Radhanath Swami on ‘Oneness in the Bhakti tradition’

24-Oneness-in-Bhakti-traditionEvery living being is part and parcel of the Supreme Lord Krishna, like a sunray to the sun. Qualitatively a sunray gives heat and light like the sun, but quantitatively the sunray is always just part of the sun; it’s never the sun. And the sunray is always coming from the sun; the sun never comes from the sunray. So simultaneously it is one and different. That is our relationship with the Lord; we are one in quality but different in quantity.In the Bhakti tradition, the highest oneness is realized when our hearts, through love, merge eternally, infinitely with Krishna’s will, when we taste Krishna’s infinite love and Krishna tastes our love. But still, for the purpose of rasa, for the purpose of relationship we remain individuals.

– Radhanath Swami

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  • Sumit Sharma

    Jai gurudev!

  • umesh

    we are one in quality but different in quantity. This is an important clarification told here BY Radhanath Swami for this matter is very much misunderstood and misapplied in general by variety of people.

  • Gokul sundari Devi Dasi

    Wonderful article by wonderful soul HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji..

  • Ravi

    Wonderful explaination……..

  • manish

    Nice explanation of how living entities are one and different from the God.

  • NSP

    Wonderful article on what is oneness in Bhakti by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Rajesh

    Such a complicated and deep and confusing point – Whether one merges with the Lord or remains as individual after attaining liberation!! But HH Radhanath Swami has made it so simple through this most easy to understand analogy of sun and sunrays. I have clealry understood now that a living entity does not become one physically with the Lord even after liberation but becomes one with the interest of the Lord. Heartfelt thanks to you for publishing this. Could you please provide more such analogies from Radahanath Swami’s teachings?

  • vijay waichal

    Very beautifully explained by Maharaj.

  • manish

    Thanks Radhanath swami maharaj ..This article clarifies nicely how we are simultaneously one and different.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    We are qualitatively one with the Lord but different quantitatively. If only we can understand this equation!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very wonderful analogy which brings out the true relationship between the Lord and the living entity.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    We are part and parcels of the Supreme Lord but can never be one with him.

  • Milind M Churi

    The Supreme Personality of Godhead is Vibhu and we the soul are the part and parcel of the Supreme Whole called as anu. Therefore we can never be equal to Him and we are separated individuals.

  • Udisha

    That taste for which we are living and endeavoring so long life after life…! Thanks for the gentle reminder Radhanath Swami…. It is so blissful that we can sit anywhere in the World and hear realisations through these websites!

  • Maharaj has this wonderful … very deep spiritual understanding … beautifully explained … acintyabheda abheda tattva … how we are one and yet different from God.

  • pranjal dixit

    Our relationship with Krishna is very nicely explained here….

  • Anand Iyer

    This oneness is what the impersonalists can never understand!

  • N. Swaminathan

    Inconceivable, and most real

  • VP Singam

    The uniqueness of acintyabheda abheda tattva distinguishes the bhakti tradition from all other yoga systems.

  • Jai ho!!

  • Kiran Yagain

    By the process of Bhakti, one can achieve Love of God or Krishna Prema and can undergo this paradigm shift from self centered life to God centered life.! So explicitly explained by H H Radhanath Maharaj….!

  • Citra Gopi DD

    The uniqueness of the bhakti tradition is the oneness and difference from the Lord.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami has used a perfectly apt analogy to explain the concept of oneness in bhakti.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing such a beautiful explanation of Krishna conscious philosophy.

  • gaurav

    Amazing comparison of Sun-ray & Sun to illustrate this most misunderstood point.

    Thank you Radhanath Swami !!

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful article !!!

    Maharaj wonderfully explained ‘Achintya beda abeda tatva’ i.e simultaneously oneness and different’ philosaphy in simple example.

    Thank you so much maharaj

    All Glrories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

  • We must strive to achieve that whatever is Krishna’s will, is my will! This is real oneness in Pure Devotional Service.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Very beautifully Radhanath Maharaj explains how one can understand ones position with respect to the Lord.

  • keerthimayee

    Truly inspiring!

  • In the Bhakti tradition, the highest oneness is realized when our hearts, through love, merge eternally, infinitely with Krishna’s will, when we taste Krishna’s infinite love and Krishna tastes our love.

  • Ashwani Kaul

    HH Radhanath Swami is very expert in explaining deep philosophical truths with examples that a layman can understand. This is a very important quality not so often seen in the outside world where people always want to make things complicate to understand.

  • Shyam Mahtani

    We are the servitors of the Lord. Maharaj has so nicely described this in such a lucid form. Thank you Swamiji.

  • Surekha

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for reminding us we are all part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, Krsna.

