Radhanath Swami on changing destiny

Radhanath Swami on changing destiny:

A young man said to an elderly person,” Why try when it is not in our destiny?”. The wise elderly person replied,” Maybe, it is written in destiny, that when you try, you may get it”. The young man fell amusingly silent.

What is my destiny? Whatever is in my destiny, i will get and whatever is not in my destiny, i will not get. Can i change my destiny?

Radhanath Swami explains that these questions perplexes the masses in large and many a time their activities are based on their conclusions.

Radhanath Swami changing destiny

Once death messengers came unannounced (the way they do) into a rich man’s house. The rich man was surprised at this visit and asked them whether they could wait. They said in the nagative and showed him their list which topped his name. The man very nicely welcomed them and asked them whether they would take a drink. They agreed and the man mixed some sleeping pills in the drink and after drinking it the messengers went to deep sleep. The man took the list from them, striked his name from the first row and wrote it in the last row. After few hours, the messengers woke up and congratulated the rich man for his nice reception and drink. They said,” We are so pleased with you…we will do a favor to you. Normally, we begin from the first row in the list. Today we will begin from the last row”. The man left his body just hearing that.

 

So it is largely widespread understanding that destiny cannot be changed. But the scriptures reveal that it can be changed. Say for e.g. if you are in a train and overstep a man’s feet. The man is irked and slaps you. Now what you do determines your future reaction. Let us see it like this:
1. You slap back ( you just created a reaction for getting back a slap)
2. You could just rebuke him severely ( You just created a reaction for getting a severe rebuke for yourself)
3. You could just forgive ( Thinking that it was your karma, you just kept silent and asked for  forgiveness. This action of yours has stopped the cycle of slaps. The man could melt and he could have also asked for forgiveness thereby reducing his reaction. So your action can create multiple reactions)

H H Hridayananda Swami explains that a man wants to go to a place and he takes a flight for it. Once he is on the flight he cannot reverse his decision to fly. So when we are in this body, we have to suffer or enjoy whatever is due to us for this body. But if the man picks up a quarrel in the flight with an air-hostess and smashes her, then he will be bound by the law when the plane lands. Similarly when we have gotten this body, the actions we do in this body will determine our next body and reactions.So whatever has to come will come, but how we react to that will determine what comes next and which is in our hands…

Radhanath Swami quotes gita for changing destinyRadhanath Swami quotes from the Bhagavad Gita to illustrate the best and surest way to change destiny all together which is given by Sri Lord Krishna as follows:

[quote]Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.[/quote]

 

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  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article of Radhanath swami

  2. very nicely explained, good one !!!!

  3. Sandeep S Kamat says:

    When we worship krishna he can change our destiny. Thank you radhanath swami for this wonderful realization.

  4. Swapnil Gaonkar says:

    Thank you Radhnath Swami for teaching us to take shelter of the Lord in every situation of life.

  5. The concept of destiny annd the ability to change it is nicely described in this article with apt examples. Thanks for it.

  6. niranjan says:

    wonderful explanation about the destiny!!!

  7. preeti kumari says:

    Through this example one should learn that whatever is going to happen in one’s destiny it is going to happen . therefore one should surrender to the Lord everything will be fine

  8. Wonderful explanation by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  9. Very inspiring explanatin of the correct understanding of destiny. An eye opener for me. thanks!

  10. Himanshu Goel says:

    Thank you so much.

  11. I think this is a very wonderful explanation

  12. Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi says:

    Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for the nectar..

  13. Beautiful explanation of theory of action and reaction (Karma). Radhanath Swami is teaching us to use our body, intelligence, mind and words in the best possible way to make our life successful. Also Bhagwat Gita is a very powerful book.

  14. chandrika says:

    Very Nice article.

  15. Thank you Radhanath Swami and Hridayananda Swami for throwing light on this subject matter of destiny which is often so bewildering.

  16. Wonderful description of destiny by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  17. Wonderful article….

  18. Himanshu Goel says:

    Nice story. Thank u

  19. vaishali kamat says:

    Wonderful explanation by Radhanath Swami on “The mysterious Destiny” !!

