Radhanath Swami on “Devotee is Equipoised & Selfless”

Devotee is equipoised

A devotee tolerates happiness and distress that comes into his/her life knowing that the purpose of life is the service of the Supreme Lord. Whether he/she is praised or blamed, understood or misunderstood, is in pleasure or pain, is in good health or in disease, the devotee tries to do the best. If we actually accept the position of service then we allow our master to deal with us, however he pleases. But as long as we want to be the master or controller then we are very choosy of what comes or what does not come in our life.

Since a devotee becomes very selfless, he/she also becomes extremely sensitive and conscious towards the betterment of others. The devotee sees distress in one’s own life as God’s grace and becomes very ecstatic. But that same devotee grieves to see distress in another’s life. Until we become selfless to our own selfish desires, we cannot truly give off ourselves for the welfare of others. Such a person sees all living beings equally, because that person has no motivation & sees the soul in everyone’s heart. One who is in purified consciousness sees every living being equally – whether they be literate or illiterate, rich or poor, man or woman, Hindu, Christian, or Muslim.

-Radhanath Swami

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  • anand

    very nice quote and that which requires deep meditation upon – to tolerate misunderstandings of others upon us requires equanimity of mind

  • Pranjal dixit

    “But as long as we want to be the master or controller then we are very choosy of what comes or what does not come in our life.” This is so deep and subtle that we don’t come to know also that we r trying to control.

  • Ravi

    Very nice article…..

  • Sumithra

    Haribol

  • Sam Tripathi

    Thank you Maharaj! Nice aim to aspire for in life, a pure devotee

  • anand

    Thank you!

  • mangesh kende

    wonderful article…Radhanath Swami contemplates on each major and minor thing ,take the essence from scripture and then he shares the realization which is really out standing ..thanks

  • saurabh

    The practicle demonstration of this can be seen in the life of Radhanath Swami himself, although going through so many difficulties and life threatening incidents, his conviction to serve his SM and the lord and his devotees had never gone down even an inch.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    A very nice definition of a true devotee.

  • Kadambakanana das

    Very nice explanation.

  • Kathiresan R

    Thank you Maharaj for the very nice explanation.

  • madhura

    Amazing article.

  • Pankaj mehta

    thank you Maharaj for giving us such a deep understanding of this quality of a devotee.

  • madhavi

    thank you for sharing with us.

  • Manisha

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Thank U Maharaj for teaching that vaishnavism is beyond right and wrong…

  • madhura

    H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj teaches by his example how to see every living entity with equal vision.

  • Manasa

    Devotee is selfless and tries to do better for others but doesn’t think of his own comforts. That is the real consciousness of a pure devotee

  • Ishu Khanna

    Radhanath Swami tells a wonderful thing here. “A devotee of the Lord tries to do the best always.”
    http://www.radhanath.com

  • vaishali

    thank u so much for teaching us tolerance. it is the best way to survive in this material world.

  • Himanshu Srivastava

    Radhanath Swami brings forward a wonderful point though this post.
    http://www.radhanath.com

  • sachin komble

    thanks for nice association

  • yogish

    Gurudev thanku very much for your enlightening words.ys

  • Sumit Sharma

    Lord Krishna talks about the same principle in Bhagavad Geeta. A devotee sees the living entities at the level of soul and not the body. For him, a brahmana, a dog, a cow, and a dog-eater is same.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Nice article

  • Ramya

    All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • krishna chandra

    Anyone who knows Radhanath Swami will agree with me that he has all the qualities which he enumerates in this article.

  • Chitra Udasi

    This article can actually shake a person and pierce the consciousness to make one realise that actual satisfaction is in selfless service. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Radha

    Hare Krishna.. nice read..

  • Abhijit Toley

    Being choosy is quite a weakness. Instead by developing a higher spiritual taste, one can be happy in any circumstances.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami himself is selfless and equipoised. One can experience this by reading his book, “The Jorney Home”

  • N.Swaminathan

    Very true – when we allow our master to decide what happens and simply continue our service then we have no anxiety. At the same time when we stop focusing on ourselves, then we can begin to think about the sufferings of others.

  • jyoti c

    Hari Bol

  • Amit Kumar

    Maharaj wonderfully brings out the inner feelings of a devotee and his selflessness…

  • Srinath C

    Wonderful article by Radhanath Swami.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    Thus we understand that it is not that the great people do not have reversals but it how they react to reversals that makes them great.

  • umesh

    Wonderful article by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Particularly I liked the below portion –

    One who is in purified consciousness sees every living being equally – whether they be literate or illiterate, rich or poor, man or woman, Hindu, Christian, or Muslim.

  • vaishali

    thank u so much.

  • Jagdish

    Very insightful – Thanks a lot Maharaj for these nectarian instructions.

