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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 04.01.2013, evening, Sofia )

“One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is not affected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.”[1]

We all want to be pure souls. Purification means that you are free from your karma. Karma means bondage, and freedom means no karma, no bondage. How to achieve that? There are two ways – one is the difficult and the other is the easy. Which one do you want to hear?

Answer: The easy one.

Swami Tirtha: No, we should start with the difficult. So, the difficult is knowledge. Divine knowledge, although this is divine, it takes a long time to learn, and to study, and to accomplish everything, and to collect that knowledge. But it is very effective. They say that it can liberate you from the karmic reaction. Divine knowledge can bring you to divine consciousness.

So, let’s discuss a little bit more the difficult part. Our karma works minimum in two different ways. If you had taken birth on this planet Earth, that means you had chosen, you had agreed to work with a certain package of karma. This is called prarabdha-karma – accumulated through the lifetimes and now it starts to manifest in your life. So, this is the package that you come with. While there is another package of your karma that you can create now. Therefore purification needs two parts. One part of the purification is compared to the burning of reeds, because they very easily burn – big flames and no charcoal, quickly burning. And the other part of your karma is compared to the drop of water on the leaf of a lotus. So, the prarabdha-karma, the previously accumulated karma, should be burned by your spiritual divine knowledge. The fire of divine knowledge is so powerful that it very easily burns up the remnants of your previous karma. But this is not enough; you have to be clever enough not to create new karma meanwhile. Therefore we have to be so much dedicated to God that we become like the lotus flower, the lotus leaf. Because in case the raindrops touch this leaf, they roll down, they cannot stick to the leaf, they are removed. That means in our present life we have to be so much dedicated to the Supreme that we are just like the leaf of a lotus. In case some karmic reaction should touch you, it should run down and shouldn’t be attached to you.

Therefore full purification, complete, total purification will come if your previous karma package is burned up by your divine knowledge, and you are depending so much on God Supreme that you are not touched by any present reactions that might come to you. Then the next question comes: ”What is this divine knowledge that will burn up my karma?” This is the topic we can discuss next time. Just to keep your interest alive.

So, if you want to become a pure soul, then please try to control your body and mind complex, and also work in devotion, in harmony with Krishna’s desires and then you will be able to appreciate all. Then wait a little bit more and then everybody will appreciate you. A few lifetimes.

[1] “Bhagavad Gita”, 5.10


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