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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 10.01.2016 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

Evam prasanna-manaso bhagavad-bhakti-yogatah bhagavat-tattva-vigyanam mukta-sangasya jayate[1] – “Thus established in the mode of unalloyed goodness, the man whose mind has been enlivened by the contact of devotional service to the Lord, gains positive, scientific knowledge of the personality of Godhead in the stage of liberation from all material association.”

So, we need purified goodness – not simple goodness, purified one. In this way we can gain life – by the contact of the divine Lord we can really gain spiritual life. And the positive, scientific knowledge of God Supreme will manifest to us in this liberated stage.

We might think, or you might propose that these are just future promises. But what about now? Bhidyate hridaya-granthish chidyante sarva-samshayah kshiyante chasya karmani dhrista evatmanishvare[2] – “Thus the knot in the heart is pierced and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the self as master.”

So, what is the present situation? Our present situation is a strong knot tying up our heart – all the misconceptions, all the shadows, all the mistakes that we all have. You see, this unites us. We are the same, we all have a knot in our hearts. But shall we remain like this? Do you want to carry this knot forever? I think the desire for untying this knot also unites us. Even if we are limited today, we don’t want to stay like that. We have heard that we can achieve for example complete divine knowledge, right? And very few people die in a wise manner, after they have reached wisdom. But very many live like fools. Why should we stay like that? Why not reach out for our bright spiritual future? Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, is cut. And all misgivings are gone. The chain of fruitive activity – karma, action-reaction – is cut into pieces, terminated, when one sees the self as the master.

We have to realize that we are spiritual energy, we are eternal souls. Myself as a bird I’m sitting on the tree of my heart. And this bird, me as a bird, is not alone. There is another bird sitting there – this is the divine presence. So if we see Him as a master, if we see Him as an eternal guide, then all the misgivings and all the troubles are gone. He is not so far away from us. And we can get a glimpse of that perfection. How? Now it’s your turn. By chanting the holy names it’s so easy to come close to ourselves, to see the self as the master.

Is it difficult to come close to ourselves? And to see the self as the master? To perceive that God is the guide of our life? No, it’s not so difficult.

(to be continued)

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.2.20

[2] Shrimad Bhagavatam 1.2.21

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