Disqualifications for Devotional Service - Part 5

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

This is in continuation of the previous offerings transcribing the class by HG Devakinandan Prabhuji on the disqualifications for bhakti. We are seeing the explanation by Prabhuji on the first disqualification that is envy. We shall see further on that.

c) Vaishnavas do not keep anything in the heart: Maharaj said Durvasa muni fell at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu and He denied. But devotees don't deny. That is why the instructions of Supreme Personality of Godhead are meant for those who do not keep anything in the heart. Maharaj was the perfect example for us. No matter how much difficulty people inflicted on Maharaj, Maharaj never had anything in the heart. One moment, he would really fire us, next moment he would talk to us as if, just before that, there was no firing. 

Once we were sitting in Bank Of Baroda, Rajkot and one cheque had gone haywire. Maharaj was very upset with the banker. Maharaj said, "I am not going to leave the room until you bring back the cheque" and he fired the banker in front of me and HG Vaishnava seva Prabhuji like anything. We tried to give excuses to get out of that place, because when Maharaj starts firing, anyone in the room also comes in the firing line. Maharaj kept firing that manager and because the room was open, the whole bank could hear it. Bank manager getting firing in his bank! Maharaj said, "I will take you to court. I will sue you!" And half way through, he said, "We will wait for the cheque to come back." Maharaj said, "It is not my money. It is Krishna's money. How dare you play with Krishna?" After one hour of firing, Maharaj turned to the same banker and said, "So you have family?" He said, "yes." He started wondering, "Is my family going to come under firing?" He was very cautious. Maharaj asked how many children and how old they are and lovingly said that you should chant. After one hour of chanting again nothing came and Maharaj started firing again. After a while, again Maharaj was loving. Maharaj said, "Take out a verse now. We will read." Bank manager could not do his job for the whole afternoon. And then after a while, he also started understanding. He said, "Can I bring something for you to eat?" This is because there is nothing in the heart. We can't imitate this. When we say we are firing someone for his own devotional improvement, are we really doing that? We are not. So we should be very careful with this.

Krishna willing, we shall see more on this topic in the ensuing offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.