Posts Tagged ‘karma’
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: Everyday newspapers are flooded with news of both joy and sorrow. Why are people destined to the experiences they receive?
Radhanath Swami Answers: The system of this world has been created by the divine but within the system we create our destiny. The divine hand of lord has created the laws of Karma.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Do the scriptures say that one should cultivate ignorance along with knowledge? If yes, can you explain?
Radhanath Swami: Isoponishadas elaborate on this point by explaining that one must simultaneously cultivate knowledge and ignorance. *What does that mean to cultivate Ignorance?* It means to understand what ignorance is?
Can I kill animals for my experiments? Radhanath Swami Answers
Question to Radhanath Swami: I’m a medical student and have to use animals for experiments. Since animal killing is not allowed in the Vedas, is the performance of my duty a sin? And if it is a sin, how does one get away from that sin?
Radhanath Swami: We should try to avoid these activities as far as possible. Sinful karma can be graded according to our motivations.
Q to Radhanath Swami: If everything is fixed by our previous karma, i.e. ‘whatever is destined to happen will happen,’ why should we bother about doing the right things in life?
Radhanath Swami: Not everything is ‘fixed.’ What we have done in the past has fixed our present destiny. But now, how we react to that destiny will create our future destiny. For example, one may get one million dollars due to his past pious work.
Question to Radhanath Swami: Do we have to give up everything to come close to God?
Radhanath Swami: All the things in this world are meant to be utilized according to our nature, in the service of God. Then it’s wonderful. Not that you have to give up everything; that’s very difficult and in many ways it’s very unnatural. If something can be utilized in a very dynamic and wonderful way in the service of God and for the welfare of others, you should utilize it, you should not renounce it.