Blasphemy of a Vaishnava

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

In each and every living entity, Krishna is residing as the paramatma. But practically speaking, we never really try to see His presence near us and hence we tend to do Vaishnava apradha - which includes actions of body, mind, words and heart.

As per the Skanda Purana, Vaishnava apradha includes the following :

· Killing a devotee, 
· Blasphemy of a devotee, 
· Enviousness towards devotees,
· Failing to offer obeisances to Vaishnavas upon seeing them, 
· Becoming angry with a Vaishnava and lastly but not the least
· Not becoming joyful upon seeing a Vaishnava.

It also stresses on the fact that one who blaspheme Vaishnavas goes to the worst kind of hell along with generations of their ancestors. In short, Vaishnava apradha means to blaspheme, find fault, criticize or speak ill of devotees.

In Srimad Bhagavatam 10.74.40, it is beautifully said: 

nindāṁ bhagavataḥ śṛṇvaṁs tat-parasya janasya vā
tato nāpaiti yaḥ so ’pi yāty adhaḥ sukṛtāc cyutaḥ

Anyone who fails to immediately leave the place where he hears criticism of the Supreme Lord or His faithful devotee will certainly fall down, bereft of his pious credit.

Further in the purport to SB 5.10.25, Srila Prabhupada quotes from Caitanya-Bhagavata madhya 22 as follows:

vaiṣṇavera nindā karibeka yāra gaṇa
tāra rakṣā sāmarthya nāhika kona jana
śūlapāṇi-sama yadi vaiṣṇavere ninde
tathāpiha nāśa yāya — kahe śāstra-vṛnde
ihā nā māniyā ye sujana nindā kare
janme janme se pāpiṣṭha daiva-doṣe mare

One who blasphemes a Vaishnava cannot be protected by anyone. Even if a person is as strong as Lord Shiva, if he blasphemes a Vaisnava, he is sure to be destroyed. This is the verdict of all shastras. If one does not care for the verdict of the shastras and dares blaspheme a Vaisnava, he suffers life after life because of this.

From Brahmaji down to the grass, every living being is Krishna's energy. Therefore, all shastras declare, "Lord Krishna becomes very angry with anyone who blasphemes another living entity". The sin of blasphemy robs all intelligence and fills the heart with suffering . It is clear that Lord Caitanya delivers everyone except sinners who blasphemes Vaishnavas.

During Mangala Arti, how many times have we recited the ten offences against the holy name, but we still don't stop criticizing others. Why should a person be anxious to pry into other defects, when he does not see to scrutinize his own conduct? Before pinpointing anyone, we should ask ourselves, "Are we perfect ?". If we have defects in ourselves then why do we find fault in others?

As our dearest spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj always says, "We spend our 75% of vital energy in criticizing others." He always emphasizes on putting ourselves in other's shoes, but fallen souls like us, are not able to really follow his words. It is said in the shastras that the spiritual master is responsible for the deliverance of his disciples, but this responsibility is not one way. It is the responsibility of the disciple too, that no offence is made to any living entity.

So, we pray to Krishna and Gurudev, that we don't involve ourselves in all these fallen deeds.

Thank you very much.
Your servants,
Sriniketan das & Nayana Priya devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.