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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 06.01.2013, morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday)

The very beginning of the Shrimad Bhagavatam or Bhagavata Purana is an invitation for meditation. But before this invitation there is a glorification. Strange enough, starting with om – as a reference: ‘We belong to the same line, we represent the same line’. And this glorification mantra says: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya –Om, I offer my respects to the supreme intelligence, Vasudeva Krishna!” This is an aspect of Krishna. And then this invitation comes: “Janmady asya yato ’nvayad itaratash cartheshv abhijnaḥ svarāt”[1]– “Everything comes from the ultimate source. Whatever is revealed reflects this original divine origin. This supreme Lord is svarat, independent. So, please let’s meditate on this Supreme Lord!” So, this is the first verse: “Come, join our meditation!” That’s interesting! That captures your attention! ‘Something happens here. There is something to do and I am invited’. And if I try to imagine the old times when the saints and the yogis and the rishis were coming together, I feel that our meeting today is very similar to that. Because you have come here (to Veda House) and I’m sorry for being late; you know we live in eternity, but actually in this way while we were coming here together, we could feel more the attractive power that you represented. We were drawn to come here, to rush here. Because I felt the invitation from you: “Come, join our meditation!” So, in the same way this book invites us: “Come, join our meditation! We discuss the Supreme!”

Two methods are included in this invitation: discussion and meditation. Discussion is not a verbal act. It’s not questioning the truth, no doubting the truth, but this is the method to enter deep into a topic. Therefore if we come together like this, we can enter deeper by mutual inquiry. There is an exchange, which improves the quality and also the quantity of our inquiry. This is Upanishad, this is exchange of a sacred and secret teaching. And the other method included in this invitation is meditation. Which means to be connected to the ultimate source, recharge your spiritual batteries, touch the unlimited capacities of divinity. If we are under divine protection, then we are protected. And our meditation nourishes our connection to our beloved God. So, these are the methods suggested here. Meditate over the absolute truth!

This is the beginning, but what is the end? Before telling what is at the end, the Bhagavata Purana discusses ten main topics, like: first creation, secondary creation, the different leaders of certain periods of time, the manvantaras, the way of salvation, the ultimate shelter, like God Krishna. So, many, many topics are discussed meanwhile. Also the different lineages of the Vedas and also of the kings are mentioned here. And also this book describes the times. There are also some future prophesies, predictions, which – fortunately or unfortunately I cannot tell exactly – but they came true. Because they said that this age, this Kali-Yuga will be very difficult. So, it happens. But after describing the difficulties of the present age, it says that this age is very glorious. So, first you learn that this is a very difficult age, and then you learn that this is a very glorious age. How come? This age is not easy for practicing anything spiritual, and then you understand: “Oh, even the demigods are waiting to take birth in Kali-Yuga, because this is so glorious”. How come? Then the ultimate verse of the Shrimad Bhagavatam comes: that the holy name of God can liberate the human beings from the most heinous sins, and this is the suggested method of self-realization for this age – to chant the names of the Supreme. Therefore let’s glorify the glorification of the holy names. This is the end message of the Shrimad Bhagavatam. It starts with the general invitation: “Come, join our meditation!“ And after this long training, going through all these different chapters of knowledge, different phases of deeper and deeper understanding, now what is the fruit, the ripe fruit of our meditation that you had joined? Let’s glorify the holy names of God!

From this you can see that what was a seed in the beginning, om, finally became a ripe fruit. And also the essence of Bhagavatam is this glorification of the holy name, which is like the entrance into the taste of divine connection, divine life.

(to be continued)

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.1



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