January 2019
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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

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(continues from the previous Monday)

Question of Manjari: Gurudev, you said that first we have to inquire and learn what our dharma is, and then we have to do what is necessary. My question is: sometimes I feel – maybe I’m wrong – but sometimes I feel I know what I’m supposed to do, what is right, and somehow I don’t have the internal strength to do it. Somehow it’s so incredibly difficult to do even the simple things. So from where do I take the strength to do what is right?

Swami Tirtha: It’s very easy – take the strength from your husband. You see how happy he is hearing this message? He is ready to serve you in any way. You are very fortunate. But when he is in need, you should also be ready to serve him in the same way. Therefore grihastha-ashram is a sadhu-sanga, very closed type, very special type.

If the resources of your husband are running out,don’t worry, he’s got some friends. If the resources of the friends are running out, don’t worry, he’s got some well-wishers. And if the resources of the well-wishers are running out, don’t worry, he’s got a God. And He’s got unlimited resources. Other questions?

Question of Paramananda: My inquiry is in the context of this question of Manjari Devi – it basically concerns transcending our worldly duties and offering them to the Supreme. And as Narottam Thakur said in a bhajan dedicated to Rupa Goswami: sei vrata, sei tapa, sei mora mantra-japa, sei mora dharma-karma[1] – so I was wondering how can we understand this type of mood in the context of our worldly duties also?

Swami Tirtha: In the explanation of your question you have given the key to this problem. Because to whom are these verses dedicated? Who is sei mora mantra-japa, tapa, vrata, whatever? Who is that? This is Rupa Gowami. So, if you have a person under whose guidance you live, whom you follow, who is your hero in life – then everything what you do is done for him. And one step higher, soon you will realize if you are a surrendered soul, you will understand that whatever you do is not done by you, it is done through you. But only on condition of full surrender. Otherwise your ego is included and then it distorts the whole situation. Therefore the first step in spiritual progress is to capture our conscious identity. And the second is to dedicate this captured conscious identity at the lotus feet of God Supreme.

Otherwise this was a ‘how to’ question. And you all know the answer of this type of questions. What is the answer?

Paramananda: Chant more.

Swami Tirtha: Correct.

[1] “You are my vows, you are my renunciation, you are the soft repetition of my mantras, you are my dharma and my karma

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