Radhanath Swami – Money and Misery

Material desire or lust burns like fire. No matter how much fuel you give it, it gets hotter and all-devouring. One thinks, ‘I need more money.’ If one is a millionaire, he thinks, ‘I have to become billionaire.’ If one is a billionaire, one cannot tolerate if anyone is wealthier. Then that person steps on a thorn and he is totally miserable. Nothing can save him from misery with all his billions of dollars.

By Radhanath Swami


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  • Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining us how money can not give happiness.

  • anil manga

    Very true. That is the nature of Greed.

  • Divyang

    Hare Krishna RNS,

    Dandvat Pranam,

    I am really thankful to you to write this article. Now I can understand little about money. Actually I am always influenced by Greed and Envy, I think If I get some more, I will be Happy. But after reading ur article, and reading comments of devotees ,I have found that it can not be true.

  • Raj

    Nice to see so many comments on this wonderful quote of Maharaj. It has been seen that devotees are also doing the same thing in the name of accumulating wealth in the name of using it in Krsna’s service. It seems that these words are not for us…but we have to check if we are devotees in the first place. There are no exceptions in this case,…can someone clarify.

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    This is so true of everything we possess in this world. We are never satisfied and always want more and more. Thank you Radhanath Swami for pointing this out so wonderfully.

  • madhura

    Very true.

  • Suresh

    Lords Illusion always gives hope for conditioned soul that they can be happy here.

  • Ashish patil. Vjti

    Very true. Thank you maharaj

  • Vishal

    Rightly said;money can not solve the problem but tries to hide its symtom.

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Great article – Perfectly explained how money cannot solve our miseries. Thanks a lot Maharaj.

  • Nancy

    And bespite hearing all this I think if I would have better bank balance I would feel more secure. But it doesn’t go like that.

  • Ashwani

    food for soul.

  • Vishvesh

    Very insightful explanation of a materialistic person.

  • LakshmiPriya

    Thats true Maharaj

  • Girish

    The illusions of life are so nicely described by Radhanath Swami. Thank you.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami has wonderful explained the point that money can’t move the miseries away


    Money is sweeter than honey, so to say. ha ha ha
    but money when kills is not at all sweeter.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    We need to read such quotes to bring us back to our senses

  • tejas

    Radhanath swami maharaj gives powerful doses for all spiritual seekers…

  • Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Mangesh kende

    Thanks Radhanath Swami for the wonderful article on Money or Dhana..

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Thank you very much for teaching me about miseries associated acquirig more and more money.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    There is no limit to material desires, unless we surrender to Krishna and become his devotee….Hari Bol!

  • Aru

    This is true money can’t make us happy in this material word nice teaching by Radhanath Swami

  • Ashwani

    How nicely Radhanath swami explains such important and deep philosophical points with simple examples.

  • Gautam

    Material prosperity is not the way to real happiness. Thank you for nicely explaining this very important fact.

  • Ranjeet Kumar

    Excellent .

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Amazing explanation Greediness never ends !!

  • Ketan Pendse

    This is a one of the most dreadful disease in this world, but with continuous association of Radhanath Swami one can overcome this disease….

  • Ravi Garg

    How true Swamiji has just spoken……..the greed for money is never satiated & at the end you end by with nothing………

  • Aman Jain

    Radhanath Swami is teaching that real satisfaction can only come at spiritual platform.

  • madhura

    Amazing article.

  • Sumit

    Radhanath Swami says it very rightly and clearly. The satisfaction can never come by accumulation of mateial objects. Rather, the more we get them, the more we want to get them with no end.

  • Sandeep Kamat

    Thank you maharaj for this insight. Material desires are never ending and we need to control them rather than enjoy as per the desires.

  • Vijay Mathias

    A very nice description of money and misery.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As rightly pointed out by Radhanath Swami, greed is one quality which makes people never satisfied. Thank you Radhanath Swami for warning us against this deadly quality.

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Yes, its a fact that Moneycant help u independently by itsef.

  • Srivatsan

    Graphical example to understand the effect of material desire

  • Vinay Malani

    Unless used properly in devotional service, money ultimately brings misery upon a person because it triggers an unending craving to accumulate more & more without bringing any satisfaction or happiness.

