Radhanath Swami on ‘Attracting Grace’

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“Grace is all-pervading, just like the sunlight is all-pervading, but we have become so habituated to live in dark places.” – Radhanath Swami

For the treasure of divine love to awaken in our hearts,  to overcome the ahankar, the false ego, and to free ourselves from the shackles of endless selfish desires and fears, it’s only possible through grace. Why? Because there are powers beyond our intelligence, beyond our physical strength, beyond our will power that we are up against within this material manifestation.

This grace cannot be attained simply by our efforts. We could memorize entire scriptures, we could eat one grain of rice a day, we could sleep 5 min a day, we could build enormous temples, we could feed 1 million people, we could chant a billion names of God, but that doesn’t necessarily attract grace.

But when we are sincere, serious, humble and  are eager to serve the Supreme Lord and all living beings through Him, with no ulterior motives, then Krishna is eager; Srimati Radharani, the feminine potency, the source of all grace, is eager to deliver us.

You cannot digest food if you have no hunger. This is the principle of Ayurveda. Digestion is the key to good health and you can’t digest unless you are hungry. So similarly grace is everywhere. Grace is all-pervading, just like the sunlight is all-pervading, but we have become so habituated to live in dark places. In order to digest and assimilate that grace we have to be hungry for it. We are beggars for grace. We understand the need for grace.

– Radhanath Swami

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  • datta

    Humility is the only key to attract Krishna. thank you Guru Maharaj for this wonderful quote

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Thanks Radhanath Swami for giving the key.

  • Sachin Boradia

    Thank You so much Radhanath Swami for revealing the secret of attracting grace. !

  • gaurav

    So very true!! Just need to read it again & again to remind myself!!

  • gaurav

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for letting us know the importance of being eager for grace with simple & humble heart & genuine service attitude..

  • manish

    When we are sincere, serious, humble and are eager to serve the Supreme Lord and all living beings through Him, with no ulterior motives, then Krishna is eager; Srimati Radharani, the feminine potency, the source of all grace, is eager to deliver us. Thanks Radhanath swami ..

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      These statements are so full of substance. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Himanshu Goel

    we require grace of lord by doing sincerely our seva, and following principles of devotional service.

  • N. Swaminathan

    Sincerity, seriousness and humility are the key to attract grace – not proud austerities, vain charities or conceited intellectual feats

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Well said. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Kiran Yagain

    Very nice point. Unless one is hungry, he cannot digest. Unless we are desperate for the grace, we do not get the same. Thank You Maharaj for sharing the secret.

  • yugal priya dd

    HH Radhanath Swami’s explanation of “Grace” keeps one and all eagerly hanker for that grace!!! Thank you gurudev for creating that hunger within us.

  • Sagar k

    But when we are sincere, serious, humble and are eager to serve the Supreme Lord and all living beings through Him, with no ulterior motives, then Krishna is eager to deliver us…
    vary enlightening.

    Radhanath Swami stresses on these 3 things in any of his teachings.

    1. To be sincere.
    2. To be serious
    3. to be free from ulterior motives.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Thanks for presenting point-wise. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • gaurav

    This is what is needed..”In order to digest and assimilate that grace we have to be hungry for it”.

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for elaborating on this imp topic of grace

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Generally people are only hungry for good. Radhanath Swami shares a different kind of hunger.

  • Udisha

    We get right things at the right time…just like reading this article when i need it the most!!! This is grace of Lord and his representatives. Thank you Radhanath Swami for such an unparallel explanation.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Your words are very hope giving. Thanks Radhanath Swami.

  • Pranjal Dixit

    A Very memorable example of recipient of grace is HH Radhanath Swami himself. He not only received this grace but he is also sharing with all of us just to save us too. From his memoir, we learn how he was so sincerely, humbly praying to Lord at every step of life for His Mercy. He has shown the path the of virtue by his beautiful example.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      True. The Journey Home book by Radhanath Swami is full of such examples of grace.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami has shown by his personal example that by being sincere, serious, humble and are eager one can achieve the mercy of the Lord.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Agree. Radhanath Swami exemplifies all these to great degree.

  • shirish

    YES, we have to strive as a begger infront of the lord…thank you radhanath swami for sharing………….

  • Deepak

    Radhanath swami has shared an amazing realization, that without service,sincere, serious, humble one cannot attract the grace of the lord. In one of the discourse Radhanath swami mentioned like radio waves are everywhere, but until you are tuned to that frequency you can’t hear it, same way the grace is everywhere until we are not tuned by being humble & doing service without alterior motivation we can’t get that grace.

    • Ram Mohan Gupta

      Very apt example of tuning to radio frequency by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vinay Malani

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for the wonderful & inspiring article

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    Radhanath Swami maharaja’s life is full of grace of Krishna.

