Radhanath Swami on Pain-ananda

25-Pain-anandaSometimes, the ecstasy of love is in pain. But when in spiritual love that pain is in ecstasy. When pain is due to frustration or ego or frustrated selfish desires, that pain is pain. But when pain is born out of unselfish compassion, with a spirit of service and love, that pain is anand.

– Radhanath Swami


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  • Sumit Sharma

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

  • gaurav

    Amazing explanation !!

  • vaishali kamat

    In spiritual life pain is anand and in material life anand is also pain !!

  • Kiran Yagain

    Pure devotees are always eager to embrace pain for the pleasure of Krishna. This indeed is a transcendental pleasure……! Thank You Maharaj.

  • Aishwarya

    Thank you for the revelation that pain in spiritual life is also ananda!

  • Anand

    Radhanath Swami brings out clear distinction between pain experienced on material and spiritual platforms.

  • Sanjiv

    When pain is due to frustration or ego or frustrated selfish desires, that pain is pain. But when pain is born out of unselfish compassion, with a spirit of service and love, that pain is anand

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Well said. Thank Radhanath Swami for beautiful description of anand in pain.

  • Bhaskar

    This got me thinking. Its true a mother undergoes tremendous pain to give birth, yet she is immensely happy to go through that process.

  • kedar

    deep meaning thought.

  • Saurabh

    Radhanath Swami shows by his life the anand to take pain for others. Very deep article

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Radhanath Swami exemplifies it.

  • Sunil

    Very beautiful /simple insight of pain–if our desire mix with frustrated ego,,it pain but tinge with selfless service that pain is ananda..Thanks Maharaj

  • gaurav

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for making us understand how pain could be pain or anand depending upon the attitude towards things.

  • umesh

    This concept of pain anand is not so common to be known..

  • Rathushan

    To understand happiness in pain is a really profound thing.

  • svdd

    very nice explaination .Pain itself is ananda .

  • Our philosophy is SUPERB……. Hare Krishna

  • This explains the benefit of selfless service.

  • samir paleja

    very deep understanding.

  • vishal

    Ultimate pain the forgetfullness of krishna and our realtionship with him.So called material pain if gives rememberance of Krishna,it has to be bless.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Great thought, Vishal. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Manish Kumar

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has said very correctly that when we are immersed in devotional service the pain is the real ananda.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. Radhanath Swami gave wonderful definition.

  • VP Singam

    The articles on this website are so inspiring – thank you for sharing it with us.

  • vsk

    amazing how Radhanath Swami can explain everything in such a simple way !

  • Vinay Malani

    A very nice article by Radhanath Swami.

  • Sundar Ananda das

    This gives insight into the highest truth.. nice summary!

  • Ashish Kokate

    Wonderful…. Wonderful.
    It is really a hope giving..

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    There is no loss in devotional service. If one is sacrificing in devotional service, others may feel that he is undergoing painful situation but in reality he is in blissful condition. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • govinda

    wonderful blog. Thanks to swami radhanath for sharing.

  • Mangesh Kende

    Radhanath Swami has Very Nicely explained difference between pain in frustration and pain in unalloyed service that is anand


  • Deepak

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing

  • shirish

    Thank to Radhanath swami for purifying our thoughts.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    The spirit of selfish service is so very much ingrained in the character of Radhanath Swami that he so easily explains how the pain feels when one is serving selflessly.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Amazing definition of Pain. I just can’t think that “when pain is born out of unselfish compassion, with a spirit of service and love, that pain is anand.” I really don’t have any idea, but surely I want to experience one day this pain.

  • Sunil

    Such a nice and very insight explanation

  • Rajendra

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this wonderfull relisation

  • shirish

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this nice article.

  • nandkishor das

    no pain no gain.thank you so much maharaj

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Very nice realization. Thank you Maharaj for sharing.

  • Rathushan

    A profound realizations.

  • Nirav shah

    When I will be getting this spiritual Pain

  • malathi santosh

    Great thought!

  • ASH

    Very inconceivable truth-Pain as Ananda.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath swami shares this with his own experience.

  • anil

    Very high philosophy. I hope someday i can relish this. Thanks Radhanath Swami for enlighting us

  • chetan warade

    Spiritual pain which gives anand which remain eternal. Thank you radhanath swami for giving defination of pain.

  • N. Swaminathan

    This is why mother’s are so joyful even when they are stressed

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Very live defintion of real ANAND.

  • Raj

    Such a profound explanation on pain.

  • Rajaruban

    A moving quote – thank you for sharing it.

  • Prajakta Timbe

    Wow… Radhanath swami has so nicely described what is real pain and real anand. Thanks for sharing.

  • Aishwarya

    In spiritual life even pain is ananda…

  • umesh

    Radhanath Swami has got such a deep insight to see things in a unique ways and enlighten others..

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    This article by HH Radhanath Swami reveals the eternal truth of ‘No pains no gains’

  • Shyam Mahtani

    Pain can also be blissful. Very nicely explained. Thank you Swamiji.

  • biswajit

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  • anand

    great explanation on ananda

  • Citra Gopi DD

    A deep statement to try and even understand a drop of it.

  • But when pain is born out of unselfish compassion, with a spirit of service and love, that pain is anand.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Nice article by HH Radhanath Swami. else where he says in giving you receive.

  • Udisha

    It is true that the emotions of spiritual world are beyond the concept of material mind and senses. It is a very beautiful quote with a deep meaning.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Beautiful statement -When pain is born out of unselfish compassion, that pain is ananda.

  • Vidya Patham

    It is simply amazing to see that spiritual pain gives pleasure while material pleasure gives pain! A wise person will therefore choose the better of the two alternatives.

  • Anagha Warade

    very true..

  • kedar

    Very interesting reality.

  • vrushali

    Pain born out of compassion to others is the highest form of service. Thank you Radhanath swami for sharing this important instruction.

  • anil

    What a deep thought. You are a true Spiritual leader Radhanath Swami

  • Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this amazing article.

  • anil manga

    Interesting and true

  • Vinay Jain

    Radhanath Swami has taken enormous pains to understand these deep truths in life and now he is sharing them with the entire world so that we do not have to undergo the pains of repeated birth & death.

  • Very interesting. This is very true. All of us might have experienced this in some degree at some point of time. We should try to have that ananda always.

  • Milind M Churi

    Yes when pain is born out of unselfish compassion, with a spirit of service and love, that pain is anand.Our selfish desires may bring frustration in our life.The Supreme Personality Of Godhead does not appreciate The Service done with selfish desire in our mind.

  • Chandrika

    So much to take in from these profound sentences.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Jesus Christ was in ecstasy when he was crucified, because he was connected with God. Nice description of Pain by Radhanath Swami. He himself has taken so much inconvenience and pain in his life to help other make progress in spiritual life.

  • biswajit

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  • malathi santosh

    Beautiful and authentic

  • Anurag Pandey

    Thanks for this wonderful realisation

  • pranjal

    We all need to feel this pain of separation with our eternal father….Thanks for helping us to realize this.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nice explanation. Thank you very much for such a nice explanation about pain in service and love.

  • Damodar

    Yes in spiritual life all emotions ultimately means deep ecstasies.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for give a deeper understanding of hapiness