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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2013, Sofia)
 
(continues from the previous Friday)
 
Shrila Bhakti Vallabh Tirtha Maharaj says: “Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is like putting an invitation on your door: “Please, my Lord, come! I am waiting for you!” But when He wants to enter, you close the door? Or you don’t make the tutmanik[1]? If you invite Him, be prepared that He will come. Receiving guests is a complex engagement. It’s not only putting a banner, but don’t close the doors. Therefore if we do our spiritual practice, we must develop this mood. Although during all our education, training and physical experience we are accustomed to using the method of scientific analysis over everything, yet here is a very special topic where all our science, all our knowledge will fail. 
Shrila Shridhar Maharaj comes from a bramin family; he was a very educated man. When he met the devotees he said: ‘Well, here is something beyond the grasp of intellect. So, I will use all my intellectual power to understand how it is.’ So there is a proper use of all our abilities. Use your brain to understand the limits of your brain and when you reach that platform, then find your hidden resources. Because the greatest power of a human being is not his intellect, it’s not the power of his muscles, it’s not his passion that drives him. It is the faith that is the greatest power of a human being. This should be applied over the supreme higher topics. We should wait and ask Krishna to reveal Himself. Even in chanting this is the proper approach. Or if we expand a little bit: in prayers, in whatever meditations we have – this is proper to wait for the inspiration. 
There are three levels, three steps that you can apply in your chanting. Like three prayers or three demands, and you can chant in sequence in this spirit. The first step is: “Please, My Lord, show me Your face! Reveal Yourself! I am here waiting, please reveal Yourself to me!” The second stage, when He reveals Himself, you should not stop, but pray: “Inundate me. Please, inundate me! Wash me away! Take me in Your fold, pervade me!” But if He comes and inundates you, don’t stop there. Because then the next principle should be applied, and this is the sharing and the mercy principle. “Make the path easy for others.” Don’t be satisfied with yourself being saved – although this is a main motivation for humans. But don’t stop there, go further and help others. Ask God to help them also. So: “Reveal Yourself!” “Inundate me!” and “Help others!” Is it a nice meditation while chanting? Thank you!
That shows that it’s not us who perform this. It is according to this principle: wait for the supreme truth to come to you. Therefore it is said that as individual researchers we cannot accomplish this. Gaura Kishor Das Babaji, you must have heard of him, was a very highly elevated spiritual personality and I think we cannot question his quality of chanting. Yet, sometimes he was jumping into the Ganges, trying to drown himself. Because he felt: ‘Oh, the holy name doesn’t manifest on my lips! It doesn’t descend on me!’ This is the proper mood – wait for the holy name to come to you and then you can reflect. If it doesn’t happen, it’s not necessary to jump into the Ganges. But try to develop the mood. So, don’t imitate the example of the great ones, but try to develop the mood. 
 
(to be continued)
 
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