Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha



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

(continues from the previous Monday) 

To understand properly the advice and the language of our superiors, I think, is very beneficial. And it is not only the language that we have to understand, but also the thought. If we are tuned with our superiors in action and in words, sooner or later we shall be tuned in mood, in mentality, in thought also. Somewhere we have to start this harmonizing work; it’s a job that we have to accomplish. You might have a kind of preference for yourself, but if your master’s preference is different, then you have to learn how to cook according to his taste. The more you do this, sooner or later your taste will also change. And although you don’t like what he expects you to cook, you will start liking that.

For example, our Gurudev liked bean soup very much. Some of his disciples probably were not fanatics on bean soup, but nevertheless, as he was expecting bean soup practically every day, you had to do your best to satisfy his desires. And sometimes you come with your bean soup for today and he asks: “Hm, how did you prepare this?” Then you start to explain: like this and like that… And he says: “No. It should be done like that.”

You see, this harmonizing starts somewhere. We can say: ‘Hey, is this bhakti a kitchen religion? Why do you preach about bean soup? We need to hear about perfection, not bean soup.’ But it starts somewhere – to tune you. Service is not according to your desire, it’s according to the other party’s desire. To teach you in such a practical manner: ‘not as you like, as I like’. And I have to tell you, some of his disciples were preparing the best bean soup in the universe.

If this is pure service, service mood, then this is not only the ingredients, but something else. Just like in the case of Mahaprabhu; once He tasted mahaprasad – special sweets: sugar, black pepper and I don’t know what else – and He said: “Ah, what a taste! We know all the ingredients, but there is something more here. It must have been touched by the lips of Krishna! This higher taste comes from there.”

Definitely food is a transfer of energy. Ultimately it’s an exchange of love. So definitely you can surcharge that with high spiritual energies. And if you are harmonized with the palatable taste of your master, maybe you will be harmonized with his rasic taste as well. Because you have to start somewhere. And if you are not on the rasic platform, let’s start with the bean soup. It will come in time, don’t worry. Slowly-slowly to develop this mood.

I had met a very nice devotee, very senior. He never in his life took cauliflowers. Because he said: “My Gurumaharaj didn’t like cauliflowers, so I don’t take it.” You see, ‘I will like as he likes’. So I think this is a very nice principle.

But then what to do if our spiritual master, for example, doesn’t like chocolate? Ah, these sadhus are very complicated guys. This is not a joke, but something very serious. Here in this earthly life we have to share the experience, we try to learn how to serve properly through these very insignificant little steps. And ultimately if our master will invite us for perfection, we must be able to say ‘yes’.

Question: What is your favorite dish?

Swami Tirtha: Bean soup. But I also like gnocchi. That was a trick question.


(to be continued)



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