A qualification of a Vaiṣṇava


He Never Sees Others’ Faults


vaiṣṇavera gua-grāhī, nā dekhaye doa
kāya-mano-vākye kare vaiṣṇava-santoa


vaiṣṇavera—of devotees; gua-grāhī—accepting good qualities;—never; dekhaye—sees; doa—any fault; kāya-mana-vākye—with heart and soul; kare—does; vaiṣṇava—devotee; santoa—pacification.


He always accepted the good qualities of Vaiṣṇavas and never found fault in them. He engaged his heart and soul only to satisfy the Vaiṣṇavas.


It is a qualification of a Vaiṣṇava that he is adoa-darśī: he never sees others’ faults. Of course, every human being has both good qualities and faults. Therefore it is said, saj-janā guam icchanti doam icchanti pāmarā: everyone has a combination of faults and glories. But a Vaiṣṇava, a sober man, accepts only a man’s glories and not his faults, for flies seek sores whereas honeybees seek honey. Haridāsa Paṇḍita never found fault with a Vaiṣṇava but considered only his good qualities. (Śrī Caitanya-caritāmta ādi-līlā 8.62)

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One Response to A qualification of a Vaiṣṇava

  1. Tamoharadasa v acbssp September 15, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Maharajah was always silent and sober during the 1977-1980 period. He became a little jubilant when we started door to door sankirtan in Bhubaneswara and tried to distribute books, and spoke long and strong when it came to giving his scheduled classes. Otherwise, there was never any question whatsoever of Gour Govinda finding fault with anyone, he was clearly absorbed in Krsna remembrance and katha only, and did not waste his time or words. He was tolerant as a tree and humbler than the blade of grass.

    Yes, he had sastric and valid concerns for the activities of the materialists in general, for being mudhas, and thus falling into hellish existence in due course. But he had nothing but well wishes for all living entities, and never caused anyone any stress unduly. Hare Krsna!

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