Only when we hear from great souls can we understand the message of the scriptures. Its profound. Its simple – or looks simple when revealed by great souls like Radhanath Swami.

  • Sujit Mehta

    So wonderfully and meaningfully we are made to understand by Radhanath Swami, basic aspects of life which we take for granted. The more I read articles by Radhanath Swami, which I have been doing for quite sometime, there is a motivation to work towards the real goal of life amidst carrying out responsibilities.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    Perfect answer and excellent example.

  • nawal sood

    same question had been on my mind
    now well clearified

  • Uday

    God cannot be held resonsible for the consequences of not following His instructions.Beautifully answered by Radhanath Swami with very appropriate example.

  • mona

    Maharaj has explained so nicely with a wonderful illustration.

  • Vinay Rachh

    An amazing analogy to illustrate the law of Karma

  • Nancy

    Nice analogy.

  • why_worry

    Fantastic example… Radhanath Swami’ examples are impeccable!!!

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    A simple yet perfect answer for a complex theological question.

  • Deepali Boradia

    Thankyou Maharaj for the wonderful explanation to the most asked question.

  • Shoba Fernandes

    Very well explained.

  • Reply of maharaj makes us conscious to use the gifts given by Lord in His service and not for personal gratificaiton

  • Thank you for such a clear answer to this question.

  • Ravi Garg

    very expertly explained in lucid language

  • malathi santosh

    Sublime truth explained in a such an easy and simple way! 🙂

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect answer – very well explained with a nice example. Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • Nirmal Kumar

    What a powerful and relevant example to supplement the equally powerful principle. Radhanath Swami’s guidelines are very useful in our daily lives.

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami has appropriately explained why we should not take the credit of our actions. Whenever we do anytihing good, we should give the credits to those who facilitated us and when we fail at something, we should take up the responsibility. We will bever become proud if we do this way.

  • Aishwarya

    Wonderful answer supported with an apt example.

  • Vidya Patham

    This is a frequently asked question, which has been clearly answered by Radhanath Swami.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    One of the nicest explanations and finest examples by Radhanath Swami. This clears one of the most complex question people in general ask. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Shraddha Jain

    Such a wonderful answer explained with such simple analogy. So easy to understand & also to imbibe as well as to explain others.
    Thank u Radhanath Swami.

  • sandeep kaimal

    nicely told by swamiji

  • Shra1wiz

    God gives us free will, but how we utilize that free will is up to us alone. And we need to face the consequences of inappropriately using the free will. Nice one Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Manish Raikundalia

    Nicely explained. I especially like the example of the mother giving a million dollars. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj explains karma through a beautiful example.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Such a simple example to explain something so profound! Radhanath Swami expertly tells us how we tend to point the finger to everyone else, even God, for our mistakes.

  • Amol Kulkarni

    Mother-son example is so brilliant – thank you Radhanath Swami

  • shirish

    Nice explaination by Radhanath swami —giving example of son & mother to make us understand.

  • Vishnupriya

    very well explained

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Great answer by Radhanath Swami. If we atleast folow the instructions of great saintly people like Radhanath Swami, then we are safe

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Great answer by Radhanath Swami. If we atleast follow the instructions of great saintly people like Radhanath Swami, then we are safe.

  • bipin

    All Glories To.H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Maharaj with his vivid but simple examples makes even difficult subjects easy to understand.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Sandeep Kamat

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful insight. Due to our own envy and pride we do not follow the teachings of Bible,Gita,Koran and the other holy scriptures. So we are affected by the laws of Karma.

  • Ashwani Kaul

    very well explained. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Sumit

    Very nice. There are lot of people asking the same question. Radhanath Swami has given very clear answer here.

  • pranav gore

    PAMHO. Awesome…! Thank you.

  • Sunil Jha

    Wow…Thanks Maharaj for explaining the law of Karma with such a simple and beautiful example ..

  • Saunak

    Wonderful explaination for all the things that happen to us ..

  • Arabinda

    Thank you Maharaj for clarifying the subtle points about Karma here.

  • Dr Yuvaraj

    Common Question…uncommon answer by H H Radhanath Swami

  • “What God wants us to do with what He has given us has to be done by us. But if we do the opposite, we act as instruments of our envy and our ego and we are using God’s energies in the service of our own envy and our own ego. And we will be held responsible for it.” If we use the independence given by Him wrongly, we are only responsible for our actions and we can not blame God for the same. Thank you very much Maharaj for this nice instruction.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for the precise answer to an edgy question. By hearing from such great souls even complex concepts become very easy and simple to comprehend!

  • sangharatna bhamare

    Wonderful article. Thank you maharaj.

  • Mitali kallianpur

    Amazing answer . Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • N Swaminathan

    Simple and penetrating example to explain the foolishness of trying to escape responsibility of our actions in binding us to this material world.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Very beutiful example, explained very nicely. Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Servant

    Perfect message with perfect analogy.His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj KI JAI.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    This question is often raised by people. Very convincing answer with example by Radhanath Swami

  • Naveen

    Wonderful analogy by Radhanath Swami

  • Ketan Pendse

    Thank you Maharaj for the wonderful explanation of Karma Philosophy

  • Gaurangag

    Very analogy !

    Thanks for sharing us.

  • karthik

    Wonderful example. Touching!

  • Nilesh

    Perfect question !!! Perfect Answer !!!

    great.. thakns a lot.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Great answer by RadhanathSwami. Nice example

  • sajeev

    One of the best example i hv ever read…i think the principle will be convinced just by reading the example.

  • prahladpriya

    also read Dorothy’s tail for more insightful discussion on law of Karma: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=8737

  • Pravin

    thank you very much!

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Pooja, Singapore

    wow!! I liked the example of mother. Hari Bol. Thank you

  • Milind M Churi

    Perfect answer and perfect analogy.I liked example of mother giving money to her son for charity and son subsquently misusing it and getting reaction of that.Very practical way to explain.Thank you very much.

  • Chandrika

    Like the analogy.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Thank you for this answer.

  • Rajaruban

    Wonderful post!

  • Viraj

    Thank you for the convincing explanation.

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Radhanth swami rightly puts it. People easily blame God for all the wrong things that happen in their life than act responsibly and sensibly.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Malli

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for enlightning me with really wonderfull answer for the question havng for long time.

  • VP Singam

    Great answer.

  • govind

    thank you very much for giving us the wonderful understanding.

  • Gokul Sundari devi dasi

    Jai Gurudev.. Wonderful answer

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    This is the thing I always like, complicated logic from scriptures maharaj Explains in very simple manner .. jai… Thank you Maharaj

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Superb explanation. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Vinay Jain

    Complex question answered in simple terms with a powerful example – Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb explanation! Lord Krishna has given us free will to choose our actions. Whatever decision we take – right or wrong, we have to face the consequences.