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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




parampara

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

(continues from the previous Friday)

Question of Krishna Priya: You mentioned setting goals. It is hard for me to understand anymore goal setting, because in retrospection all the goals that I have set for myself turned out to be an illusion. And I don’t dare to set some spiritual goals, because they seem to me unreachable and now I’m in something like a vacuum.

Swami Tirtha: No! As we have learned from the advice of Shrila Prabhupada, in order to reach the supreme power of transformation of the philosopher’s stone, we need certain qualities. And that was determination, that was honesty, purity inside, good company – we can develop these qualities. And we must know where we are going. Because if we don’t know to which port we are sailing, no wind will be favorable. But if you know your destination and if you are clever enough, you can take benefit of all the different winds.

In that sense I don’t agree with you. We must be able to find our spiritual goals. Satya-sankalpa is mentioned in Vishnu Sahasranama; that means He is the true commitment, or the true dedication. And if we have this true dedication, the goal, then we need a satya-sadhana, a perfect process to reach that goal. Therefore we have to identify our goal, then find the proper method and accomplish it. What is our goal? To find our way back home to the divine Reality the Beautiful. What is the way? This is chanting the holy names. And how to realize that process? By chanting. So, it’s not that complicated.

But spiritual illusions are there. Therefore we need a certain disillusion. Maybe at the beginning we are very ambitious. We want to be the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant. Later on when you improve a little bit, you are satisfied with a lesser position to be a servant of the servant of the servant. And if you improve a little more, then you are satisfied to be a servant of the servant. And then we are back to the original point that ‘I identify myself as the follower, the student, the servant of my beloved master, who is a servant of the Divine Couple.’

 

 



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