Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(continues from the previous issue)

Let’s discuss the verse of the masters, the guru verse. But this we can only understand with the previous verse:

“O chastiser of the enemy, the sacrifice performed in knowledge is better than the mere sacrifice of material possessions. After all, O son of Pṛthā, all sacrifices of work culminate in transcendental knowledge. “[1]

You see here the gradations. You sacrifice some material assets – like you bring the flowers to the temple, or you make yagya and bring the grains. The higher level of such sacrifice is the sacrifice of knowledge, divine. And then our very important verse comes:

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”[2]

In the beginning we have understood that all sacrifices culminate in divine knowledge, and then our verse says tat – “that”, viddhi – “know” – “that divine knowledge you should know, you should study. How I should study? By pranipad, by pariprashnena and by seva – by humility, by inquiries and by service.

So, a disciple should be very inquisitive. It is said we should be like a sponge – ready to suck all the water on the floor. But don’t be like a garbage sponge – to suck all the bad news of the material world. We have to penetrate into this divine knowledge – tat viddhi, you should study that knowledge, that was the culmination of all your sacrifices before.

And then comes the important part: te gyanam – that knowledge they will teach you, those gyanis, those knowledgeable persons, who have already seen the truth. What does it mean? It means you can collect a lot of theoretical knowledge – by studies, by inquires, by this and that – but to turn it into an active principle you have to go to a sadhu, to such a person who has seen the truth already. Because by the magic touch, personal touch he will be able to activate all your knowledge that you have collected before. Therefore we can see in our parampara that there are masters illiterate. How is it? High authority not able to read and write? From this we should understand that this is not a material qualification. A real sadhu has a very special power, he can activate your knowledge. With the initiation process he can give you life! Whatever you had before – it is death, however we thought that we live. No, whenever you have taken birth, your death has also taken birth with you. So, if we live without being initiated into spiritual science, we live a life of death. Eternal life begins with the initiation.





[1] Bhagavad Gita 4.33

[2] Bhagavad Gita 4.34

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