Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(from lecture of B.K.Tirtha Maharaj, 9 of September 2005, Ahtopol)
Whatever comes to us can be transformed. People do not suffer from the things that are coming to them, but from the way how they evaluate them.
We must cultivate our values and evaluation in such a way that we could take everything nice – whatever comes to us, we can take everything nice. I think this is an appropriate definition of progress – if we can accept the teachings coming to us more and more in a proper manner.
And progress should not be selfish. We should not collect our impressions only for ourselves. Or knowledge is not for our own sake, but it is there, we should collect these values for the sake of others. I was watching what people are doing on the sea-shore. Have you checked? People are just walking and collecting pebbles. Everybody is doing that! Somehow it is natural that you bow down and pick up something, try to find something. And when you SHARE this, when you give it to others, then the beauty starts to happen, then the exchange is coming.
So in the same way we collect the pebbles and the shells in our life. But we should not be selfish to keep everything for ourselves. Give to others. Whatever we achieve in our spiritual life, in our spiritual progress, we should use it for the service of others. Small or great – it doesn’t matter – use it for the sake and benefit of others.
If you have been washed away by a dark wave, start a shining wave! But of course what is a dark wave? Dark wave is coming from a dark Lord. And the bright wave is coming from a bright Goddess. So waves – either dark or bright – it doesn’t matter! They serve our benefit.

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