bhavad-vidhä bhägavatäs

tértha-bhütäù svayaà vibho

térthé-kurvanti térthäni

sväntaù-sthena gadäbhåtä

(Bhag. 1.13.10) 


Word-for-Word

bhavat—your good self; vidhäù—like; bhägavatäù—devotees; tértha—the holy places of pilgrimage; bhütäù—converted into; svayam—personally; vibho—O powerful one; térthé-kurvanti—make into a holy place of pilgrimage; térthäni—the holy places; sva-antaù-sthena—having been situated in the heart; gadä-bhåtä—the Personality of Godhead.

Translation

My Lord, devotees like your good self are verily holy places personified. Because you carry the Personality of Godhead within your heart, you turn all places into places of pilgrimage.

Purport by Srila Prabhupada

The Personality of Godhead is omnipresent by His diverse potencies everywhere, just as the power of electricity is distributed everywhere within space. Similarly, the Lord’s omnipresence is perceived and manifested by His unalloyed devotees like Vidura, just as electricity is manifested in an electric bulb. A pure devotee like Vidura always feels the presence of the Lord everywhere. He sees everything in the potency of the Lord and the Lord in everything. The holy places all over the earth are meant for purifying the polluted consciousness of the human being by an atmosphere surcharged with the presence of the Lord’s unalloyed devotees. If anyone visits a holy place, he must search out the pure devotees residing in such holy places, take lessons from them, try to apply such instructions in practical life and thus gradually prepare oneself for the ultimate salvation, going back to Godhead. To go to some holy place of pilgrimage does not mean only to take a bath in the Ganges or Yamunä or to visit the temples situated in those places. One should also find representatives of Vidura who have no desire in life save and except to serve the Personality of Godhead. The Personality of Godhead is always with such pure devotees because of their unalloyed service, which is without any tinge of fruitive action or utopian speculation. They are in the actual service of the Lord, specifically by the process of hearing and chanting. The pure devotees hear from the authorities and chant, sing and write of the glories of the Lord. Mahämuni Vyäsadeva heard from Närada, and then he chanted in writing; Çukadeva Gosvämé studied from his father, and he described it to Parékñit; that is the way of Çrémad-Bhägavatam. So by their actions the pure devotees of the Lord can render any place into a place of pilgrimage, and the holy places are worth the name only on their account. Such pure devotees are able to rectify the polluted atmosphere of any place, and what to speak of a holy place rendered unholy by the questionable actions of interested persons who try to adopt a professional life at the cost of the reputation of a holy place.

Lecture by Radhanath Swami

This evening, we are reading from the Srimad Bhagvatam, first canto. This verse has been spoken by great king Yudhishtir Maharaj to his beloved and devoted uncle Vidura.  Shrila Prabhupada explains in the purport that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is always with His pure devotees because of unalloyed devotional service which is without any tinge of fruitive desire and any material speculation. They are always in the service of the Lord specifically by the process of hearing and chanting. In the Bhagavatam, there are beautiful descriptions of real compassion and kindness of pure devotees like Vidura and how much we can learn by hearing the qualities of these great Paramahamsas.

Nama-Sankirtan is the yugadharma of this age. These children were very well behaved during kirtan which proves this. People are not very much philosophically inclined in this age but towards chanting and dancing everyone is inclined. Do you like to chant? , do you like to dance? Do you like to hear philosophy? Do you like to eat Prasad? Chanting, dancing and feasting are conclusions of all philosophy but hearing the glories of these great devotees of the Lord is the door that opens wide for perfection of human form of this life, which is self realization.

In Mahabharat, we find how Pandavas were put in so many embarrassing and disgraceful situations. Although, factually they did not do anything to deserve it. Yudhishtir Maharaj was the embodiment of dharma and never deviated from truth. It is said that even in his mind he never thought of mala volition and never spoke a single word of lie in his entire life. And yet, he and his noble brothers were prosecuted in so many ways because that is the way of politics. Throughout history, throughout all lands, whenever people are greedy for power and control, for wealth, they will do anything.

We find, although Dhrtarastra was actually a very noble king and his son Duryodhana was the embodiment of all the good qualities. They had one anartha or unwanted quality within their hearts and that was greed for power and to control; and this one quality practically burnt all of them to ashes. Therefore in so many ways they defied Pandavas; they said evil things about them; they spread terrible rumours and propaganda against them. Even when they were children they were poisoned; they tried to burn them in the house of lakh; they cheated them in dice game; they banished them to the forest & took away all of their belongings ;and that was not enough ,even in the forest time and time again they tried to ridicule and humiliate them.

