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Who can understand Love

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Who can understand LoveOnce upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment. When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?” Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. “Vanity, please help me!” “I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.” “Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!” Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.

Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder, Love asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who Helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.
“Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?” Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”

When we donot receive appropriate reciprocation of our love, we attempt desperately to seek back love & when we don’t succeed, we become sad or depressed. In such times, we must bear patience and reflect on Radhanath Swami’s words-God wants to give all of his love to us, and all he wants in return is whatever little love a soul has. We just offer that little love to him and in return, the Supreme Lord is willing to give us all the love he has!


  1. September 21, 2012


    ” … only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”
    Amazing article!

  2. September 22, 2012

    swathi .k

    very heart touching article related to love

  3. September 22, 2012


    Thanks for sharing. Very instructive. Even liked the point only time understands the value of love. i.e. wherever one spends one’s time that is one of the ways of showing one’s love.

  4. September 24, 2012


    Wow…very beautiful story… the analogies given are so appropriate…the richness, vanity, sadness, knowledge… all the feelings left love except time… it is so important to be loving to all living entities… wonderful sharing. Thank You

  5. September 24, 2012


    Such a nice article by HH Radhanath Swami. Only as time passes do we realize the value of love – sometimes our priorities are all mixed up and richness or vanity is more important – but they don’t satisfy us.

  6. September 24, 2012

    nandkishor das

    very true only by loving relation n humility we can have peace

  7. September 25, 2012

    Ravi Garg

    Swamiji’s words at the end are really inspiring……..

  8. September 28, 2012

    Sumit Sharma

    Love comes from the heart and touches the soul.

  9. September 28, 2012

    Citra Gopi DD

    Krishna is bhava grahi janardana, that means He is only interested in the mood of love of His devotees.

  10. October 1, 2012


    Love has no meaning if it is separate from the Lord.

  11. October 1, 2012

    Advay Pathak

    Really very important article, especially when we have lot of expectations.

  12. October 1, 2012

    navin poojary

    This is true with so many of us; it is not until late that we realise that who TRULY loves us for what we are!We should therefore repose all our Faith and care in the Supreme LORD and his associates

  13. October 2, 2012

    Vinay Malani

    nice article by Radhanath Swami emphasizing the need & importance of love in all our relations

  14. October 3, 2012

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful story! We are always looking for Love at the wrong places. If only we could give our “so called” love to the Supreme Lord, we will receive so much in abundance. Thank you for sharing.

  15. October 3, 2012


    All humans have 2 needs – To love and to be loved.

  16. October 3, 2012

    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami’s words are deeply soothing to the heart. Thank you Maharaj for showing us to reciprocate with the Lord’s bountiful love.

  17. October 5, 2012

    Vinay Jain

    God wants to give all of his love to us, and all he wants in return is whatever little love a soul has – what an insight into God’s heart! Thank you so much Radhanath Swami for revealing what God wants.

  18. October 6, 2012

    Kalpana Kulkarni

    Absolutely true! We are finding for the kind of love that really fills our hearts with happiness in places where it is not found. If we only realize that even if we give a fraction of our ‘so called” love to God, he will give us his unlimited love making us eternally blissful.

  19. October 13, 2012


    If you ponder deeply on this article, you can see that the cause of frustration everywhere is – misplaced objects of love. We try to get love from mortals of this world, and since they are incapable of reciprocating properly, the net result is frustration. But here’s a great solution : we can experience bliss if we can give all our love to the ultimate source of all love – God.

  20. October 15, 2012


    thank u for sharing such a thought provoking and heart touching article.

  21. October 26, 2012

    Y.Raja Shekar

    very nice narration to make us understand how important is love in our lives. The followers of true religion, the true knowers of God, the true lovers of God, like HH Radhanath Swami are always anxious and compassionate towards all living beings to make them understand the importance of love of god and sometimes even distribute it freely out of causeless mercy.

  22. October 28, 2012

    Prajakta Timbe

    amazing article.H.H.Radhanath swami’s words are very hope giving.

  23. November 1, 2012


    Yes I do agree…

  24. January 3, 2013

    Kuldeep Soni

    True wisdom !!.

    very nice analogy – which described here to understand the true nature of Love .

  25. January 11, 2013


    Thank you … for sharing.. may we all understand the love of god before our time is spent in this human form of life

  26. January 12, 2013

    Sunny Hinduja

    Amazing article…..Realized the importance of Love

  27. January 15, 2013

    anil manga

    Nice Story. Time is the only one who realizes the value of Love. Nice

  28. January 16, 2013


    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s words give us so much hope. God gives all His love to us, in return He wants our little love.

  29. January 18, 2013


    So nicely explained the value of love….
    Thank you dear Radhanath Maharaj.

  30. January 19, 2013


    Many thanks to swamiji for the words of wisdom.

  31. January 20, 2013


    “Radhanath Swami’s words-God wants to give all of his love to us, and all he wants in return is whatever little love a soul has” – What a hope giving statement. Jai !

  32. January 22, 2013

    Anil Timbe

    Thanks for sharing beautiful story and wisdom words from HH Radhanath Swami.

  33. January 24, 2013

    Ashwani Kaul

    Radhanath swami once mentioned in a lecture quoting mother Teresa that ‘the real poverty in this world is the poverty of heart’. Without pure love life has no meaning.

  34. January 26, 2013


    Only Time can understand importance of Love.

  35. January 28, 2013


    “Only time can understand how valuable love is” – hats off to such an amazing and enlightening statement.

  36. June 14, 2014

    Pralhad rathi

    Practical guide to keep on love even in the most difficult circumstances..hare krishna and dandavat pranam

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