“To act according to Krishna’s principles even when it’s very difficult, that is integrity. To be the well wisher, to be tolerant and forgiving and respectful, even when we have much to lose on the material platform, that is integrity. To uphold the sanctity of true spiritual values is dignity.” – Radhanath Swami.
Radhanath Swami defines Integrity and Dignity in this clipping.
The dictionary definition of integrity is, “Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.” The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.”
But in Bhakti Yoga, the definition goes deeper. The understanding that God is a person makes adherence to integrity a more lovable experience; now integrity is no longer a painful ordeal, it’s about pleasing a person you love. So it’s a pleasurable experience.
In a world where leading a life of integrity doesn’t seem so attractive, Bhakti yoga can turn the tables.
Let’s hear what Radhanath Swami has to say.