Tolerating the offence of others

Tolerating the offence of others

20th Oct 2006
Kalacakra Krsna das

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

Yesterday I came across a very inspiring pastime of Lord in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 89.  Bhrgu muni, the son of Lord Brahma, once wanted to find out who is supreme among the three deities - Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu. To test Them, he first went to Lord Brahma's abode and stood before him without offering obeisances or glories to him. Lord Brahma was irritated by his son's behaviour and felt very angry. But he applied his intelligence and somehow tried to control his anger and remained silent.

Later Bhrgu Muni went to meet Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva immediately rose from his seat and approached Bhrgu Muni to embrace him. But Brhgu Muni refused to reciprocate to Lord Shiva's loving get sure and rebuked him. Hearing his neglectful words, Lord Shiva raised his trident to kill Bhrgu Muni. But  Mother Parvathi pacified the Lord and then Bhrgu Muni left that place and went to Vaikuntha where Lord Janardana was lying on the lap of his consort Mother Lakshmi.

Bhrgu Muni kicked the Lord's chest and immediately the Lord rose and offered his obeisances unto the sage and asked for forgiveness for not having noticed the sage. He further proceeds to say,

SB 10.89.10-11
punīhi saha-lokaṁ māṁ loka-pālāṁś ca mad-gatān
pādodakena bhavatas tīrthānāṁ tīrtha-kāriṇā

adyāhaṁ bhagavaḻ lakṣmyā āsam ekānta-bhājanam
vatsyaty urasi me bhūtir bhavat-pāda-hatāṁhasaḥ

Please purify Me, My realm and the realms of the universal rulers devoted to Me by giving us the water that has washed your feet. This holy water is indeed what makes all places of pilgrimage sacred. Today, my lord, I have become the exclusive shelter of the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi; she will consent to reside on My chest because your foot has rid it of sins.

The way the Lord reciprocated to Bhrgu Muni's behaviour is so amazing. He is the master of the Universe and the Supreme controller. But without even a slight tinge of pride, the Lord paid obeisances and glorified a person who had offended Him. We usually have zero tolerance limit and get very much offended even when slightly provoked by others. Even if we don't openly express our anger, we hold a grudge against that person and wait for every chance to somehow smash them.  When such an all-powerful Lord, who is fully capable of retaliating is tolerant to an offense which is knowingly committed to Him, how much tolerant should we be ?

So by remembering this pastime of the Lord, we should exercise extreme tolerance in all our dealings with the living entities and the various circumstances which we are put in.  Also as Lord Vishnu exhibits in this pastime, by glorifying the person who is offending us, we can make them feel repentant of their misdemeanor. Of course we should not glorify them superficially, rather we should glorify them with genuine humility, feeling insignificant of ourselves.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das & Sudarshana devi dasi.