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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

B.A.Narayan Maharaj

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

“One who neither hates nor desires the fruits of his activities is known to be always renounced. Such a person, free from all dualities, easily overcomes material bondage and is completely liberated, O mighty-armed Arjuna.”[1]

Very important advice is given here – be independent! Renunciation doesn’t mean destruction of the objects. But it means to achieve a neutral, an unattached position. To be in such a renounced state of mind doesn’t mean that you change the color of your dress and you enter a monastic order. But it means that you develop an inner attitude to the dualities of life. Whether the external circumstances are favorable or unfavorable – you are equal, you’re in the state of equipoise. Is it easy to achieve? I think we all have some experience concerning this. But this is full renunciation.

Just to mention one practical story, because sometimes we might think that: ‘Oh this is too much theoretical’. Once in the old times Gurudev visited us. And ‘the old times’ means under police surveillance. Those were little risky times. Usually he was travelling in disguise, appearing in very unexpected moments – he knew his ways how to penetrate the system. And he gave us some very good, longstanding lessons. For example: “Don’t stop your car in front of the house where you give the lecture!” This is a very practical advice in conspiracy. Because if the police comes and you have to escape through the windows, it’s very difficult to reach your car if it is in front. Right, it’s very practical. You see, gurus give theoretical and practical knowledge at the same time. It’s still with me. I don’t park in front of this house. Of course it’s little difficult to jump from the window here, but believe or not, it happened on our farm – that when the police came devotees were escaping through the window.

Anyway, that’s another story. But once Gurudev was leaving and with one devotee he was approaching his car. And what did he see on the next corner where his car was parked? A big crowd around the car, two police cars standing beside, because his car was broken. Somebody broke the window and tried to rob it. And Gurudev with some bags was approaching – actually he was supposed to come here, to Sofia from Budapest. So they were approaching, approaching and he said to this devotee: ”Hey! There is a little trouble!” and they went aside and parted. Not to put the devotee into danger. But he was absolutely neutral. Just imagine, like a dissident, entering the country under danger; and he was totally undisturbed.

So, this is dedication, total dependence on God, on Krishna’s mercy and protection. This is the practical definition to be neutral, renounced. But he was very intent and very focused on the mission. Because after two-three hours of formalities, he could start and reach here in Sofia. “Such a person, free from all dualities, easily overcomes material bondage”.

[1] Bhagavad Gita 5.3

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