Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami answers a common question, “Is this beautiful world really anxiety ridden as the saints say?!!!!”

By on October 6, 2010 in Life with 116 Comments

Anxiety Free WorldQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Is this beautiful world really anxiety ridden as the saints say?!!!!

Radhanath Swami: Srila Prabhupad, our Guru, often expressed in his writings how material life is actually full of anxieties. And the less selfish we are, the more we understand that reality.

Sometimes we maybe so happy and it may seem that there is no anxiety in the world, “I am happy. I am living in such a nice house and I have such nice people around me. I have such nice food.”  So is it that because Srila Prabhupad is in anxiety that he says the world is full of anxiety? No. Srila Prabhupad is not looking at himself. He is looking at the whole world. For a saintly person, another person’s anxiety is his/her anxiety; another person’s suffering is his/her suffering; another person’s happiness is his/her happiness.

So, we maybe having a nice little place, we maybe happy, and that’s good. But what about the people in Africa? What about the people getting killed in Afghanistan? What about the people who have been suffering from Cancer, from Aids, from Hepatitis, from heart diseases, and from mental depression and mental illness? What about the children who are starving and can’t even concentrate on their studies? What about the children who are abused? What about the women who are abused? What about the men who are abused?

The world is full of anxiety. It’s very real. And for people who are actually quite happy in this world and satisfied with their happiness, a saintly person will grieve for them too. Why? Because, blinded by the temporary happiness which is going to end soon, they don’t strive for the real happiness obtained through connection with God.

But at the same time, the same spiritual person whose anxiety is about everybody else is free of anxiety, because of his/her connection with God.


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  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Better introspect, whenever we feel there is no anxiety in this world….

    • Pravin

      i do agree with you.

  • pranav gore

    PAMHO. The so called happiness in this world is temporary and this thing is very nicely discussed by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Thank you.

  • sunil


  • umesh

    Wonderful answer given by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. It is nicely pointed out that even the so called happy people are also going to suffer in the future due ti their lack of connection with God.

  • Uday

    Old age, disease and death are main causes of enxiety.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    The Lord has given us enough pleasures to enjoy this material world, and miseries so that we can turn to Him in distress. Radhanath Swami gives the perfect solution to be free from this – God consciousness.

  • saurabh

    wonderful.. this is the reality of life. Thank you maharaj for such a practical/visible explanation.

  • Vinay Jain

    What a wonderful article by Radhanath Swami! I am sure any one who remembers this message will always remain free from the illusion that this world has no anxieties.

  • Ankush

    This is true nature of Material World…

  • Kajal Gandhi

    Very nice article…thank u!!

  • Vidya Patham

    We generally live in a bubble without understanding other people’s sufferings. Thank you Radhanath Swami for enlightening us about the activities of compassionate persons like the great saints who endeavor to uplift humanity from its fallen condition.

  • Madhusudan

    hare krishna
    thank you very much. it connects to my present situation. i am ill with stomach ache.

    pls share more on connecting with god

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    This answer by Radhanath Swami is absolutely befitting for people who are complacent and making material adjustments for deriving the so called happiness in this world. Radhanath Swami also warns those who say “Now I am happy and hence I don’t need to pusue spirituality”. A perfect answer.

  • Jatin

    Very important fact told by Radhanath Swami that happiness of this world is short lived. Never feel too elated by any happy condition.

  • Mukund

    Radhanath swaami gives a perfect reply to any sort of questions asked

  • Sumit

    Touching words by Radhanath Swami. People who think that this material world is for being happy should learn a lesson here.

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Spirituality means caring for others. This is the reason saints like Radhanath Swami are spending so much of their time in sharing this message for nothing in return. really Self-less.

  • Madhura

    Wonderful explanation given by Maharaj.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    The mother of all diseases is stress, and anxiety is the cause of stress. So, its a cascading effect as anxiety leads to bigger issues physically. But as Maharaj explained, when we are connected to God, there is no anxiety for ourselves though we may feel compassion and anxiety for others. Hari Bol!

  • Bhaskar

    Once a friend of me put same point in front of me- “I am happy in my life with out any anxiety and I don’t see any need for God”
    Thanaks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj, for the proper explination to this point

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    If we just stop thinking about ourselves and see the reality in the world, we understand the miseriesof the world. Same time if we are connected with the Lord, the miseries do not affect us. Rightly said by Radhanath Swami. Thank you.

  • Abhijit Toley

    This answer takes the discussion to the next level. From personal comforts to the misery of others. From temporary happiness to permanent happiness. Too good!

  • Blinded by the temporary happiness which is going to end soon, people don’t strive for the real happiness obtained through connection with God.

    A spiritual person whose anxiety is about everybody else is free of anxiety, because of his/her connection with God.

