Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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Thank you very much for coming. This is always a great pleasure to see sincere souls coming together for the worship of God. Today we had been and we shall be trying to offer different services to Krishna. First of all you were singing to glorify Him. Then we were praying together. And all of you are doing some sacrifice – dedicate your precious time, to come here and sit. And we shall also try to offer such a service that is by studying, listening to the divine message.

These days we had been studying the divisions of faith. The different energies that control almost everything in this material sphere are the mass, the energy and the light. All these energies come, originate from God Supreme and practically nothing is out of His control. Before we were discussing how the faith of people, how the diet of people, how different habits of people are influenced by these modes. And now in this Seventeenth Chapter of “Bhagavad Gita”, the divine song, we come to the twentieth verse.

“Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness. But charity performed with the expectation of some return, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a grudging mood, is said to be charity in the mode of passion. And charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy persons, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance.”[1]

So, this time we discuss charity – how to share what we have. Even the charity, even this good wish to serve others, to help others, is under the influence of some gunas. And according to this influence we shall practice this very nice service. If the light guides our life, then we shall be able to do it properly and if darkness guides our life, then we shall do it improper. Nevertheless we should learn in this lifetime how to act properly. What is the best activity? How to use our time in the best way? And how to share what we have in the best way?

They say that the greatest difference between a baby monkey and a human baby is that the human baby is ready to share his food. What is your opinion, dear mothers? This is coming from zoologists – I didn’t check neither with the human babies nor with the monkeys, but even if it is not true, we should not act like baby humans or baby monkeys. We should be ready to share what we have.

Do we have anything? Not so much. Still we have some little properties – as we discussed, our breath, our life, we have some words, we have some thoughts, we have some actions. And ultimately we have a very special vibration, coming from the inside, and this is called affection. Love is considered to be the highest type of energy, which cannot be generated in any other ways than through love. Life comes from life, consciousness comes from consciousness and love comes from love. The ultimate source of everything is divine. Krishna is considered to be the Supreme Beauty. And Radha, His partner, is considered to be the Supreme Love. When They are together, when They unite, then this is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Chaitanya means life force or consciousness. He is a combination of Divine Love and Divine Beauty. So, life comes from this divine source. Consciousness also comes from this source. And affection also comes from Him.

If we want to make an equation – let’s say love comes from love, this is an equation – if we turn this equation the other way round, then we shall conclude that from love only love comes. Nothing else. So if the ultimate source is loving, affectionate, like divinity, like God, then everything that comes from Him has this quality of love affectionate. Do you feel that?

Somebody: Sometimes. But only sometimes.

Tirtha Maharaj: I think this is a very honest answer – sometimes we might feel something. But maybe not all the time, maybe not in all the cases. For example when we have to suffer something, it is very difficult to see: “Ah, divine mercy is just coming to me like anything! How loving my Lord is!” But at least we should have this philosophical conclusion that whatever comes from divine source is for our benefit. Maybe we don’t understand the reason why and for what purpose it is coming, but it will serve our benefit.

And all the impressions of our life should help us to share what we have. If we want to act like humans then we should be ready to share. We don’t have too much. Few little time, some efforts, some attention, some affection – this is what we have. Or maybe you have some knowledge, maybe you have some experience… But we should be ready to share this with others.



[1] Bhagavad Gita 17.20-22



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