Question to Radhanath Swami:Do you feel threatened by other religions ?
Radhanath Swami Answers: I don’t see that it is religion that is causing the hatred, discrimination, and terrorism. It is just a very infatuated ego working in the name of religion, in the name of nationalism, etc.
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.
Question to Radhanath Swami: How could both the politicians and the common men cooperate to create a harmonious society?
Answer by Radhanath Swami: Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you want to see in this world.” To bring a change, whether we are a leader or a layman in society, we have to take responsibility to live by the ideals that we are meant to follow in our particular roles…..
Question to Radhanath Swami: We see that everything gets destroyed in due course of time in this world. Why God had to make the world in this way?
Radhanath Swami: You cannot figure that out, nor can I, but the creator himself has revealed that to us through the scriptures.
Question to Radhanath Swami: It is said that we should always associate with selfless people, and that’s very critical. Then, how should we interact with the people who are selfish? As you say, we should also love them as they are also part of God. So, if we are surrounded by such people, how should we act?
Radhanath Swami: By being a good example. Of course, if those people open their minds and hearts for us to speak to them about higher virtues and higher truths in life….
Question to Radhanath Swami: Is this beautiful world really anxiety ridden as the saints say?!!!!
Radhanath Swami: Srila Prabhupad, our Guru, often expressed in his writings how material life is actually full of anxieties. And the less selfish we are, the more we understand that reality. Sometimes we maybe so happy and it may seem that there is no anxiety in the world, “I am happy.