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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 05.05.2017 evening, Rila Mountain)

(continues from the previous Friday)

And then finally we come to the conclusion:

“By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master”.

So, kuto ‘pi – where, where can I find any progress without my master? His prasad brings divine prasad to me. Prasad is perfection. In the light of this conclusion we can understand all the previous verses, as guru is like a gate, like a bridge over troubled waters. Therefore we should remember: ‘Where I have learned? What I have got? What is my prospect?’

And here something very important is mentioned – that three times per day we should remember the spiritual master. If you become gurus – as Mahaprabhu said: “You all become gurus” – you have to work hard to achieve that, so that your followers remember you at least three times per day. Why? Because humans learn in a very slow manner, but forget very fast. So, you have to work really very hard if you want to make somebody remember you three times per day. Actually there are only two ways to achieve that. One is: you become a madhu-sadhu – so sweet that they cannot forget. The other is that you become a maha-guru –so heavy that they cannot forget.

But apart from jokes, the brahmins meditate three times greeting the sun per day. So, what does it mean that we have to remember at least three times our guru? That he is our sun. He is bringing the light into our life. Therefore we need to offer our respects – and then we can start any activity.

So, I think to start this function, this intensive workshop for this weekend, the best way is to invoke the blessings of the previous divine masters. Because we are here representing our masters. Fortunately here are also our brothers and sisters representing their masters. This is the unifying principle here. This brings the common platform for all of us – that serving and remembering, and meditating over this tattva will bring some enlightenment to us.

And it is said that even from a so called ‘bad guru’ you can learn a lot – about yourself. So, again the function is done, accomplished. Therefore we can say there are no bad gurus. Because they will teach us something. And then again the tattva is there – which is divine, very divine. The swamiji is a human being, but Gurudev is a divine person.

So, let’s invoke our masters, let’s pray for their mercy and attention to us. This song, Shri Gurvashtaka, has been sung for 200 or 300 years now; just try to imagine how many hundreds and thousands of devotees have chanted this song. How many beautiful prayers and offerings have happened. This is like a real sacrifice, a loving sacrifice. So we need to continue that mood.



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