Radhanath Swami on ‘Power of Maya’

Power of Maya

“Krishna never stops loving us, no matter what we do. But we have the choice whether we reciprocate with His love.” – Radhanath Swami

The Vedic scriptures describes that there is one eternal, the absolute truth and from that one eternal has expanded the unlimited eternals. The unlimited eternals are forever subordinate to the one eternal.

The jiva is tatastha sakti and as a particle of Krishna we were created to love Krishna and be loved by Krishna. Krishna never stops loving us, no matter what we do. But we have the choice whether we reciprocate with His love. By our free will we can be covered by the bahiranga or the maya sakti.

Krishna tells in the Gita, “This maya is My energy, it’s My potency and she is all powerful.” We have no power to escape her illusions. The general person is simply captured by her. He thinks, janasya moho ‘yam ahaà mameti (SB 5.5.8), “I’m this body and whatever in relationship to this body is mine – my body, my family, my friends, my property, my intelligence, my skills, my life.”

But nothing is ours. Birth, old age, disease and death are inevitable. The power of time will take everything away. By the power of maya, even when we see everything around us dying, bombs exploding, so many of our desires being frustrated and so many betrayals, and so many anxieties, we still want to be the controller, the proprietor and the enjoyer and even when we have knowledge it is very difficult to give up these conceptions. They are so deeply habituated within us.

– Radhanath Swami 


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  • umesh

    Krishna never stops loving us, no matter what we do. But we have the choice whether we reciprocate with His love.

    Beautiful statement by Radhanath Swami.

  • manish

    True spiritual leaders like Radhanath Swami are expert in diagnosing the problem and even curing it.

  • Very nicely written blog. Thank you swamiji for posting this out here.

  • NSP

    Through this article HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj has alerted us about power of Maya!

  • gaurav

    Great to read: “This maya is My energy, it’s My potency and she is all powerful.”

  • Udisha

    Deep rooted habits and conditioning of oneself is very concisely explained by Radhanath Swami in this article. The illusion is just so strong that it captures us without any prior warning!

  • Sunil

    We are living in such an illusion that we think all the calamalities described in Sastra is either not true or will not come to us..But when it struck us, we come to our senses but then again if the bad period goes way we can gain fallback to Maya`s lap…The only way we can get away from this is to completely surrender the lord and follow in the foot steps of our Acharyas

  • anjan

    Very nicely written blog. Thank you swamiji for posting this out here.

  • gaurav

    It is our choice which shakti of Lord we want to be subordinate to. Thanks Radhanath Swami for elaborating the power of Maya.

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Feeling inspired & enlighten, reading it second time.

  • Vinay Malani

    The only way to overcome Maya is to take shelter of a bonafide spiritual master.

  • umesh

    thanks to Radhanath Swami for explaining so wonderfully about the power of maya..

  • amazing~

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    If we remember these short but powerful statements of Radhanath Swami Maharaja then we can be assured of being self-realized like him one fine day.

  • Sunil

    Thats true–Lord external energy is very difficult to overcome and who are surrender to lord can only surpass this material bridge

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Thanks for telling the real truth of life.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Dear Radhanath Maharaj please save me from maya.

  • chetan warade

    Very well explanation given by Radhanath swami.

  • CS Sandeep Shinde

    Thank you very much HH Radhanath Maharaj for explaining in such a nice way.

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Understanding of philosophy is so very important as like the pastimes of the lord and Maharaj’s explains it importance very prominently,
    Tendency to become complacent due to Maya .

  • Rajeev

    This is actually in our core of hearts, no matter externally how much we may think, that we have got some amount of renunciation when we get on path of devotional service, but still subtle mind heavily carries this tendency of enjoying separate from lord. Which actually is maya. Thank you very very much for sharing this article.

  • Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami has summed up so beautifully our mentality to cling on to this controller ship mentality which is so difficult to remove. Only through the grace of pure souls like Maharaj it is only remotely possible for us to change this conditioning.

  • Damodar

    very true as Radhanth maharaj is saying here Illusory energy is very strong, and ones needs to be in regular touch with devotees similarly practicing and fighting with illusory potency of the Lord.

  • pranjal

    We should never challenge maya rather we should maintain association of devotees and be near to Krishna

  • Sundar Ananda das

    Gives hope that the choice ultimately rests with us…

  • Rathushan

    Srila Prabhupada always wanted us to fear maya.

  • VP Singam

    Thank you for this wonderful message.

  • Nirav shah

    if we are not Krishna Consciouness then we will be Maya conscious. very much true conclusion from this article.

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this insightful article explaining about the power of maya and warning us to be very careful about maya.

  • Sumit

    Very nicely explained by Radhanath swami Maharaj.. only by the mercy of Guru we can be saved form the illusory nature of material life..

  • vrushali

    Thank you Maharaj for this instructive article! Only devotion to Krishna can save us from Maya.

  • anand

    thanks for sharing

  • Rajaruban

    One should always be fearful of maya.

  • abhay deshmukh

    very true!

  • Raj

    No matter how much one tries we cannot overcome birth, death, disease or old age.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Overcoming maya means declaring the biggest war of our lives.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for sharing the power of Maya and the illusions put forward by her.

  • Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath swami for explaining us the power of maya and telling us to take shelter of the supreme lord.

  • Anagha Warade

    Very true…
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation of how overpowering Maya is.

  • anjan

    Many many heartfelt thanks to swami radhanath for his beautiful article

  • anand

    very nice quote, thanks for sharing

  • Sumit Sharma

    Krishna says in BG that His divine nature “MAYA” is beyond one’s control. Thank you Radhanath Swami for this message.

  • Chandrika

    This message truly resonates with the youth of today.

  • Keshav

    So true……we have to really meditate hard to get out of it

  • Ravi Garg

    Nice description by Swamiji about Krishna, Jiva & Maya…….thanks

  • Vinay Jain

    Who will not agree with what Radhanath Swami is explaining in such a simple manner – that the illusory energy of the Lord is very, very difficult to overcome? Isn’t it true that everyday, every moment we are coming one step closer to death… But how many realize this fact? Why not – because of Maya’s influence we tend to forget or ignore.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    We have no power to escape Maya’s illusions.

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Only by the causeless mercy of Guru Deva one can get rid of this illusory energy, maya. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • krishna Seva Das

    Very Well Explained by Maharaj.

  • Shyam Mahtani

    This is very nicely described. Thank you swamiji.