Guard against Complacency

“The unsuspecting fish, who knew nothing but a life in the river, went about its routine like any other day, but in an instant was ripped out of its reality to meet with death. Like that fish, we routinely live our lives hardly aware that, at the least expected moment , the yellow-eyed hawk of fate in the form of crises, tragedy or even death, may wrench us out of our comfortable environment. We regularly hear of it in the news or see it around us but rarely take seriously that it could happen to us. Perhaps the lesson here is to guard against complacency and give a higher priority to our spiritual needs. If the fish swam deeper, the hawk would not be able to reach it. Similarly, if we go deeper into our connection to God, we will find an inner reality so deep and satisfying that it lifts the consciousness to a place where we could deal with the effects of unforeseeable fate with a stable, detached mind.”

– Radhanath Swami in The Journey Home book

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! Like the fish, we so cool and going about our daily duties happily unaware of the dangers lurking at every moment. We must learn to take our spiritual lives seriously before it’s too late.

  • Really if we go deep in spiritual ocean instead of material ocean then the detachment towards is possible.If we are deep in material then we will have attachment towards everything.Spiritual life is fearlessness, material life is fear at every step.Thank you maharaj

  • We have to follow in the foot steps of maharaj

  • Sumit

    Wonderful message from Radhanath Swami. We must understand the lesson that he is trying to teach us.

  • Aishwarya

    “…we could deal with the effects of unforeseeable fate with a stable, detached mind.”-never knew the effect of going deep in ones spiritual life will reap such effects.

  • AGd

    Complacency is the worst enemy of a spiritualist.
    To rest on your laurels is equivalent to losing them, and sinking deep into the muck and ruckus of this relative world.
    Radhanath Swami does well to warn against such a lack of sense of urgency on the part of a practicing spiritualist.

  • Renuka

    Thats a wonderful article. Comaprison of our life with the life of the fish is just great and so very appropriate.

  • Sunny

    Radhanath Swami is giving such a wonderful example to teach us a very fundamental point.

    India’s greatest loss is not the T20 or any other cricket world cup! It is lack of vedic sciences . Because we lack in this very basic/fundamental understanding in our lives, we spend entire life doing activities which will be ultimately frustrated. We never prepare ourselves for all the various things life can throw at us – the toughest one being death.

  • Rajshekhar

    A profound one

  • Priyanka

    Very enlightening thought…Go deeper

  • Vicky

    Hello, good blogs…It seems Radhanath swami has very deep understanding of spirituality…

  • Ab

    Cool site, cool thots, and a cool Swami!!!
    The Swami’ views about spirituality seem to be quite profound.
    Greate job… would visit again.