Radhanath Swami tells the mantra to spiritualize life for a Householder

Family life and Spirituality

Family life and SpiritualityQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Swami ji, I am a householder and I have so many responsibilities to perform. How can I perfectly spiritualize my life with so many other responsibilities?

Radhanath Swami: It is very simple to spiritualize the condition of a householder’s life as the sage Narada Muni explains in the holy text of Srimad Bhagvatam. If everything we do is consciously directed towards God we can very well spiritualize our life. As Lord Krishna says in Gita-

“yat karoñi yad ashnasi, yaj juhoñi dadaasi yat.

yat tapasyasi kaunteya, tat kuruñva mad-arpaëam”

Bhagavad-Gita 9.27

“Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer and giveaway, any charity you offer, should be done as an act of love and service to me.” This verse is universally applicable to every activity we do in our life. The goal of life is to become God Conscious by performing Bhakti. If we surrender the fruits of our actions to Lord Krishna, then we establish Krishna as the proprietor of our home and our household becomes the spiritual world: a place where everyone is working together in the service of God, a place where the chanting of the holy names is always taking place, and a place where the supreme goals of life are shared among the family members. This may sound difficult or impossible to many of you. In today’s time it may be difficult, but if we want to come back to ‘spiritual world’ every evening when we come home from work, we have to do it.


Human Civilization actually means to put God in the centre. And Narada Muni explains that in today’s time the only way to make God as a centre of our life is by regularly associating with the saintly persons with great humility; especially with those who are in the renounced order of life. To the degree a householder honors and respects those who are in the renounced order of life, to that degree he/she is in the proper state of mind to receive Spiritual Consciousness. If householders don’t respect saints who are in renounced order of life then they are far from real spiritual advancement. Ideal householders consider such great personalities with veneration and they are also always eager to hear from them and to render service to them. Such a householder who has this mentality is factually immune from all the dangers of the materialistic life and can perfectly spiritualize his/her life.




By Radhanath Swami

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