Radhanath Swami on Pain and Suffering

98 Pain and suffering
A few years ago one of my dear friends His Holiness Sridhar Swami Maharaj departed from this world. He had a very, very difficult disease, and physically he suffered for many years. But do you know his name amongst those who knew him closely?—the Jolly Swami. He was always laughing. He was always making everyone happy. This is positive attitude.
He told me on many occasions, “Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional.” It is our free choice, whether we want to suffer or not, though the experience of pain may not be a choice. Even though physically the pain might be hurting, we can find deep fulfillment in the gratitude of having been purified, or we can simply suffer. Everything is a matter of choice—what our mood is and how we are going to interpret a particular situation.
By Radhanath Swami
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  • Vishnu Walse

    Very true, We should be always grateful to the Lord for giving such an amazing priceless gift that is Free Will.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional – very simple lines but very powerful and inspiring!

  • govind

    thank you very much for sharing such wonderful article.

  • Sriman Vallabha Das

    HOW NICELY EXPLAINED. IT IS OUR CHOICE HOW WE REACT IN PAIN.

    H.H.RADHANATH SWAMI MAHARAJ KI JAI

  • rashmi

    We are really grateful to you for Inspiring us how to handle negativity, and pain with a positive attitude.
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  • Anagha warade

    Hari Bol!
    Thank you for sharing.

  • GaurangaG

    WOnderful !.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Dr. Vivekanand Shanbhag

    it is a great fortune to be in touch with Radhanath Swami’s thoughts

  • Ydas

    This memory shared by Radhanath Swami is very nice — in fact even I was told the very same words by HH SHridhar Swami — pain is inevitable but sufferiing is an option.

  • Dr Sunil Jaisingh

    thank you Radhanath Swami for reminding us the eternal truth.

  • Dr. Vivekanand Shanbhag

    Radhanath Swami , we are grateful

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    This is a very profound statement which can change one’s life for ever and give permanent happiness.

  • poonam

    This quote by Sridhar Swami is really very inspiring!

  • Balaram Prasad

    “Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional”. What an inspiring quote. We have think about this deeply so that we could change our view about this material life.

  • This statement is very powerful

  • madhura

    Amazing article.

  • Rasika Singh

    Amazing realisation from the treasure-house of Radhanath Swami.

  • Gaurav BHardwaj

    Thank you so much for sharing. We can reflect deeply on it. SHould help us in troubled times.

  • duruvan

    thanks for sharing

  • PRAVIN

    Liked this statement from HH Radhanath swami very much..
    Everything is a matter of choice—what our mood is and how we are going to interpret a particular situation.

  • Uday

    Very beautiful article.The quote, ‘Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional’ is very informative.

  • M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Mood is more important than the situation. In any situation if one’s mood is to please Krishna, he becomes transcendental to that situation. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Radhanath Swami and Sridhar swami have given practical solution to face difficult situation in this world. Thank you for sharing

  • Ana

    Very nice article. It encourages us to deal positively in difficult situations.

  • Sankarshan Das

    Maharaj’s realization is always profound and touches the heart.

  • Dr Sandhya

    This article has really opened my eyes about the concept of pain and suffering. We have the choice in our hands and how we perceive the situation is the key.

  • Sumithra

    Beautiful story. All glories to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Saravana

    Truly inspiring. Thanks to HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for sharing this.

  • a p sankhe

    sridhar swami and radhanath swami, both lives are proof that suffering is optional if there is Krisnaconcious attitude.

  • sandeep s kamat

    very nice. It depends on how we take things positively in life.

  • Manasa

    Thank you very much for sharing such a deep and wonderful message

  • radhikesh das

    beautiful article

  • Meera Sharma

    Very deep statement from Radhanath Swami
    “Even though physically the pain might be hurting, we can find deep fulfillment in the gratitude of having been purified, or we can simply suffer”.

  • Chandrika

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice message “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional”. Radhanath Swami himself has withstood so many painful situations.

  • How we interpret a particular situation can make or mar our life in general and devotional life in particular. Maharaj always preaches positive attitude for devotees. He is himself an epitome of positivity.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful !

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

    Thank you so much for posting wonderful nectar.

