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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 09.01.2016 evening, Sofia) 

(continues from the previous Monday) 

In this universe there are 84 million mantras, plus their combinations and permutations. 84 million mantras! My God, how can we learn this spiritual science?! These mantras form the information background of the creation. This material universe is determined by certain factors. One is space. This space is so vast that it’s very difficult to find its center. But one thing is for sure. One center of this universe is this place now here.

Another factor that determines this existence is time. Space and time. And one of the books that was translated by my spiritual master according to his guru’s order was Beyond time and space[1]. How to find our way to go beyond time and space?

The third factor that determines this cosmic structure is karma, or action-reaction. So: space, time, action-reaction… Anything else? One more thing and this is the information. The spiritual information is contained in these 84 million mantras. And practically one lifetime is not enough to study all of them properly. But fortunately our teachers have told us that from among all these millions of mantras, three are very important. With three we can manage, right? 80 million we cannot manage, but three – maybe we can.

One main mantra is the om – I’m sure you know it. What is the meaning of om? This is the divine sound vibration, shabda-brahman. It is so powerful that it can convert the chaos into cosmos; from the disorder it can create order. Just imagine, if this divine sound vibration can manage the whole cosmic affairs in a proper manner to create these harmonious universes, if this mantra resonates in our mind, in our heart – from the chaotic state of consciousness that we have right now it will create a harmonious order.

And what is the hidden meaning of om? Now you will say: “From the death lead me to eternity”, because you were very attentive in the previous section. But actually it is combined of three sounds – ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’, AUM. Who is the A, who is the first in everything? It’s God. He is the first in all respect. Who is the ‘M” – it’s the human, the ‘M’ is us. And who is this ‘U’ between the two? Who is between God and you? This is divine love.

So, if you remember this mantra, om in this manner: there is God, there is me and between us divine love is the connection, then this will create a harmonious universe in your life.

Another main mantra is a prayer of protection. Sometimes we all need protection, right? When we are under the attack of the difficulties of life or some personal nonsense, whatever – we need the divine protection. This second mantra goes like: om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. “I offer my respects to Vasudeva – this is a name of Krishna, the all-knowing aspect of God – so I render myself under His protection.” It is said to be one of the most powerful protective mantras. And you can believe me – it’s tested, it works. So whenever you are in need or you are in trouble, or you want that the divine protection is extended to others, you can have this prayer.

All right, now we have a mantra for order – om; we have a mantra for protection – om namo bhagavate vasudevaya; do you need anything more? Yes! We need a special type of inner contentment, we are searching for the happiness of our soul. And there is a mantra for that also. It’s called: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. This is the mantra of divine love. It will not only benefit us and bless us with a divine perspective, but it is also like a celebration of the grand victory of divine love. It is like a talk to the Divine Couple. Once I mentioned this mantra as something very important in life. And at the end of the lecture one elderly lady came up to me and asked: “Well, you said that if we chant this mantra at the end of our life, it will bless us with eternal life – so how is it properly?”

(to be continued)

 

[1] The former title of Easy journey to other planets by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad



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