Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam - Part 29

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled 'Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam'. In the previous offering we were meditating on the instructions given by Gokarna to his father Atmadeva in shloka 80 of the 4th chapter of Uttarakhanda of Padma purana. So far we saw the below 2 instructions.

1. Dharmaṁ bhajasva satataṁ- Always remember Krishna.
2. Tyaja loka-dharmān sevasva - Give up useless labour.
3. Be eager to take association of sadhus.
4. Give up thirst for sense pleasures.

Now let us see further.

5. Stop finding faults and appreciate good qualities in others: This is a very important quality which we need to cautiously develop, if we are really concerned about progressing in bhakti. Our innate tendency is to find fault in others and we are so miserly in appreciating any good thing done. We take good things for granted, but cannot tolerate even a small mistake. But somehow when it comes to our ownselves, we conveniently relax this rule. We expect appreciation and credit even for insignificant tasks and conveniently forgive ourselves for our grave mistakes.

Our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says, "You keep seeing good in others, then you become good. You keep seeing bad in others, then you also become bad". This is 100% true statement and many times we have practically experienced how we become victims of the same fault, which we are pointing in others. Maharaj used to give the famous example of Ravana, not being able to take up the form of Rama, to trick Sita. Because as soon as he desires to take the form of Lord Rama, through mystic powers, he has to meditate on Lord Rama and as a result, Sita starts appearing like a mother to him as Lord Rama had this quality of considering other's wife as His mother.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his purport to Adi lila verse 8.62 in Caitanya Caritamrta says, "Every human being has both good qualities and faults. Therefore it is said, saj-janaa gunam icchanti dosham icchanti paamaraah: everyone has a combination of faults and glories. But a Vaishnava, a sober man, accepts only a man's glories and not his faults, for flies seek sores whereas honeybees seek honey. Haridasa Pandita never found fault with a Vaishnava but considered only his good qualities." Faultfinding is just a waste of time and energy. By doing that neither are we going to progress in bhakti, nor are we helping the people around us. Whereas if we look into our own mistakes and correct ourselves, and genuinely appreciate even the minute qualities of others, then we will also be light at heart and will be able to encourage others also to take to devotional service.

So Gokarna advises his father not to meditate on the bad qualities of his son Dhundukari or any one else. But to just meditate and appreciate even minute good quality present in others. Krishna willing we shall continue to hear further instructions of Gokarna in the subsequent offering.

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