Be Like a Tree

57 Be like a tree Radhanath SwamiTolerating the heat of the sun, the cold snow of the winter, the wind and rain in the monsoons, the tree is simply supplying all benefits to others:supplying shade to us, while it suffers in the sun; supplying firewood to warm us, while it suffers in the freezing winter. Although it stands alone without a home, it provides its limbs in the form of wood for us to build houses to live in.

Trees are immersed in the mood of service to all living entities without discrimination. They are compassionate.

This is the standard of a saintly person: to be like a tree, always willing to accept all kinds of inconveniences to bring happiness and relief to others.

A saintly person is not so concerned with his or her own problems, butis more concerned with others’ problems. If we do not care about others’problems, then we drown in our own problems, which are endless and which bring down our consciousness. But if we are concerned with others’ problems,then we don’t have time to think about our own problems.

This is a saint: like a tree, always eager to serve others, in all regards,in every possible way.

– Radhanath Swami


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  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this most inspiring message!

  • Raju K Mewada

    Great understanding about the behavior of a saintly person is presented here by Radhanath Swami with wonderful analogy with a tree. He is a great inspiration source for thousand of people across the world. He has lived a life of a perfect saint as described above. We can also try to practice and develop the qualities of a good person just following his suggestions and put it in practical life.

  • anjan

    Yes. If we lived our life following these wonderful teachings, then so much unnecessary conflicts can be avoided and we can focus on our spiritual lives better. Thank you swami Radhanath for your wonderful blog

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Thank you for teaching this lesson of being tolerant.
    Hare Krishna

  • umesh

    great lessons from the tree..

  • pradeep lalwani

    wonderful !!!!!

    there can not be other example than tree for showing tolerating nature and giving best to others.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for teaching us so many valuable lessons we can learn & imbibe in our lives…Hare Krishna !

  • Dheera

    Thank you Maharaj for explaining how a tree can become our teacher by teaching such profound lessons of life.

  • Avni

    Such a profound statement! A saintly person is always willing to accept all kinds of inconveniences to bring happiness and relief to others.Thanks for sharing it.

  • Achyuta Govinda

    Many thanks to Swami Radhanath for teaching us the qualities of tolerance and service from this analogy

  • madhura

    wonderful article.

  • umesh

    If we observe carefully we can learn so much from things/people around us, Thanks to Radhanath Swami for enlightening us in such a way.

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for explaining us the true qualities of a real sadhu.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Radhanath Swami always refers “Trinad api sunichen, Taroor iva sahishnuna…” and he lives this verse in his life.

  • Shyam Mahtani

    This is a very nice article. Thank you Swamiji.

  • madhura

    very logically explined.

  • Aakansha

    wonderful! so inspiring. The best example one can ever think of.

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  • Chandrika

    Simply beautiful!

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami through this article instructs how to tolerate various provocative situations in our life. He had also personally showed the way by practicing himself to the highest standard.

  • anil

    Very Very essential quality..

  • Tolerance as a quality has always fascinated me. Radhanath Swami has further enlightened me about how tolerance should help us help others.

  • vrushali

    Very nice analogy by Radhanath swami!

  • Sanket Singhal

    Very nice article by Radhanath Swami!!!

  • shyama radhika devi dasi

    wonderful analogy.

  • Vinay Jain

    What a powerful lesson Radhanath Swami is teaching us through the example of trees. Possibly the next time we see trees, we’ll see them differently and reflect upon this lesson of compassion.

  • umesh

    Amazing, sometimes simple objects around us can teach us so much..

  • shailesh

    Very Beautifully exlplained.Hare Krsna !

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Absolutely true! A true saint is like a tree always serving others without bothering for himself.

  • Ravi Garg

    Nice instructive article…….thanks

  • saurabh

    A saintly person is not so concerned with his or her own problems, butis more concerned with others’ problems. wonderful that is the quality of a saintly person

  • kiran

    very inspiring , worth imbibing in our lives.

  • Pranjal dixit

    Hari bol. Tarorapi sahishnuna. Radhanath Swami has not only taught but shown also by his example. Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Aishwarya

    “God asked, “What is forgiveness?” A little girl gave lovely reply, ” It is the wonderful fruit that a tree gives when it’s hurt by a stone”

  • Rajeev

    Very nice analogy …

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very Nice & inspiring article.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Fantastically explained! There cannot probably be a better example than the tree to demonstrate tolerance and sacrifice for others benefit.

  • Riya

    it is explained so logically. fantastic