Posts Tagged ‘mind’
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.)
Question to Radhanath Swami: How to control and purify our senses?
Answer: That is a very important question. It’s the essence of life. That question and its answer is the path of perfection. Krishna tells in the Bhagavad Gita that by engaging our senses and our mind, which is our sixth sense, in the service of the Lord, we become purified of all illusory designations.