Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


Question of Krishna Priya: My question is concerning the process from coal to diamond. I have the vague feeling that this process is painful. There is heating, pressure, cutting – this sounds painful.

Tirtha Maharaj: Yeah. Just recently somebody asked: “Well, we know that we have to get rid of our false egotism, but is there a no painful way for that?” So, can you crush my false ego mildly?

Giridhari: With anesthesia.

Tirtha Maharaj: Well, the process is painful for the dull heads and it’s very prosperous for the surrendered souls. Because if you understand that you are in great trouble, then you will do anything to survive. And this is a very glorious path! If little sacrifice we have to make, little pain we have to tolerate – what is that compared to the achievement? Eternal life, sat-chit-ananda platform, realization of the secret scientific mystery of love mysticism – come on, little pain here and there… So, the sacrifice from our side compared to the achievement is very insignificant.

Krishna Priya: I think in some moments you don’t know what is happening to you and why should it happen to you.

Tirtha Maharaj: Correct.

Krishna Priya: Then how to continue without losing the sense?

Tirtha Maharaj: Well, Arjuna was perplexed in the beginning: “I don’t know what’s happening. I have lost all my power.” So, don’t expect that all of a sudden everything will be revealed to you. First a little…

Yamuna: Kurukshetra.

Tirtha Maharaj: No… First a little risk. The gain will come later. Because the nature of the process is sattvic. And the material things, they look very inviting in the beginning, they are very sweet, but at the end they turn out very bitter. Spiritual things look very bitter in the beginning: “I have to risk, I have to give up, from the coal I have to become like that…” but then, later on it turns into sweet. And I think this is a better version: show a little reality in the beginning and a very high perspective at the end, rather than be very promising in the beginning, but very bitter at the end. Right?

Krishna Priya: If you put the things like this…

Tirtha Maharaj: It’s not that bad, eh? Therefore we should attend the lectures, because then our perplexed mind will be corrected.

Question of Yadunath: My question is like a revisiting this perfect, sacred moment of initiation. At the moment of initiation you receive two things, at least two things. You receive your death and you receive your life. And you find a new identity. You are both the same and someone else completely. My question is how to constantly return to this new identity, new birth? How to rediscover again and again myself, God and the spiritual master?

Tirtha Maharaj: Attend the lectures, because then your corrupted mind will be corrected. And as we know, the answer to all “how to” questions is – chant more! That means, if you are in doubt, do some spiritual practice, you will understand.

But initiation is a very sacred moment. Why? Because at that time we are very humble, very surrendered, in a very divine mood. That means you are very close to your spiritual identity, sat-chit-ananda vigraha, eternal, knowledgeable, blissful soul.

Giridhari: Gurudev, I have a question to you. You gave a very poetic example with the coal and the diamond. I myself like a lot this example and often quote that to achieve the really valuable things we have to pay a very high price. High temperature, high pressure – respectively suffering. And still the substance, the essence does not change – both are carbon. What is the point of this? Does the soul change?

Tirtha Maharaj: This is mysticism. Change and no change. This is the mystery of life. As I told you, it’s in front of your eyes, but you don’t see it. We are eternal spiritual souls, but we don’t know it, we have forgotten this. It never changes, but it’s hidden deep in the mine – our spiritual identity; that we have to bring to the surface. No change.

But we have an old friend, it’s called illusion, who helps us to forget this eternal identity. Therefore from time to time we have to associate with the saints, who live according to their spiritual identity. They can remind us of our eternal duty.


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