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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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

Thank you for coming. I feel honored and as I have been visiting Sofia since 1988 I feel like an honorable Bulgarian. I hope this is not offensive for you. But this is a very special chance for me to come here and meet you, because many times we speak about being engaged in service. And actually this is the duty I got from my spiritual master. So, whenever I come here it is also a very sweet memory of him. And you all remind me of my eternal duty. That means you are my saviors. So, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to repeat what I have heard, to share with you what is given to me. Because this is the way to multiply our treasures.

We started a discussion about the art of work, the art of activities. Of course we cannot reach the end of this question, because activities are always there. But we have to purify our activities, harmonize them with the divine desire, try to use them as a service for humanity and also try to serve our own ultimate spiritual benefit. So, if we can act on these three platforms – for our own benefit, for the service of others and for the glory of God – then this is a very glorious life. I think that is simple, right. Yet many of our fellow brothers and sisters don’t know about it. Maybe we have to tell them: “Hey, there is a higher goal of our life! We are not born to die!” This is the way, this is the reason why very few people die in a wise way, but many live in a very stupid way. So, choose whether you want so to have a glorious death, or a stupid life.

But to understand our duty better again we focus our attention on the Bhagavad Gita, the Divine Song. As we discussed, action will always bring some reaction. There are many consequences of our activities, and if you want to get rid of the consequences, it sounds logical that you stop the activities. If there is no input, there is no output. Yet if you feed your body up here, some consequence will come down there. Don’t blame the system. If there is input, there is output. It’s logical. Therefore we have to find a way how to eat without passing excrement – how to act without bad reactions. The solution is not stopping the activity, but harmonizing it with the divine desire of the Supreme.

We also understood that activity, action can bring us to liberation. But without establishing a loving and living contact to the Supreme this theoretical liberation is not satisfying the soul. While those who are engaged in devotional service to the Supreme, they can reach Him without delay. So, here we continue with the verses of the Bhagavad Gita. Please, pay attention, because these are the words of God Himself. And if He is ready to share His wisdom with us, then we should also be ready to listen to His advice.

“One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses, is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. Though always working, such a man is never entangled.“[1]

This is a very demanding verse. Because three requirements are mentioned: one who works in devotion; one who is a pure soul; and who controls his mind and senses. So, do you want to become a pure soul? Definitely, yes. Yes, we all want to become pure. What is purity? We all know what purity is, because we all know what impurity is. Sometimes I meet people, just imagine, who don’t believe that perfection is possible. It’s horrible! Then I always say: “No, no, no! Please, don’t say like this! Maybe you didn’t meet such a person who has accomplished perfection, but don’t deny the chance, the possibility that it exists.” Who had met perfect people? Oh, so many?! You vote with both hands. Yet I think everybody should raise the hands if I asked who had met imperfect persons. If we meet the imperfection, then we shall recognize perfection.

Once I met a teacher, he was a mystic teacher. And you know, good teachers speak in such a way that, for example, they speak to one if they want to teach another. So, if I am a good teacher, if I want to instruct you, I will speak to him in such a way that you also understand. The indirect way is more interesting. So, we had this meeting and this respectable gentleman was instructing me in such an indirect way. During the two hours discussion he was fully paying all his attention to my friend, but I felt that he is exactly talking to me. Anyway, he told him: “If there is a fake saint, if there is a false saint, pay attention, because that means there is a real saint also. Have you seen a fake 75 dollars bill? No, because there is no original 75 dollars bill. But if you meet a fake hundred dollars bill, then you have to be very attentive, because that means there is an original one.”

So, if you meet imperfection, pay attention – that means perfection exists!

 

(to be continued)

[1] “Bhagavad Gita”, 5.7

 



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