On one of the most sacred of days in our Vaisnava calendar, I'd like to throw up a late-evening tribute to one personality who inspires me greatly and constantly every day, HH Bhakti-Tirtha Swami Maharaja, born fifty-eight years ago this day.
From his book Spiritual Warrior IV: Conquering The Enemies of The Mind, he are some choice quotes that will inspire and deliver your mind, body, and soul.
“We should never think that God has left us alone without any help or guidance and without anyway to get us out of maya or our problems.”
“People need to develop their internal essence and nourish their souls through their own sadhana or spiritual practices. They need to engage in contemplative and introspective activities while endeavoring to enlighten themselves spiritually. Then they will be able to influence the environment.”
“We need to stop minimizing our own potency and stop blaming others...Everyone has the ability to influence their environment if they recognize their eternal identity as divine entities.”
“In this practice, one embraces love, faithfulness, accountability, loyalty, and selflessness because these qualities are an inherent part of our spiritual identity.”
“If we wait for others to care for us and love us, we will remain in a state of impoverishment.”
“In recovery, the person has to substitute the miracle of the bottle or the drug with the whole process of recovery in order to access the real miracle. The addict must then take shelter of a higher power in order to help maintain that mood.”
“It is very important for us as aspiring spiritualists to constantly try to help others in their process of spiritual growth rather than just trying to protect or save ourselves.”
“We have the ultimate security because, in spite of whatever happens to our body and our material facilities, we realize that God's love and protection for our soul always remains.”
His Holiness Bhakti-Tirtha Swami Maharaja ki jaya!