Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Get Unlimited Confidence! Radhanath Swami gives the sutra

By on February 26, 2013 in Life with 161 Comments

Get Unlimited ConfidenceQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Sometimes we have a vision, but we fear to follow it due to some reasons: lack of confidence, apprehension about results. What to do in those situations?

Radhanath Swami Answers: We have to associate with people who have confidence, and become inspired and enthused. We were speaking about Srila Prabhupada. He had such a burning compassion for other beings that he was willing to go to the most impossible, incredible places. By associating with him, even simple people who just grew up with no conception of Dharma, no conception of Bhakti, they were going to countries without any money, without knowing anyone there, and were reaching hundreds and thousands of people and giving them bhakti, giving them Krishna. Where did they get that confidence from? From Prabhupada.

The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers. We should simply aspire to be instruments of God’s grace. Then we can have incredible confidence, incredible enthusiasm, incredible fearlessness and most importantly, incredible character, integrity and dignity (because we feel the responsibility to be an instrument of grace, a power so much more than ourselves.) I am a very small person, I went to one semester of a junior college and I didn’t do well either and that’s the extent of my education and here we have all these people with PhDs and master’s degrees in IIT asking me questions. Do I have confidence to answer your question? No. But if I am just surrendered to be an instrument of God’s grace, my Guru’s grace, then there could be unlimited confidence beyond our own abilities. And that’s within all of us and that comes when we associate with people who access that grace.


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  • Shyama Radhika Devi Dasi

    great answer. thank u.

  • Chandrika

    This confidence ties up with dependance on the Lord, and acting solely for His desire.

  • navin poojary

    Right! when we get out of the illusion that we are the doers and we understand the supremacy of the Lord and his prevalence over minute aspect will be truly happy and confident in life

    • Pradeep Kumar

      Totally agree.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    Wonderful article. Thank you Radhanath Swaminathan maharaja

  • Sumit Sharma

    What we want to be, depends on what kind of people we associate with. It’s very nice to know that ISKCON has created such a vibrant society that anyone who associates people there can learn many good qualities without endeavoring much for them. We certainly need leaders like Radhanath Swami to usher the society to achieve the real peace.

  • anil

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj!! thank you for the lovely answer. especially “The greatest confidenceis to understand that we are not the doers.”

  • Sahil Khosla

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj always emphasis to be instrument in the hands of guru and Krishna and he himself is a perfect example to learn from. Thanks for giving us such valuable principles.

  • kuldeep soni

    Very nice answer!!
    Thanks for sharing the secret of getting confidence.

  • Gokul sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank u maharaj ji for such a woderful advice:)

  • Milind M Churi

    Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagvad-Gita that I am the doer and controller of all activities performed by living entities.And the laws of material nature has divine connection with Him.Therefore if we have faith in His statement then we are properly detached to the activities we perform.Such a faith will give us proper confidence.Surely we require association of the people who have such great faith.

  • manish

    Thank you Radhanath Swami maharaja to understand that we are not the doers.

  • Becoming instruments in the hands of Lord and Guru – get unlimited confidence, enthusiasm, character and integrity. Its really amazing.

  • kedar

    The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers. Thank you Maharaj.

  • nice and inspiring answer by maharaj

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank a lot Radhanath Swami. Your words very encouraging and giving us the confidence in our life.

  • Anagha Warade

    Very true
    Thank you for sharing..

  • Rajshekhar

    I was just looking for such an encouraging article. “The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers. We should simply aspire to be instruments of God’s grace. Then we can have incredible confidence, incredible enthusiasm, incredible fearlessness and most importantly, incredible character, integrity and dignity (because we feel the responsibility to be an instrument of grace, a power so much more than ourselves.)”
    This golden statement really influenced my heart.

  • biswajit

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  • biswajit

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! Confidence comes when we understand that we are not the doers and pray for the mercy of the Lord to be his instruments.

  • dr tusharvora

    A gem of a lecture, as usual by H.H. Radhanath swami Maharaj!

  • deepak bagla


  • Anagha Warade

    Nice article. Thank you for sharing..
    HH Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  • Samir Paleja

    fantastic answer based on the bhagawad gita

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    This answer of HH Radhanath Swami makes us clear that we are not the doers and our confidence increases by leaps and bounds in the association of great people.

  • “The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers. We should simply aspire to be instruments of God’s grace. Then we can have incredible confidence, incredible enthusiasm, incredible fearlessness and most importantly, incredible character, integrity and dignity.” Thank you Maharaj for this wonderful teaching.

