Gratitude


GratitudeTranscript

Gratitude is a quality of the heart in which we can spiritually grow, in every situation. But without gratitude, even in the most favourable situation, we cannot really progress.

Some people are ungrateful, no matter what. Even if you give them something wonderful, they want something more.

That is why while raising children, it’s not good to spoil them. When children are accustomed to getting whatever they want whenever they want, when they grow up, they are going to have the same conditioning. But the problem is, as an adult you do not get whatever you want whenever you want. And then there is anxiety; sometimes that is very difficult to overcome.

Without gratitude, you cannot be satisfied in the heart. Because whatever you get, you feel you deserve, and you want something more. And whatever you get, you feel it’s expected. “I should get this.” And when you don’t get what you want, you complain, and you blame others. “Why is the world agaist me?” Some people are never greatful.

And then there are those who are greatful when they get good things, but very much disturbed and bewildered   when difficulties come in to their lives. But the universal principle of all spiritual paths and a very basic principle of the Sri Bhagavad Gita teaches that we should be greatful for whatever God gives us. The good things that come, we should feel, “I don’t deserve this. But I am so greatful.” Any little bit of kindness that a person shows us, we should be greatful. Any blessings we receive, we should be greatful. And the difficulties, the pains, the failures, if we can be greatful for those, we could learn, and we could grow through the experience; Otherwise we miss a precious chance. We could learn to come closer to god,  we could learn to improve the quality of our own lives, to overcome the obstacles that are keeping me(us) back. But those lessons that the Lord is always speaking from within our own hearts can only be heard when there is gratitude.

Radhanath Swami

43 Responses to “Gratitude”

  1. July 23, 2010 at 2:38 am
    AbC

    The world would be such a nice place if each individual realises the importance of nurturing and expressing the noble quality of gratitude in one’ life.
    First we show gratitude to GOD, and, as an after-effect, we end-up being grateful to all.
    Thank you Swamiji for sharing such wonderful thoughts with all of us.

  2. July 27, 2010 at 8:01 am
    malathi santosh

    Makes so much sense when Radhanath Swami describes on Gratitude. Hope they all remain etched in my heart and show in my actions.

  3. August 5, 2010 at 5:20 am
    priya aiyar

    Maharaj,we are very fortunate to have a pure soul like you among us. We hope and pray or your blessings.

  4. August 8, 2010 at 4:27 am
    mohan

    thank you maharaj .

  5. August 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    anjanadri

    Thanks to Radhanath swami for such wonderful thoughts on gratitude…

  6. September 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm
    Rakesh

    What a explaination here buy H.H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj, got a great lesson from this how and why to be greatful. Thanks Maharaj!

  7. September 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    viren

    thank you 4 sharing

  8. September 18, 2010 at 8:59 am
    Komal dalal

    Maharaj please bless me with the quality of grstitude

  9. September 23, 2010 at 8:12 am
    AGd

    Radhanath Swami brings home the point that all these GOD-ly qualities are not something lying out there. They all lie within… seek and thou shall find.

  10. September 27, 2010 at 10:22 am
    mona

    Thank u for such a wonderful artlcle

  11. October 15, 2010 at 5:07 am
    Gautam

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj explains the real import and importance of gratitude.

  12. October 29, 2010 at 1:54 am
    vibhu goel

    It is so fulfilling at heart to be grateful otherwise without gratitude we feel so much frustration.Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for this wonderful words.

  13. December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am
    sagar kumar behera

    Thank you RADHANATH SWAMI for giving us the secret of satisfaction in life.I’ll try to practice it.

  14. December 3, 2010 at 9:29 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for making us really understand the value of gratefulness.

  15. December 26, 2010 at 11:13 am
    Sundar

    Gratitude is a condition of the heart and doesn’t depend on whether I get what I want. Thank you Maharaj for teaching us the importance of gratitude

  16. May 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    Milind M Churi

    A very clear and nice explanation by Radhanath swamiji about Gratitude.One must try and develop this quality.Thank you very much.

