Be Responsible

28th Jun 2020
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 3, Chapter 16 verse 5, Lord Krishna says

yan-nāmāni ca gṛhṇāti loko bhṛtye kṛtāgasi
so ’sādhu-vādas tat-kīrtiṁ hanti tvacam ivāmayaḥ

A wrong act committed by a servant leads people in general to blame his master, just as a spot of white leprosy on any part of the body pollutes all of the skin.

In the material world, we never want to take responsibility for our faults. We prefer to pass on the blame to others for our own faults, what to speak of the faults of our dependents. But in pastime of Jaya and Vijaya, we see that Lord tells the Sanat Kumaras, that He is responsible for the mistake committed by His servants. 

As servants of Guru and Krishna, we should be very careful in the way, we behave with other living entities, be it home, temple, society or in any community. In Tamil there is a proverb that the joy a mother experiences when she hears the glorious nature of her son is much more than the happiness she gets when she gives birth to him. Like wise Guru is our spiritual parent and Lord is our Supreme parent. Our good behaviour pleases them and our misbehaviour gives them lot of pain. Srila Prabhupada very nicely says in the purport to the above verse, "A devotee should be blameless because any offense by the devotee is a scar on the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The devotee's duty is to be always conscious in his dealings with others, especially with another devotee of the Lord."

If we are not able to serve elders, Guru and Krishna favourably, we should atleast refrain from bringing them bad name. How to ensure that we always behave in a sane manner? The last line of the translation to verse 3.16.37 gives us the answer to this problem. When the demigods became afraid of the unprecedented darkness covering the three worlds, they take shelter of Lord Brahma. The cause of darkness was due to the presence of the demons Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyakshan in the womb of Diti for 100 years. When the demigods were becoming over-anxious, Lord Brahma explained to them the reason for the darkness and how Supreme Lord will always protect us. So Brahmaji further advises, "What purpose can we serve on His behalf by deliberating on the subject?" 

If the answer to above question results in some favourable or pleasing service for Lord and His devotees, then we can proceed with thinking, speaking and executing it. Else we should not proceed further in that direction.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi