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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2012, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday) 

“Hearing Prahlada’s intelligent reply, the two teachers became very frustrated, because they could not obtain the answer they wanted. Actually they hoped that Prahlada would tell them some particular name, so that they could catch that person and present him to the emperor. Now that their plan had failed, they became very angry and began to scold Prahlada. They shouted: “Hurry! Someone, bring a stick! If we don’t beat this disgrace of the family, he will not get the instruction he requires. This disgraceful boy has destroyed the name and fame of our family. Among the four kinds of actions – being friendly, offering gifts, dividing others) and punishing – he must definitely be punished and there is no other way of dealing with him.”[1]

These are the four ways of politics, as Shanda and Amarka were teaching politics. One is sama – being friendly. The next one is dana – offer some gifts. The third is the old-old-old policy divide et impera – divide and rule. And finally the last one is punishment – force, power.

You can understand the character and the level of people in two ways, in two situations. One is when there is a danger, when there is a conflict. For example if you want to judge a leader – a boss or even a spiritual leader – one way to understand his abilities is to see how he can manage conflicts. So, conflict management – this is not a business topic, this is a general universal human situation. Life always brings some conflicts. Our ambition is not to have any conflicts. Our ambition should be to give good answers to the conflicting situations. So conflict management is a sign where you can understand who is more able and who is less able. Because usually we expect from our leaders to solve our problems. “Gurudev, I have this and this problem – can you solve this? Can you give me a little advice on conflict management?” Other times: “Can you give me some financial advice?” So beware, if you want to become spiritual leaders, you have to be qualified in many-many respects. The guru is not an investment advisor. The guru is not a conflict manager. Anyway, if he can give good advice, you are happy, right?

So this is one way to recognize the potency or the position of any person – in conflict situations. The other way to understand the mood and the character of a spiritual person is how he is swimming in the ocean of nectar. Our vision is basically dominated by conflicts. What we see is the problems. What they see is the nectar. So don’t forget, these are the two ways to understand a person – in conflict situations, how he resolves conflicts; and in swimming in the waves of the ocean of nectar. But I tell you one thing – it’s very difficult to swim without getting wet. So if you don’t submit yourself to this ocean of loving service to the Lord, how do you expect to get the nectar?

(to be continued)

[1] The reading continues from B.B.Tirtha Maharaj’s book The holy life of Prahlada

 



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