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72 -The Cheating Propensity


1. What is kutindti and what is its result?


The phrase kutlnati contains two words, kutl and natl. Persons who have a mania for cleanliness always find ku (bad) in everything. In other words, they bathe in a pond, but since nearby is a place for passing stool, they always think bad about the pond and spend their whole day discussing it. They cannot discuss anything good. The mania for cleanliness is an example of kutlnati. Those who are affected by this cannot think of any place in the world as pure, cannot think of any time as auspicious, and cannot accept any person as a pure Vaisnava. When they see anything done by a pure devotee that is opposed to smarta principles, they immediately disassociate themselves from such a pure devotee and consider him a non-Vaisnava. This is an example of natl, negation. To not accept the remnants of the Deity installed by devotees from a lower caste is also an example of kutlnati. As long as kutlnati is prominent in one's heart, he cannot achieve any happiness from eating anything. Kutlnati is a kind of mental disease. As long as one is influenced by it, he will find it very difficult to achieve devotional service. It is extremely difficult for a person afflicted with kutlnati to serve and associate with Vaisnavas. (Sajjana Tosanl 6/3)


2. What obstacles on the path of devotional service did Sriman Mahaprabhu consider kutindti ?


In the course of Sriman Mahaprabhu's instructions regarding the renunciation of kutindti, He listed activities such as committing sinful activity, violence toward living entities, and the desire for material fame. All of these He considered detrimental to devotional service. (Sajjana Tosani 6/3)


3. How did Mahaprabhu explain the word kutinati ?


Mahaprabhu explained kutindfi with the words, "Ei bhdla ei manda" or, "This is good and this is bad." {Sajjana Tosani 6/7)


4. How do people affected by kutindti become offenders toward the holy name and the Vaisnavas?


Due to pride in caste and beauty, people affected by kutindti do not have firm faith in the remnants of the Lord's foodstuffs, in the water that has washed the Vaisnavas' feet or in the dust from those feet. Therefore, they are always offenders at the feet of the holy name and the Vaisnavas. It is impossible for such people to chant the Lord's holy names. There are some people who hate the pure Vaisnavas when those Vaisnavas are in distress. Mahaprabhu said, however, "O Sanatana! The Vaisnavas do not hate you because you have scabs on your body.

(Sajjana Tosani 6/3)


5. What kind of affection is cheating affection?


Affection applied only to the body is nothing but cheating. (Sajjana Tosani 2/1)


6. Why are cheaters eager to worship the demigods anddemigoddesses?


With a desire to receive palatable foodstuffs, particularly goat flesh, many cheaters worship the demigods and demigoddesses while displaying symptoms of ecstatic love. In this way they exemplify the possession of pseudo love of God. (Caitanya-siksdmrta 5/4)


7. Are people who simply carry the burden of the scriptures not crooked?


paramdrtha-vicaria 'smin bdhya-dosa-vicdratah na kaddcid dhata-sraddhah sdragrdhi janor bhavet We have discussed the Absolute Truth in this book, so please excuse any defects in grammar or language. Swanlike persons should not waste time discovering the faults. Those who criticize such external defects while studying this book will obstruct its main purpose, which is to accept the essence of the Absolute Truth. Such persons are not eligible to study this book. Arguments born of childish education are despicable when applied to serious subject matter.

(Sri Krsna Samhitd 10/19)


8. What is the definition of pseudo love of God?


Pseudo love of God resembles dramatic play. It results only in sense gratification. Therefore, O mind, always give up sensual pleasures, which are full of offenses.

(Kalydna Kalpataru Song 19)


9.When does devotional service become ineffective?


When devotional service is performed with a desire to attain wealth, followers, and so on, then it is far away from pure devotional service and as such is not a real limb of devotional service.

(Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 20)