Radhanath Swami – Experience is the best teacher…

A few years ago, I met an old friend of mine. We grew up together as little children. He told me, ‘You know everything we rebelled against our parents for, now that I am grown up, I realize they were always right, and I was always wrong. If only I would have listened to them, how much easier my life would have been today. It’s taken so many miserable situations, so many knocks on my head to finally come to the conclusion that what they told me was right.  If I would have listened, I could have learned it then and there.’

There is a saying that experience is the best teacher, and a fool learns by no other way. Usually they only tell the first part; they don’t like the second part. A fool learns by experience, whereas an ignorant person doesn’t learn even after experience. An intelligent person, however, learns by hearing.   There was a saying when I was young, ‘Never trust anyone over thirty.’ What happened to all those youngsters? Now in their forties and fifties, they look back and think, ‘How I wish I had taken advice from those people over 30. How much better my life would have been!’

– Radhanath Swami


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  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj on instructing us how importance of hearing & how it will benefit us !
    Hare Krishna !

  • Achyuta Govinda

    It is always better to learn by hearing and by the experiences of others instead of facing all the problems.

  • Prajakta Timbe

    Such a nice and simple but imp thing maharaj told.

  • Aman Jain

    Radhanath Swami always simplifies the understanding of philosophy by giving such good & simple examples so that we are totally clear about the subject.

  • Shraddha Jain

    Thank u Radhanath Swami. Yes it always good to hear from authority & just accept it rather than to lament later.

  • shirish

    Ecellent-Tahnk you Radhanth swami maharaj

  • santosh

    Thank you maharaj for giving such a simple, but wonderful explanation.

  • santosh

    By your blessings Radhanath Maharaj I hope i can take shelter of such a guru and serve him with my body, mind and soul

  • santosh

    Thank you very much Gurudev

  • santosh

    Very inspiring article. Thanks for sharing

  • Shoba Fernandes

    The most intelligent learns just by hearing, the less intelligent by seeing and the fool by experiencing

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Wonderful article – Thanks for sharing.

  • umesh

    very true, due to our false ego, we don’t like to hear from the experienced persons. So as Radhanath Swami Maharaj tells it is perfect –

    A fool learns by experience, whereas an ignorant person doesn’t learn even after experience. An intelligent person, however, learns by hearing

  • Radhanath Swami is a confirmed as the living example of this particular type of intelligent person. We have take shelter of such intelligent persons (like Radhanath Swami) so that we can come to light.

    Only then can we lead others on this path. Otherwise, it will be like blind guiding the blind.

  • Sumit

    Wonderful article by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vishnupriya

    thank you for sharing

  • Radhika C

    Hari bol

  • santosh mamdyal

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kamal M

    Radhanath Swami’s thinking is really very wonderful.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    There is a lesson for us here, that we should learn to obey and respect elders, but more importantly to learn by hearing from scriptures and sadhus.

  • M Leena

    Radhanath Swami teaches everybody how to achieve real goal?

  • jyoti c

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

  • santosh mamdyal

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

  • kamal m

    Thank you very much.! Nice Article.!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    How right swami is! Modern culture of being independent and proud is only self destructive while vedic culture of taking wisdom from wise experienced people saves so much botheration!

  • sachin komble

    nice article

  • Renuka

    Very nice article!!

  • Karthik

    Very nice article. A didn’t knew the next part until now.

  • Thank you very much for sharing such thought striking realisation

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    It is said that parents are the representatives of God to their children; Unfortunately, with Kali Yuga, this teaching is lost and there is very little respect for parents who have dedicated their lives for their children. Jai Maharaj!

  • Gauri Advani

    Radhanath Swamis instructions can simply change ones perception in life. He makes you think and eventually you are transformed through his association.

  • anil manga

    very nice.

  • Mahaprakash Das

    Radhanath Swami thank you for the valuable instruction

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami is so true.

  • supriya khare

    how true

  • Real intelligence (1st class intelligence) is to submissively and simply follow footsteps of intelligent souls like Radhanath Swami, who truly know what is the purpose of life. Radhanath Swami is a highly compassionate and merciful soul who can take us out of the darkness of ignorance

  • anjanadri

    Thanks to Radhanath swami for sharing this valuable instruction – When we follow authority, it makes life simple as we can bank on their years of expereince.

