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Table of Contents
- Everyone can be a fly, only a few can be swans
- Even God forgives others' faults
- Are you Greater than God?
- Be Like Nitai, Always Unconditionally Forgiving Even the Worst Offenders
- Who Appointed You to be the Guardian or Corrector of Others
- There is no place for fault-finding in the spiritual world
- Nothing good ever comes by criticizing others
- How not to be critical of those who don't understand or are not in our spiritual mood
- Hanging Around With Fault-Finders
- Even Unknowingly Offending Others Has Reactions
- Even the Most Fallen Devotee is Dear to God
- Clean up your own home first before pointing out the dirt in others' homes
- How to Make Someone's Wrong the Right Medicine for You
- To want revenge means to invite our own doom
- Justifying oneself means one does not want to grab the opportunity to become humble
- A Sieve has no right to point out others' holes
- Banes of Even Well-Wishing Constructive Criticizm
- The supreme example of Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami
- If we criticize bad persons, their bad qualities enter into us
- Only when our critical mentality ends, our true spiritual life and practice starts
- The elephant of your critical mentality will trample and crush your tender creeper of spiritual life
- If You Truly Want Mercy Yourself, Stop Judging and Criticizing Others
- Criticizing Even a Normal Atheistic Non-Devotee is Sinful
- Offensive Mentality Towards Any Living Entity is an Offense against God Himself
- No one in creation can save a guru who has fault-finding disciples
- Even God Himself cannot save us from Vaishnava-aparadha
- Srila Bhaktivinoda's Poem: Beware My Friend
- Selfless Prayer to God for All Souls
Everyone can be a fly, only a few can be swans
Even though devotees have flaws and duplicity, it is essential to be very cautious and avoid the Vaisnava-aparadha of talking badly about not just any devotee but, in fact, any soul in general.
Sri Rupa instantly admitted his mistake when Srila Vallabhacharya erroneously pointed out a so-called grammatical error in his book, even though he was wrong.
He just handed over Srila Vallabhacharya, his whole new scripture Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu to modify as he pleased.
This humility is what the world desperately needs right now.
So instead of always sitting on the stool of other people's mistakes like a fly, try to be a swan that extracts only milk from water.
After all, how much feces can you disclose and expose to the world?
You will not even scratch the surface of other people's faults even if you keep doing it day and night until you die.
Because in Kaliyuga, the stool of vice is omnipresent in everyone's character.
Even God forgives others' faults
api cet su-duracaro, bhajate mam ananya-bhak; sadhur eva sa mantavyah, samyag vyavasito hi sah (Srimad Bhagavad Gita 9.30)
"When one is engaged in devotional service, no matter how heinous deeds one unintentionally performs, one is still regarded by Me as a saint because one is properly situated in bhakti-yoga."
Are you Greater than God?
preme matta nityananda krpa-avatara, uttama, adhama, kichu na kare vicara (Cc 1.5.208)
"Because Nitai is always intoxicated in the bliss of ecstatic love and is the supreme incarnation of mercy, in order to award His love, He does not discriminate at all between the those who are right or wrong, advanced or fallen, those who know the right Siddhanta or are full of Rasabhasa or Apasiddhanta, pure souls or offenders and sinners, simple or wicked, loving or blasphemous, men or women, young or old, religious or atheists, peaceful or agitated, caring or insulting, faithful and skeptical, healthy and ill, etc."
Then why should you go around destroying yourself by finding faults and harboring a critical mentality towards such souls if Nitai Himself ignores and forgives them for the same? He is Their Lord, not you. So it is His business to correct them, not yours.
Be Like Nitai, Always Unconditionally Forgiving Even the Worst Offenders
Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja in his video commentary to Cc 1.8.24-31:
"Krishna, Krishna's dhama and Krishna's name; They have some consideration for offenses. They consider whether he is an offender to the holy name or not, to dham or not.
"But Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu, have nothing to do with these things.
"Even an offender says, Oh Gaura! Nityananda Prabhu! Then They bestow their mercy. So we should also be like that.
"If anyone do anything nonsense, we should tolerate and pray for him also. Don't have any envy towards them, nothing.
