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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2012, Sofia)


(continues from the previous Monday)


“Desperate due to the impending death of his wife, the kulinga bird was crying like this, when by the power of time the hunter approached him and shot him with an arrow, killing him as well. Ah, foolish queens, you are also deprived of understanding, much like this kulinga bird, who could not see his own death approaching. Even if you continue to lament for one hundred years, you would not be able to get your husband back.”

So, this conversation between Yamaraj and the queens was quoted by Hiranyakashipu, the opponent of Vishnu[1], and then he concluded:

“Ah wife and sons of my dear brother, the wives and relatives of the king Suyagya were amazed by these instructions of Yama in the form of a boy and realized that all material things are temporary. Nothing can always remain as we see it now.”

Is that true? Unfortunately true. But don’t forget, there are two tendencies. Material things that you see now, they will degrade. And spiritual things that you see today, they will improve, they will grow. The whole material world approaches disintegration. While everything that is spiritual is directing towards integration, re-integration to the spiritual realm. But changes are there. One is degradation and the other is improvement. Choose – which direction you want to submit to. But nothing can remain always as we see it now.

“After talking with them, Yama went away and the relatives of the king completed the funeral ceremonies. In the same way you also should not lament too much for yourselves or for others. Who are these people, for whom we are all lamenting? What is there which we can call ‘our own’? All these considerations are due to ignorance and attachment to the body and nothing else.”

After hearing these instructions, Diti, the mother of Hiranyaksha, for some time forgot to lament for her dead son.”

So, what does this story tell us? What is the message from this story? This story is not about death. This story is not about lamentation. No, this story is a glorification of life! It’s not about material death, but it is about spiritual eternity. So please, don’t lament over the serious words of the story, but try to be happy about the message: ‘We are not the bodies’.

And there is a way to revive our spiritual consciousness: ‘Krishna, give me the chance to serve Your holy names!’ Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. 

[1] In the book of B.B.Tirtha Maharaj The holy life of Prahlada


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