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    If you are in the middle of an ocean in the darkness of night, do you know which way to go? But there is a compass in the boat that tells you exactly which direction you should be going. So this material existence is compared to an ocean, ‘bhavasagar’. The human life is compared to a boat, which actually has the potential to cross over this ocean. The guru is like the captain of the boat and the teachings of the Vedas and other holy scriptures are like the breezes. If we have the right captain, he or she can teach us how to actually move forward with the help of these breezes of the great teachings.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Watering the roots 

    If you give food to the stomach the whole body is nourished. Every part of a healthy body is serving the whole body. The eyes are not just selfishly doing something; the eyes are directing the rest of the body. The hands are supplying to the rest of the body. The stomach is bringing nourishment to the rest of the body. The nose is bringing oxygen to the rest of the body. Every healthy cell of the body is serving the whole body. That is good health.

    What is disease? I am not a doctor but I am speaking about disease from a philosophical perspective. Disease is when germs or cells enter body and they are selfish. They are egoistic and selfish, they are thinking about themselves. They are not thinking about the whole body.

    What is a cancer cell doing? It’s living for itself. It’s eating the other cells. It’s fighting a war against the rest of the body. Then all the healthy cells, the good guys, because they are concerned with the body, they all start fighting against that disease. If you have a cold, those cold germs are like selfish guys; they are just thinking about themselves, eating you up. But you have the whole rest of the body fighting against it. And ultimately if those selfish cells become stronger and stronger, the cells that are working together for the whole body are ultimately killed and the body dies.

    That’s what is happening in the world. The world is a body. Humanity is a body and a proper body is where everyone is focused on feeding the stomach, everyone is focused on serving the whole for the interest of everyone. But when you have people who are greedy, selfish and egoistic, they are like cancer cells in this body and they are creating havoc.

    People consider that energy and power are very important, but actually knowledge is more important. If we apply our knowledge in utilizing the energy properly, it can serve the whole body, i.e. the world. It can be utilized in harmony with the absolute, with God. But if we utilize that same energy and power without proper knowledge of who we are and what our real purpose in life is, it could create disaster.

    Radhanath Swami



     
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    Actually challenges or failures can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks on the road to success. It is all a matter of how we look at it. You can see a glass as half empty or you can see a glass as half full. One will bring you enthusiasm and the other will bring you discouragement. We can apply this principle to every aspect of our life. But what is of real importance is that we know that we are doing the right thing, that we learn from our mistakes. A mistake is only a mistake if we fail to learn from it. Real leaders make many, many mistakes, but they do not repeat them. They learn from them, they remain enthusiastic; they remain determined for the goal.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Story : Get back into your natural element 

    ears ago, I was walking along the sea shore and I saw a little fish about three or four inches in size. But this little fish was in so much worry, flapping again and again, lying on the dry sand. I do not know whether it was a male fish or a female one. Let’s say it was a male fish, so that the fish could be addressed as ‘he’. So I looked in his eyes and he just looked in total confusion, frustration and misery. Somehow or other a wave had washed this little fish up and there he was, lying on the sand. The fish could not breathe properly. He was flapping and suffering.

    Now I could have got a female fish and put next to him; would that be of any help? I could have got some mango lassi with some nice sanitized straw and put it next to him. I could have got him a diamond ring or a ruby crown. I could have offered him a BMW. Would anything of that make him happy?

    Because he was out of his natural element, nothing could make him happy. So I tried to pick up that little fish and throw him back into the ocean. But he was so intensely worrying that every time I picked him up he just flapped so hard that he flapped right out of hand back into the sand. And I picked him again, but again he flapped out of my hand into the sand. At least 5 times I picked him up and he flapped out.

    I was his well wisher trying to save his life but he could not recognize me, because he was just in such a state of trauma. Finally, with both my hands I cupped him and trapped him so he couldn’t get out; then I threw him as far as I could into the ocean.

    Radhanath Swami



     
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    The culture of devotion fertilizes the field of the heart for the seed of true love to grow.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Enduring difficulty for a meaningful purpose is a sublime pleasure.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Humility is the foundation by which love manifests.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    By tasting the sweetness of God’s love through the chanting of his names,we can be in this world but not of this world.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Everything is changing constantly. But the real beauty of life is, throughout these changes, the underlying current of truth never changes. And if we can connect ourselves to the beauty of this truth, we can be stable through all the unpredictable uncertainties of life.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Being simple means to be content with what is the meaningful and valuable in life.

    Radhanath Swami


     
  • Reply , , , , Respect   



    When we find joy in respecting others, nothing interfere with our happiness.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Every situation is an opportunity to grow if only we open our hearts to perceive it.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    True meaning of Dharma : to unite whatever we do in whatever role we may be in, with our spiritual nature, in the service of God.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    In this world, if we just attach ourselves to the flow of truth which is eternal, we will find real peace.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Where there is no inner freedom, there is no life.

    Radhanath Swami


     
  • Reply , Ecstasy, , , , True nature   



    To feel the inherent ecstasy of God’s love within ourselves is our true nature and to try to find happiness without tasting that love is like a fish trying to find happiness on the sand of the seashore.

    Radhanath Swami


     
  • Reply , Distractions, , Principles, , , Temptations   



    Maintaining our principles despite distractions or temptations or fear is called Character.

    Radhanath Swami


     
  • Reply Awareness, Divinity, , , , ,   



    Enlightenment is constant awareness of this world as inherently divine, of life as a loving partnership with God and every moment as an opportunity to offer and receive love.

    Radhanath Swami


     
  • Reply Acquisition, , , , Self realization   



    Happiness is not in Acquisition. Happiness is in inner realization.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    The challenge of co-operation in today’s age of quarrel can be achieved by adjusting every situation according to the higher principle of loving God.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    Faith is the very substance of spirituality. To protect and develop our faith is the greatest need in spiritual life.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    One should not just tolerate insults and harsh words but also forgive with peaceful mind.

    Radhanath Swami


     
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    When you don’t have a higher experience of truth then you see a grain of sand like an enormous mountain. But when you connect to that inner truth you see the grain of sand for what it is and strive for the real mountain.

    Radhanath Swami


     
  • Reply Civilization, , ,   



    Reject the basic assumptions of civilization especially the importance of material possessions.

    Tyler Durden


     
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    Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing.

    Tyler Durden


     
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