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Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




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(from a lecture of Swami Tirtha, 19.08.2015, morning, Ludashto)
 
(continues from the previous Monday)
 
Swami Tirtha: What consequences are there if we belong to a sacred tradition? This is my question, so please, help!
Answer: We follow an authentic spiritual guide from this tradition.
Swami Tirtha: Good. Is this a right or an obligation? 
Yashoda: It’s a privilege. 
Swami Tirtha: All right, let’s stop here for a while. If you say following a bona fide master is a privilege, I agree – it’s a chance, it’s a privilege, it’s a glorious position. But it’s not easy. And you might think that all those who today are very close to the master and enjoy the attention and the embrace of the master are in a very unique and charming position. Everybody is smiling. But have you seen the path how they reached that position? Now everybody is smiling; there were times when at least one of the parties was crying. So if you see the smiles, please have an apprehension, have a suspicion: there must have been something else also. As it is said, without the roots there are no fruits. We can also say, without the tears there are no smiles. And this is the price we have to be ready to pay. 
Other consequences of following a sacred tradition? 
Haribhakti: Following such a tradition there is a moment when we realize the goal of our life, the meaning of our life. 
Swami Tirtha: Very nice. And it happens many times. First when you meet the devotees you think: ‘Ah, now I have realized the goal of my life!’ Then after some rime you come to a little higher understanding of your identity, of your spiritual role and then you say again: ‘Ah, now I have realized something, I have understood the mission of my life. Before I didn’t know, but now I know.’ And it goes on, and on, and on. Why? Because this is a progressive evolution of consciousness. Not only on the individual platform – that we understand about ourselves little more and more – but also we can come closer to more fine, more delicate ideas, principles and practices in divine life. 
This is very nicely shown or proven by the story of the son, when the father sent him to a master to study the Shrimad Bhagavatam. After one year the boy returned and the father asked: “My dear son, have you studied, have you learned?” And the son said: “Yes! Yes, my father, I have learned everything!” Then the father said: 
You don’t understand anything! Go back to the master, study!” Next year the boy came again and the father asked: “Now my dear son, have you studied?” Then the boy said: “Well, my dear father, last year I didn’t know, but now I know everything.” Then the father said: “Back! You don’t know anything, go back to your master!” After one more year the boy came again and the father asked: “Now my dear son, have you studied everything about the Bhagavatam?” And finally the son said: “Well, my dear father, I understood that I don’t understand anything about it.” And then the father said: “Yes, my dear son!” 
So, if we realize the goal of our life – very nice, go ahead! We shall return to this question after one year, second year, third year. 
 
(to be continued)

 



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