And, through all of this Vidura took care of Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. She suffered hundred times more than the Pandavas themselves, why is this? Because devotees are willing to accept any inconvenience upon his own life and accept it as grace of the Lord but the devotees cannot tolerate seeing another devotee mishandled, mistreated, and therefore queen Kunti who was such soft hearted mother and loving devotees, she had to witness all of these terrible atrocities upon her own beloved children. You can imagine that she was not feeling this just for one night but for fourteen years! While they were banished in jungles, she did not know where they were? Who they were with? She did not even know whether they were dead or alive. And all along this Vidura was the one who took care of queen Kunti. She remained in his home; he was always the well wisher of Pandavas. Vidura was such a noble and gentle soul that time and time again he was the one who saved the life of the Pandavas. It was by his arrangement that the Pandavas were escaped from house of lakh.

Though Duryodhan and company conspired in so many ways and tried to kill Panadavas, Vidura was so soft hearted and loving that even for the evil minded Dhrtarastra and Duryodhana, he was their well wisher. He was, time and time again, giving Dhrtarastra good advice, giving him the chance to rectify his sinful offences and to live according to the truth. It is described that Vidura also tried to correct incorrigible Duryodhana and instructed him accordingly but he could understand that Duryodhana was so intoxicated that he was completely empowered by his greed, his thrust for controlling others that he could not hear.

Although Dhrtarastra was actually the great gentleman, because of his attachment to Duryodhana, because of that association, he was acting in the most abominable and sinful way and all of the spiritual principles were compromised. No matter how great you are, if you choose bad association you will become abominable in the eyes of God. Who are we to compare with Dhrtarastra? Sometimes we think that oh! Dhrtarastra is such an evil man but actually he was the great descendant of the Kuru dynasty, he was the eldest of the three brothers, he was factually the son of Vedvyas which means he was directly the son of literary incarnation of God, and what type of high birth we have? And he was spoon fed and trained by Bhishma himself. He had the best birth from the best family; he was trained by the best war man and actually he was a great loving soul. He had only one defect, he was attached to the association of somebody who was very lusty for power and could not control his mind and senses. In Bhagvatam it is said:

It means that associating with great souls and rendering service to them opens the door to liberation wide open but by associating with those persons who are too much attached to the wealth of this world and the enjoyment of this world, the doors to the hell ,the doors to the lowest ignorance are opened wide. Whoever we are, we should know that our destiny is according to our association.

Vidura was the man of great wisdom and he understood the truth of Dhrtarastra’s heart. He understood if he could simply give up the attachment and association of his son Duroydhana, he would be a great person and his name would be glorified through out history and in scriptures. But everything was spoiled due to Dhritrstra’s this one weak point, Duryodhana. Therefore Vidura spoke to Dhrtarastra, “you are attached to offence personified in the form of your son, give up listening to him, do what you know and what is right within your heart, and do what all noble and great souls are advising you to do”. And on so many occasions Dhrtarastra had tears in his eyes. He pleaded Duryodhana to give Pandavas what they wanted. They are right and we are wrong. But Duryodhana knew that his father was very much attached to him and he was very clever. He told Dhritrashtra,” My dear father, if you give anything to Yudhishtir I will commit suicide and you will be the cause of my death”.

This is how maya works. If you try to do anything good in life you should know that there will be opposition. Maya will strike at your weakest point and would try to keep you away from the truth and also away from the God (14.07). So Vidura was like spiritual master. He was alerting Dhrtarastra of being manipulated and exploited by the sentiments of his son and always telling to do right things and take right decisions. Krishna is on the side of Pandavas and whatever he would do against them, he would be directly doing against God Himself.

When Duryodhana heard Vidura preaching to his father in this way, he became angry like a serpent, his eyes became red like hot coal and he began to hiss like a serpent. In very harsh and rude words he screamed to his uncle, “If you do not leave this palace and kingdom at this very moment, you will not have even breath to live. You will die. And Vidura knew that Duryodhana was about to beat him, to punish him and perhaps kill him. Vidura was very pleased one hand and also very sad on the other. He was very sad to see that Dhrtarastra was supporting his son and was blind through the material attachment and bad association. How pitiable?  But at the same time he was happy that he could get away from such an offensive condition and leave that place to go to the holy places of world to worship the Lord in complete freedom. So at that time Vidura left the palace and for many years he travelled to various holy places simply in hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord.

In fact he went to the holy dham of Haridwar on the bank of the holy river Ganges there he lived with Maitrey Muni. He fell at the feet of Maitreya Muni and begged him for enlightenment.

You see even the greatest devotees of the Lord; even such paramhansas like Vidura are always seeking out the association of other saints. They are always eager to hear from them submissively. Sometimes we find people thinking themselves spiritually advanced and they need not to listen to anyone anymore and everyone should listen to them. But we find here that truly the more advanced we become spiritually the more we should aspire to humble ourselves to hear from the great souls. So here we find Vidura after the battle of Kurusketra was fought and over. He did not have to take part in that. He was aloof. He was in holy places.

