Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(continues from the previous issue)

So om tat sat. Om – this is the beginning.

Tat – what does it mean tat?

Somebody: This.

Tirtha Maharaj: That. This beautiful verse from the Rig Veda: “Om tad vishnoh paramam padam sada pashyanti surayah…”[1] Om tad vishnoh – yes, that supreme abode of Lord Vishnu is the vision of the suras, the vision of the saintly persons. They always see the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord as their protective shield over their heads. Because we want to see Krishna as the protector of His devotees. And although He is there, high above, still He is here, very close.

And sat, finally sat, describes the existence principle. So: om, creative sound; tat, the Supreme; and sat, existence, life, truth. If we talk about this, it s very dry – om tat sat, very dry. But if you say: “Jay Radhe!” more emotions, more feelings are there.

So these three sounds depict that supreme essence we are all searching for. And why it is mentioned at the end of the discussion about the gunas? Many times Krishna says that everybody in this material world is under the control of the gunas. And “this divine energy of Mine, maya-shakti is practically impossible to overcome.”[2] We have learned that everything is under the control of the gunas; then the three sounds are mentioned – in order to remind us that it is possible to get out from under the control of the illusion. Three gunas – three sounds. They are here to remind us.

For example, you are very fortunate. Tell me some words in Bulgarian that contain the om.

Manohari: Лом (name of a city).

Harilila: Омагьосвам, омайвам (to enchant)

Yamuna: Maharaj, but also омраза (hatred).

Tirtha Maharaj: It is om-rasa. It does not fit together! Theoretical meditation and rasa… That is rasabhas[3]– om-rasa. But момче (boy)!

Other: Момиче (girl)!

Tirtha Maharaj: And so many others! So how many times you chant om in your lifetime! Add a little consciousness – to Лом, to момче and then it will help you to remember. And we can learn a lot from our children. When they call the father what they say? Татко (father)!  Om tat. Татко.

Yamuna: Where is the om?

Tirtha Maharaj: We are jumping to the tat! Om tat sat. Tat-ko. We are so happy to listen to this message. It’s just like karnamrita, nectar to our ears – татко.

And sat?

Harilila: Maybe сутрин (morning) comes from sat?

Tirtha Maharaj: If we chant our round – yes; if we don’t chant it comes from darkness.

So… the codes are hidden. Open up the secrets. Om tat sat – it is always there, just to remind you. The divine sound, the primordial source; then God, a little bit distanced from the humans like Supreme, transcendental God; and sat, the basic principle of existence which is true. Life exists. Life comes from life. If we see in this material plane life, there must be a highly alive principle behind. Therefore when Narottama dasa Thakura says: “sei vrata sei tapa sei mora mantra japa – O Rupa Goswami, you are my tapasya, you are my mantra, you are my japa, everything you are for me and even you are my life”[4], then this is not only poetic expression, but this is the real meaning – that everything originates from divinity, from Him, because Krishna is living God, therefore life is possible on the planet Earth. “Radha-krishna prana mora – You are my life and death.”[5] So even in poetry a very deep philosophy is hidden.

Question of Krishna Priya: Talking about the relation with God, sometimes I feel that I am very close to God and sometimes I feel I am very far away. What is the proper mood and what causes these fluctuations of mood?

Tirtha Maharaj: He is always very close to you. But sometimes you are far from Him. The cause of fluctuation is a special type of energy, it is called maya. Because maha-maya divides – then you are far away; yoga-maya unites – then you are close.



[1] Rig Veda 1.22.20

[2] Bhagavad Gita 7.14

[3] Disharmonious mixture of tastes

[4] Quotation from the song “Shri Rupa Manjari pada”by Narottama dasa Thakura

[5] Quotation from the song  “Sakhi vrinde vigyapati” by Narottama dasa Thakura



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