Radhanath Swami explains how attitude shapes our destination

38 Attitue shapes destiny
The way we react to opportunities that come in life depends a lot on our attitude. In fact, the world is nothing but our vision covered by our attitude.

In the Mahabharata, the great teacher Dronacharya told his disciple Yudhisthira to go into the world and find one person who was worse than him. And at the same time he asked Duryodhana to go and find at least one person who was better than him. Both had learnt from the same teacher and both had become competent in their own ways. But the way they saw the world showed that they were in totally different frames of mind.

Yudhisthira came back and reported his findings. In spite of carefully searching, he claimed that he could not find even one person worse than himself; everyone he met had some good quality which he himself did not possess. So his constant observation was of his own personal defects and others’ good qualities. On the other hand, Duryodhana came back and claimed that he could not find even one person better than himself; he had tried his best, but he had realized that every person had at least one defect that he himself did not possess.

What determined their different conclusions and visions of the world around them? Their attitude, which was controlled by the culture in which they were raised, the kind of circle of influence they had around themselves, and the inner desires they nurtured.

– Radhanath Swami


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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Attitude shapes our destiny!

  • Dr Satpute Satchidanand R

    Such a wonderful insite. really true, things depends on our attitude and inner desire we nurtured in particular association

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank u so much HH Radhanath Maharaj Ji for always giving such wonderful realizations which leave a great impact on us & help us move forward in Krishna Consciousness.

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    We see the world through the glasses we wear, if glass is red we see everything red if blue than we see everything blue, Radhanath Swami has very nicely explained how a sane person always see the good in others and neglects the defects in other, also the culture we are surrounded is very crucial.
    Thank you Swami for these teachings.

  • Vidya Patham

    It is amazing to see how attitude affects our life. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • kedar

    Wonderful article with nice story.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    The world is nothing but our vision covered by our attitude – very powerful statement.

  • Damodar

    nice pastime from Mahabharata- one was stressing on good in others and introspecting defects in oneself which is right thing to do so that we can progress in our own life rather than other negative approach of stressing defects in others while focusing on good in oneself.

  • sumit

    nice article on attitude.. we can also relate the analogy of half glass water half filled or empty..

  • anjan

    Many thanks to swami Radhanath for this wonderful article on attitude..

  • Yudhi

    Such an amazing story and Radhanath Swami gives us the proper perspective

  • Mona

    So true

  • pradeep lalwani

    Wonderfull !!!!!

    i am very much inspired by this. thank you for sharing

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Very much inspiring and instructive analogy. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nice article!

  • niranjan

    really how to develop attitude …is very important!!!

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for sharing how the culture in which we are raised, the associations we maintain and our own internal desires shape our attitude.

  • Ravi Garg

    Very nice article by Swamiji…..the short story from Mahabharat clearly illustrates the importance of attitude…..