Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

So many problems. Why hasn’t God Descended to Rectify? Radhanath Swami takes the Challenge…

By on January 17, 2011 in Life with 136 Comments

God's Descend to this world

Question to Radhanath Swami: We read in Gita: Krishna says that when there is a decline in religion and an up-rise in irreligion, he descends. Look at the world today; so much of irreligion, so many problems. There is tsunami of irreligion and problems crashing against practically every living entity in the whole planet- there’s an inundation. Where is God?

Radhanath Swami: Krishna has descended in this age in his name. And all the power of all the incarnations is within the name, because Krishna is non-different from his names. We simply have to chant with proper consciousness and reciprocate with his love that has descended in his name. When Krishna physically appeared five thousand years ago, very few people recognized him. So many people considered that he was just a powerful person. Similarly, when Krishna appears in his name—without association of Krishna’s loving devotees—we cannot understand, appreciate or reciprocate with the mercy of the name.

When we chant the name of the Lord sincerely, from within the heart, Radha and Krishna reveal their eternal, unlimited, and beautiful forms of the spiritual world. They reveal it in their name. We understand that the name doesn’t represent Krishna, the name is Krishna. The name reveals the qualities of the Lord, and the loving kindness of the Lord. The name reveals the abode of the Lord; within the two syllables -‘Krs’, ’na’-, within the two syllables –‘Ha’,‘re’- is the entire spiritual world. And all the pastimes of the Lord are within the name, and are revealed through the name. There is nothing else required. Through the chanting of the names, the names actually brings us right into the pastimes and reveals our constitutional identity, our eternal personality in the spiritual world; that is the power of the name.


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  • Ravi Garg

    So beautifully explained by Swamiji….yes Krishna is non-different then his holy name & a person has to practice it to understand it…….

    • Shalmalee

      Yes you are right one must practice it to understand.. Hare Krishna

  • Srivatsan

    Perfect Answer by Radhanath Swami for one of the Frequently Asked But Unanswered Question.

  • The answer by H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is so profound and can be applied in today’s world by sincere spiritual seekers.

  • Meera Sharma

    Thank you Maharajah for reminding us
    “We understand that the name doesn’t represent Krishna, the name is Krishna”.

  • Ydas

    This is a very way, by Radhanath Swami, of showing how powerful the holy name of Krishna is.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for making the holy name so personal and approachable.

  • Sumit

    What an amazing answer Radhanath Swami has given here. It’s really very inspiring. In multiple places in the shashtras, there is mention of Lord’s incarnating in the form of His Holy Name and Radhanath Swami has so nicely described that here.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Fabulous answer

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    The power of the Holy Name is only perceived when we start chanting it. The Lord is present here with us, but we do not perceive. Thank you Maharaj for so nicely explaining this fact.

  • Milind M Churi

    The very question haunts me sometime when we see and hear about corruption and exploitaions by rich and wealthy,also involment of our leaders & executives in corruption.But Radhanath Swamiji herin gives perfect answer to it.Thank you very much.

  • Karthik

    “The proof is in the pudding”. Various scriptures describe the incarnation of the Lord in the form of his Holy Names, but the realization of the same will come when the Holy names are chanted under the guidance of a bonafide spiritual master.
    Thanks Maharaj for you answer filled with realizations.

  • N.Swaminathan

    Krishna is not represented by His name, He is His name – that is the fortune we all have. Just chant and be happy.

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s description of Holy Names inspire us to chant!

  • Aishwarya

    So wonderfully Radhanath Swami explains the potency of Holy name as the ultimate savior.

  • Vinay Malani

    When we sincrerely chant the holy names of Mahamanra, then Radha & Krishna will deribarately bestow their mercy uoin us. Assures Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • umesh

    I pray that I may be able to recognize presence of Krishna in His names as explained by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Amazing answer!!!Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Simply satisfying.

  • Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami has so nicely cleared this important doubt. Lord’s holy name are non different from Lord. Such a perfect understanding as per scriptures.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami is the hero who thrills his fans by gracefully and boldly fielding tough challenges in the path of progressing toward the goal of giving everyone a chance to come closer to God.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Radhanath swami’s answers are so practical

  • Meera Sharma

    Very instructive article. Inspires to chant sincerely the Holy Name of the Lord because very thing is in the Name.

  • Such a nice explanation to the holy name. We pray to Radhanath Swami that we can also chant with sincerity, as he mentions here…

  • Vinay Malani

    Without the expert guidance of bonafide saints such as Radhanath Swami Maharaj, we would not be able to understand the full import of the spiritual potencies of the Holy Names as included in the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us about the same.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Nice explanation of Krishna has appeared in form of his name.

