Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


“He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination.”[1]

So, this is the path of heretics. No perfection, no happiness and no supreme destination. Who rejects shastras or the basic tenets of the scriptures, what is the result? Results will be there – no perfection, no happiness and no supreme destination. This is the result. Therefore we have to be clever enough to follow the non-heretic way. Try to follow the original path.

What is the meaning of heretic? They are the kamikazes, ready to sacrifice everything with the fear, well not the fear, but with the chance of not finding anything. But those who are brave enough, they will win. Because Saint George is killing the dragon. And what is his name? Who gives you victory. So the brave ones will achieve victory, because all the time there is some divine guidance, killing the dragon of our false ego, killing the dragon of mistakes.

And in order to fulfill the law sometimes you have to break the law. This is very complicated, but sometimes, in order to fulfill the higher divine principles, we have to sacrifice some lower principles. It is not very easy, but sometimes it happens.

But the scriptures are always there to guide us. “Gita” is so powerful that it can change the life of people. Because this is the message of God. Therefore we should follow the scriptures, where it is suggested that this should be done, that should be done, this should be avoided, that should be avoided. So we should be heretic to the material atheist tradition. And this is the way to become a real faithful follower of the message of the Supreme. In this way from a heretic, a very loyal, very faithful person starts to become.

But usually what is the fate of a heretic? They kill him by throwing stones. Or sometimes they put him on the cross, or torture him, or put him on the pyre. But this is a glorious death! If you are heretic to atheism – this is glorious death. And in this way we can become faithful to God. Whenever the shastras tell us: “Surrender fully to the divine!” we should do it. Because the next verse says:

“One should therefore understand what is duty and what is not duty by the regulations of the scriptures. Knowing such rules and regulations, one should act so that he may gradually be elevated.[2]

So if we learn what is correct, we can act accordingly. I think this is very simple, very common sense. If you understand that this is good – do it; if you understand that that is bad – don’t do it.

Therefore I suggest to all of you: please, go on studying the scriptures. Because if you read and enter deeply into these divine teachings, you will understand more and more what is correct and what is not, you can associate with very high principles and also you will gain the power to act correctly, which is very important.

[1] Bhagavad Gita 16.23

[2] Bhagavad Gita 16.24

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