Don't Criticize

9th September 2014

Niranjana Swami

During the course of my travels, devotees asked if they could get the following quotes from Caitanya-bhagavata about which I spoke from time to time. For those interested in referring to them for further reference, here they are: Madhya-khanda , Chapter Five

abhyarcayitva pratimasu visnum nindan jane sarva-gatam tam eva abhyarcya padau hi dvijasya murdhi druhyannivajno narakam prayati

“Just as a foolish person who worships the feet of a brahmana and then beats him in the head goes to hell, one who worships the Deity form of Lord Visnu and then disrespects that same Lord who is situated in the hearts of all living entities also goes to hell. In this regard one should discuss the Srimad-Bhagavatam (3.29.21-24 and 11.5.14-15). Text 140. Therefore, you should stay far away from persons whose talk harms the Vaisnavas and from persons who give pain to ordinary living entities. Text 141. A person who gives pain to other living beings and then worships Lord Visnu, worships in vain. In death he suffers. Text 140-141. vaisnava-himsara katha se thakuka dure sahaja jivere ye adhama pida kare visnu pujiya o ye prajara pida kare puja o nisphale yaya, ara duhkhe mare. What to speak of being envious of the Vaisnavas, if one causes pain to ordinary living entities he is considered a fallen low-class person. Even after worshiping Lord Visnu, if a person gives trouble to other living entities, his worship becomes fruitless. Such a person suffers unlimited miseries.

COMMENTARY:

If a person is knowingly or unknowingly envious of a Vaisnava who is engaged in the nonduplicitous service of Lord Hari, his degradation is inevitable. Of this there is no doubt. Apart from this, if even persons claiming to be devotees of Visnu are envious of ordinary living entities and give various troubles to them, they are actually far away from devotional service to Visnu and are not fit to be called human beings. Their worship of Visnu becomes the source of misery. Those endowed with an absense of jive-daya, or compassion for other living entities, and yet proudly consider themselves servants of Lord Visnu achieve the threefold miseries rather than the devotional service of the Lord. Madhya-khanda, Chapter 19 207-Text 208. “Everyone please give your thoughts to Me. Please hear the truth I will now say. Anyone who neglects My servant and then worships Me is very lowly and degraded. Such a person cuts Me into pieces. His worship is like fire burning My body. Text 209. “My holy name, which is a kalpa-vrksa tree, destroys anyone who once blasphemes My servant. Text 210. “The living entities who live in the numberless universes are all My servants. Therefore any living entity who harms another living entity will perish. Madhya-khanda, Chapter 20 Text 147. From Brahma down to the unmoving plants, every living being is Lord Krsna’s potency. Therefore all the scriptures say, “Anyone who blasphemes another angers Lord Krsna.” Text 148. Lord Krsna delivers any person who is not a blasphemer and who once chants “Krsna!” That is the truth. It is the truth. Text 149. If a person studies the four Vedas and then blasphemes others, he will fall into the hell called Kumbhipaka. There he will suffer birth after birth. Text 212. “If a sannyasi blasphemes an innocent person, the sannyasi will fall down. All his piety will perish.” Text 213. Raising His arms, fair Lord Caitanya declared to the entire world, “Renouncing criticism of others, everyone please chant Lord Krsna’s name. Text 214. “I will personally deliver anyone who does not criticize others and who once chants `Krsna!’ That is the truth. It is the truth.” Madhya-khanda, Chapter 10 Text 313. A person who never blasphemes anyone, and who chants, “Krsna! Krsna!”, easily conquers Lord Caitanya, who is never conquered by anyone. Text 314. All the scriptures declare, “A person who blasphemes others will not attain the Lord.” Srimad-Bhagavatam teaches that one should respect everyone. According to Srila Jiva Gosvami, since a kanistha-adhikari who cannot properly respect other devotees will certainly fail to offer respects to ordinary living entities who are not even devotees, a kanistha-adhikari is useless for practical preaching work unless he comes to a higher platform of understanding. Srila Jiva Gosvami says, iyam ca sraddha na sastrarthavadharana-jata. Because the kanistha-adhikari’s faith is not actually based on the statements of Vedic literature, he cannot understand the exalted position of the Supreme Personality of Godhead within everyone’s heart. Therefore he cannot actually manifest love of Godhead, nor can he understand the exalted position of the devotees of the Lord. Krsna is so glorious that Krsna’s intimate associates must also be glorious. But this is unknown to a kanistha-adhikari. Similarly, the essential qualification of a Vaisnava, which is to offer all respects to others (amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih [Cc. Adi 17.31] is also conspicuous by its absence in a kanistha-adhikari. If such a person, however, has faith in the Vedic literatures and tries to understand the statements of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, he will gradually be elevated to the second and first-class stages of devotional service. (from the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.47)