Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

Question of Yashoda: How to serve the holy name better?

Tirtha Maharaj: How to serve it better? I would say just let the process work on you. That is enough.

Once I met a person and he asked: “What is your service?” And I said: “I have no special service, little things in the garden and eating prasadam… This is my service. And also one thing – I try not to give obstacles in the plans of Mahaprabhu.” This should be our policy. Do not give trouble toKrishna.

So let the holy name work on you. It is said, be brave with the holy name so that the holy name will be brave with you. At the same time we have to be like the dogs – desiring for many but satisfied with less. We want the whole thing, we want the full achievement. But if some little things you achieve, you should be satisfied.

Chanting is a great art. I would not say that this is a great knowledge, science, I would say this is a great art. Because this is a cultivation of the emotional contact between humans and God. Of course there is some scientific side also included here – like western science finally agreed that ultimately everything is a vibration. Two or three years ago they were distributing the Nobel prize in physics for a new understanding – they identified that this material universe has “a black body nature”. The scientific term is “black body nature”. The background vibration, background energy impulse behind all the revelation has got this black body nature – something black is standing behind all this manifestation. Something black is behind this cosmic vibration. The yogis are telling this for thousand of years – that there is a black body behind this manifestation. Like everything emanates from the black body of Mahavishnu. Nobody has distributed them Nobel prizes here and there. Thanks to God.

So there is a scientific side also – that if you create vibrations, you will have result. Did we make the vibrational experiment? Not? Shall we make it? It is very simple. Practically we can chant anything, but here in this circle we can chant the mahamantra and then we can touch different parts of our body. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Touch your chest. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Now top of your head. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. You see? Everything is vibration. You can feel the resonance all over your body. But this is not simply a physical resonance. There is something more. Because sounds have different aspects. The first is physiological aspect – some vibration reaches your ear, then you sense it and then you hear. Then there is the meaning of the words that come to you. Then there are the feelings that they create in you – this is the third phase. And the fourth phase is impossible to describe by words – this is the transcendental effect. So even if we start from this scientific approach there are some very significant results.

But if you are fathers and mothers or if you remember your childhood, you will very easily know that to call somebody by the name is very sweet. And all the mothers and fathers are charmed to chant the names of their babies. “Ah my dear one, like this, like that” – you are always chanting the name – because you love him or her. This establishes a very deep and very loving connection. And most of the times you are not satisfied with one name, like official name, but you want to have some private name, some nickname, something personal. In the same wayKrishnahas unlimited names, like Krishna-Govinda. So the name will help us to establish a very deep and very loving connection. Chanting is not only a question of quantity, this is a question of quality. How to serve it better? With more quality.

Actually it is said in the shastras that this whole world, this whole universe is divided by name and form. If there is no form and there is no name, there is only one mass, right? But if there are forms and there are names, then we can identify individuality. Many people think that this is bad. I think that this is very good. Because in this way our prayers are not sent into oblivion, but directed to someone. So by this vibrational effect it is not only your body that will resonate, but also it touches the heart and soul. And there will be some results. The magic transformation will start by the touchstone of the holy name. If iron turns into gold by this touch, the different limbs of the body can also acquire different qualities. Like, as Shrila Sadhu Maharaj says, you can drink with your ears; you can accept with your heart and you can tell with your eyes. And what are the words of the eyes? At least a few drops.

So drink with the ears the nectar of the holy name. There will be some transformation in the heart. And then your eyes will tell the story what is happening inside.

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