Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


“Those who wear bad, contaminated nature they cannot decide what is right and what is wrong. No cleanliness, no proper behaviour and no truth is found in them.”[1] Then what to do? What am I to do? Here is my life – sixty, seventy years long, in a good chance. What is the life expectancy in Bulgaria these days?

Somebody: Seventy-five for women.

Tirtha Maharaj: And for men?

Somebody: Sixty-eight.

Tirtha Maharaj: Sixty-eight? Ah, you are very generous. So that means men die earlier, right, and ladies live long. Do you know why?

Somebody: Because women have more shakti.

Tirtha Maharaj: Ah, no, it’s very simple. Ladies don’t have wives. All right, let’s say life expectancy is like seventy years. You are better than us (Hungarians). For us expectancy is about sixty-two for men. Аnd the chance to get a pension is sixty-four. So, work very busy – you will get something at the end. Nice system, eh?

Anyway, we have, let’s say, sixty or seventy years to go. Most of us sitting here have spent half already. Right, Giridhari? So, with the remaining balance we have to be very careful. And we had been very busy creating our network, creating our cage so far. Now this is time to find the way out. We have to learn what is proper action.

If you would ask Krishnadas Babaji what is the proper action, what would he say? Hare Krishna! So we can go on for a long, long time to describe the difficulties of life, the dangers of karma and the intricacies of life expectancy, but this is all secondary information. The primary information is that now you have taken birth as human beings. Now this is time to inquire about the Supreme Lord, to understand yourself and to connect yourself back to the Supreme. Knowledge means to control your atman, your soul and wisdom means to dedicate this controlled soul to the divine service. So, to put it very shortly – this is what we have to do. Glorify the Supreme by the names; through this you will achieve the perfection of the names, you will understand the form of the Supreme Lord, His qualities, His pastimes, His activities and finally you will meet Him. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

The process is very simple. Remove your obstacles, give up your previous conditionings of belching too much. Because if instead of the divine nectar we drink the poison of material life, what kind of results we expect? Empty your cup. Then your authorities will be ready to fill this cup up to the brim with nectar.

[1] Bhagavad Gita 16.7

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