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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




tatastha 4

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 09.01.2016 morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday) 

“It is confirmed in Bhagavad Gita that after many, many births, when one becomes actually wise, he surrenders to Vasudeva[1], knowing perfectly well that Krishna, Vasudeva, is the origin and cause of all causes. Although such a wise man is very dear to Krishna, the others are also accepted as very magnanimous, because even though they are distressed or in need of money, they have come to Krishna for satisfaction.”[2]

So even if we have only a small little particle of divine knowledge or devotion, sooner or later it will dominate our whole consciousness, if we don’t make big mistakes.

“Without being elevated to the position of a gyani, or wise man, no one can stick to the principle of worshiping the Supreme. The wise man is he who has thoroughly understood that he is a spirit soul and not simply a body.”

This sounds like very simple information, nevertheless it takes a long time to realize. If we want to find a very general goal of our activities, we can formulate it in the following manner: it is to help people understand that they are not the dying bodies, they are eternal souls. This might be a good program for this campaign – a very general, very universal principle, so that people don’t remain in the material concept of life, but rather they aspire for the spiritual. And according to our capacity, our willingness, our purity we can come to higher and finer layers of this reality. But as this very important verse from the Gita says, bahunam janmanam ante gyanavan mam prapadyate; bahunam janmanam – after many-many lifetimes, many births; gyanavan – those who have knowledge, those who have understanding, they will surrender unto Me, mam prapadyate. Vasudeva sarvam iti – Vasudeva is all. He is everything. Krishna is everything, but not everything is Krishna. It sounds like a Zen koan. So think for this lifetime over this koan. Krishna is everything, but not everything is Krishna. Vasudeva sarvam iti – He is everything; sa mahatma sudurlabha – such a great soul is rare, who understands all these secrets. Bahunam janmanam ante – so if we have a chance, an invitation to understand something about this secret that means many-many lifetimes are behind. And maybe we cannot accomplish fully and totally this understanding, nevertheless we have to try and be sure that finally we shall reach the perfect understanding.

And then it is added: “It can be concluded that a person who is free from the bodily concept of life is an eligible candidate for pure devotional service. It is also confirmed in the Gita[3], that after Brahman realization, when one is freed from material anxieties and can see every living entity on an equal level, he is eligible to enter into devotional service.”

So, this should be our position and this should be our hope – that if we are invited to this devotional service mood of the Supreme, sooner or later we have to get rid of the material entanglement. And the easiest way to achieve that is to find another entanglement. If we are under one influence, how to get rid of that influence? Come under another influence. If you are under the influence of the local gubernator and you are not satisfied with that, then come under a higher influence, a higher protection. If you are not satisfied with the minister, go to the king. This is the way to improve our scope. If we are not satisfied with the influence and domination of illusion, let’s render, let’s surrender ourselves under the protection of the divine. For that we need to be very determined: ‘From now on I’ll try my best, not simply to escape the influence of illusion, because it’s impossible… It is declared in the Gita that “This illusion which consists of the three types of energy of Mine is impossible to overcome”[4]. But it is said that “Those who surrender unto Me they can very easily cross it.” Yes, we want consciously and willingly render ourselves under the protection of the divine energy. 

(to be continued)

 

[1] Bhagavad Gita 7.19

[2] Nectar of devotion, Chapter 3

[3] Bhagavad Gita 18.54

[4] Bhagavad Gita 7.14

 



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