Double Lock Your Mouth

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Evening class, Sri Nrisingha Palli
2 March 2020, part 5

 

When time comes, we will have to go from this world, and we cannot say when that time will come. Whenever Krishna calls you, when your time finishes, you will have to go within one second...

Actually, I want to tell you something about the obstacles in our spiritual life. The main problem, or obstacle, is the ego. Besides that, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and Srila Gurudev also, always warn us against para-charcha (criticising others, lit. studying others' behaviour), para-ninda (insulting, offending others), dosa-arapa (ascribing faults to others) and dosa-ninda (insulting others because of their faults).

'Dosa-aropa' means speaking bad about somebody even if they have no fault. If somebody has some fault—if you have not seen it, but you have heard about it from others and your brain thinks about it, that creates difficulties and problems in your spiritual life. And if you tell about somebody's fault to others, that is called dosa-ninda. All of our acharya-varga warn us against this. We do kirtan here, but somebody does dosa-ninda ('dosa' [dosha] means 'fault'). If you say, "This person did this," "That person did that," etc., this is a real problem in your spiritual life.

Krishna says you have to always engage yourself in the service of the Lord, then you will have no time to talk to others. Always keep yourself engaged. Those who criticise others do not realise what it does to their practising life.

If you tell something about somebody or if you have heard something about others and your brain thinks about it, then you yourself will lose faith in Krishna consciousness. Telling others about somebody's fault, hearing about somebody's fault is much worse than having the fault. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says that those who criticise others, who listen to criticism of others are actually even more guilty! Somebody says something against another person, somebody hears it—both is not right. Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says,

বৈষ্ণব-চরিত্র, সর্ব্বদা পবিত্র,
যেই নিন্দে হিংসা করি’ ।
ভকতিবিনোদ না সম্ভাষে তাঁ’রে,
থাকে সদা মৌন ধরি’ ॥

vaisnava-charitra sarvada pavitra
yei ninde himsa kari'
bhaktivinoda na sambhase tan're
thake sada mauna dhari'

"The character of Vaishnavs is always pure. Bhaktivinod keeps quiet and does not associate with those who are envious of Vaishnavs and who criticise Vaishnavs."

(Sri Kalyan-kalpataru)

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says that if somebody criticises others, he does not say anything to that—he closes his mouth. When somebody tells him, "Oh, this person is doing wrong," Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur says he does not say anything.

 

 

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