Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj - Vyasa Puja 2010 - Part 7

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the remembrances and glorifications of our spiritual master Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj that took place in Shree Shree Radha Neel Madhav dham, Rajkot on December 21 2010. In the previous offering we were listening to the fiery lecture given by Maharaj  on what is real knowledge, based on Bhagavad Gita verses 13.8 through 12. Maharaj continued with the fifth point mentioned in the purport of verse 10 of Isopanishad

(5) One should learn to avoid duplicity in his dealings with others.
"What is the meaning of duplicity? (One devotee replied - Hypocrisy and Gurudev said that it is not correct). Hypocrisy means we like to show ourselves to others, what we are not. What is duplicity? (Another devotee replied -Thinking something in the mind and speaking out something else.) That is right. Inside we think something else and outside we speak some thing else. Suppose he (referring to the person who played rock-music) comes, and I simply say in front of him - "You are such a nice devotee. You are dancing nicely in the basement. Very good."  And when he goes out if I say, "Rascal number 1. He is polluting the place with rock-music", then that is duplicity. On the face we talk one thing and in the heart we think something else and this is duraatmana. vacas anyath, karma anyath duraatmana - Vacan, speech is different. Karma - action is different for a duraatmana. Vacas ekam, karma ekam - mahaatmana. Vacan - speech is same and karma, action is same for Mahaatmana. Those people who are unflinching devotee of Krishna, they speak out whatever is there in their heart. Otherwise duplicit behaviour is always dangerous. Whenever two people come together, they always speak of the third people, without fail and they don't have any other topic to talk about. They are completely averse of Krishna katha."

One devotee asked a very honest and practical question in this regard - "Maharaj, sometimes i find it difficult to distinguish between fault-finding and duplicity? If I see some-one doing something wrong, is it correct for me to say it up-front or to remain silent? If I speak out I feel it is fault-finding and if I remain silent, then am I duplicit?"

Maharaj replied - "It depends on what circumstance you are in. Give me the example."

Devotee : May be someone is inattentive while chanting their rounds. I know that it is not correct for them to do that. So can I tell them or not?

Maharaj : "It depends on your position also. If you are in-charge or manager or supervisor, then you can say. It depends on the authority. If we are given the authority, then we can tell others. Otherwise how can we tell? You know the traffic polices are there in India. You don't see them here (Minneapolis) because traffic lights are all working (laughter). In India, all the traffic lights will not work all the time. So they have to have traffic police to control the traffic. So people see the uniform and the policeman and they know definitely that this man is connected to the police department and we have to obey his signs. So people obey. But if some mad-man comes and he also stands beside the traffic police and shows signs, nobody will obey him. So it depends upon the position. That is the thing. Do you understand? So according to our own position, we should decide what we have to do."

Another devotee asked :  Maharaj - Sometimes in an attempt to avoid being duplicit, we tend to speak out whatever is in our mind. That might turn out to be harsh words or hurt others. But Maharaj you have also taught us -"priya vaakya pradhaanena sarve tushyanti jantavaah" - By talking sweet words, all living entities are pleased. Sometimes it becomes a struggle as to how to ensure that we are not duplicit, as well we don't hurt others.

Maharaj : First thing is we should avoid speaking. That should be our rule. That I will not speak anything apart from Krishna consciousness. That is a safe outlet. And in order to do that, we must not have duplicit mind. When we have something in our mind and we have to speak out something else, then that means, we are at fault. So inspect yourself. Correct yourself. Otherwise the inauspicious ideas about others will never be in our minds. There is no question of duplicity at all. We may speak out bad things about few people whom we know. But in the world around, there are innumerable living entities are there to whom we will talk. So first thing is duplicit ideas, inauspicious ideas should not come in our mind. But if at all they come, then we have to examine ourselves. And I am guaranteeing you, whenever you examine yourselves, you will definitely find fault in yourself. That is how we avoid duplicity. If I examine myself, then I am not telling anything about anybody. So matter has ended there. These material things should be cut-off or completed. If I am not at fault, and I don't have authority to do, then we should not speak. So many things are happening around the world and we don't even have any idea about it. So this is the way to behave for a devotee.

And devotee always is very good. Because he understands, that in any situation, he has to be complete straight forward. Then we can judge others. And judging others also who is giving the authority for us to judge others? Our position should be maintained. And out of 100% - atleast 99% we are always wrong to think about others. So the onus is on us. Not that we have to hide our feelings and talk good. That is the meaning for forbearance. That if it is harming you, still we try to tolerate atleast to some extent. Other day I gave you the example of axe. It has sharp edge and it is cutting the candan(sandal-wood) tree. And to that sharp-edged axe also, the tree gives the fragrance. To that extent we have to be tolerant. It is very easy for me to say. But it is very very difficult, nearly impossible to put into practice. This is the thing we should remember. Somehow or other inauspicious ideas should not enter into our mind. If inauspicious idea is there, then there is some selfish ineterst involved or we want to be glorified. Something is there and I guarantee you, really if you don't have anything in mind, then we will not think inauspicious about anybody. And if we have anything inauspicious, we will tell him plainly,  "Baba, This is your thing. Please correct yourself else we have to do something." So far as our experience goes from Srila Prabhupada, we may have to remove certain living entity. We should not do it really. But sometimes it so happens that it is impossible to get along. So we have to remove him. So, the best way is to give that living entity a better chance instead of degrading further. What we do is we try to kick and that is inauspicious. Auspicious idea is to whomever you want to tell something, think something good for them and we escape the apriya vaakya - harsh speech. dambho darpo abhimaanas ca krodha paarushyam eva ca. Paarushyam should be avoided. Paarushyam is harsh speech. How can we avoid ? We have to do more good for others than what we have done so far. I don't know how in every circumstance this will fit in, But it is our endeavour to go on the good side and then we avoid duplicity and we avoid harming anybody.

Any more questions ? Please try to study the remaining 5 points from Isopanishad and see what good you can do. Jai ! Hare Krishna."

H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj ki Jai ! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai !

Krishna willing, we shall try to share the details of the glorifications and remembrances of Gurudev that took place after this powerful class in the subsequent offerings.

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