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Learn From the Tortoise

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Learning from Tortoise“There may be unlimited reasons for us to argue and not co-operate but there is one sufficient reason for us to love and co-operate—it is pleasing to God” – Radhanath Swami
No matter what the circumstances of your life are, when two egos are living so close to each other, there is bound to be conflict, there are bound to be differences and disagreements. “It is natural,” says Radhanath Swami, “but it is not more important than the sacred principle of why you are together as partners in life; it is not more important than the marriage vows you take before God to help each other become pure, to help each other practice the yoga of life, and to love and protect each other for that purpose.”

We can learn a lot from animals. When a predator attacks a tortoise, the tortoise swiftly withdraws its head inside its shell to protect itself from attacks. Similarly, we must learn to retract and withdraw our minds from the enemy called selfish egoistic agendas. While the tortoise is motivated by the principle of survival, we can be motivated by the sacred principles of married life. Then there can be peace and harmony.

A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietorship and is devoid of false ego- he alone can attain real peace. (Bhagavad Gita 2.71)

  1. July 7, 2011


    Amazing Radhanath Swami explains everything so beautifully with perfect egs which makes things very simpler to understand. Thank you for sharing.

  2. July 7, 2011

    Meera Sharma

    Very very thought provoking article. Only self realized souls like Radhanath Swami can so effectively explain these analogies.

  3. July 10, 2011


    It’ll keep us going together very well maharaj, thats for sure, thank yuo very vey much Maharaj. It was just simply wondrful

  4. July 11, 2011


    Only a person like Maharaj’s calibre can understand lessons from nature.

  5. July 13, 2011


    I pray to Lord that I may be able to follow the instructions given by Radhanath Swami & his dear disciples. Wonderful article!

  6. July 14, 2011

    M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Understanding the purpose and try to serve it is the essence of living together. All glories to Radhantha Swami.

  7. July 15, 2011

    Ram Mohan

    There may be unlimited reasons for us to argue and not co-operate but there is one sufficient reason for us to love and co-operate—it is pleasing to God… Beautiful statement… Thanks to Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  8. July 15, 2011


    wonderful article. the example of tortoise is good n v should all try to control our ego if that is done den dere will be less problems.

  9. July 21, 2011


    thank u for sharing such wonderful article. only gurumaharaj can learn & teach us such a wonderful lesson from nature & animal. very very heplful for today’s young couple. very learning. thank u very much.

  10. September 29, 2012


    The selfish agendas are our real enemies. Thanks for the solution to withdraw ourself from such thoughts and wrong motivations just like the tortoise withdrawing its limbs when attacked by enemies.

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