"Be like Nityananda Prabhu. Follow His footprints, and then Nityananda Prabhu will unconditionally bestow His mercy."
Who Appointed You to be the Guardian or Corrector of Others
So in no way should you conceive of yourself as a self-appointed police officer obligated to tell people the truth about others.
It is just not your business. Your only business is to save your own soul first and then help to save the souls of others.
Was there a formal process that led to your current appointment as the so-called guardian of pure bhakti?
No, right? Then why have you become such a self-proclaimed Godman?
Everyone's association is given to them based on the spiritual piety (sukriti) they inherited from their previous lifetimes. You have no control over the situation.
You will just end up being the cause of back-and-forth criticizm flying everywhere, and for starting it, you'll pay the price in your own spiritual life.
So instead of taking the position of a self-proclaimed protector for devotees receiving erroneous counsel and guidance, you should rather pray to Nitai to open their eyes as per whatever is best for their souls for the long term.
Because only Nitai, and not you, has the power to see their future and alter their karmic reactions (prarabdha karma), which determine what association they are getting in this birth.
You may end up completely ruining your own spiritual practice, even though you may be absolutely correct in your criticizm and indulging in it only to warn and "save" others.
There is no place for fault-finding in the spiritual world
If we don't humble ourselves and cease finding fault with and blaming others in our thoughts, words, and deeds, we may stand no chance of entering the spiritual realm. Since there is no place for fault-finding in the spiritual world.
A tiny drop of such a poisonous critical mentality may spoil our tirelessly cultivated spiritual practice's entire pot of nectar.
It is the fastest way to get rejected from entering the spiritual world; it is the worst disqualification possible.
Of course, we can certainly get displeased with souls insulting God or His devotees, as we are also sentient beings, not robots.
And thus, keep a respectful distance from them or let them go without maintaining anger for them and forgiving them.
That is our right to protect our own spiritual life.
But even that is not a justification for maintaining hatred towards those souls. Instead, we should pray that they can be guided to the right path.
Nothing good ever comes by criticizing others
Nothing good comes from our critical mentality, as we ourselves are not free from false ego and envy.
Regardless of how sincere your intentions may be for fault-finding in others, you are putting yourself and others in an adverse and inauspicious state of mind.
Maya is continuously on the lookout for devotees to infiltrate their hearts via Vaisnava-aparadha and sabotage their bhakti in the name of "protecting" bhakti. This is Kaliyuga.
In fact, not even knowing or hearing about such neophytes who are obnoxious or deceitful to others is much more preferable to knowing about them and then criticizing or correcting them.
Out of sight, out of mind!
So stay far away from kanishthas who are dishonest. Only then will you be able to concentrate on your own spiritual practice without having to worry or dwell on their negative traits.
How not to be critical of those who don't understand or are not in our spiritual mood
One does not have to foster critical thoughts about others if they are not in the same spiritual mood as oneself.
Instead, the simple solution is to simply stay far away from such souls very respectfully to protect one's own spiritual mood and practice, without thinking critically about them in one's mind.
Hanging Around With Fault-Finders
There are websites or apps where profane remarks in the comments and negative profile postings circulate at an alarming rate.
If you're not careful, you may end up in the company of many people who aren't afraid of Vaisnava-aparadha anymore because of constantly indulging in it.
The poisonous taste for criticizm (ninda) has arisen on their tongue due to hanging out in such blasphemous association.
Unknown to them, it has replaced their taste of pure devotion and their fear of the reactions they will suffer for their fault-finding mentality in the future.
Even if they mean well, those who criticize or disparage even other kanishtha devotees, for the sake of warning or exposing them, are setting their souls up for a world of harm.
Even Unknowingly Offending Others Has Reactions
Even Sri Rupa lost his own visions of the eternal pastimes when a lame devotee got unintentionally offended due to Sri Rupa’s smiling while internally seeing the pastimes. (Sri Bhakti Ratnakar)
Are you greater than Sri Rupa that you think that your spiritual life won’t get affected by hearing, reading, speaking, typing, or thinking criticizm of even the smallest misguided kanishtha devotee?