  • vinay jain

    Your association radhanath swami through these articles is our vital source of confidence.

  • Suryakant Krsna Das

    I appreciate the tip from Radhanath maharaj. Will require time to digest and implement.

  • nandkishor das

    nice article, thank you.

  • Aishwarya

    So true even mantra for confidence is as you associate so you become!

  • Rohit Khairnar

    I am sure that many people would be having this doubt, and Radhanath Swami gives a wonderful explanation to it.

  • suresh

    Thanks Maharaj for englightening us the power of Association.

  • Anurag Pandey

    Thanks Maharaj for wonderful answer to get the confidence in serving Krishna.

  • Sanjiv

    Such a brilliant explanation of confidence. The more we think we are the doers, the lesser is our confidence.

  • Sunita Paleja

    One of the best answers I have ever read.

  • ASH

    An all together different dimension to develop confidence.

  • Mayank Jain

    Thank you Swamiji for the sutra!!!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Superb answer! What better example than Radhanath Swami who speaks with such confidence yet with perfect humility. This is an impeccable combination! This is achieved when we associate with people who access the grace of the lord.

  • anjan

    Very practical and wonderful response. My heartfelt thanks to Radhanatha swami for his answer.

  • anil manga

    WOnderful article, i should meditate on the sentence which says “being the instrument but not the master”. great.

  • satyam

    Wonderful insight on how to have unlimited confidence and still be humble

  • malathi santosh

    Great thought!

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for this amazing and thought provoking answer. Your humility and nature of being a transparent via media of the previous acharyas is simply awe inspiring.


    We are known by the people whom we associate with and in due course of time we become like them.

  • Mukund

    thank you for the wonderful insight

  • Sunil

    Thanks for sharing this wounderful mantra-now days its facts we lack this sometimes but when we consider ourself as not the doers and just the instrument of Lord power to do good and associate with entusiatic devotees we do miracles..

  • svdd

    Wonderful article.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    When we get the connection with pure devotees like HH Radhanath Swami then the grace of God flows through them to give us that confidence to continue our service to God with unlimited enthusiasm.

  • Shyam Mahtani

    Very good answer. A real confidence builder. Thank you Swamiji.

  • Dhruv Paleja

    wonderful reply.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    I must say Radhanath Swami knows even the deepest secrets of turning everything and everyone towards Krishna. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Anubhav Mishra

    Haribool, Its really inspiring to read this

  • Citra Gopi DD

    This article is really inspiring – thank you for posting this.

  • James

    Great Anwer by Radhanath Swami

  • amitchugani

    thanx for sharing :).

  • gaurav

    Great article!

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Perfect answer.

  • Prajakta Timbe

    Perfect answer by maharaj.Thank you very much for sharing it!

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Truely said by Radhanath Maharaj we should seek the association of those inspired in Bhakti.

  • Phani Karthik

    Great Reply. Thanks for this inspiring reply.

  • Vishnu Walse

    Very beautiful answer give by Radhanath Maharaj. We should always remember that i am not the doer.

  • gaurav

    Great article !

  • Ashok Sayanakar (Ahobilam Narasimh Das)

    It is my personal experience that only through association of advanced devotees, I could progress in Devotional Service!

  • amitchugani

    Thank you for sharing :).

  • Raj

    Such a powerful and encouraging article.

  • R.Sundar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this perfect answer.

  • Ashok Sayanakar (Ahobilam Narasimh Das)

    Hare Krishna Maharaj!
    Thank you very much for the perfect answer. Your humility and compassion for all of us is simply wonderful! We seek more and more such inspirational answers from you.

  • chetan warade

    Confidence comes through perfect knowledge and associating with confident people who is self realized like as radhanath swami.

  • Sonal

    Nice article on how to get confidence, by connecting to the God’s grace by which wee can do seemingly impossible.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Srila Prabhupada was a storehouse of enthusiasm & compassion as told by Radhanath Swami

  • Piyush Singh

    Very well answered by Radhanath Swami. Association is the vital factor to cultivate the true virtues.

  • Mahesh

    Very encouraging article by Radhanath Swami.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice tips to develop confidence.

  • Udisha

    Becoming an instrument is the need of the hour and that is what empowers one to spread the message of Godhead. Thank you so much for sharing this secret which is worth a million dollar!

