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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 31.07.2016 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday)

“While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.”[1]

This is the analysis of the process: what happens if the thoughts are not controlled? Automatically they want to find some topic for them. Your mind will find some other engagement, if it is not engaged in the service of God. And then the sequence starts. If you start to meditate, to think of some sense objects, attachment will come. From attachment a higher, more intensive type of attachment, lust, will arise; then anger. And actually these are the things that we want to avoid, right? We don’t like all these negative qualities. Nevertheless they appear from time to time.

Then the next verse says: “From anger, complete delusion arises.”[2] So, don’t listen to an angry person. No, that’s not true. Listen to the angry person because he will tell you the truth. It is suggested to pay attention to a child, to a drunkard and to an angry person. Because they are not polite, they will give you their real opinion. They will describe you as you are.

But in general of course we know that anger is not a good adviser. Therefore if you are angry, a complete delusion will come. You forget about everything. It’s a very intensive state of consciousness – anger. What to speak of hatred. Hatred is so concentrated that you will analyze the topic of your hatred perfectly! You will discover non-existent qualities there. Have you ever perceived when you are so much in hatred toward someone that always he is on your mind? It’s almost impossible to get rid of the thought of the other person, right? So maybe we should hate God? Then it’s a very intensive thought. We can analyze the object of our hatred very profoundly. But I feel that you don’t like the idea, ah? Therefore simply to be conscious or negatively connected to the Supreme is not enough. Because anger is just like a distorted state of consciousness. And it brings delusion.

“…and from delusion bewilderment of memory comes. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material world.” [3]

This is the short story of a fall. Even if you have reached some level of consciousness, if you follow this sequence, you will return back to this fallen state. It’s a bitter pill. What to do, how to avoid such a fall?

“But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord.”[4]

Here something very important is mentioned – the regulative principles of freedom. From this expression we like only the third element, ‘freedom’. We don’t like the regulative principles. But sorry, without obligations there is no freedom, there are no rights. Do you agree? We want to have the rights, but we don’t want to take the obligations. Therefore this verse is very instructive. So, we have to learn the rules of freedom. We have to follow the rules of freedom. Then you will achieve freedom. And beyond that, as it is said, you will achieve the complete mercy of the Lord. Prasadam adhigachchati – you will achieve complete mercy. And whatever is impossible for a human being it’s very much possible for the divine mercy.

(to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad Gita, 2.62

[2] Bhagavad Gita, 2.63

[3] Bhagavad Gita, 2.63

[4] Bhagavad Gita, 2.64



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