Posts Tagged ‘bhakti yoga’
Question to Radhanath Swami: Before coming to Bhakti we were conditioned to many materialistic selfish activities. These conditionings turn out to be the biggest obstacles on the path of Bhakti Yoga. That particular selfish activity to which we are addicted attracts our attention and ultimately destroys our spiritual life. How do we resist the force of these conditionings and safeguard ourselves from going astray?
Answer by Radhanath Swami: Since time immemorial we have conditioned ourselves to certain misconceptions. The Srimad Bhagavatam teaches that the origin of all misconceptions is …
Question to Radhanath Swami: In earlier eons, it is said, people were very pious; but in this age, despite much impiety, why God incarnates very mercifully as his holy names?
Answer by Radhanath Swami: People in this age have such inclination to quarrel, to fight, to be hypocritical; their attention span is so less. For this very reason, God has arranged that the same result one could get in earlier ages by spending ones entire life sitting in a secluded place, in focus, in total meditation, can be achieved simply by chanting Krishna’s names in this age.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Chanting and hearing are the basic principles in Bhakti Yoga. What is the logic behind this principle?
Radhanath Swami: Anyone who is practicing Bhakti or Devotional service is the most fortunate on earth. If you are blessed with the seed of devotion, you must carefully take care of it. It is like a flower plant which should be watered regularly. The watering process for Bhakti is to water it with the sound vibrations of the glories of the lord produced by chanting….
Question to Radhanath Swami: Lord Krishna speaks of different paths of yoga in the Bhagavad Gita. It is confusing… where does he intend to lead us to?
Radhanath Swami: Lord Krishna has given different types of yoga systems to bring us all to the stage of perfection ….
Question to Radhanath Swami: I am very much interested in Bhakti Yoga. But how do I cultivate enthusiasm and determination to remain steady on this path?
Radhanath Swami: How do you cultivate a plant? You have to protect it and you have to water it. If you’re growing a flower in your garden you must protect it from being ripped out, from being trampled on, from being choked by weeds, and you also have to put water on it. So that is how enthusiasm and determination are also developed.
Question to Radhanath Swami: I have heard that bhakti yoga provides a ‘higher taste.’ But how do you define ‘higher taste’? And how to get that ‘higher taste’?
Answer: If you want to taste a gulab-jamun (an Indian sweet), what do you do? Do you chemically test it? Do you see it from all directions under a micro-scope?