Radhanath Swami Speaking on Power and Degradation

If someone has a very big position—King, Prime Minister, President—we should on one level respect them, because somehow or other that person has gotten such immense influence and power, which is coming originally in its pure form from God. But because people do not understand the source of that energy and they’re not using it in His service; generally their very opulence becomes the cause of their degradation and their bondage.

By Radhanath Swami


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  • Raju K Mewada

    Real definition of leadership is given. Every leader should utilize his power and behave is such a way that all his subordinates and followers follow his footsteps towards service to the Lord and service to society. However in current situation most of the leaders don’t have proper understanding of leadership and due to that they just try to enjoy and use their powers which ultimately results in bad karmic reactions and they suffer later on. Here Radhanath Swami correctly guiding for this subject matter and as a leader we must have to be careful before take any step.

  • umesh

    This article is just to the point and explains how the powerful kings/leaders in the world get corrupted. Thanks to Radhanath Swami for the same

  • Jaydeep

    When would our dear Politicans understand this statment ???

  • shailesh

    Hare Krsna ! Jay Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  • Anand Iyer

    This applies to everyone who gets power. If he forgets the source of that power, he naturally becomes a demon. Thank you Swamiji!

  • pranjal dixit

    Unless one is ready to take responsibility to deliver the subordinates from bondage of this material world, one should not accept such position. Maharaj has truly said that their very opulence becomes the cause of their degradation and their bondage.

  • Vishnupriya

    thank you for sharing

  • Kamal M

    Radhanath Swami’s thinking is really very wonderful.

  • jyoti c

    Everyone tries to be happy through acquiring things around and seeks fulfillment of heart but it goes in vain. Radhanath Swami is so nicely describing the formula of achieving real fulfillment.

  • M Leena

    Radhanath Swami is crystal-clear and comes straight to the point- only by being in touch with GOD within our own heart can we achieve true happiness.

  • santosh mamdyal

    radhanath swami gives everyone one of the best and the surest way to be happy and satisfied,

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    This wise realization of Radhanath Swami reminds me of a famous statement:- “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

  • Madhura

    Very true.

  • M Leena

    Radhanath Swami teaches everybody how to achieve real goal?

  • santosh mamdyal

    very true, Radhanath swami maharaj has really put his heart into building spiritual communities world wide

  • jyoti c

    We do need an enlightened personality like Radhanath Swami to tell us what should be the goal of our life. Thank you.

  • So simple and so clear.

  • santosh m

    To have a saint like Radhanath Swami belonging to such an exalted line of great spiritual masters amongst us is our very great privilege.

  • jyoti c

    Nice article – Thank you so much Maharaj for sharing this wonderful article.

  • Madana Kishore Das

    So true. If only the powerful people realized that the source of their power is Lord Krishna, this world would be such a wonderful place.

  • a p sankhe

    degradation is a natural outcome of anything that is seperated from God.

  • sandeep

    Radhanath swami is telling here that whatever opulence one has, it should be used in service of Krishna.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami always sees every thing in relation to God. We can understand from Radhanath Swami that we are only the instruments in the hands of God.

  • sunil

    work for sense gratification causes bondage. very nicely explained. thamks for sharing this .

  • Kuldeep soni

    Thank you so much for sharing.

  • We should respect the talents and position of others and use our own in the service of God. Thanks to Radhanath Swami for this invaluable lesson.

  • krishang

    thank you for the post

  • Ranjeet

    Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Nice thought rendered by Maharaj

  • Ravi Garg

    Nice article by swamiji…..

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj explains the pitfalls of false ego.

  • vinay rachh

    It’s true that power corrupts

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    All our energies come from God and they should be used in His service only.

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is explaining the nature of this world!

  • Rakesh Chandra

    This is True!!!Offen people misuse their power when they gain power and forget the actual source of it.

  • sachin komble

    such a powerful thought.Thanks to Radhanath Swami

  • Arabinda Sahoo

    Yes, we must use our power in the Service of the Lord.

  • anjanadri

    very true. Thanks to Radhanath swami for reminding society. I hope that the leaders take this seriously.

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has given the real cause of corruption- Spiritual degradation!

  • Vidya Patham

    What Radhanath Swami Maharaj is saying is absolutely true as we are experiencing this almost every day.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    That’s very foundation Radhanath Swami explains. Any intelligent person should know that every thing comes from God.

  • Anand

    whatever we get by god’s grace we have to use in his service

  • Gopinath Chandra

    Was that prophecy or wisdom? Perhaps both.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has nicely explained that power will bring about degradation unless properly used in the service of God & His pure devotees.

