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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




fire-rose

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 08.10.2016 morning, Ludashto)

We are at the end of the Gita, in the 18th chapter. This is very good, because now we shall understand the conclusion. First we started with the qualities of the brahmins and we came to the ultimate conclusion: no fear! We all received some individual messages directly coming to us.

As we understood, this is a very essential part of the Gita – the conclusion. And conclusion means to summarize again, therefore Krishna started this chapter with some theory: gunas like this, qualities like that, what should we do with these gunas – boring, technical data. Then He stopped enumerating the gunas and told: “Everybody is under control.” Then what to do? If everybody is under control, that means I’m also under control, devas are also under control, demons are also under control – so what to do? And actually many people think that varnashrama-dharma is the alternative, the perfect society. But actually we shouldn’t be satisfied with a simple varnashrama, although in general societies are very far from those ideals, but we need a daiva-varnashrama – the divine varnashrama. When, although the devotees have specific different-different qualities, yet there is something higher and very common in all of us – that we are ready to dedicate our individual capacities in the service, to dedicate them to Krishna. That is the daiva platform – the divine varnashrama, where although we have different abilities, we are united in divine service. So that is a real brahmin, that is a real kshatriya, that is a real vaishya or shudra who is ready to serve, because this is the upgrade of the simple, general varnashrama.

And while performing your duties, if you meditate upon the Supreme Lord, everybody can achieve perfection. So duty, dharma is very much discussed here. Stick to your dharma, stick to your service even if you commit mistakes, because all activities are covered with some shortcomings as fire is covered by smoke. All activities are covered with some mistakes – but don’t give up. Don’t give up! Better to do your duty, even though mistakenly, than to take somebody else’s service and do it more perfectly. But many times it happens that you think: ‘The service of the other person is easier’ or ‘I can do it better. My life is so difficult, but the life of the other guy is so easy.’ This is stupid! There’s no easy life. There’s no shortcut, there’s no better solution. Everybody has to face his or her own realities. Although this material ‘reality’ is only a reflection, like a ripple on the ocean of immortality.

So, stick to your duty, don’t give up! Arjuna wanted to give up his duty, right? ‘Better I go meditate, I don’t fight.’ But don’t give up! After 700 verses Krishna comes with: “Don’t give up your duty!” And He mentions that twice. Usually few topics He discusses twice, but this one He stresses twice – in the beginning and at the end: “Stick to your duty.”[1]

(to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad Gita 3.35, 18.47

 



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