Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 02.10.2017 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

Question of Krishna Priya: When you were relating the story about the water, the milk and the tilak, you mentioned that the guru was angry. I want to ask when is guru angry? Because sometimes a disciple may commit very grave mistakes and he expects that the guru will get angry, but he is not angry. So, when does he get angry?

Swami Tirtha: Hm, try your best!

Generally, it is said that until our spiritual master shouts at us, we have some hope. When he says: “Ah, very nice, very nice…”, then not so much hope is left. Gurudev was quite good in this respect. One of my dear brothers, he always mentions the stories when Gurudev was shouting at him. And you know, when he instructed us in that manner, it was quite a devastating feeling. But this brother of mine mentions that at that time he was always looking at the eyes of Gurudev. Although the mouth was chastising, the eyes were smiling. I didn’t see the smile.

But you know, gurus also have some temper, some individual character. One my very dear friend mentioned: “My Gurudev was called ‘Chili Maharaj’!” Chili – stinging you like the chilies. And Maharaj means ‘sweet like laddu’. But Chili Maharaj, as he was famous for getting angry very quickly.

He was a very special person. Once I saw him receiving his Vyasapuja offerings. Many disciples came together from different countries; there were two hundred devotees celebrating. Very enthusiastic kirtan: dancing and jumping and mridangas… This kirtan was so ecstatic that the police also came to join. And Chili Maharaj was like a poker face – no reaction, nothing. Then the stalwarts, the great preachers, the sannyasis and the leader disciples started to offer their obeisances; he didn’t even look up. I was watching from the corner. Then finally one young mataji came – trembling while approaching her master. She didn’t raise her vision, only looking at the lotus feet of the master. But this Chili Maharaj was staring at her with full affectionate eyes and with a big smile on his face.

What did he accept? Your big name; or the humble offering? That was a real Bhagavatam lecture. Not explained by words, but by action. How can you capture the attention of a real devotee? Not by achieving a prestigious position. But a humble offering definitely will catch his attention. It was very obvious.

If we try to offend a pure devotee, we will have a very hard time. Because he doesn’t take any offense. So you really have to work hard if you want to offend such a person. But if in front of one pure devotee you offend another pure devotee, then you will have a hard time again, because then he will chastise you for sure. Do you understand?

This should be our principle as well. If somebody offends you – don’t pay attention, take it as a pay-off of your karma. But if somebody compromises the teachings or the line or offends the devotees – that’s not very useful, so try to protect the situation.

 (to be continued)

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