  17. July 20, 2011 at 8:39 am
    shreeniwas Chaudhary

    Very very simple and realistic quote.Thank you Maharaj. We have to be grateful to Lord and try to come closer to God and learn to overcome the obstacles of life.Thank you once again for your wonderful words.

  18. August 5, 2011 at 5:20 am
    Vinay K

    Thank You Maharaj…
    It was Crystal clear. I got new tool to face this life.

  19. September 21, 2011 at 8:24 am
    Anand Iyer (Gurgaon)

    Because Maharaj remembers Prabhupada every moment out of his gratefulness he is able to inspire millions of fallen souls into Krishna Consciousness. Thank you Maharaj for everything!

  20. October 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    surekha

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami maharaj for explaining us the importance of gratitude in our spirtual progress.

  21. October 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm
    surekha

    Thank you HH Radhanath swami for explaining us the importance of gratitude in our spirtual advancement.

  22. October 15, 2011 at 12:46 am
    abhijit b kamble

    benefits of being grateful.jai…………

  23. November 18, 2011 at 5:25 am
    Guruprasad

    Thank you Maharaj.

  24. December 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    saurabh

    Gratitude is really very important in every walk of life especially in spiritual life. it is one of the godly qualities. Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for bringing out the importance of Gratitude so wonderfully.

  25. December 8, 2011 at 5:37 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful!!

  26. December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
    hulas jain

    Because Maharaj remembers Prabhupada every moment out of his gratefulness he is able to inspire millions of fallen souls into Krishna Consciousness. Thank you Maharaj for everything!

  27. December 12, 2011 at 1:33 am
    Shilpi

    Thank you Maharaj for the wonderful lecture. Gratitude is a divine quality. It is easier to feel gratitude when we feel happy. But at times, when we go through challenges, we forgot to exhibit this behavior, unfortunately. Actually, from your article, we can understand that one must exhibit this quality in every situation.!!!!

  28. December 19, 2011 at 8:23 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    With gratitude in every situation one can advance so much and be satisfied. It is depicted by Radhanath Swami when he was travelling in search of GOD and staying in Himalayas in most austere conditions.

  29. December 22, 2011 at 8:32 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Very Nice Point – “But without gratitude, even in the most favourable situation, we cannot really progress”

  30. December 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    anjan

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for these wonderful words of wisdom. We pray and hope to follow these instructing teachings

  31. February 23, 2012 at 7:26 am
    Saurabh

    Wonderful article. Thank you very much

  32. March 6, 2012 at 3:34 am
    Jaydeep

    Simply Amazing !

  33. April 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm
    Achyuta Govinda

    Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful article on gratitude.

  34. March 1, 2013 at 7:51 am
    Ramnikapahuja

    Thank you very very much H.H. Maharaji for guiding in the secret of gratitude that will help us how to advance in spiritual life.

  35. March 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! Gratitude is very important for us to grow spiritually. We should be always grateful to the Lord for whatever he has given us(though we don’t deserve it)and to people who do good to us.

  36. March 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    Anil Timbe

    Radhanath Swami is so nicely describing the importance of Gratitude.

  37. March 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! We should show our gratitude first to the Lord and to all others who have helped us in any way. Without gratitude, we cannot progress in our spiritual lives.

  38. March 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Hope we can develop this attitude of gratitude without which our spiritual progress is very difficult.

  39. April 6, 2013 at 4:28 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    It’s a little easier to be grateful to the Lord for the good things but very difficult to be grateful for the bad situations in our lives. On the contrary, we blame God and others for the miseries that we go through.Hope we can cultivate this attitude of being grateful for both the favorable and unfavorable situations.

  40. May 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Without gratitude, even in the most favourable situation, we cannot really progress – eye-opening words!

  41. May 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful article on gratitude which is so important to our spiritual lives.

  42. July 20, 2013 at 12:28 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Developing Gratitude is very important to our progress in our spiritual lives

  43. September 13, 2013 at 7:20 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Gratitude is a quality of the heart in which we can spiritually grow, in every situation. But without gratitude, even in the most favourable situation, we cannot really progress. -Wonderful realization!

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