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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 10.01.2014, morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

The sixth principle of bhakti was: be ready to give up certain things and to accept certain things. You can see how practical Shrila Rupa Goswami is. He gives such a practical advice; not some complicated philosophical or rasic explanation. 

What is the seventh principle? “Residing in a sacred place of pilgrimage like Dwaraka or Vrindavana.” This sounds a little impractical. Shall we change our nationality? Or move to another country? From time to time we are very happy to visit the sacred places of pilgrimage, but how can we manage to permanently live there? It’s quite complicated. Nevertheless, what to do about it, how to understand this principle? 

One solution is that yes, you take your residence in a holy place. Just like as I told you about a mataji staying in Vrindavana for more than 20 years now. She became like a local saint. So even that is possible. But what can we do, what can I personally do in that respect? If you cannot physically live in a holy place, then spiritually you should live in a holy place. Create a holy place from your home. Establish your altar – this like a connection, like an extended hand of the spiritual sky in your room. There you can offer your incense, you can chant your prayers, you can meditate. It will surcharge the place with divine energies, and it will help you whenever you enter to regain that special mood of prayers. 

But what happens if I don’t have a home? If I don’t have a room to establish a sacred corner? Nevertheless you have an inner home, an internal home also. We as souls reside in this body. And there is a very special place inside this body – this is your heart, which is the real residence of our self, the soul. There within the heart there is a special cavity. It’s a very small, very tiny place. Yet it is so huge that the whole universe can fit in there. So by purification we can achieve that platform – when the doors of your heart, your heart-chakra opens up and this small little cavity inside your heart becomes so vast that it can encompass the whole world. And who should be the Lord of that cavity? I think you all know. 

So this is the place that you can establish as a sacred spot in your inner organ. We should reside in this holy pilgrimage place. And that also means that your body serves this holy function. 

(to be continued)

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