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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 24.07.2016 morning, Sofia)

Question: I got the information that yesterday morning at 8 o’clock there should be your lecture here. I came, but there was no lecture and have lost 4 hours. Will I be compensated somehow for this loss?

Swami Tirtha: If you dedicate, if you sacrifice 4 hours from your life for a spiritual purpose – I think it’s not a loss. Because your offering is there. Maybe there was no lecture, maybe I couldn’t arrive on proper time. This is my mistake, this is my part. But your part is accomplished. You came, you gave the attention, you made the sacrifice. And it’s never a loss.

We have to perform our duty. If there is some feedback or good result or if there is none – we have to do it. Because whatever experience we face in life, there are two ways to resolve any question. One is the practical side, the obvious side that we see. There is a feedback, there is some success, there is a failure. But the other side is the unseen, the invisible side, the spiritual side. And that is more powerful, that is more important. So, if inside we can somehow touch this divine peace, this spiritual security, then we are successful. Because Krishna says: “I’m not satisfied with grand offerings, but if there is something affectionately offered, then I accept.” In the same way it is this special quality we have to add, this spiritual affection. Maybe our offering is small or grand, it doesn’t matter. This very fine ingredient we have to apply – this is full dedication.

Anyway somebody will take our time. Illusion has robbed us not only 4 hours, but unlimited lifetimes. Now Krishna has robbed 4 hours of your life – for some good purpose, He knows why. Because He is a butter thief. He is a thief. He will steal our time. He will steal our attention. And ultimately He will steal our hearts. So, if we have the proper vision, we shall see Him behind everything that happens to us. Therefore we can say that a pure devotee is so powerful – even more powerful than God, the omnipotent God. Because He can never hide from the vision of a devotee.


santah sadaiva hridayeshu vilokayanti

yam shyama-sundaram achintya-guna-svarupam

govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami[1]

“Those pure devotees whose eyes are anointed with divine love will see in their hearts permanently the presence of Shyamasundara, Krishna.”

[1] “Brahma Samhita” 5.38


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