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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

Krishna 1

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 04.01.2016 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

And finally, pure devotion is attracting Krishna. “Shrila Rupa Goswami has stated that devotional service attracts even Krishna. Krishna attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts Krishna.”[1] So, why Krishna? The meaning of this name is ‘black’. And if you happen to visit India, you will see Krishna’s name on some billboards, like ‘Krishna tyres’ or ‘Krishna saris’. Once we visited Ayodhya with Kripadham and after a full day of very long and very tiring journey we arrived finally to our hotel. This hotel was a pure, white building, in marble and the name of this white building was ‘Hotel Krishna’ – the black hotel.

So, sometimes we take the name of Krishna like simple meaning ‘black’. The other meaning of Krishna is ‘attractive’. ‘All-attractive”. Not only attractive for some, but for all. And we can say He is the Dark Lord. Why dark? Because the real divine secrets are hidden. His dark hue at the same time emanates a very special darkness. It’s divine – a bright darkness. This is not simple material darkness, this is divine darkness. And this attractive power is unlimited. I can tell you that this is true; if He is able to attract me, then this is possible. So, Krishna-nam is not a sectarian denomination, but this is the ultimate feature of the Supreme Lord – all-attractive, the best in all respects.

But what is attractive to this all-attractive, ultimate cause of all causes? And why this Krishna? You know, once some rishis, some wise men, approached Brahma, the Creator, and they had some questions: “Please, tell us who is God? Who is the Supreme? Who is the boss here? Who frightens death?” Everybody is frightened by death. But who is that who can threaten death? Good question? I think it’s a very good question. “And who is that by knowing whom everything is known?” Is that a good question? It’s a very good question. Then you are not lost in details, but you are connected to the essence. And finally: “What makes the world go round?”

I think these are very serious questions. “Who is the Supreme? Who can frighten death away? Who is that by knowing whom we know everything? And what makes the world go round?” So, this is the standard quality of questions.

Then Brahma came up with the answers. What do you think, what is the answer for the first question – who is God, who is the Supreme? He said: “Krishna.” Krishna is the Supreme Lord. What was the answer for the second question?

Answer: Krishna.

Swami Tirtha: Yes, clever; but Krishna in a very special way. Which face of Krishna? Who can frighten away death? Which is the best way to pronounce Krishna-nam? It’s Govinda! Govinda. From Govinda death runs away. It cannot tolerate the presence of Govinda. All right, now you know who the Supreme is; now you know the secret of eternal life – how to avoid death. But then how to achieve full knowledge – by knowing whom everything is known? Who is that?

Answer: Krishna.

Swami Tirtha: It’s Krishna, but in a very special way. It’s not like a general all-attractive Krishna; it’s not Govinda, who is like your friend; this is Gopijana-vallabha – the dearmost beloved one of the gopis. By knowing Him you will know everything. Why? Because this is about a loving relationship, divine love. If we know this, we know everything. It’s not the details, this is the essence.

But the last and ultimate question: “What will make the world go round?” Now it’s not Krishna. Swaha – sacrifice. Sacrifice makes the world go round.

So, therefore we worship this Krishna; Krishna – because He is all-attractive. And He is the Supreme; and His feature can overcome death; and His other feature can give you full knowledge. And therefore we are ready to practice sacrifice – because that will make the whole system function. And what is the best sacrifice for the present age? It’s the holy name – nama-yagya, harinam-sankirtan – this is the sacrifice for the age.

So, “Krishna attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts even Krishna. The symbol of devotional service of the highest degree is Radharani. Krishna is called Madana-Mohana, which means that He is so attractive that He can defeat the attraction of thousands of Cupids. But Radharani is still more attractive, for She can even attract Krishna. Therefore devotees call Her Madana-Mohana-Mohini – the attractor of the attractor of Cupid.”

So these are some small, very insignificant ideas about pure devotional service. It’s not simply service, definitely not paid service, but devotional service and on the pure platform. It will bring all the benefits that you can imagine – and beyond.

(to be continued)

[1] Nectar of devotion, Chapter 1


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