  • Damodar

    One can understand the real meaning of oneness with supreme from this article from Radhanth swami.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful article!

  • Rajaruban

    Radhanath Swami explains such complex topics in such a digestible way.

  • All glories to H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • kedar

    Very wonderful article.

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    The little independence not allowing one to merge his will with that of God. The consequence is suffering. If the independence made dependence on the mercy of Krsna, then we are blissful like Krsna. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Chandrika

    A message beautifully explained. We are one and different from the Lord.

  • Vinay Malani

    A very beautiful discourse by Radhanath Swami

  • “We are one in quality but different in quantity.In the Bhakti tradition, the highest oneness is realized when our hearts, through love, merge eternally, infinitely with Krishna’s will, when we taste Krishna’s infinite love and Krishna tastes our love. But still, for the purpose of rasa, for the purpose of relationship we remain individuals.” Krishna is so merciful.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    How deep and profound is the understanding of Radhanath Swami of the bhakti principles !!

  • ASH

    Nice analogy. Simple and clear.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    This concept of inconceivably and simultaneously one and difference between us and God can only be fathomed by the grace of great saints like HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Radhanath Swami carrying the compassion of his Gurudev HDG Srila Prabhupada, has taught this principle of achintya bhed bhedabhed to every nook and corner of this world in order to remove impersonal calamity. We must be grateful to him.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    As HH Radhanath Swami nicely explains in this article, to have a relationship we need to be individuals to reciprocate with our supremely loving Lord and can never have one when aspire for oneness with Him.

  • Anagha Warade

    HH Radhanath swami has nicely explained the process of Bhakti.
    Thank you maharaj for sharing…

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Very beautifully Radhanath Swami explains the difference between being simultaneously one & different with the Lord.

  • umesh

    yet again Radhanath Swami clarifies the subtle aspects of bhakti traditions in a lucid language.

  • Rajeev

    Radhanath Swami is excellent in expressing the thoughts in a way which we can understand very easily, that is the beauty of this article, we can clearly understand that we are GOD’s but not gods. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • anil

    One with God is oneness in quality, but our eternal position cannot be merged with God.
    Thanks Radhanath Swami for sharing your wonderful thoughts.

  • Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this enlightening artice.

  • Sunil

    Very simple and lucid example of Sun and Sunrays–how we are all individuals…the mayavadis philosophy that we all are God is really a bogus philosophy- we are part & parcel of lord and our eternal duty is to serve the lord

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very substantial explanation is given for soul and super soul. Really crystal clear analogy is presented here.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami very nicely brought about in this article regarding the unique positions of us and God. Elsewhere he mentions, at the most we can become godly.

  • Aishwarya

    Thanks for sharing. Liked the concept of oneness through making our will one with Krishna’s.

  • Deepak

    Radhanath swami so nicely explained the wonderful concept given in Srimad Bhagavat Gita to defeat mayavadi philosophy. Mayavad philosophy says everything is one & we merge into GOD & become GOD after leaving our body, which is not true. Radhanath swami nicely mentioned the example of Sun ray & Sun though they are qualitatively one but quantitatily they are different. Thank you maharaj.

  • biswajit

    Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

  • Rohan Ahirwar

    Thank you for making us understand the process of Bhakti with such a nice example, how we as individuals are one in quality and at the same time different in quantity.

  • Kaushik

    This article shows Radhanath Swami has clear understanding of Bhakti Process

  • Chetan

    Radhanath Swami nicely explained with the example of Sun how we are one in quality but different in quantity from the Lord.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami, in this article, very lucidly explains the simaltaneous oneness and difference between us and God.

  • kedar

    Very beautifully explained by Maharaj.

  • umesh

    the analogy given by Radhanath Swami about the sun and sunray to explain the difference between living entity and God is very apt. It clarifies nicely how we are simultaneously one and different.

  • dr tushar vora

    The whole concept is made so clear by H.H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Pranjal

    Very nicely explained.

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Wonderful description on how we are same but still separate and part & parcel of supreme lord.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nice explanation of how living entities are one and different from the God. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for this clear definition.

  • Ravi Garg

    Wonderful article……….

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Radhanath Swami has very expertly clarified this easily misunderstood topic of simultaneous oneness and difference.

  • Vinay Jain

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for this wonderful definition of oneness with the Supreme Lord!

  • Jitendra Tapadia

    Real oneness is that when we act as Krishnas will.Such a powerful statement by Radhanath Swami.

  • Anagha Warade

    In the Bhakti tradition, the highest oneness is realized when our hearts, through love, merge eternally, infinitely with Krishna’s will, when we taste Krishna’s infinite love and Krishna tastes our love..
    -Very heart touching. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this…