Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami explains what is spiritual strength

By on September 12, 2014 in Life with 53 Comments

Spiritual StrengthQuestion to Radhanath Swami: In spiritual circles they often talk of ‘bala’ or spiritual strength. What exactly is this spiritual strength?
Radhanath Swami Answers: What is spiritual strength? Spiritual strength is essentially the awakening of our soul. The soul is part and parcel of Krishna, who is all-powerful. Spiritual strength is the sincere ability to overcome the illusions and the distractions of maya. Spiritual strength protects us from engaging in sinful activities and egoistic activities. Spiritual strength is the power of God; spiritual strength essentially is the mercy of Krishna.

daivi hy esa guna-mayi
mama maya duratyaya

Material nature is very strong. Maya is very strong. But Krishna tells us that one who surrenders unto him can easily cross beyond it. So spiritual strength is the mercy of God. And how do we access that mercy? By associating with the Lord – through his name, through his devotees, and through his divine service.


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  • Gopinath Chandra

    Balaramji provides spiritual strength. Check out this awesome post on Sri Balaramji by Radhanath Swami http://radhanathswamiweekly.com/radhanath-swami-glorifies-lord-balaram/

    • Y Raja Shekar

      Nice answer by Radhanath Swami. The article on Balaram also gives a world of clarity on getting the spiritual strength.

    • Swapnil Gaonkar

      Gopinath Chandraji, I liked the crisp answer given Radhanath Swami. Never got such clarity on this topic before. Your link on Balaramji is also excellent and it gives deeper understanding. Thank you for sharing.

  • brajswaminidd

    Bala means strength & that’s why Balaram means the giver of that spiritual strength.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Without associating with devotees, one can not progress much in spiritual progress. This is the best way to get mercy of the Lord.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Nice answer by Radhanath Swami. But the weakness of every one in this age of Kali is not able to subdue their own interests and submit to higher power. Every one want to become superior and there is an unhealthy competition born out of envy to lord it over the material nature. Due to this competition they are repeatedly falling victims to the three fold miseries.This struggle seems to be never ending story. Only the causeless mercy of God can help overcome this powerful weakness.

  • Navin Poojary

    Spiritual strength or mercy of Lord is required along with our own purusartha ; our efforts to be succesful in any endeavour – material or spriritual

    • Y Raja Shekar

      I agree Navin P. In this world we can not achieve any of our desires without endeavors, because this world is a foreign land for us. The desires have to be followed by hard work to achieve them. But without the sanction by Krishna, no matter how much hard work we do, will not yield any results. We may desire so many things backed up by efforts, but higher powers decide whether we are deserving the same or not. The efforts without any expectation of results is the best. It is said do the best and leave the rest to God. The power of will of Lord is such that, He can make the most undeserving also deserving if one pleases Him. Radhanath Swami nicely concludes in the above answer that, we can access the mercy of Krishna through the association of His devotees, His name and His service. Very practical and logical answer.

      • Piyush Singh

        Wonderful elaboration. Thank you.

  • biswajit

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • biswajit

    Nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami.

  • vidya karekar

    so nicely explained the different aspects of spiritual strength!

  • biswajit

    nicely explained

  • biswajit

    mercy of Lord is required

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita, overcoming the influence of His external energy of this World is very difficult unless one takes His complete surrender. Radhanath Swami shows the path to access that mercy, i.e., by serving Him, association of His devotees and taking His holy names.

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Hari bo!nicely explained by Maharaj.

  • Y Raja Shekar

    Best way for spiritual progress is taking shelter of Krishna. But this is not so easy. In this age of Kali, we all have born with tremendous amount of false ego. To forego this false ego and to surrender unto some one is the most difficult task. Unless one realises the futility of this world and his own body, the surrender to the higher power is not possible. Hence, the pure devotees like Srila Prabhupada and Radhanath Swami come to this world and tirelessly and profusely distribute the compassion and love of God wherein people get the qaulity of humility and thereby surrender.

  • Ranganath

    so nicely explained

  • manish naole

    Thanks for sharing. Wonderful answer by Radhanath swami

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful definition of Spiritual strength! True, we cannot access the spiritual strength without the mercy of the Lord. Lord Balrama is the original spiritual master and we have to surrender to him if we want his mercy. Without the association of devotees, it is very difficult to fight Maya.

  • A very interesting topic to understand what we are. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Gokul R

    “Spiritual strength” explained in most practical way – Excellent answer. Eye opening and quite revealing.