After, Krishna and the Yadus left this world back for spiritual world, Vidura was returning to Hastinapur and he was returning for one purpose alone to preach Dhritrastra and save him from wasting his human from of life. This is the compassion of the great devotees of the Lord and we find in this story that anyone who tries to do anything good for spreading holly name of God will meet opposition. This is history throughout all the great religions of the world. If there is no opposition that means we are necessarily doing something wrong. People think if I become devotee of God then I am striving to do His work in this world and then why should there be any opposition. God is the supreme controller. But the fact is He is the supreme controller means He will arrange opposition because it is required.

In this age of Kaliyuga people are madly running towards material sense enjoyment. Do you think if you actually preach the word of God or try to do something to put forward the mission of the Lord people will not be afraid, people will not be threatening? Our Guru Maharaja A.C.Bhaktivedant Swami Prabhupada, he came to America when he was seventy years old; he had no money; he had no friends; He came and appeared to be very very harmless. But Srila Prabhupada told us that if they knew why he came into their country and what he was going to do they would have killed him right then. Why? Because he had come with transcendental vibration of Gods name and message, which is completely contrary to the direction of the life of practically everyone, in the world.

Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, how much opposition he and his devotees had by Chand Kazi and by orthodox Brahmans. He was preaching there everyone to simply chant the holly names of God irrespective of caste and creed and they would be able to attain the highest level of consciousness and should be respected as such. The Brahmans hated Him for this. They wanted to destroy Him. And there were many Muslims; they also hated Him because He appeared to be threatening many of their political positions. At that time India was under Mughal rule.

We find in the life of Prahlad Maharaj, how much opposition came upon him although he was innocent five year old child simply because he spoke the word of God. He had no other problem, he was a perfectly well behaved son, he was a good student, and he was pleasing to his father in every aspect except one that he was preaching God’s words. And therefore in so many ways, his life was threatened.

So taking to spiritual life is not to make nice position for you in this world. People worships many demigods because they want wealth, they want so called peace on the material platform. But if you worship the Supreme God you will get the Supreme peace but not on the material platform. Why? Because God is all merciful. If He gives you all peace on the material platform, you will be satisfied with the material platform and the nature of the material platform is that its devastation is inevitable. There is no peace in this world. It is all an illusion. At any moment there can be cyclone, at any moment hurricane, at any moment flood, at any moment terrible accident, disease and death.

samäçritä ye pada-pallava-plavaà

mahat-padaà puëya-yaço muräreù

bhavämbudhir vatsa-padaà paraà padaà

padaà padaà yad vipadäà na teñäm

(Bhag. 10.14.58)

To the degree you are attached to peace in this world to the degree you are going to suffer when there are changes. When it will change? It is just a matter of time. Change is must and that is guaranteed. Therefore those religious people who are trying to promise you peace in this world they are cheating you, they are giving you something cheap. Ultimately it would be taken away and you are going to suffer. That you want? Therefore Srimad Bhagvatam & Bhagvad Gita, the great scriptures and sadhus like Vidura who are presenting these scriptures they are not promising you peace in this world, they are promising you peace within your own heart which is transcendental to this world of conflict. Such are the embarrassing political situations in this world that God only knows what tomorrow will bring. The example of how the goats are in line to slaughter house and they are kept pacified by giving them nice fresh green grasses but meanwhile they are in line coming closer  and closer to their death. But they don’t see that everyone head of them is getting their head cut. They only see nice green grass. So this material civilization is like a line of foolish goats.

Material energy, maya, and all of her representatives are just feeding you nice green grasses and making you think oh! How nice life really I have. How much I am enjoying. But at every step you are coming closer to your death. Can anyone deny that? If anyone here, even these little children they don’t know what we are talking about (27.22). At one time we were like that and soon we are going to be like something else. Can anyone change the course of time? Can you change the course of time? Or would you like to stay a little girl forever or do you want to become like your grandmother? Doesn’t matter what you want? Therefore what the scriptures are teaching and what the true representatives of the teachers of the scripture are teaching, there is no peace in this world but peace is within and in self realization. Arjuna wanted peace; Krishna said if you want peace you have to fight this war because there is real peace in surrendering to My will and not in trying to make your separate endeavors. And Arjuna found the supreme peace in loving service to Krsna.

ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam

sreyah-kairava candrika-vitaranam vidyavadhu-jivanam

anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam

sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

Lord Sri Krsna Chaitnya Mahaprabhu has come with a formula by which all beings for all ages of all caste and from all nations can find the Supreme peace within their hearts. And, that formula is learning to take shelter of holly names of God, to stop taking shelter of the sources of misery which are giving us pleasure in this world and to take shelter of Krsna, Who is so benevolently and magnificently making Himself available through His holy names.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 

When we chant the name of Krishna we are invoking divine presence of God, Who is the source of all bliss, sat-cit-anand .By associating with all blissful we would become blissful.

ishvarh param krsna satcitanand vigrah

anadhir adhir govindam sarva karana karanam 

Krishna is eternal, full of knowledge, full of bliss. We become like what we associate with. Dhritrastra became a fallen fool because he associated with the fallen fool. But later on when he associated with, after Duryodhana was gone, with Vidura, he became a saint. What we associate with we become like. Krishna is sat-cit-anand, namcintamani krsna caitanya rasvigraha. He is no different than His name. When we associate with name of God, when we associate with the eternal, we become eternal. When we associate with the source of all knowledge we are filled with pure knowledge and when we associate with embodiment of all bliss, we become supremely blissful. And how do we associate with Krsna, through His name, through His words and especially through His devotees.

Therefore in this verse we are reading today.

bhavad-vidhä bhägavatäs

tértha-bhütäù svayaà vibho

térthé-kurvanti térthäni

sväntaù-sthena gadäbhåtä

(Bhag. 1.13.10) 

It is explained by Maharaj Yudhishtira to Vidura, “your presence is holy places personified because Krsna is always within your heart. Therefore whatever you say whatever you do reveals Krsna to the hearts of the persons in contact with. So what do we want in life? Vidura came to preach to Dhrtarastra in this particular chapter today to give up his crazy desire and stop trying to find peace in this world and take shelter of Krsna. And that’s what all great saints teach. This is the meaning of bonafide sadhu. A sadhu who does not preach the message of God is sadhu in name only but not in quality. And if we want the true fortune and the treasure of this human life, we should be seeking those persons, those places which are giving this rare and most treasure of all gifts, “the information about the God, how to find true peace not in this world but in the kingdom of God and within our own heart” .

Are there any questions? Mahaprabhu would you like to translate? Hare Krishna. To come together, to hear and to chant the glories of the Lord, to help one another to come closer to God; are the greatest acts of love in this world. And these types of programs, these types of arrangements are perhaps the greatest need within our human society. After all when we come home from our business, perform our work everyday, what do we do? Just fifty years ago, in India especially ,practically all over the country, our Guru Maharaj  used to tell us that after sunset everyone would come together to hear and chant the glories of the Lord. They organised the kirtan of the Lord. Entire villages would come together, families would come together and what they did? They would hear Mahabharat, Srimad Bhagvatam, Bhagvad Gita & Ramayana. In this way India had shown the world the greatest civilization.

But now unfortunately, we have our televisions, our cinemas, our newspapers and we are engrossed in these things. We are leaving behind the true purpose of life which is the coming together to hear and chant the glories of the Lord.

So we would like to thank for all of you for coming, and the especially to our host this evening for such beautiful arrangement. And of course this program has been arranged in honor of the birth day of son of Mr.Daga, Gaurav. So I would like to offer him best wishes that Krishna may always be with him to guide him, protect him for His loving service and I request all of you, also, offer your good wishes and prayers for his auspicious future in Krishna Consciousness. Hare Krishna.

Is Gaurav here? Please come. This is the day; you have to accept humiliation and embarrassment. But we love you very much. May Krishna always be with you! After this auspicious gathering to night, we will all honour Krishna’s Prasadam.

Thank you very much. Hare Krishna.

Written by

Radhanath Swami

H.H Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for 40 years, he is a guide, community builder, philanthropist, and acclaimed author.Born and raised in Chicago,at the age of 19 he discovered India's Mystical devotional tradition and now spread his message of compassion and love around the world.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! We should always aspire to be in the association of devotees, have faith in the Supreme Lord and always chant th holy names of the Lord. This way we can try to perfect our lives.

    • Pradeep Kumar

      Totally agree with u.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Once I heard from Radhanath Swami, that association of devotees will drag us to success. It is the greatest fortune to have an association of devotees. We are grateful to Radhanath Swami for giving us a wonderful congregation of devotees in Mumbai

    • umesh

      Yes I agree completely.thanks to Radhanath Swami for creating such an atmosphere.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has very emphatically established the omnipresence of God through the wonderful analogy of electricity.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Amazing description of greatness of Lord Krishna. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for inspiring us to understand Krishna’s glories and greatness.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Jai Gurudev!!!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    The grea saints like HH Radhanath Swami makes every place they visit vibrant with spiritual potencies as they always carry God in their hearts.

  • Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “Lord’s omnipresence is perceived and manifested by His unalloyed devotees. A pure devotee feels the presence of the Lord everywhere. He sees everything in the potency of the Lord and the Lord in everything.” This is the potency of pure devotees and we should regard and worship them like the Lord.

