The Bird Cage

0 Posted by - July 26, 2013 - Radhanath Swami


A lady had a bird cage. A neighbor came over and looked at the bird cage, and it was beautifully decorated. It was actually gilded with gold, and there was emerald and diamonds, nice ribbons and silks decorating it. The lady said, “See my bird cage.” The neighbor looked and was horrified. The bird cage looked fantastic, but the bird inside was dead due to starvation.

It’s a kind of a simplistic analogy, but it’s an analogy of our times. People are so concerned with what they have, what they wear and what their titles are, but the living force within us, the heart, is starving for actual real fulfillment.

Radhanath Swami


  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True, we are all so caught up with the externals that we do not pay attention to the internal (our soul). We must try to feed the soul with spirituality by chanting the holy names of the Lord.

  • Sanjiv

    Truly, it is the greatest need of the soul to love and be loved. His Holiness Radhanath Swami explains that the source of this love is the love between the soul and God

  • Sagar

    Perfect analogy!
    Thank you very much for sharing this.

  • Ravi Garg

    Swamiji has so beautifully described the sorry condition of materialistic people……

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this eye opening analogy

  • Milind M Churi

    The bird is happy when he is free and is suffering when he is in cage made up of temporary material elements.It is analogous with the embodied soul in this material world.The embodied soul when in cage (body) has to undergo various sufferings of this material world,for example repeated birth and death.The soul is happy when he is free i.e. engaged in the service of the Supreme Personality Godhead Lord Krishna.

  • vamsi

    It is very nice it how modern living is today striving for only externals
    Smiling faces and crying hearts

  • Hemant Solanki

    Hare Krishna Thank you for sharing a nice article

  • Ignorance must be expelled just by approaching a Spiritual Master. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.


    Thank you for sharing a nice article

  • kuldeep

    True ! Most of us always hankering for external satisfaction and never satisfied by doing so much external beautification as well, because the cage is meant for bird and she starved and died this shows that living entities are ignoring the soul but just fulfilling the external desire. Ironically I’d say this is our conditioning and I really thankful to Radhanath swami who always inspire with his deep-deep meditative articles.

  • navin poojary

    True! people are missing this simple point and going on decorating “the Body Cage ” without giving importance to Soul which is our REAL identity

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this article :).

  • amit

    Thankl you for sharing this wonderful article :)>

  • manish

    Very nicely explained- The soul is happy when he is free with nice example.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Nice article. Jai Gurudev !!

  • Sumit Sharma

    Jai gurudev!

  • Chandala Potdar

    Very true. Thank you Gurumaharaj