MONTHLY ARCHIVE OF UPDATES

JULY 2015

 

Wed, 1 July 2015:
Sri Govinda Kunda Marbling
The marbling works are continuing steadily at Sri Govinda Kunda at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Sri Nabadwip Dham, India. Two photographs taken yesterday, 30 June.

 

Guidance: Issue #03, 2015/2 (ePub, 0.9 Mb)
An ePub file for offline reading on mobile phones and tablets containing the lectures of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj published here from April to June 2015. We pray this serves as a source of guidance, nourishment, and life to all the devotees and well-wishers worldwide.

  The previous two issues of Guidance have been revised and re-uploaded:
Issue #01, 2014 (July-December 2014)
Issue #02, 2015/1 (January-March 2015)
 

 

Thu, 2 July 2015:
Rupa Sanatan: First Encounter
"Rupa and Sanatan stayed in Ramkeli-gram in Malda district, Gauda Mandal and worked for the emperor Hussein Shah. They heard that somebody tried to start kirtan, and, understanding that it had to be Mahaprabhu, they went to meet with Him."
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Fri, 3 July 2015:
শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন: ২ সুখনিকেতন (প্রথম অংশ)
"যেখানে আছে আমাদের নিজেদের বাড়ী , আমাদের সুখনিকেতন, সেখানেই আছে আমাদের সম্পূর্ণ স্বাধীনতা ও সমস্ত রকমের সুখ স্বাচ্ছন্দ্য ও আরাম । সব কিছুই সেখানে আছে । এ এমন এক জায়গা যেখানে সহজতঃই বিশ্বাস, ভালবাসা, স্নেহপ্রীতির স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত্ত আদানপ্রদান রয়েছে । সেখানে যে সুখশান্তি, নিরাপত্তা, সৌন্দর্য্য প্রেম ইত্যাদি আছে তা আমাদের পক্ষে অচিন্ত্যনীয় ।"

Rupa Sanatan: Running Away
"Rupa Goswami left his job tactfully—he made some mistakes in the accounts and the king told him it was not necessary for him to do the job any more. Shortly after that, all of a sudden Sanatan Goswami left the job without giving any notice to the king."
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News from Sri Govinda Kunda
While the marbling works continue, His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharya Maharaj gathers devotees to pull one of the sunk boats out of the water.

 

 

Sat, 4 July 2015:
Sanatan Goswami: On the way to Mahaprabhu
Having escaped from the jail, Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu begins his journey to Mahaprabhu and faces more obstacles on his way: clever dacoits, unexpected bad association, and a family snare.
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Sun, 5 July 2015:
Sanatan Goswami: Finishing Visaya
"Mahaprabhu was very happy, 'I am very happy to see his vairagyata, his renunciation. He was a chief minister, but now he suddenly wears old poor clothes and goes begging house to house. Sanatan is not shy, not ashamed—he has no ego.'"
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Mon, 6 July 2015:
শ্রী মোহিনী একাদশী
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ শ্রী মোহিনী একাদশী সম্পর্কে পড়ছেন ।
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শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত, অধ্যায় ৯-১০
ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজ শ্রীশ্রীপ্রেমবিবর্ত্ত থেকে পড়ছেন: যুক্তবৈরাগ্য, জাতিকুল ।
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Tue, 7 July 2015:
Srila Jagadananda Pandit's Irresistible Service
"Jagadananda Prabhu is the dearmost, most intimate associate of Mahaprabhu. They have known each other from childhood, and Jagadananda Prabhu has some right over Mahaprabhu because through his service he has captured Mahaprabhu's heart..."
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Wed, 8 July 2015:
The Calamity Within
"You will face so much austerity in your spiritual life, but please do not leave Krishna consciousness. You want to get the Supreme Personality but how much patience do you have? How much quality do you have? How much of your ego can you leave?"
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Morning Class at the Samadhi-Mandir
As the time draws closer to Sri Ratha Yatra, devotees begin to arrive to the Holy Dham to join the festival and serve at the holy lotus feet of Srila Gurudev.

