Real Medicine

62 Real medicine
In material life, there are natural insurmountable catastrophes. A few years ago in India, in Gujarat there was a massive earthquake. Tens and thousands of people died in just a matter of minutes. The earthquake lasted for only45 seconds. Millions of dollars worth damage occurred and thousands of lives were lost. From our Bhaktivedanta hospital in Mumbai, when medical staff reached the earthquake site, there were queues of people coming with crushed heads and broken limbs; it was horrible. Doctors were treating them, and the whole while there was soothing divine music and sanctified food distribution also going on. Every evening, there were discourses in the local Gujarati language on Bhagavad-Gita. For the morning and evening classes, they had erected a pandal, a temporary make-shift cloth structure. Many people reiterated that the classes and the divine music were giving more relief thanall the medical work.

It was a tragedy on every level: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. When your mother is dead, your father is dead, your brothers and sisters are dead, your children are dead, your husband is dead, your wife is dead, and you have seen them all die right before your eyes, you have seen every bit of your property that you gave your whole life to, devastated, then you have nothing more left. Just from the 45 seconds of the earth shaking. If you went to the relief camps, you could see how people were really suffering;they were dazed and confused. They didn’t know what to do, where to go,where they were coming from.

Their life, and everything they had workedfor—family, loved ones, property—was gone; there was nothing left. So the doctors tried to fix their broken arms, but what about their minds, what about their hearts, what about their lives? The doctors fixed their broken legs, the relief workers helped them bury their loved ones. What they were really doing is bandaging people, doing some orthopedic surgery on different people’s limbs and physically they were setting them alright, but they were unable to fix their devastated lives. They had nothing to live for anymore. However, when these same people, after getting their arms, legs, ribsfixed up, came to the pandal and heard the soothing divine music and the teachings of Bhagavad-Gita, they found hope, they found a meaning to life,they found a way to deal with their broken hearts and actually attain an eternal destination. So many people came and said this is the actual relief work, that we were healing their hearts, we were healing their souls.

There were thousands of organizations that were fixing their bodies, which was a laudable and noble work. But when they came to us the villagers said that wewere trying to heal their hearts and souls and we had given them hope and the ultimate highest reason to live and we had taught them how to deal with this situation and to transcend it. They were so grateful. They didn’t want us toleave. So, this is what people really need.

Whether they are physically injured or whether they are physically fit,their hearts are crippled if they don’t know who they are and what their relationship with God is. We try to make use of material nature in the best way we can, but ultimately our real purpose is to help people transcend the material nature. If somehow or the other, before imminent death comes, if people learn how to love and serve to whatever extent they can, that is the greatest gift.

by Radhanath Swami


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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! We can satisfy the hunger of people temporarily but in the long run, the greatest gift is only healing of the soul to grow spiritually.

  • Navin Poojary

    This example shows that Mending the heart is more relevant than mending the bodies though the latter may be necessary for temporary relief but the former makes a lasting impression

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      So true. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    If somehow or the other, before imminent death comes, if people learn how to love and serve to whatever extent they can, that is the greatest gift – wonderful words of advice!

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Very true. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Sanjiv

    Radhanath swamiji tell us in the last line that if people learn how to love and serve to whatever extent they can, that is the greatest gift.

    • NSP

      I agree!

  • anjan

    Very inspiring to read. I totally agree that this is the BEST welfare work. A million thanks to Radhanath swami for sharing this.

  • umesh

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for telling us about the “Real Medicine”.

  • Sunil

    Whether anyone is physically injured or whether they are physically fit,their hearts are always desperate in search of real happiness- if they don’t know who they are and what their relationship with God is.”
    Very beautiful and eye opening insight

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Agree. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • A very hope giving article. Healing the soul. Real medicine for the soul is divine love of God and his devotees.
    Thank you maharaj

  • govind

    thank you very much.

  • Pranjal dixit

    It is really striking that how, by the name of God we could even treat the heart and mind of the people. It is real welfare work.

  • Riya

    amazing. thanks for posting it

  • Avni

    Healing of heart and soul is utmost necessary to transcend our sufferings.

  • Avni

    Healing of heart and soul is utmost necessary in order to transcend our sufferings.

  • anil

    very touching artcle.. thanks

  • Tomar Riya

    That is so good. Providing relief to people through classes and the divine music is an innovative idea

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      So true. Thanks to Bhaktivedanta Hospital and Radhanath Swami.

