Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




“The mind of a man, dwelling on the objects of the senses, gets attached to them. Even so the mind of one engaged in contemplating on Me will be absorbed in Me alone.”[1] This is very practical. If you think of food, you will obtain some food for yourself, right? If you meditate on God, finally you will meet Him. Even if you meditate on your personal demons, you will meet them. Isn’t it, you can personify your fears, anything, sooner or later you will meet them. But if we dedicate ourselves to Krishna, hopefully we shall meet Him also. “Therefore giving up the thought of the unreal and worthless objects of the world as things seen in a dream or fancies, concentrate your mind, purified through devotion to Me, on Me alone. Abandoning from a distant the company of women, as well of men delighted in company of women and having conquered one’s mind, one should sit down in a secure and lonely place and attentively think of Me. In the case of such a man no such afflictions and no such bondage results from attachment to others as does from the company of women as well as of men delighting in the company of women.”[2]

So, ladies might be offended by this, because why the spiritual practitioner should avoid the company of women? But actually it concerns the company of worldly women. And it also concerns the company of those men, who are bound by the worldly illusion of the genders. Ultimately we are not men, not women. So if there is some criticism about the women or about the men, it does not concern you, because you are a spirit soul, right? I am atman. But if you will be offended: “Why they use such harsh words about women?!” that means you are in bodily consciousness, you identify yourself with a woman. Nevertheless, we should work very hard to come to the level of spiritual identification, not the bodily identification. But Krishna says in “Bhagavad-Gita” that practice and renunciation will bring the result. So if we go on with the spiritual practices and also practice renunciation, then we shall be blessed with the results.



[1] “Shrimad Bhagavatam” 11.14.27

[2] “Shrimad Bhagavatam” 11.14.28-30



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