  • manish

    Many good lessons to learn from this lecture.Without grace of God, one’s life never be comes all successful. All glories to HH Radhanath Svami Maharaja.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    One feels elated and excited spiritually after going through even a small piece of an article by Radhanath Swami. He has mystical potency to narrate Krishna’s pastimes.

  • Thank you very much Maharaj for this explanation on grace. All the sadhana is to attract that grace.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very wonderful insight. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  • Anagha Warade

    This grace cannot be attained simply by our efforts.
    -Very true…

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Thanks for posting this wonderful article on the nature of grace & how it can be attended.

  • umesh

    so nicely Radhanath Swami explains the principle of grace…

  • Sunil

    Thanks very interesting insight how to get mercy—we are begger of grace

  • Sunny Hinduja

    The attitude of servitude behind your service attracts grace!!

  • chetan warade

    Really thorough our quality sincere, seriousness and eagerness to serve Lord we acheive grace of Lord. Thank you radhanath swami for shearing nice article.

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami always says we must beg for mercy, we must cry for mercy and we must plead for mercy. Thank you Maharaj for showing through your perfect example how grace can be attained by a sincere and serious practitioner who has no ulterior motives.

  • kedar

    Wonderful insights.

  • Rajeev

    Very very powerful, we should understand the need for grace and be hungry for it. Thank you very very much for sharing this powerful and realized fact.

  • pranjal

    We have to humble like blade of grass,truly sincere and fully surrendered to mission of Lord Chaitanya to attract the grace of our spiritual master,all previous acharya and supremer lord Krishna!!

  • Sumit Sharma

    If we are simply sincere, serious and without ulterior motives, we will certainly get the grace of the Lord and His unalloyed devotees who are very compassionate toward delivering every single living entity from this material world. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this great message.

  • navin poojary

    Our own efforts are nothing better than running into a thick wall of steel while pursuing our goals.Power of grace however has ability to pierce this wall and make us achieve our goal

  • Damodar

    yes unless one is sincere Lord Krishna will give one everything but His mercy

  • Chandra R

    Thank you very much.

  • anand

    thank you maharaj for the wonderful insights

  • Santpal Goel

    I liked this point a lot “we should be beggars for grace”.

  • navin poojary

    True! Grace is the sole power which can empower unqualified people like us

  • Anurag Pandey

    Thanks for this wonderful article. The way to achieve grace is sincere, serious and eager to serve other.

  • govinda

    Thank you very much to our dear most swamiji. I beg and pray for this grace to bless me with the desire to hanker for this grace…

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very instructive lecture. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Without grace of God, one’s life never be comes all successful. All glories to HH Radhanath Svami Maharaja.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Eye-opening article on how to beg for the grace of the Lord. It’s so true that nothing is possible without the grace and mercy of the Lord. Hope we can serve selflessly to attract the mercy of Srimati Radharani and in turn the mercy of the Lord.

  • anjan

    many thanks for sharing this….

  • anand

    grace is the Krishna Kripa

  • Deepak

    so true.

  • Nirav shah

    Eager, sincere and humble heart with attitude to serve Lord and his representatives are the only qualifying qualities which is needed to receive His Grace

  • Kiran Yagain

    Yes. We are not the real doers. We can only try doing.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami very gracefully mentions in this article that without the grace of God we can not succeed.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Thank you maharaj for this brilliant article. We surely cannot digest food unless we have hunger.

  • dr tushar vora

    It is a very heart inspiring, enlightening and profound article which gives great understanding!

  • Vinay Jain

    “We are beggars for grace” – what a revelation! Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this illuminating article!

  • Ravi Garg

    Tanks for your guidance Swamiji

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wonderful instruction !!!

  • anand

    deep words…constant meditation on this subject will help

  • shivakumar

    Attracting grace seems to be so simple but not easy !!! Thanks Maharaj. Hare Krishna !

  • jayant mahtani

    thank you for such a sweet article on how to receive grace of the Lord.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for making us understand the need for grace.

  • Milind M Churi

    Yes in so many literature’s our Acharya’s beg mercy (Kripa) to attend the Grace of Superiors.The grace comes when one becomes humble and grateful and without Grace of the Superiors and The Supreme Personality Of Godhead no progress in spiritual life is possible.Very nice article.

  • Vrushali

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful post on the power of grace that can be attracted by cultivating the qualities of humility, sincerity and compassion in our devotional life.

  • anand

    we are beggars of grace, we need to beg for it…very instructive lesson. thanks for sharing

  • Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful insight saying that unless we are eager and hungry for the grace of lord, we can not receive that grace.