No Counteraction is the Best Counteraction - Part 1

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

The following is humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean class given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.6.2 in Sri Sri Radha NeelMadhav dham, Rajkot.

(Gurudev recites the verse and lovingly encourages devotees to repeat it few time.)

yathā hi puruṣasyeha viṣṇoḥ pādopasarpaṇam
yad eṣa sarva-bhūtānāṁ priya ātmeśvaraḥ suhṛt

Gurudev reads the word to word and devotees repeat: yathā — in order that; hi — indeed; puruṣasya — of a living entity; iha — here; viṣṇoḥ — of Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pāda-upasarpaṇam — approaching the lotus feet; yat — because; eṣaḥ — this; sarva-bhūtānām — of all living entities; priyaḥ —the dear one; ātma-īśvaraḥ — the master of the soul, the Supersoul; suhṛt — the best well-wisher and friend.

Translation by Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada ki,

Devotees: Jai

Gurudev: Please repeat. (Gurudev reads the translation and devotees repeat.) The human form of life affords one a chance to return home, back to Godhead. Therefore every living entity, especially in the human form of life, must engage in devotional service to the lotus feet of Lord Viṣṇu. This devotional service is natural because Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the most beloved, the master of the soul, and the well-wisher of all other living beings.

1. No Retaliation is Best Retaliation:
Gurudev: These things many times we have heard. But they don't digest. I don't know why. We have heard so many times, the same thing. The same (thing) we repeat also again and again. But even then it doesn't sink in. (Gurudev laughs). What is the reason? See, think. It doesn't sink in. (Joking with a devotee Maharaj says). Rascal you are meat head ! ( laughter). By eating meat, the meat is in your head. (Gurudev laughs). Nothing else goes there. (Gurudev and devotees laugh). Your nerves are full of meat. We didn't eat meat, but then our nerves are full by the criticisms of others. That is the most bad quality we have. We always talk about others. Two people come they always talk about the third one. And again we happened to talk to him we'll criticize the one ( not clear). So everytime the criticism is in our mind. So we are not afraid to criticize, because we are not attracted to these higher values. 

(Joking about someone who was making too many plans to earn more money Gurudev said) Either we are counting our money or we are, we are concocting about the making money things. I mean to say the concoction never works. Our lives are full of concoctions. And Kṛṣṇa advises us not to concoct. You may be busy in your shop that you cannot even raise your head also. But my mind will concoct. "What happened to this man, he didn't even raise his head? Man ! I am his Guru you know?" (Gurudev laughs). So next time I see him, I will also neglect. There was nothing. But my mind concocts. Next time he waves and I am ignoring him. Arey! (Gurudev laughs) this is concoction. 

Please, it is our experience. Somebody will criticise you on other's face or your face also or somehow or the other you will know that he was criticising. Even then keep quite. Our Bhagavatam principle is no retaliation is the best retaliation. No retaliation. You keep quiet. Because this adhibauthik dukh, others talking about you or whatever is going to go on.

Krishna wiilling we shall continue to hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Krishna Rati devi dasi
Singapore.