Even the Most Fallen Devotee is Dear to God
Because even the most naive, deceitful, or weak devotee has some sort of connection with the Lord.
They needed that connection (sukriti) to begin with to be a devotee of any type in the first place.
We are displeasing the Lord to the degree that we see defects in even the weakest or ardent devotees, no matter how feeble or strong their relationship to the Lord may respectively be.
Clean up your own home first before pointing out the dirt in others' homes
Actions such as pointing out flaws in others stem from our own inflated sense of self-importance (aham mameti), false ego (ahankara), illusion (maya), intoxication (mada), and ignorance (avidya).
Are you certain that you are not harboring any ill will against the devotee you criticize somewhere deep within you?
Don't do anything until you're sure that it does not stem from even 1% of your false ego. Envy afflicts everyone.
Remember that even a drop of poison turns the whole milk pot into poison.
It is so sad that the warnings from Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata have not been read or comprehended by these "policemen."
So kindly stop being such a self-proclaimed guardian till you are totally free from false ego yourself.
How to Make Someone's Wrong the Right Medicine for You
Even if someone criticizes you for no fault of yours, you are under no obligation to respond.
You might take Sri Rupa's stance and tell them that they are actually correct as they know your true fallen character.
That turns even their unfounded criticizm into an enormous blow against your false ego.
That is how you turn a wrong into a right.
To want revenge means to invite our own doom
Our false ego's most common and destructive expression is the desire for revenge, vengeance, tit-for-tat, or a back and forth battle of words. Your spiritual practice will be totally ruined by doing any of these.
Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa states that a real humble devotee is one who offers up the other cheek after he or she is slapped in one cheek, even for no fault of his or hers.
Thanking people, from the bottom of our hearts, especially those who hate, insult, misunderstand, disrespect, ignore, demean, abandon, or not reciprocate with us is precisely the bitter medicine that our false ego needs so that we can humbly think of the spiritual world constantly with full surrender and and thereby enter the eternal kingdom of God.
Justifying oneself means one does not want to grab the opportunity to become humble
So you could just keep your mouth shut. Supersoul Nitai is privy to your innermost thoughts. He always knows the truth.
You don't have to justify yourself to Nitai.
He is always all-knowingly situated in your heart. It is only His pleasure that matters because everything else is temporary.
You don't have to prove yourself to other kanishtha devotees, who are wrongly criticizing you due to being either hypocrite or misled themselves.
In fact, learn to see some truth even in their false criticizm and thus give a more significant blow to your false ego, which is the only cause of the bondage of your soul in this cycle of birth and death.
A Sieve has no right to point out others' holes
Fault-finding discussions on any platform aren't sadhu-sanga at all but rather kusanga.
They'll drag all those who participated in it or even read it deep down into a dark place gradually, from where they may never be able to recover in this life.
**tyaja gramya katha sakalam viphalam, bhaja ekachakra-kanan-kunja-vidhum.**
In other words, please don't act as if you're a sieve that only notices other people's holes while deliberately disregarding your own.
If you spit on the sky, the spit will fall on you only. Your critical mentality will ruin only you, not others.
You have the right to think or talk about others' faults only if you have got rid of all your faults totally first, which no one has done so yet.
Banes of Even Well-Wishing Constructive Criticizm
I am aware that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura states there is a form of constructive criticizm to save others from going on the wrong path.
But only if you have been forced into a leadership position and accountability for others' spiritual lives should you engage in that and that too in rare cases only.
But again, it's still a quite dangerous situation to be in. So Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and Sri Rupa didn't participate even in this. They did not take any risks at all.
Ramayana shows how a well-intentioned spiritual leader ended up being a dog in his next life even though he was only selflessly performing his managerial service to notice, correct, distinguish between, and warn about the flaws in those he was guiding spiritually.
You may criticize devotees in front of their faces to make them see their fault and correct themselves. Or you may do so behind their backs for the sake of warning and saving others.
Your intentions may be genuine. But if those devotees feel hurt by it, it may still reduce your own spiritual absorption as we see from the above examples, since those devotees are dear to God in some way.
