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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




Usually we accept that we glorify superiors. But here in his very unique song “Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu doya koro more” Narottam das Thakur glorifies his spiritual brothers. They were three good friends; it is mentioned in the last paragraph: Shrinivas, Ramachandra and Narottam. They were three big preachers. And they had such an intimate connection, that Narottam das Thakur, who was – we can say – most famous and most influential, still he was glorifying and desiring the company of his godbrothers, spiritual brothers – Ramachandra and Shrinivas.

We can see this example with the spiritual brothers of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada also. Just like this very beautiful Krishnadas Babaji – he was a spiritual brother of Prabhupada and Shridhara Maharaj. And he was chanting the songs, written by Shrila Shridhara Maharaj, including in his daily routine.

This is a very good example. Not to fight and be envious. Instead of being envious, they were glorifying, they were singing each others’ songs! Do you have this big heart? One of your brothers and sisters is writing a beautiful song forKrishna– when people hear it, they cry incessantly – and what kind of feeling is in your heart? “Ah, this is not so nice.” Many times it happens like this. They say: “I can write better.”

But the real thing is when you churn your feelings, the nectarean ocean of your feelings – then treasures will come. We should appreciate the service of others. And it is very easy when we speak about this theoretically. But, for example, somebody arranges the altar with flowers or something, and then you come and rearrange: “No, this is not the way. Only the way I want!”

So we have to appreciate services of others. This is the way shown by the great acharyas. And sometimes we can see good examples also, fortunately!

 



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