Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 05.01.2018 morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday)

All right, we understand that there is friendship as a relationship between human beings. Sometimes with some pros, sometimes with some cons, but it’s there. But what about the divine relationships, what about the spiritual relationships as friendship? Now this is our topic. As it was mentioned, a real friend likes whatever you have, likes everything about you. And you also like everything about him. “A yellow garment, such a nice garment. I also want to have such a garment!” So, sharing: “Whatever you have, I also want to possess, and I definitely want to give you whatever I have.”

Once, one godbrother of Gurudev gave him a donation. He was also a sanyasi like Gurudev. And Gurudev said: “No, how can I accept a donation from a renounced person?! I cannot accept any donation from you.” And then his friend said: “No, no, you have to accept it, because I know it is in a very good place in your pocket. Even if you buy ice cream with that, it’s much better with you then with me.” You see, such a friendly exchange! Not official, but friendly. Whatever I have, you will also have. As long as I have a chapati, you will also have a chapati. Very beautiful!

“There are similar statements of fraternal love expressed outside the jurisdiction of Vrindavana. When the sons of Pandu, headed by Maharaja Yudhishthira, saw Krishna in His four-handed form on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, holding His conch shell, disc, club and lotus flower, they completely forgot themselves and became merged in the ocean of nectarean happiness. This shows how the sons of Pandu – King Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva – were all caught up in fraternal love for Krishna.”[1]

So, here we see when Krishna ignites the fire of devotional sentiments towards friendship.

“Sometimes the different names, forms, paraphernalia and transcendental qualities provoke fraternal love. For instance, Krishna’s nice dress, His strongly built body, the all-auspicious symptoms on His body, His knowledge of different languages, His learned teachings in Bhagavad Gita, His uncommon genius in all fields of endeavour, His exhibition of expert knowledge, His mercy, His chivalry, His behaviour as a conjugal lover, His intelligence, His forgiveness, His attraction for all kinds of men, His opulence and His happiness all provoke fraternal love.”

So there is a lot to invite us to be enchanted with this Krishna. And wherever you see the symptoms or the signs of a real spiritual friendship, we are ready to worship that, to admire that. Because that is something real.

(to be continued)

[1] Nectar of Devotion, Ch 41

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