Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Does God need our service?

By on February 19, 2013 in Nature with 59 Comments

Radhanath Swami answers the Question Does God need our serviceQuestion to Radhanath Swami: We render devotional service unto Krishna. But does he need our services?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: He doesn’t need anything; Krishna is Ätmäräm. Let’s take the example of the Ganges. When you take water from river Ganges, you say a prayer and offer the water to the Ganges. Does the Ganges need that handful of water from you? Is she going to dry up if you don’t give that handful of water? Is her current going to be diverted back to the Himalayas if you don’t give that handful of water? There are unlimited liters of waters in the Ganges and you have hardly an ounce in your hand, but we need to offer that handful for our spiritual purification. And the Ganges doesn’t need anything, but she wants our love. So when we take that water from her and offer it back with love she is happy.

If a child takes a rose from the mother’s garden for her birthday and offers it to the mother, is the mother happy with the flower? She had already grown the flower; the flower belongs to her; but is she pleased when the son gives her that flower? The mother is probably more pleased with that flower offered with love than if someone else buys a diamond necklace to impress her or to get some favor. Similarly, it’s love that pleases the heart of Krishna.

Krishna doesn’t need anything. He has given us our body, our mind and our intelligence. He has given us the world with all the facilities. But the purpose of this body, the purpose of this mind and purpose of the whole world is an opportunity to reciprocate love.

So God doesn’t need anything, but God wants us to be happy, and our happiness is in love.


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  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this really beautiful article!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very nice answer by HH Radhanath Swami on what God needs from us, the unflinching love.

  • manish

    Thank you HHRNSM ….God doesn’t need anything, but God wants us to be happy, and our happiness is in love.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Devotional service performed by us is for our benefit only. This is a facility given to every living entity by which one can get the real goal of life, which is reestablishing one’s relationship with God. Thank you Radhanath Swami for such a nice answer.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! God does not need anything from us except our love.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely answers Krishna is the supreme proprietor, enjoyer and controller of everything.

  • Suryakant Krsna Das

    Very Nice explanation b y Radhanath Maharaj

  • Rajshekhar

    Our service to God is gesture of our love towards him.

  • nandkishor das

    the purpose of this body, the purpose of this mind and purpose of the whole world is an opportunity to reciprocate love

  • Ravi Garg

    Very convincing reply….Thanks for your invaluable guidance Swamiji…..

  • Sarang Gadhave

    Wonderfully explained by Radhanath Swami giving the example of Ganges. Krsna doesnt need any service but we we do it for our own purification and to please Krsna.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful answer by Radhanath Swami.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank u Maharaj Ji.

  • Damodar

    Heart touching and simple to understand examples from Radhanath maharaj to explain that Lord is pleased with our love when we offer Him our humble offerings not exactly with what we offer.

  • Beautiful insight… Krishna only needs our love . Explained very well with simple examples.
    Thank you Maharaj.

  • Vishnu Walse

    Beautiful, Really Lord doesnt need anything, But it’s an opportunity for us to offer our love through serving Lord Krishna and in return we will get more and more love.

  • Prajakta Timbe

    Wonderful.very nice and simple examples given by maharaj.Thank you very much for wonderful answer.

  • suhas


  • Pradeep Kumar

    Very wonderfully explained the purpose of this body, mind and the whole world

  • Gokul sundari Devi Dasi

    V nice Thank u so much Maharaj Ji..

  • Amarjit Gupta

    Let’s be happy by serving God.

  • suhas

    thank u radhanath maharaj for writing a wonderful article

  • satyam

    the service to lord is for our purification , i understtod it.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami’s analogy of a person offering water to Ganges very nicely drives home the point that God doesn’t need anything from us. It is only the loving intent of our offering which pleases Him & not the offering itself.

  • we need to offer that handful for our spiritual purification.

  • Prashant Kumar

    Wonderful. Very nice and practical example. By rendering devotional service to Krishna we are only benefited.

  • shirish

    Thank you radhanath swami for tailing us the reality.

  • gaurav

    Not God but we need to render service to Lord as reciprocation of God’s love to us. Thank you Radhanath Swami for elaborating on this.

