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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




,,,,,, те, щастие

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2013, Sofia)
 
(continues from the previous Friday)
 
“’Mundane’ means under the jurisdiction of mortality: at every second it is dying. Everything on which we depend for the maintenance of this body is dying at every second. Everything. So we want to be out of this dying land, and if it is possible, we want to live in a land where there is no death. That is amrta – that which is without death – and that is sweet, it is Vaikuntha; it is Goloka. Vaikuntha means in the consideration of the infinite perspective – that conception. Kuntha means limitation, and Vaikuntha means unlimited. To live in Vaikuntha means to live in the relativity of the infinite whole.” [1]
So, please search for your eternal part, the inner essence. Maybe you have some questions or remarks? 
Question of Hayagriva: How to harmonize the intellect and the material emotions? Because divine emotions are much higher, of course. But according to my opinion intellect should always dominate emotions. Or am I wrong? 
Swami Tirtha: Yes. Of course on the material plane it is better if our purified intellect leads us. But ultimately what gives a bigger problem to human beings – their brain, or their heart? 
Answers: The brain. The emotions.
Swami Tirtha: Oh, very nice. One lady said ‘the emotions’, one man said ‘the brain’. I think it is distributed according to genders. But in my humble consideration, people are ready to lose their brain due to emotions, while usually we are not ready to exchange our emotions for some thoughts. That suggests to me that emotions are more powerful. Therefore emotions are more important also. It’s not the intellect that is more important. Because we are ready to enter a foolish love, but how can you enter a loving theory?! Therefore we have to control and we have to harmonize these two capacities. To find a higher synthesis. As I told you, philosophy without religion is dry, religion without philosophy is sentimental. So, use both capacities to achieve a higher synthesis. And we know the best harmonizing process: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Actually, in this prayer again the unity of the two parties is achieved, is aspired for. This is a glorification of the meeting of divine beauty and divine love. So again it is uniting not only two principles, but it is glorifying of the meeting of Radha and Krishna in their unity.
Question: Aren’t the emotions born by the thoughts?
Swami Tirtha: Too bad if it happens. 
Comment: Actually, it is said that by chanting the holy names we are purifying ourselves, our hearts, but this is a bit unclear for me. I mean that some emotions are coming from the mind, from some idea about the reality. For example, the anger from something that’s happening. But actually it is said that this is in the heart, so what is it – mind, or heart? 
Swami Tirtha: Mind is in the heart. So, if you purify your heart, you purify your mind also. It’s not that complicated. 
Question: How come, you want to say that the mind is not in the head?
Swami Tirtha: Many times it happens, yes! Last question!
Kripadham: I would like to ask whether relationship of Radha Krishna is harmonious or volcanic?
Swami Tirtha: Sometimes harmonious, other times volcanic. Therefore our divine Lord, the Golden avatar, is called the Golden volcano. Because a lava of divine ecstasy is just erupting from Him. For example while chanting the holy names. 
 
1.  The Golden staircase, The Soul Has Its Own Body, by Shridhar Maharaj

 



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