Radhanath Swami Speaking About Real Charity

Many people in the world today are charitable; they like to help the poor. But wherever they help the poor they want a nice plank with their name on it. They want their names in the newspapers for all that they have done. They want their family, friends and others to recognize what benevolent, compassionate and merciful people they are.  They also want tax benefits from the Government.  They want so many fringe benefits for their charity. Therefore they are not unmotivated; they are motivated with selfish interests.

Sometimes, if you feed the mouth of a poor person your real motive is to feed the mouth of your own false ego thinking, ‘Just see! I am sustaining and maintaining other people’s life. Everyone should see this. I am setting the example for the world to follow. Follow me.’  That is not real charity.

By Radhanath Swami


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  • Raj Narang

    Thank you very much Maharaj

  • Raj Narang


  • jhulana-yatra

    Also when we are on the alter dressing the Lord we should never take the credit, as Krishna is the doer of all and we are just His instruments.
    Maharaja says that if we are taking credit we are only dressing our egos. Heavy statement but true.

  • niraj

    Very Good

  • Shoba Fernandes

    Radhanath Swami has really opened our eyes to what goes on in the name of charity; feeding our own egos.

  • Gautam

    Charity in its essence explained very nicely

  • Vishnupriya

    thank u

  • DR. C P Yadav


  • Vishvesh

    Most of the people become attracted to superficiality in life.

  • Manish Raikundalia

    Nice message.

  • Pallavi Pandav

    Wonderful Article

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  • Ankush

    This charity as Maharaj explains is in mode of Passion and most of the time i am influenced by it…

  • prabhat kumar

    Here Radhanath swami has clearly mentioned which type of charity people are doing now,—-they are motivated by selfish desire to get name and fame–and so many thing–.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhnath Swami for explaining us the real meaning of charity. Most of the time charity is done in the mode of passion.

  • Suresh

    Thanks Maharaj for explaining in what mood one should do charity.

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for exposing the pitfall one can fall pray to even while doing appearantly noble acts.

  • Thank you very much for this valuable lesson selfless service.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is making a valid point Its not being charitable what is important but the consciousness in which one gives is something that matters the most.

  • kumar

    Thank you Maharaj for enlightening us about real charity!

  • shrawan

    It was an eye opener for me. I am very grateful to Radhanath Swami.

  • Sudhir

    Here HH Radhanath Swami calls a spade a spade raising the bar for the society to move beyond the mundane goodness, rise up to a level of unmotivated & selfless service to God & mankind.

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving us this correct concept of real charity.

  • Srinivas

    Radhanath Swmi explained the hidden agenda behind the charity and telling us to not to fall in to that trap.

  • Siddharth Hindlekar

    Wonderful…Charity is indeed something that should be done without any selfish motives as explained perfectly by radhanath swami…..thank you

  • Vinay Malani

    The Vedic knowledge about God is the highest wealth anyone can possess. So sharing this knowledge & distributing God’s love to others will be the greatest act of charity as Radhanath Swami says.

  • s kanakraj

    well said by radhanath swami, the charity done should be like if the right hand is used for this activity then that should not be known to the left hand,

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As Radhanath Swami says, Charity should come from within and with selfless attitude. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this simple yet very important instruction.

  • Meera Sharma

    Very true, that’s what is going on in every society on the name of charity.
    Charity to the body and taking pride in this charity. It ultimately leads us to think i have the power to maintain people and leads us to false pride.

  • Veena

    HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has rightly guided us all about the real charity which should be selfless.

  • Ydas

    Radhanath Swami sets the correct perspective for charity.

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is very straightforward. This is so true we have seen ceiling fans which include donors name written in red ink we have seen doors which include donors name. Ultimately everything comes from Krishna we are simply an instrument but somehow or other we get caught up

  • vaibhav

    wonderful article

  • I agree with Girish Pr. Maharaj has detected a tumor like an expert doctor. JEsus Christ has set the standard, “When u give charity with one hand other hand should not come to know.”

  • krishang

    thank you maharaj

  • vineeta

    thank you

  • madhura

    Thank you Maharaj for such a nice eye opener.

  • Pranil Khadke

    Thank you Radhanath Swami maharaj for explaining how giving charity while expecting personal adhoration and ego satisfaction is not real charity at all…

  • Vijay Mathias

    A very bitter truth which Radhanath Swami has exposed. The motive in which charity work is being done can be driven by selfish desire in subtle ways.

    It requires thorough introspection to know our true motives in doing charity.

  • mona

    Thank U for such a lovely article

  • saveeta

    True! Radhanath swami has truly revealed open the secret and hidden motives behind our so called “great” acts.

