Which way to go?

0 Posted by - December 30, 2012 - Radhanath Swami


If you are in the middle of an ocean in the darkness of night, do you know which way to go? But there is a compass in the boat that tells you exactly which direction you should be going. So this material existence is compared to an ocean, ‘bhavasagar’. The human life is compared to a boat, which actually has the potential to cross over this ocean. The guru is like the captain of the boat and the teachings of the Vedas and other holy scriptures are like the breezes. If we have the right captain, he or she can teach us how to actually move forward with the help of these breezes of the great teachings.

–Radhanath Swami

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful analogy of comparing our material existence to an ocean and how the guru, the saintly people and Vedic scriptures help us to cross over this ocean of ignorance and illusion.

  • Vinay Malani

    What a wonderful analogy to help us cross over from the material realm to the spiritual realm. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami.

  • Aishwarya

    Nice analogy to select the right direction.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Thank you very much for this wonderful analogy Radhanath Swami. We can be successful only if we surrender to the spiritual master and work under his guidance.

  • Ramya

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj speaks great words of inspiration. No matter how we are situated in life atleast we have got the human birth which is a gift.

  • Abhinav

    One who is very rare, he only can get the opportunity to be guided by a guru and thus, his life will be successful.
    Imagine how much grateful we should be to Prabhupada who created such a society in which we can be sheltered and be counted as one of the most fortunates ones in the entire cosmic manifestation.

  • Ravi Garg

    Wonderful use of analogy……simplified in a beautiful way

  • Vinay Jain

    A bonafide Guru like Radhanath Swami is the most important person for any individual in this world for such a person shows the path to the Supreme Lord and helps one avoid taking so many unnecessary diversions which may take us away from this real goal in life.

  • Piyush Singh

    Perfect analogy. Just to the point. Many thanks to Radhanath Swami for this wisdom.

  • Anil Timbe

    Such a simple but striking analogy of importance of having Guru in our life…. thanks to Radhanath Swami for sharing.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing this most perfect analogy of the Guru.

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Follow the great souls (mahajano yena….), follow the bonafide captain…….Thank you Radhanath swami Maharaj for leading the way for us.

  • Champaklatapriya d.d.

    It is in marathi that Guru vin nahi duja aadhaar. Follow the instructions of guru he will help you to cross bhavsagar.

  • ananda lila d

    Thank you Gurumaharaj.
    Please support us in crossing over this bhavasagar…the ocean of material existance…

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this explanation.

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Just like a misdirected boat may keep traveling the ocean similarly if we don’t have a guide, a captain to direct and steer the boat we will also remain in this Bhavsagar without ever reaching to the shore i.e Spiritual world. This is what we have been doing till now. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for taking the charge of the our ship.

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Perfect analogy. Following the instruction of guru is the perfect way of one’s journey. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! We need a spiritual master to guide us through this ocean of life to the eternal abode of the Lord!

  • datta

    Nice analogy. Importance of a spiritual master in one’s life is nicely explained.

  • Vijay Bhandarkar

    Thank you very much Radhanath swami for sharing this explanation about importance of Guru in our life