Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Is a Positive Attitude Always Good?

By on November 30, 2010 in Life with 48 Comments

BuddhaQuestion to Radhanath Swami: What is better? Looking at an object as it is, or looking at an object with positive attitude? I was thinking about Gautam Buddha; if he had a positive attitude, he wouldn’t become Buddha.

Radhanath Swami: Actually, Buddha had very positive attitude. That’s how he became Buddha. He saw the realistic problems of birth, old age, disease and death. But he had faith that he could overcome those miseries and that he could teach the world to overcome those miseries; he had a positive outlook. Otherwise, what kept him going? What kept him from going into depression or committing suicide? Buddha was under that Pipal tree called the Bodi tree at Bodhgaya and he vowed, “I am not going to get up until I attain that state of enlightenment, where I can teach the world how to be free from miseries.” That’s positive outlook. He did not give up.

So, having a positive outlook does not mean being unrealistic or not being objective. In spiritual consciousness, positive outlook really means to see the grace of God, to see the opportunity to serve, to see the opportunity to learn, and to see the opportunity to help others in all situations. And such an opportunity is there in every possible situation if we look for it. Our consciousness can transform tragedy into something beautiful, though the situation may still be tragic on one level.


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  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    One who is situated in spiritual consciousness is always positive. He is not pessimistic to address the real problems of life birth, death, etc but rather he is realistic and positively seeks God’s help to resolve them once for all.

  • Aishwarya

    Truly this article gives me hope in tragic situations!!

  • deepak

    Radhanath Swami teaches how to be positive in every situation even though the situation may look externally negative.

  • N Swaminathan

    Brilliant insight

  • Guru

    One who understands The problems of life i.e. Birth, Old age, Disease and Death is positive infact realistic not pessimistic and is a realised soul, who looks for permanant solution to come out from the problems of life.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Spiritual positive attitude….

  • Balaram Prasad

    Great thought.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    This article talks of positive attitude, but there is so much to take away from this. It practically tells us how we can handle a multitude of situations, happy or sad. It actually tells us how to make use of all the opportunities we are presented. I think this is such a beautiful article.

  • Shra1wiz

    Very true, our consciousness our mind clearly can change the same situation from being miserable to one of happiness or vice versa. It all depends on how we look at it, from the bodily level or the spiritual level.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    It is our consciousness which can transform any situation from a tragedy to an opportunity for improvement, as Radhanath Swami has said.

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  • Sushma S

    Very inspiring answer.

  • Sumit

    Very important message Radhanath Swami has given here. We need to always think with positive attitude accepting that any misery which we are facing at any time, is a boon from the Lord and is for our upliftment in the spiritual path.

  • Ravi Garg

    Thanks Swami for your encouraging answer…..

  • Uday

    Beautiful answer by Radhanath Swami.He nicely elaborates what actually positive attitude means.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Positive attitude doesnt mean calling a problem the solution, but identifying the problem and courageously implementing its solution. Great answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very nicely explained by Radhanath swami the real positive attitude

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Radhanath Swami can teach how to develop a positive attitude because if learn about his life we will only find his positive attitude in all situations- simple or tuff.

  • Siddharth

    Super Explanation…thank you radhanath swami

  • srinivas

    nicely said. Haribol!

  • Srivatsan

    Brilliant explanation for positive attitude !

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami has given such a wonderful understanding of this incident ! Thank you.

  • Abhijit Toley

    The questions asked and answered on this site are highly intelligent and relevant. Radhanath Swami has logical, simple, and convincing answers for all questions. Just shows his depth of spiritual realization.

  • Manish Kumar

    Very nicely explained that with positive attitude we can achieve all good things which we wanted to attend.

  • Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami gives such a clear understanding of what it means to have positive outlook in life.

  • Chandan Mitra

    Real positivity means to add GOD into everything.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    I liked this statement “Our consciousness can transform tragedy into something beautiful, though the situation may still be tragic on one level.”

  • Vishvesh

    wonderful reply.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for instructing us on the true nature of positive attitude.

  • krishna chandra

    Seeing Krishna everywhere and in everyone makes us see everything in a positive way. That makes perfect sense.

  • Servant

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj has wonderfully said about how we can look upon every situation in our life in a positive manner being on a spiritual platform.

  • kadamba kanana

    Very wonderful answer.

  • Chetan Warade

    Beautiful explanation by Radhanath Maharaj.

  • anjanadri

    Thanks to Radhanath swami for such a beautiful article.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Beautiful reply

  • In spiritual consciousness, positive outlook really means
    -to see the Grace of God,
    -to see the opportunity to Serve,
    -to see the opportunity to Learn, and
    -to see the opportunity to Help Others in all situations.
    I will try to imbibe it in me.
    Thank you Maharaj.

  • madhura

    Our consciousness can transform tragedy into something beautiful, though the situation may still be tragic on one level.Amazing!

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a clear understanding by Radhanath Swami on what it means to have positive attitude.

  • Naveen

    Wonderful presentation on positive attitude especially in spiritual realm, thank you very much Radhanath Swami

  • Sonia Talwar

    such a clear understanding on what it means to have positive attitude. Thank you maharaj

  • vaishali kamat

    Very well said by Radhanath Swami. We need guidance even to understand what is really positive !!

  • Chandrika

    Positive outlook on life…a very testing task.

  • surekha

    Thank you for giving us the message to always have right conciousness.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    We have to have a positive outlook on the path of spirituality.

  • govind

    thank you very much for wonderful article.

  • Vidya Patham

    Great truths explained so simply by Radhanath Swami. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Udisha

    Positive attitude can change our outlook towards the way we are living. Wonderful example of Gautam Buddha to explain what is positive attitude. Thank you so much.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    V nicely explained.. Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for your wonderful guidance..