Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

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Are we inherently selfish?

By on February 4, 2014 in Life with 38 Comments
Are we inherently selfish?

Question to Radhanath Swami: The caring attitude is pleasing to everyone, but generally the default attitude in this world is one always thinks selfishly. So is it an inbuilt script of the mind that makes one think selfishly?
Radhanath Swami Answers: The false ego misconceives: “I am this body, I am this mind, I am the controller, I am the proprietor, and I am the selfish enjoyer.”

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What to do with our selfish past?

By on March 22, 2013 in Life with 108 Comments
What to do with our selfish past?

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 …

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Is Religion different from Spirituality?

By on September 19, 2012 in Insights with 57 Comments
Is Religion different from Spirituality?

Question to Radhanath Swami: Thank you. Swamiji that was really really execellent lecture. Just one small point how would you define the difference between a religion and spirituality?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: If we try to understand the actual meaning of religion, we will find that there is no difference. But if we view the way religion is often followed in the world today, there is a big difference. The word religion comes from the Greek word religio, which means ‘to bind back’ or ‘to reconnect’—to reconnect our hearts, our consciousness, with God.

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Is it the innate nature of the mind to be disturbed continuously and ultimately get depressed? Radhanath Swami Clarifies…

By on March 4, 2011 in Insights with 38 Comments
Is it the innate nature of the mind to be disturbed continuously and ultimately get depressed? Radhanath Swami Clarifies…

Question to Radhanath Swami: Is it the innate nature of the mind to be disturbed continuously and ultimately get depressed? Radhanath Swami Clarifies…

Radhanath Swami: It is the not the nature of the mind to pursue selfishness and egoism and thus experience frustration and depression in due course of time.

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How to Restrain from the ‘Don’ts’? Radhanath Swami Provides a Solution

By on February 8, 2011 in Insights with 65 Comments
How to Restrain from the ‘Don’ts’? Radhanath Swami Provides a Solution
Question to Radhanath Swami: I have heard of some ‘don’ts’ on the Bhakti path. But it seems intolerable to restrain from indulging in them. Do you have a solution?

Radhanath Swami: If you have a rash that is intolerably itching, the tendency is to scratch it, scratch it, scratch it, and keep scratching it. Did you ever have this experience? But as you scratch it, it makes the condition worse.

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Can Only a Devotee Practice Forgiveness? Radhanath Swami Answers…

By on November 22, 2010 in Nature with 42 Comments
Can Only a Devotee Practice Forgiveness? Radhanath Swami Answers…

Question to Radhanath Swami: Is it necessary for one to be a devotee of Krishna to practice forgiveness?

Radhanath Swami: There are different levels of forgiveness. Certainly, any descent person can be forgiving. However, the true definition of forgiveness, the deepest sense of forgiveness, is to be an instrument of God’s forgiveness because only that type of forgiveness can actually heal our heart (of revengeful feelings.)

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