Radhanath Swami on the price of mercy

A devotee who really wants to attain the perfection of liberation can be satisfied with nothing that is outside of the devotional service of Lord Hari.

Radhanath Swami on the price of mercyH H Radhanath Swami gives the example of the Cataka bird. The Cataka bird always keeps her eyes fixed on the cloud. Because she will not accept water from anywhere except that cloud. although, there maybe fresh clear rivers, lakes, and ponds with unlimited water for her to drink, she will never even look at them. She will never consider them. She will keep her eyes and her attention fixed on the cloud. Just waiting for one drop to fall and praying when will that drop come. I will not accept water from anywhere else. Sometime from that cloud there is thunder and sometimes there is lightening which causes great pain and suffering to the Cataka bird but the Cataka bird will tolerate and endure the pain and suffering inflicted by the lightening and thunder of the cloud. And with rapt attention wait for that drop of water to fall without consideration of taking that drop from anywhere else.

Radhanath Swami continues that the great rishis have told us this is the price of real enlightenment – dhrtha vrta – to have that firm conviction and faith to always be longing and hankering for the mercy of the Lord. And not to look anywhere else for our fulfillment of desires. And even if the Lord puts us in the most difficult and painful conditions, we will never give up, with faith and one-pointed determination, just wait and wait, with our eyes fixed on the lotus feet of the Lord for that drop of mercy. He may give us disease, he may give us poverty, he may give us so many heat breaks but we will never look anywhere else for the fulfillment of desires. He has the right to deal with us anyway He please. This is the only consciousness that makes us worthy to truly receive the mercy of the supreme Lord, bhagavan. Under any circumstances, to never give up, His loving service.

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  1. THis is how a rellay sincere devotee thinks- “The Lord may give us disease, he may give us poverty, he may give us so many heat breaks but we will never look anywhere else for the fulfillment of desires”. This is what makes us worthy for the mercy of the Lord

  2. Ravi Garg says:

    Wonderful article….

  3. Y. Raja Shekar says:

    Like Chataka birds, the pure devotees like HH Radhanath Swami are only interested in the service of Krishna.

  4. Swami ji has explained us in a such a way that it has deeply struck in my heart, thank you for sharing.

  5. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    Wonderful example of Chataka bird given here by HH Radhanath Swami on how to focus our consciousness on Krishna alone.

  6. Aishwarya says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Very nice

  8. Wonderful article with valuable instructions from Swamiji…….

  9. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Our only hope is the mercy of the spiritual master and the Vaishnavas.

  10. Very wonderful lecture by HH Radhanath Swami

  11. Rishikumardas says:

    Dear Maharaja, you are such a pure representative of our guru parampara. What is our qualification to know about you, we are really fortunate.

  12. Sumit Sharma says:

    Very nice article by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Being faithful is the only price that we have to pay to get the mercy of the Lord.

  13. HH Radhanath swami maharaj ki Jai

  14. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Hope we can develop this attitude of humble service to please the Vaishnavas and gain their mercy.

  15. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    HH Radhanath Swami sets us this great example of never give up quality and continue to serve Lord and His devotees.

  16. satish rane says:

    instructive message thanks

  17. Wonderful article which gives encouragement & strength.

  18. Thanks Guru Maharaj for sharing this wonderful article.

  19. Amazing example of the chataka bird.

  20. Very much in line with the siksastakam verse… Wonderfully explained with the example of the cataka pakshi!

  21. Wonderful article…..patience & constant endeavor is required for success. Thanks Swamiji for your divine guidance.

  22. champaklatapriya devi dasi says:

    Thank you Guru Maharaj for teaching us nice lesson by giving example of Chataka Bird.

  23. Anurag Agarwal says:

    If we can understand the value of mercy we also will be inspired to have “dhrtha vrta” or unflinching devotion for it, as said by Radhanath Swami.

  24. Balaram Acharya Das says:

    Great article. Jai Gurudev!!

  25. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    Its really life time effort with one pointed focus on the lotus feet of Lord to get the perfection. HH Radhanath Swami has shown this by his own personal example of how determined we should be to even become close to achieving this perfection.

  26. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Truly amazing piece of advice on how to have faith in the Lord to obtain that drop of mercy! And you have shown us by your own example!

  27. Sumit Sharma says:

    Thank you very much HH Radhanath Swami Maharj for wonderful example of Chataka bird.

  28. Rishikumardas says:

    Maharaja, You are also like that cataka bird, you surrendered to a pure soul., not anyone else. You are really a pure soul. Thanks for this simple, small yet meaningful teaching.

  29. Radhanath Swami Ki Jai

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