August 2019
« Jul    


Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha



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

(continues from the previous Monday) 

The death and resurrection of Jesus are practically the greatest mystery of Christian faith. It’s a reality for those who believe, it’s a questionable fact for the historians, but it doesn’t really matter. This is a divine act of sacrifice to compensate for the sins of the world and for the benefit of humanity. This is like a way out – if you are saved, purified by a sacrifice, then you can find your way to perfection.

Where can we find this principle of sacrifice in our tradition? We can see many important examples for that. But there is one very important point here, described in the Rig Veda. It tells us the primordial, the original divine sacrifice. In the beginning of creation, in the time of very intensive meditation of the ancient saints and rishis, the Lord, who is beyond human conception, was ready to sacrifice Himself for the benefit of the upcoming, future creation. His divine body became an offering in the meditation of the rishis.

You can see – the sacrifice of Lord Jesus was at the end – to save the world, humanity. And the sacrifice of our Lord was at the beginning of creation – He was giving Himself in order that the creation functions properly. We can see the principle of sacrifice at the beginning and at the end. So we can say: it’s not only a divine act of salvation, but this is a divine act of beginning also.

‘All right, this is very nice, now we have expanded our knowledge – about the fall of Jesus on the cross, about the sacrifice at the end, the sacrifice at the beginning. Now we see the parallels between the different religious traditions. It’s very nice – sacrifice is for God, now we understood. The Christian son of God has sacrificed His life, the Hindu God sacrificed Himself – at the end, at the beginning – it’s their business; we can live nicely.’

What about our sacrifice? How to sacrifice ourselves? If our Lord is ready to give Himself, then what about us? Many are willing to enjoy the fruits of the labor, of the work, of the sacrifice of others, but very few are ready to make the sacrifice. We all want to enjoy resurrection, but don’t forget what happened two days before. Without death there is no birth. Without crucifixion there is no resurrection. And we can also say that without resurrection there is no crucifixion either. Do you feel the difference between the two expressions? We only exchanged the words. But we should be ready to make our individual sacrifice in the same mood in order to achieve the bliss of resurrection, the bliss of eternal life.

The cross is an invitation for eternal life, it says: ‘There is no death. Life has overcome death’. If you meditate on the divine sacrifice at the beginning, again it says: ‘Only existence exists. Non-existence doesn’t exist’. The same message is transmitted. And then if you are ready to make such an intensive sacrifice, if you are ready to dedicate your life for the benefit of the whole world or the next creation, or if you are ready to sacrifice your life as a sacrifice in exchange for the sins of others, then you can reach eternal life, or resurrection. So, if we want to enjoy the benefits of the eternal life, we have to make some little sacrifice. One little lifetime for eternity – it’s not a big deal.

And if you are ready to do that, then some transformation will come. The most important verse in this song[1] is: “In the hearts of the pure devotees Govinda always resides. And Govinda also declares: “The pure devotees are in My heart.”

You see, the heart chakra is pointed by the cross. This is your important ford, where you can cross the river. Here, the secrets are here! This is the way of breaktrough. God lives in the pure hearts. Krishna is there in the hearts of the pure devotees. And the greater mystery is that the pure devotees are also in Krishna’s heart. So, one embraces the other in the heart. Therefore it is said in the Gita: “I am there in everybody and they are in Me. And you see My great power of yoga? I’m independent, I’m not there. I am there and I am not there.”[2] So, in your heart Krishna is there, you are there in Krishna’s heart – this is a meeting of hearts! And how to cross this point of breakthrough, this channel? By chanting our sacred mantras of eternal life: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare, Hare.


(to be continued)

[1] Ei baro caruna koro

[2] Bhagavad Gita 9.4-5


Leave a Reply