  20. preeti kumari says:

    Maharaj has given such a beautiful analogy of destiny it is not in our hand we should surrender to Krishna

  21. Very interesting insight…Its true but very hard to follow practically everytime..so really beg the mercy from all devotees that i can be tolerant & humble through out my life

  22. Excellent article on destiny by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj with beautiful examples. A lot to learn from it.

  23. Jitendra Pardeshi says:

    …quotes from the Bhagavad Gita to illustrate the best and surest way to change destiny all together…is to surrender to Lord Krishna. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  24. What an amazing article .The train example deeply inspires me to think before reacting.Very nice lesson to be concluded from thsi article. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Tejna Patodi says:

    What we do today decides our tomorrow. If one surrenders to Krishna, the destiny changes and all the previous karmic reactions have no effect.

  26. Thank you for this beautiful article … i will try to handle provocative moments calmly by remembering this article. I try not get into any Karmic reactions.

  27. Thanks Radhanath Swami Maharaj for enlighting us the way to reverse the destiny by surrendering to the Lord.

  28. Pradeep Kumar says:

    Beautiful answer on how one can change owns destiny.

  29. Radhanath Maharaj has beautifully explained the topic “Changing Destiny” with nice examples and quotes on the basis of Scriptures.

  30. Col Ashok Sayanakar (Ahobilam Narsimh Das) says:

    Nice story of the the rich man’s efforts to change his destiny boom-ranged on him. Thank you for sharing the same.

  31. Tejna Patodi says:

    This doubt generally perplexes many people.. Powerful article by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  32. amitchugani07@gmail.com says:

    thank you maharaj for explaining this so beautifully :).

  33. Nice analogy of a person inside a plane and a soul inside a body. Thank you Radhanath Maharaj for this nice article.

  34. nandkishor das says:

    All you wanted to know about destiny is here!!!

  35. Very nicely explained how what you do determines your future reaction by example of train. Thank you Radhanath Swami

  36. Thanks for sharing this wounderful realization

  37. It is largely widespread understanding that destiny cannot be changed. But the scriptures reveal that it can be changed

  38. Thank you Maharaj for explaining so lucidly this concept and inspiring us to transcend…!

  39. Vaibhav Sharma says:

    Wow !! What a wonderful story of a rich man with messengers of death. I really learnt a lesson from it. We can never cheat God but if we surrender to him then he can change our future destiny. Thank you Radhanath Swami for sharing such a wonderful story.

  40. Beautiful story of death messangers explaining destiny can’t be changed. Whatever your previous karmas are there , u r bound to get the reaction. Thanks Maharaj.

  41. ANKUR GUPTA says:

    Truely said….It is fully logical also.

  42. destiny can be changed if one follows bg shlokas Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.

  43. Smita Nadkarni says:

    Amazing examples.. thank you Radhanath Swami

  44. Vidya Patham says:

    What a beautiful understanding as explained by Radhanath Swami. Thank you Maharaj for analysing our preconceived notions and clearly clarifying our doubts.

  45. Very Nice article…good example of a plane given by maharaj

  46. Piyush Singh says:

    A very to the point explanation of law of Karma… Thanks a lot for sharing the beautiful teachings from Radhanath Swami and Hridayananda Swami.

  47. Dr.Mrs.Pallavi Sudhakar. says:

    So true, often times the most abstruse truths become so simple and clear when we can see them through an example… just as how Maharaj has explained about ‘destiny’ with the example of boarding an aeroplane. Indeed! it is only the spiritual master who can open the eyes with the ‘torch light’ of wisdom!

  48. Monia Sharma says:

    Very Nice article…

  49. Gokul Sundari Devi dasi says:

    V nice article..

  50. Anagha Warade says:

    HH Radhanath Swami Ki Jay!

  51. dr tushar vora says:

    H.H. Radhanath Maharaj has made such a complex topic look so simple with this analogy.

  52. Concept of Karma is beautifully explained in this article through the example of rich man…………Thank you Maharaj!

  53. “when we have gotten this body, the actions we do in this body will determine our next body and reactions.So whatever has to come will come, but how we react to that will determine what comes next and which is in our hands…”
    A simple, lucid and wonderful explanation about Destiny by Radhanath Swami

  54. thank you radhanath swami maharaj for such a deep explaination of KARMA

  55. If we follow the teachings of Lord Krishna given in Bhagavad Gita and apply it in our daily life, we can change so many things which is in our own hands. This will ultimately lead our path to the devotional service and thus attain eternal service to the Lord.

  56. Wonderful article…

  57. Prahalad Kaul says:

    That was a beautiful narration on karma.

  58. ananda lila d says:

    What an example to preach….
    Thank you very much…

  59. What an example was that of that rich man!!

  60. kiran yagain says:

    so true

  61. Very comprehensive explanation of the concept of KARMA

  62. Phani Karthik says:

    Mind Blowing Explanation … Looking forward to more on such topics.

  63. Raj Narang says:

    Simply Wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  64. Vaibhav Sharma says:

    Ah ! Just wonderful explanation !!

  65. We can change our destiny based on how we react to the situations. Its about chanting with sincerity and purifying our heart and intelligence to have full control over our mind, this will lead to be able to handle povoking situations with discrimination using our intelligence. Devotional service is really amazing. Thank you very very much for sharing.

  66. HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj beautifully explains how to be free from our karmic reactions.

  67. very nice answer. Thanks for sharing.

  68. Radhanath Swami explains that these questions perplexes the masses in large and many a time their activities are based on their conclusions.

  69. Samir PAleja says:

    fantastic explanation. thanx for posting.

  70. Nikhil Damwani says:

    Very Instructive story and take home lesson, thank you Radhanath Maharaj!!

  71. So many important lessons to be learnt from this beautiful article…..thanks

  72. Thank you for the beautiful explanation of karma

  73. The swami deserves a lot of credit – Please change your usage in the last paragraph from “Radhanath” to “HH Radhanath swami” or at the least “Radhanath swami” for the secular audience.

    • Dear AJ,

      The change has been made and thank you for pointing out this gross mistake which was unintentional and which escaped our attention. We regret the error and apologise for causing any pain to our elevated readers.

      SM Team

  74. This was indeed a beautiful answer to one of the most confusing questions in spiritual life… I personally try to follow that whatever good happens with us… give the credit to Lord and Thank him… if something bad happens with us… take it as a part of your Karmic reaction…

  75. What a lucid explanation of Karma and Reactions given by Maharaj! Jai!

  76. brief and complete explanation about the concept of destiny

  77. Whatever has to come will come, but how we react to that will determine what comes next and which is in our hands… So, the best way to change destiny is to surrender unto Krishna

  78. prabhat Kumar says:

    Thank you.

  79. Deep concept of destiny explained so easily.

  80. navin poojary says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful explanation on destiny!

  81. Thanks a lot for wonderful clarification.

  82. very nicely explained.thank You.

  83. Very beutifully explained

  84. Thank you Maharaj for explaining this difficult topic in such a simple way.

  85. Kuldeep Soni says:

    Nice one!!

  86. biswajit says:

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai…

  87. ngk murthy says:

    We are very grateful to HH RNS Maharaj who is instrumental in changing our destiny through his powerful instructions, RGN congregational activities, Periodical spiritual yatras.

  88. biswajit says:

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai !

  89. Suvarna Ankushkumar Aher says:

    thank you for nice artical.

  90. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Wonderful article on destiny. Answers a lot of doubts and questions.

  91. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    Quoting Bhagavad Gita, HH Radhanath Swami guides us to the ultimate path to reach the ultimate destination.

  92. NGK Murthy says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Destiny of so many people can get changed with the mercy and blessings of saintly personality like HH RNS Maharaj.

  93. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    HH Radhanath Swami gives the ultimate direction, i.e. to Surrender to Lord Krishna to stop the cycle of reactions of past karma.

  94. many thanks to swami Radhanath for the nice blog

  95. Kuttappan says:

    Very thought proving article thanks a million for sharing….

  96. Shyam Mahtani says:

    A very nice article. Thank you.

  97. great analogy. thanx for posting.

  98. thank you for this article

  99. Rathushan says:

    Thank you for this article.