  • manish

    Thanks for sharing

  • manish

    Wonderfully explained the meaning of Spiritual strength.

  • NKD

    Spiritual strength is the power of God; spiritual strength essentially is the mercy of Krishna. Very enlivening words!!!

  • Spiritual strength is nothing but the mercy of Krsna. “yeh yatamam prspadyante tam tataiva bhajamyaham”One gets spiritual strength to the extent he surrenders to Krsna. All Glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • The means to acquire spiritual strength are now clear thanks to the awesome explanation by swamiji!!!!

  • NSP

    Wonderful definition of ‘spiritual strength’!

  • Piyush Singh

    Very true. It’s a kind of team work – TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More :).

  • Vinay Malani

    Our spiritual strength increases thousand fold by following the instructions of bonafide spiritual gurus such as Radhanath Swami who selflessly dedicate their whole lives in the true welfare of the entire world.

    • Mick

      how do we find bonafide gurus these day where there is so much in news about gurus in the world?

      • Vinay Malani

        Very simple. The guru must belong to a bonafide samprada & must have taken initiation from a spiritual master who is an authorised representative of one of the bonafide sampradas. His words & deeds must conform in totality with the authorized scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita & Srimad Bhagvatam. He should not deviate from the scriptural injunctions, must be 100% selfless, self-restrained & practice what he preaches. Ultimately, if we are sincere, then God will direct us from within & bring us to the shelter of a bonafide guru.

        • Pradeep Iyer

          Thanks for this explanation, it was helpful

  • sriranga

    Haribol, wonderful definition

  • Satish Rane

    Radhanath Swami maharaj has very nicely answered

  • Sanjiv

    What a wonderful experience – Spiritual strength protects us from engaging in sinful and egoistic activities.

  • vidya karekar

    spiritual strength is the mercy of God. And how do we access that mercy? By associating with the Lord – through his name, through his devotees, and through his divine service.!! so simply explained

    • Sanjiv

      Thus Radhanath Swami is advising us on how we must never neglect the following: –

      1. Chanting Lord’s names
      2. Associating with Lord’s devotees
      3. Our service to the Lord.

      Thank you for this post

  • Anand Patil

    amazing explanation of spiritual strength. Thank you HH Radhanath swami maharaj for the wonderful explanation.

  • Sanjiv

    This is a beautiful definition – Spiritual strength is the power of God, It is the mercy of Krishna

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    So many definitions as to what is spiritual strength. We can gain access to this spirtitual strength only by the mercy of the Lord.

  • Raju K Mewada

    In this material world every one is looking for energy and power. But what material person is looking for is not a permanent solution for all problems. So what is use of such power or bala. So as rightly asked in this question about Spiritual strength, or bala means to get power which can help us to solve all problems permanently. As explained by H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj, spiritual strength helps to understand and avoid illusion and with help of such bala we can keep ourself safe from all such material dangerous. We must have to pray to the Lord to save us from all such illusion by providing his grace..at the same time we need to learn to be completely dependent on the Lord like Prahlad Maharaj for whom Lord appear in the form of Narsimha dev just to protect his devotee..Thus Lord can always save us if we can surrender to him with compete faith..

    • George Martin

      Really…..we can this stringent law of material nature only by the mercy of Lord. By utterly depending on Him through chanting His holy name. The example of Prahlad Maharaj is very significant in this regard. Thank you very much for wonderful comment

  • Jeewan

    very nice answer….

  • sneha

    We learn that association of devotees and chanting of the holy name gives us the spiritual strength to guard against maya.

    • william miller

      Ms Sneha, It seems to me that you are from India and have brilliant knowledge on spirituality. So can you tell me that what is “Maya”?

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Spiritual strength helps us to overcome Maya. We can develop this strength by awakening our soul to our lost connection with the Lord.

  • Rahul

    Radhanath Swami has perfect answers to all questions

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Deepika

    Thanks maharaj for telling us how to increase our spiritual strength to deal with this world .we can go near them and preach them only when our own spiritual strength is there.

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    This is amazing ! Maharaj has simplified the concept of how devotees take shelter of internal energy of the Lord and thereby easily overcome being victimized by the clutches of the external energy of the Lord….! No other answer can be simpler than this !

  • Satish Rane

    only way to free ourself from the effect of illusory energy is take shelter of Krishna. Thank you maharaja for wonderful answers.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! Unless we are spiritually strong, we cannot try to overcome Maya. And we get the spiritual strength from performing devotional service and being in ther association of devotees and hearing the pastimes of the Lord.