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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 11.01.2013, morning, Sofia)

“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision the learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater”.[1]

So, the humble sage, due to true knowledge will have the equal vision. Many times we want to identify our level of achievement in spiritual life. You can exactly understand this by how much appreciation you have; if I have an equal vision, a peaceful and equal vision or not? Because all these objects to be seen are different – like a dog, and an elephant, and a bramin, and a low caste person. The form is different, but the essence behind is the same.

So, if you want to understand your position, just examine your attitude. And always try to have a long term vision. We should be independent of the likes and dislikes of our material senses. But we can do that only if we have a divine, a transcendental measure.

We have something important here to do, in life in general. And also practically here in the ashram – we have to help people come closer to their spiritual ideals. But we can do this only if we also come closer to our spiritual ideals. Once Shrila Prabhupada said: “Instead of the many resolutions and discussions, and meetings, and this, and that,… just chant, chant more!”

So, you know the method, you know the goal, you also know your present condition; try to bring these three aspects closer to each other. Not in such a way that you bring down your ideals, but rather you elevate your present condition. Try to work on Krishna’s plans and desires to manifest.

Question of Manjari: Is it possible that we interfere, prevent the will of Krishna to manifest?

Swami Tirtha: If you are powerful enough. There is somebody to control Krishna’s plans. But basically we should help people understand that there is a Supreme Lord and first of all we have to obey Him. The smaller details might come later.

In our shastras it is said that by singing some mantras you can churn, you can obtain the blessings from the Supreme. So, it is possible. Especially if we sing for others. Of course I don’t want to compromise the highest aspect of the maha-mantra for example – that it should be chanted for Their happiness, not for our benefit. What is the duty of a devotee? To give less hindrance to Krishna’s activities. But even if you try to put some obstacles, He is cleverer to avoid your obstacles.

Please, go on with your services! Be stronger in your dedication and deeper in your convictions, come to more and more realized platforms of our beautiful ideals. Grow in devotion! And whatever we have, we should try to offer for the satisfaction of our Mahaprabhu here. Don’t be enamored or astonished by the possible numbers and success. Don’t believe it. Always search for deeper substance.

Of course it’s a good feeling if we are more together, but we should be determined enough to go on with our spiritual practice if nobody pays attention. But, you know, I lose my power. Some years back I told one devotee that I am ready to continue even if everybody leaves. But losing power means that you start to depend on others more and more. So, maybe some of you might think that you depend on me, but this is the other way round. I depend on you. This is like a rasa dance. Who is running after whom? Anyway, we are running after each other.

So, please help me to accomplish what was inherited from our masters. This is a way of transmission. We don’t have too much freedom on this point; we have to cultivate what we have got. The great ones say: “If you come with me, I will go with you!’

[1] “Bhagavad Gita” 5.18

 



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