The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami


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  1. On Thanksgiving

    In order for that spirit of loving service – the spirit of bhakti – to grow, a very essential element is thanksgiving, or gratitude. The seed of love can only take root and grow if it is in fertile soil. Gratitude is that fertile soil. Whatever spiritual practices we do, like chanting God’s names, coming to satsanga, doing seva, all of these things are like watering the seed of that love that is within us. But that watering process will be ever more effective to the degree that our consciousness,...
  2. On Surrender

    Question: The Bhagavad Gita says that we should surrender to the Supreme God. But it sounds scary to me. What does surrender to God mean? Radhanath Swami: For most people surrender sounds like a horrible thing. The allied forces bombed in Berlin and battered Germany. While the bombs were dropping, the Russian army was marching in with millions of soldiers from another direction.Germany surrendered. When bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered. Now when Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, “Abandoned all verities of religion and surrender to me,”...
  3. Realization is Manifested Through Humility & Devotion

    We have the highest, most intimate and confidential of all knowledge in the Vedas in the Srimad Bhāgavatam, which is how we are not this body. We should give up the bodily concept of life. Of course, we read the beautiful pastimes of Lord Sri Krishna also. But when we come to this highest knowledge of body and soul, we want to skip through this because we already have heard it so many times. We want new tastes, new nectar, we want the juice of newer and newer subject matter...
  4. The Whole Purpose of This Knowledge is to Change Our Life

    We must know how important it is to hear from the scriptures and the great souls with a humble disposition of mind, so that we can really and truly understand spiritual principles and gradually develop faith. The whole purpose of scriptural knowledge is to give us some faith, faith in a higher principle and a faith in the truth. Knowledge is not just so that we can become a jnani and say, “Yes, I know the truth.” The whole purpose of this knowledge is to change our life, to change...

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