Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

When somebody comes begging to you…

By on September 16, 2013 in Life with 52 Comments

Beggar beggingQuestion to Radhanath Swami: While traveling by trains I see many children begging. They seem hungry and I can’t bear the sight. When they ask for money, one side of me says I shouldn’t give them the money, for they might give it to people who’ll misuse it. My other side says that I should. What should I do?

Radhanath Swami Answers: Real joy comes through service; real joy comes through serving without expecting anything material in return. When we do something and we get something in return, it gives satisfaction to the mind and to the senses, but it does little for the heart. Actual inner wealth is the propensity to serve—not to exploit, not to take, but to serve.

There are different levels of service that give different levels of inner fulfillment. Philanthropy is to serve those who are in physical or mental need. That service is in sattvaguna, the mode of goodness, if it is done properly. And that gives us a higher sense of gratification than just making and taking, because it gives us a chance to express a selfless spirit of servitude. To give without expecting anything in return is love, and ultimately it is love that we are all looking for. Greater service is done when we cater to the needs of a person’s soul. While giving a person inner enlightenment, we are not just solving temporary needs which will come back in a few hours. We are actually giving them inner eternal wealth.

When these little children come to beg from you, in my opinion, as far as possible you should give them something. If you are afraid that they are going to misuse your money, then always carry some Prasad, nice food that’s sanctified by offering it first to the Lord. Have a little bag of Prasad or a big bag of Prasad, and give them Prasad. You will see that the children will become HAPPY! We have an instruction for our entire congregation: wherever you go in your car, have Prasad in your compartment; and if you’re walking, have some Prasad in your bag, and never leave a beggar empty handed.

If you give beggars money they may spend it on food, or they may spend it on drugs or they may give it to some mafia person who’s hiring them—you don’t know. But then, YOU DON”T KNOW! They may give it for food. So no harm in giving them money. But if you want to be sure of really helping them, give them some Prasad, and then they will be very happy.

In fact, whenever we drive in Mumbai, at the stop lights little children come running to our car, and they surround us saying, “Prasad, Prasad, Prasad.” They jump, they laugh, and they are happy to get the Prasad. Thus they get some nourishment, their bodies get some fulfillment, and they are also getting spiritually enlightened through the process.

There is a certain natural guilt in our heart if you just refuse a beggar, and that guilt in the heart is your higher nature saying, “Somebody has come; you should help them if you can.”

 

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  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Wonderful answer.. Jai Gurudev!!

  • Arun Deshmukh

    Hari Bol this situation make me confuse always but now I can follow a proper way with shastra adhar thank you very much Maharaj

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this :).

  • Sumit Sharma

    Amazing answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wonderful prasad!

  • Keval Shah

    I shall definitely carry prasadam to distribute with me whenever i travel……Thannk you

  • Sha

    “When we do something and we get something in return, it gives satisfaction to the mind and to the senses, but it does little for the heart. Actual inner wealth is the propensity to serve—not to exploit, not to take, but to serve.” – HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!
    We should serve in a spirit of selfless servitude…

  • Sandeep Kamat

    Thank you Radhanath swami for mentioning about carrying prasadam when-ever we go.

  • Rajeev

    Inspirational, i will try my best to always carry prasad and give it to beggers whenever possible.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing :).

  • Suryakant krishna Das

    Thanks Maharaj for your clear answer. I always have doubt what to do but this instructions have guided me what to do/

  • Pankaj

    Prasad can do their real welfare.

  • Milind M Churi

    Very nice advice from Radhanath Maharaj. Yes we often in dilemma when some one comes begging us.This explanation clearly answers all our doubts and gives us practical method how to deal with it.Thank you very much.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Thank you Radhahnath swami for clarifying the confusion on this matter.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. Its nice to help the needy without expecting any returns. Unparalleled inner satisfaction automatically comes.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Helping the needy is a beautiful expression of loving heart. HH Radhanath Swami has this loving heart for all the living entities.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very thought provoking and practical answer by HH Radhanath Swami. Helping the needy is a beautiful expression of loving heart. HH Radhanath Swami has this loving heart for all the living entities.

  • pratik desai

    Wonderful explanation by HH Radhanath Maharaj.

  • Sarang Gadhave

    Its very great alternative given above. If we give the beggers some food they will be happy and we also will be satisfied.

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s reply is so so instructive…..Very practical & definitely following his advice will satisfy the heart & the soul…..Thanks.

  • Pradeep lalwani

    Such an enlightening answer maharaj gave on this question. Thank you to the devotee for asking question and Thank you to Maharaj….

  • ASH

    Very inspiring.

  • Anjan reddy

    Thank you Radhanath swami for your wonderful answer

  • vvdd

    inspiring explanation

  • Having compassion over others pleases the Supreme Father. Out of compassion one has to help others ever. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami. When we have faith in God then our intentions get purified.

  • NSP

    Thanks for sharing the nice answer!

  • Deepak

    Radhanath swami explained the answer in so simple & easy to understand words. Thanks to Radhanath Swami

  • Ravi

    Beautiful instructive reply….

  • amit

    Beautiful solution provided to solve poverty.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this article :).

  • amit

    Beautiful advice :).

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wondeful article :).

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring article 🙂

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for practically explaining how we can spiritually serve any needy person.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb explanation of what we should actually give to people who come for alms. Thank you so much for the inspiring advice!

  • biswajit

    Amazing answer by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • “To give without expecting anything in return is love, and ultimately it is love that we are all looking for. Greater service is done when we cater to the needs of a person’s soul. While giving a person inner enlightenment, we are not just solving temporary needs which will come back in a few hours. We are actually giving them inner eternal wealth.” Beautiful lesson to understand.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami through this anwer helps all of us how and why to be sensitive to every other living entity what to speak of persons approaching us begging.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for this lesson.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very enlivening answer.

  • ashay sawant

    thanks for this question

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful and beautiful article :).

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article

  • amit chugani

    Thank you for sharing

  • suresh

    thank you maharaj for this perfect answer which helps us also to maintain the consciousness while serving the beggars ,

  • satyam

    I will definetly carry prasad hence forth.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank you Guurudev for nectar & wonderful guidance you bless us with.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Nice advice!

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Superb explanation.. Jai Gurudev !!

  • sdk

    Thank you Maharaj for giving an insight on how service has to be done. Service should be rendered selflessly, without expecting anything in return and should not just cater to the temporary needs of the body but to the need of the soul.

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