Eating, sleeping, mating and defending

Dogs are running on four legs, and humans are running on four wheels. What is the difference? Just going from one place to another for sense-gratification. The hogs and the dogs are having sex in the gutters, while men take ladies out for nice dinners in expensive restaurant and then take them to fancy hotels. The business is the same. The pleasure is the same. In fact it is probably more pleasurable for the hog; hogs don’t have to worry about their hearts having broken and singing sad songs. They just enjoy  with no complication whatsoever.

First we had bows and arrows, then guns, then bombs, then airplanes to drop those bombs. Just to defend man is building so many big weapons.  Whereas, the tiger has his teeth and claws to defend. What is the difference?

People are working so hard to have a nice place to sleep. Now people have special heated, padded, electrical, super vibrating water beds to relax at night. Wealthy people spend thousands and thousands of dollars just for a bed and they are in so much anxiety making that money that even on their water bed they can’t sleep. They have to take sleeping pills. And the dogs and the cats are very nicely sleeping on the floor.

Trying to develop a more complicated form of eating, sleeping, mating and defending is not human life. If people do not take to self-realization then these people are nothing more than two-legged animals.

By Radhanath Swami


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  • manish

    Radhanath Swami can put any one at ease. It feels so nice to listen to him and let him guide us out of our miserable lives.

  • Ram Mahtani

    Takes me back a few years…..until a dear respresenative of Maharaj rescued this two-legged animal.

  • radhika Ravindra

    Thank you very much.!

  • kamal m

    Thank you very much.! Nice Article.!

  • santosh mamdyal

    We do need an enlightened personality like Radhanath Swami to tell us what should be the goal of our life. Thank you.

  • jyoti c

    very true, Radhanath swami maharaj has really put his heart into building spiritual communities world wide

  • M Leena

    Radhanath Swami teaches everybody how to achieve real goal?

  • sharda gokarn

    Thank you Maharaj. Sometimes we feel that we are not less than animals. Krishna has given us advantage of using our free will which is not given to animals and that too we are using it to fulfill our sense gratification and not for self realisation.

  • Meera Sharma

    Maharajah has very nicely explained the material life, some of the common necessities in human and animal, but because we perform those activities differently does not mean we are any better than animal.

  • santosh mamdyal

    Nicely explained . Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • kamal M

    Hari Bol ! Hari Bol

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji is revealing the bitter truth of modern humanity…………self realisation only distingusihes a human from animals…….

  • Sumit

    Excellent description by Radhanath Swami which is an eye opener for those who believe that the purpose of life is to just satiate their unending desires, which never gets satiated.

  • Siddharth Hindlekar

    The last para is a remarkable teaching & a point that we should always contemplate in the human form of life…Thank you radhanath swami

  • Anand

    Wealthy people spend thousands and thousands of dollars just for a bed and they are in so much anxiety making that money that even on their water bed they can’t sleep —– very humorous but true fact in our current civilisation

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has made it very clear that we, as humans, being endowed with higher intelligence, should endeavour to perform devotional service to God & not just whither away our time in the activities which even the animal species engages in.

  • AbC

    Think about it. If eating/mating/sleeping/defending are the only activities i am doing, then i am no more than a dog??? Its time to wake-up!!!

  • Rashmi Ranjan Dash

    The difference between man and animal is stated i am thankful about the knowledge of self realization. man must try to be sense controller or goswami and no godas.

  • Pankaj

    A powerful punch full of compassion…Thank you Radhanath swami

  • prabhat kumar

    This is a very profound article of Radhanath swami.

  • Pravin

    A very true statement ….just as Prabhupada Says…If people do not take to self –realization then these people are nothing more than two-legged animals….HH Radhanath swami is passing the message very expertly and perfectly

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    This observation certainly brings us crashing down to earth. Humans have an arrogance that they are the most privileged and that they deserve it.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Sophisticated animal – is that all I am? This questions had shaken me up and made me wonder. Thanks Radhanath Swami!

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj is explaining the fundamental difference between animal life & human life!

  • anjanadri

    Thanks to Radhanath swami for making his point so precisely that the goal of huma life is self-realization.

  • Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    If people do not take to self –realization then these people are nothing more than two-legged animals.

    -Radhanath Swami

  • Vijay Mathias

    Radhanath Swami has thrown a tunderbolt. He has given a very crisp and clear parlance between how human beings and animals are living life with the same objective.

    As human beings we need to take the process of self realization seriously else we will be reduce to living a life of misery.

  • SriVyenkatesvaraDas

    “Trying to develop a more complicated form of eating, sleeping, mating and defending is not human life”. Really this sentence needs to be contemplated, so very true

  • Srivatsan

    Very instructive message by Radhanath Swami. Humans without goal of self realization is a sophisticated animals.

  • Anil Timbe

    such a starking reality…humans acting as two legged animals.

  • rakesh

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj for saving us.

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    Perhaps a little heavy 🙂

  • prabhat kumar

    This is a very nice article of Radhanath swami, which clerly depicts the situation of material advancement , were does it leading——

  • Vinay Rachh

    Very nice article stating the actual difference between man and animal

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Very true – what is our speciality as humans? Just using our greater intelligence for improving these 4 activities is a gross violation of our privileges. Saints like Radhanath Swami only will take us out of this illusion.

  • Milind M Churi

    A nice and a strong dose to understand the purpose of human form of life by Radhanath Swami.Lets not waste human life by doing four things common in mens and animals.Thank you Radhanath Swami for nice advice.

  • shirish

    Yes,caution… perfect words by Radhanath swami maharaj.

  • Rajesh

    very strong but very instructive article. really shakes you up from the day dream. thank you swami ji.

  • We should rise above animal mentality and take to spirituality very seriously. Thank you very much for this message.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has wonderfully explained the fine distinction between humans & animals. If we do no put our intelligence to proper use & understand the real goal of life, if we do not become God conscious, then truly we are no better than the anmals who do not have the power to comprehend these issues.

  • N Swaminathan

    This has hit me. Come to think of it there is absolutely no point for pride in being a human but for pursuit of self-realization

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Very nice article. Thank you very much for sharing the same.

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    “If people do not take to self –realization then these people are nothing more than two-legged animals.” This statement by Radhanath Swami describes current human civilisation.

  • Piyush Singh

    Very true and instructive. The civilization today is bewildered and just increasing the so called sophistication of these 4 basic activities. We should aspire to rise above the level of animal consciousness by engaging in bhakti. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • Kajal Gandhi

    We just need to stop and think and be aware that we are totally unaware of such simple facts, just caught with the flow of time without being ready to wait and think what is good or bad for us…