Adosa-Darasi

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
12 May 2012

 

Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu thought, "My Gurudev is gone, Mahaprabhu is gone... I will go to Vrindavan and jump from Govardhan—I will commit suicide." He had heard that Mahaprabhu kept Sanatan Goswami and Rupa Goswami in Vrindavan, and he went to see them before carrying out his plan, but after getting their good association he immediately changed his mind and decided not to commit suicide.

Sanatan Goswami told him that he too was once thinking to commit suicide, but Mahaprabhu told him not to, "You will not get Krishna by committing suicide. Jiva souls always change their bodies—do they get Krishna? No. So, you must leave your bad idea! You have got this body for service to the Lord."

We have this body, and devotees always use everything for the service to Krishna. We must take everyone's good quality—somebody has 50% good quality and 50% bad quality, somebody has 70% good quality and 30% bad quality; even if somebody has 90% bad quality and only 10% good quality, you must take that 10% good quality and use it for service. This is what Gurudev would do, and we can easily understand this line.

Vaishnav quality is adosa-darasi—devotees do not see others' faults, they do not hear others' faults. If you go to a temple, you will see there is a Deity, a dome, some devotees, and there is also a toilet, a bathroom, some stool. Why will you see the toilet and the stool? You must always see the good things. Such should be our quality, then we will be adosa-darasi.

Gurudev said, "If you criticise somebody, that fault will come to you." He did not want to hear anybody criticising or anybody being criticised.

Criticism takes one to a hellish position. When Sridhar Maharaj gave position to Gurudev, those who could not accept his choice fell down. Some again surrendered to Gurudev, and Gurudev rescued them, but at that time some devotees—even from other temples—criticised Gurudev thinking Sridhar Maharaj did not make the right choice. For 7-8 years—from 1985 when Sridhar Maharaj gave position to Gurudev to 1992 when Gurudev went to foreign countries—Gurudev would have to hear this. This is why Gurudev did not want to mix with anybody.

Sridhar Maharaj gave him that position, so he held it, and Guru can change everything: কাককে গুরু গরুড় করতে পারে, kakke guru garuda korte pare, Guru can turn a crow into Garuda. Guru can do anything—such faith is necessary for our spiritual life.

We must not criticise anybody. I hear some sannyasi criticises another sannyasi, but it is not our business. This is not our Vaishnavism, not a Vaishnav quality. We must practise properly: practise makes perfect...

 

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