Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 11.05.2017 pm, Sofia)

“All of us on the surface of the globe are living entities in different forms. Some of us are moving and some not moving. All of us come into existence, remain for some time and are annihilated when the body is again mingled with the earth. We are all simply different transformations of the earth. Different bodies and capacities are simply transformations of the earth that exist in name only, for everything grows out of the earth and when everything is annihilated it again mingles with the earth. In other words, we are but dust, and we shall but be dust. Everyone can consider this point.”[1]

Serious words, but very good point to consider. Therefore if you know one, you know all. If you know yourself, you should be able to recognize everyone. In the spiritual sense, to know yourself – this is not a selfish ego-trip, but this is a spiritual practice. If I deeply understand and consider myself, I should be able to understand others as well. Everybody is taken from dust and will return to dust, all bodies; in that sense knowing one body, one person, one living entity, we should be able to know everyone. This feature, this capacity unites us. In the spiritual sense and in the material sense we all come from the same source and we return to the same source. This is what we have to consider; all differences are question of proportion only. But there is another common feature that unites us, that is the same for all of us – we have a divine presence in our hearts. This is the inner guide. The only question is how deeply we can realize this divine presence and our spiritual identity. All else is secondary. It doesn’t matter where you come from; the only question is where you are heading for.

“One may say that varieties arise from the planet earth itself. However, although the universe may temporarily appear to be the truth, it ultimately has no real existence. The earth was originally created by a combination of atomic particles, but these particles are impermanent. Actually the atom is not the cause of the universe, although some philosophers think so. It is not a fact that the varieties found in this material world simply result from atomic juxtaposition or combination.”[2]

Here the source of existence is discussed – whether it comes from matter or from some other source. How wild is your imagination? Can you imagine that the dust all of a sudden starts to feel? Now that’s wild imagination! It’s got no sense in my understanding. The mud all of a sudden starts to formulate life. It’s little strange. Much more feasible is that life comes from life. It’s very difficult to imagine that life comes from matter. Much more logical is that life comes from life. But then where does knowledge come from? Maybe knowledge comes from matter? I suppose: knowledge comes from knowledge; consciousness comes form consciousness. But then there is another question: whether love comes from matter or not? If we agree that life doesn’t come from matter and if we agree that consciousness is not a product of matter, then can we suppose that emotions, love, bliss is a product of matter? I suppose love comes from love.

So, life comes from life, consciousness comes from consciousness, and love comes from love. This is our short story of the creation. How it all happened. Life comes from life. Everything starts from existence, divine spiritual existence. And then it is reflected on the material plane. Shrila Prabhupada mentions here in the purports that the first verse of Bhagavatam is: janmady asya yato – everything comes from this original source. Therefore if we want to understand this existence, this life as an experience, we need to connect to the original source, the ultimate cause of all causes. We have to reach that plane, by reaching where everything is reached, everything is accomplished; by knowing what, we will know everything. This is a very special, very high concept of understanding, of perception. It’s not collecting the data and the information, but it’s hitting the target, getting the main point. Usually today we collect the information and miss the point. While the ancient visionaries were fully aware of the essence and they could come to good conclusions concerning the external formalities and the details also. So, we can say that wisdom is not a collection of information, but this is the knowledge of the essence. This is not an accumulation of pieces of information, but it’s an awareness of something essential. In the same manner if we want to understand eternity, eternal time, eternal life – it’s not made up of little atomic particles of time. Eternity is not made up of moments, but it’s a totally different dimension. You can collect the moments for lifetimes; it will never turn into eternity. But as soon as you cross the ocean of material conception and you reach the other side, the spiritual sky, immediately you will find eternity there – as a natural element. So, this is very essential: we should search for that, by knowing what everything is known; by reaching what we have reached everything.

(to be continued)

[1] Shrimad Bhagavatam, 12.5.8

[2] Shrimad Bhagavatam, 12.5.9

 



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