  • jayant mahtani

    “Birds of a feather flock together”, and “Man is known by the company he keeps”.
    Devotee association is needed to change the evil effects of this world.
    Thank you Maharaja.

    • umesh

      Yes I do agree..thanks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj for enlightening.

  • nandkishor das

    association of devotees is the ONLY way to survive in krishna consciousness

    • kedar

      Yes I do agree. It is the only best way in Kaliyuga.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very systematice & scientific explaination by swamiji…

  • Sarang Gadhave

    Very inspiring lecture.Thank you

  • Manish

    This is the potency of pure devotees and we should regard and worship them like the Lord.

  • Rajshekhar

    It was association of Vidura, that caused transformation of Dritarastra’s heart.
    Initially he was attached to sinful Duryodhana, but over the period of time he gave up.
    Great lessons here.

  • dr tushar vora

    As in the class, it is evident that devotees of the lord have always prayed for more association of devotees and preferred that to even the association of the Lord

  • Ankit Patel

    Thank You Radhnath Swami Maharaj

  • Anurag Pandey

    Two important lessons which I took are:
    Leaving bad company to take good one
    and hearing the glories of great souls
    can make our spiritual life stronger

  • Damodar

    The holy places have power to bring all auspiciousness beacuse of pesence ofthe Lord’s unalloyed devotees.So we must associate with them when we go to holyplaces and not just take bath in holy rivers and visit temples.

  • Ravi Garg

    Wonderful lecture by Swamiji….

  • Pankaj

    Wonderful article by Radhanath Maharaj.

  • Jai Bhalla

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this wonderful explanation.

  • Manish

    All gories to HHRNSM.This is the potency of pure devotees and we should regard and worship them like the Lord.

  • BALKRISHAN ARORA

    Radhanath Swami often tells that we should feed the good dog in us and ignore the bad dog.

  • Rajshekhar

    Nice lecture

  • vinay

    Nice lecture

  • Praneshwari gopi devi dasi

    Thank you maharaj for the lovely article…and for the loving congregation you have given us

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Association of devotees – Satsangh is very important for us to progress in our spiritual lives. It helps us to keep away from Maya and gives encouragement when we are disheartened. Hearing, chanting and association of devotees is a blessing and so blissful!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Very enlightening lecture, maharaj.

  • Monia Sharma

    Lord Krishna is connected with every living entity by the bond of Love: Few know this and others don’t.

  • Sarang Gadhave

    Thank You for such an inspiring lectures

  • Ashwani Kaul

    Very inspiring and instructional article by HH Radhanath swami Maharaj. Haribol!

  • Tejna Patodi

    So true! We can stay in KC only because of association.

  • amit

    thank you for sharing :).

  • Vishnu

    Very nice article. Vidur Ji is a great devotee and he is one of 12 Mahajana.
    These transacriptions are great help to the people like us.
    Thank you Radhanath Maharaj for sharing this nice article.

  • Ashwani Kaul

    Amazing lecture. Thanks for sharing.

  • Monia sharma

    very nice article .. Thanks for sharing..

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Amazing lecture.

  • N. Swaminathan

    Because devotees are willing to accept any inconvenience upon his own life and accept it as grace of the Lord but the devotees cannot tolerate seeing another devotee mishandled, mistreated – this is the exalted and pure position of devotees and one who practices this under guidance will also acquire such qualities

  • Amarjit Gupta

    Association and Supreme Self !!!

  • Vinay Malani

    It is a very beautiful & meaningful discourse wherein the importance of serving & seeking guidance from the pure devotees is greatly emphasized while visiting a holy place of pilgrimage.

  • When we are confused in life, we need persons like Vidura to show us the right direction.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this transcript. The points shared by Radhanath Swami Maharaj about the effects of bad association are very enlightening.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    We should realize that miseries are a blessing for us because it brings us closer to the Lord. We should always be in association of devotees which gives us spiritual strength to overcome Maya.

  • yateen

    Enlightening class by Radhanath Swami

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Safest Place in this creation as depicted by Radhanath Swami- Association of devotes

  • Harish Iyer

    Thank you Maharaj. Indeed we have to safeguard ourselves from bad association. If men of high birth Dritharashtra can fall victim, what about us

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Very truly described the glories of devotees. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mahesh

    Very wonderful narration. Thank you Radhanath swami for sharing this.

  • sandip pal

    Thank you Radhanath swami Maharaj for this enlightening lecture.

  • shamalee

    So true… only association can purify one’s heart.Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the wonder article.

  • Priya

    “power to control” these words really gave me an answer to many of my questions.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Jai Gurudev!!! thank u so much ..

  • dr tushar vora

    wonderful lecture!