 

 

Thu, 9 July 2015:
Sincere Campaign
"You are chanting the Holy Name yourself and you should engage others in chanting: you must tell others about it. It may give them some austerity to hear it and they may not want to hear it, but tell them again and again—try and try, again and again."
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Fri, 10 July 2015:
শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন: ২ সুখনিকেতন (প্রথম অংশ)
"আজ এখানে যা সুখের, কাল এখানে তা দুঃখের হয়ে যাবে । তাই আমাদের অন্য কোথাও একটা মঙ্গলময় অবস্থান খুঁজে নিতে হবে, যে শুভ মঙ্গলময় ক্ষেত্রে নিশ্চিন্তে আমাদের আপন গৃহ তৈরী করতে পারি ।সেই মঙ্গলময় ভূমির সন্ধানে যখন বেরোব, তখন দেখব যে আমাদের সেই আপন গৃহের, সেই পরম আনন্দময় সুখনিকেতনের অস্তিত্ব রয়েছে আর সেই সুখনিকেতন হল নিখুঁত ও সর্ব্বাঙ্গসুন্দর ।"

A Rainy Morning at Sri Nabadwip Dham
"Just as in the rainy season the water-bearing clouds wander about the earth pouring torrents of rain and creating a deep-sounding drumming all around, you too wander about this earth with your associates, marching and proclaiming the glories of Gaura. O my lord! Indeed, you always pour the divine nectar of your mercy without any reservation."

 

Sat, 11 July 2015:
Mahaprabhu Enters Sri Puri Dham
"Atharnala is the place through which Mahaprabhu first entered Puri after He took sannyas. Engrossed in the thoughts about Lord Jagannath, Mahaprabhu began to run from there. He was actually walking, but walking so fast that the devotees had to run to follow Him."
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Sun, 12 July 2015 (Today is Parama Ekadashi):
Rescuing Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya
"You know that Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya was a big scholar, a big pandit—but at first he did not get mercy from the Lord: "Those who have got mercy from the Lord can understand Him."
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Sri Ratha Yatra Festival is Coming! (37 photographs, 2.8 Mb)
Photographs of the Deities, Devotees, and the Temples taken at Sri Nabadwip Dham this morning.

 

 

Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadashi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadashi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

 

Mon, 13 July 2015 (Paran is at 5:03–7:52 a.m.):
First Visit to Sri Puri Dham
"This temple was made by the mercy of Gurudev, although it is a very small temple, but it is very nice and sweet. I came to Puri first time through service—without service Gurudev would not have sent me here and I would not come myself."
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Puri Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math: Jagannathdev and His Dham
Chapter 23 from Affectionate Guidance by Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj that relates the history of our Puri Temple, Deities and the proper mood when visiting Sri Puri Dham.

 

On the Way to Sri Puri Dham (Divine Guidance, chapter 2):
"We are not going sightseeing but we are going to a place of pilgrimage, a holy place. Going there will purify us—body, mind, and soul."

From Sri Nabadwip Dham:
Today the devotees are starting Sri Puri Dham pilgrimage. Taking the blessings of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj on their heads, the devotees are starting from Nabadwip to Kolkata, Howrah station, by a morning train and a car. Throughout the afternoon the devotees will flock from all over India and join the party there at the station. At about 7 p.m. everybody is taking a night train from Howrah to Puri.

 

Tue, 14 July 2015: (Pilgrimage to Sri Puri Dham)
Regulated Life
"We are blinded by the illusory dust. How will we then see the transcendental abode? Those who eat regularly, who work regularly, who sleep regularly, can practise properly. Regular sleeping, regular prasadam is also part of service. If you cannot do it, you will not be able to practise."
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From Sri Puri Dham:
In the wee hours of the morning, the devotees finally reach Sri Puri Dham station and with kirtan and joy head towards the temple to take the shelter of Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya. At 4 p.m. the devotees made a short parikrama to the shore of the ocean: taking the holy water of maha-tirtha on their heads and remembering the Pastimes of Mahaprabhu and Srila Haridas Thakur. Then the parikrama party proceeded to the samadhi mandir of Srila Haridas Thakur that was made by Mahaprabhu Himself, and then on to chatak parvat, that is considered nondifferent from Govardhan in Sri Puri Dham (where there is also Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's bhajan kutir). The last stop for the day was Tota-Gopinath, the temple, the Deity and the bhajan kutir of Srila Gadadhar Pandit—the place where Lord Gopinath mercifully knelt so that Sri Gagadhar Pandit, in his old age, could garland Him.