  • anand

    awesome answer…association with saintly people and being an instrument of God’s Grace is the key to material and spiritual well being. Something I should keep in mind. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chandrashekhar

    Very nice article

  • Amarjit Gupta

    Simply Superb!!

  • Vinay Malani

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for lifting our hopes and for inspiring us to be confident about ourselves & becoming exemplary in our character so as to positively influence others around us.

  • Rajaruban

    A must-read article!

  • Santpal Goel

    Awesome article by HH Radhanath Swami.

  • nikhil


  • umesh

    out of the world answer by Radhanath Swami… really amazing…

  • dipti gaikwad

    the humility of Maharaj shines through in his answer… humility and confidence together keeps one from becoming arrogant.

  • geetika

    thank you hh radhanath swami for making us realise that we are not the doers…only if we serve in the spirit that what we are doing is actaully a service for Krishna, then we can get unlimited blessings and strength from to accomplish that task…and this can happen only if we associate with spritually surcharged and enthusiastic people…

  • satyam

    its so deep to comprehend but really ,its a fact.
    thank you for sharing

  • chintamani p

    nice answer. very logical.

  • makarand pathak

    I got confidence, thank you verymuch Radhanath Swami

  • very nice answer…hari bol…!!!

  • Suryakant krishna Das

    When one surrenders to KRishna then only can one get real confidence. Also Radhanath Maharaj highlights the importance of goof association

  • Ketan

    A very straight forward way to gain confidence.. Thank you Maharaj.

  • suhas

    thank u radhanath maharaj it is nice tip to develop confidence

  • chetan warade

    Beautiful answer given by radhanath swami.

  • Thank you so much Maharaj for such encouraging and inspiring thoughts … thank you to the brain behind “web seva ” … I am getting to read articles …the true jewels of wisdom ..which i wouldn’t have got the chance to read otherwise… I have got a very responsible seva… which is going to test my organisational skills.. i was very nervous about it … this article has pacified me and now I have that incredible enthusiasm to be an instrument of God’s Grace.

  • Sunil

    So simple essense but a bare truth. We are always miserable if we thinks we are doers and enjoyer…but if we surrender to lord thinking he is enjoyer, properietor and eternal friend of us–we would be happy in any circumstance

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Thanks for enlightening us.

  • Ramanand

    GM, PAMHO, Thanks for the simple yet apposite answer. We tend to think we are the master of the outcome and that’s where we falter and lose the confidence. There has to be a deliberate, constant and conscious effort to think about the God as the doer. How can we get that thinking process inculcate in our routine and as a way of life?

  • Rathushan

    Real confidence comes from within, it is not an act.


    Wonderful line : “The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers.”

  • VG Dasa

    Lack of confidence is because we are not situated in our natural situation i.e. in shelter of lotus feet of krishna

  • Shruti

    Krishna is source of all confidence

  • chetan warade

    Its very practical we understand that we are not the doers. We should simply aspire to be instruments of God’s grace. Thank you Radhanath swami Maharaj.

  • bhaskar

    As Radhanath Swami quotes Srila Prabhupada elsewhere- that the iron rod becomes fire by associating with fire. Similarly, one can become unlimitedly enthusiastic and happy by associating with such people.


    Thank you Swamiji, for your wonderful sutra of confidence, this is practicle as you are answering to big big IITs, Phds and addressing in the house of lords, HSBC bank, we can really understand that where from you are getting this confiodence

    Hare krishna

  • One needs to have strong good desire, then Krsna will fulfil it. By the mercy of Krsna one gets the Guru. Guru guides him to Krsna. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • “The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers. We should simply aspire to be instruments of God’s grace. Then we can have incredible confidence, incredible enthusiasm, incredible fearlessness and most importantly, incredible character, integrity and dignity (because we feel the responsibility to be an instrument of grace, a power so much more than ourselves.) ” These are like diamonds who are seeking spiritual truth and to face all hurles that may come on the way.

  • amit

    thank you for sharing this wonderful article :).

  • Udisha

    This process where we learn to become an instrument in the hands of God is working miracles in lives of millions of people. One naturally experience positive changes in oneself and others if he/she does it for the pleasure of those who are devoted to Lord. There is tremendous confidence/ energy and strength due to the sanction of the authorized people in doing anything that we never thought of doing on our own… It is a magical way of transforming oneself & all apprehensions would evaporate from one’s heart. Thank you for the enlightening answer Radhanath Swami.

