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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 17.08.2015 morning, Ludashto) 
 
(continues from the previous Monday)
 
We had our conception, but realities of life design something else and we have to be able to flexibly adjust ourselves. Shrila Shridhara Maharaj’s opinion about religion was that this is proper adjustment. And I think a few words or one sentence from him is enough to meditate for a whole lifetime – such is the depth of his opinion! 
The scientific method of analyzing the future and making future plans is called prognosis. This comes from the root gyana actually. Knowledge, gnosis, gyana – it’s the same root. This means a foreknowledge, fore picture, idea about the future. The future is a very special case, because it doesn’t really exist. Yet, you can contribute to the future, you can alter the future. So it’s a kind of forthcoming, potential reality. 
Prananath: I think it’s an important topic. The future belongs to those who have a vision even before these future possibilities become manifested. Those who really see the future are very few. And many declare that they have a conception about the future although they don’t. If we simply follow the flow, this is either a sign of total surrender, that we accept anything that is provided by the Lord; or a total unorganized state in which we have no idea of what’s going on. There is a German proverb which I hardly can digest, that “a very simple and boring day today will be an exceptionally pleasant day in the future as a memory”. Planning the future – I feel that this is a very responsible job for us and we have to create a splendid idea of the future beforehand, not afterwards create a nice story about the past. And how to create a bright and splendid future? There must be two factors: one is the blessings and the other is the consent of the group. If we have these two factors, plus we can add individual responsibility and commitment, then this will provide the future growth. Life is very precious and we shouldn’t let the precious moments and years and ages pass by in lack of consciousness. Instead of having wild dreams of a university or an old devotees’ home, or hospital, or airport in Ludashto, we should very consistently day by day do some responsible thinking in order to be reliable instead of creating some burden by making too big plans with nobody to apply it. 
Swami Tirtha: I think theoretically you described the essence of planning for the future. But I was expecting more practical visions. Why? Because if we have something concrete, something real to exact, to hope, then we can accomplish that; if we have only some vague ideas, it’s very difficult for something to happen. We need a stabilized and long-term peaceful growth. The oldest tree grows in the slowest manner. Once we make one step, it should be accomplished. Not that running ahead, then returning back. Slowly, slowly, but all the time grow.
Akinchan: One major motivating factor for all of us is Ludashto as a center. Or if we want to expand – the holy place or the sacred location. We, people, do not change basically. If a holy place or a center of attention was a motivating factor in the past, it will be like that in the future also.
Swami Tirtha: My vision about the future is that this grand experiment is successful. I think one direction as a future major goal has been started by Gurudev, because he wanted to implement a universal principle, love of Godhead – which is preserved in India, but the conception is universal – he wanted to transfer that, integrate it into our countries. This is a goal for the future. So please, think in grand scale – what is the purpose? All right that Ludashto should grow – but why? In order that it provides a chance for people to understand and incorporate this whole spiritual culture. 
Ramvijay: Gurudev, you are talking about an experiment. Experiment for me means that results are uncertain; we have an idea, but we are checking whether this idea works. So what is the difference between the usual practicing of the spiritual culture against your experiment? 
Swami Tirtha: Heresy. In the absolutely positive manner. Because the original meaning of ‘heresy’ is ‘to choose’, ‘to find something’. From the many different alternatives find one, choose one – this is heresy. We want to find one good solution. Not all the different options, but one proper solution. And I think that we have to take some risk in order to find the proper solution. 
Here is something very important: please, everybody note! The ashrams should be served and supported. When you are in trouble, you know very well what the importance of an ashram is. Please don’t forget this when your life moves on nicely; then you have to support the ashram.
Here in Hungary we have a lot of different organizations, legal bodies, this and that. While in Sofia in the very beginning we decided that we shall avoid all these formal institutional organizations. Practically we have one virtual organization – this is the Bulgarian Vaishnava Society, which doesn’t really exist officially, this is like a group of people united on some principles. The same things that we want in service in Hungary we accomplish in a different manner, but in Sofia we can accomplish it without any legal structure. So, if you ask what the experiment is – this is another experiment: let’s see how it works without any formal institutions. And I can tell you, it works properly. Just like the organized form works properly in Hungary. And if we can enjoy the benefits of both alternatives and we can learn from each other, then we grow overall.
 


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