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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, May 2013, Sofia)
 
(continues from the previous Friday)
 
Question: As you mentioned different types of rasa in the lecture, my question is: when is that revealed? When do you understand your type of rasa?
Swami Tirtha: ‘Understanding a rasa’ is completely against the subject of the present lecture. 
Comment: Not understand, but feel or be conscious about it.
Swami Tirtha: It’s due to purification. In our smaller circle and in the many, many different practitioners and schools of divinity, our understanding and our practice focuses on purification of the consciousness of the person. And while the material or bodily conscious is diminished, the spiritual conscious should reveal more and more. It’s a long process and it’s not very much necessary to push it forward. Because for a long, long time it’s very much satisfying to identify ourselves ‘I’m a servant of my master. I’m a servant of the devotees. I am a servant of the temple deities.’ And later on when all the anarthas are removed from the heart and consciousness – so no selfishness, no material conditioning, etc. – then there is more space for divinity to come to our structure. Actually, we have an invitation, a permanent invitation. And by purification we become able to respond to that invitation better. On the other hand, it’s a beautiful search – just to find the resonance, what type of need is there in the spiritual sky, what type of invitations they extend and to which invitation we can reply as a resonance. But I think it’s becoming too much complicated. So, wait; by chanting it will be revealed to you. To put it very simply. Because this is something very high and very sacred. Therefore we have to approach it with the utmost care. 
Question: In our spiritual search we try to give birth to an emotion that will lead us back to God. Where is the balance between waiting for that emotion to be born by itself on one hand, and on the other hand trying to facilitate its birth, giving it some push sometimes? Should we only wait? Sometimes we get dried in our search.
Swami Tirtha: I would change the sequence. Because you mentioned wait and then sometimes facilitate. Try to do the opposite. Facilitate with all your efforts and if it doesn’t happen all of a sudden – wait. So, both are necessary. Actually this is the big debate about the way of the monkey and the way of the cat. How humans will achieve perfection? Like the kitten who is transported by the mother? The small kitten only has to hang in the mouth of the mother – not so much active participation. Or like the small monkey who holds on to the mother’s fur while she’s jumping from one tree to another? These are the two basic understandings about achieving perfection for humans. One party says: “Just wait. Just hang, your mother will transport you.” And the other version says: “Oh, catch on the movement”. As we were discussing logic also a little bit, here again we should apply this: both. Not only this or that, but use both. When we facilitate – this is when we hold on. When we try to help our perfection to come – this is when we hold on to the mother who carries us. But when it will happen – this is the kitten way. All of a sudden we are transferred, and definitely not by our own efforts. So, in my humble understanding about this debate, we should apply both methods – according to time, place and circumstances. 
 
(to be continued)


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