When Technology Causes Misery

2 Posted by - March 7, 2014 - Radhanath Swami


Progress in science, medicine and technology can be extremely beneficial as long as we utilize them with a proper perspective. But if we lose that foundational perspective of our real values in life and our very spiritual basis, what happens? We just need more and more.

People have computers and cell phones. But as soon as a new model comes out, they are in misery. “This one isn’t any good any more. I have to have the new one. It has another feature.” This is the whole consumer mentality where the mantra is – you will be happy the more you are expert at consuming.

If we have a quality life of inner substance, we could use this technology. It should not be that technology uses us. This is the secret of happiness. Are we dependent on technology? Or are we utilizing technology for a higher purpose?

–      Radhanath Swami

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    We are nothing but soul, the symptom of which is consciousness. Try to develop the consciousness to soul. Then we are perfect. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Raju K Mewada

    Great lesson we need to learn here..Probably all of us have also experienced it in our daily life also. Recently we have purchased a new smart phone and my wife and children were very happy to have new phone as they can get photos at any time and chat on whatsapp or do play game..But after some time I see that my wife has to chastise our children as they use it for playing games for longer time and don’t concentrate on study. I have also observed that many parents are complaining this and still we accept it as a part of life. So as HH Radhanath Swami explained if we forget the foundation principles of real values of our life than any new technological development may simply leads to misery.

  • Kondaiah

    Very important and fundamental aspect of technology, that are we dependent or utilizing the technology?. Amazing. One must think.

  • Pradeep Iyer

    Awesome understanding by Radhanath Swami, this anecdote is so very practical

  • Anand Patil

    what a perspective. Very much required in today’s world. Thanks HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for giving this perspective.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Thanks for sharing it!

  • Jhon

    Amazing…Last para is specially full summary….real to contemplate….thank you for such a deep wisdom…..HH Radhanath Maharaj ki Jai….

  • Kishore

    So true!!! Check whether we use technology or technology uses us!!!