Teaching What Has Been Forgotten
Radhanath Swami is a guru, community builder, activist, and author. He has been a Bhakti Yoga practitioner and a spiritual teacher for over 40 years and is the inspiration behind ISKCON’s free midday meal for 1.2 million school kids across India.
At age 31 Radhanath took his monastic vows and went on to establish missionary hospitals, eco-friendly farms, and a number of emergency relief programmes. One of which feeds over 250,000 people per day.
Radhanath has been sought out by some of the most influential leaders on the planet including Mother Theresa, Barack Obama, and the Dalai Lama. His last book, the New York Times best-seller A Journey Within, shows us how to solve dilemmas, with the simplest of resources, and uncover miracles in everyday life.
He gives so much, spends most of his time in Mumbai India, and there’s just so much wisdom we can get from this man.
Losing Sight of Love
Radhanath had so much to share with me, but one of the things I was most interested in discussing with him was how we can find inner happiness in today’s world. There is so much in today’s society that we can get lost in. From money to fame it’s easy to get lost in the things that we think are important that aren’t really.
I experienced this first hand when I was working as a banker. It took me a long time to realize that my actions were taking me in the wrong direction. I know how easy it is to lose sight of what really matters.
I asked Radhanath if he sees this happening at an increasing rate and what he tried to teach people based on everything he has learned.
He responded by saying that “things” can give the fleeting experience of satisfaction to the body, the senses, and the mind. However, “things” cannot give fulfillment to the heart.
“Only to love and be loved can give satisfaction to the heart,” stated Radhanath. Real happiness, and real peace is a state of the heart. Everyone in the world is seeking pleasure of some sort. This base desire connects all living things.
And why is this?
Radhanath says that the nature of the living force within us is that we are filled with pleasure and this pleasure is love. Ultimately, everyone is on a quest to find love.
It is only when we forget that love is in us that we turn to “things” to satisfy us. This results in our lives becoming lost in superficiality.
Radhanath maintains, “we are all seeking that love that’s within us, and when we find that love, that is our truest nature.”
The force of love within us is what differentiates the living from the dead.
Radhanath believes that our nature is to love god and to experience the infinite love of god. He states that we are called to be an instrument of love in whatever we do.
“That is true dharma. That is true life,” he says with a smile.
This Is Real Happiness
He shared with me a story about his teacher, Prabhupada, who was asked by reporters when he came to London for the first time, “why are you here?” He responded by saying, “I have come to teach you what you have forgotten.”
It really is true that so many of us have forgotten what happiness is. If we can’t find happiness and peace within ourselves then we can never hope to find it in the world around us.
It is only when we find real happiness and peace within ourselves that we can then be happy and peaceful in any situation. “To give that happiness and peace is the greatest joy there is,” exclaims Radhanath.
If we want to change the world we must first awaken the love that is within us. When this love is awakened, it is expressed as compassion.
Radhanath knows CEOs of National Corporations who have found that love and therefore are motivated by that love and compassion. This is what it means to be a truly beautiful person.
We all chose different roles in life. Whether you are a PhD or an entertainer or a business leader or a monk we are all united in how we love. Whatever gifts we have been given in life, and whatever we know how to do, we must strive to do those things with love and service.
Radhanath reminded me that a knife can be used by a surgeon to heal or a murderer to kill. The knife itself is neither good nor bad. It is the intention with which the knife is used that dictates the goodness of the knife.
This is the way everything in the world is from wealth to knowledge to technology to science. All these things have the potential for spirituality and prosperity, or they can be used with envy and arrogance.
Once we change our hearts we see the “beautiful, positive, spiritual potential in everything. That is the greatest need in the world.”
I was so incredibly inspired talking to Radhanath about this.
The way he conveys his ideas with such simplicity and grace makes it easy to want to follow his path and find that inner happiness that will change your life.
I greatly encourage you to check out the full interview with Radhanath here to learn even more about finding inner peace, happiness and love. Once we can all find this inner prosperity we can truly begin to change the world for good.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored