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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 07.01.2016 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday) 

“Suppose one does not fix his consciousness on Krishna in this human form of life. He will be thrown into the cycle of birth and death, involving 8400000 species of life, and his spiritual identity will remain lost. One does not know whether he is going to be a plant or a beast or a bird or something like that, because there are so many species of life. The recommendation of Rupa Goswami for reviving our original Krishna consciousness is that somehow or other we should apply our minds to Krishna very seriously and thus also become fearless of death. After death we do not know our destination, because we are completely under control of the laws of nature. Only Krishna, the Supreme Lord, is controller over the laws of nature. Therefore, if we take shelter of Krishna seriously, there will be no fear of being thrown back into the cycle of so many species of life. A sincere devotee will surely be transferred to the abode of Krishna, as affirmed in the Gita.”[1]

This is like a primary motivation of spiritual practice – to improve our life, our standards. Try to escape this trap of karmic action-reaction cycle of birth and death. I think it’s a good motivation, right? Material life is a kind of limitation; so let’s try to find a way to escape this trap. It is said in other shastras that whatever destination you want, it is possible to reach it. If you want to go to the planet of enjoyments, you can go. If you want to go to the forefathers, you can go. If you want to go to hell, you can go. If you want to go to Krishna, it is also possible. So there are many-many gradations of these different destinations. And according to our spiritual taste or polished, refined understanding we shall be able to reach our destination. If there is a way out of the material jungle, why should we go in? Is that reasonable? Not so much. So, try to find a way out of this labyrinth.

In this way by this divine connection we can overcome the material entanglement. So “My devotee is never lost!”[2] – says Krishna in the Gita. We have to very firmly, strongly believe that.

“In the Padma Purana also the same process is advised. There it is said that one should always remember Lord Vishnu. This is called dhyana, or meditation – always remembering Krishna, or Vishnu. It is said that one has to meditate with his mind fixed upon Vishnu.” Now comes the important point: “Padma Purana recommends that one always fix his mind on the form of Vishnu by meditation and not forget Him at any moment. This state of consciousness is called samadhi, or trance.”

You know, there are a lot of instructions and rules to follow. But these are the ultimate two regulations: always remember and never forget. Therefore we listen to stories about His activities. Therefore we chant the holy names. Somehow to always come closer to this divine essence.

“We should always try to mold the activities of our life in such a way that we can constantly remember Vishnu, or Krishna. Whether one concentrates his mind on the four-handed form of Vishnu or on the form of two-handed Krishna, it is the same. The Padma Purana recommends somehow or other always think of Vishnu, without forgetting Him under any circumstances. Actually this is the most basic of all regulative principles.” 

(to be continued) 

[1] Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 2

[2] Bhagavad Gita 9.31


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