The supreme example of Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami
A devotee's genuine flaws, shortcomings, and character stains weren't enough for Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami, one of the six Goswamis; to hear, much alone warn others about them.
Despite their flaws, he always maintained that they were more devoted to the Lord than he was.
vaisnavera nindya-karma nahi pade kane, sabe krsna bhajana kare, — ei-matra jane. (Cc 3.13.133)
"He would never listen to blasphemy of a Vaisnava, nor would he listen to talk of a Vaisnava's misbehavior. He knew only that everyone was engaged in Krsna's service; he did not understand anything else."
Purport by Srila Prabhupada:
"Raghunatha Bhatta never did anything harmful to a Vaisnava. In other words, he was never inattentive in the service of the Lord, nor did he ever violate the rules and regulations of a pure Vaisnava.
"It is the duty of a Vaisnava acarya to prevent his disciples and followers from violating the principles of Vaisnava behavior. He should always advise them to strictly follow the regulative principles, which will protect them from falling down.
"Although a Vaisnava preacher may sometimes criticize others, Raghunatha Bhatta avoided this.
"Even if another Vaisnava was actually at fault, Raghunatha Bhatta would not criticize him; he saw only that everyone was engaged in Krsna's service. That is the position of a maha-bhagavata.
"Actually, even if one is serving maya, in a higher sense he is also a servant of Krsna. Because maya is the servant of Krsna, anyone serving maya serves Krsna indirectly."
If we criticize bad persons, their bad qualities enter into us
Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja on this precise topic
"Even if someone is really bad or doing something bad, still we should not criticize him. If we do, the bad qualities of that person will come to us." (April 21, 2000, Vrindavan)
"When the devotee will be engaged in Krishna's service for twenty-fours a day, he will have no time to criticize. He will have no time to think of such worldy things." (July 16, 1996, New Jersey)
Only when our critical mentality ends, our true spiritual life and practice starts
Suppose you have no, less, or flickering taste in devotional practice. That means you are fostering subtle critical mentalities towards some other devotee or even non-devotee souls deep inside your heart.
And only when you decide to finish off this critical mentality towards even a single soul in your heart forever will the divine seed of the real auspiciousness of spiritual love sprout in your heart.
When we are spiritually dry, we think critically about others. And then, because of that sin of judging others, we become even more spiritually drier.
This vicious cycle spins like an ever-increasing dynamo, thereby never giving us a chance to develop spiritual taste and eventually destroys our spiritual life. cc 2.19.156: upade va chinde, tara suki jaya pata.
If there is hate for even one soul in this material world at the time of our death, we may have to come back here again to suffer for that hate.
The elephant of your critical mentality will trample and crush your tender creeper of spiritual life
These are just some of of the huge collection of verses from the scriptures on the reactions of Vaisnava-aparadha
yadi vaisnava-aparadha uthe hati mata, upade va chinde, tara suki jaya pata. (Cc 2.19.156)
"Vaishnava-aparadha is like a rushing mad elephant (elephant in a state of frenzy). It will completely uproot and crush the creeper of pure devotion causing its leaves to dry out, even if that creeper has been cultivated very carefully for zillions of lives."
satam ninda namnah paramam aparadham vitanute, yatah khyatim yatam katham u sahate tad vigariham (padma purana)
"The vilification of devotees is considered the greatest offense to the Holy Name. As the glory of the Holy Name is expanded through the devotees who are fully devoted to the chanting of the Holy Name, how can the holy Nama-prabhu tolerate the vilification of such dearest devotees?"
jananira laksye siksaguru bhagavan, karayena vaisnavaparadha savadhana. sulapani-sama yadi vaisnavere ninde, tathapiha nasa paya kahe sastravrnde (Cb 2.22.52-55)
"Playing the pastimes of the Shiksha-guru of the whole creation, Lord Gaura has warned others through His mother for not committing offenses to devotees. Even if a person like Sulapani (Shiva Mahadeva) criticizes a devotee, he will certainly be destroyed. This is substantiated in all the scriptures."
hari-sthane aparadhe tare harinama, toma sthane aparadhe nahika edana (prarthana of narottam das thakur 46)
"Harinama can rescue one's committal of offenses to Hari, but offenses to the Vaishnava or devotee cannot be gotten rid of by doing Harinama."
