February 2023


Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha

There are many different definitions about intelligence. One says that “intelligence is to understand the difference between mater and spirit”. Which is a good starting point, it’s not bad. The next opinion is that “knowledge is to understand ‘I am a spirit soul’ and wisdom is to understand that ‘I am a servant of Krishna”. That is also a kind of spiritual intelligence, we can say.


But if you examine from a very practical point of view: first you have to be the best; second: you have to react very quickly to anything new coming to you, you have to be very active in your response; and third: even from a losing position you have to come out as a winner. But this is very materialistic definition!


Then we should add a forth thing – purity of purpose. If this is purely spiritual purpose that you have – then you can be the best, then you can always win, then you can quickly react – because your purpose is very pure. So if you think about this definition, I think you can apply your intelligence to the problems, to the realities of your life. Because sometimes our situations are just like a lost case. But then we should be intelligent enough to turn it to a successful story.


This is a practical application of intelligence. It is also given by Krishna, intelligence is also given by Him. He says: “Use all your intelligence in connection with Me!” He does not say “become stupid mad guy!” No: “Use your intelligence with Me.” It’s very important verse.

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