Finding our Own Faults- Part 3

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

 This is in conclusion of the previous offering, wherein we saw that when

1. we engage in mindlessly finding fault in others and criticizing others, we have to face the consequences.
2. Shastras warn us that we find faults in others, keep meditating on that and keep criticising it with others we also become partaker of that sin.

Now we shall see further.

The identifier is considered as much a sinner as the mischief monger.  We saw in the story the sin was assigned on the lady who accused the King. This  is reiterated in the following verse from Narada Purana 1.14.114-115

pāpināṁ pāpa-gaṇanāṁ kṛtvānyebhyo diśanti ca
astitve tulya-pāpās te mithyātve dvi-guṇā nṛpa

 O King! After counting the sins of sinful people, those who factually speak about them to others accrue equal amounts of sin. However, one who falsely speaks about the sins of others accrues double the load attributed to the sins that have been falsely alleged.

Our beloved Guru Maharaj. HH Mahavishnu Goswami says in his class on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.11 in 2003 “Bhagavatam insists that whenever there is a disagreement to cut short the matter we should blame ourselves. And in every matter we should try to blame ourselves. And this is the way we avoid all the misunderstandings, everything and even if we talk in these four walls about anybody else the walls also has ears. (Gurudev laughs). Humarey mey kehathey hai khi diwaro kho bhi khaan hai (there is a saying that even the walls have ears). And sometimes it will go to him. And then there will be some misunderstanding again. So just to cut short everything we should try to blame and if you see really we are at the fault everywhere. (Gurudev laughs) When there is disagreement we are at the fault. So if we really blame ourselves then the material matters don't linger on and the important thing is there is no sinful reaction. dusrey kho blame karney kho kya hai khi (when we blame others) immedietely there is sinful reaction. Then you have to waste your time also in planning. So we elders should understand these things and some how or the other Kṛṣṇa conscious way, we should try to free ourselves from these sinful reactions.”

I see that I have a very long way to go. Praying that I have this thinking always “Let us not become the counter of other’s sins. Let others do whatever they like; I have no concern with them. I should find fault with my own damned mind and think like the Vaiṣṇava mahājana, who sang:

āmāra jīvana, sadā pāpe rata, nāhiko puṇyera leśa
para-sukhe duḥkhī, sadā mithya-bhāṣī, para-duḥkha sukha-karo

Ever acting viciously, Not a trace of virtue in me. Sorry at others’ pleasures, always speaking falsities, And merry at others’ sorrows and adversities.“ (Śaraṇāgati 4.1-2)

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