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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2012, Sofia) 

(continues from the previous Monday)

Question of Kripadham: Is there a symbolic reading of this story of Hiranyakashipu and Nrisimhadev which can help our sadhana?

Swami Tirtha: Yes. In the old times the demons were outside. And they were great ones, so great, that God had to come to finish with them. Today there are also some opposing forces outside also; but rather the demons are inside. Therefore in this age the Supreme Lord doesn’t come with sharp nails, with intestinal colons and in blood, but He comes in a beautiful form as the Golden Avatar; yet He is ready to kill the demoniac tendencies. Otherwise He is very gentle, but this time He helps to fight the internal enemies.

Question: It looks like God has turned Himself into a demon to kill a demon. What is the difference between these two demons – the good one and the bad one? Is it the purity of their motifs?

Swami Tirtha: Well, although this is like a frightening form, yet I wouldn’t call it ‘a demon’– it’s divine. But you are correct – the external form is fearful and violent. Yet sometimes these powers can also be used in order to protect the dharma. So it’s a special feature that Krishna shows, and devotees worship Him as a protector God. But we can say that different shelters, different protections are needed. Those who have a kind of fighting spirit, they might take shelter of Lord Nrisimha. But those who are a rasic type, they might take the shelter of Giriraj. That feature also shows the protective power of Krishna over His devotees, in a much more gentle way.

Comment: Maybe because of the level of pride. This demon had too much pride, so the gentle way was not good for him?

Swami Tirtha: Yes – because he was violent, therefore violent reply came. God will reply according to your question.

Question of Lila Avatar: You mentioned that demons are inside us now. If we pray to Nrisimhadev to come and help us, release us from the demons, is there no risk that He can just swipe out our physical body while killing the demons inside?

Swami Tirtha: Did I tell you to pray to Nrisimhadev? I said: this time Mahaprabhu comes. He is the Golden Avatar, not the Bloody Avatar. And I’m serious. Because as I have learned from some of my god-sisters: the protection of Nrisimhadev is very violent. So, take care.

What is the weapon of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu? Nrisimhadev had the nails, and the teeth, and the power as weapons. Vishnu also has different weapons – like the club, the discus… Mahaprabhu? His hands are to the sky. What kind of weapon can you use when your hands are up? No weapon. But His weapon is the holy name, some little dancing and maha-prasadam – this is the best way to kill the internal demons today. And this is not some watered down version of the ancient tradition. Because if you dance in front of the altar with hands raised to the sky and jump high, then all the bad emotions and bad thoughts are just thrown out from your system. So this is like a very special yoga technique to activate the body in order to purify it. And also maha-prasadam purifies from the inside. It brings the spiritual quality inside our bodily system. And in this way it will purify the mind, which is the location of negative thoughts. What to speak of the holy name, which has got the most purifying power!

So these are very powerful methods, very powerful weapons to fight off all opposition. We have to use them properly. And what is their proper use? Service. So we should not use the holy name, we shouldn’t use the maha-prasadam, we shouldn’t use dancing – we should serve it, we should respect it. And then all the effects will come to you. It’s a science.


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