  • Sumit

    yes, if we don’t dovetail our powers/position, these things would act as shackles in our spiritual growth and we won’t be able to make right use of them. Nice thought by Radhanath Swami.

  • krishang

    wonderful thank you

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami has very nicely explained, the source of power and why we should respect the people at higher position and same time realise the result of misuse of this power

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    Everything belongs to God and everthing we receive is a gift from God. This realization leads to Humility, which is so essential to our spiritual advancement. Hari Bol!

  • Manasa

    Nice Article!!! Radhanath Swami clearly says here that God is the source of everything including power, so its the duty of the person who had power to act according to it

  • Rajesh

    very true!

  • mukund

    Rdahanath swami indicates how one should be aware of as to where the power comes from and that one should not be proud of one’s possession.

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami’s understanding and analysis are so wonderful, deep and penetrating the heart.

  • Mitali kallianpur

    thanks for sharing

  • suresh kanakraj

    wonderful article, hence god sent the pure soul like radhanath swami to guide us in this age of quarrel and hypocrisy,

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Radhanath Swami quotes “With power comes the responsibility”. One should learn how to be responsible from the great saintly people like Radhanath Swami.

  • Kajal Gandhi

    Position and power are the best friends or the worst enemies of an individual…maharaj has described perfectly the situations…

  • Aishwarya

    A good article. Radhanath Swami even as a spiritualist brings out the point of respecting even ordinary leaders who are no way concered.

  • vinay rachh

    very nice article

  • Balaji

    If a person who is in higher powers in society legally or socially, if he doesn’t come to the point of Krishna Consciousness, then theyare very much vulnerable to the corruption

  • Milind M Churi

    Yes this is very true because people generaly dont understand that from where he got the power.Misunderstanding that he is the owner of that power and therefore tend to use it in very abusive way.If someone knows by the grace of devotees of the Lord that the source of power/prestige is Supreme Being then his behavior is totaly diffrent.Thanks for sharing it.

  • Power is coming originally in pure form from God. As people do not understand the source of that power, they’re not using it in His service. The very opulence becomes the cause of their degrad.ation and their bondage. This is so true and can be seen in the lives os so called powerful politicians.Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai.

  • rakesh

    very well said by H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Abhijit Toley

    If we are always aware of God, nothing can degrade us!

  • vaishali mamdyal

    Hari Bol ! Hari Bol !

  • jyoti chilka

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for sharing this. It has turned my thinking-hats on!

  • santosh mamdyal

    Nicely explained . Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • prashant v

    if a clerk is engaged by his organization to take account of the companies transactions where through him lakhs of currency comes and go out, but in between if he starts stealing the money which belongs to company then he has to face sever problems.

  • Sandeep Kamat

    Very nice article. We need to use all the things we have in the service of the lord else our material wealth will cause bondage.

  • mani kumar

    thank you very much for the article

  • Everything should be used for the service of God. Thank you very much for this wonderful teaching.


    oh that was nice wisdom

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    We should always understand the source of energy. Very nice article. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  • vineeta

    thank you

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has correctly pointed out the malaise prevalent in the current political system. The leaders instead of using their position & power for the welfare of the human society are simply engaged in the accumulation of wealth by illicit means. This is the root cause of the Godless civilisation & degradation in the moral values that we are witnessing today. The need of the hour is for the young political leaders with impeccable credentials to join the administrative system & serve the people under the spiritual guidance of learned & bonafide saints such as Radhanath Swami. This alone can usher in a new era of social peace, harmony & prosperity.

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Power if misused can create havoc in both ones personal life and in soceity. However Radhanath swami is the perfect example to follw how a person despite have all the power can remain so detached.

  • Deepak

    So true.

  • Vijay Mathias

    A very nice article.

  • Mangesh Kulkarni

    truth put simply and clearly

  • Manish Advani

    Unfortunately people become blind when they get power they misuse it and eventually it leads them to degradation as Radhanath Swami rightly says

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    A nice observation. But I especially liked the point about respecting.

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah is reminding us that power influence everything comes from God, but we suffer when we try to use it for our enjoyment than to use it for His service.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    People in power have to extremely careful about their responsibility & gratitude to the Lord

  • Anil Timbe

    so true statement… Power corrupts if we are not careful.

  • rakesh

    What clear message by H.H Radhnath Swami to know that what should be the mood of respect and how we can be more humble.

  • Ram Mohan

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj also explains – along with power comes the responsibility to use it properly. Only when one recognizes God as the source of all powers, one can properly use the power.

  • N Swaminathan

    Power tends to corrupt. Only when we use it in service of God who is the source of all power can one be saved from the degradation.

  • rajesh lad

    Nice article !