Appreciating the Simple things of life

1 Posted by - December 7, 2013 - Radhanath Swami

 

Affection is a simple thing. Children, by nature being very simple, they just want to be loved, and they just want to love. These are simple gifts of life: doesn’t cost money, doesn’t need scientists to research, and doesn’t need all kinds of technological updates. And ultimately, through that love when we connect to God, and actually realize God’s love for us, there is nothing more satisfying; then in whatever situation we might be in, we will be happy.

Otherwise, we are agitated, lonely and bored from within, and to cope with that we need all kinds of distractions. Those distractions can divert our attention away from the emptiness within, but it can’t fill the need that we have, the need to love and be loved. The real need has to  affection, happy, agitated, lonely, bored, appreciation, gratitude, natural gifts, god, radhanath swami be understood, or else it’s a serious problem—when we are merely trying to find distractions, to somehow preoccupy our mind and life with things.

In an evolved human society, people love people, and they use things. But unfortunately, the way the world is today, all too often people love things and they use people to get them. Thus there is a very large crisis of trust in this world, and it creates so many problems in relationships. When our relationships are based upon values, we can trust each other. We can only be trusted when we are trustworthy—when we are faithful, when we have a higher integrity than what the mind and the senses are always demanding.

As technology is spinning us into higher and higher dimensions, we have to balance that with what is actually required to have quality in life; things alone cannot give us quality life; appreciation and gratitude for natural gifts, for each other, and for God’s grace—that gives quality life. When we use the incredible resources that are available in the world with that spirit, we can be instruments of enormously positive change within the world. And making that inner connection with the simple essence of life can actually be fulfilled by sincerely chanting God’s names.

–Radhanath Swami

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    In an evolved human society, people love people, and they use things. But unfortunately, the way the world is today, all too often people love things and they use people to get them – so true!

  • Keval Shah

    Nice article on Gratitude and Appreciaiton.

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji has so nicely revealed the bitter reality of the modern world and how to overcome its influence…..thanks for your guidance Swamiji,,,,,

  • Arun Deshmukh

    “We can only be trusted when we are trustworthy—when we are faithful, when we have a higher integrity than what the mind and the senses are always demanding.”…this is an important hing that everyone should ask we must start improving ourselves first then all other will became Happy and bliss full …Hari Bol

  • “prem dhana” is the opulence coming from Goloka and all the other “sad aisvarya” of this world are available in this material world. One who gets detached from this world’s sad aisvaryam can get attached to prem dhana-Love of God. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Rasasindhu

    Very instructive article….

  • manish

    Wonderful teachings.-When our relationships are based upon values, we can trust each other. We can only be trusted when we are trustworthy—when we are faithful, when we have a higher integrity than what the mind and the senses are always demanding. Thanks Radhanath swami.

  • manish

    Very true.The way the world is today, all too often people love things and they use people to get them. Thus there is a very large crisis of trust in this world, and it creates so many problems in relationships.

  • satyam

    even with a lot of material acquisition the real fullfilment doesnt come..

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this article

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article

  • Balaram Acharya Das

    Wonderful article. Jai Gurudev !!

  • Raju K Mewada

    Very interesting part, “people love each other band use the things..but now a days people love things and use each other..this situation has created many problems”. Here HH Radhanath Swami has given profound answer to improve such situation. We need just use simple things which does not cost any more but improve our relations. Let us try to appreciate simple things provided by God and enrich our life with its true meaning.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nice article by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • datta

    People are to be loved and things are to be used. But the irony of today’s world is things are loved and people are being used to get these things.