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“In today’s ‘I’ society, everyone thinks in terms of ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘mine’. But for people to be happy there has to be unity based on the understanding that everyone requires everyone else” — Radhanath Swami.

On the battlefield, every soldier is completely dependent on all his comrades. When there are thousands of people shooting guns and bombs at him, what can he do alone? His life, his survival, depends on all the others around him. At that time, he does not harbor petty feelings like “I do not like the color of his skin,” or “I do not like the things he eats,” or “I did not like what his wife said to me two years ago.” No. He understands that without the other, he will perish. On the frontlines, everyone is dependent on everyone else.

Similarly, this world is also like a battlefield staging the battles between the good and the evil, sin and piety, sentiments of the religious and the irreligious, love and sectarian hate. Our relationships are tested as the many situations of this world threaten them. At that time, it’s important to understand that we need each other to maintain and fortify our relationships. Without each other’s help and support, the relationship will perish. If we live by this understanding, then we will remain united and stop harboring petty thoughts about our spouse, and instead appreciate just how important our spouse is for us.
Strong relationships come from two things: (i) having each other’s association, and (ii) learning together the science of depending on a power beyond our own.

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  1. July 20, 2011

    M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Each and everyone of us is part and parcel of Krishna. For the whole to be happy is one should try to make others happy through co-operation. Mere lonely, no one can be happy. It is good message. All glories to Radhanatha Swami.

  2. July 20, 2011

    Manish NN Vanvari

    “In today’s ‘I’ society, everyone thinks in terms of ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘mine’. But for people to be happy there has to be unity based on the understanding that everyone requires everyone else” — Radhanath Swami.

  3. July 21, 2011

    Lakshmi Singh

    Wonderful piece of wisdom from Radhanath Swami.

  4. July 21, 2011

    Sundar

    Nice article, very important to acknowledge and respect every relationship and not take for granted

  5. July 30, 2011

    subramanian

    Great article. Thank you Radhanath Swami for extracting wonderful lessons from common experiences.

  6. August 1, 2011

    Chandnani

    Thank you so much to Radhanath swami for this wonderful example depicting the uncertainty in the world and how we should be conscious of the same.

  7. August 14, 2011

    gopasana

    wonderful analogy to explain the need of staying united at all fronts.

  8. April 9, 2012

    Pranjal dixit

    Maharaj always appreciates when husband and wife serve with unity and work in co-operation with each other. For a grihastha this is the only way to attain perfection.

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