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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2012, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

Question of Yadunath: Can you please explain in our line what does it mean sad-guru? What is the bread coming from the sad-guru? And what do we have to give in return?

Swami Tirtha: This last part I like.

Sad-guru is not a simple person. It is mentioned that if a person considers a holy place to be an ordinary geographical location, the murti to be made of wood or stone or metal, or the spiritual master to be a simple human being, he commits a great mistake. Formally it might look like. But if we see only the formal side, we shall not see the essence and it will not start to become an active principle in our life.

Sad-guru is such a person, who fully represents guru-tattva in his personality. A real sad-guru is samasta-guru also – represents all the spiritual masters. Samasta is the collected body of gurus. Yet guru is not a theological tattva, not a theological truth or principle; fortunately he is a person. That divine power enters our life through a person. So, maybe to one disciple the same person is a simple guru and for the other he’s a sad-guru. It doesn’t depend on the names or the titles that you achieve. His Holiness Mahamandaleshvar Shri Shri This and That Kamabhogananda Swami. Kama-bhoga – enjoyments and sex. Because you know, there are unlimited titles that people are hunting for. ‘Well, right now I’m only on the H.H. platform.’ H.H. is ‘His Holiness’. ‘I’m still not on H.D.G – His Divine Grace’. So, people are hunting for titles.

What is the point? The point is that I should be able to recognize who is real. It’s not my title, it’s not his title – it’s my vision. And sometimes this is inside the parampara, sometimes it’s outside the parampara. Because guru is a universal principle. But what can you do with a universal principle in your life? Nothing. We need a personal interpretation for that. Therefore our small little-little-little insignificant guru is the greatest of all for us.

So this is the first part of your question. What was the second?

Yadunath: What is the bread that we are eating from him?

Yamuna: And what we have to give in return.

Swami Tirtha: That was the third. I don’t forget that.

Actually we, god-brothers and god-sisters of me, we didn’t eat krishna-prasadam. No. Shall I continue? I think you understand. Let’s leave this question open. Let everybody understand it according to their capacities.

But you know the pelican? How the pelican feeds the small ones? Giving a pre-digested fish. Actually we are like that. We should take only prasadam. For whatever comes from the spiritual master is prasadam. And unfortunately sometimes people misuse this principle.

And what we have to give in exchange? Well, what do you have? Do you have a little water? Little fruit, a few leaves? You can offer them to our Lord. Then He will come with His further requirements.


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