  • Uday

    Krsna also says in Bhagavad Gita,’Become My devotee, worship Me,…(BG 18.65)’.When we accept this instruction and follow it by chanting His Holy Name as described by Radhanath Swami,He manifests Himself to irradicate all the problems of the one who has taken shelter of Him.Beautiful answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    To really understand the jewels delivered by HH Radhanath Swami we also need to become jewel by constantly chanting the Holy Names of Radha and Krishna.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat


  • deepak

    Radhanath Swami’s understanding of the subject is unparallel.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you maharaj for reminding us of the unlimited glory of the holy name of the lord which we always take for granted.

  • Sunil Bagh

    I would like to thank Radhanath Swami for his wonderful analysis of the incarnation of Krishna in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy.

  • krishna chandra

    We need to purify our consciousness and have the right association to truly appreciate the Glories of the Lord’s Holy Name. However, the starting point of purification is also Chanting…….it is the means and the end.

  • To develop the faith that holyname of Krsna is Krsna is very important to access the mercy of Lord. For that according to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, we have to begin with simple heart. Thank you for reminding this simple but most subtle truth.

  • Servant

    A very enlightening article by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Ketan Pendse

    As rightly said by Maharaj, chanting is the only solution to get cured of this material disease of maya… and the more we chant with faith the more purified our heart and consciousness becomes….

  • kuldeep

    Very deep rooted.

  • Meera Sharma

    Illusory energy is so powerful, we get trapped in it. Although Maharajah has explained that everything is in the Name, we should have the desire to call it sincereity and with love.

  • Abhinattva nam namino…The day we will realize this, our life will be perfect. Thanx maharaj for reminding this most importnat fact.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    profound answer.

    Maharaj nicely explained the power of holy name in simple way.

    Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • abhay

    thank you very much . swami answers all the same questions with such convincing and satisfying way,which I also had trouble to figure out the proper answer.

  • Beautiful explanation!

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has highlighted the true importance & value of God’s Holy Names in a very emphatic & enlightening manner.

  • malathi santosh

    Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami has clearly mentioned how Krishna descends in the form of his Holy name. Our problem is that we do not have enough conviction about this.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A beautiful explanation. The Holy Nama , is the only powerful that we should chant to experience God in our life.

    Hare Krishna

  • Manasa

    By chanting the names of the Lord sincerely, from within the heart, Radha and Krishna reveal their eternal, unlimited, and beautiful forms of the spiritual world.

  • Naveen

    So true, the name Krishna and the person Krishna are non-different but it remains a secret as long as we do not remain attentive to the fact that both are same, and it will remain so unless we hear and be in the association of great saints like Radhanath Swami

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Perfect answer – Krsna has descended in the form of His Holy name to take us back – Back to Godhead.

  • mukund

    Radhanath swami’s perfect answer to the question

  • Anagha Warade

    Hari Bol!
    Perfect answer.

  • Vinay Jain

    Radhanath Swami is giving us the key to the Spiritual world. Can there be anything more important to be known than this?

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj speaks with such great conviction….

  • madhura

    Amazing answer.

  • Purushottam Kumar

    Very nicely explained.

  • Shruti

    Perfect explanation! ‘Krsna is non-different from His names’. When we chant His names sincerely He will reciprocate with us. Lord Krsna is always with us, only thing is that we are not calling Him with our heart.

  • Sagar Wadekar

    Nice question and a perfect answer. Thanks..

  • Ram Mohan

    Radhanath Swami so concisely explains the unlimited power of the holy names… I couldn’t help but share it with many more friends… Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

  • Advaita & Kalasudha

    A very beautiful answer given by Radhanath Swami that the Lord has indeed appeared in this age as the transcendental Holy Names, by chanting which, all the ill effects in our hearts are completely destroyed.

  • Atul

    Great explanation

  • Naresh Jethwa

    Thanks for Sharing

  • priya aiyar

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating.Very nicely explained by Maharaj.Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us.

  • Sunny

    The Lord is so merciful…we want to be away from Him…but He is available to us in so many ways, we just have to be eager to see Him even in current polluted state of matters…

  • Saurabh Devgun

    All the magic in the invocation of those syllables!!
    Wow! May I get a drop of taste of holy name.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Fantastic answer!

  • I’m wonderfully experiencing it-Bible, bhagavatam, Koran show the power of spiritual vibration, Hitler&others got the power of material sound vibration; have a first hand witness of harekrishna maha mantra’s effects&power just by being around any ISKCOn’s sincere devotees.

  • Deepak

    So nicely explained. Thank you maharaj

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for the wonderful answer.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for telling us that the Lord has descended in the form of his name in this age of kaliyuga.

  • bipin

    A very beautiful explanation. Only chanting is the true medicine for all the sorrows of this world.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Malleswari

    Very amazing explanation to the question I am waiting for long time turned my life into right direction.

    Thank you very much

  • Govinda

    Very nice explanation, Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • suresh

    thank you maharaj for this wonderful explanation on holy name…,

  • aniiket

    How important the holy name is
    hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
    hare ram hare ram ram ram hare hare

  • Pankaj

    Very nice answer by Radhanath Swami!