  • Sunny

    Great souls like Sridhar Swami and Radhanath Swami are practically demonstrating with their lives how by spiritualizing our lives we can transcend difficulties in this live and lead a happy life even here in this material world! What to speak about returning back to spiritual world…

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is encouraging us to face any situation with positive attitude.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very nice article by HH Radhanath Swami. As HH Radhanath Swami quotes, the pains pleasures experienced here in this world are temporary and are on bodily platform. But to get overwhelmed by them or get carried away by their influence and forget our real goal of life, i.e. self realisation is optional. To the extent we realsie the difference between the body and soul to that extent we transcend the pains and pleasures of this world and go closer to Krishna.

  • Absolutely true! Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jay!

  • thank you for the post

  • Shoba Ramachandran

    In every day life, either body or mind and sometimes both is always in pain. This explanation from Maharaj helps us to understand, if not completely, at least little bit. Gives us hope that we are on the path of purification and nothing to worry, be in positive spirit and carry on…. Thanks Maharaj

  • Ravi

    Wonderful story, nice wisdom how we can isolate things and make our choices. Pain does not cause suffering, our reaction to pain causes suffering, if we are not trained and do not depend on Krishna then we react.

  • madhavi

    All glories to Radhanath swami!! thank you for sharing.

  • govinda

    Thanks for sharing.

  • duruvan

    Thanks a bunch for sharing

  • Ravi

    Positive attitude is definitely very very important in life……

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Heart touching statement “Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional.” Thank you Radhanath swami fo describing it so nicely.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this eye-opening experience from the life of HH Shridhar Maharaj.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Great souls who are beyond the bodily platform never choose to suffer even when the physical body or mind may be wracked with pain. Instead they turn even so called suffering into a blissful situation by their positive attitude of love for god.

  • Prajakta

    Excellent article.It helps everyone to handle the difficult situation positively.

  • Amoha Singh

    Very practical. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • sowmya

    very nice article

  • kadambakananadas

    Very inspiring article.

  • Unmesh

    Great souls see even suffering as blessings in disguise.

  • Piyush Singh

    “Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional.” Very true. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this beautiful point.

  • Positive attitude based on sound philosophical foundation.

  • deepak

    Devotees see suffering as a means to remember God more. Thanks to Radhanath Swami to explain this in a understandable way.

  • Utkarsh

    Indeed a beautiful realization – “Even though physically the pain might be hurting, we can find deep fulfillment in the gratitude of having been purified”.

  • Tapan Sinha

    One can learn from the lives of great souls , how they positively react to a difficult situation in life

  • Milind M Churi

    Highly touched and impressed by statement of Sridhar Swamiji that “Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional”.Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very beautiful realisation on pain and suffering is given here.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very beautiful realisation on pain and suffering

  • kumar

    thank you very much for sharing this

  • Vishvesh Jogalekar

    His Holiness Sridhar Swami Maharaj is really great. his way of thinking and positive attitude is really encouraging us.

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj explains that in every situation we have a choice how to react.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami guides us how to come out of bodily conception of life in simple words.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    This is so true for Srila Prabhupada as well. He was in so much pain towards the end of his stay on this planet, but he never suffered. We need to follow in the path of our Acharyas.

  • abhay deshmukh

    All glories to HH Sridhar Swami & HH Radhanath Swami!

  • Ravi Garg

    What a powerful statement: “Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional.”

  • sachin

    Thank You Radhanath Swami for showing us the attitude to be aspired for in the time of pain and suffering,.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an profound saying ” Suffering is optional though pain may be inevitable”. And that’s so true. If we keep this close to our heart and follow it, it shall simply change our attitude towards life.

    Hare Krishna

  • vipul

    All glories to Radhanath Swami

  • Ganesh Gavali

    Wonderful article by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.Really it gives wonderful insight for looking towards the pains & sufferings in life.Thank you very much Maharaj.

  • Aishwarya

    Very useful article to be balance in all one’s ups and downs in life.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very rightly said that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional

  • ranjeet

    Very powerful. Thanks a lot for sharing such nectar.

  • N. Swaminathan

    Pain may be inevitable but suffering is optional

  • Aparna

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    Thank you for sharing. Very true everything is a matter of choice.

    Hare Krishna