Finding our Own Faults - Part 2

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, wherein we saw that when we engage in mindlessly finding fault in others and criticizing others, we have to face the consequences. When someone speaks harshly and criticizes us, we immediately shoot up and react, counteract, defend, justify ourselves. But again what should be our stance, is instructed by the scriptures. In Mahabharata we find these verses which we should keep contemplating so that we develop the quality of tolerance which itself is a great penance or tapasya.

ākrośaparivādābhyāṁ vihiṁsanty abudhā budhān
vaktā pāpam upādatte kṣamamāṇo vimucyate

The ignorant seek to injure the wise by malice and back-biting; by doing so the critic takes upon himself the load of the wise man’s sins, which he, the wise man, casts off by forgiving the ignorant. (Vidura to Dhritarastra. Mahābhārata, udyoga parva 34.74)

ākruśyamāno nākrośen manyur eva titikṣitaḥ
ākroṣṭāraṁ nirdahati sukṛtaṁ cāsya vindati

A person being criticized should not criticize in retaliation, for the pain felt upon receiving criticism, if endured, will itself consume the critic and bring in exchange the results of his good deeds. (Dattatreya to the Saddhyas. Mahābhārata, udyoga parva 36.5)

aruṣyan kruśyamānasya sukṛtaṁ nāma vindati
duṣkṛtaṁ cātmano marṣī ruṣyaty evāpamārṣṭi vai

One who tolerates, not becoming angry, certainly attains the abuser’s pious credits. Indeed, his own sins are transferred to that wrathful person. (Bhishma to Yudhisthira. Mahābhārata, śanti-parva 115.3)

We see this extraordinary behaviour in Srimad Bhagavatam.When Parikshit Maharaj was moving in the forest, he found the personality of kali beating a poor bull and had cut off three of its legs. The bull which represented dharma was in a very sorry state and Parikshit Maharaj was enraged at the act of Kali purusha. He asked the Dharma personified as to who had done this heinous act. In reply to this Dharma personified, did not give a direct answer to him but his reply was highly philosophical. Because the bull (dharma personified) knew very well that whoever may be the intermediate cause, the ultimate cause is Lord Krishna only. Maharaj Parikshit being highly sagacious, could appreciate this as he himself has a deep understanding and application of the finer intricacies of religion and hence speaks the following verse Srimad Bhagavatam 1.17.22

dharmaṁ bravīṣi dharma-jña dharmo ’si vṛṣa-rūpa-dhṛk
yad adharma-kṛtaḥ sthānaṁ sūcakgasyāpi tad bhavet

The King said: O you, who are in the form of a bull! You know the truth of religion, and you are speaking according to the principle that the destination intended for the perpetrator of irreligious acts is also intended for one who identifies the perpetrator. You are no other than the personality of religion.

Krishna willing we shall meditate further on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev
Vaijayantimala  devi dasi