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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


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

(continues from the previous Friday) 

Usually when fathers die and sons survive – this is called ‘peace’. When sons die before the fathers – this is called ‘war’. In the same way, when a student asks and the teacher answers – this is called peace. When the teacher asks and the student cannot answer – this is called war, disaster. So, although the Bhagavad Gita talk is just before the Kurukshetra battle, let’s take a very special moment when there is peace. When the student asks and the master answers. Arjuna puts the question and Krishna will answer.

arjuna uvacha

sthita-pragyasya ka bhasha samadhi-sthasya keshava

sthita-dhih kim prabhasheta kim asita vrajeta kim

“Arjuna said: “O Krishna, what are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit? How does he walk?”[1]

Very important question – how to recognize a saint? What are the symptoms of purified consciousness?

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: “O Partha, when a man gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and when his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness”.[2]

It’s a very important verse. The main symptom is external control and inner peace. Sarva kama, all desires originate from the disturbed mind. Do you have some kama? Of course we have. Because this is a necessary ingredient of life. Without that fire we cannot maintain the body. So, kama is not something very bad. Maybe only half bad. Kama is the language of the human beings. When something is passionate, we understand it, right? When there is big happiness or big suffering, this language we understand! We human beings are passionate. Then what to do? Fortunately we have some advice.

akamah sarva-kamo va

moksha-kama udara-dhih

tivrena bhakti-yogena

yajeta purusham param[3]

This is the advice. Akama means no kama, you have no passion at all. Or sarva kama, you have all the desires. Or you have only one desire for liberation, moksha-kama – it is suggested: tivrena, with thirst, you have to serve with devotion the Supreme. With this inner yearning you have to serve the Supreme Lord, purusham param. All else will follow. Either if you are akama, you are a yogi, renounced – you will find your kama, you will find your attachment to God. Or if you have sarva kama, you have all the desires, there are two options. Either they will be fulfilled, because if you want only pieces of glass, you will get them easily. Or you will lose all your desires; but don’t worry it’s not a real loss. Or if you have only one desire – to achieve perfection – it will be fulfilled.

(to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad Gita, 2.54

[2] Bhagavad Gita, 2.55

[3] Shrimad Bhagavatam, 2.3.10

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