August 2022


Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 03.01.2017, evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday) 

So, one solution is to get rid of your shadow. Shadow means karma. There was some action and there is some reaction. That is our shadow. We have accumulated so many different residues. Get rid of that and you will be pure again. No shadow. It’s not bad. For example a person made of glass has no shadow. Because he’s transparent. But it’s very difficult to associate with such a guy. There’s nothing to hide. Very complicated!

Therefore there is one more chance and that is when you turn, when you transform your shadow into light. This is the higher solution. That means you are beyond the demigods’ level. Because you are not simply a person without a shadow, like a negative characteristic; but rather your shadow is made of light. Self-effulgent. I think this is a very high concept. Yet it’s not so far away, it’s something very practical. Shrila Shrdhara Maharaj always says that the great saints are like lighthouses for us. If we are in the sea, first we see the light of hope. And then we can find the direction. In the same way, if you become an example for others, that means you are guiding others by your light. So, let’s strive for the impossible! To turn our shadow into light. I like the idea, don’t you like it? Let’s try to devote some time to this objective – to turn our shadow into light. To be surcharged so much with the divine potency, so that your own selfish, private interest doesn’t interfere with the divine presence. Separatists are not welcome in Goloka Vrindavana.

We are separatists because we are out of the divine embrace. I mean, I’m out of the divine embrace. But as we discussed many times, without separation there is no union. Therefore it’s good to be separated, because in this way we have a hope of being united again.

And this point I like very much from Shrila Rupa Goswami’s Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhupurva raga, the preliminary feelings. When you have the company of someone, you have a second thought that ‘We have to say good-bye. We shall be separated again.’ But when you are separated, then you will have a hope of being united again. One feeling is combined with the opposite feeling. This is when they say: to bring out the sweet taste you have to add a little salt. I don’t know if it is necessary to add a pinch of sugar to bring out the salty taste, but you know, sometimes the opposites embrace.

Then what to do, how to apply that principle in our life? We know that our final goal and ambition is to be an obedient servant of the Divine Couple – that is the sweet taste. What kind of pinch of salt should I add to this concept? How to enhance the divine feelings? I think this is the main question. Try to add something to your spiritual understanding and service – try to add a pinch of salt. In a harmonious way, to really enhance the taste. Only a pinch, not too much.

So, let’s try to turn our shadow into light. Don’t be satisfied with a neutral solution of eradicating your shadow. Better try to turn it into light. And the more spiritual you become, the less shadow you will have.

All right, your next question comes: How to turn my shadow into light? But now let me ask you this question. What is your suggestion?

Manjari: Chanting the holy names.

Swami Tirtha: Is that answer real or official?

Manjari: Once Gurudev said that to all ‘how to’ questions the answer is ‘chanting the holy names’.

Swami Tirtha: Ah! You are too well trained.

Somehow it should happen. If I knew the know-how fully and in a simple version, I would tell you. I’m trying. Please you also try. Try to make that experiment successful. And if you succeed, please come and tell me your secret.

But ultimately I agree, the best way to turn our shadow into light is to purify more.

(to be continued)


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