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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha



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

“One who knows that the position reached by the means of analytical study can also be attained by devotional service and who therefore sees analytical study and devotional service to be on the same level, sees things as they are.”[1]

I think this is very clear, it doesn’t need any more explanation. But the next verse gives us a very substantial advice: “Merely renouncing all activities yet not engaging in the devotional service of the Lord cannot make one happy. But a thoughtful person engaged in devotional service can achieve the Supreme without delay”[2].

This is the art of action. It’s not that you renounce, you stop your activities; but you dedicate your activities to the Lord. And serving others means that ‘I act as He likes’. It’s not that ‘I do as I like’. The next question is: What is the desire of God? How He’d like it? This is the fine tuning of the problem, but we can discuss it later.

Also it is mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagavatam that those who think they are totally liberated, but don’t serve God, don’t establish this living and loving connection with the personality of God – they should return. Therefore this kind of impersonal perfection is not enough. Why? Because you cannot embrace a purple haze, right. We cannot fall in love with some energy. So, all those impersonal concepts try with the impossible. They want to think about the unthinkable – but it’s impossible. Or they want to explain the unexplainable. They want to reach the unreachable. It’s frustrating. You try, you try, you try – but you end up with: ‘No, it’s impossible!’ And think on the other side also. If you are God, and somebody says: “Oh, You are only a purple haze!” It’s a little offensive if somebody tells you: “Oh, you are a manifestation of energy!” No, you feel something more. That is true, you all have an aura, a manifestation, an emanation of your energy – that’s true. But you are also there. Same with the Supreme: everything is His manifestation, but He is beyond.

Therefore if you analyze what is spiritual, what is material – sankhya – if you can do it properly, you will finally reach the mystic experience. Because – according to the sacred teachings – we have to reach there, where everything is reached. “By reaching what we reach everything. By knowing what we know everything.”[3] Otherwise the Supreme is so much beyond all expectations and all understanding that yato vacho nivartante aprapya manasa saha[4] – “from there the words and the thoughts return because they are unable to reach”. Yato vacho nivartante aprapya – non reaching – manasa sahawith the mind.. Yet, we are very ambitious. Because we want to reach Him – and by reaching Him everything is reached; by knowing Him everything becomes known to you. That’s a mystic experience.

So, this is the art of action – dedicate all your activities to the Supreme, not according to your taste, according to His taste. And then, as it is mentioned here: “you can reach Him without delay”. What is the best action? The best action is to glorify the Supreme through His divine names.


harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha


“In this age of Kali, of conflicts and hypocrisy, there is no better way, no other way, no other way of reaching the Supreme than glorifying the Holy names.”

[1] Bhagavad Gita 5.5

[2] Bhagavad Gita 5.6

[3] Mundaka Upanishad, 1.1.3

[4] Taittiriya Upanishad, 2.9.1

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