Dhanurdhara Swami May 23rd, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2006
“Since Durvasa Muni wanted to chastise Maharaja Ambarisa, it is to be understood that he wanted to give pain to the heart of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, for the Lord says, sadhavo hrdaya mahyam: “The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart.” The Lord’s feelings are like those of a father, who feels pain when his child is in pain. Therefore, offenses at the lotus feet of a devotee are serious. Caitanya Mahaprabhu has very strongly recommended that one not commit any offense at the lotus feet of a devotee. Such offenses are compared to a mad elephant because when a mad elephant enters a garden it causes devastation. Therefore one should be extremely careful not to commit offenses at the lotus feet of a pure devotee.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 9.4.68 Purport)
Comment: Reading this helped me understand the seriousness of Vaisnava aparadha. It is simple. Krishna is a person. Like any person, Krishna is pained when those whom He loves are offended. Of course, here it is talking about the pure devotee. Naturally, the more a devotee captures Krishna’s heart by their devotion, the more Krishna is pained in heart when they are offended. But Krishna is also grateful. He appreciates whatever sincere devotional service anyone does. One should thus be very careful in dealing with anyone who has dedicated their lives to Sri Krishna’s service, even if they have faults. I forgot where I read it, but somewhere it is mentioned that the greatest hypocrisy is to not think another deserves Krishna’s mercy because they have faults and thus wish them ill, but at the same time pray for Krishna’s mercy despite one’s own imperfections.
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