Divine Name

July 28, 2015

The Lord’s Divine Name is a powerful specific for all these imperfections of your external personality. Lead the Divine Life; then and then alone will you be able to overcome the imperfections of your physical and mental natures and become established in desirelessness and renunciation.

– Swami Chidananda

Loving All Beings

July 26, 2015
Question: I heard somewhere that without loving all the living beings we cannot love God. So I just wanted to know, what is the best possible way in which I can love and serve all the living beings?

Radhanath Swami: By loving God. When you water the root of the tree, every part of the tree is nourished by that water. So when we learn how to love God, naturally our love extends to every part of God, which is every living being.

Radhanath Swami


July 17, 2015

I feel, for myself at least, that prayer is perhaps the highest form of sadhana. It combines within itself all the other aspects of the different sides of spiritual practice. Meditation, japa, etc., are combined in it. A prayer of the soul, which your essence really is, is rising to the occasion and craving to unite itself with the Universal Soul in all its expressions.

– Swami Krishnananda


July 15, 2015

The kingdom is only as good as the king.


July 15, 2015

The kingdom is only as good as the king.


July 13, 2015

We are not doing tattva chintan (reflection upon Truth), we are doing vishaya vastu chintan (reflection upon sense-objects). Perpetuating this state of wrong identification is not good for you. You will always be suffering. If we apply the fundamental thesis that adhyasa (wrong identification) is the root cause and determine to oppose it, eradicate it, to say: “I shall certainly not identify myself with this non-Self”, your life will no longer be a slavish following of anger and passion and the other things that come into you. Your life will acquire a certain dignity, depth, serenity, and ultimately it will grow into divinity.

– Swami Chidananda


July 12, 2015

A life of delusion amidst sensuality, money and sense-objects is the pitiful lot of the normal human being. Life is transitory; death is silently staring at you like a venomous serpent with expanded hood, ever ready to strike. Various dire diseases cause much havoc to the body. Youth abandons the body quickly and old age grips it. He alone is saved who makes haste to utilise this precious life in striving to obtain the summum bonum of life through renunciation, discrimination and inquiry. – Swami Chidananda Saraswati

Humanity may, in a very important sense, be regarded as a wholly brainwashed species, indoctrinated from childhood into the prejudices of nationality, groupism, colour-bar, family and language clingings, and the like, of different types. The strange notions of the social norms of communities, the politically dichotomised law and regulations, the credal rules of convenient ideas of rectitude, the civil and criminal systems of parochial judicature, all cut off man from man, nation from nation, group from group, ideology from ideology, and introduce disturbing interpretations of the relation of man to man in the world, though none of these innovations may have any relevance to the ultimate nature of things. – Swami Krishnananda

This is a very superior type of meditation where you regard self-consciousness as the object of meditation. A person who meditates in this manner on the supreme self-consciousness prior to the perception of every kind of object, of even space itself, such a person has freedom to the extent of the realm of self-consciousness. – Swami Krishnananda

A negative, pessimistic attitude of utter condemnation of the world is wrong. But excessive love, being captivated by the beauty of the world, is equally wrong. The truth is somewhere in the middle. – Swami Krishnananda