  • Anshu Jaiman

    Very nice … good one…

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this brilliant answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • navin poojary

    Thank you for sharing this

  • Thank you maharaj for this advise.

  • Saravana

    Yes, Good explaination

  • nandkishor das

    fantastic answer

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Perfect explaination by Maharaj

  • duruvan

    Haribol, made my day to be enthused and inspired.. amazingly powerful explanation

  • Keerthi

    Such inconceivable personality has been described in a very simple and convincing words about the power of the God’s name in this age.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • vijay

    very nice answer

  • Anshu Jaiman

    Hare Krishna Maharaj…all glories to RADHANATH MAHARAJ….Maharaj ki jai hoo..
    Maharaj is very very good. Very nice article. Best Humanitarian spiritualist.
    Hari Bol…!!!
    Yas- anshu jaiman

  • sujata

    hari bol

  • sri vallabhi dd

    very perfect answer

  • Roshan

    amazing answer

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Thank you for sharing

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Perfect answer

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Very good answer by Maharaj

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Very inspiring

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Hare krishna

  • H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has explained the power of holy name. All glories to Maharaj.

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Perfect answer by Maharaj

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Amazing answer

  • sri vallabhi dd

    A good one

  • atul

    very nice answer

  • umesh

    great answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Explanation gives peace of mind Thank you

  • chandraprakash

    thanks a lot

  • krishnaprakash

    wonderful explanation

  • Damodar

    Nice explanation from Radhanath swami giving hope that Lord is present in the form of His name.

  • svdd

    Very enlightening

  • vishvesh

    Thanks Rahdnath Swamiji for explaining this so beautifully.

  • Guruprasad Nagarali

    very wonderfull

  • Mukund

    thank you Radhanath swami for your profound answer

  • Rajeev

    Hilarious … feel inspired to chant nicely …

  • chandraprakash

    nice answer

  • Anagha warade

    Nice answer!
    Thank you for sharing..

  • Abhinav Mutreja


  • abhinav mutreja

    Nice Talk !

  • sundar ananda das

    Great words… all we need is faith in the Holy Name!

  • chandraprakash

    very nice statements

  • As we are not so fortunate to see God directly, He gave us His name as an incarnation.Thank you maharaj.

  • Krishna is so merciful.

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Very beautifully answered by Maharsj

  • A nice answer.

  • Sunny Hinduja


  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • shailesh

    Very Interesting.Thank You Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  • Chanting has so much potency. Hare Krishna.

  • nandkishor das

    very profound thank you

  • rahul

    Only a person like Radhanath Swami can explain so profound truths in such easy way.

  • madhura

    Wonderful answer.

  • anil

    What an answer.. beautiful

  • Sandesh

    never thought about that! beautiful!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer. We do not realize that Krishna is actually present here through his names. We are so blinded by Maya that we cannot see him and reciprocate with him. Wish we could chant blissfully and absorb ourselves in the chanting of the holy names.

  • Advay Pathak

    Thank You Maharaj for sharing this wonderful point.

  • damodar

    Very true we cannot appreciate who the lord is or in what form He is present without the association of the devotees. So as Radhanath swami says one must hear in the association of sincere practitioner about the presence of the Lord in such turmoil and disturbances, Lord is in fact present to help us every moment , it is upto us to take the help.

  • rachna

    thank you maharaj for the wonderful realization.

  • Balaram acharya Das

    Wonderful answer. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful answer but many cannot identify Krishna as being present in his names. We can realize this knowledge through the spiritual master by hearing humbly from him.

  • Vinay Jain

    Very inspiring article. Any one who reads this article will naturally feel very eager to chant the holy names. Thank you Radhanath Swami!

  • Guneshwor

    I think that when we talk of practicality, that means it must be practical – something there is for you to experience and also see. It has to be both abstract and material. To the Hare Krishna followers or those who are from Hindu tradition and believe on the concepts of soul and reincarnation, yes this explanation seems perfect. God is here with us all the time and that is his name.

    But has the (right way of) chanting of Krishna’s name lessened the world problems? Have yours chanting destroyed the evils or even stopped bad things from happening?

    Another convincing logic about the name is that if you constantly chant Krishna’s name that could impact you in becoming a good person since you are God conscious meaning, you are God fearing. Well, this way if everybody who chant’s Krishna gets transformed – that would certainly have some impact. But there are two practical issues with this logic.

    – Since all the followers of Hare Krishna do chant Krishna, are they all good and do good things? Have there not been conflicts, corruptions and disagreements going on within Hare Krishna community as is with every religious community?

    – Ideally, let’s agree that since Krishna followers chant his name, they are good compared to other people. But what percentage does that make in the world population so as to impact the evil and bad things happening in the world?

    These are not my criticisms but questions I often ask to myself.