Manah Shiksa – One should offer respects to all devotees – big or small

O mind –

This is very important for keeping the mood of ‘trinad api sunicena, taror iva sahishnuna, amanena mana dena, kirtaniya sada Harih’….one should not distinguish while giving respects whether one is small devotee or big devotee….it should be seen that if he/ she belongs to Sri Krsna’s line, he/ she is respectable. If we know about the faults of that devotee, we should ignore them and try to consider the services done by that devotee and on the basis of that service, we should offer all respects to that devotee.

sharanagat pap-parvatam, ganaitva na tidyasadgunam
anumapyatulam hi manyate, Sahajanand Guru bhaje sada

In Sri Swaminarayan Sampraday, there is a prayer, which I used to recite every evening. Above quoted is one of the shloka from that prayer. Sharanagat – if the surrendered soul has sins/ offenses like a mountain (papa-parvatam), ganaitava na tadi (does not count) asadgunam (bad qualities…meaning those bad qualities is ignored)…so what is counted….anumapya (anu – atom, mapya – when measured equal to)…any good quality even if it is so small that when measured it is like a small atam…that is considered. Sri Krsna ignores offenses as big as mountains but will try to look for the smallest service and just because of that service, He will give Himself to that devotee…so why not us (especially this useless mind wants to distinguish so much)…why cant we follow our master Sri Krsna and develop similar mood.

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The associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were many, but none of them should be considered lower or higher. This cannot be ascertained.

yata yata mahanta kaila tan-sabara ganana
keha karibare nare jyestha-laghu-krama

All the great personalities in the line of Lord Caitanya enumerated these devotees, but they could not distinguish between the greater and the lesser.

ataeva tan-sabare kari’ namaskara
nama-matra kari, dosa na labe amara

I offer my obeisances unto them as a token of respect. I request them not to consider my offenses.

vande sri-krsna-caitanya- premamara-taroh priyan
sakha-rupan bhakta-ganan krsna-prema-phala-pradan

I offer my obeisances to all the dear devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the eternal tree of love of Godhead. I offer my respects to all the branches of the tree, the devotees of the Lord who distribute the fruit of love of Krsna.

[PURPORT] Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami sets the example of offering obeisances to all the preacher devotees of Lord Caitanya, without distinction as to higher and lower. Unfortunately, at present there are many foolish so-called devotees of Lord Caitanya who make such distinctions. For example, the title “Prabhupada” is offered to a spiritual master, especially to a distinguished spiritual master such as Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, Srila Jiva Gosvami Prabhupada, or Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada. When our disciples similarly wanted to address their spiritual master as Prabhupada, some foolish people became envious. Not considering the propaganda work of the Hare Krsna movement, simply because these disciples addressed their spiritual master as Prabhupada they became so envious that they formed a faction along with other such envious persons just to minimize the value of the Krsna consciousness movement. To chastise such fools, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami very frankly says, keha karibare nare jyestha-laghu-krama. Anyone who is a bona fide preacher of the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu must be respectful to the real devotees of Lord Caitanya; one should not be envious, considering one preacher to be very great and another to be very lowly. This is a material distinction and has no place on the platform of spiritual activities. Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami therefore offers equal respect to all the preachers of the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who are compared to the branches of the tree. ISKCON is one of these branches, and it should therefore be respected by all sincere devotees of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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