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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2013, evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

Question: It’s an interesting point that Jesus became Christ – Christos. Christa, Krishna – it’s the same! How would you comment that – human became God?

Swami Tirtha: Or divine became human? It’s a big debate for two thousand years and they could not decide yet. So how can we decide it here and now? Nevertheless – either the divine is transformed into a human or the human is transformed into some divinity – it’s a divine transformation. It shows that divinity is ready to take the role of a human and it also proves that a simple human being might elevate to a divine platform. But the way is through crucifixion. We have to die for ourselves, and then you can be born again for God, for divine service. Without that crucifixion there is no resurrection.

To show the parallels between different traditions I think it’s good to find some basic common points that people can understand. In this way many try to find similarities between historic facts, words, expressions, different points of the teachings. It usually helps people to come closer and to understand the other wording of the same message.

What is important here is the divine name. It is there in the Lord’s Prayer, mentioned in the third line. So this is important. This is the universal practice for this age – approach the Supreme through the names. And actually, do you remember the last words of Jesus on the cross?

Answer: “Eli, eli, lama sabachthani – My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”

Swami Tirtha: Correct! If we want to decipher these words, then you will find something interesting. ‘Sa-bachthani’ – “I want to be with the devotees – sa-bhaktami!” So what was the ultimate prayer? It’s not: “Ah God, why did you leave me?” no, it was: “I want to be with the devotees again!”

But who is Christ? He is ‘The anointed one”. And when we receive initiation in our tradition, we also become anointed. It doesn’t mean that you come immediately to Jesus platform. But definitely it means that you got the chance to start a new life. That is the meaning of entering a divine school. When you join a tradition, that means you become a representative of that school. You are not a simple individual person anymore, but you are a representative of something. Your school, your master, your God – you represent them. Therefore we have to be careful, because people will judge our tradition according to you, according to us. So we should behave to represent nicely this sacred tradition. This is what I mean when I say that you are also anointed at the time of your initiation – you start to represent something.

But this is not the ultimate anointment. Because in the Brahma Samhita it is said: 

santah sadaiva hridayeshu vilokayanti
yam shyamasundaram achintya-guna-svarupam
govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami


“I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, because it is Him, whom pure devotees always see in their hearts in His beautiful Shyamasundara form, because their eyes are anointed with the ointment of bhakti, divine love.”[1] Anjana is ‘ointment’. Prema-anjana – the ointment of divine love is on their eyes. With such an eye we shall be able to see Him permanently.

To be a simple human being is easy. Well, not very easy to be a Jesus; but that is simpler than to be a Christ. To be an outsider is easy; but to be an insider is more responsible.

(to be continued) 

[1] Brahma Samhita 5.38


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