Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
There was a king who had ten wild dogs. He used them to torture and eat all the ministers who made mistakes. One of the ministers, once gave an opinion which was wrong and which the King didn't like at all. So he ordered that the minister be thrown to the dogs. The minister said, "I served you 10 years and you do this to me? Please give me 10 days before you throw me in with those dogs." The king agreed. In those 10 days, the minister went to the guard who was guarding the dogs and told him he wants to serve the dogs for the next 10 days. The guard was baffled, but he agreed. So the minister started feeding the dogs, cleaning them, washing them, providing all sorts of comforts for them. So when the ten days were over, the king ordered that the minister be thrown into the dogs for his punishment. But when he was thrown in, everyone was amazed at what they saw. They saw the dogs licking the feet of the minister. The King was baffled at what he saw and he said, "What happened to the dogs??? !!!" The minister then said, "I served the dogs fro 10 days and they didn't forget my service. Yet I served you for 10 years and you forgot all at the first mistake!" So the king realized his mistake and ordered the minister to go free.
This is our tendency in the material world that we completely wipe out from our hearts the history that is filled with good because of a small incident that we didn't like. But when we look at the Supreme Personality Of Godhead, we see from Srimad Ramayana, the following beautiful verse describing the quality of Lord Rama.
kathancid upakāreṇa kṛtenaikena tuṣyati
na smaratyapakārāṇāṁ śatamapyātmavattayā
Lord Ram is eternally pleased by even a single small favour done at some point of time, whereas He forgets in a jiffy all the bad turns done to Him however grave and numerous they are.
That is why Srila Prabhupada very wonderfully glorifies the Lord in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 3.2.23, "The Lord accepts the least qualification of the living entity and awards him the highest reward. That is the standard of His character. Therefore, who but the Lord can be the ultimate shelter?" So it is very important that we remember the following words spoken by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji quoting our beloved Gurudev HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, in one of his lectures in Abu Dhabi.
"Maharaj said, "Vaishnava means, every time we approach a devotee, we approach the devotee with a clean slate. How are you going to write something if there is no clean slate?" It is a fact. We need the clean slate. Otherwise it is very difficult to write anything. So this point we should not forget. On Maharaj's Vyasa pooja in Rajkot on 13th December 2008, Maharaj gave us this message, "Learn to write the hurts in the sand. Learn to carve our benefits on the stone. Sand will be swept away easily. So let our hurt be put in the sand, so that we forget those who hurt us, forgive those who hurt us, very quickly. But anything that is helping us in Krishna consciousness that one we must carve it into the stone and those who live this way can never be touched by envy. This is the royal road to come out of envy." If we are touched by envy, that means we don't know how to forgive and forget.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
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