Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How to face difficulties?

By on April 17, 2013 in Life with 55 Comments

radhanathQuestion to Radhanath Swami:How to face difficulties, obstacles and failures in life?

Radhanath Swami Answers: Now in Mumbai we are undergoing the monsoon rains. It is very inconvenient.

Most people don’t like when it is raining, and that is a universal principle all over the world. Rainy seasons bring austerity; you practically cannot do anything outside. Children cannot do their sports, adults cannot have open parties. And whatever else they do to get from one place to another becomes very difficult.

However, the rain nourishes the earth, provides grains, foods, vegetables, flowers. Without rain there is no life. There is a song of the 1940s from America: though April showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in May…. So when we see rains coming, our mind should be focused on the flower that they would bring.

When difficulties, obstacles, pressures and even failures come into our lives, we should always be seeing the invisible, feeling the intangible, so we can achieve the impossible. We may not exactly understand why? But if we have faith, if we have hope, we can always be looking at that flower that will grow from this rainstorm. That is the substance of a successful man. When opportunity knocks, most people complain at the noise. We should see an opportunity in every situation; we never really lose until we stop trying.

 

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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation about what attitude we should have when we face difficulties and obstacles.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice message Radhanath Swami has given while answering this important question. If we stick to our devotional service even at our critical times, we would get lot of purification of our hearts.

  • Rajeev

    Radhanath Swami gives an amazing analogy of rainstorm and flowers and difficulties and realizations in the form of flowers. All we need to have is faith in Lords plans which are much higher than our limited understanding. Thank you for sharing

  • Vinay Jain

    This is a wonderful & very inspiring sutra for success – seeing the invisible success awaiting us even in the face of difficulties. Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    This is actually called as Positive thinking !!

  • Ravi Garg

    Very practical reply…..the example of rain is sso appropriate……thanks

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    A statement to be inscribed in our hearts – “When difficulties, obstacles, pressures and even failures come into our lives, we should always be seeing the invisible, feeling the intangible, so we can achieve the impossible.”

  • Sunil

    Very true, we all face obstacles, difficulties in our life and if we just have faith that what is happening is for good only and its Krishna`s mercy and keep associating of devotees we may overcome that phase too..

  • Ravi

    Beautiful reply with full of divine wisdom…

  • deepak bagla

    thanks for the wonderful reply Maharaj

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! When we face difficulties we should have faith that this is what is required for our purification.

  • pratik desai

    Great analogy by HH Radhanath Maharaj.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami very clearly explains the attitude we should have while facing the difficulties in life.

  • Ravi

    Swamiji guidance is so practical…..thanks

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami reveals the real nature of this world and advise us to exercise tolerance to unfold the success in future.

  • umesh

    Radhanath Swami in this article nicely describes the attitude we should have when facing the difficulties.In every difficulty there is an opportunity. thanks for explaining this..

  • Amar Gaur das

    Here, Radhanath Swami answers a very frequently asked question. The answer is so hope-giving, and increases one’ faith in the saying that: Not even a blade of grass moves without the consent of God.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami calls for inner will power and determination to face such eventualities with patience in order to get success.

  • Henna Gardeslen

    The hardship that each one of us goes through at some (or multiple) occasion (s) in our lives, can be cause of despair, disbelief or dis-ease. You explain it so beautifully. I could not agree more. thank you!

  • “we should see an opportunity in every situation … we should always be seeing the invisible , feeling the intangible , so we can achieve the impossible “. So very true .. each and every word of Maharaj is so rich and has such a lot of depth…please please bless me Maharaj so that I live up to your teachings and become a Amala Bhakt. thank you so much.

  • ASH

    A very hope giving article!

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami showed by his personal example how to take all the difficulties as wonderful opportunities for progress in the spirituality.

  • Braj

    Thanks for sharing

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    When we sincerely follow the foot steps of great acaryas like HH Radhanath Swami all the difficulties appear small.

  • Mehul

    Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful inspiring article. Yes, it is true that many of the time we unnecessarily complain about the situation wihtout thinking twice about the results which that situation may bring to us in near future…

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami always emphasises, when we understand the divne plan behind all situations then we can easily cross over any difficulty.

  • Chandrika

    A very encouraging message to always meditate on.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered. It makes a lot of sense to focus on the results of the difficulties and continue to put in our endeavors. Thank you very much.

  • Rajeev

    Radhanath Swami is answering the question with such a powerful analogy that we can remember it forever, thank you for sharing.

  • R.Sundar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for giving the solution for handling the difficult situation by nice analogy.

  • Govind

    hare Krishna, Very nicely explained. Thank you very much for wonderful explanation.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    We never really lose until we stop trying.

  • “When difficulties, obstacles, pressures and even failures come into our lives, we should always be seeing the invisible, feeling the intangible, so we can achieve the impossible. We may not exactly understand why? But if we have faith, if we have hope, we can always be looking at that flower that will grow from this rainstorm. That is the substance of a successful man. When opportunity knocks, most people complain at the noise. We should see an opportunity in every situation; we never really lose until we stop trying.” This is very enlightening.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    We can know from scriptures and through the repeated teachings of great saints like HH Radhanath Swami that this world is designed with full o difficulties. So best way to overcome is to tolerate them in a prayerful mood to God.

  • One has to learn to tolerate the situations not losing the hope that Krsna will definitely help him. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Aishwarya

    Very inspiring!

  • Raj

    Taking shelter of the Holy Name is a powerful way to deal with difficulties.

  • Keval Shah

    Very Hope giving article. When difficulties come our way, controversies haapen, we need to look at opprtunity thats awaiting us.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer. We should face difficulties with hope and faith.

  • amit

    thank you for sharing :).

  • Milind M Churi

    Very nice advice.It is in fact difficulties,obstacles,pressure and even failures gives us a proper understanding of this world and allow us to take shelter of a bonafide spiritualist who is capable of giving us true knowledge by which we can pass the test of our own faith in God.Thank you very much for sharing such nice advice with us.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer!

  • Deepika Agarwal

    Thank you maharaj for explaining such a difficult question in such a simple way yes we should also have faith whatever is happening must be for some good only like the flowers in may.

  • Wonderful answer!

  • vamsi

    Yes we can follow in footsteps of Maharaj to see obstacles as opportunities

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    We must understand the plans of Lord which are always Best for us…Haribol

  • Sha

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!
    God is the perfect planner, He knows whats best for each of us. In this way we must seek shelter of God in every situation and see obstacles as opportunities to get closer to Him…

  • shashikant

    got so much inspiration and positive approch for facing difficult situation in life.
    Thanks a lot maharaj!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very sound advice!

  • saurabh

    Very Wonderful ….. Seeing the unseen….

  • Vivekanand

    wonderful answer, inspiring

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Great article. So inspiring. Jai Gurudev !!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful answer. Jai Gurudev !!

  • Vinay Jain

    But if we have faith, if we have hope, we can always be looking at that flower that will grow from this rainstorm. Thank you Radhanath Swami for inspiring us to see difficulties from a brighter, more positive perspective.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very inspiring answer. We should learn to look at opportunities at every obstacle that we face. We should learn to feel and see the invisible goodness in negative situations in our lives.

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