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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(continues from the previous issue)

 Aham sarvasya prabhavo/ mattah sarvam pravartate/ iti matva bhajante mam/ budha bhaava-samanvitah –“I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly knows this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.”[1]

Krishnahas described everything about creation. Then He focuses His attention – and our attention also – on the practitioners. Iti matva – “knowing this” – bhajante – “they will worship” – mam – “Me”.  Those who know this will worship Me. After the theoretical description there is a practical application. If there is God, if there is human, if there is connection – what should be done? Worship. But worship whom? The movie stars? Or the politicians? No – “worship Me”. We should worship God.

Then it is said: budha. Budhi means “intelligence”. “Those who are intelligent they will worship Me.” And what is the quality of these wise men? Bhaava-samanvitah. What is the explanation of bhaava-samanvitah here?

Premananda: With great attention.

Tirtha Maharaj: Yes. But we can add some little more about this bhaava-samanvitah. Because what is bhaava? This is the spiritual mood, emotional mood. And this is very close to bhava. Bhaava and bhava. Bhaava is emotional surplus, bhava is existence. This is only one longer “a” – the difference. And who is the “a”? This is Krishna. If you add Krishna to your existence you become ecstatic. So bhaava-samanvitah means attentive; but it also means ecstatic, enamored, inspired by existence.

Is that verse essential? The first word is “I” and in the end there is the ecstasy, the ecstasy of life. Go deep, dive deep. Because one drop contains the entire ocean. You can dive deep in this one drop and you can drown yourself in ecstasy.

Certain things from philosophy and theology we cannot really understand by our brain. Because there is a limit to human understanding. But even those very complicated no-answer questions can be accepted by the heart. If we accept it, then the system starts to function. And when we come to a higher platform it will just be revealed to us. So this is the way to understand higher things. Not simply by intellectual efforts, but by dedication. Because Krishnacan tell us the story very complicated – hundred thousand verses in the “Mahabharata” – or He can put the story very simple: “Aham”. If we understand then we have all the answers. Aham sarvasya prabhavo.

[1] “Bhagavad-gita”10.8

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