Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 24.06.2017 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

Not only the human microcosm is compared to a lotus there, in the structure of the heart. The Brahma Samhita for example compares the absolute center of the whole existence to a lotus flower. It is said that this thousand-petal lotus flower is the ultimate shelter of Gokula and in the center of that lotus flower Krishna resides. So this is our conception of the source of the whole creation. And on this cosmic or divine lotus flower it is said that the words of the maha-mantra are written. Shrila Shridhara Maharaj says that the names of God come from the divine realm, but this is like a general conception. And he adds that the name of Krishna is directly coming from Goloka. Therefore we sing sometimes: golokera prema-dhana harinama-sankirtana[1] – “the divine love-treasure of Goloka is the harinam sankirtan.” This is what Mahaprabhu brought. So if we are part of the sankirtan movement, then we are part of golokera prema. This deep conviction we should have.

So, our individual body-mind complex, the cosmic lotus flower – so beautiful! But then what else? Is there anything further concerning the lotus flower? If we have a mandala, that is also composed of lotus petals, lotus flowers as symbols. Externally all the mandalas are rectangular. And on the main directions you will find some gates. Rectangular always means material, crude; that means we come from the material sphere, the external sphere. And we have to cross through these gates to come closer to the original source of creation – which we understood is a lotus flower where Krishna is dancing and where the maha-mantra is written.

So if we enter a mandala, that means we follow our spiritual process. From the material consciousness, which is rectangular, we enter the spiritual sphere, spiritual consciousness, which is beautiful and harmonious like a circle. And what is our ultimate mandala? This is the rasa-mandala – the beautiful dance of the gopis and Radha-Govinda.

In yoga in general they observe the mandalas like an instrument of meditation, like a visual object of meditation. But what is this mandala for us? You are very special yogis, because your asana is to sit in the lectures for two hours in cross-legs position. Your prana-yama is your bhajan. You have to collect all the power of your breathing to express nicely. And the ultimate control of the breathing is when the voice chokes up, when you cannot breathe anymore.

So what is this devotional mandala?

(to be continued)

[1] A line of Narottam das Thakur’s song



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