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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 22.08.2016 morning, Ludasto)

What is the point of a spiritual meeting? To discuss the spiritual truth and to elevate the consciousness. Or, in a devotional manner – to fly your soul. Because elevating the consciousness is very dry, while flying the soul is very sweet. Nevertheless sometimes instead of flying you might feel like a half dead pigeon dipped in tar. What kind of flying is this? Unreal. Many times when you think you fly, actually you are just flapping your wings in the tar. Then what to do? How can we touch something real? If we want to touch the essence, we have to follow the example of the great ones. How to touch transcendence, an encounter with divinity, as we discussed last time in Sofia? Offer you respects.

“O my Lord, Shri Krishna, son of Vasudeva, O all-pervading Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I meditate upon Lord Shri Krishna because He is the Absolute Truth and the primeval cause of all causes of the creation, sustenance and destruction of the manifested universes. He is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other cause beyond Him. It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge unto the heart of Brahmaji, the original living being. By Him even the great sages and demigods are placed into illusion, as one is bewildered by the illusory representations of water seen in fire, or land seen on water. Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual, although they are unreal. I therefore meditate upon Him, Lord Shri Krishna, who is eternally existent in the transcendental abode, which is forever free from the illusory representations of the material world. I meditate upon Him, for He is the Absolute Truth.”[1]

This is the exposition of the Bhagavatam which is considered so important for us. This is like a prayer, a glorification and setting the goal. Usually all the different Puranas and holy scriptures in the first shloka or sutra, they identify the goal, the topic. So here Bhagavan is identified as the target. Therefore this Purana is called Bhagavata Purana, because it discusses Bhagavan, it is connected to Him. This is the First Canto, 1.1.1. We start at the beginning, not at the end. Every process should start at the beginning and finish at the end, not the other way round. What is more important – to start or to arrive? If you arrive, starting is included.

So, different things are mentioned here: the creation and the illusion, and this and that – so many things are mentioned even in this first little verse. But ultimately one word is important here – svarat, independent. This is so important that one main political movement of the 20th century in India was Svaraj – The independence movement. What is the ultimate svarat, or svaraj, the ultimate independence? The dependence on God. So we can say what the end of India’s history was this is the beginning of the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Svarat, Krishna is svarat, God is independent. So, whatever was mentioned before: creation, destruction, maintenance, illusion, this and that – it doesn’t concern Him, He is independent of that. What is important here – that He is independent. We want to worship an independent God. Why? Krishna is free. And as the opposites attract each other, maybe the slaves are most attracted to this free God.

(to be continued)

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.1

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