Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Can’t we Understand God through Scientific Research?

By on February 3, 2011 in Life with 95 Comments

Can God be known by Scientific Research?Question to Radhanath Swami: Why is it stressed so much that we understand God from a bonafide Guru? Can’t we resort to scientific research, like we do to understand any other phenomena?

Radhanath Swami: Our Guru Srila Prabhupada, in his purity of heart and humility, again and again stressed, “I am simply repeating the words of my Gurudeva and Sri Guru Parampara.” This is the descending process of acquiring knowledge. Prabhupada stressed this especially because at this particular time within the age of kali, the ascending way of approaching knowledge has become very much prevalent. In fact, modern scientific education especially trains people to doubt authority, to independently research to find out what is truth.

Now according to God Himself, through the process of ascending knowledge—even with the help of the Holy Scriptures—we can at the most attain an understanding and realization of the impersonal Brahman, and perhaps Paramatma. But Bhagavan realization, realization of the personality of Godhead, is utterly impossible through the ascending process. It is only by the mercy of the Lord that we can understand him as he is.

So therefore Srila Prabhupada, who didn’t give the generic idea of ‘God’ consciousness, wanted to stress this point. He was giving ‘Krishna’ consciousness. ‘Krishna’ is Bhagavan. ‘Krishna’ has all 6 opulences in full for all of eternity. As far as ‘God’, ‘God’ could mean the impersonal Brahman to some, ‘God’ could mean a demigod to some, or ‘God’ could mean the Paramatma within the heart to others. But they are all partial understandings of Bhagavan.

The only way to approach Lord Krishna, Lord Krishna declares himself in the Bhagavad Gita, “It is only by undivided, unconditional devotional service that I can be understood as I am.” Prabhupada’s special contribution to the world is that he spread throughout all the continents of this planet the full complete understanding of the Absolute Truth, Krishna, who is the supreme enjoyer, and how to reach him—through unmotivated, uninterrupted loving service. When Krishna is pleased by our service, Krishna reveals Himself to us.

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  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj says it so simply….

  • Milind M Churi

    Yes it is not that only doubting authority in this age of kali,poeple simply reject the authority and follow what their vimsical mind says.In this way trancendental knowledge can not be learned,for that one has to accept the authority of a Guru.When Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in this world 500 years ago He also accepted a Guru to set an example.Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Vishvesh

    wonderful and answer. thank you Maharaj.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    How perfectly put! Radhanath Swami makes it crystal clear that the only way to understand god is when he reveals himself to us.

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a beautiful understanding by Radhanath Swami on why to approach bonafide Guru to know about God. Thanks for sharing.

  • umesh

    interesting to know that through ascending process we will always get partial understanding of God and never full. thanks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj for nice explanation of the topic.

  • saurabh

    This is interesting and important. The way of experimentation can lead us to great problems like cheating, wrong conclusions, we always require to know whether we are in right direction from one who actually know it , what to speak of knowing about god himself. Thank you very much radhanath swami.

  • Sumit

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us this essential understanding that we must posses to know God.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful answer.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us

  • Ravi

    Very nice reply……

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Nice answer by Maharaj to an equally nice question.

  • sundar

    Actually how much damage modern education is doing in our lives in terms of faith in higher authority and scriptures.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • “It is only by undivided, unconditional devotional service that I can be understood as I am.” Krishna’s words are very clear. Service with out any motive is the key to understand Krishna. Thank you very much Maharaj for this invaluable message.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has made it very clear that spiritual matters cannot be understood using the imperfect material instruments & processes.

  • malathi santosh

    Just perfect!

  • Deepak

    Wonderful answer.

  • N. Swaminathan

    Radhanath Swami has very clearly explained that with all the efforts of the scientists the maximum one can hope to understand is the impersonal aspect of God which is not all in all. There is the sweet personal aspect also which can be understood only by God’s grace. Thank you Maharaj

  • Aishwarya

    Simply wonderful!!

  • Anagha Warade

    Hari bol.
    Great reply!

  • Abhijit Toley

    It was a very good question and a most satisfying answer by Radhanath Swami. The person God reserves the right to not reveal Himself to us. Since He is more powerful than us, we cannot force Him to reveal Himself. Only by the devotional process which requires a bonafide Guru He is pleased and reveals Himself.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Indeed ! what Maharaj is saying is completely authoritative.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Radhanath Swami more than answers the question.

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji very systematically explained the difference between descending & ascending process…….very nice…

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami thank you so much for the clear explaination

  • Vinay Rachh

    Nice answer

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives appropriate answer!

  • Vinay Rachh

    We cannot understand god by our mental speculation.

  • Abhijit Toley

    If someone is powerful than me by design, and not just by practice, then unless he reveals himself I’ll never find him. Quite logical.

  • Pankaj

    Amazing! Thank you Radhanath Swami…

  • Servant

    An enlightening message by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Ravi

    Beautiful explaination……

  • Radhanath Swami Maharaj clarifies that we have to depend on Krishna to understand Krishna!

  • Karthik

    Wonderfully explained the importance and completeness of Descending process.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami puts in simple words, to understand Krishna, one must follow the bonafide Guru.

  • Abhijit Toley

    We can use our logic and reasoning and observations to at least allow for the existence of God in theory. Then by being open-minded, we can realize God by following the standard process. Radhanath Swami and his followers are sparkling examples.

  • tushar vora

    What a simple and lucid explanation!

  • Chetan Warade

    Very detail explanation by Radhanath Maharaj.