    What profound statements are these by H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj. There is no anxiety when we are in connection with God.

  • N Swaminathan

    The saintly persons are anxious even for the happy people because they know that this happiness is temporary.

  • Aishwarya

    Amazing how a saintly person simultaneously in anxiety for others and still free from anxiety.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    Perfectly true. People who are temporarily happy with their material surroundings become intolerant with even minor inconveniences. These inconveniences become major problems in their mind even though another person not used to a luxurious life is comfortably tolerant of some inconveniences.

  • malathi santosh


  • Ashish patil

    ‘HAPPINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS’ … This is clearly explained here… Thank you very much maharaj… Hari bol!

  • Ashish patil

    In Godliness only lies the Real Happiness… Thank you maharaj.

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Great answer – so nicely and clearly explained. Thanks a lot Maharaj.

  • Ydas

    This is universal brotherhood that Radhanath Swami is teaching and how to feel the pain of others

  • Anil Timbe

    such a complete understanding given by Radhanath Swami.

  • sangharatna bhamare

    spiritual person whose anxiety is about everybody else is free of anxiety, because of his/her connection with God.

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    Amazing article on the true anxiety ridden nature of this world by Radhanath Swami.

  • karthik

    Very true and most importantly not to forget this truth. Thanks Maharaj.

  • Ketan Pendse

    Very true, Thank you Maharaj….

  • Vinay Rachh

    A very holistic answer to a practical question.

  • prabhat kumar

    Very perfect explanation given by Radhanath swami maharaj.

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj describes a saint!

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji has this amazing quality of giving such beautiful convincing answers that the person asking the question leaves without a doubt in his mind……

  • Ram Mahtani

    Than you for the deep insight into the miseries of the material world.

  • Ganesh Gawali

    Really ,the question which arises in our minds again and again is answered very brilliantly here by Maharaj.Really,very convincing answer.Thank you very much,Maharaj for such a deep insight.

  • anjanadri

    Thanks to Radhanath swami for this wonderful article.

  • Prashant Phirke

    Great explanation by Radhanath Swami on anxieties in this beautiful world … Thnak you …

  • Sundar

    Very convincing answer by HH Radhanath Swami that this world is a place of anxieties. Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Siddharth

    The real but hidden (for those in illusion) nature of this world perfectly described in a simple but powerful way by Radhanath Swami….Thank You

  • Naveen

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for a wonderful answer

  • santosh

    Radhanath swami maharaj is inspiring every one by his example and the results which he has given to the society.

  • jyoti

    A Life-Saving Project…Something that actually makes people ‘LIVE’ the teaching of Simple Living High Thinking. Radhanath Swami ki Jay

  • anil

    Thank you Maharaj.

  • Manasa

    Material world is full of anxieties and sufferings. Only spiritual path makes one happy

  • Namita

    Amazing explanation of how one who carries teh anxieties of the world as his own to help them is usually free of anxiety because of his connection with God

  • Because saintly persons are selfless they can see others anxiety. One has to be really self less to be compassionate.

  • Aman Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for wonderful explanation.

  • dryuvaraj

    the same spiritual person whose anxiety is about everybody else is free of anxiety, because of his/her connection with God

  • umesh

    quite convincing answer by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Vishvesh

    thank you very much maharaj for wonderful explanation of this material world which is full of anxiety.

  • Phani

    Wonderfully answered by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. When our mind meditate on explanation of such great souls, all sorts of misconceptions and nonsense will be eradicated. We should keep taking shelter of such pure souls like Radhanath Swami to make our destiny most auspicious.

  • pankaj

    Amazing reply by Radhanath Swami…

  • indresh

    Radhanath Mahraj is telling such a essence of character of saintly person that a person who is connected to Lord is free of anxiety ,and his only anxiety is how to relieve the anxiety of others.

  • nawal sood

    very clearly explained……thank you maharaj

  • indresh

    If we just stop thinking about ourselves and see the reality in the world, we understand the miseriesof the world. Same time if we are connected with the Lord, the miseries do not affect us. Rightly said by Radhanath Swami. Thank you.

  • Neha Karvir

    Radhanath mahraj always gives perfect answers…..

  • vivek

    wonderful explanation

  • Kadamba kanana

    Thank you so much.

  • Anurag Pareek

    This is real profound!

  • Anuj

    wonderful answer

  • Servant

    A truly convincing explanation on anxiety.

  • Shyam kishore das

    What an incredible analysis! On the surface, it could appear as a bit cynical, but after reading the entire article, and upon further reflection, there’s no question that there’s tremendous suffering in this world – being blind to it does not make it disappear. And clearly, the only reality that is eternal is that of compassion for the suffering of others. And within that compassion lies true happiness.