 

Wed, 15 July 2015: (Pilgrimage to Sri Puri Dham)
Lord Jagannath: Discovery
"The Lord did not give any direction, so King Indradyumna had to find out himself where the Lord was. All he knew was that the Lord was there and was waiting for him."
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From Sri Puri Dham:
Shortly after the mangal arati, the devotees set out on a day-long parikrama to several holy places near Puri. With the excited chants of "Jay Sachinandan! Gaura Hari! Nitai Gauranga!" the devotees walk down the seaside to the bus station. Eight buses packed full take everyone first to Alwarnath. When Mahaprabhu was not able to see Lord Jagannath (during the Lord's "sickness" Pastime) Mahaprabhu ran to Alwarnath to have the darshan of the Lord there. As soon as He reached it, He fell on the ground and the stone underneath His body melted. The imprints of the Lord's body are still kept at the temple. The second stop is at the temple of Saksi Gopal ("Gopal the Witness"). Western devotees are not allowed to enter, but can give obeisance from outside and receive prasadam of the Lord. Then was the temple of Ananta Vasudev (Lord Siva) opposite Bindu Sarovar where the devotees honoured prasadam that is nondifferent from Jagannath prasadam and has a very peculiar sweet taste. The last place visited is the temple of Lord Siva near Ananta Vasudev's temple, where the devotees were instructed: "Go inside, pay obeisance to Lord Siva, ask for Krishna-bhakti, and come out." (Unfortunately, the Western devotees are not allowed there too.) Somewhat tired but so very happy the devotees return to the shelter of Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya after 6 p.m.

 

Thu, 16 July 2015: (Pilgrimage to Sri Puri Dham)
Lord Jagannath: Deity Appearance
"Kind Indradyumna built the Jagannath temple and thought, 'Where is the Lord?! The Lord said, "I will come," but He is not coming!'"
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From Sri Puri Dham:
At 4 p.m. everybody gathers in Sevak Bhavan to start the parikrama, but it starts to rain heavily and the devotees run to the nat mandir with kirtan and waited for the rain to stop. In about an hour, the rain subsided and the devotees walk, through drizzle and ankle-deep torrents of rain streaming down the streets, to Sri Siddha Bakul where Srila Haridas Thakur resided and famously chanted the Holy Name. The next stop is Kashi Mishra's house and Gambhira, where Mahaprabhu resided last years of His manifest Pastimes.

 

Fri, 17 July 2015: (Pilgrimage to Sri Puri Dham; Sri Gundicha Marjan)
Gundicha Marjan: "Let Jagannath Come to My House"
"Another meaning of Gundicha marjan is cleaning the heart, and Mahaprabhu Himself was showing how to do it. At first He swept, then poured water and then with His own cloth, uttariya, He washed the temple. He was showing how thoroughly you must clean your heart..."
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Sri Ratha Yatra Festival: Day One (45 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
Photographs of the first parikrama day at Sri Puri Dham.

 

 

 

Sri Ratha Yatra Festival: Day Two (33 photographs, 2.3 Mb)
Photographs of the second parikrama day at Sri Puri Dham.

 

 

 

শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন: ৩ যথার্থ জিজ্ঞাসা ও যথার্থ প্রচেষ্টা
"সাধারণতঃ এই পৃথিবীতে আমাদের ভূমিকা হল এই যে আমরা কর্ম্মী । আমরা হলাম সেই ধরণের মানুষ যারা প্রকৃতিকে ও নিজেদের পারিপার্শ্বিককে শোষণ করছে নিজেদের জন্য ক্ষমতা ও শক্তি সঞ্চয় করার জন্যে । সর্ব্বদাই আমাদের প্রচেষ্টা যতটা সম্ভব শক্তি সঞ্চয় করা যাতে আমাদের দরকার মত এই শক্তিকে আমরা কাজে লাগাতে পারি, যাতে আমাদের সব চাহিদা মেটে, সব প্রয়োজন সিদ্ধ হয় ।"

From Sri Puri Dham:
At 7 a.m. devotees start out for the last day of parikrama in Sri Jagannath Puri before Sri Ratha Yatra festival and visit Srila Jagadananda Pandit's house, Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya's house, birthplace of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Sri Ramananda Ray's house and garden, and Sri Gundicha bari.

