May 2019
« Apr    


Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 07.01.2013, morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday) 

Obtaining your food – all the living entities are fighting about that. If you have a dog, a very obedient dog, and you give him to eat and you try to take away the plate from him, he will bite you. At least he will be disturbed very much. So, don’t interfere too much into these basic instincts of humans either. Let them have their privacy to a certain extent. Give space to each other. Don’t interfere into every little detail, if you want to become a real pure, saintly personality.

How to overcome these basic instincts, especially in spiritual life, when we want to be aware of the supreme reality, not the secondary reality of material life? The supreme reality! Very simple, you have to become a saint! And who is a saint? A saint is a person who is ready to dedicate his or her life for some higher, divine goal. This is a saintly personality – who is ready to give his life for a divine goal. Do you agree? Do you want to become a saint? Yes, we have to identify this as our goal: ‘I want to become a pure, dedicated servant of the Supreme!’

I think I told you one joke. There are some monastic orders which are very strict in the western Christianity. One of them is based on silence. The monks in the monastery have to keep silent. And the joke says, once a year they have a chance to speak up. So, a young practitioner joined. First after one year when the time came for speaking up, he said: “It’s very cold in my small cell.” Next year passed. Then the abbot said: “What do you say, my dear son?” And he said: “And my bed is very hard.” All right, and next year passed. On the third occasion the abbot said: “Well, if you only complain all the time, you can go home“. So, there are some strict orders. If we use our only chance per year for speaking up, giving such contribution, who will be happy about that? Don’t blame the cold. Don’t blame the hard bed. Don’t blame the environment. You see how it is a universal message there in all traditions? Shrila Shridhara Maharaj says: “Don’t blame the environment.”

So, ultimately these are very difficult verses actually[1]. It’s a very difficult topic, because first we understood that ‘Oh, it’s only the gunas working. It’s not me’. Therefore it’s very easy to blame the gunas. If I make a mistake, I might easily say: “Oh, this is shastric: it’s not me! It’s only the gunas, Prabhu! Why are you upset on my behavior? It’s not me! It’s only the modes of material nature.” I think you all understand. We shouldn’t blame the gunas, we shouldn’t blame Krishna: “You had created me like this, so now You should tolerate!” Don’t blame others! We should always raise our level of awareness. And that means we dedicate ourselves to some very high goal.


(to be continued)


[1] Bhagavad Gita 5.14-15

Leave a Reply