Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




Krishna says: “O son of Pritha, know that I am the original seed of all the existences, the intelligence of the intelligent and the prowess of all powerful men.”[1]

The original seed of all existence – this is a kind of conception about the father, Supreme Father. The essence of a great tree is hidden in a small seed. From a little seed a huge, unlimited tree can come. That power is the divine power. Krishna is manifested in all existence.

And He is “the intelligence of the intelligent”. How can you recognize intelligence? If you are also intelligent. If you are stupid, you will not recognize who is intelligent, who is not. But if you are intelligent, immediately you will understand: “This person is of my kind.” Because you have the same taste, you have the same understanding, you have the same mood.

And how can you recognize Krishna? How can you recognize Supreme Intelligence? If you have supreme intelligence. Man can realize God because he has something divine in him. But men, humans are very special species. This is mixture: one part of divine and a big part of animal. The distinction is only in proportions. More animal, less spiritual; more spiritual, less animal. This is the human species: half animal, half angelic. But the angels never sleep.

So, first of all we have to purify our existence. We should examine our proportions of divine and animalistic properties. And we should use our intelligence to be connected to the supreme intelligence. Because in other place Krishna says: “dadami buddhi yogam tam – I will give them the understanding by which they can come to Me.”[2] So even your brain substance is coming from Him. Do not lose, do not spoil and do not waste your capacities. Because our intelligence is also Krishna: “I am the intelligence of the intelligent.” First of all we have to become intelligent people, and then we should understand that this intelligence is also divine. Therefore it is suggested, that in certain cases we can listen and follow the advice of the intelligence as we follow the advice of guru. In many cases we cannot consult spiritual master. But that time you can consult your pure intelligence, your pure understanding.

 

 



[1] “Bhagavad-gita” 7.10

[2] “Bhagavad-gita” 10.10



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