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Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha


(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 08.01.2016 evening, Sofia)

(continues from the previous Monday) 

Question: What is the soul? Because as I am materially conditioned, I’m thinking that my individuality is inside the mind. And if the mind is not working, then I lose myself. What part of my self is in the soul?

Swami Tirtha: Well, the first step in the science of self-realization is a proper understanding of ourselves. We have to analyze: who am I, who is asking, who is wondering what is what? Is this the body that is concerned of being in the cage of the mind; or somebody else? Is it the mind that is in the cage of the mind and asking the questions; or something else? Where is my personality? Where is my individuality? Who am I? Ultimate questions.

And actually this is a long-standing problem for humanity. Five hundred years back Sanatana Goswami had the same doubts and the same questions. He met Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and asked: “I don’t know what the soul is. Who am I? Why am I disturbed by all these material conflicts? What is my original position? Somebody tell me – who am I?” Then Mahaprabhu gave a very clear-cut answer. He said: jivera svarupa haya krishnera nitya-das krishnera tatastha-shakti bhedabheda-prakash[1] – “The original position of the soul is to be connected to God Supreme, Krishna, in a loving service mood. Because the soul is the marginal potency of God, similar and different at the same time to the source.”

If we analyze this definition a little bit, we understand a lot. The soul is a marginal energy of God – just between the super-spiritual and the material energy. So – energy! We are energies! And what is energy? Light is energy. Heat is energy. Love is energy. This is what we are! You are a particle of light, divine light. You are a divine spark. Isn’t that beautiful? You are not a heap of dirty matter! You are a part of divine light! Sixty kgs of water, some carbohydrates and this and that… this is zero in value! We are divine energy, coming from divine source. Therefore we belong to this ultimate source of all energies, of all brightness, of all love. Life comes from life, consciousness comes from consciousness and love comes from love – this is what we are.

So, we belong to the divine realm – this is our home, this is our origin. And if we belong there, we share some of the qualities. God is great, we are small; but we also have a measurement. He knows everything, we know some little things. He is fully blissful, we are partially blissful. We share something common with Him. If we want to use other words: we are sons and daughters of God. We come from the same family. At the same time we are a little different, because He is the source and we are the emanations. He is great, we are small. He has His individuality, we have different. He is unique, one without a second and we are also unique, one without a second. So we resemble, we share the same nature in quality, but on the quantity side we are different.

We also have an original occupation, duty – that is a harmonious loving connection with Him. So, the soul is a spiritual, personal energy – this is what we are. And the energy always belongs to the source of that energy. If we come from this divine source, that means we can return to that divine source. Therefore we are not born on this planet Earth to die. We are born here to learn that there is an eternal life. And this is our great chance – that we can realize that.


(to be continued)


[1] Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 20.108


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