Tolerance Is Unavoidable

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Speaking online to devotees in London
28 July 2018, part 7

 

Question: You say that if a person is a Vaishnav, a Vaishnav never takes offence. But we always feel offended by everything. How can we develop that humility? We always feel, "Oh this person told me this, I am offended," "This person did this to me, I am offended." How we can dominate our ego and never feel offended by anything?

Do not react. You have to tolerate it, and you have to have so much tolerance. Gurudev said jokingly one time, "When I cannot tolerate so many things, I am biting my arms." I also cannot tolerate so many things, but what can I do? If I cannot tolerate something, it is not Vaishnav etiquette.

Gurudev told one story also about a manager from one ISKCON temple. Sometimes he would go outside for preaching, distributing books, etc. and one time when he came back he saw there was no prasadam, so he only drank some water. After that, he gave an order, "You must keep some prasadam for me!" And what did they do? The next day they kept so much prasadam for him that it would be enough to feed five people. When the manager came back, they told him, "Now you must take all this prasadam!"

Gurudev told also that the scriptures say and sometimes Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur told it also that if you do many offences for one hundred births, then you become a temple manager. [His Divine Grace laughs.]

Yes, it is very difficult to tolerate. What you are saying is simple and obviously we react when something happens. Actually, if something is intolerable, if you hear something and cannot tolerate it, then it is better to avoid it.

They tell so many things about me also. When some disciple or some godbrother of mine comes to me and says, "Oh, Maharaj, they are telling so many things against you," I say that what they are saying is nothing, I am much worse than that!

 

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Setting on the Right Track (Part 1)
'How much can we proceed in our spiritual life and why did we come to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math? Again and again we do Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, but how much can we use ourselves for the service to the Guru, Vaishnavs, Bhagavan?'

 

Jaya 'guru-maharaja'
'All glory to Srila Guru Maharaj, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami, the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis!'
জয় ‘গুরু-মহারাজ’

It is not necessary to know volumes of scriptures, not necessary to read many books, not necessary to become a bona fide guru, nor is it necessary to become a great Vaishnav.

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