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Devotees are rarest of rarest jiva’s. So we should try to take association of pure devotees like Radhanath Swami by all means & as much as possible.

  • pranjal

    we need to take the shelter of the Lord in Good and in Bad,in happiness and in miseries…That will keep us away from Maya,strengthen our relationship with God and help us in advancing in our spiritual life.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nice article. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  • Priya

    “Chanting, dancing and feasting are conclusions of all philosophy but hearing the glories of these great devotees of the Lord is the door that opens wide for perfection of human form of this life, which is self realization.” such deeper truths are so simply explained by Radhanath swami.

  • sandip pal

    Wonderful lecture by Radhanath swami maharaj…………Thank you maharaj

  • Abhinav

    Maya attacks at the weakest point…… That’s why one has to be vigilant always.

  • Aishwarya

    “This is how maya works. If you try to do anything good in life you should know that there will be opposition”-thank you for this.

  • Nirav R Shah

    As Dhrtarastra was instructed by Vidura. Let me be guide by Radhanath Swami, a pefect teacher. Let me not be attached the way Dhrtarastra was. Really inspring lecture.

  • Maya will strike at your weakest point and would try to keep you away from the truth and also away from the God

  • Sahil Khosla

    The realizations or lessons which Radhanath Swami derives from the incidents or individuals in the epics like Mahabharata are impossible to reach on basis of our own reading of the scriptures.

  • Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    This clearly shows the significance of devotees, their association and how to understand their difficult times and also how Krishna reciprocates with devotees.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    A wonderful and soul steering lecture by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja !!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Associating with great souls and rendering service to them opens the doors to liberation – we should sincerely try to follow this advice.

  • kedar

    Very nice class ny Maharaj.

  • manish

    Its due to the intense desire to bring everyone out of the fire of material existence, that Radhanath Swami is making the time to preach to everyone. His heart is very merciful.

  • chetan warade

    Bad association cause spiritual degradation. Really association of devotee who always seek love of god is very important and rare. Radhanath swami gives such devotee friend circle where we can easily achieve our eternal goal of life ie love of Lord. Thank you for wonderful lecture.

  • pratik desai

    Great Article

  • Deepak

    Radhanath Swami has mentioned a very significant point, the importance of association, there is a nice saying we become what we associate with. And many times we don’t realize whom & what are we associating with.

    Radhanath swami mentioned very nice point “associating with great souls and rendering service to them opens the doors to liberation wide open but by associating with those persons who are too much attached to the wealth of this world and the enjoyment of this world, the doors to the hell ,the doors to the lowest ignorance are opened wide.”

    So it is so important to associate with saintly people to elevate our consciousness which reminds us of Krsna & real purpose of life

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice lecture by HH Radhanath Swami. Particularly the character of Vidura and how he took care of Mother Kunti and Pandavas is soul touching.

  • Manish

    Very nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami power of Association in devotees

  • Milind M Churi

    Very nice talk by Radhanath Swami.Devotees of The Lord are very much dear to Him.Lord says in Bhagvad-Gita that pure devotees are in my heart and I am in there heart.So this is the relationship.Therefore whenever we visit Holy places and meet pure representative of the Lord and hear from them the Glories of the Supreme Lord then our life is successful. Vidura’s example is the best one.

  • Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “If you try to do anything good in life you should know that there will be opposition. Maya will strike at your weakest point and would try to keep you away from the truth and also away from the God (14.07).” By this we can understand the power of Maya and we should learn to be alert in our spiritual practice.

  • NSP

    Excellent lesson given by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj to be away from bad association and keep away from insatiable greed thirst for power!

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    In the line of bonafide disciplic succession, HH Radhanath Swami, like Vidura doing the highest welfare work of giving Krishna to every one.

  • pratik desai

    Must read article on the importance of devotee association & learning lessons from miseries

  • Priya

    Radhanath swami is revealing a very beneficial truth “Maya will strike at your weakest point”.

  • Sagar K

    Very nice lectures by Radhanath Swami M. Realizations on transcendental topics coming down the succession becomes all the more sweater.

    Ys

  • Sagar K

    Very nice lectures by Radhanath Swami M. Realizations on transcendental topics coming down the succession becomes all the more sweeter.

    Ys

  • ananda lila d

    Krishna is supreme personality of god head..
    proven is proved…
    again and again

  • manish

    .Association of Devotees will keep us away from Maya,strengthen our relationship with God and help us in advancing in our spiritual life.The points shared by Radhanath Swami Maharaj about the effects of bad association are very enlightening. All glories to Radhanath swami…

  • Abhinav

    This is how maya works. If you try to do anything good in life you should know that there will be opposition. Maya will strike at your weakest point and would try to keep you away from the truth and also away from the God.

    Let us pray to be saved from Maya.

