Radhanath Swami explains the nature of the conscious force



“Vedanta sutra explains that the nature of the conscious force, the soul, is to seek pleasure.” – Radhanath Swami

According to the influences of nature, according to the guna we are situated in, we are trying to find pleasure in various ways: some people find pleasure in beating and killing others, some people find pleasure in just accumulating more and more and more wealth, power and prestige,some people are seeking pleasure in being very charitable, very kind, very giving to others. Everyone is driven in all circumstances by the desire for pleasure. And what are we trying to avoid, more than anything else? Pain.

If you study our economy, so much money is spent, trying to avoid pain. The medical industry is simply trying to ward off suffering, and billions of dollars are being spent on pharmaceuticals. And then we have the cosmetic industry. It’s painful to see yourself ugly or old. So there are all kinds of cosmetic devices to change and make you look beautiful and young. And how much is spent on military? Why so much money for military, building bombs, armies, navies and air force? To avoid pain—the pain of losing our property, our land, our lives, our freedom.

So everyone is in pursuit of pleasure. This is something that universally every living entity has in common, because the nature of consciousness is pleasure.

Radhanath Swami


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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Basically we are all seeking pleasure in this world. But the pleasure got from material wealth or power or fame is not real pleasure as ultimately it leads to misery and pain. But if we look towards the Lord for pleasure, the “Ananda” or bliss is eternal and we will be forever happy!

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami, for teaching this universal principle regarding the pleasure seeking nature of consciousness.

  • vijay karhale

    human nature is to work hard for getting pleasure.

  • mangesh

    wonderful explanation.thanks HH Radhanath Swami

  • Satish Rane

    very good article…….thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Pankaj

    Everyone is driven in all circumstances by the desire for pleasure. Great point.

  • sujata

    Thank you for such a nice article..

  • manish

    Thanks for sharing

  • Manish

    Nicely explained the nature of eternal soul. Thanks Radhanath swami

  • umesh

    This explains why everyone of us is looking for avoiding the pain and gaining pleasure. thanks for Radhanath Swami for explaining the same!

  • manish

    Very nicely explained the nature of soul by Radhanath swami

  • Milind M Churi

    Every action on material platform by living entity to get pleasure indicates the eternal nature of the soul.Eternally soul is always blissful and happy because he is engaged in serving his Supreme Father. When soul comes in contact with material energy of The Supreme Lord because of his desire to enjoy seperaratly from Him ,he forgets his eternal constitutional position as a servant of The Lord.But still soul reflects it’s original qualities while acting in this world on material platform via seeking pleasure in his activities.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    The soul is always seeking pleasure. But we should take care to see that we seek pleasure in spiritual things instead of material.

  • Chandrika

    Sad but a true reality.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! We are always seeking pleasure but we should realize that material pleasures will not give us permanent happiness. its only our connection to the Lord which will make us truly happy.

  • Every one is seeking pleasure. An excellent guide to give pleasure to soul.

  • Ravi

    Convincing article….

  • svdd

    How we try to avoid pain and try to seek pleasure is very nicely explained by Maharaj.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice article by HH Radhanath Swami. By nature every one is seeking pleasure, because we are eternally souls and not the bodies and the one of the prime nature of soul is eternally blissful.

  • umesh

    how in every aspect of the life, we are ultimately trying to avoid the pain and look for the happiness – this is so graphically explained by radhanath Swami here. thank you for shairng.

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    If one seeks pleasure in natural way,in rendering service to the Supreme, then he will be blissful for ever. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    We are seeking pleasure, but how to get it can be understood only by realized souls like Radhanath Swami.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    How ever one is seeking pleasure in this world is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami in this article.

  • Y. Raja Shekar

    How every one is seeking pleasure in this world is nicely explained by HH Radhanath Swami in this article.

  • manish

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article of Radhanath swami

  • Muktkesh das

    very nicely swamiji is bringing out how every activity is motivated by seeking pleasure. amazing !

  • Ravi Garg

    Thanks Swamiji for this wonderful article….

  • kuldeep Soni

    Great article dealing with the nature of consciousness and how it wander every direction if misguided to seek the pleasure.

  • umesh

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for so nicely describing the nature of eternal soul.

  • NSP

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for revealing the real nature of the soul!

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very true. HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given a vivid description here about soul’s real nature. It’s very important to understand how we can give pleasure to the soul.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing eye-opening article!