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91- Tolerance


1. What is the duty of a tolerant person?


If anyone blasphemes you, you should tolerate it. Do not insult anyone. Taking shelter of the material body, you should not envy anyone else. There is no doubt that lust is a place where Kali can reside. Becoming lusty to serve Krsna is transcendental and is also known as love of God. To desire sense gratification is mundane and is Kali's residence. One must give up such mundane desires. (Sajjana Tosani 15/2)


2. Is it part of one's occupational duty to display intolerance toward other processes?


Those who blaspheme, hate, or envy other processes are certainly ignorant and foolish. They are not as concerned about their own goal of life as they are about indulging in useless argument. (Caitanya-siksamrta 1/1)


3. Can devotees who maintain material desires become tolerant?


Those whose devotional service is motivated cannot conquer anger. It is not possible to conquer anger only by one's  intelligence. In a short time, attachment for sense enjoyment will overcome the intelligence and give anger a place in the intelligence's kingdom. (Sajjana Tosani 11/5)


4. How should a devotee who chants the holy names practice tolerance?


One should be more tolerant than a tree. One should also give up envy and maintain proper respect for everyone. (Siksastaka 3)


5. What kind of compassion is indicated by the phrase "more tolerant than a tree"?


The phrase "more tolerant than a tree" indicates that although a tree is cut, it does not protest. Rather, it helps others by its shade, fruits, and flowers. Similarly, Krsna's devotees should show greater compassion than a tree by helping everyone whether friends or enemies. Such compassion is the ornament of the nonenvious devotees who chant the holy names.

(Siksastaka 33)


6. Can one who is impatient engage in the worship of Hari?


For the practitioner of devotional service, dhairya, patience, is extremely necessary. Those who possess dhairya are called dhira, sober. When men lack this quality, they become restless. Those who are impatient cannot work. By dhairya, a practitioner controls first himself and then the whole world. (Sajjana Tosani 11/5)