Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

How to give up bad habits?

By on June 10, 2013 in Life with 37 Comments

Association transform heartQuestion to Radhanath Swami: How to give up bad habits?

Radhanath Swami Answers: The only real way to give up bad habits is to replace them with good habits. In order to have the determination and the strength to do that, it is necessary that we have association that will enliven us and protect us. What you associate with, we become like that—that is the law of nature.

My Guru Srila Prabhupada gave a simple example. If you put an iron rod in fire, after some time, in association with fire, it becomes red and hot like fire. If you put the same iron rod in ice, it becomes ice cold after some time. One can change a bad habit into a good due to good association, and one can also change a good habit into a bad due to bad association.

Bhakti yoga is the detailed science of how to transform our consciousness through association. What we are talking about is transformation; you cannot negate your desires, you cannot simply negate your addictions. They must be transformed, transformed into something positive.

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  • Keval Shah

    Really, nice article explaining “A person is known by the company he keeps”

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation of how to give up bad habits. Thank you for the great advice.True! it’s who we associate which determines our habits.

  • Milind M Churi

    Nice one.It is good for us to negate our addiction.It is good for us to develop higher taste of spiritual life to give up lower taste of material life.Thank you very much for informative article.

  • Rajeev

    There can not be more simpler way of understanding this formula of getting rid of bad habits. Thank you for sharing.

  • NSP

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj so nicely described the power of association in conquering bad habits!

  • pratik desai

    Nice one.

  • Association is the key to progress in spiritual life. Thank you Maharaj for this reminder.

  • chandrika

    Good article.

  • If one gets higher taste, automtically he gives up the lower taste. Adopt good habits to drive out bad habits. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Amazing and Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. Unless we bring in positive qualities we can completely eradicate the negative qualities.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice explanation of how one can replace bad qualities into good ones. Today society needs things like these, otherwise there is very little hope that we will see a bright future for our society and us. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this great message.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    What HH Radhanath Swami gives in his answer is based on the scripture, Bhagavad Gita and one can forget lower taste when he gets higher taste.

  • satyam

    An old yet beautiful example given by HH Radhanath Swami. The example teaches us the basic principle of life as to keep our association the best possible and thus be protected from the onslaught of misgivings. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami

  • Deepika Agarwal

    Such a simple explanation thank you Maharaj with your blessings will be in sadhu sang always

  • rambabu

    It is most practical and realistic solution. It worked for me.
    Thank you HH Radhanath swami

  • Association is so powerful.

  • Mohan

    thank you very much Maharaj. Please bless me so that I can give up my bad habits and take association of devotees.

  • Love your self and become aware of self hatred and work on your self destructive patterns of your life

  • Aishwarya

    Short and sweet answer.Like the positive application part of it!

  • Chandrika

    Higher taste replaces the lower tastes.

  • “The only real way to give up bad habits is to replace them with good habits. In order to have the determination and the strength to do that, it is necessary that we have association that will enliven us and protect us. What you associate with, we become like that—that is the law of nature.” THIS IS SO TRUE.

  • nandkishor das

    wonderful n inspiring article

  • Ravi Garg

    Very practical reply….thanks or your guidance Swamiji…

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami nicely explains the importance of association with a beautiful example of iron rod in connection with fire or ice.

  • Sunil

    So true, have seen personally that if i have some difficulty with my habit which is really bothering you, just with the strong association of devotees, we can put that bad habit to min i.e the only real way to give up bad habits is to replace them with good habits and there is no other way…

  • niranjan

    Very wonderful explanation of how to change once consciousness…!!

  • “Bhakti yoga is the detailed science of how to transform our consciousness through association. What we are talking about is transformation; you cannot negate your desires, you cannot simply negate your addictions. They must be transformed, transformed into something positive.” Transformation is the key.

  • Thank you for sharing

  • biswajit

    Wonderful explanation

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Good solution for giving up bad habits!- to develop good habits or in other words develop a higher taste!

  • chandrika

    Really nice article.

  • bharat

    A great teaching by HH Radhanath Maharaj.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for sharing

  • vamsi

    you are what you associate with
    HH RNSM is telling how from association we get the determination to say ‘no’

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    Replace Bad Habbits By good Habbits..
    and Have Good Association is the Best Way to be Determinant in Bhakti… Thank you Maharaj

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very good advice! True, we can give up bad habits by replacing them with good ones.

  • Sanat Swain

    glorious answers

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