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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




Prithvi (1)

(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 04.01.2017 evening, Sofia) 

(continues from the previous Monday) 

We need to fix our consciousness. To stabilize our consciousness and also to find inner peace. And the best practice to achieve this inner peace is to listen to the divine advice, pray for the mercy, remember your spiritual identity – and what was the fourth? Meditation was the fourth. Therefore, my humble suggestion for this evening is to listen to the divine stories of Krishna.

This is a book from Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj, where he discusses certain aspects of the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Here there is some very important topic: why Krishna descends? We are not satisfied with a God hiding in His divine realm, creating the world and then paying no attention to His creatures. No, we need such a Lord who takes care, who is not only starting the whole system, but from time to time visits it. He doesn’t let us down. Therefore we have to inquire: what is the reason for God Supreme to come down to Earth? I think this is a very important topic: why did Krishna descend to this world?

The first reason is that Mother Earth along with the demigods went to Brahma, the secondary creator. Prithivi told him: “Recently my four legs have been broken and I cannot walk. My husband Dharma, religion personified, who is now in the shape of a bull, also cannot walk. Nowadays there is so much sin in this world. Both men and women are like animals. So called saintly persons and sannyasis do not observe the rules of saintly life. They make some artificial show; at the same time however they are always duplicitous. In all these ways we have so many problems. Please, save me and my husband!”

So Mother Earth was troubled. And I think this is a description of today, although it happened quite some time back. It looks like the same story is repeated all the time. There is something nice as it started and then it begins to corrupt. Then the demigoddess of this planet Earth, Prithivi, went to Brahma for consultation.

“Brahma became very worried and went with Prithivi and the demigods to the ocean of milk. There he began to do aradhanam, or meditation on Garbhodakashayi Vishnu. In his trance he heard the Lord’s reply: “I already know about all these troubles. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna is all aware and He will quickly descend. All the demigoddesses should come in the form of earthly ladies to Gokula Vrindavana and Mathura and all the demigods should also come in the form of gopals and the Yadus. Krishna will appear very soon.” This is one reason for Krishna’s descend.

So, if there is too much trouble in this world, you can expect the appearance of the Supreme Lord. At the beginning of the 20th century, Bhaktivinod Thakur was observing the conditions of the Earth, the political situation and everything, and he said: “Ah, this world is so crazy that only an avatar can help.” I don’t know what he would say if he observed the conditions of the world right now. Maybe he would say: ‘Ah, we need a double incarnation’. So whenever there is a trouble, you can expect a compassionate God to come and save you. It’s not that He says: “Ah, you had created the trouble for yourself – now digest it.” No. In the Gita it is said: “With compassion I will appear in their heart and I will give them the transcendental knowledge through which they can come to Me.”[1] 

 (to be continued)

[1] Bhagavad Gita 10.10-11



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