Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev.
It's unfortunately a symptom of Kali yuga to get caught up finding faults in others at least in the mind. Actually we should find the good in others and the faults in ourselves.The first offense which one has to avoid while chanting the Holy Name is, "To blaspheme the devotee who have dedicated their lives in propagating the Holy Names of the Lord ." In reality we should avoid blasphemy of any kind - be it devotees who are propagating the Holy Names or those who are not. Only then we would be able to look at our faults. When we are busy finding faults in others we overlook our mistakes and would never be able to make progress in devotional life.
In Caitanya Bhagavat, Lord Caitanya discusses how to get His mercy. "From Brahma down to the grass, every living entity is Lord Krishna's energy. Therefore all shastras declare, 'Lord Krishna becomes very angry with anyone who blasphemes another living entity'." Lord Caitanya said , "All the entities in the numberless universes are My servants. Therefore any living entity who harms or offends another living entity will perish. If a sannyasi blasphemes an innocent person the sannyasi will fall down and lose his piety." Then raising His arms, Lord Caitanya declared to the entire world, "Renouncing criticism of others, everyone please chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama. Rama Rama, Hare Hare. I will personally deliver anyone who does not criticize others and who once chants Krishna!. Hearing Lord Caitanya speak thus, the devotees cheered "Jai, Jai, Jai!" (CB)
So I pray at the lotus feet of Gurudev and Gauranga so that I refrain from finding faults in others - but correct my mistakes and perform sincere devotional service.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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