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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha



(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 7.09.2015 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Friday) 

“In the concluding discussions the same comparison is made in regard to the different transcendental sentiments of devotional service.”[1] So far we were discussing the different processes, and now we discuss the different types of devotional relationship.

“The conception of dasya, or the servitude, is compared to copper.” Now we discuss transcendental metallurgy and we are in search of some precious metals. We know that there are different approaches and different emotional moods towards the Supreme Lord. Like you can have a fearful approach to God, right? Many are satisfied with that. Are you satisfied with fear of God? No, we are not satisfied. Others might have passive understanding that there is God, but otherwise ‘let me alone, leave me alone’. Yet our process is bhakti, devotional attachment to the Supreme Lord. It tells us there are different-different ways of approaches to the Supreme. For example we can identify ourselves as servants of the Supreme Lord. ‘You are my master and I am Your servant!’ This is compared to the copper, like a basic metal.

“The conception of friendship to God is like the bell metal.” This is a very high conception – to feel that God is your good friend. He is not like Supreme Lord or some very high and very far away entity. No, ‘He is very close to me, we are good friends’.

And also we are informed that we can develop a mood where we feel that ‘God belongs to us. He is like our son.’ “This conception, vatsalya-prema, the affection that a mother or a father might feel to God – this is compared to silver.” This is an even higher conception. In Christianity everybody knows that very high ideals are represented by Mother Mary – the life-giver or deliverer of God. It is a very high conception. This is like silver, very precious. But what is beyond that love of the mothers?

Pavitra: Love of the lovers.

Swami Tirtha: Yes, that type of love for which men are ready to give up the love of their mothers. Your mother loves you so much, so unconditionally and you say “Sorry mother, I am going!” And you don’t mind anymore your breakfast and your socks, supplied by your mother. No, you run after another mirage. Maybe there is something more than the motherly love! Right, my dear brothers, does it happen like this? We search for something more, we are not satisfied with a motherly affection. Why? Because it exists on the highest, highest platform also – this even more unconditional love than the love of a mother. So, madhurya-prema, the love of the lovers – this is golden. And as we understood previously, silence is golden. So, to speak too much about the love of the lovers is not very wise. Better keep silent, because then you are golden.

Strange enough there was a golden personality in our theological history. A Golden Avatar! Why golden? Is it because He was representing the love of the mothers? Then He would have been a Silver Avatar. Or if He would represent the friendship, then He would become a Bell metal Avatar. No, the Golden Avatar tells the golden secret about the love of the lovers. Is there anything more?

“And lastly the transcendental pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna are compared to touchstone.” Because this ultimate level of divine secrets has power over all previous platforms. The pastimes of Shri Shri Radha-Govinda embrace all the passive mood, all the active servitude, all the friendship mood, all the mood of the parents and finally represent this devotional rapture in loving attitude. 

(to be continued)

[1] In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life, by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


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