Never Criticizing

Posted on January 7, 2014 by admin-vasanti

I want you to preach my mission just as the disciples of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja preached. His disciples preached everywhere and distributed his books. I also want you to preach everywhere through books. Distribute his books and my books. Go to airports, seaports, schools, colleges, streetto-street, house-to-house ‒ and broadcast the mission of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Chant harināma and be happy.

But one thing ‒ you must give proper respect to your superiors; you must certainly do this. In fact, don’t criticize any Vaiṣṇava. Give proper honor even to those who are not qualified but are chanting the holy name. Don’t criticize.

In this way, try to follow:

tṛṇād api sunīcena
taror api suhiṣṇunā
amāninā mānadena
kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ
Śikṣāṣtaka (3)

Be humble, more so than a blade of grass. Be tolerant, more so than a tree. If you throw a stone at the tree, it will reciprocate by giving you sweet fruits. Trees don’t ask for water, or anything, for themselves. They serve all others by their bark, juice, shade, fruits, flowers, and leaves. Everything they have is for others.

Vaiṣṇavas should be like that as well. Don’t desire your own praise; rather, as others are qualified, give them honor. In this way, preach my mission as the disciples of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja preached. They preached everywhere, and in a couple of years, the whole world knew “Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa.” How wonderful this is!

He translated so many books. He established preaching centers in the midst of oceans, in the middle of forests, and practically everywhere else. Try to do this. In this way, you will be happy and others will be happy.

Miami, Florida: May 7, 2006





One Comment

  1. Trilokanatha dasa
    5 years ago

    Jai Gurudeva! I feel so fortunate to have been able to have your association, and still cannot believe how many of Prabhupada’s disciples refused to acknowledge your sweet and flawless character. Please help me to learn from their unfortunate example, and leave myself open to not criticizing the venerable Vaisnavas such as yourself, and thus leave myself open to hearing sweet Hari Katha, wherever, and from whomever it emanates. With ever so much gratitude, your unworthy siksa disciple,
    Trilokanatha dasa