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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) 

“In their first birth Jay and Viyay became the sons of Diti, the matriarch of demoniac race. The elder son was named Hiranyakashipu and the younger son was named Hiranyaksha. Both commanded the respect of all the demons.”[1]

We know that Hiranyaksha invited Vishnu as an enemy. And also Hiranyakashipu invited Vishnu to fight. Varaha, the incarnation of Vishnu, killed Hiranyaksha. And when Hiranyakashipu saw that his brother was dead, he made a vow to retaliate.

“Fuming with anger, Hiranyakashipu stopped for a while, then continued addressing the demons: “When a tree is cut at the root, all the branches and leafs will naturally dry out. In the same way, if my enemy Vishnu is killed, all the demigods will perish, because Vishnu is their life and soul. Until I succeed in killing Vishnu, you should persist in killing all those who perform acts of spiritual virtue, such as austerities, worship, sacrifices, study of the Vedas, making vows and giving in charity.” You see – everybody according to his capacity. “I will kill God, you kill the servants of God. You are my servants, so you do your job, I will do my job.” So this is their ways. “You should also kill those, such as brahmins, kshatriyas and other human beings, who sincerely follow the religious duty in accordance with the principles of dharma. Vishnu is the beneficiary of the sacrifices performed by the brahmins. Vishnu is well-known as the supreme shelter of dharma and the Lord of sacrifice. The demigods take their share of the sacrifice only after He has. If you kill the brahmins, all sacrifices and the other religious activities will be stopped. As a result Vishnu will become weak and finally will be destroyed. The cows survive by eating grass and they supply ghee from their milk. The brahmanas perform their sacrificial offerings to Vishnu by using ghee and Vedic mantras. Hereby the strength and power of the Lord is nourished. Therefore you should destroy all the trees and plants that can be eaten by the cows and torch all the places where you see cows, brahmins and the Vedas, or people following the system of varnashrama as recommended by the Vedas.”

So, this is the difference between the worship of Vishnu and the worship of Krishna. Vishnu can be worshiped with ghee and Vedic mantras. And how to worship Krishna?

Answers: With service. With love. With the fire of the eyes.

Swami Tirtha: You have learned something. Yeah, simple ghee is not satisfying for Krishna. Because ghee is a product of the milk of the cows; and He wants the ghee of your milk. Don’t forget, your milk is your life; and what is your ghee? It’s your love. So, churn your ocean of milk to get the nectar, to get the ghee – and we should offer this to Krishna.

And what is our Vedic mantra? Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Vedic mantras are very complicated. This age is very fallen. So, if only these three little words are the ones you remember, you can perform all Vedic sacrifices.


(to be continued)

[1] Continues the reading from B.B.Tirtha Maharaj’s book The Holy Life of Prahlada


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