  • Udisha

    Real heeling is transcending the material nature…heart touching article!!!

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Real heeling is transcending the material nature. What a statement! Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Ganesh

    Amazing article.Jai.Brilliant.

  • Ganesh

    Amazing article.Jai.

  • Riya

    Thanks for posting it.

  • vrushali

    Very very nice article. Thank you!

  • suresh

    Hare Krishna. Wonderful service.

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  • Rajeev

    Very very nice and eye opener .. this is the real cure for suffering soul rest all social work etc is like saving dress of a drowning man(Srila Prabhupad’s purport BG 2.4)

  • sagar kumar behera

    This incident has proved the real medicine for the today’s suffering world is KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS only…..there is no other way…..THANK you for sharing this faith boosting incident.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Spiritual help is the only thing that can soothe the soul and bring relief to such victims of tragedy. thank you Radhanath Swami for providing them the “Real Medicine”.

  • H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj has explained what is real gift. Maharaj ki jai.

  • umesh

    this is the power of the “spiritual” solutions.

  • suresh

    Teaching of all the saintly persons. One should humble then he can win the heart of Krishna.

  • Nilesh Pawar

    Radhanath Swami very nicely brings forth the message most critical to humanity.

  • umesh

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for explaining “Real Medicine”

  • saurabh

    Wonderful article thank you very much

  • saurabh

    Greatest gift is to identify oneself as servant of lord and his dear ones, and serve them. Radhanath Maharaja gives greater insight to the practice of spiritual life.



  • thank you very much

  • pranjal dixit

    Thank you very much maharaj.

  • duruvan

    thanks very much for sharing

  • biswajit

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very nice article gives a clear understanding of conditioned life.

  • Amar Solanki

    thank u very much

  • Viraj

    “Whether they are physically injured or whether they are physically fit,their hearts are crippled if they don’t know who they are and what their relationship with God is.”
    Thank You for the sharing this inspiring article.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Amazing statement. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • umesh

    Nice point to stress on the need of heart rather than body!

  • chandraprakash

    jay ho maharaj ……u r d real gem

  • Biswajit

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  • chandraprakash

    thank u so much swamiji

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Thanks for sharing

  • anjan

    Many thanks to swamiji for this wonderful article filled with amazing examples

  • vidya

    Great article.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice one.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Radhanath Swami goes to root cause of suffering & helps us get the best medicine for it !
    Thank you !
    Hare Krishna !

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Radhanath Swami cures at all levels.

  • navin poojary

    The Real treatment and Medicine can be only treatment of the Heart and treament out of Love

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    In a very much horrible situation very much soothing spiritual medicine. Everyone longs for the love of god. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  • This is the need of the hour.

  • anand

    thanks for sharing…really nice article

  • Shyam Mahtani

    This is such a nice article. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

  • rakesh pandita

    Really heart soothing article, thanks to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj for counching our thirst of Heart.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Very very touching article! If somehow or the other, before imminent death comes, if people learn how to love and serve to whatever extent they can, that is the greatest gift.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami often quotes Mother Therissa who says “The whole world is hungry, not of the stomach but of the heart”.

  • santipur nath das

    thanx for reminding what our greatest gift is. we tend to forget it under the influence of material energy.

  • Sunil Jha

    Very touching the world is full of suffering and temporary..
    If we follow the instruction of Maharaj, we can really make our life successful

  • biswajit

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  • Ravi Garg

    Beautiful service to humanity by serving people’s hearts & souls…..

  • vijay

    wonderful explanation!!

  • surekha

    Thank you for this heart touching article of how much people are in need and eager to know about spirituality.

  • satyam

    A very nice piece of article to make us understand that how the healing of our heart is critically important and how it should be done.

  • samir paleja

    padam padam vipadam. wonderful article.

  • sandeep kaimal

    very nice

  • Rahul

    Such faith is possible only by blessings of pure devotees like Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • sri vallabhi dd

    Hare krishna

  • vsk

    really ! the greatest gift!

  • The need of the society is brought out nicely by Maharaj.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    This article by HH Radhanath reveals the real need of the hour for the humanity.

  • shyama radhika devi dasi

    great article.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for genuinely carrying out real welfare work for the society at large.

  • Biswajit

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  • deepak bagla

    nice article