August 2022


Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 22.08.2016 evening, Ludasto)

(continues from the previous Friday) 

“The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all.”[1]

If you stand with both legs in the material world, you will say: “Spiritual message is unreal.” If you stand with both legs in the spiritual realm, you will say: “Material life is unreal”. These cases are clear. The problem comes if you have one leg here and one leg there. Then you don’t know what is real and what is unreal. Therefore choose your side. Which side you want to take – here or there? Then you will see reality and illusion more properly. Of course if you stand here, even your reality will be unreal, and your unreal will be very real, nevertheless. But if you have both legs over there, what you consider real will be very real and what you consider unreal will be very unreal. Therefore we need the message of those who are positioned on the other side. Because they transfer the divine message and translate that message into our language, into our understanding.

So, divine truth is distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. We try to peep into this divine reality, to have a stolen glimpse into the divine reality. Why stolen? Because it’s more interesting, it’s more charming. What is easily available usually we don’t appreciate enough. But if we have to steal a glance of divine reality, then we are ready to go for it.

Sometimes we cannot decide what is true and what is false. But here we receive some encouragement that it is clear-cut. Only you have to follow the process and then you will understand.

What is next? “Such truth uproots the threefold miseries.” In the East people say: “Life is suffering. Life is a misery.” Yet, people smile. Here in the West we think, we hope that life is jolly; and we have a very sour face. Something is wrong here. So, to uproot the miseries of material existence is not easy. And I have to confess that in the beginning I thought that the devotees are exempt from material suffering. But it looks like we are not. We are also exposed to the practical realities of this material life. Nevertheless we have a hope that somebody is waiting for us at the end.

Then: “This beautiful Bhagavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva in his maturity, is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture?”. This book Bhagavatam was compiled and transmitted by a living bhagavat. Vyasadeva is the ideal guru. Why? Because he is in possession of divine knowledge, divine realization. In his maturity – that means before that he was almost fully empowered, but in his maturity he was fully-fully empowered. Same should happen to us – you should achieve a high level of realization. But when you achieve a full realization, then you will be fully empowered, in your maturity. It takes a long time. Just like in material life – to consider you a grown up person it takes some years, long years of preparation and coming to your senses; in the same way in spiritual life it’s the same process of enlightenment. And what is the blessing of this Bhagavatam? That it’s enough by itself for complete realization of the Supreme. Therefore it is said: “What is the need of any other scripture?” Because here you can get the basic information about God Supreme and the essential information also. You can receive information on Him like the Supreme Lord of the Universe, and you can understand Him as the Lord of the hearts. And this is the essential information.

“As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart”.

How many millions of times we have heard that the Supreme Lord is present in the hearts? And how much we have realized from this very simple fact? A stolen glance, a stolen glance into the hearts. So that we realize the presence of the Supreme there. This is what we are trying to accomplish. A stolen glance – it’s not much, but enough. If it happens, it’s enough.

Therefore we have to attentively and humbly pay attention to this message. This is the path of devotion. If we are fortunate enough to focus our attention in such a mood, in such a manner, then definitely we shall be blessed with different insights. This is the know-how of the Bhagavatam – respect and meditation.

So, I wish all good success in our joint efforts. And not only, because our efforts, even if we join our powers, are very limited. But I pray for the divine blessings which can bridge the gap of human limitations and shortcomings. Because whatever is impossible for us, it’s very easily possible for Him.

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.1.2

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