Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




“Mach-chitta mad-gata-prana/ bodhayantah parasparam/ kathayantash cha mam nityam/ tushyanti cha ramanti cha – The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me.”[1]

God exists, you also exist and there is a connection between you and Him. Those who understand this will start worshiping the Lord. What happens if you start to worship God? “Their consciousness is in Me, mach-chitta. They always think ofMe.” This is one achievement of a pure devotee – that he thinks of God Supreme, ofKrishna, always. Not only from time to time. Always. And he accomplishes another thing, he never forgets Him. Always remembers and never forgets.

But this is only one achievement. The other achievement is that “their lives are fully dedicated to My service.” Then such people we can consider pure devotees. They will be also engaged. We are also engaged; they are also engaged. We are engaged in daily routine activities, but their daily routine is something else. Pure devotees are also engaged, they are very busy, no time for anything… material. And we are also engaged, no time for anything… spiritual. What is the result of being engaged in such a way? You will see at the end. But meanwhile you will also have some feedback. Because what is happening in the outside world? Everything tells us about comforts and enjoyment. Still everybody is complaining. We have a civilization of comforts and enjoyment and we have a culture of complaint. What is this combination? You work for something but you never reach. Spiritual cultivation is different. You work for no material impulse and you will get everything. Isn’t it a good offer? You renounce everything and still you will get everything. You renounce your problems and you will get spiritual happiness. In the material world you are struggling hard for happiness and you will get the fruits, the bitter fruits. Spiritual life is something different. Different impulse, different motivation, different goals.

These pure devotees, who have dedicated their lives to Krishna’s service and also who are able to think of Him permanently, mad gata prana  – “their prana, their life is coming to Me, they fully dedicate their life energy to My service.” Then bodhayantah  – “they will enlighten each other”. This comes from budhi. Budhi we all know, this is enlightenment. Parasparam means “each other”. Enlighten each other. And kathayantah. Katha  means to speak about something. Kathayantash cha mam nityam – “about Me, they are always talking about Me.” This is their engagement. They have dedicated their lives, they have given their thoughts, they have given their words and they have given their power to enlighten each other. Everything they have dedicated to the service. This is the engagement of a pure devotee. Even if he is talking about the price of cement, because he wants to build a temple, this is pure and full krishna-katha. There is no second motivation. He is not building his own house.

If you are engaged in something you will reach something. The result of such an engagement will be the last line: tushyanti and ramanti. Tushti is satisfaction, and ramanti is bliss. If you engage all your capacities in the service of Lord Krishna you will be fully satisfied and happy.

To repeat something twice – is it not a mistake of the poetic stile? There is something wrong here in this verse. He is repeating twice the same thing – why?

Ramvijay:Krishna was not focused on the topic.

Tirtha Maharaj: Maybe our understanding is not deep enough. The acharyas were discussing this topic. Why Krishna is talking about two different things as a result of one activity – dedicate yourself to God and you will feel two different things – tushyanti cha ramanti cha, you will be satisfied and happy. What is the secret? Is there a secret at all? I think yes, but maybe it is so secret that we do not even understand that there is a secret. If you are fulfilled, if you are satisfied – then you are happy, right? Satisfied and happy – it goes together. Why mention it separately?

 

(to be continued)


[1]  “Bhagavad-gita” 10.9



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