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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

'The black horse'

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

(continues from the previous Friday) 

Question of Dragi: When time comes that I have to give myself, to give my body to Krishna and say: “Krishna, do whatever is Your will with me, let me express Your will!”, if a person is able to dedicate himself, can we say that the connections between activity and reaction are shortened by the grace of Lord?

Swami Tirtha: Actually dedication of the self is a way to diminish our karmic bondage. We know that the divine sound can bring us to the Lord, to the lotus feet of Krishna. But even neglectful naam or sound can give you liberation. So, to diminish the karmic reactions and the bondage is a result of good chanting. It’s like a secondary effect. Of course, the karma we have started in this lifetime has to be fulfilled, we have to live through it. But usually if we express our willingness to agree with the Supreme, reactions come in a diminished proportion. Reaction is there, but little less than we should take otherwise. Spiritual activities also have reaction. But their reaction is perfection. So, there is a way to overcome the action-reaction trap – and this is perfection. Action-reaction-perfection.

Question of Maha Vishnu: Well, Maharaja, my question is according to our attitude to the environment and to everybody. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita[1] that we need to approach a spiritual master with humbleness and a desire to serve in order to see the truth, because the spiritual master has seen the truth. If we don’t have this attitude, can we receive and realize the truth, if we don’t have this approach – with humbleness and desire to serve – to everybody? Because we don’t know who is spiritually elevated.

Swami Tirtha: Yes, therefore it is best to respect everyone. Because we don’t know who is who. Maybe you think: “Oh, this guy is a very fallen, insignificant devotee,” but maybe he is the favorite of Krishna. So, how can we know? This is called ‘the black horse’. I’m sure you are not very fond of horse racing, but do you know what is the black horse? The black horse is an unexpected winner. Nobody would expect that this horse will win the race. Everybody is betting for the famous ones, but all of a sudden the black horse comes and unknowingly wins the race. So, you can never know who is the black horse from among the devotees; who is the favorite of Krishna, who will win the race. If at all life is a race – but I think you understand. Therefore it’s better to respect all. Because then we shall not lose.

But on the other hand: yes, even offenders can realize the truth. Liberation, or pseudo liberation is available even for offenders. Even for those who deny the existence of God liberation is achievable. A kind of truth – you can achieve that. But a loving friendship with the Supreme – you cannot. This is the difference. Therefore we have to be positive – it’s not enough to always think of Krishna, Supreme Lord, but we have to be positive towards Him. And fortunately the divine message is stronger than our resistance. So, even if we are not receptive enough, it will enter your ears. And if it enters the ears, it will come to the heart. It will purify the heart. And then a big transformation will start. As Shrila Sadhu Maharaja said: “You will start to speak with your eyes”. And what are the words of our eyes? This is something that we have to use as offering for the Supreme – tears.


[1] Bhagavad Gita 4.34


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