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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


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

(continues from the previous Friday) 

“One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws its limbs within the shell, is firmly fixed in perfect consciousness.”[1]

Whenever the tortoise feels any danger, just hides in the shell. When he withdraws, he is protected. The same is for the human beings. If you expose yourself too much, you will be vulnerable. If you withdraw, then you will be protected. So, sometimes we have to withdraw from the external activities for an inner cultivation. To live this life it’s very demanding. No time for any inner cultivation. Therefore we have to withdraw and dedicate some time and attention to spiritual cultivation. When there is a danger, you immediately come to your senses. So, we have to maintain this mentality, because if we can withdraw our powers and concentrate, then it’s easier to make the next step.

Sthita pragya – fixed intelligence, fixed consciousness. These are some of the signs of the saintly person. Krishna here instructs Arjuna. And we are so fortunate to enjoy the same instructions. First in this Second Chapter He described sankhya, analysis – when we are able to distinguish between the material and the spiritual. And in this second part He describes yoga – when we are always connected.

Here we receive some advice on the abhidheya – what to do? If you belong to God, then what to do? Of course, trying to control the mind, the body-mind complex – it’s a little dry practice. But by devotional service all these necessary practices are included. While chanting you pacify your mind, by singing in the morning to Mahaprabhu – this is our breathing exercise. Sitting at the lecture for two hours – this is our asana. Following the principles of bhakti-yoga – this is our yama-niyama rules. So, everything is included here, just try to start the long journey. This will help.

Nevertheless, here Krishna still hides Himself. He behaves like an instructor, like a guide. Later on He shows a more intimate face of Himself. Because Arjuna is very sincere in his enquires. In the same way, if we are also sincere in our enquiries, more and more from the divine truth and reality will reveal to us. For that we need to be very serious, honest and chivalrous. These are the three qualities we have to acquire.

So, find such a saintly person whom you can follow, and act.

[1] Bhagavad Gita, 2.58

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