    Thank you Maharaj.

  • vaishali kamat

    What Radhanath Swami is saying is absolutely true. The modern education system being faulty has resulted in such doubts in our minds. We do not know whom should we have faith on and whom should we doubt. If we follow the instructions given here, having faith in his words, we are sure to attain the Absolute Truth.

  • Chandrika

    This is a great explanation…Thank you.

  • Utkarsh

    Maharaj wonderfully refutes the ascending process of learning and reveals the true process i.e. descending process.

  • duruvan

    Thanks very much for sharing this wonderful post

  • Poonam

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami has himself adopted this approach to understand God – by accepting initiation from a bonafide guru.

  • Thank you for sharint that

  • Jitendra

    A very simple but profound understanding given by Radhanath Swami.

  • Naveen

    Just too perfect, thanks to Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful explanation.

  • ranjeet

    very nice

  • radhasangi devi dasi

    Wonderful answer Maharaj. In today’s world one is taught to accept only those things which we can see. Hearing from the right sources is not so much stressed upon. It is a very frightful situation.

  • Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami’s answer with reference to Lord Krishna’s reference in Bhagvad Gita is quite logical.
    I am in agreement with what Radhanath Swami says.

  • vaishali kamat

    This is very true that we have limited knowledge and have defective senses. Then how can we understand something that is absolutely perfect with our senses that are imperfect.

  • Balaram Prasad

    How simply Radhanath Maharaj expained this difficult subject. We need to understand this concept and need to follow in our lives.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Nice Answer.

  • Madhavi

    Thank you Maharaj for a clear answer. Hare Krishna!!

  • santipurnath das

    Thank You Radhanath Swami for Convincing Answer

  • Anish Chawla

    Radhanath Swami very clearly spells out the limitations of modern-science in understanding God.

  • Govind

    The descending process is a safe and sure path to the Absolute Truth.

  • Amit Kumar

    nice scientific article on the way to acquire knowledge about God and his mercy, which we are dependent on

  • Praveen Muley\

    Without scientific presentation today’s youth cannot have faith in God…worth reading..

  • navin poojary

    Thank you very much for sharing this!

  • sachin.rnsm

    NICE EXPLANATION BY MAHARAJ

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    The most scientific answer. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • umesh

    So we can understand God not thru scientific research but by scientific process of following scriptures.
    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for this explanation.

  • prabhat kumar

    This is the most satisfying answer of the above question by Radhanath swami….which clearly shows the process of gaining knowledge.

  • Yogesh

    Thank you

  • usha gaonkar

    As Radhanath Swami says it is only through devotional service to devotess that you can please Krishna.

  • Nisha

    Hari Bol!! Superb read!

  • Jesal Mehta

    “When Krishna is pleased by our service, Krishna reveals Himself to us.” Wonderful answer by Maharaj.

  • prabhat kumar

    What a wonderful reply of Radhanath swami maharaj.

  • Radha

    Hare Krishna!!

  • Vinay Rachh

    Fantastic answer

  • mukund

    Radhanath Swami’s statement that One can understand Krishna only when we please Him clears any doubt that anyone may have. Such a nice and simple answer. Thank you

  • Nisha

    Thank you Radhanath Maharaj!

  • Vinayak

    Direct answer with example to clarify our doubt.

  • Sanjay S

    Even material science cannot be understood in most cases without approaching a bona fide teacher. In spiritual subjects no other option at all.

  • Uma Iyer

    Wonderful.Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita – For the doubting soul there is no peace or happiness in this world or the next.

  • Sid

    Wonderful and simple answer by Radhanath Swamy

  • Guru

    Wonderful, eloquently explained.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • vidya karekar

    just perfect

  • navin poojary

    Thank you for this wonderful explanation

  • pai

    Nice answer!

  • Chitra udasi

    Any knowledge can be acquired only through authoritative succession. Eg We go to school to acquire knowledge and not by speculation . Maharaj has explained with all examples from the disciplic succession. Lord Krishna accepted Sandipani Muni as His teacher.Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also accepted a Spiritual master just to set an example that He can be approached only by and through the mercy of Bonafide spiritual master.

  • umesh

    excellent answer by Radhanath Swami!

  • Radhanath Swami is always glorify his guru by speaking from his guru’s instructions.
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  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very instructive narrative.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Guruprasad Nagarali

    Thank you for such wonderul explaination.

  • Shaan

    PERFECTLY EXPLAINED.THNK U VERY MUCH MAHARAJ.

  • Ganesh Gavali

    Really without accepting the superior bonafied authority coming in Parampara we can`t understand absolute truth.Thank you so much Maharaj for such crystalclear answer.

  • dryuvaraj

    Prabhupada’s special contribution to the world is that he spread throughout all the continents of this planet the full complete understanding of the Absolute Truth, Krishna, who is the supreme enjoyer, and how to reach him—through unmotivated, uninterrupted loving service. When Krishna is pleased by our service, Krishna reveals Himself to us.

  • madhavi

    thank you for sharing

  • It was so aptly quoted by Radhanath Swami how the process of understanding God by guru parampara but not by mere experimenting in a laboratory.

  • Vinay Gupta

    Thank you Maharaj.

  • sunny

    Radhanath Swami’s answering style by quoting his Guru – very rightly – doubly proves the answer!

  • Pranjal Dixit

    interesting to know that through ascending process we will always get partial understanding of God and never full. thanks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj for nice explanation of the topic.

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