Radhanath Swami Speaking on – Temporary Relationships

A man and woman see each other; they become very much attracted, and maya or illusion begins to create within their mind so many expectations of happiness from each other. ‘To be with you is to be in heaven. Your eyes are like pools of nectar; I want to dive deeply, deeply, deeply in those pools of nectar. Everything about you just attracts my heart.’

But the test of life is whether after a few years we are still able to tolerate each other. People don’t even like to look at each other because ‘the person has disappointed us; they are not what we expected to be.’ They say, ‘Your eyes have become pools of poison.’ In modern civilization people just reject each other and look for someone else. This is the nature of material world.

By Radhanath Swami


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  • Satish Rane

    hare krishna, true nature of this material world or material consiousness….

  • The nature of material world is well explained. True love towards God is the only answer to be happy here.

  • govind

    thank you very much for such a wonderful explanation.

  • govind

    thank you very much for wonderful explanation.

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for revealing us the reality of this material world.

  • vaibhav nikhade

    yes very true
    thank you for crushing our illusion

  • shashikant jha

    what ever radhanath swami says is absolutely true in material world’s relationship.

  • Yuga Nalang

    Material Relationship is a bitter reality of everyone’s life, we don’t want it but it comes anyways.

  • vaishali kamat

    very nice article by radhanath swami

  • Jagdish Majethiya

    Very True – We see this often in today’s world.

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    Every relationship in this material world is temporary and will bring frustration and disappointment, if not based on God consciousness.

  • Shikhar Maheshwari

    The pleasure is temporary because it is based on principle of exploitation and not in service of Lord. But here HH Radhanath Swami has given us a barometer to measure the pressure we develop in such relationships over a long time…

  • Mitali kallianpur

    This is so true.

  • Tushar Gaikwad

    The pleasures in the material world only glitter but llack substance. Radhanath swami himself rejected such pleasures to lead a god conscious life and now teaching all to follow the same.

  • Arti Saxena

    This is so true. I have always seen the words of Radhanath swami is so truthful and so real.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Such a wonderful explanation of something so deeply ingrained within us! Radhanth Swami’s touch of humor is the sugar that makes this medicine go down.

  • Mangesh kende

    Real test formula revealed by Radhanath Swami..Thanks for wonderful article on one of the important topic “relations”

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami. Hope, one day with your mercy, I will be able to face this reality

  • nandkishor wani

    thank you for teaching the wondefful lesson of Krishna counsciousness – relating everything with Krishna.

  • Pankaj Dewani

    Thank you Radhanath swami for enlightening us with what is real and what is temporary relations in this material world. I also like your lecture “True Parental Love”.

  • Kuldeep soni

    Very True common thing in this material world.

  • nisha

    so true!!

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    Hare Krishna…this reminds me of a saying “Familiarity breeds contempt”. Unless we have Krishna in the center of our relationship, where both are dependent on Krishna and recognize Krishna in each other, these relationships are always strained. Hari Bol!

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Absolutely true. We see it happen all the time. Thanks Maharaj for telling us this bitter truth as ignorance in this matter is not bliss.

  • anjanadri

    These words of Radhanath swami makes so much sense. But time and again we fall victim to Maya. Lets all pray sincerely so that we can follow in the foot steps of saints like Radhanath swami.

  • Ravi Garg

    What Radhanath Swami is very true……

  • Shraddha Jain

    This is so true. Therefore by practicing KC eagerly we should develop our real & eternal relationship with Lord who is waiting for us in His abode. Thank u Radhanath Swami for always showing us the right path.

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Wonderful Article! Thank You

  • Rajesh

    Swami ji pointed out the crucks of problem in relationships.

  • bipin

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    What an candid unveiling of how Illusion covers our understanding and creates temporary temptations, and thus cnsequent suffeings.

    Hare Krishna

  • sandeep kaimal

    rality of life well narrated by swamiji

  • madhura

    Thank you Maharaj for such nice article.

  • Yogesh Valhe

    Radhanath Swami is making is good point here, the real beauty is based on qualities of soul and not external. When we understand this, one can go beyond the temporary relationship. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wisdom!

  • mukund

    thank you very much

  • Sunny

    Its very very strange – manythings we feel is our nature – in our DNA – is actually what we have been taught by our surroundings – there may be no truth in it! We are just so conditioned that we have no power left to question and understand the truth!

    Here Radhanath Swami exposes one such myth of so called “Love” of this world – which is basically lust!

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami summarizes how people today view realtionships and each other in a superficial light.

  • Aekta Brahmbhatt

    Simple words, profound meaning…….May we have eternal love for the all attractive Lord Sri Krsna. Then there will be no disappointments….

  • Sumit

    Radhanath Swami has alarmed us here that as the days pass, people’s attraction towards each other would be confined to the bodily beauty and not on the morals and principles which someone has.

