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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

Mahaprabhu dancing

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

Question: How can we serve more nicely the Supreme by serving our brothers and sisters? Can you please give us some practical advice?

Swami Tirtha: That is a very nice question, very nice topic. Many people don’t understand that we should serve God. Some understand that we should serve God. Even few will start doing that service. And yet more few will reach the results of that service. And we understood that a selfless devotee, a selfless lover of Godhead, doesn’t want anything in return. So, for example if you have a very obedient, very nice long-term servant, you want to take care of that servant, you want to serve your servant. Same with God – if somebody serves Him in a very nice way, He wants also to give something. But the pure ones don’t accept any service from God. And here we have to be very careful and attentive. Because if you start to serve such devotees – who don’t accept any service even from God – and if you can do something, then that means you are more powerful than God Himself. Because you could do something that He cannot do. Of course, you have to work hard to give any little service to such a soul. But you see this is the beauty – by serving the dedicated servants of the Supreme, we can do something very nice.

Comment: But my question is how I can serve my brother and sister generally. Not the perfect man, not the holy man, but other brothers and sisters.

Swami Tirtha: Well. It is said: ”If somebody is hungry and you have bread and you don’t share – this is your responsibility. If you have some knowledge and there is somebody in ignorance, and you don’t share your knowledge – this is your responsibility.” So, therefore in our centers we distribute food to satisfy the body of the people, and we distribute the knowledge how they can perfect their lives – to satisfy their soul.

But what is the best service of others? If you first help yourself. Because if you purify yourself, you will shine and others will follow your example. If I am in the darkness, how can I help others to come to the light? First I have to come to the light in order to guide others: “Hey! Here is the light.”

Comment: But maybe my life won’t be enough for this.

Swami Tirtha: God knows. And His mercy is stronger than your resistance.

Question: Shall we wait for God to send us people who need help in some situation?

Swami Tirtha: Well, I suggest first you pray that He sends you someone who can help you. Because if we are saved, we can save others. In our system this is called a lineage, a spiritual lineage. How do they pick the mangos? Mango is a very delicate, tender, soft fruit and very precious also. The mango trees are big and the best fruits are on the top. So what can you do? You take a stick and you beat the mango fruits? They will smash! No, they do it in a very special way – many persons climb up the tree. Those who are on the top will pick the top fruits and hand them down to the lower platform, and to the lower platform, and finally they will come down to the earth – to you. That means the fruit will reach you in a preserved, original form. This lineage can transfer the fruit. In the same way if you catch the person who is standing above you, he can catch who is standing above him, they can catch who is standing above them and in this way the lineage of liberation is unbroken – going back to God.

Therefore we have to find our help, our personal savior. And as your T-shirt says: “We have to fight for the victory of the truth.” So, if you want to join the army of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, then this is a very glorious fight. I wouldn’t suggest you to join Krishna’s army, because in the Mahabharatha Krishna’s army was fighting against Krishna. That’s a different story. So we have to be careful about which army we join. But Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s army is well equipped with different weapons. This is a very glorious army. This is the elite squadron. But what are the weapons of Mahaprabhu? God can eliminate any opposition, any moment. It takes some little thunderbolts, little earthquake, little end of the world game – and finish. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu didn’t manifest such weapons. He is the Avatar – and this is not the movie star – no, He is the Avatar of mercy. So, His weapons are very special. He’s got two-three main weapons. One is the Shrimad Bhagavatam as this is the guidebook of spiritual perfection. His other weapon is sadhu-sanga – association with the saints. And the third one is His main-main weapon and this is the holy name. But if He cannot beat our opposition by these – by the knowledge and the science of Shrimad Bhagavatam, by the sweet embrace of the saints, or by this beautiful prayer of the heart, the maha-mantra – if He cannot win us by these methods, He’s got one extra. This is maha-prasadam, the sanctified food that will overcome everyone, that is for sure.

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