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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 7.09.2015 morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday) 

It is this vision we have to acquire – to be able to see the connection of the things with the Supreme Lord. How to achieve that change of vision – what is your suggestion?

Paramananda: To associate with devotees of the Lord.

Swami Tirtha: Yes, that’s very important. And what is our private, personal effort to accomplish this change?

Paramananda: To devote ourselves to the holy name.

Swami Tirtha: Correct. Don’t forget the example of Gurudev. He told us that when he was very young and joined the the ashram in Sweden, he went for a japa walk in the park in the morning. He was absorbed in his chanting very much and all of a sudden he saw that, ‘Wait a minute, this bush has changed! It’s not the same bush anymore.’ All of a sudden everything started to change in his vision. Before it was just a stupid bush and now it started to be a living entity, fully surcharged with spiritual powers. So, if you want to see yourself when you look into the mirror – chant, chant more. Or if you want to see the better version of the present environment – chant more! And you will see a different world. Also if we want to see the divine reality – this is the way. Be connected; if we are not connected, we don’t have entrance. But as soon as we give ourselves and we are connected through our prayers, through our chanting – the doors open up. So, this is our hope – that our vision will change. Therefore we chant the holy names.

So, the first class devotees perceive the presence of Shri Krishna everywhere. “The jungle trees and creepers full with the fruits and flowers bowed before the Lord with feelings that Shri Krishna is their vital life. In a mood of transcendental cheerfulness and ecstatic joy the trees and creepers poured forth large amount of honey in His presence. This was possible due to their pure love of Godhead.”[1] This is a quote from Shrimad Bhagavatam; and many times the scriptures describe how everything changes when Krishna appears. When He passes by, all flowers are thrown to Him, even the trees bow down. The moving entities stop and wait and the non-moving entities like the trees start to tremble. And they pour large quantities of nectar.

If we want to apply this verse in our life, how can we bring out the best from our present moment? How can we pour large amounts of nectar? Only if it is due to our pure love of Godhead. If we have that, only nectar will come. If we have something else inside, then not pure nectar will come. Then you will have a mixture, you will have a cocktail. Some drops of nectar, other drops of something very bitter, etc., etc. So, please, cultivate this divine knowledge so that whatever comes from you it’s pure nectar.


(to be continued)

[1] In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life, by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


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