Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How can we understand extraordinary things mentioned in the Vedas?

By on October 15, 2013 in Life with 65 Comments

Hanuman swallowing sunQuestion to Radhanath Swami:  Many things written in Vedas are unbelievable. For example, it is said in the Ramayana that Hanuman wanted to swallow the whole sun. How do we understand this?

Radhanath Swami Answers:  You have seen little ants on the ground.  How much can an ant lift? And how much can you lift?  You can lift probably 100 pounds.  Is there any ant on earth that can lift 100 pounds?  No. An ant cannot comprehend what you are doing.  They do not have the intelligence to comprehend what a human being is.  If one ant would tell another ant, “I saw someone lift a 100 pound,” the other ant would never believe.

Similarly, sometimes we tend to think, “I cannot swallow the sun, so how can anyone swallow the sun?” But there are beings greater than human beings.  The Vedas say that we are like tiny ants next to such great souls as Hanuman, and with our ant like consciousness we cannot understand what they are doing. They are more powerful beings than ourselves, millions of times more powerful.  But why is that so hard to believe in the beginning? Because we are so conditioned to think we are the only reality.


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  • Aishwarya

    Simple explanation of understanding extraordinary things.

  • Piyush Singh

    The answer makes a lot of sense. Yes, we often have this tendency to believe or not believe something based on our context. We even see few so called miraculous powers in some of the human beings at times then why shouldn’t we believe the scriptures. Many thanks for sharing the answer by HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Very apt answer by HH Radhanath Swami. We can not comprehend something beyond our intelligence and logic like those of ants infront of super human personalisties like Hanuman.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing explanation!True! we only believe what we see with our limited vision and intelligence.

  • Ravi Garg

    Short reply but very convincing….thanks Swamiji for your divine guidance………..

  • Aishwarya

    Nice answer!

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Wonderful answer!!

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Very nice explanation by HH Radhanath Swami. Very simple to understand our true position as compared to great people.

  • Sha

    “But why is that so hard to believe in the beginning? Because we are so conditioned to think we are the only reality.”
    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!
    Very true indeed…

  • Srinivas

    Pavan putra Hanuman ki Jai

  • Ravi

    Wonderful reply…..

  • satyam

    Beautiful explanation given by HH Radhanath Swami Mahraj. Especially the last line- we think we are the only reality. such a covering of false ego is upon us that we do not even consider that personalities such as Hanumanji existed and were far more powerful that we can ever imagine. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Mahraj for removing our cataract like vision.

  • We often have confidence on things which are not real and do not even think that we can be wrong too. We tend to be blind. One who has faith in Guru and Scriptures can easily fathom the truth. Hari Bol.

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for instilling in us some sense of humility through this most logically presented article!

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Such a nice explanation by HH Radhanath Swami that who ever reads this will be fully convinced of our limitations to understand the greatness of exalted personalities.

  • Blaram Acharya Das

    Jai Gurudev!! Great article..

  • NSP

    Very nice and convincing explanation by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article and beautiful article.

  • pratik desai

    Great explanation by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj by providing convincing analogy.

  • ASH

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Keval Shah

    Simple , yet clear and beautifully expalained answer.

  • Sanjiv

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us this perspective

  • Gokul sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful article.. Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Beautiful answer by HH Radhanath Swami which amply proves our inability to understand higher things.

  • Prashanth Naik

    Thanks 4 nice answer

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    To understand the greatness of great people, we should associate with great people like HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Sumit Sharma

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has very rightly pointed out the limitation of our intelligence. Srila Prabhupad used to say many times that we don’t know many things which are happening on this very Earth planet.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Instructive answer.. Thank you so much Maharaj Ji for the nectar.

  • Rasasindhu

    This question is in everyone’s mind & Maharajji has so wonderfully & convincingly replied. Thanks.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. We just have to have faith in the words of acaryas to understand the great works of great people.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Nice analogy by HH Radhanath Swami which clarifies even to an illiterate and highly intelligent persons equally.

  • Suryakant krrishna Das

    We are always asked such questions hen we try to preach. This explanation is very logical acceptable. Thanks Radhanath Maharaj

  • we are all souls but differently conditioned. If one completely comes out from all conditions can easily understand all other activities with all faith. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Rasasindhu

    The analogy of the ant explains the answer so well….thanks

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! Its so difficult for us to understand (with our limited vision and intelligence) the amazing things mentioned in the vedas and other scriptures.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Very nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami, especially the analogy of ants is ver very apt.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Even the activites of exalted Vaishnavas like HH Radhanath Swami are fathomless and can not be comprehended as they are completely spiritual.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very interesting answer by HH Radhanath Swami. The activities of great souls like Hanuman are really difficult to understand with our small intelligence.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    This is a wonderful and unique answer by HH Radhanath Swami to a very tricky question.

  • Milind M Churi

    Answer makes it very clear that our conditioned mentality makes us think and see things of this world and outside of this world in our perspective.We under bonafide guidance should elevate our consciousness to overcome such weakness.

  • Rajesh

    Now I understand and this explanation really helped to understand inconceivable things.

  • Chandrika

    This question is well-answered. The ant analogy is so cleverly used to explain our conditioned nature.

  • Citra Gopi

    This reminds me that we need to always keep an open mind.

  • ASH


  • amit

    thank you for sharing

  • Rajaruban

    It is so helpful to have such explanations to further understand extraordinary things.

  • Vipul Parkhi

    Very helpful answer.

  • Rasasindhu

    Wonderful answer…..

  • Rajeev

    Radhanath Swami ji explains the things so simply that even most complex thing becomes comprehensive. thank you for sharing.

  • navin poojary

    When we understand the Universal principles laid out in the Vedas and scripture such as Bhagavatam,all different perspectives start making perfect sense

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Great answer. Jai Gurudev.

  • Arun Deshmukh

    Simple answer for doubting mind thanks Maharaj…

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Great answer. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Sanbaran

    very striking and clear cut answer. Thank you so much Guru Maharaj

  • Jam

    Awesome answer! Convinced me totally.

  • Pradeep

    Very simple and nice answer by Radhanath swami Maharaj

    Thank you very much for sharing with us


  • Rasasindhu

    Very instructive reply……

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very difficult to understand as we cannot see beyond a certain point. We just have to believe such things by having faith in the scriptures and the spiritual master.

  • Rohan

    Thank you for sharing this analogy and explaining the broader view of vedic life , in general there is a tendency to judge and think from our limited capacity.

  • Saurabh

    Very nice explanation. Some things can be only understood when we hear them from one who knows it. Otherwise they are a great mistery. thank you so much radhanath swami

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    v instructive & great answer .Jai Gurudev!!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Sometimes very difficult to understand things/incidents which seem supernatural with our limited intelligence. But we have to have faith in the scriptures and realize that nothing is impossible for the Lord and his devotees.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Great answer. Jai Gurudev !!

  • datta

    Haribol!! Guru Maharaj has given such a wonderful analogy as to how should one accept the things which are apparently unbelievable.

  • anashree

    Thank you Maharaj. Certains things are beyond our understanding. Instead of trying to analyse them, we should simply have faith in Guru and the scriptures.