Fruits of tolerating censure

Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!

I have heard from Guruvarga, that person is fortunate and blessed, who is rebuked and censured by others, especially by senior superior persons, because by that, he can destroy all sins without penance — but the condition is this — the person should have the capacity to tolerate censure.

The person, who is always respected and praised by others, is most unfortunate, because he has got no scope to get deliverance from the ill-consequence of sins which he has committed. The conditioned souls of the world are always very keen to get respect and praise from others, because of which, they are enslaved — enveloped by the illusory energy of Supreme Lord.

Sadhus do not become worried, if they are oppressed by others; they become worried if they, out of the mistake, inflict any kind of harm to any person as counter protest. We should always remember the instruction of Suniti Devi and Sree Narada Goswami to Dhruva, if we want to get the highest objective — Krishna-Prema, “Don’t blame others for your distress. Jivas suffer such afflictions which they inflict upon others.” Sree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has taught us how to worship Sree Krishna in the third verse of ‘Shikshastak’. These instructions are not merely for giving advice to others, but we are to practise it in our life.

If you are confident that you have not done wrong to anybody, there is no cause of your being disturbed. We have got hold over actions, but not over the fruits of the actions. Fruits are controlled by Supreme Lord Who is All Good and Who is equal to all.

— Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj


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