Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 02.10.2017 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday) 

One thing is for sure – beyond all the formalities and all the complicated philosophy, we have connection with the Supreme. Whether within a society or without a society; whether with the blessings of some superior or if we lack blessings – we need to develop this yearning for divine embrace. To be connected and slowly-slowly integrated into divine reality. If we have that basic commitment, then everything that is necessary to accomplish our goal will be provided. We should firmly be convinced in this. Because God is good.

Once I met a person and I just mentioned that: “God is good.” And he said: “Ah, if you could prove that to me!” He was a lawyer. I said: “You will have a very hard time. If it needs to be proven, you are lost.” How can you prove this!? If it is not obvious, who can prove this to you?

But anyway, if God is good, we would like to see everyone be united there and become good also. Just like we started to discuss the other day that all souls somehow come from the divine source. And nevertheless, we know that there are two types of people: one is the devotees and the other is…? It’s not the demons, but the future devotees, right. Ultimately everybody is a vaishnava. Because what does it mean, vaishnava? Vaishnava is the genitive of Vishnu. So vaishnava means ‘belonging to Vishnu’. As all souls belong to Vishnu, the God of life, the maintainer of the world, the ultimate source, everybody by nature, ontologically is a vaishnava. So you are not a Christian, you are not a Muslim, you are not a Hindu, you are not a Buddhist, you are not a Bulgarian, you are not an atheist – you are a vaishnava. You’re not a demigod, you’re not a demon – you are a vaishnava. Some understand this truth, some will understand it later.

I think you understand what I mean? Therefore, the only thing we have to accomplish in this life is to realize this truth, this original belonging. This is called sambandha-gyana – ‘we belong to the Supreme’. This is the first smaller mystery. The second, or the greater mystery is the path, what to do – abhideya. And the third, the greatest mystery is prayojana – your prospect, your ideal goal. This will tell the details about the first principle. Because ‘we belong to the Supreme’ is a general conception, yet how it happens, what kind of relationship you can enter, what is the nature of that relationship – this is prayojana.

In this way we have to develop our progress, we have to develop our consciousness. We need to have this determination, it’s called sankalpa: ‘If I belong to You, I will do whatever is necessary to reach that goal.’ And if we go beyond the preliminary understanding, we shall achieve a clearer picture.

A real faithful disciple is rare. Let’s try to become one. To be faithful not only to the form of our master, but to the spirit of the teachings.

It is said: “Glorious is the servant who never leaves the master and glorious is the master who never leaves the servant.”[1] As you have the Chaitanya Charitamrita translated into Bulgarian, please look it up. There’s a beautiful context where you can find this teaching: how certain devotees were invited even by Mahaprabhu to certain meditations. And as they could not convert themselves to that type of meditation, they were frustrated. And when they opened up their heart: “I tried my best to follow Your advice, but I could not give up my attachment to my Lord, Rama,” then Mahaprabhu said: “Glorious is the student who never gives up the master and glorious is the master who never gives up the student.”

So, faithfulness or loyalty is this deep union in the spirit of worship. The omnipotent God and the surrendered devotee – it’s an invincible couple.

 

(to be continued)

[1] Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya, 4.46



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