Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 15.08.2017 morning, Ludasto)

We had learned how the churning of the Milk Ocean was going on. And after we meet the goddess of fortune, what’s next? Don’t forget that the demons were a little depressed, because Lakshmi Devi was not glancing upon them, but upon the demigods.

“Next appeared Varuni, the lotus-eyed goddess who controls drunkards. With the permission of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, the demons, headed by Bali Maharaja, took possession of this young girl.”[1]

The goddess of drunkards!? One party took advantage of the goddess of fortune, the other party took advantage of the goddess of drunkards. Nobody is left alone, my dear ones. So, in case you want to escape from the embrace of Krishna, you think that you will exercise and enjoy your freedom? That is illusion! It doesn’t exist. Everything and everybody is under control, but some are under direct control and that is sweet, others are under indirect control and that is bitter.

“O King, thereafter, while the sons of Kashyapa, both demons and demigods, were engaged in churning the Ocean of Milk, a very wonderful male person appeared.

He was strongly built; his arms were long, stout and strong; his neck, which was marked with three lines, resembled a conch shell; his eyes were reddish; and his complexion was blackish. He was very young, he was garlanded with flowers, and his entire body was fully decorated with various ornaments.

He was dressed in yellow garments and wore brightly polished earrings made of pearls. The tips of his hair were anointed with oil, and his chest was very broad. His body had all good features, he was stout and strong like a lion, and he was decorated with bangles. In his hand he carried a jug filled to the top with nectar.

This person was Dhanvantari, a plenary portion of a plenary portion of Lord Vishnu. He was very conversant with the science of medicine, and as one of the demigods he was permitted to take a share in sacrifices.

Upon seeing Dhanvantari carrying the jug of nectar, the demons, desiring the jug and its contents, immediately snatched it away by force.

When the jug of nectar was carried off by the demons, the demigods were morose. Thus they sought shelter at the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari.

When the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who always desires to fulfill the ambitions of His devotees, saw that the demigods were morose, He said to them, “Do not be aggrieved. By My own energy I shall bewilder the demons by creating a quarrel among them. In this way I shall fulfill your desire to have the nectar.

O King, a quarrel then arose among the demons over who would get the nectar first. Each of them said, “You cannot drink it first. I must drink it first. Me first, not you!

Some of the demons said, “All the demigods have taken part in churning the Ocean of Milk. Now, as everyone has an equal right to partake in any public sacrifice, according to the eternal religious system it is befitting that the demigods now have a share of the nectar.” O King, in this way the weaker demons forbade the stronger demons to take the nectar.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, who can counteract any unfavorable situation, then assumed the form of an extremely beautiful woman. This incarnation as a woman, Mohini-murti, was most pleasing to the mind. She smiled with shyness and glanced over the demons, all the demons were saturated with lusty desires, and every one of them desired to possess Her.”[2]

So, they forget about the nectar. This is the situation. All of them started for some reason and ended up with different results. But what is important here for us? That for the churning we need all power, all attention, all participation. To churn the nectar out of our life we need all efforts. It is hidden there, no doubt. Everybody has ultimately great chances and treasures, but we have to reach these treasures that are hidden in our life. It is said: in achieving perfection or salvation everybody starts with equal rights, with equal chances.

Don’t forget about the nectar of your life. The disharmony was balanced by Krishna through a trick.

(to be continued)

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam 8.8.30

[2] Shrimad Bhagavatam 8.8.31-46



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