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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 31.07.2016 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday) 

Question of Tejasvini: How can we maintain the connection to divinity, how can we develop the taste?

Swami Tirtha: Come out from the darkness, stay always in the light. Everything depends on the state of consciousness. Once a very senior devotee approached Shrila Shridhara Maharaja, a very elevated saint, a god-brother of Shrila Prabhupada. He had a temple on the bank of the Ganges in Bengal, in a holy place in Navadvip which is the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar. You can find that beautiful book on the book-stand about His life and teachings. The biography is a very sweet and easy reading. The philosophy is very complicated and difficult reading. One is bhakti, the other is yoga – the sweet drops and the even more sweet drops.

So, Shridhara Maharaja was sitting on the veranda of his temple. And you know what you see in Bengal? The jungle, nothing else. Only trees. Yet in a very deep and meditative mood he said: “If we look around, there are so many things that remind us of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.” What do you see? Only the jungle. What a pure devotee sees? Reminders of his beloved God. Here is another example how to recognize a saintly person. He will have a different vision. I think that this is the reality and he will come and say: “No, this is illusion, my dear.”

So, how to maintain our consciousness? How to develop the taste for spirituality? Actually Krishna’s plan is ready for us. We only have to expose ourselves to that plan. And at the same time we have to perform all the necessary rules and regulations of freedom. This is the way to achieve freedom. The best way to develop a taste for spirituality is to have a private talk with God. Not only an official prayer, but also a private discussion. And that is concentrated in chanting of the holy names. The holy names of God are glorified all over. Especially Mahaprabhu came and gave the mantra of love. As we discussed: the om is for creating order, om namo bhagavate vasudevaya is for protection, and Hare Krishna maha-mantra is for developing divine love and worshipping divine love. If we simply interprete the meaning of this mantra, these are only three words: krishna is ‘beauty’, hare, hara is ‘love, divine love’ and rama we can say is ‘happiness’. So, what is this mantra? ‘Beauty, love, happiness!’ What will happen if you repeat these words? You will become very sad, very morose? No! Beauty, love and happiness will come to you. So, how to maintain our consciousness? Always be connected to the divine reality. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

The holy name is identical to God. All the powers and divine parts are present there. This is the conclusion of the Shrimad Bhagavatam also: “By chanting the holy names you can overcome all the difficulties and limitations of the present age.”[1] Simply by chanting this mantra you are connected to beauty, love, happiness. The saints will always remind us that we belong there – to the land of beauty, to the land of divine love, to the unbroken harmony. By serving these saintly persons, by chanting the holy names and by studying the holy scriptures we can very easily maintain our consciousness.

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam 12.13.23



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