If You Truly Want Mercy Yourself, Stop Judging and Criticizing Others
Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Goswami Maharaja, the very first sannyasa disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada and the shiksha-guru of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada exposed how duplicitous and two-faced we are in regards to praying to God:
"We go to judge in case of others: Why should he receive all this mercy? He has got so many defects, so many disqualifications, an opposing attitude. Why should he be accepted or given any chance?"
But we want mercy for ourselves: "Don't come to judge me because then I have no hope, my Lord."
Criticizing Even a Normal Atheistic Non-Devotee is Sinful
yata papa haya praja-janere himsile, tara sata-guna haya vaisnava nindile (cb 2.5.145)
"It is a hundred times more sinful to blaspheme a devotee than to be envious of ordinary living entities."
Sri Gaudiya Bhashya by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:
"Lord Visnu is situated in the heart of every human being.
"So although Vaisnavas appear to be ordinary human beings, they are always situated as Vaisnavas due to their inclination towards the service of Lord Visnu residing in their hearts.
"Ordinary human beings are bereft of the service of Visnu and are situated in the modes of passion and ignorance, whereas Vaisnavas are fully saturated with the mode of goodness and are constantly engaged in the service of Visnu.
"So if one carefully considers the differences that exist between them, then it is understood that by envying a Vaisnava engaged in the service of Visnu one incurs a hundred times more sins or offenses than by envying an ordinary living entity."
In the Srimad Bhagavatam (4.4.13) it is stated:
nascaryam etad yad asatsu sarvada, mahad-vininda kunapatma-vadisu, sersyam mahapurusa-pada-pamsubhir, nirasta-tejahsu tad eva sobhanam
"It is not wonderful for persons who have accepted the transient material body as the self to engage always in deriding great souls.
"Such envy on the part of materialistic persons is very good because that is the way they fall down. They are diminished by the dust of the feet of great personalities."
In the Skanda Purana it is stated:
yo hi bhagavatam lokam upahasam nrpottama, karoti tasya nasyanti artha-dharma-yasah-sutah. nindam kurvanti ye mudha vaisnavanam mahatmanam, patanti pitrbhih sardham maha-raurava-samjñite. hanti nindati vai dvesti vaisnavan nabhinandati, krudhyate yati no harsam darsane patanani sat. purvam krtva tu sammanam avajnam kurute tu y, ahvaisnavanam mahi-pala sanvayo yati sanksayam.
"My dear King, if one derides an exalted devotee, he loses the results of his pious activities, his opulence, his reputation, and his sons. Vaisnavas are all great souls.
"Whoever blasphemes them falls down to the hell known as Maharaurava. He is also accompanied by his forefathers.
"Whoever kills or blasphemes a Vaisnava, whoever is envious of or angry with a Vaisnava, and whoever does not offer obeisances or feel joy upon seeing a Vaisnava certainly falls into a hellish condition.
"O ruler of the world, one who first respects a Vaisnava and then later insults him is vanquished along with his family."
In the Amrta-saroddhara it is stated:
janma-prabhrti yat kiscit sukrtam samuparjitam, nasam ayati tat sarvam pidayed yadi vaisnavan
"If one gives pain to Vaisnavas, then the results of his pious activities like high birth and high caste are all destroyed."
In the Dvarakamahatmya, it is said:
kara-patrais ca phalyante su-tivrair yama-sasanaih, nindam kurvanti ye papa vaisnavanam mahatmanam; pujito bhagavan visnur janmantara-satair api prasidati na visvatma vaisnave capamanite
"Those most sinful people who criticize great Vaisnavas are subjected by Yamaraja to the severe punishment of being sliced in pieces by very sharp saws.
"Lord Hari, the Supersoul of the entire universe, is never pleased with the miscreant who insults a Vaisnava, even if he has worshiped Visnu for hundreds of births."