  100. Finally the mystery karma and destiny is resolved. Thanks for the explaination

  101. Chandraprakash says:

    our destiny can really b changed provided it is influenced by a saintly person like Radhanath Swami 

  102. Thank you for nice article.

  103. Sayyanakontham says:

    Very nice examples .Jay Sri Radhanath Swami Maharaj !

  104. Anilchhetri says:

    Wonderful message we can’t destiny but we can change our outlook towards it

  105. Sumit Sharma says:

    Very nice.

  106. Nice article on karma

  107. Ngmurthy says:

    Thank u Maharaj for this wonderful article and very meaningful narrations of Gita on destiny.

  108. Rajaruban says:

    Thank you for sharing this article.

  109. Rajaruban says:

    Thank you for sharing this article.

  110. Chi31sha says:

    This article gives great hope

  111. very enlightening and helpful. thank you

  112. Nice article. Lot of things to learn from It.

  113. Wonderful message.

  114. Citra Gopi DD says:

    Wonderful article.

  115. Manojrpai says:

    Nice article… Thanks for posting

  116. T. Sita Samaiah says:

    Thank you very much Maharaj for this wonderful teaching to change the destiny.

  117. Rajiraja2002 says:

    HH Radhanath Swami gives the most fittest answers based on Bhagavad Gita

  118. Rajiraja2002 says:

    HH Radhanath Swami gives the most intelligent conclusion based on Bhagavad Gita.

  119. Biswajitbaruah says:

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai ! 

  120. Surekhag says:

    many thanks to swamiji for this nice post

  121. nice one… its explains karma yoga nicely

  122. Chandraprakash_99 says:

    very nice article ………………….thanks a lot

  123. Anilchhetri says:

    nice article….. and very simply explained.

  124. nice blog. Thanks to swamiji for posting this…

  125. Rns Vrushali says:

    Thank you for this very informative article on destiny!

  126. Chandrika says:

    Thank you for this article.

  127. many thanks for the wonderful post

  128. Nice story… and great conclusions! Esp about the flight and domain of control we have.

  129. Anjanadri Reddy says:

    Many thanks for this wonderful blog

  130. Thank you Radhanath swami for this wonderful explanation of how to get of the Karma.

  131. Beautiful explanation!

  132. K.S. RAJHANS says:

    HARE KRISHNA***** MAHARAJ GRE8 . AN AMAZING ARTICLE *****HARI BOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  133. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Wonderful answer to one of the most frequently asked questions by people.

  134. Thanks for sharing.

  135. very simple and a pleasant way to explain the role of destiny and our endeavors. Thank you very much

  136. nandkishor das says:

    great hari bol

  137. Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Krishna!! Deep explanation on how to react to the things that come on our way

  138. very nice analysis. Thank you for sharing..

  139. Arjun Ramachandra says:

    Very relevant article as most people are confused by this googly question – is everything destined?

  140. Sumit Sharma says:

    An amazing article.

  141. very apt story to prove the point…nice thanks for sharing

  142. Sandesh Borgaonkar says:

    Thank you Maharaj for the nice lesson.

  143. Milind M Churi says:

    Nice article with highly illustrative story of a man.Yes the by the grace of Srila Prabhupad and his disciples, we have an opportunity to make proper choice.By sincerely following instructions of Guru  we can reduce and ultimately stop action and reactions of this world.Thank you for nice article. 

  144. Vidya Patham says:

    Thank you so mush for sharing these spiritual insights by Radhanath Swami on the perplexing nature of destiny which always continues to haunt us.

  145. Thank you for making the concept crystal clear. All glories to maharaj.

  146. Samirpaleja says:

    really a very good article.

  147. Govind Biradar says:

    Thank you very much Maharaj for enlightening us on this principle.

  148. Biswajitbaruah27 says:

    Hare Krishna… Radhanath Swami Ki Jai ! 

  149. Avni Pamho says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful arcticle.Amazing to know how just one response of ours to a situation can bring such a result.

  150. Aishwarya says:

    Thanks for clarifying the concept of, ‘How destiny works?’

  151. amazingly explained

  152. very enlightening
    and very much required in present day impersonel society.

    thank u sir

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