सम्वेद् भक्त वृन्द की जय – All Glories To All Devotees



One day in Vrindavan, Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhupada sat rapt in meditation, feeling great bliss in his heart. While he was sitting in his samadhi and observing a wonderful pastime of the gopis and Sri Sri Radha Krishna and he laughed blissfully. At that time a lame Vaishnava had come to meet him. When Rupa Goswami laughed, the Vaishnava thought that he was laughing at his disability. Feeling sorrowful, he went to Sri Sanatana Goswami and told him that he was unable to understand why Sri Rupa Goswami behaved in that manner. When Sanatana Goswami explained him the the true reason for Rupa Goswami’s laughter, the Vaishnava became repentant at heart. He regretted for his offense and became very agitated. Sanatana Goswami pacified him and made him peaceful again.

Meanwhile, when the Vaishnava had felt offended, so Srila Rupa Goswami suddenly lost his vision of the Lord’s pastimes. He became very disturbed and looked everywhere. Considering the situation carefully, he concluded that someone must have come to see him while he was absorbed in seeing Krishna’s pastimes. "I did not honor the person that came, and thereby I committed an offense." Thinking in this way, Rupa also went to Sanatana Goswami’s place. There both Sri Rupa and Vaishnava offered obeisances to each other and asked for forgiveness. Forgiving each other, they both became peaceful. The two of them then went to Srila Sanatana Goswami. For a long time they all plunged into relishing nectarine topics of Lord Krishna. When everyone heard about this incident they all became filled with wonder.

This makes us realize how much careful and conscious we should be in our dealings with other living entities so that we may not hurt them. This also gives answer to the question as to why we are unable to have any taste for devotional service even after so many years.

In his purport to SB 4.9.23, Srila Prabhupada writes, ‘An offense at the lotus feet of a Vaishnava is the greatest offense in this world.From this we should take the lesson that we should never try to insult a Vaishnava. Not only should we not insult a Vaishnava, but we should not insult or hurt any living entity.When one serves a Vaishnava unknowingly, one still gets the good result, and if one unknowingly insults a Vaishnava, one suffers the bad result. "

A Vaishnava is especially favored by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Pleasing him or displeasing him directly affects the pleasure and displeasure of the Supreme Lord."

We should seek forgiveness from all whom we have offended knowingly and unknowingly. We should keep praying Krishna and Prabhupada to bless us with the proper consciousness so that we may not create any ill feelings in the hearts of any living entities.


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