Vaishnavas never try to get worship

"If I think I am a Vaisnava, I shall look forward to receiving respect from others. And if the desire for fame and reputation pollutes my heart, certainly I shall go to hell. By giving others the remnants of my food, I shall consider myself superior and shall be burdened with the weight of false pride. Therefore always remaining your surrendered disciple, I shall not accept worship from anyone else." (Kalyana-kalpataru, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura)

"Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati did not want pictures of himself to be worshipped, at least not during his manifest presence. To a grhastha disciple who had written asking for permission to do so he replied: "It is better that my picture not be in devotee’s homes. We should always remember that the desire for honor and prestige is like pig stool. After my passing away, these may be required. If worship of such symbols is begun in my living presence, it will be my downfall.’" (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava 1.343 c/o HH Bhakti Vaikasa Swami)

"Mind, you repeatedly behold the lovely handsomeness of this face, which is your favorite object of constant vanity. It will simply become delicious food for dogs and jackals. At that time, where will you keep all the decorative ornaments and valuable clothes which you hold in such high esteem?" (Bhaktivinode Thakura, The Six Faults and Qualities of Bhakti First Branch: Spiritual Advise, Song 11- Bodily Beauty is Temporary)
Even the concept of a Vaishnava authoring his own autobiography is completely contrary to the principal of genuine humility. Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji Maharaja was so humble that prior to his final breath he instructed that his corpse be dragged through the streets of Navadvipa. He was so unassuming that he wanted his body to be bathed in the dust from the feet of the Vaisnavas that visited the holy dhama. Bhaktisiddhanta was so vigilant about the threat of personal adoration he…

"… expressed anger at the use of the word "MY" in the title of the diary kept by Swami Bon maharaj which he kept while visiting England in 1933, ("MY" first year in England, "MY" second year in England). The author made himself the subject of the books. Despite gallant attempts in Europe, after two and a half years Swami Bon’s conclusion was: "Westerners ask questions that cannot be answered.’" (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava 2.302 c/o HH Bhakti Vaikasa Swami)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta further clarified the extraordinary difference between even the simplest things done as a service to Krishna and the most visible grandiose forms of non-devotional welfare work:

"The thousands of karmies who have opened innumerable hospitals, old age homes, centers for the poor, and schools and the thousands of jnanis who have undergone meditation and several austerities, are insignificant compared to a single kanistaha-adhikari Vaishnava once ringing the bell before the lords deity. This is not sectarianism, but plain truth. Atheist are wholly incapable of realizing this, thus they become either direct or indirect blasphemers of devotional service, or adherents to the doctrine of harmonistic all-inclusiveness.

Being adverse to Lord Visnu, countless jivas have come to maha-maya’s dungeon to envy Lord Visunu in countless ways. To deliver even one of them from mahamaya’s fortress and make him a devotee of Krishna is unlimitedly better welfare work than the construction of countless hospitals and schools.” ( Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava 1.421, Sri Srila Prabhupadera Upadesamrta, c/o HH Bhakti Vaikasa Swami)

Furthermore Bhaktisiddhanta made it clear how we can identify who is actually fit to preach the absolute truth:

“We should not become subordinate (nicata) to non-devotees, but to devotees, from whom we should beg mercy and show respect. The mahajanas instructed us not to display humility before everyone. To show humility towards envious atheists like Ravana and the pretentious brahmana is not vaishnave-seva or trnad-api-suhisnuna. If we transgress this instruction we will never become qualified to chant the holy name or attain name ruci; rather, our actions will result in becoming envious of them. Rama bhakta Hanumans burning of lanka is real trnad-api-suhisnuna." ( Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati – Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava 2.222 c/o HH Bhakti Vaikasa Swami)


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