  • Vinay Malani

    Typically the political leaders engage in the farce of media-managed charity just to get personal recognition & for garnering votes during the elections. Radhanath Swami is correct in saying that such charity is not real charity because the purpose is contaminated with selfish interests.

  • meghana

    Thank you very swamiji.

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami is like a CT scan that diagnosis the tumors in one’s mind and then prescribes a cure.

  • Aishwarya

    Radhanath Swami so precisely explains what is unmotivated charity is !

  • Anand

    While giving charity we have to be careful that we do not feed our false ego

  • Anita Iyer

    Motivation is so important. Often we externally appear to be charitable while our motive is to massage our ego.

  • bipin

    All Glories To.H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an candid and transparent shot at we who think of as we have been distirbting wealth.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nicely explained by Radhanath Swami. Charity in itself is not important but the intent behind the charity is. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for giving the real purpose of charity, unmotivated one.

  • Ravi Garg

    Most of the times charity blows up the false ego of the donor…….thx Swamiji for guiding us ………

  • Balaji

    Radhanath Swami very nicely explained the qualities of charity performed in mode of passion. Real charity is given without any expectations and to a proper receiver.

  • Rajesh Lad

    So true !

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Sounds harsh…. but reality is sometimes like that….. uncompromising reality….

  • Shantipur Nath das

    thank you for showing us what we really are

  • vraja bihari dasa

    radhanath swami has brilliantly exposed the sham that goes on in the name of charity in this world. it requires wisdom and forthrightness to point out this anamoly in society. thank you radhanath swami

  • sandeep

    Radhanath maharaj is guiding us What should not be our consciousness wwhen we are doing charity.

  • seema

    Maharaj ‘s words bring about such a clarity in our thoughts

  • vani

    Haribol!! whenever we get bewildered by worldly things our Guru Maharaj Radhanath Swami Maharaj is there to guide us.

  • Satish Iyer

    Krishna sees our intentions and not our actions. We can create a false show of charity to the world, but one can never cheat Krishna.

  • Abhijit

    Real charity has to be bereft of all selfishness, even subtle selfishness. Otherwise its just another proud activity.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    Even in a popular activity like charity, our consciousness may be clouded with subtle personal needs. So we need to remind ourselves that it is not the activity that is important but the consciousness in which we do the activity.

  • mukund

    Real charity should be selfless, without any personal agenda

  • jayesh

    Radhanath swami always teaches us how we should look for the essence, the real substance rather than just on some externals.

  • Anil Timbe

    this aspect of charity was never known to me. It really cleared my concept of “charity”.. thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami echoes Jesus Christ who also said, ‘But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing’. Here he exposes our hypocrisy in thinking we are the doer when we give in charity.

  • nandkishor wani

    such wonderful statement that in the name of charity we are feeding our false ego.

  • abhay

    Thank you Swamiji. for making it realize that consciousness is more important than the act itself.

  • Sumit

    Nice words from Radhanath Swami. Bhagavad Gita also teaches us the same lesson ie. what the real meaning of charity is.

  • Uday

    There is a saying in Hindi which means,’What one hand gives, the other hand should not know.’Charity should be selfless.

  • Renuka

    Maharaj’s inputs are always an eye opener. Thanks Maharaj.

  • Milind M Churi

    Nice advice by Radhanath Swamiji.I should remember this instruction very carefuly and reserve it in my heart.Thank you for sharing it.

  • pradeep iyer

    i always heard on how deep the understanding of a spiritual master is! and a millions of times i am convinced by reading such notes

  • Tushar Gaikwad

    The superficial nature of charities done for name is exposed by Radhanath swami – pleasure of God is the goal.

  • Ram Mohan

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is always alert in teaching us the substance behind our acts.

  • vinay rachh

    Amazing article teaching us what charity is not

  • Karthik

    These words of Maharaj are to cut our illusion and false ego, also to teach us the importance of our counsciousness in charity.

  • kuldeep Soni

    Thank you very much…

  • Sujit Mehta

    Duplicity – Thy name is my intelligence, the world is run by this behavior ,Radhanath Swami’s articles are like a expert surgeons knife which operates the infected organ

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    Krishna says in the Bg that whatever you do, whatever you offer, do it for me. Charity done for the pleasure of Krishna is the only true charity, which will not give us pride . Hari Bol!

  • Thank you very much for the lesson of staying away from false pride while doing good deeds.

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami’s statements are so true. God does not see what we do but the motive behind whatever we do.

  • Chetan

    Radhanath Swami is explaning how we feed the mouth of our own false ego.