Simplicity

Radhanath Swami on Simplicity

The first qualification to actually proceed in the path of becoming a spiritualist is simplicity.

One aspect of simplicity is the willingness to just accept what God provides and not hanker for anything more. This kind of simplicity was the glory of ancient India. In a place called Navdvipa,  there ruled a king called Raj Krishna Chandra. He had much wealth, and he was very charitable to the Brahmins, the intellectual class of Vedic social system. There was one Brahmin who was lived in abject poverty by material standard. Raj Krishna Chandra went to him and said, “I want to help you. How can I help you?” The Brahmin very honestly mulled over it and said, “Actually, I don’t need any help. I have a few students who every now and then give me some rice and my wife cooks that rice in one little pot we have.” Pointing to a tree outside, he continued, “Do you see that tamarind tree? I collect some leaves from it and put it in my rice to flavor it. I don’t need anything else, I don’t want anything else.”  When people find inner satisfaction they really don’t need to complicate their lives with so many of unnecessary necessities of this material world. Yet, at the same time, a Bhakti Yogi is willing to accept anything for the service of the Lord. Srila Prabhupad said who is a true Bhakti Yogi. If that person is living in a palace, and to better serve God if it is required to live under a tree, there is no hesitation on his/her part to make that adjustment. And if the person is living under a tree, and to better serve God if it is required to live in a palace, there is no hesitation on his/her part to make that adjustment.

Another aspect of simplicity is to simply and innocently accept what comes from God and the scriptures. We cannot understand God unless we have innocent faith. Big knowledge gives no access to God. Knowledge is helpful in teaching and for discriminating good and bad, but ultimately unless it is based on the essential principles of faith and devotion; it has no bearing in our spiritual advancement whatsoever. We should have faith, “God loves me and He will protect me.” This is the essence of spirituality. It does not matter how many scriptures we memorize, does not matter how many austerities we perform, does not matter how many mantras we are saying, we have to become simple and faithful to realize God. What is the purport of Bhagavad Gita? Arjuna was told 700 versus of the Bhagavad-Gita. But what was the conclusion? He became like child, “Krishna I accept whatever You say. I will do whatever You want.” The culmination of all the philosophies was that Arjuna became simple, innocent like a child. That is the aim of life. There is no question of material qualification or disqualification. If we are sincere, Krishna grants us this faith and our life becomes uncomplicated. Simple innocent faith is the Grace of God and the essence of all scriptures.

By Radhanath Swami

83 Responses to “Simplicity”

  1. October 3, 2011 at 4:47 am
    abhijit

    such a clear understanding maharaj gives about simplicity.
    thank you maharaj……

  2. October 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    surekha

    Thank you HH Radhanath Swami for instructing to be always keep innocent faith on Krishna and to be simple.

  3. October 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    achyuta govinda

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami for this wonderful blog.

  4. October 9, 2011 at 8:24 am
    Ashwini

    such a clear understanding maharaj gives about simplicity.
    thank you maharaj

  5. October 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    surekha

    Thank you HH Radhanath swami for guiding us to lead a life of simplicity and explaining the meaning of simplicity. Simplicity means accepting whatever comes in our life whether good or bad for the purpose of serving lord and the devotees.

  6. November 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    When people find inner satisfaction they really don’t need to complicate their lives with so many of unnecessary necessities of this material world. Yet, at the same time, a Bhakti Yogi is willing to accept anything for the service of the Lord. Very nice lines..

  7. November 29, 2011 at 12:49 am
    Pankaj

    The first qualification to actually proceed in the path of becoming a spiritualist is simplicity.

  8. December 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    vijay

    Simplicity and humility qualities which attract Krishna.

  9. December 9, 2011 at 10:24 am
    hulas jain

    Thank you HH Radhanath swami for guiding us to lead a life of simplicity and explaining the meaning of simplicity. Simplicity means accepting whatever comes in our life whether good or bad for the purpose of serving lord and the devotees.

  10. December 10, 2011 at 1:53 am
    Shilpi

    Thank you so much Maharaj for explaining Simplicity in so easy yet powerful words..Hari Bol!

  11. December 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    Anjan

    MANY THANKS TO RADHANATH SWAMI FOR HIS WONDERFUL ANALOGIES AND FOR MAKING SPIRITUALITY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND.

  12. December 15, 2011 at 1:01 am
    anmol londhe

    simplicity is the Key..!

  13. December 17, 2011 at 8:30 am
    Sunny Hinduja

    Jai!!!nice one

  14. December 20, 2011 at 2:40 am
    govind

    amazing lession

  15. December 20, 2011 at 8:37 am
    Abhinav Mutreja

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj so simply explained Simplicity. Thank you !

  16. February 4, 2012 at 7:38 am
    omprakash

    very nice…hari bol

  17. March 5, 2012 at 5:07 am
    Arjun K Ramachandra

    I was struck by the following statements in the 2nd paragraph “Knowledge has no bearing in our spiritual advancement whatsoever.
    Simple innocent faith is the Grace of God and the essence of all scriptures”

  18. March 15, 2012 at 7:14 am
    Jaydeep

    What Maharah has quoted is totaly opposite to the life style we try to live in this world inspite of being devotees… its really an eye opener…
    Thanks a ton for sharing..

  19. July 16, 2012 at 12:28 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Superb article on simplicity.

  20. September 23, 2012 at 11:34 am
    meghana

    Radhanath Swami is realy great no one is like him,Becouse Radhanath Swami is only one.

  21. March 3, 2013 at 1:06 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Simplicity is so essential to tread and grow on the spiritual path.

  22. March 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    The first qualification to actually proceed in the path of becoming a spiritualist is simplicity – very true!

  23. March 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Thank you for showing us how important simplicity is in our spiritual lives.

  24. March 28, 2013 at 10:37 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    One aspect of simplicity is the willingness to just accept what God provides and not hanker for anything more – if we can just follow this one principle, people would not need to fight wars and the world would be the best place to live in.

  25. May 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    If we are sincere, Krishna grants us this faith and our life becomes uncomplicated. thank you for the wonderful advice

  26. May 19, 2013 at 2:20 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    When people find inner satisfaction they really don’t need to complicate their lives with so many of unnecessary necessities of this material world powerful statement!

  27. June 12, 2013 at 12:15 am
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Simple innocent faith is the Grace of God and the essence of all scriptures.- wonderful words to medidate upon.

  28. June 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    RamnikaPahuja

    Wonderful article on simplicity that teaches us how to lead a simple life in spiritual life .

  29. July 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    RamnikaPahuja

    Thank you very much . This teaches us that to advance in spiritual life one should be simple and faithful to realize God.

  30. August 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! Simplicity is the basis of our spiritual lives ans it is imperative for us to cultivate it.

  31. August 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    Kalpana Kulkarni

    We should have faith, “God loves me and He will protect me.” This is the essence of spirituality. Amazing words!

  32. September 18, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    RamnikaPahuja

    Thank you Maharaji for guiding us on the path of simplicity which is the essence of spiritual life

  33. March 26, 2016 at 1:08 am
    onkar deshpande

    lessons of life taught by HH Radhanath swami Maharaj

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