 

Sat, 18 July 2015: (Sri Ratha Yatra; Pilgrimage to Sri Puri Dham)
Raghav's Bags
"In Mahaprabhu's times, Damayanti, the sister of Raghav Pandit, would make so much food for Mahaprabhu during the whole year, and at the Ratha Yatra time, on the Gundicha marjan day, they would bring bags full of food for Mahaprabhu."
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From Sri Puri Dham (Sri Ratha Yatra day):
Having bowed down to Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya and taking Their blessings on their heads, the devotees start sankirtan at about 12 p.m. and walk to the main road of Sri Jagannath Puri excited to finally present themselves to Their Lordships Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladev and Sri Subhadra. At the time the party arrives at the road, the king of Odisha is inaugurating the festival and in a while the chariots start to move forth from Sri Jagannath temple to Sri Gundicha. First, Baladev, then Subhadra, and finally Jagannath. By 7-8 p.m. it gets completely dark and devotees chant Sri Gaura Arati, sing bhajans, honour Sri Jagannath prasad, and return back to the temple.

 

Sun, 19 July 2015:
Misconception and Misbehaviour
Two educational Pastimes of Mahaprabhu with Brahmananda Bharati and Ramachandra Puri that took place in Sri Jagannath Puri Dham.
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Mon, 20 July 2015:
Sri Ratha Yatra Festival: Day Three (16 photographs, 1 Mb)
Photographs of the third parikrama day at Sri Puri Dham.

 

 

 

Sri Ratha Yatra Festival: Day Four (36 photographs, 2.7 Mb)
Photographs of the fourth parikrama day at Sri Puri Dham, the last day before Sri Ratha Yatra festival.

 

 

 

Tue, 21 July 2015:
Anything for Guru's Service
You can do anything for the service to your Guru, but for your own self you cannot do any sinful work; but we do just the opposite: for our own happiness we are not afraid to do any sinful work, and we are always afraid to do something for Gurudev.
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Wed, 22 July 2015:
Sri Ratha Yatra Day (40 photographs, 2.6 Mb)
Photographs of Sri Ratha Yatra festival at Sri Puri Dham.

 

 

 

Thu, 23 July 2015:
At Ramananda Ray's Garden
"Pradyumna Misra came to Mahaprabhu and asked, 'Prabhu, can You speak some Krishna-katha?' Mahaprabhu replied, 'I do not know so much, but Ramananda Ray knows more than Me...'"
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Fri, 24 July 2015:
শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন: ৪ সুবর্ণ সুযোগ (শেষ অধ্যায়ে)
"প্রকৃত ভক্তি হল অহৈতুকী, ভক্তিই ভক্তির কারণ । ভক্তি অন্য কিছু থেকে আসে না , সে নিজেই নিজের কারণ । অন্য কিছু ভক্তিকে সৃষ্টি করেনি আর ভক্তির অস্তিত্ব নিত্যকালই রয়েছে । কিন্তু বর্ত্তমানে আমাদের ভক্তি ঢাকা পড়ে আছে, সেই ঢাকা খুলে তাকে আবার নতুন করে আবিস্কার করতে হবে ।"

শাশ্বত সুখনিকেতন (সম্পূর্ণ বই, ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রীলভক্তিরক্ষক শ্রীধর দেবগোস্বামী মহারাজ)
এখন এই বই অনলাইনে পড়তে, PDF ডাউনলোড করতে (3.6 Mb) বা আমাদের অনলাইনে বইয়ের দোকানে কিনতে পারেন ।
(Now the complete Bengali book Sasvata Sukhaniketana [Home Comfort] by Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is available for download, online reading, as well as purchase in our online shop.)

