Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

We try to catch the essence beyond the obvious outside things, to see Lord Krishna in everything. Whatever is happening to us to be happy. There are many different processes that propagate themselves: „easy and safe way to be happy”. But these are based on illusion. We should tear apart the veil of illusion in order to see the divine essence behind.

Illusion sometimes gives happiness, other times gives trouble. Sometimes when we have this happiness side we feel: “Ah, very nice!” And when we have some difficulties we think: “Ah, this is very bad!” But spirituality means, yoga means: be connected and have equal vision, whatever is coming.

If you see the divine arrangement behind everything, then you can see the essence. Our vision should be so sharp, that Krishna could not be able to hide. And this vision can be provided by a special ointment. When you have some eye disease, you apply some ointment. Premanjana churita bhakti vilochanena/ santah sadaiva hridayeshu vilokayanti/ yam shyamasundaram achintya guna svarupam/ govindam adi purusham tam aham bhajami[1] – If your eyes are anointed with the ointment of prema, then you will always be able to see Shyamasundara Krishna in your heart, whatever happens outside.

“Know that all states of being – be they of goodness, passion or ignorance – are manifested by My energy. I am, in one sense, everything, but I am independent. I am not under the modes of material nature, for they, on the contrary, are within Me.”[2]

Krishna is everything, but not everything is Krishna. So every arrangement, every thing, every occasion that is coming to you, happening to us, we should see some divine arrangement, but we should not identify. Nothing can exist apart from Krishna. He gives the definition of illusion in the “Shrimad Bhagavatam”. He says: “If something seems to be existing independent of Me, then you should know, that this is illusion.” And illusion gives troubles; Krishna gives shelter. Krishna is called Bhakta-vatsala. That means Protector of the devotees, Savior of the devotees. When our life is happy and balanced, we easily forget about Him. But in difficulty it is so easy to remember! So easy to remember! Yet remembrance can have two directions. In one taste you blame Him, in another taste you pray. And we should follow the example of Kunti Devi. Because after the Pandavas survived all the difficulties of the exile in the jungle for so many years – life danger, and killing, and hiding, and like this and like that – so many dangers, when her life stabilized, she started to pray: “Ah my Lord, please, give me some more troubles! At that time I could pray so heartfelt. I felt so close to You. Now I feel safe, everything is arranged and I am so far away from You! Please, give me some more troubles!” What a beautiful prayer! We always pray: “Ah my Lord, please, take away my troubles! I cannot think of You because of my troubles.” And Kunti Devi said: “Give me more troubles, because if I am more troubled, I can think of You more deeply.” Is it not like this? Human character works like this. When something is available, you cannot really appreciate it. But in the absence immediately you do. And this is the definition of a vaishnava: you should have such a character, that when you are present in the company, nobody recognizes you, but when you are absent, everybody is talking about you, because they are missing you. This is the spiritual training. Material training is: when I enter a society, everybody should be focused on me! So change this mentality!

“Everything is coming from Me, but do not identify everything with Me.” Krishna is there, but He is there as a friend. Of course it is not a mistake if you do not pray for more difficulties in your life. Enough we have! That is enough to digest. But with the divine blessings you can do that. Even from a disaster you can come out with victory. Because finally everything is a manifestation of the divine will, cosmic dance…

[1] “Brahma-samhita” 5.38

[2] “Bhagavad-gita” 7.12

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