  • vinay rachh

    Brilliant article

  • Arabinda

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for His realizations.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful article, infact very instructions for all of us.

    We take it these instructions as Life and soul.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    What yo are saying is very true maharaj. I especially agree with the statement “As long as you want to be the master or controller then you are very choosy of what comes or what does not come in your life”. This happens with me almost all the time but as you say in another lecture , difficulties means it cannot be selected by us for then they would no longer be difficult!

  • Amit S. Giddappagoudar

    Oh Gurudev your each and every word is full realizations that spring from the core of your heart. In your Krishna resides. And all good qualities have taken shelter of you.

  • Niraj

    Dear Radhanath Swami thank you for such a simple heart touching explanation.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami treats every one as a soul and not according to external appearances.

  • suresh k

    bless me radhanath swami that I practice these qualities,

  • Satish Iyer

    Wondeerful article

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    wonderful sattement by Radhanath Swami

  • Jesal Mehta

    “If you actually accept the position of service then you allow your master to deal with you, however he pleases.” Such a simple way to remain happy.Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Ravi

    Very nice article….

  • kumar

    thank you very much Maharaj. Your words are simply amazing to hear.

  • Sid

    Radhanath Swami has the best understanding of what is selfish and what is selfless.

  • Neha Karvir

    Considering everybody equal is so important. Because it allows us to realize that Krsna as the Paramatma is residing in everybody’s heart and we need to awaken Krsna Prem in everybody by HIs Holy Name.

  • Bhavesh

    Amazing article

  • Chandrika

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

  • Anand

    “If you actually accept the position of service then you allow your master to deal with you, however he pleases” important for us to develop this conciousness

  • Prahalad Kaul

    By accepting the position of a servant we can overcome all the odds in progress in spiritual life.

  • Piyush Singh

    A devotee of the lord is the best “Ever Well Wisher” of everyone. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wisdom.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami brings out the connection between selflessness and sensitivity. This is very interesting.

  • Sunita Paleja

    very deep spiritual insight

  • Pooja B

    Radhanath Swami very nicely describes an important of a person devoted to the Lord.

  • Manish Parmar

    Thank you Radhanath Maharaj for giving us deep spiritual insights.

  • Sujit Mehta

    Devotee is Equipoised & Selfless – When one comes across Radhanath Swami this statement stands personified.

  • Rashmi

    Thanks for the article

  • sachin.rnsm

    The devotee sees distress in one’s own life as GOD’s grace and becomes very ecstatic. so nicely explained by maharaj

  • Nisha

    Thank You for such a nice article.

  • Deepak

    What a deep philosophy Radhanath Swami shared in this article. You see everything as Lord’s mercy but at the same time being compassionate about other living beings sufferings.

  • sajeev

    Seems like perfecty explanation of selflessness. And Maharaj seems to be one of the many such embodiments…

  • anjan

    many thanks to Radhanath swami for this VERY essential lesson

  • vidya karekar

    a lesson to be imbibed

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Wonderful explanations, thanks for posting.

  • abhay deshmukh

    very nice!

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s pure teachings gives us great boost in our service to God….

  • Usha Gaonkar

    Until we become selfless to our own selfish desires, we cannot truly give off ourselves for the welfare of others – such a wonderful sattement by Radhanath Swami

  • Aishwarya

    A level to be aspired for!

  • Manish Advani

    Amazing article it is an eyeopener meant to unite the people of this world

  • mehak

    wonderful explanation ,thank you ,radhanath maharaj

  • deepak

    Radhanath Swami describes the true qualities of a devotee.

  • shyama radhika dd

    Yes, the bhagawad gita also gives the same instruction. Thank you for putting it wonderfully.

  • Omi Singh

    Wonderful thought from Radhanath Swami.

  • Suvarna

    Dear Radhanath Swami what a great way to teach us about the tolerance.

  • Tapan Sinha

    Maharaj has given a formula of serving others “until we become selfless to our own selfish desires, we cannot truly give off ourselves for the welfare of others”

  • Very important coorelation between total surrender and being equipoised – Servant allows himself to be treated by the master as it pleases him

  • Girish

    Wow! What a beautiful description of the charactersitics of a devotee. And Radhanath Swami is a prominent devotee. Hope we become his worthy followers.

  • Milind M Churi

    “If you actually accept the position of service then you allow your master to deal with you, however he pleases. But as long as you want to be the master or controller then you are very choosy of what comes or what does not come in your life.” A profound statement by HH.Radhanath Swamij.It’s meaning goes straight in to our heart.Thank you very much for sharing with us.

  • mona

    excellent explanaion given by Maharaj.Thank You

  • Karthik

    Thanks for such a wonderful explanation.

  • M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Life is for purification, in another means it is to become selfless. All glories to Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful explanation.