Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 02.05.2018, Rila) 

(continues from the previous Monday)

We came here together in the name of God. But here two major problems arise. One is philosophical and the other is theological. Which one should we discuss first? All right, later some nectar will also come, but first let us take the bitter pills. So, theology or philosophy first? All right, philosophy, because we have to start from a distance, right? And philosophy is very theoretical.

One major problem of philosophy is whether human beings can touch transcendence or not. Is there anything beyond us, beyond our conception, beyond our perception? Do you see the grandeur, the depth of this problem? The starting point of philosophy is that we have to analyze, we have to try to understand: what is this that we perceive? Is there anything beyond what I see with my eyes? And if there is something beyond, how can I touch it, how can I come close to it?

Basically, there are two explanations for this problem. Because this means we have to find the starting point. The spring – where everything comes from, the source of everything that exists. It’s very important to find this. This is the first and this is the last – the first source and the ultimate goal.

What happens if you swim against the current? You get tired, right, it’s more difficult. But ultimately you will find the source. So don’t always go with the current. If you go with the current, you will end up in the drain. Go the opposite direction, where you will find the source.

So, there are two main explanations about the source. One is that in the beginning there was nothing. The other explanation: there was something in the beginning. Do you see the difference? Only а few words, but it’s a huge difference, my dears! Because if everything comes from nothing, then everything will return to nothing. That’s a disaster! Then why did we start all this game – in order to return to nothing?! There’s no brain behind this! I prefer the source as something.

Therefore we can put it very simply that existence exists. It’s very important! There is something at the beginning. And what do we perceive now in ourselves like a self-reflection? Existence, life – this is what you experience. Then this very simple sentence ‘Life comes from life’ has got a meaning. If we perceive life now, it’s got a beginning – life was there and from life everything started. What is our instrument to experience life? This is our consciousness. Then the second sentence will also have a deep meaning: ‘Consciousness comes from consciousness’. Individual consciousness comes from divine consciousness. Simple existence is not enough, right? The stones exist. The cucumber exists. It’s not very high; tasty, but not very high. So, existence needs consciousness. Without consciousness there is no self-reflection; existence cannot understand itself, cannot reflect on itself, there is a necessity for consciousness. So we can say that the top experience, the peak experience of existence is consciousness. And what is the peak experience of consciousness? This is what we are searching for – the inner satisfaction, the happiness, bliss. And if there is a positive beginning, then the next sentence: ‘Love comes from love’ has a deep meaning.

Life comes from life, consciousness comes from consciousness, love comes from love. 

(to be continued)

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