  • Aishwarya

    Amazing analogy.

  • Uday

    Material opulences do not give us either happiness or satisfaction. Good lesson to all rat-racers.Radhanath Swami can also offer solution to this problem.

  • meghana

    Thank you very much swamiji.

  • It is so amazing that everyone of us know this, but to really understand and live by this, it takes one to completely humble ourselves by listening from saintly persons like Radhanath Swami. Thank you.

  • Srinivas

    Radhanath Swami very nicely explained about the miserable conditions of the world.

  • mona

    Thank U Maharaj

  • Siddharth Hindlekar

    Wonderful…Indeed the thirst for wealth remains unsatiated, no matter how much we manage to accumulate..thank you swamiji

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Yes, Radhanath Swami is so true. How much ever rich the person may be, he cannot stop death, old age and disease from approaching him.

  • Navin Poojary

    True!Money can never save one from misery,it may give some temporary relief but never Really Save.Thank You Radhanath swami for sharing this valuable instruction.You are doing a great service to Humanity by guiding them from Pitfalls

  • Meera Sharma

    Material desire for sense pleasure are bound to keep us in the endless cycle of misery, repeated birth and death, but the whole materialistic society is geared only toward one goal at all cost- bodily enjoyment.
    It is so amazing that We are not even able to realize the immense power of illusory energy.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for convincing of the hopelessness of listening to our mind, especially when it tries to run after wealth, fame and adoration.

  • manish

    sure…money can blind us sometimes!

  • Rajesh

    Such a eye opener! Make sense money will never be enough and its like quick sand pull us in more and more.

  • Sagar Wadekar

    very true.. we must be on a guard.. JAI !!!

  • Kajal Gandhi

    So neatly explained! But so difficult to digest due to heavy conditioning

  • prabhat kumar

    By the above article ,we can say that there is no end of the materail desire. Thank you Radhanth swami maharaj for nice article.

  • Vishnupriya

    thank u

  • KumariSakhi

    Thank You very much Guru Maharaj for your ever wonderful lessons.

  • umesh

    the analogy of the fire and the fuel is very aptly given by Radhanath Swami Maharaj in this regard.

  • ranjeet

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Milind M Churi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for telling us relationship between two “M”‘s i.e. Money and Misery.Looks like two sides of the one coin.Yes I do have experience of it.One must try to protect self from these two M’s.Thank you for sharing it.

  • Shantipur Nath das

    this is the reality today. no billionaire is happy.

  • Amol

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for teachings that could save the Forbes list members too

  • mukund

    money is something which makes a person crazy

  • Manish Parmar

    Happiness derived from material pursuits is only going to be temporary unless and untill one dovetails it for the pleasure of the Lord.

  • Naveen

    Amazingly explained by Radhanath Swami, material desire is like a fire – the more you feed it the bigger it becomes and wants more.

  • jatin

    What a pinching fact of life…. Governed by greed one becomes so selfish that he goes to any imaginable OR unimaginable extent to fulfill his lust. As Radhanath Swami said, that this desire can’t be satiated. The only solution is imbibe principle of satisfaction. Happy ppl in the world are not those who have more, but they value whatever they have. Thanx to RAdhanath Swami..

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami reveals that money cant bring happiness unless we cure the disease of greed and envy.

  • Rajesh lad

    Very true

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Human psyche defies logic……….

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    That is the trick of illusion to make us believe that our happiness lies in the next promotion, or next crore…..

  • vinay rachh

    Radhanath swami’s simple analogy helps us in understanding complicated subjects so easily

  • Anand

    Most people think that all our problems can be solved by getting more money however Radhanath swami is showing us the real root cause of our misery which is our material desires or lust

  • sangharatna bhamare

    Material desire or lust burns like fire. That is real teaching. Thank you maharaj.

  • if we are satisfied in mind that is a very great accomplishment. Thank you very much for this teaching.

  • jayashree

    Thank you maharaj, for this wonderful teaching.

  • krishang

    wonderful,thank you