  • Udisha

    Keeping a good company is such an important aspect of our life that it can transform one’s whole existence. The example given herein of Dhrtarastra’s attachment to Duryodhana reflects this aspect very well. Also the senses (Example of hearing) if used in the service of Lord can take us closer to Lord. Shrimad Bhagwatam Lectures are nectar to one who is sincerely wanting to transform his/her consciousness. I m greatly indebted to Radhanath Swami for such wonderful classes.

  • Pankaj

    Wonderful lecture. I came to know ill-effects of bad association. Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful lecture with a lot of lessons to be learnt.

  • Nandkishor Das

    devotees turn all places into places of pilgrimage.

  • umesh

    This wonderful transcript of Radhanath Swami’s lecture tells us how much valuable the association of right people is. It can make us or break us..

  • Sagar k

    “Whoever we are, we should know that our destiny is according to our association.”

    Very important principle to always remember in life. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    These transcription has very nicely portioned in important lesson of choosing the association which will make our destiny and how Maya attacks us at are weakest link, this lecture will surely strengthen our intelligence thank you for sharing these.
    As said by maharaj
    “Association of devotees is the most beautiful creation in the world”

  • Kiran Yagain

    Even in a material perspective, there is a whole lot of difference between visiting a university campus as a sight seeing event and getting enrolled in the university. So just visiting Holy Dham and Temples without associating with the saintly people in the Holy Places deprives us of the real purpose of pilgrimage. Thank you Maharaj for the vivid description.

  • Nandkishor das

    To go to some holy place of pilgrimage does not mean only to take a bath in the Ganges or Yamunä or to visit the temples situated in those places. One should also find representatives of Vidura who have no desire in life save and except to serve the Personality of Godhead.

  • Krsna fulfils the desire of all the people from time immemorial. hence one should have good desire for association of good people to purify his heart and to become desire less, selfless and pure elevated soul. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Abhinav

    Hearing Glories of Lord’s devotees-door for perfection……
    Thank you very much. It’s a wonderful statement.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for sharing the effects of both good and bad association!

  • suresh

    Any one who hear this lecture will not go to the pilgrimages without the presence of pure devotee.

  • Sagar k

    Very nice lecture!.

    “If anyone visits a holy place, he must search out the pure devotees residing in such holy places, take lessons from them, try to apply such instructions in practical life and thus gradually prepare oneself for the ultimate salvation, going back to Godhead.”

    Very instructive. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • gaurav

    Lecture truly uncovers the true glories of Lord & His devotees !
    Thank you so much Radhanath Swami for the same.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Very nice lecture by HH Radhanath Swami. The learning lesson is we should be careful and avoid offenses to vaishnavas as offending vaishnavas means offending Krishna.

  • sharmila

    Nice Lecture.

  • Himanshu Goel

    Real Peace

  • umesh

    thanks to Radhanath Swami for clarifying our misconception about the peace in this world.

  • saurabh

    Very inspiring lecture. Very valuable lessons. Change is inevitable. We need to develop resistance to changes of this world and keep eye always on the ultimate destination. Thank you so much Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Abhishek C

    Radhanath Swami brings out the deeper meanings of what the scriptures have to offer because of his very inspiring and sincere practice of the instructions of his Guru.

  • nkd

    Vrindavan, Vrindavan, Lets all go to Vrindavan!!!

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Nice lecture by HH Radhanath Swami. Vidura was a great devotee and his compassion towards dhrtarashtra was unparallel and we can learn from him the persistency in preaching.

  • amit

    thank you for sharing this wonderful article :).

  • Sunil

    So true..tothe degree we are attached to so called peace in this world to the degree we will suffer the consequence of that when there when there are changes and when –in a matter of time. Change is must and that is guaranteed.

  • svdd

    Very inspiring lecture,association of devotees will bring closure to lord. Thank you Maharaj

  • nandkishor das

    wonderful article

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very deep. Thanks for sharing the wisdom.

  • vijay waichal

    Very beautiful lecture,thank you maharaj.

  • Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “Devotees are willing to accept any inconvenience upon their lives and accept it as grace of the Lord but the devotees cannot tolerate seeing another devotee mishandled, mistreated, and therefore queen Kunti who was such soft hearted mother, she had to witness all of these terrible atrocities upon her own beloved children.” Queen Kunthi is an ideal devotee and she prayed for tribulations so that she can remember Krishna always. What a great devotee she is?

  • geetika

    very true..peace cannot be found in this world..one shoule beware of such false promisors.

  • umesh

    To the degree you are attached to peace in this world to the degree you are going to suffer when there are changes

    This is very true.. thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    To come together, to hear and to chant the glories of the Lord, to help one another to come closer to God; are the greatest acts of love in this world. Very true and we should aspire to follow this.