  • Manasa

    Material happiness is temporary, If one makes Krishna as the centre of the whole, then one is blissful

  • Vijay Mathias

    Radhanath Swami’s comment is a stark reality of life!

  • Srivatsan

    Very true description on material relationships.

  • Sid

    Radhanath Swami despite being a sanyasi has such amazing insight into the unfortunate situation of materialistic people!

  • Phani

    Very True.

  • Aishwarya

    Very true!

  • Meera Sharma

    The rule of this Material World is ” you gratify my senses, i gratify your senses” but the true happiness can be experienced only loving and serving the Lord and His devotees.

  • Srinivas

    Radhanath Swami quoted perfect example for temperory relationships and stated wonderful facts.

  • Shantipur Nath das

    very true

  • Ankush

    Maharaj is exposing real nature of Material World and warning us about our relationships…

  • rakesh

    This is the tru nature of this world. Thanks to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj for guiding us

  • vraja bihari dasa

    on another occasion radhanath swami said that if you are in material consciousness then even if you get married to the most beautiful person, after some months, you will find every other woman or man more attractive. that’s material world for you. thank you radhanath swami for exposing the harsh realities of this world

  • vinay rachh

    A very unpalatable but true fact stated by Radhanath swami

  • Rakesh Chandra

    Thank you Mahraj for realizing us again & again to be lived in the association of devotee.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Amazing Analysis! Thank you for explaining the issue plainly black and white! Time will always reveal our true motives!

  • Ydas

    Radhanath Swami has given a nice acid test to determine whether we are truly in love or just a materila afflication “the test of life is whether after a few years we are still able to tolerate each other”

  • sangharatna bhamare

    hope we really understand the nature of maya. Thank you very much.

  • prabhat kumar

    It is a very profound article by radhanath swami maharaj, in which he has clearly depicted the picture of material attraction.

  • nandkishor wani

    ‘To be with you is to be in Heaven. Your eyes like pools of nectar; after passing some period with same person the perspective change to – Your eyes have become pools of poison.
    thank you radhanath swami for bringing Krishna as center in our life.

  • Anil Timbe

    “the test of life is whether after a few years we are still able to tolerate each other” this is such a nice formula shared by Radhanath Swami about how to test our relationships..

  • vaishali

    If krsna is not the centre of our lifes, our relationships are exposed to material greed,lust, envy and pride.thank u maharaj for bringing krsna in our life. thank u very much.

  • Gautam

    Graphic example of the futility of the material worlds.

  • Uday

    Love based on spirituality is eternal.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    Very true. As Radhanath Swami says the relatioships of this world are very fragile and can end at any time. Radhanath Swami Maharaj says elsewhere, our relationships can derive eternal happiness if they are centered around God, Krishna. Thank you Radhanath Swami for such eye opening article.

  • Ram Mohan Gupta

    Though Radhanath Swami Maharaj is in renounced order, he perfectly describes the situation of worldly relationships between man-woman, parents-children, leaders-subjects etc.

  • Sandeep Sutar

    YES, People are attracted to liquid beauty not the beauty of the heart.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Its so true and yet we get hooked; thanks to perhaps the media doesnt want us to know better. But great to have Radhanath Swami revealing the blatant yet veiled truth of this world.

  • Rajendra

    Real Beauty is not skin deep it is heart deep and time only unlocks it

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    That’s a harsh reality

  • Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami has said at other places that Love is considered to be true love if it unconditional .. and the feelings closest to that, in this material world is of a mother to her child.

  • Aru

    It is very true very difficult to keep relation for long time. It is all because of ego it is real eye opener.

  • Maharaj is very known for beautifully (and graphically) describing any situation. In this case he has done it once again.

  • prashant v

    the lack of service attitude creates lot of problems in long run of relationship.

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  • sharad

    Beautiful explanation of how material relations works

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    Yes, people want immediate pleasure, not caring for what happens in the long term.

  • Sujit Mehta

    Radhanath Swamis articles are like highlighters used to bring out the main issues in a text.

  • umesh

    very graphical description of the relationships by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. In the beginning the so called “love” develops and gradually or rather very quickly it turns into disappointments.

  • Nancy

    Unfortunately it’s so true. All relationships are gased on externals.

  • Milind M Churi

    The greatest enemy of this world comes into action when we build our relationship based on material conception of life.The lust,anger and subsequent bewilderment follows.Therefore as instructed by Radhanath Swami we must built our relationship based on spiritual understandings that there is Supreme God and we are His servants.This will nullify all the dangerous conception and dualiteis of this material world.Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Arabinda Sahoo

    Very true.
    Mind plays irrational tricks with us to make us into believe that which is not permanent and true.

    Thank you Maharaj.

  • Rajesh Lad

    We see this so often !