In the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, Krsna-janma-khanda, it is stated:
ye nindanti hrsikesam tad-bhaktam punya-rupinam, sata-janmarjitam punyam tesam nasyati niscitam. te patanti maha-ghore kumbhipake bhayanake, bhaksitah kita-sanghena yavac candra-divakarau. tasya darsana-matrena punyam nasyati niscitam, gangam snatva ravim drsta tada vidvan visuddhyati.
"Those who criticize Lord Hrsikesa and His devotees lose all the benefits accrued in a hundred pious births.
"Such sinners rot in the Kumbhipaka hell and are eaten by hordes of worms for as long as the sun and moon exist.
"If one sees a person who blasphemes Lord Visnu and His devotees, then the results of all his pious activities are lost.
"When learned persons see such non-Vaisnavas, they purify themselves by taking bath in the Ganges and looking at the sun."
Offensive Mentality Towards Any Living Entity is an Offense against God Himself
ye isvara, se punah sabara bhava laya, himsa karilei se tahana himsa haya (cb 1.16.81)
"The Supreme Lord accepts the devotion of every single soul. So any offense against any living entity is an offense against God Himself."
Sri Gaudiya Bhashya by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:
"Lord Janardana, who is bhava-grahi, or appreciative of one’s sentiments, is served directly or indirectly by everyone according to their respective moods, even if they are not spiritual or religious.
"If one living entity feels hatred or envy towards another, this is ultimately a reflection of his or her relationship with the Supreme Lord.
"The Lord never tolerates one living entity's transgressions against another. A wrongdoer is surely punished.
"Therefore a living entity should never envy other living entities. If one tries to uproot and convert the internal mood of another person into that of his own narrow-mindedness, then the result will be not only criticism of another’s religion but enviousness of the Supreme Lord, who is the goal of all religion.
"Service and envy directed to the Supreme Lord are two separate matters.
"If one misidentifies envy as service to the Supreme Lord, then he will be opposed to the service of the Supreme Lord and ultimately become envious of the devotees.
"When a living entity becomes devoid of loving service to the Lord, he or she becomes sometimes a sense enjoyer, sometimes a fruitive worker, sometimes an impersonalist, sometimes a hatha-yogi, and sometimes a raja-yogi.
"To engage such persons in the service of Lord Mukunda for their eternal benefit is not an act or form of envy.
"Rather, inducing such persons to engage in activities of sense gratification instead of the service of the Lord is to give indulgence to envious activities and therefore must be given up."
No one in creation can save a guru who has fault-finding disciples
vaishnavera nindA karibeka jAra gana | tAra raksa sAmarthya nAhika kona jana || SCB 2.22.128 ||
shulapani-sama jadi vaishnavere ninde | tathApiha nAsha jAya kahe shAstra-vrinde || SCB 2.22.56 ||
"No one in creation has the power to save a guru whose disciples (jana) become envious of devotees.
"If a guru’s disciple becomes envious of other devotees, then there is great doubt if that guru can save even oneself (hnc: unless that guru renounces that disciple publicly).
"Even the greatest maha-vaishnava Lord Shiva can't save himself from this."
Sri Gaudiya Bhashya by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada to Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.22.128:
"…Those; who after attaining the position of spiritual master; either personally engage in blasphemy of the devotees, support it, or don’t stop their followers from blaspheming devotees certainly; become degraded."
vaishnava-nindaka gana jAhAra Ashraya | Apanei edAite tAhAra samshaya || SCB 2.22.129 ||
"It is highly doubtful if a guru, whose disciples and ashrita students are criticizing devotees, can save oneself from total destruction (what to speak if the guru is oneself criticizing devotees)."
bada adhikari haya Apane edAite | kshudra haile -- gana saha adhahpAte jAya || SCB 2.22.130 ||
"If that guru is very advanced and powerful then, maybe just maybe, that guru will be able to barely survive in bhakti by saving oneself in such a situation.
"But if in case that guru is of low potency (which may be quite common in kaliyuga), then that guru sinks into the deepest hells along with one’s disciples."
