Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

Tesham satata-yuktanam/ bhajatam priti-purvakam/ dadami budhi-yogam tam/ yena mam upayanti te – “To those, who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love I give the understanding by which they can come to Me.”[1]

Tesham means “to them”. To whom? Who are satata-yuktanam. Satata means “always” and yukta means “to be connected”. Yukta comes from yoga. Yoga is connection, yukta is to be connected. So, “to those, who are always connected, eternally connected to Me”. Those, who are ready to dedicate themselves to Him. It was said that two rhythms of your life you give to Krishna: your breath and your heartbeat. Is there any other rhythm? Yes, we give our springtime also to Krishna, we give our wintertime to Krishna. We give our birth and death. We have so many different rhythms and these rhythms of the body resemble the rhythm of the universe. If you check the basic numbers for example of time calculation, you’ll find the basic rhythms of your bodily activities. How many times you breathе for a minute? But after kirtan or before kirtan? I think sixteen or eighteen times. And what is the heartbeat? Before chanting or after chanting? Sixty something. But these basic numbers you can find multiplied in the universal construction also. From this you can understand that the micro- and the macrocosmos go together, they are parallel. Somehow there is unity, there is a hidden unity. And the way of perfection is to connect back everything to the divine source, to recognize divinity in the very simple bodily functions also.

If we speak like this it is very boring. But when you say that a pure hearted devotee will serveKrishnaafter his last breath, than you will understand that this is a heroic dedication. The heart is also compared to a lotus flower. It is said that a devotee should inviteKrishnaon the throne of his lotus heart. What does it mean – this heart is beating, but when you inviteKrishnaits heartbeat reflects Him. This is the way to dedicate ourselves to Him, to give all the rhythms of our life to Him.

From youth to old age – this is also a rhythm.  Birth, growth, having children, staying, decrease and leaving – these are the six phases of life. We should give all these rhythms also to Krishna. This means satata-yuktanam, always connected. And connected not by any other means, but with devotion.

“To those, who are connected and bhajatam, worship Me”. To the worshipers, bhajatam. But not simple worshipers – qualified worshipers: priti-purvakam. “To those, who worship Me with priti”. Priti is love.

What will happen with them? So far we were discussing what should a devotee do if he has understood that Krishnais the source, that there is a connection and he starts his worship to Him – this was the first. Then the second was that by these activities they will achieve some satisfaction and some happiness. But now again it is mentioned “to those who are connected and those who worship Me, I will give something.” Usually they think that this verse goes like: “To those who are always connected and to those who worship Me with love…” But if somebody has already tushti and ramanti, what can Krishna give? Therefore we should see, that “to those who are connected and who worship Me I will give something else.” Dadami means “to give”. Dadami buddhi-yogam with priti-purvakam. “I will give them buddhi-yoga, the connection of intelligence, but surcharged with priti. “ Do you see the difference? It is not “to those who are connected and who worship Me with love I will give buddhi-yoga.” No. “To those who are connected and worship Me, I will give buddhi-yoga, surcharged with love. I will give them such type of intellectual connection, which is surcharged with love. And through this “yena mam upayanti te, they will come to Me.”


(to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad-gita 10.10

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