February 2019
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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(continues from the previous Monday) 

“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”[1]

“Surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord” – so it’s not only that we should be selfless, but also we should offer the results of our activities to the Supreme. Therefore it is suggested that it’s not enough first to work and then finally think of Krishna: “And this is for You, by the way!” but even from the very first start, from the beginning we should make it as an offering. Many times you forget this principle. You start a new business, you start big projects in your life without asking or without consulting anyone. If you don’t learn that by asking blessings on your activities it’s much better, then you will not know the know-how of the spiritual progress. Therefore even at the very beginning we should try to satisfy Krishna with our activities. And how to do that? Very easy! Just ask Him. “Ah my Lord, what do You think? This is my offering.” Or if you don’t have a direct link, direct connection – which might happen, that you don’t have the receivers – then ask someone who knows, who can translate the coded answer of the Supreme. Because sometimes the no answer is also an answer.

And then you are “unaffected by sinful actions”. Never affected by sin. Usually I don’t stress too much the topic of sin. Right, usually we don’t speak too much about sin, we don’t speak too much about illusion, we don’t speak too much about the demons. Nevertheless we should know what is what – what is proper action and what is improper action. I think you all can judge what is proper and what is not. If you don’t know, you can start acting and then by the results you will know: ‘It was not good.’ And from the superficial platform when we show that we are ‘devotees’, you should come to a very honest, a very sincere platform.

Sometimes devotees’ lives progress on two levels: one is on stage, in front of others; and the other is behind the scenes. And you think that nobody peeps behind the scenes – when you relax on your principles, when you make something stupid, when you are idle too much, when you use substitutes instead of something real, when you watch movies instead of chanting your rounds, or whatever – I think you all know your shortcomings. So why should I point the finger? Because if I point a finger on you, I have to point three fingers on me. And as I am a bigger sinner than you why should I point out at you?

Be satisfied that I’m not interested in your mistakes. But you should be interested in your own mistakes. Be your own judge. Be your own guru. And be the advocate of others. A judge for yourself and an advocate for others. Instead of wasting your time in thinking that you are progressing, do something! Because even our body belongs to Krishna, it comes from Him. So use it for Him. Everything comes from the divine source. From this ultimate source everything is divided according to nama and rupa, name and form, and is born from foodstuff. So everybody is maintained by foodstuff. Therefore if you have an unwelcome guest, how to get rid of him?

Paramananda: Keep him hungry.

Swami Tirtha: Yes, don’t serve him, he will go away soon. You should apply this for your unwanted internal ‘friends’ – bad conditionings, bad habits, stupid desires, or idleness, whatever… You know, everybody has quite a nice circle of ‘friends’. Don’t supply them, don’t feed them, because then they will grow. Therefore it is said: if there is an unwanted guest or if there is a disease, don’t feed it – it will go away. So fasting, fasting is good. First we refrain from meat, then we control the meat – the body.


(to be continued)


[1] Bhagavad Gita 5.10

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