Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How can one increase one’s faith in the holy name and in the process of Bhakti yoga?

By on July 15, 2013 in Life with 48 Comments

resistantQuestion to Radhanath Swami: How can one increase one’s faith in the holy name and in the process of Bhakti yoga?

Radhanath Swami Answers: The best way is to associate with people who have that faith, to perform those activities and to cultivate those thoughts that increase our faith, and to avoid those vibrations that distract our mind from that goal. Now, when we are living in society, there are so many distractions. But those distractions can actually help us if we are spiritually strong. When you resist to distraction, you become stronger spiritually. When you give in, you become weaker. So, Bombay is a wonderful place to become strong!

If we have nice association, and if we cultivate spiritual strength in our free time, we will be empowered to keep our mind fixed on what is virtuous, what is truth, and what will help us awaken love of God. And every test we pass, we’ll be filled with grace, we will become strong.

How many of you enjoy your exams in school? But those exams are necessary! Because when you know the exams are coming, you have to prepare yourself. So, in this world, you know your faith will be tested every day. And knowing that actually helps us to take our spiritual practices more seriously.

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  • deepak bagla

    Thanks for the excellent answer – Radhanath Swami

  • “The best way is to associate with people who have that faith, to perform those activities and to cultivate those thoughts that increase our faith, and to avoid those vibrations that distract our mind from that goal.” Right association is the key for success.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice answer by Radhanath Swami. We must associate with devotees who have faith if we want to have faith.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful answer.. Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for guiding us.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice solution.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami which is truly reflecting from his own personal example of reposing highest faith in the holy name at all times.

  • Swapnil

    Nice answer

  • NSP

    Very wonderful answer! There is so much in this answer to learn and to apply in practical life.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very practical reply….thanks Swamiji for your divine guidance…..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! If we ant to increase our faith and become strong, we have to associate with people who have faith.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very nicely answered by HH Radhanath Swami. The only way is to associate with devotees who have unflinching faith in the holy name of Lord.

  • pratik desai

    Nice explanation by HH Radhanath Maharaj.

  • That’s very true that our faith is tested every day and only if we are spiritually strong than only we can survive. Maharaj ki jay….

  • Aishwarya

    Nice answer.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Very nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. The more difficulties we tolerate and endeavor to learn lessons from them, the more we can become stronger to face them.

  • Sharmila

    Thank you for this timely message.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing

  • Thank you for sharing

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami says, we should always seek the association of serious devotees which will increase our faith by leaps and bounds.

  • Keval Shah

    nice explanantion.. when we pass the test we become stronger

  • Chandrika

    Great analogy to develop of faith in the Holy Name.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    This is a timely article.

  • Ravi

    Wonderful answer….

  • Raj

    A different way of looking at faith.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Faith can multiply simply by associating, serving and following in the footsteps of serious devotees like HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Sharmila

    We can all have some experience of the message here.

  • Sharmila

    A lot to learn from this post.

  • ravi

    Convincing reply…..

  • vvdd

    very well explained

  • ravi

    Very convincing…..thanks for your wonderful guidance.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! You can increase faith by associating with people who have intense faith in the Lord and the power of the holy names.

  • “The best way is to associate with people who have that faith, to perform those activities and to cultivate those thoughts that increase our faith, and to avoid those vibrations that distract our mind from that goal.” This is very logical and practical. Hari Bol.

  • It is very much important to impliment these instruction in one’s own sdvancement. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • amit

    Thank you very much :).

  • Milind M Churi

    Association of a right people is important for a person who want to progress on the path of spirituality.It is said that an iron rod takes a property of a fire when it is heated sufficiently for sufficient amount of time.Similarly a person who associates with devotees of the God Krishna and follow their instructions then one obtains that qualities and faith.Thank you very much.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    We are always relishing the nectar that flows from HH Radhanth Swami’s teachings.. We are so grateful & thankful to Krishna for blessing us with Maharaj ji.

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Very nice explanation on how to increase our faith in the process of devotional service.

  • Citra Gopi

    Taking shelter of Krishna’s Names is the way for us all in this age.

  • VP Singam

    This is really faith-increasing.

  • Rajaruban

    Thank you for this faith-booster!

  • That is the power of association.

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    Association of devotees dilutes the effect of Maya and always empower to become more serious and enthusiastic in spiritual life..thank you Maharaj

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    Association of devotees is like mirrage in Desert of Sins… Thank you Maharaj

  • Sha

    “If we have nice association, and if we cultivate spiritual strength in our free time, we will be empowered to keep our mind fixed on what is virtuous, what is truth, and what will help us awaken love of God” – HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!
    The exams comparison was brilliant and intriguing for one to pursue on the path of Bhakti seriously

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Great answer. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Superb explanation.Jai Gurudev!!

  • anashree

    Nice explanation by Maharaj. To associate with right type of people and when you resist to distractions you become spiritually strong

  • amit

    Very Beautiful.

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