Even God Himself cannot save us from Vaishnava-aparadha
ihA nA mAniya je sujana-nindA kare | janme janme se papistha daive dose mare || SCB 2.22.57 ||
“Sinful souls (including gurus or their disciples) who ignore these above truths and criticize devotees suffer the heaviest of all punishments life after life."
anyera ki dAya gaura-simhera janani | tAnhAre o vaishnavAparAdha kari gani || SCB 2.22.58 ||
"What to speak of others, even the supreme mother of the whole creation and the eternal mother of the supreme Lord Gaurasimha himself was not exempt from being considered an offender to a devotee (Sri Advaita Acharya)."
prabhu bale --upadesha kahite se pari | vaishnavAparadha Ami khAndAite nAri || SCB 2.22.32 ||
Lord Gaura himself clarified, “I can maximum give some instructions on how dangerous Vaishnava-aparadha is and how to avoid it. But I Myself can’t actually save a soul from Vaishnava-aparadha, even though I am the Supreme Personality of Godhead."
Srila Bhaktivinoda's Poem: Beware My Friend
Beware My Friend
by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
In the realm of devotion, beware, my friend,
For faults lie not in others, but within, it contends.
Blaming the world won't save your soul,
Digging a grave for your spiritual goal.
Take heed, dear seeker, be cautious and wise,
Criticizing breeds darkness, it blinds our eyes.
A devotee's heart should embrace tolerance's grace,
In criticism's snare, no advancement takes place.
Though angered by blasphemy, unkind and cruel,
Yet when targeted, remain patient, be a jewel.
Seek not the flaws in others, my dear,
Look within, introspect, and your own faults appear.
Harinama, the holy name, won't flow from your lips,
When impurity festers, its nectar slips.
To attract Krishna's mercy, purify your core,
Reflect on your being, your faults explore.
A sadhu's virtue is tolerance profound,
Adorn it as a locket, let it always be found.
To become a Vaishnava, it's a prerequisite true,
Embrace this quality, let it guide you.
Before pointing out others' faults in disdain,
Find the good, let your perspective refrain.
For a sieve that finds holes in every thread,
Must introspect, for its own holes lie widespread.
Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the wise sage,
Says, "Embrace all adversities, let them engage."
Why complain about others and their deeds,
When you yourself are the source of misdeeds?
First, become a saint, embody the light,
Then teach and guide, with actions shining bright.
In this material world, flaws abound,
Don't seek faults in others, turn inward, profound.
A saintly soul, a rare gem indeed,
Requires sacrifice and the ego to concede.
Blame not the world, but yourself, my friend,
For within lies the journey's true transcend.
So tread with care, on your spiritual quest,
With love, compassion, and humility blessed.
For faults and criticism won't serve you well,
Embrace your own growth, in devotion's swell.
Selfless Prayer to God for All Souls
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः । सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः । सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु । मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत् ॥ ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
सभी सुखी होवें, सभी रोगमुक्त रहें, सभी का जीवन मंगलमय बनें और कोई भी दुःख का भागी न बने। हे एकचक्र सबको ऐसा वर दो.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.14:
om sarve bhavantu sukhinah, sarve santu niramayah, sarve bhadrani pasyantu, ma kascid duhkha bhagbhaveta। om santih santih santih॥
"May all sentient beings be at peace, may no one suffer from illness. May all attain the supreme auspiciousness in their lives, and may no one suffer is misery. O Ekachakra, please bless all souls in this way. Om peace, peace, peace."
Let every soul follow the path they are being taken on by the Supersoul Nitai sitting in their hearts.
Let us forgive and forget and pray to Ekachakra that please let even our enemies progress fast towards the real truth so that sooner or later, they will realize and come to the ultimate truth of the all-forgiving nature of Lord Nitai for attaining Harinama-ruchi.
Till then, whatever good devotional qualities they have, even if they may have a host of other unwanted and envious qualities too, are still being accepted by our bhava-grahi Paramatma Nitai.
We can't change their course and destiny even by our best policing and convincing; only Nitai can.
To help you attain Hari Nama Prema in this very lifetime, I am your aspiring humble servant working day and night tirelessly in your menial service to help brighten your offenseless and love-laden remembrance of our all-forgiving Lord Nitai's form in all your Bhakti Yoga practices,