  • Sarang Gadhave

    Wonderful article.Thank you

  • biswajit

    Very nice explanation

  • omkar

    Wonderful Lecture.Thank You Radhanath Maharaj For Sharing.

  • pratik desai

    Nice lecture by HH Radhanath Maharaj !!

  • rajesh

    What Yudhistir Maharaj is saying here about Vidur is also true about HH Radhanath Swami himself. He is a self realized soul and wherever he goes that place becomes holy as he always carries God within his heart. I felt this wenever I got the privilege of his association.

  • onkar deshpande

    its very much important to come together , hear & chant the glories of lord Krsna ! thank u Radhanath swami maharaj for such a wonderful insight !

  • amit

    thank you for sharing such a wonderful article:).

  • Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “Associating with great souls and rendering service to them opens the door to liberation wide open but by associating with those persons who are too much attached to the wealth of this world and the enjoyment of this world, the doors to the hell ,the doors to the lowest ignorance are opened wide. Whoever we are, we should know that our destiny is according to our association.” We should always be careful with whom we are moving. All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Like Vidura, HH Radhanath Swami brings in peace all over the world by preaching the message of God and relationships centred on Krishna.

  • umesh

    This is really a beautiful descriptions of real compassion and kindness of pure devotees like Vidura. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this article
    :).

  • Kiran Yagain

    This excerpt below touched my heart….!

    “It means that associating with great souls and rendering service to them opens the door to liberation wide open but by associating with those persons who are too much attached to the wealth of this world and the enjoyment of this world, the doors to the hell ,the doors to the lowest ignorance are opened wide. Whoever we are, we should know that our destiny is according to our association.”

    So sublime and clear message..! Thank you Maharaj.

  • manish

    We are grateful to Radhanath Swami for giving us a wonderful congregation of devotees

    • umesh

      Yes I do agree with you.

  • saurabh

    Very nice article. Many lessons to learn. The association of holymen is beyond any value of the three worlds.

  • manish

    ” The real peace is in surrendering to Krishna’s will and not in trying to make our separate endeavors” Thanks Radhanath swami.

  • Rajesh

    Thanks for doing this great service of publishing these articles. Such literatures are the only hope for the present day society which is otherwise sunk deep in despair.

  • manish

    The points shared by Radhanath Swami Maharaj about the effects of bad association are very enlightening. All glories to Radhanath swami maharaj…

  • preeti kumari

    Maharaj explained so well , When we associate with name of God, when we associate with the eternal, we become eternal. When we associate with the source of all knowledge we are filled with pure knowledge and when we associate with embodiment of all bliss, we become supremely blissful. And how do we associate with Krishna, through His name, through His words and especially through His devotees.

  • gaurav

    Great to read this !!

  • Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “Associating with great souls and rendering service to them opens the door to liberation wide open but by associating with those persons who are too much attached to the wealth of this world and the enjoyment of this world, the doors to the hell ,the doors to the lowest ignorance are opened wide. Whoever we are, we should know that our destiny is according to our association.” This clearly explains the value of association. For spiritual progress, associating with devotees is very important.

  • chandrika

    Nice article..

  • niranjan

    The only way to see the God as explained above is “we associate with Krsna, through His name, through His words and especially through His devotees.”

  • manish

    wondeful article

    • Vinay Malani

      HH Radhanath Swami has presented the essence of real peace in a wonderful manner through this article – chanting & glorifying the Holy names of God.

  • Vinay Malani

    Following the wonderful instructions of HH Radhanath Swami can really purify our individual & collective consciousness & bring us real peace in the society at large.

  • jayant mahtani

    If one by chance associates with a devotee even for a fraction of a moment, he is no longer subjected to the attraction of karma or jnana. What interest then can he have in the benedictions of the demigods, who are subjected to the laws of birth and death.
    Thank you Maharaja

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    As Radhanath Swami has rightly said, we will not find Peace outside, we should seek it within ourselves, as outside things are bound to change. Whom we associate with is so important which can be gauged by Dhritrashtra’s example. Basically Dhritrashtra was a noble King of the Kuru Dynasty. But because of his obsessive attachment to his wicked son Duryodhan, he lost all his sense of righteousness, fairness and justice. From Vidura’s life we can understand what an elevated amd compassionate soul he was. He was constantly preaching to Dhritrashtra not to be attached to his son but to give the Pandava’s their deserved share.Finally after all the Kauravas had been defeated in the battle, Dhritrashtra listened to his brother Vidura and liberated himself.

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Radhanath Swami

H.H Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. A Bhakti Yoga practitioner for 40 years, he is a guide, community builder, philanthropist, and acclaimed author.Born and raised in Chicago,at the age of 19 he discovered India's Mystical devotional tradition and now spread his message of compassion and love around the world.