Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

“In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.”[1]

Purport by Shrila Prabhupada: Activity in Krishna consciousness, or acting for the benefit of Krishnawithout expectation of sense gratification, is the highest transcendental quality of work. Even a small beginning of such activity finds no impediment, nor can that small beginning be lost at any stage. Any work begun on the material plane has to be completed, otherwise the whole attempt becomes a failure. But any work begun in Krishnaconsciousness has a permanent effect, even though not finished. The performer of such work is therefore not at a loss even if his work in Krishnaconsciousness is incomplete. One percent done in Krishnaconsciousness bears permanent results, so that the next beginning is from the point of two percent, whereas in material activity without a hundred percent success there is no profit. Ajamila performed his duty in some percentage of Krishnaconsciousness, but the result he enjoyed at the end was a hundred percent, by the grace of the Lord. There is a nice verse in this connection in “Shrimad-bhagavatam” (1.5.17): “If someone gives up his occupational duties and works in Krishna consciousness and then falls down on account of not completing his work, what loss is there on his part? And what can one gain if one performs his material activities perfectly?” Or, as the Christians say, “What profiteth a man if he gain the whole world yet suffers the loss of his eternal soul?” Material activities and their results end with the body. But work in Krishna consciousness carries a person again to Krishna consciousness, even after the loss of the body. At least one is sure to have a chance in the next life of being born again as a human being, either in the family of a great cultured brahmana or in a rich aristocratic family that will give one a further chance for elevation. That is the unique quality of work done inKrishna consciousness.

Shrila Prabhupada very nicely explains that if we achieve one step in krishna-bhakti, this little achievement will stay with us forever. Do you believe that, Damodar?

Damodar: Almost.

Tirtha Maharaj: I like when you are honest.

Whatever we achieve materially is working under the principle of the magic ring. „This will also pass.” So do not be obsessed by working only on the material plane. We shall lose everything; whatever we achieve, we shall lose it. Right? I am sure you remember the story of Alexander the Great- how he made his body to be laid after his death. He gave instructions to his servants that they should lay his body in such a way, that he is covered by a textile, but his two hands should be stretched out from under the covering – in order to show that “although I am the emperor of this world, still I go empty-handed. I cannot take anything with me from this world.” And he was quite great! Little bigger achievements he had than if we put together all that we have got – it is insignificant compared to his power and achievements. So, do not work only for material gain. We shall lose it. It is said: whatever you do not give, you will lose it.

Be connected. This is the solution. And in this way from the greatest fear you can be saved. And hopefully this small little achievement will stay with us. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is so merciful, that He considers a person a bhakta, a devotee, if once he chants the Holy Name. If only once we can chant from the deepest core of our heart “Krishna”, then He considers us devotee! Is not that a great achievement?! I think it is a very great achievement. So therefore we give chance to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to consider us devotees by chanting regularly. Of course in this way we give a chance for ourselves to join this party. And what can we do?! This is a natural consequence that all the difficulties, all the fears, all the problems slowly, slowly will be removed. This is not the goal, but this is a side effect.

Most of the things that people are working for, actually are not fit to function as goals. Therefore we should be unique searchers. Search for such a goal that will never let us down. And to find such a process, where even a little step forward will always stay with us.


[1] “Bhagavad Gita” 2.40

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