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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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

We shall start our readings about the holy life of Prahlada. This is a book of Bhakti Vallabh Tirtha Maharaj, a disciple of Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaj, who is a disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Today he is one of the most senior vaishnavas on this planet – senior not only by age, but by respect. Therefore we should pay great attention to his words.

The holy life of Prahlada. Most of you basically know the story. Yet we should always try to find some new ways to enter into the same story and to extract new conclusions from the old stories that we have heard hundreds of times. This is called progress. You repeat the same thing and it will give you a new taste – it’s called progress. This is completely the opposite of the material stuff where you have to find something new to get the same old taste; but in spiritual life we do the same things and yet it will bring new and new alive taste. So this is a very unique process. We don’t have to invent new mantras in order to satisfy our eagerness. Like Shrila Prabhupad said after he had three or five thousand disciples: “Now we have enough milk. It’s time to condense it.”

So, the holy life of Prahlada begins with the birth of Hiranyakashipu. “Once in the course of their travels around the three worlds, the four sages born from the mind of Brahma – the Kumaras – arrived unannounced at Vaikuntha, the residence of the Supreme Lord. Although the four Kumaras are actually very old, their appearance is like that of small children, and they also travel around naked. It so happened that the two doorkeepers of Vaikuntha – Jay and Vijay – saw the four Kumaras approaching. Thinking them to be ordinary children, they prevented them from entering Vaikuntha, addressing them thus: “Where have you come from? Are you unaware that no one can enter here without prior permission?” Although the four Kumaras repeatedly tried to enter Vaikuntha, Jay and Vijay kept turning them away. Finally, becoming angry, the four Kumaras cursed the gatekeepers exclaiming: “You, rascals! You are prohibiting us from entering without exercising proper discrimination and out of pride only! In the abode of the Lord the qualities of ignorance and passion cannot exist. Thus you are not qualified to reside at the lotus feet of the Lord Madhusudhan. We therefore curse you to fall down from this place and be born as demons with material bodies.” And from the blow of the sages’ powerful curse Jay and Vijay immediately felled from their exalted position. Seeing their miserable plight, the four Kumaras took pity on them and promised them that after three lifetimes they will be relieved from the effect of their curse.”

You see, if there is disharmony, then consequents will come. This is a big question – whether in Vaikuntha there might be any disharmony or not? But don’t forget, Jay and Vijay are only gatekeepers, they are outside. Once there was a question: “Where is the limit of illusion? How to find the limit between illusion and real spiritual existence?” You might think that this is a philosophical question. But no, this is a topographical question. Because the last limit of illusion is the entrance door of the temple. Until that moment, until that threshold it’s illusion dominating, but beyond that it’s divine energy dominating.

 

(to be continued)

 



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