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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 05.09.2015 morning, Sofia)

“Once the world was overburdened by the unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons, but were posing themselves as the royal order.”[1] What about your heart – is it overburdened with some unnecessary heavy burdens? Yes, usually it is. Some forces work in our heart and in our consciousness. They pose themselves as your kings, as your rulers. But actually their material influence is for possessing you totally, like a ghost. And they have their military powers – kama, krodha, lobha[2] and many other old friends working for these kings, possessing your heart.

“At that time, the whole world became perturbed…” So, this is what happens if these posing powers exercise their military influence over your mind and consciousness – disturbance. “…and the predominating deity of this earth, known as Bhumi, went to see Lord Brahma to tell of her calamities due to the demoniac kings. Bhumi assumed the shape of a cow and presented herself before Lord Brahma with tears in her eyes.”

You see, when we are in trouble, it’s very beneficial to use our feminine tenderness. Because if you are in trouble and you come as a strong hero, hardly you will find compassionate help. But if you come like a humble lady, then it’s easy to find shelter. This planet Earth is represented by a lady deity – Bhumi. Brother Sun, sister Moon; father Heaven, mother Earth. If we represent ourselves in our humiliated, depressed state in front of our Lord, He will take compassion. 

“…After hearing this, Lord Brahma became much aggrieved, and he at once started for the ocean of milk, where Lord Vishnu resides.” So, immediately if in a troubled state we take a humble position and find some help, some shelter, they will bring us to an ocean of nectar. Because the ocean of milk, as this cosmic source, is a source of all blessings in the world.

“Lord Brahma was accompanied by all the demigods, headed by Lord Shiva, and Bhumi also followed.” So, Brahma as the leader of this cosmic structure, knew where is the source, where is the answer. And all the other demigods followed his example – go to the higher source. Even Lord Shiva came with them. Who is Lord Shiva? He is representative of Gurudev. So, everybody is there, all our helpers are there. The leader of the material universe, the highest intelligence in one cosmic structure, our Gurudev is also there and all the demigods are also there. Where is our place? There, following their example. And this is the place where Lord Vishnu resides.

“Arriving on the shore of the milk ocean, Lord Brahma began to pacify Lord Vishnu, who had formerly saved the earthly planet by assuming the transcendental form of Varaha Deva.”

This is the solution: whenever you feel the influence of illusion or material entanglement – take a humble position, search an intelligent guide, find your helpers, the demigods, and follow the example of your spiritual masters. Because what are they doing? All are praying to Vishnu, or to our Krishna, we can say. Aradhananam sarvesam vishnor aradhanam param[3] – “From among all the different types of worships, the worship of Lord Vishnu is the greatest.” All these very elevated personalities are practically worshiping the Supreme Lord by their prayers, by their meditation. This principle should be followed: if you want to protect yourself, if you want to help the world, or if you want to satisfy the Supreme Lord – worship, aradhanam should be there. There is some trouble, everybody is praying for some solution: “Please, Krishna! Come and save the world, save me included!” And if this prayer is intensive enough, He cannot resist. The all-indipendent Supreme Lord is bound to perform His duty to save His devotees.

But here is something very, very important: the exact sanskrit word for demigod. Please remember that word! It is defined like tat priyartham – a demigod lives only for His satisfaction. Tat priyartham; tat means the Supreme Lord, Lord Krishna. Priya means ‘dear one’, or ‘the happiness’, or ‘immediate satisfaction’. And artha means ‘the purpose’. So, if your purpose is only God’s happiness, then you are a demigod. How do you feel? Wings manifested? Maybe not yet, but focus more. Tat priyartham – this should be our goal, to live only for the satisfaction of our beloved Couple. Then immediately you are projected into a different plane of existence. This is our goal – to achieve higher and higher levels of dedication. Whatever trouble had been around us should be ended and we should start a new chapter and enjoy the original nature of our Lord, ananda nature of our Lord. We should very strongly commit ourselves to improve. We commit ourselves to the practice that we shall follow, we commit ourselves to the service of our brothers and sisters. You see, this is not a lonely road, this is an exchange. This is a communication.

[1] From Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, by Shrila Prabhupada

[2] Lust, anger, greed

[3] Padma-purana, quoted by Srila Prabhupada in Shrimad Bhagavatam, 8.20.11 (and many other places)

 



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