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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 07.01.2013, morning, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday)

Question: Why does the faith have to be tested? I believe that Krishna knows very well how much faithful you are, how much dedicated you are. Why is this happening?

Swami Tirtha: Guru puts the faith on test. Don’t blame it on Krishna! Blame it on guru! He is the main troublemaker.

Comment: He should also know.

Swami Tirtha: Therefore he does it. The question is whether you know. Don’t worry these tests are sweet. Sometimes we die, but it’s sweet.

Question of Paramananda: What is the biggest test, the ultimate test for the faith?

Swami Tirtha: Are you ready to listen to the answer?

Answer: Yes.

Swami Tirtha: The ultimate test of faith is not losing the vision of God. Because usually people don’t have a vision of God. So, there is nothing to lose in that respect. But when you lose your vision of guru – that is one very good test about your faith. Whether this is a personality cult, or a divine culture? Which is a big difference. Therefore I would never support a personality cult, but we should come to a very high and very elevated platform of cultivation. And definitely we need realizations. Not only beliefs, but realizations – about divinity, about reality, about my position, about the position of others, about divine power dominating over my life. This is one good test.

Question of Pavitra: You mentioned before that we have to be mild and tender towards everybody, because we don’t know who the chosen one of Krishna is. What do you exactly mean by this?

Swami Tirtha: Be mild and tender – this is what I mean. Other things are maybe complicated, but this we can understand. Of course mild and tender is not a material quality. Many times we mistake one for the other. Material goodness is not spiritual consciousness, but of course it doesn’t mean that you should be materially bad. It is not that ‘We practice material badness in order to be spiritual. As material goodness is not spiritual, therefore we practice material badness’. First, please, come to the level of goodness and then you can go further.

Mild and tender. Sometimes we are not mild and tender. Who is a good friend – the one who is always mild and tender? Or who is strong sometimes? The real friend will tell you the truth, which is usually hard to swallow. But a real spiritual friend, having a master’s degree,will tell the bitter truth in such a way that you are happy about it. Therefore the spiritual master is our good friend also. Because he will tell us the truth, and officially we have to be happy about it.

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