Applied Spirituality with Radhanath Swami
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Radhanath Swami is a Vaishnava sanyassin (a monk in a Krishna-bhakti lineage) and teacher of the devotional path of Bhakti-yoga. He is author of The Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth. His teachings draw from the sacred texts of India such as The Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Ramayana, and aim to reveal the practical application of the sacred traditions, while focusing on the SHARED essence which unites apparently disparate religious or spiritual paths.
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Simple Living High Thinking
Welcome to Applied Spirituality with Radhanath Swami on devotionalnectar.comThis is Episode 13 – Simple Living High ThinkingSrila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, my param guru, the beloved spiritual teacher of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, emphasised that the foundational quality of a true devotee is – simplicity. Without simplicity, bhakti cannot be real; it cannot be deep.What is simplicity? In one sense, simplicity means that we don’t need a lot of things to be happy. – Radhanath Swami.We’re content with simple things: watching the sunrise, and then waiting sometime and watching the sunset. These are very simple joys in life. Hearing the birds singing in the trees, being on the banks of a river contemplating the messages and wisdoms of nature, simple relationships.Affection is a simple thing. A child is by nature quite simple, especially when they are young, they just want to be loved and they just want to love. These are simple things, doesn’t cost money, doesn’t need scientists to research, and doesn’t need all sorts of technological updates. To love and to be loved, are the simple gifts of life. And ultimately when we connect to our love for Krishna and actually realise Krishna’s love for us, there is nothing more satisfying, then in whatever situation we are in, we can be happy. When we are agitated, lonely, bored from within, then we need all sorts of distractions to cope with it. But however many distractions, like intoxication, it can divert our attention away from the emptiness within, but it can’t fill, it can’t fill that need that we have. And this is a serious problem. Instead of understanding what the re