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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2013, Sofia)
Thank you very much that you devote your precious time and attention to the divine topics. Because we all came together to purify our hearts, to raise our consciousness and to focus on the Supreme. I think the divine sound vibrations help us to open up the heart. Sound is a magic instrument as we understood previously from our readings that it is a way to transcendence.  
We shall continue our readings from the book of a very elevated master, his name is Shrila Bhakti Rakshak Shridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj. Bhakti means that he belongs to the school of devotion, rakshak means ‘protector’ and shridhar means ‘possessing the greatest wealth’. So, he was such a teacher who was able to protect the most precious wealth of devotion. 
“Seeing with the Eye of the Soul”. This is a conversation between some devotees and his divine grace. So, the question comes:
“Guru Maharaj, I have one question about Tulasi Devi. The devotees here at this math say that even if their japa-mala is not made from real tulasi, when you chant on their beads at the time of their initiation, you turn those beads into tulasi-mala. So, is it important to have japa-mala made of tulasi, or not?” [1] Tulasi is a sacred bush dedicated to Krishna’s divine service. “Shrila Shridhar Maharaj says: “There is a higher spiritual consideration. There is mundane, and there is worshipable. What I really want to revere – if I consider that to be of mundane nature that will be offensive. If I think that what I worship on my altar is simply a piece of stone; or if I consider Gurudeva to be an ordinary person; or if I see a vaishnava as a brahmana, a shudra; – that means according to social status – if we think that the water that washes the lotus feet of Lord Visnu is just plain water; or if we think that the Master of all, the Lord of all, Vishnu, is merely one of many gods; then – we shall have to go straight to hell. This is stated in the Padma Purana. And in Shrimad Bhagavatam, we find: “That soul who identifies himself with the body, or thinks that ‘The wife and children are my own,’ or who thinks that ‘Our worshipful object is something material,’ or who thinks that ‘It is the material element of water of these pilgrimage sites which is purifying,’ then he may be considered to be a donkey which can be used to carry the food of the cows. So we are to remove ourselves from the platform of identifying the spiritual with the material. The spiritual is necessary, not the material, and it is imperative that we understand the real position”.
That means we as human beings, we all have got a chance. This lifetime, this body, this circumstance that we have is a chance. We can take advantage of this chance and come to some higher level of consciousness and understanding. Or we can misuse this chance and not take advantage. What direction we should take? Distinguish the material which will perish and search for the spiritual which is eternal. Maybe one piece of music has a beginning and has an end. Yet, the sound is eternal and by touching your instrument, you touch the eternal sound and it descends. Our existence, our soul is also an instrument. If it is purified, if it is fine tuned, then by the touch of an accomplished master this instrument will sound very nice. In the same way if an accomplished master will touch our purified heart and soul as instrument, it will sound very beautifully. Maybe the piece of music, the short time of meeting will perish. But the eternal sound will remain. Love of Godhead is the eternal melody that we all want to hear, to listen, to join. Our only duty is to purify ourselves enough to join this beautiful singing and dancing. 
So, behind the material reflection of the objects we have to see the original position. A holy place is not a physical location, a divine sound is not a vibration of the lips. Or a pure devotee is not an ordinary man. There is an external form and there is an internal meaning. And not only for them, but for you also. You have an external form and you have an inner meaning, inner substance. We have to search for that eternal part of us. Therefore we have to come to the ability to see with the eye of the soul.
(to be continued)
1.  The Golden staircase, Ch. 3 “Seeing with the Eye of the Soul” by Shridhar Maharaj


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