 

Sat, 25 July 2015:
Reaching the Shore of Material Ocean
"We have fallen into an ocean: we swim in it and cannot get to the shore. When you finally get a human body (reach the shore), you must realise what you have got this human body for. Is it only for enjoying, for eating and sleeping?"
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Sun, 26 July 2015:
Keep Your Promise, Do Your Duty
"You promised all that, but if you do not do it—as you sow so you reap!—you will get your result. Sometimes you will become a demon, sometimes you will become a demigod, another time you will become Ganesh, Kartik, or Mother Kali—but all these lives are temporary. We must use our life for the service to the Lord."
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Mon, 27 July 2015: (Sri Sayan Ekadashi)
Rupa Goswami: Meeting Mahaprabhu
His Divine Grace is reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19. "Due to the great crowds in Prayaga, Mahaprabhu went to a place called Dasasvamedha ghat. It was there that the Lord instructed Sri Rupa Goswami and empowered him in the philosophy of devotional service."
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Sri Ekadashi Guidance
Guidelines on how to observe and honour this holy day: Ekadashi takes an indispensible part in the life of a sincere practitioner. At Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Ekadashi and paran are observed with affection and without fail according to the dates given in the Calendar.

 

Tue, 28 July 2015: (Paran is at 5:08–9:32 a.m.)
Sri Puri Dham Temple (21 photographs, 1.2 Mb)
A week after all the pilgrims came back from Sri Jagannath Puri, we are sharing a few photographs taken around our Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math temple.

 

 

Wed, 29 July 2015:
Empowering Srila Rupa Goswami
His Divine Grace continues reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19. "Whatever Mahaprabhu had, whatever ecstasy He had, He gave everything to Rupa Goswami—Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord Himself, manifested everything through Rupa Goswami."
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Thu, 30 July 2015:
Rupa-Siksa: Rare, Rarer, the Rarest
His Divine Grace continues reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19. "Out of ten million workers you will get one wise person; out of ten million wise people you will get one liberated soul, and out of ten million liberated souls you will get one devotee of Krishna."
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Fri, 31 July 2015: (Sri Guru Purnima)
Rupa-Siksa: The Ultimate Gardening Guide
His Divine Grace continues reading from Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, chapter 19. "The soul becomes a gardener. Gurudev puts the seed in your heart, but you are the one who must take care of that seed—Guru will not take care of it for you."
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ওঁ বিষ্ণুপাদ শ্রী শ্রীল ভক্তি নির্ম্মল আচার্য্য মহারাজের হরি-কথামৃত:
মায়া: "মায়ারে করিয়া জয় ছাড়ানা না যায়, সাধুর-গুরুর কৃপা বিনা না দেখি উপায় ।"
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নারদ ও ব্যাধ: কিভাবে সাধু-সঙ্গ-র্পভাবে ব্যাধ ভক্তি পেয়েছেন ।
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নব্যবহারিক সিদ্ধান্ত: মন্দিরটা ভগবানের ঘর ; সেবা প্রবৃত্তি ; জপ, মাছ ও প্রসাদ সেবা ।
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In honour of Sri Guru Purnima:
Sri Sri Gurvastakam
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, the ocean of goodness who assumes the form of a cloud of mercy to deliver the souls burning in the blazing fire of material existence."
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Sri Guru Charana-padma
"I carefully offer my obeisance to Sri Guru's lotus feet, which are the sole abode of devotion. O brother! By his mercy we cross over this world and reach Krishna."
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In honour of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu's disappearance:
Ye Anila Prema-Dhana Karuna Prachura
"Where are my Svarup, Rupa, and Sanatan? Where is my Raghunath Das? Where are the saviours of the fallen souls?"
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Sri Krishna Janmastami: Surrender and Practise Daily
We have to understand Krishna's Pastimes. We have to be niskama bhakta: we must have no material desire, and we must not ask Krishna for anything..

 

Sri Sri Prema-Vivarta
“Being merciful to the conditioned souls, Krishna appeared as His Name, and being compassionate to the souls of Kali-yuga, He appeared as Gaura.”

You must throw your own happiness, your own life into the Ganges
for the benefit of others.

"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"