Clouds and Moon

60 Clouds and moon

During the rainy season, we cannot see the moon because it is covered by the clouds. The clouds, however, are radiant with the glow of the moon’s rays. Similarly, in our material existence we cannot directly perceive the soul, because our consciousness is covered by the cloud-like false ego, the false identification with the material world and the material body.

The Bhagavad-Gita describes that the energy of the soul is consciousness. When this consciousness is manifested through the screen of the false ego, it appears as dull material consciousness in which there is no direct vision of the soul or God.

We think that material consciousness is full of hope and happiness. This is comparable to thinking that the luminous clouds are lighting up the night sky. Actually, the clouds are dark and they hamper the moonshine; they appear luminous only because they are filtering the brilliant rays of the moon.

Similarly, at times material consciousness appears pleasurable or enlightened because it is filtering the original bliss and enlightened consciousness coming directly from the soul. The false ego hampers and obstructs the real spiritual consciousness, which is fully enlightened and peaceful.

– Radhanath Swami


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  • anna

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this article. Recently, I had to go through an experience and as I read your blog, this makes me think that your words are so true.

  • Mangesh Kende

    very nice comparison & wonderfully given a superb message in conclusion

    thanks Radhanath Swami

  • A great comparison conveying profound message.

  • saurabh

    Amazing comparison. Thank you for the article

  • shailesh

    Very Beautiful and Practical E.g .Thank You Radhanath Swami Maharaj ! Hare Krsna !

  • niranjan

    false ego is like the cloud,which stops the light of the soul like shinning moon……………..

  • rachna chhetri

    nice comparison.

  • shyama radhika devi dasi

    great article. thank u.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb analogy.

  • anand

    very insightful and enlightening.

  • Udisha

    For spiritually enlightened souls…it is so easy to derive powerful lessons from simple things (Eg: Mother Nature)…It is thought provoking!!!

  • madhura

    wonderful analogy.

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  • Saurabh

    Very wonderful article.

  • A nice analogy.

  • Shyam Mahtani

    Just as the luster of gold shows up on polishing it, the beauty of the soul is visible upon purification through chanting. Thank you Swamiji for giving us this realization.

  • Deepak

    awesome article

  • madhura


  • Aakansha

    so nicely analogy. It makes things easier to understand and remember 🙂

  • madhura

    wonderful article.

  • These articles are conveying deep messages which can transform one’s life.

  • Guruprasad nagarali

    Wonderfully explained.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful analogy. We should realize that our material consciousness is hampering the progress of our spiritual consciousness and therefore try to root out our false ego. thank you for sharing these wonderful realizations.

  • Dr Dhotre

    Superb analogies.Thank you.

  • Sunny Hinduja


  • vrushali

    Radhanath swami explains so beautifully the difference between material and spiritual consciousness! Thank you!

  • chandraprakash

    good one

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Very good analogy. it is necessary to curb the false ego. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  • Phani

    Amazingly explained with an Amazing analogy. All glories to His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Ketan Pendse

    Best way to treat our false ego is given here by Radhanath Swami.

  • navin poojary

    Thank you very much for giving this understanding of our cloud like false ego

  • N. Swaminathan

    Wonderful quality of Radhanath Swami to explain deep philosophical topics with very simple examples and analogies.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very Nice. So profound.

  • aishwarya

    wonderful analogy explaining about the soul & its consciousness

  • biswajit

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  • govind

    thank you very much maharaj for wonderful explanation.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    “The false ego hampers and obstructs the real spiritual consciousness, which is fully enlightened and peaceful”. This statement by HH Radhanath Swami brings in clarity and instructs us to strictly deal with our false ego for advancement in spirituality.

  • umesh

    the subject matter is explained with great analogy by Radhanath Swami.

  • anjan

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for the nice article

  • Ravi Garg

    What beautiful analogy used by Swamiji………

  • svdd

    very enlightening

  • vsk

    too good

  • vijay

    thank you maharaj for putting it so nicely

  • satyam

    What a beautiful way to understand the existence of soul.

  • biswajit

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  • sachin a garag

    amazing comparison

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has very nicely explained the fleeting & temporal nature of material happiness.

  • anand

    nice comparisons

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for explaining the material consciousness and soul with clouds and moon.

  • anjan

    Many thanks to swami Radhanath for the nice article

  • Vidya

    Nice analogy.

  • biswajit

    Hare Krishna…Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  • Sumit Sharma

    Amazing article.

  • Pranjal

    Amazing description of the two consciousness that makes the discrimination easy.

  • Very nice comparision.

  • Atul

    Very enlighting

  • sajeev

    that example make things clear…thank u prabhu for giving us an extract of maharaj’s nectarine words.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this great analogy with us.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Wonderful comparisons here!