  • Anand

    If we are intelligent we would listen to intelligent & experienced persons like Radhanath swami

  • Vinay Rachh

    One should always strive to become like that intelligent person by being listening to the advice of the superiors

  • Vinay Malani

    Indeed experience is the best teacher. And Radhanath Swami is teaching us spirituality through his own experiences & realizations. We need to hear from him sincerely so that we can avoid many potential hurdles in our devotional life & thereby make rapid spiritual advancement.

  • vaishali kamat

    What Radhanth Swami is saying is very true. However not many of us realize it and therefore we are, most of the time, groping in the dark, instead of taking advice from the wise.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very True. I realize this a lot when my daughter doesn’t listen to us. I try to make her understand that what we say is good for us, but I know that she’ll not follow everything that we tell her for her good. Sometimes she understands by Experience only.
    Thank you Radhanath Swami for bringing up this useful point.

  • Vidya Patham

    What Radhanath Swami is saying is completely true, even though some people realize it too late. Therefore let us learn by hearing from a proper source like Radhanath Swami and make fewer mistakes.

  • saveeta

    What a wonderful point depicting how knowledge can be gained. By humbly enquiring from the seniors an dtraking their inputs. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  • Vijay Mathias

    A beautiful advice to model our lives based on the guidance and blessings of those elder to us.

  • Navin Poojary

    True!Nothing can decry the value of Age old wisdom. Our ancient Vedic culture has always given importance to Knowledge flowing downwards from Guru to disciple from Senior to Junior. Thank you Radhanath Swami for bringing up this wonderful point

  • Manasa

    An intelligent person is one who learns by hearing not by experiencing the difficulties that come up on him

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Not listening to elders is becoming a growing trend in India too

  • Aishwarya

    Learning by experience-is learning lesson the hard way.

  • rakesh

    Let us follow the exeperienced H.H Radhanath Swami Mahara and make our life successful and meaningful.

  • Mangesh Kulkarni

    How enlightening!! I didn’t know the second part on saying: and a fool learns by no other way

  • Onkar

    I thank H H Radhnath swami maharaj for presenting such a wonderful philosophy.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Truly words of Wisdom.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Mitali kallianpur

    Thanks for sharing

  • Ydas

    Radhanath Swami is sharing with such frankness his youthful thoughts. Wish we could take cue from this

  • Balaji

    The vedic way of getting knowledge is fully based on hearing from authority. As radhanath Swami said, an intelligent person learns by hearing

  • Anil Timbe

    Such an easy way to become intelligent — learn by hearing from proper source.

  • Pankaj

    Radhanath swami rightly says that they just tell the first part and give an execuse for their wrong doings and reject to follow the right thing on the basis of hearing..

  • Shantipur Nath das

    very good article

  • Pranjal

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the love and heart you are sharing with us.

  • Abhijit Toley

    I’m sure we should hear what Radhanath Swami has to say, no matter his age! 🙂

  • Radhikapriti

    It takes time to realize the truth, that’s why we need teachers like Radhanath Swami

  • Raj Narang

    Hari boll…. Thank you Maharaj for the wonderful explanation regarding the experience.

  • N Swaminathan

    True test of intelligence is given here by Radhanath Swami – one who learns by hearing is intelligent

  • Gautam

    Very nice explained by Maharaj different processes of gaining knowledge

  • Very nice article. Thank you very much Maharaj for the wisdom you are giving.

  • Ranjeet

    Fully agree. If the young generation only listened this then they can save their future.

  • Sujit Mehta

    To do what seems to be the in thing is considered moving with time and to do what is said and prescribed by the Lord is outdated, Oh ! see how intelligent I am – This is by general the norm, ask a dying man who has lived by this norm – we can either Learn or Burn .

  • Milind M Churi

    Absolulatly right.A fool learn lesson after the punishment but this is not the right method to learn the lesson.An intelligent person learn immediatly by hearing from authorities.Thanks for sharing such a nice article.

  • Pravin

    Thank you very much Radhanath swami maharaj for again emphasizing the importance of hearing from seniors.

  • Uday

    Yes,I agree with Radhanath Swami.Best way to learn is by hearing from authorities.

  • Ketan Pendse

    A very valuable advise by Radhanath Swami for all youngsters to implement it in their lives.

  • abhay

    I have to accept this just by hearing , since I also had the same tendency to first experience then decide. but then many times it was too late.

  • Ravi Garg

    Nice article….

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nice article. Thank you very much for sharing the same. One should learn from hearing.