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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 )

Question: We know that there are purified persons who constantly feel bliss and happiness. And therefore they should have some kind of appropriate senses that could allow them to feel this let’s say spiritual happiness. Because I heard that our senses are covered by our mind and our happiness and distress is covered by this mind and these material senses. So, how do these persons attain these senses? What are these senses?

Swami Tirtha: By which they can perceive the spiritual happiness? Well, there are many different ways and methods of purification. So much so that the saints some five thousand years back had the same trouble. They had the same question. Because there was a big spiritual conference of the yogis and saints of the old times when this yuga started. There was a respectable person giving the advice and they had the question: “There are so many different practices and religions, and paths, and methods. What is the best? Tell us what is the best, because unlimited varieties are there.” Then Suta Goswami said: sa vai pumsam paro dharmo/ yato bhaktir adhokshaje “The best religion for all humanity is that by which they can achieve transcendent love to the Supreme Lord.” And this dedication should be ahaituky apratihata/ yayatma suprasidatiThis should be disinterested and permanent in order to make the soul completely happy and satisfied.”[1]

So, he didn’t specify this or that path, but “that path through which you can achieve that interrupted and selfless love of Godhead”. This is the best method. Shall I specify what that is to make it clearer? This is called bhakti-yoga. Yoga means ‘connection’, bhakti means ‘love’. So that is loving and living connection to the Supreme. And what is the best way of practicing bhakti-yoga? Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought a very beautiful method. He specified what is mentioned in the Lord’s Prayer: ”Hallowed be Thy name!” – to glorify the holy names of God. So, therefore we have a special mantra for that glorification. Mantra is a special formula for meditation. Mantra is like a word conjoined from two aspects – one is manas and the other is trayate – to liberate the mind. Mantra is for liberation of our intellect. So, what was very broadly mentioned by Lord Jesus 2000 years back – ”Hallowed be Thy name” – Mahaprabhu specified that 522 years back. He said: “Hare Krishna, chant Hare-Krishna! This is the mantra to liberate your mind.”

And as we discussed there are three main mantras in this kali-yuga. One is the om which everybody knows. The other is: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. This is like the prayer of the heart. ”Oh, my Lord, oh Beloved of the Supreme, please accept me in Your service.” Isn’t that a beautiful prayer? We should always pray like this. If you have that in your mind and heart can you do anything wrong? Can you go out and be a cruel person? Can you go home and beat your wife and children? It’s impossible. “Please, my Lord, oh Beloved of the Supreme, accept me in Your service!” This is the best way of practicing this special path declared by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. And this is the way how the saints of our tradition achieved their very glorious position. Chanting this beautiful Hare Krishna maha-mantra is not a routine. This is a deeply emotional prayer that will liberate your mind. So, if you want to get rid of your entanglement, please don’t forget about this mantra.

And the third mantra is om namo bhagavate vasudevaya for ultimate protection in case you are in danger – external or internal danger.

[1] “Srimad Bhagavatam”, 1.2.6

 



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