Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 08.01.2017 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday)

Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya!

How this mantra goes? Om, it starts with om. What is the meaning of om? You give no answer. The meaning of om is a big silence? Actually many times the mantras are some special sound vibrations without any specific meaning. But om has got a meaning. It’s a great support, ‘Yes!’ – what we are searching for it exists.

And then comes namah – respects. ‘Yes, I offer my respects.’ This respect is not for me. It’s coming from me, but it’s not for me. But then to whom this respect is directed? Bhagavate – to the Supreme Lord, who is full of divine opulence. And vasudevaya – the supreme intelligence.

So the meaning here is: ‘Yes, I offer my respects to the Supreme Lord, who is the supreme intelligence.’ Beautiful!

And this is a protective mantra. It’s like a shield. In the ancient spiritual scriptures different types of spiritual protection are mentioned, and this is one of the most powerful protections. You know, in our tradition it is not necessary to believe everything; better you try it! I had tried. It works. So try it for yourself; whenever you are in trouble – physical or mental or spiritual – try to chant this mantra. If you chant it loud and wild, then it will be frightening enough to your opponents. But if you chant it mentally and very peacefully, you will be protected without a notice; they will not understand how they cannot affect you. Because if we submit ourselves under the divine protection, what harm can be there? Even if some harm will come, we shall be ready to accept it. So, to enjoy this divine protection is very beneficial. Try it for yourself. Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya.

So, today we start our journey from here. But we need to go further.

 

(to be continued)



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