Lessons In Treating Virtue and Fault - Part 1

Lessons In Treating Virtue and Fault - Part 1

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,

Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

In the fourth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam is the famous pastime of Daksha and Lord Siva. Satidevi, wife of Lord Siva, goes to the sacrifice being performed by her father Daksha, against the wishes of Lord Siva. Present in the arena of sacrifice, Sati saw that there were no oblations for her husband, Lord Siva. Next she realized that not only had her father failed to invite Lord Siva, but when he saw Lord Siva's exalted wife, Daksha did not receive her either. Thus she became greatly angry, so much so that she looked at her father as if she were going to burn him with her eyes. Therein she especially condemned her father, speaking against him in the presence of all. Then she glorifies the great quality of Lord Siva in the following beautiful verse in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.4.12

doshaan pareshaam hi guneshu saadhavo
grhnanti kecin na bhavaadrsho dvija

gunaamsh ca phalgun bahuli-karishnavo

mahattamaas teshv avidad bhavaan agham

"Twice-born Daksha, a man like you can simply find fault in the qualities of others. Lord Shiva, however, not only finds no faults with others' qualities, but if someone has a little good quality, he magnifies it greatly. Unfortunately, you have found fault with such a great soul."

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport, "There are some highly qualified persons who accept only the good qualities of others. Just as a bee is always interested in the honey in the flower and does not consider the thorns and colors, highly qualified persons, who are uncommon, accept only the good qualities of others, not considering their bad qualities, whereas the common man can judge what are good qualities and what are bad qualities. Among the uncommonly good souls there are still gradations, and the best good soul is one who accepts an insignificant asset of a person and magnifies that good quality."

Since Daksha's behaviour was quite opposite to that of Lord Shiva, Mother Sati chastised him.   

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev

Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Abu dhabi