  • vijay waichal

    thank you maharaj for guiding us and to have firm faith and surrender to krishna is the ultimate goal of life lord will give confidence to do devotional service

  • Karthik

    Precise and practical answer on how to gain confidence.

  • R.Sundar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for giving the solution to get the confidence.

  • Tejna Patodi

    A very practical solution which Maharaj has given. If we carefully observe, we have got nothing of our own to be proud of, all the qualities are coming directly from Lord, if we can engage them in his service, and be always grateful to him, we derive immense confidence.

  • gaurav

    Very faith giving statements:”if I am just surrendered to be an instrument of God’s grace, my Guru’s grace, then there could be unlimited confidence beyond our own abilities. And that’s within all of us and that comes when we associate with people who access that grace.”

  • vijay waichal

    nice article, thank you.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    What a great definition of confidence. True if we stop thinking that we are doer but to think as instrument of krishna gives the tremendous confidence.

  • Laxmikamth

    hare krishna

    Thank you for sharing

  • VP Singam

    A much needed advice for the modern man.

  • Manorama Singh

    Wonderful article Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • champaklatapriya d.d.

    Guru’s grace, god’s grace is more important for confident about us and about our act. Thank you maharaj

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami gives the ultimate sutra to connect to God with full confidence.

  • Sanjiv

    This is a wonderful answer to this point of acheiving self confidence !!

  • Braj

    Thanks for a spiritual angle of developing confidence.

  • Chandrashekhar

    Very nice answer

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    When we repose complete faith in God and allow Him to His will than ours, then as HH Radhanath Swami says we will gain all the World.

  • shirish

    sure ,I will take step on this sutra.Radhanath swami maharaj ki jai……

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers – eye-opening quote.

  • Venkatesh

    Very enlightening Sutra!

  • HH Radhanath Swami has given a mind boggling definition of confidence. HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!!

  • Gurrappanaidu

    “The greatest confidence, according to the Gita, is to understand that we are not the doers. We should simply aspire to be instruments of God’s grace”

    Wonderful instruction/ sutra for greater confidence.
    Thank you so much Maharaj for giving confidence.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami.

  • Anand

    Its true that if we associate with saintly people who are surrendered to God and their Guru, we too can develop faith and enthusiasm that’s beyond our normal reach. Wonderful explanation by Radhanath Swami.

  • Ravi

    A very convincing reply……

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami is surrendered devotee of the Lord. That is why he can speak with such a conviction

  • N. Swaminathan

    Radhanath Swami’s answer gives the secret to confidence – association and surrender.

  • Rathushan

    Real confidence is far more respected than confidence based on looks, wealth, knowledge, etc

  • vijay waichal

    Thanks Maharaj for telling us the importance of devotees Association.

  • Amar Gaur das

    In spite of our query, the only guarantee to get the correct solution is to approach the right source for help.
    Radhanath Swami, because of his strong rooted conviction and realisations of the scriptures, is always able to come-up with the right solution to all problems.

  • Thank you for emphasizing the power of association.

  • Power of association is well explained.

  • Tejna Patodi

    Wonderfully explained by HH Radhanath Maharaj!! We must always consider ourselves as the instruments of God. Then we can access infinite mercy.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice confidence sutra!

  • Jai

    Wonderful expalanation of how we are not the doers

  • Govind

    Hare Krishna, Its great help in increasing self confidence.


  • biswajit

    Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai

  • biswajit

    Wonderful article.

  • amit

    brilliant article :).

  • biswajit

    Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami

  • biswajit

    Inspirational & informative discussion

  • Aishwarya

    thanks for sharing

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Nice article on how to gain self confidence.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Amazing! Bagavad Gita has all the answers provided someone extract from it and best person who can extrct is bonafide Acharya who can guide us based on scriptures. Radhanath swami is doing the same. Thank you so much

  • manish

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for lifting our hopes and for inspiring us to be confident

  • amit

    thank you for sharing :)).

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful advice!

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Very nice sutra for confidence.

    • Hare Krsna

      Hare Krishna

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    Thanks maharaj for being so merciful and motivating us toward gaining confidence on the way of Bhakti….

  • sha

    Just reading this article gives immense faith and confidence in the process of bhakti yoga… HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!

  • Vipul Parkhi

    After getting Realization when one speaks it goes straight into heart.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! We gain confidence by being with confident people and learning from them. Confidence also comes when we realize that we are not the doers and surrender to higher powers!

  • Hare Krsna

    Hari bol, Nice sutra for gaining the confidence.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.