Radhanath Swami reveals the secret of happiness

5-Secret-of-happinessChipped rice, how much does it cost? It’s very cheap and unless you put some really exotic things in it, it doesn’t taste very nice.

In those days when I used to be a sadhu begging in Himalayas, people would give me a handful of chipped rice because it practically costs nothing. But when you are hungry, you find some little river or pond, add some little water into it and you eat.

“One thing I learned was, if you are really hungry and you really thank God for what he is giving you, your tongue kind of moves aside from the experience and you taste with your heart, and even chipped rice and water tastes like a nectarine feast. But if you let the tongue give its opinion, eating only chipped rice every day could be quite depressing.” -Radhanath Swami

“God, I m so grateful for what you are giving me. By your grace I was elevated from a nice house and tasty foods of America, and now you have given me the position of a sadhu, eating chipped rice! Thank you God.” This is how I used to meditate while sitting once in a day to eat some chipped rice with some river water. I would be in tears of happiness eating that chipped rice.

So, happiness is not what we are doing, it is the gratitude and love in which we do it.

–          Radhanath swami

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  • sunil

    Haribol..I pray at the lotus feet that someday I may have gratitude for whatever Krishna has given me.

  • Raju K Mewada

    H H Radhanath Swami has shared his personal experience. That is the quality of great leader who teaches us through their own examples. Here Swamiji teaches us important lesson of being grateful. That is what is required in todays’s era. Today people are using the relations and things for while and never feels to be grateful for what they have achieved after becoming successful. If every human being become grateful for whatever they have, then most of the current problems can be solved. Thank you Swamiji for sharing your wonderful experience.

  • Anand Patil

    Thanks for sharing your amazing realisations Maharaj. I pray at the lotus feet that some day I may have gratitude for whatever Krishna has given me.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Excellent article by HH Radhanath Swami which brings out the simplicity with which he passed through the austere phase of his life and always thanking God for whatever He had given.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Eating chipped rice everyday and thanking God with whole heart… All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • biswajit

    HH Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  • biswajit

    Thanks for sharing the amazing realization!

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami says in this article, Krishna is pleased with our attitude and intention and when He is pleased, we get the permanent happiness.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Great point. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • manish

    thanks for sharing this beautiful article

  • svdd

    Very nice article

  • Vinay Jain

    Lord Krsna in His Dwarka lila showed how He only eats the love of His devotees by eating chipped rice snatched from His friend Sudama. And here His dear devotee Radhanath Swami is showing how Krsna’s devotee also accepts anything from his Lord with deep gratitude and love.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Thanks for connecting it to Dwaraka Lile. Chipped rice is so special. We can remember these pastimes when we eat chipped rice in whatever form Lord gives us. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Simplicity as exhibited by HH Radhanath Swami really attracts our heart & also the mercy of Lord.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      So true. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • mangesh

    Very nice article,thanks Radhanath Swami for guiding us how to be grateful to lord for all he has given us right from small to big thing.

  • NSP

    Wonderful lesson. Thanks for sharing the amazing realization!

  • Aishwarya

    Happiness can be experienced even in simple things.

  • svdd

    Inspiring article.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami says, the real happiness lies in the extent of surrender we take at the lotus feet of Krishna.

  • Ravi

    Indeed a wonderful article…..

  • Aishwarya

    Very instructive.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami that, its the intend that matters and not the actual thing.

  • svdd

    Happiness is not what we are doing,it is the gratitude and love in which we do it. Very nicely explained by Maharaj.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami nicely explains about the true love affection we need to get the permanent happiness.

  • Sanjiv

    if you are really hungry and you really thank God for what he is giving you, your tongue kind of moves aside from the experience and you taste with your heart, and even chipped rice and water tastes like a nectarine feast

  • umesh

    that is a great lesson taught by Radhanath Swami from his personal experience…

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami exhibits the highest qualities of tolerance and guides whole world towards eternal happiness of love of Godhead.

  • manish

    Wonderful realisation … Thanks for sharing ..

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    We were really rebellious children of Krsna, but if we are thankful to Him for anything that comes to us as His mercy, then we are really fortunate children of Krsna. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      So true. Thanks to Radhanath Swami.

  • Govind

    Secret of happiness is to reading regularly Radhanath swami Articles..
    thank you maharaj!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    The secrete of success lies in following the instructions of great saints like HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Sanjiv

    This is HOW we need to develop the right attitde of gratitude…Ignore the earlier comment

  • Sumit Sharma

    Great lesson HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has shared here. Happiness is within our mind and if we are spiritually satisfied, we would be happy.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Great lesson. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Sanjiv

    This is not we need to develop the right attitude of gratitude

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Rightly said by HH Radhanath Swami. Its not the thing which matters but the purpose with which it is given.

  • umesh

    So, happiness is not what we are doing, it is the gratitude and love in which we do it.

    Touching statement by Radhanath Swami.

  • Ravi Garg

    This article is a soul searching article….makes one thinks twice about his artificial lifestyle……Thanks Swamiji for your divine instructions….

  • Aishwarya

    So, happiness is not what we are doing, it is the gratitude and love in which we do it-wonderful lesson.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    Amazing realisation by HH Radhanath Swami. To exhibit such gratitude in such adverse conditions one need to be really a great soul.

  • svdd

    Nice explaination

  • vsk

    So, happiness is not what we are doing, it is the gratitude and love in which we do it.- what a wonderful realisation