Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




“For if I ever failed to engage in carefully performing prescribed duties, O Partha, certainly all men would follow My path.”[1]

Supreme Lord is giving the laws, He is beyond the laws. He has nothing to do in this world, still He is acting. We discussed what kind of activities he is doing – beyond creation and such superficial things – and we came to the conclusion that the main activity of Krishna is for example to tend the cows or to run here and there and shout into empty wells, etc. This is very important! And also to play the flute and to dance into rasa circle. But in order not to disturb the human beings, sometimes He does some ordinary activities also. Because if He would be inactive, everybody would think: inactivity is the path!

The next verse says: “If I did not perform prescribed duties, all these worlds would be put to ruination. I would be the cause of creating unwanted population, and I would thereby destroy the peace of all living beings.”[2]

Humans can be considered partners or reflections of the divine being. And if this example is appropriate to Krishna, then it is appropriate to us also. That is, if you don’t perform your prescribed duties, then the ruination of the world will be sure. And unwanted population will come. And the peace of all living beings will be finished.

How do you feel, the peace of the living entities is provided? Depends on our realization. If we see the realities of life we can say “it is not”. If we see the hope of humanity, then we say “it is and it is not”. But when you speak from the other side – it is! Therefore activity is necessary to maintain the peace, to maintain the future of the world and also to perform the prescribed duties.

In itself this is a goal to work for. Because these rules are coming directly from God and if you fulfill His desire everything will be fulfilled. If you reach Him, you will reach everything. If you know Him, you will know everything. So in this way exclusive devotion to Krishna will be inclusive of everything. Because Krishna, the Supreme Lord, is not an ordinary man. If you focus your attention on something totally, then there is a danger of being limited. And then we can say: “Ah, you became fanatic.” Or: “You have lost something.” But if you come in close contact with the ultimate source of the whole universe, of the whole existence – what can you lose? Therefore performing these prescribed duties is glorious in itself. What to speak of providing peace of the whole living entities! Because don’t forget, if you are close to God, then you are close to everyone. If you live for yourself you live for nobody, but if you live for God you live for everyone.

So this kind of service is a very glorious service.



[1] “Bhagavad Gita”3.23

[2] “Bhagavad Gita”3.24



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