  • Chanchal

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this beautiful analogy of the Holy river Ganges which is full within itself and just doesnt need any handful of water from anyone and so is the Lord – sat cid ananda!!!

  • Sunil

    So true- Lord just need our love and in return giving peace to our heart..We are so frustrated in all our attempts to satisfy our senses and heart,,the nature of love in material world is you scratch my back and i will your and untill this goes on I love but moment it stop i dont love you…but once we starting loving our supreme lord krishna our purpose of life become successful


    Lord is self-satisfied. Thank you for sharing this article.

  • Padma Lochana Bisoyi

    very good answer by Rahdanath Swami Maharaj

  • Manorama Singh

    thank you for such a satisfying answer.

  • Tejna Patodi

    As Maharaj always says, “It is the thought that counts”

  • manish

    Radhanath swami can not only help the devotees develop his relationship with God, he also resolves contradictions and confusions that a devotee may experience during his spiritual quest.

  • Padma Lochana Bisoyi

    Lord never wants any service, service we are doing for our own purification.

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Radhanath Swami teaches such a vital lesson of how with what intents and motive we approach god, our happiness is in just loving him.

  • anoop

    A very wonderful and practical example of Child’s reciprocation with her mother by offering her a flower from her own garden. This makes both happy. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this insightful answer

  • Manish Kumar

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given a very clear understanding of devotional service.

  • Amarjit Gupta

    If a child takes a rose from the mother’s garden for her birthday and offers it to the mother, is the mother happy with the flower? .. Definitely

  • sunil

    Such an beautiful explanation about the purpose of life. I remember hearing one class of Radhanath Maharaj that how we serve/pay our respect to her- taking handful of water and pouring that back in to Ganga river–What we had given to her -nothing but that proces will purify us..

  • pratik desai

    Nice one !!

  • N. Swaminathan

    The example of a child giving a rose from the mother’s garden to the mother makes the point very clear – it is the love and not the service per se that God is looking for. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for making this simple to understand and follow.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    God doesn’t need our service we need to serve him.

  • Great answer here.

    Yes He does and Yes, He doesn’t. That is what we fail to reconcile.

    Without Love, all is lost; and from both sides. By Love He made all; and by the same love He needs all and all need Him. Keep it in mind. That is why our labor is not for nothing, and His was for everything.
    It is like having a lot of money but without a single friend. It becomes worthless.
    Great topic!

  • God doesn’t necessarily need our service but God does get our service. It has been revealed to me that The Lord enlists he assistance of agents. Everyone, at one time or another has worked as an Agent of The Lord, most do this unknowingly.

  • Tejna Patodi

    Powerful answer by Radhanath Maharaj.
    Krishna is husband of goddess of Fortune, he does not need anything. Offering to him is our only hope to increase our love with him.

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    with this body and mind which service we can offer to lord this is Lord which accept our imperfections and accept us as if in his services…. thank you maharaj to inspire us in service of lord…

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful answer. Thank you so much Maharaj Ji for the nectar.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! Whatever we do it is for our own purification!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Actually no! But we do it so that we can purify ourselves and the Lord reciprocates with our service!

  • Satish Rane

    beautiful explaination

  • Raju K Mewada

    Very intelligent question and wonderful answer given by H H Radhanath Swami. Lord is completely independent supreme personality and he is owner of all that exist. So if we think that Lord does not require any thing or why we should offer something to the Lord?..Such questions are good but more important question is how we can please the Lord? In this world nothing belongs to us. Whatever we have is given by the Lord, so how we can argue that I have given it to the Lord. But we believe that only because of Lords desire and Lord’s causeless mercy, he has given us a chance to serve him. Thus we must have to learn that whatever we are doing for the Lord it is only for our own purification and to develop love for the Lord like here H H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given wonderful example of gift by children to their parents.

  • Jasson Thompson

    I liked the example of Ganges….Very beautiful analogy given by the speaker

  • Mystic

    Answered with amazing analogies.Great post

  • John

    Really amazing……

  • Archana

    Hare Krishna , perfect explanation so that we can love krishna and rend service to Krishna.

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    So nicely explained….! “Selfless Service” is the symptom of unconditional love….!

  • anashree

    Very true. Krishna is bhavagrahi. Any offering made with love and devotion, He accepts.