  • dryuvaraj

    spiritual person whose anxiety is about everybody else is free of anxiety, because of his/her connection with God.

  • Vinayak G

    True selflessness can be manifested by a person who is fully focused on following the instructions of GOD, and just like Him, shares the anxieties of all, though, he himself is fully free of any anxiety. Radhanath Swami is one such person.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How beautiful. Saintly people consider everybody’s problems as their’s, and since they are connected with God the feel sad for them and want these children of God to get liberation.

    Hare Krishna

  • Yogesh Valhe

    good example from Radhanath Swami.

  • Mathuranath

    Thank you Maharaj.

  • Kadamba kanana

    Wonderful explanation Maharaj.Thank you very much.

  • Manish Kumar

    It is true sometime even people don’t understand their anxiety and unhappiness. Sometimes a person a so bust in his work that he is not having any time to eat or sleep properly not even talking to his near and dear one and he himself and people around him considers him very successful and happy, which is an illusion.

  • Manasa

    Thank you very much for sharing

  • Rajat Choudhary

    Hope someday I can think from Radhanath Swami’s point of view.

  • Chetan Warade

    Very Clear and detail explanation on Anxiety given by Radhanath Sawmi Thank you Maharaj

  • Vishvesh

    I really liked the answer.

  • Tilakini

    Maharaj’s realizations are always profound as his ability to convey them to us.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this nectarian answer

  • anand


  • anand

    Thank you Maharaj!

  • Gurrappanaidu

    This material world is really miserable as Maharaj said..

  • Thank you Maharaj, what you say is what we personally observe in your life of compassion towards others.

  • rishi

    Thank you so much for this article

  • Manish Kumar

    Thanks Maharaj for bringing this angle I had never think from this angle this shows how selfish are some people like me who always think about ourselves / myself and never realize others pain.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered by Radhanath Swami. Awesome !!!

  • Shoba Ramachandran

    Whenever we feel any small happiness , we feel we are the controller, its possible becuase of me. We don’t realize its going to end soon. Untill we establish the true connection with God, we are blinded. Hard to believe….huh.Thanks HH Radhanath Swami for bringing us into the light whenever we blind ourselves shutting us away from God.

  • Das

    Both happiness and grief are fleeting in nature. But being connected with GOD relieves one from these temporary pleasure/pain. Hare Krishna !!

  • Vishvesh

    nice article

  • Pooja

    V should learn to be in this world but not of this world.. Thank u for the article.

  • Milind M Churi

    Creator made this world full of anxities with purpose.This material world is perveted reflection of spiritual world.The Lord Himself proclaims this in Bhagvida itself.Thank you Radhanath Swami for very nice explanation.

  • vaishali kamat

    This material world is a place of misery is very true. Moreover it is not permanent, we may be happy now but sure enough we will be unhappy soon.

  • Deep Nishad

    This world is horrible. We want infinite love but get in infinitesimal quantity. Hope there might be a place of unlimited love, how nice it would be.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so true

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so clear in his message

  • sandeep kamat

    Excellent point by Radhanath Swami again. The world is full of anxieties. When we establish our connection with God then we will not have any anxieties.

  • Phani

    What an explanation by Radhanath Swami Maharaj, all glories to Maharaj.

  • Gaurangag

    “The world is full of anxiety. It’s very real”…Yes this material world is always called “Kunta”, full of anxieties.

    Thanks for sharing us.

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    Best formula to be anxiety free in this world ridden with problems and worries.

  • Vinay Rachh

    very nice!!!!

  • hey
    simply wonderful

  • Guru

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath swami maharaj

    Thank you so much for sharing wonderful nectar.

  • Chaitanya Shah

    Spiritual life has the answers to all our problems, questions and doubts and Maharaj has proved this beyond doubt

  • Murthy

    Wonderful and very instructive.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami Maharaj

  • narhari

    very convincing answer.This short explanation gives us a broad understanding of how material world is not source of eternal happiness.

  • Chandrika

    Para dukha dukhi.

  • vandana chavan

    very true and instrutctive all glories to gurudev .

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How true, how so ever happiness w are into , it is so temporary, and anxiety creeps back, only if we are spiritually knowledgeable do we then recognise what real happiness is all about.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb explanation! Yes it’s so true that when we feel a little bit of happiness in this material world, we feel that there is no anxiety and life is great. But we should realize that this is temporary and there miseries waiting to surface all the time. But if we develop connection with Krishna these miseries will seem insignificant and we will be free from anxiety.

  • nikhil

    Amazing explanation even Prabhupada says that we may live a comfortable life but what is the use if we become w dog or cat in the next life.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb answer! If we take shelter of the Supreme Lord, then we are rid of anxieties and we can then help others who are in deep anxiety and stress.