December 2018
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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(continues from the previous Friday)

Question: Which is the best way to get rid of the ego?

Swami Tirtha: Serve others. Other questions?

Question of Sarvabhauma: As you said that although God is generator, operator and destructor, the most significant part of Him as Krishna is staying aside. Can we compare this somehow to our personal experience in the family, for example? When we are fulfilling our duties, but some aspect of ours is staying aside.

Swami Tirtha: Well, if you have your representatives who will make the generating, the operating and the destructive functions, then you can step aside. But don’t forget: to maintain something you have to dedicate yourself. There is no substitute for that. And this is one very general spiritual rule that you can only leave your present condition if you find your successor. For example a king – we know that the king should renounce the kingdom on time and go to the forest for meditation and purification. But you cannot do that until there is an inheritor. Without that you create a trouble and you will not help your own spiritual benefit either.

On the other hand let’s turn the question upside down. Would you be satisfied if your partner uses a substitute and doesn’t dedicate herself? That she preserves something from you? I think you wouldn’t be satisfied.

And at the same time I have to agree with you. Spiritual life has two aspects: one is the private, individual and the other is the community side. Community like sadhu-sanga. Or the very special type of sadhu-sanga – our family connections; this is sadhu-sanga also. So, definitely we have to dedicate ourselves to these different roles. At the same time we have to take care of our eternal ideals.

So, my answer is ‘yes and no’, or better ‘no and yes’! I wouldn’t be satisfied with a disciple who says: “Oh, yes, yes Gurudev, but…” How can I rely on such a person who always steps outside? I give the full freedom to step outside or inside, but with those who deliberately want to stay outside, I cannot dance with. I can dance only with those who are ready to dance. But if you deliberately say: ”I’m outside. I am here, but I am outside!”, then please don’t complain that “You don’t accept me.” Because you stay outside! In order to receive our portion of prasadam, mercy, we have to join fully. Then it’s harmonious. Little disharmony gives the spice of life, no doubt. But I think you all know what I mean.

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