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Chapter 8óBe Free From Finding Fault With Others
Worship Lord Gauranga with a pure heart
Thrice i do confirm it my brothers! Worship Lord Gauranga! Lord Gauranga is the original spiritual master of this entire cosmic manifestation.† If you sincerely desire to worship Lord Gauranga, then purify your mind and become free from the tendency to find fault and criticise others.† In this manner take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.
††††††††† Lord Gauranga knows everyone's innermost thoughts, so how can you cheat Him?† When your heart becomes pure and free from all vices, you will easily understand His instructions. Ultimately you will end up cheating yourself if you engage your thoughts in nonessential things like finding faults with others. How can you hide your thoughts from the Supreme Lord Gauranga?† He knows everything in your heart.
††††††††† Lord Gauranga has taught us to follow His ideal life and character. If you want the best for yourself, then follow His instructions.
Insincere devotional service
††††††††† Simply telling the world, "I am Lord Chaitanya's servant", will not suffice.† Real success in devotional life, comes when one take to heart the life and teachings of Lord Chaitanya. Making an external show of worshipping Lord Chaitanya, by keeping the appearance of a devotee, wearing tilaka, tulasi mala, etc. but secretly committing sins, then Lord Gauranga will certainly discover such cheating and deception.
††††††††† You will become very degraded and despised by everyone if you try to act in this way.† All of your devotional practices will be ruined by committing offenses against the holy name.† Such a capricious mentality will hurl you to the depths of depravity and you will be shunned by all. You will be forced to commit offenses against the holy name, which will gradually destroy the creeper of devotion. What is more crippling to devotional life than the committing of sins while chanting the holy name?
††††††††† No hardship is involved in chanting the holy name. It is an easily attainable, priceless spiritual gem.† Simply by moving the lips and tongue and loudly pronouncing the Lord's name, one can chant the holy name.† And if that involves too much physical effort, then certainly it is easy to remember the holy name.† Even if a person is dumb or suffering from mental aberrations, he can at least hear the holy name of the Lord, and that hearing will destroy all the sinful reactions within his heart and give him the highest goal in spiritual life.
††††††††† As a result of worshipping the temple Deity with proper devotion for many, many births, the holy name of Krishna appears and dances constantly on one's tongue. The paths of fruitive activity, speculative knowledge or mystic yoga are incapable of offering the same spiritual success, because according to the scriptures, a little fault in the execution of these processes will render everything null and void.
††††††††† So give up endeavouring in these other processes. Take complete shelter of the holy name, for it is the essence of all religious practices, and very soon you can easily cross over the ocean of birth and death.
About Shrila Kavi-Karnapura
††††††††† All glories to Kavi-Karnapura!† He is a greatly blessed soul. Both of us hail from the same village.† He has revealed in his writings some of the marvellous qualities of the holy name. One who is the recipient of Lord Gauranga's mercy is certainly the most fortunate soul in the entire universe.† Kavi-Karnapura, having received the Lord's mercy at the tender age of seven, became respected by all as a great poet.
††††††††† All glory to Shri Sivananda Sena, the father of Shri Kavi-Karnapura. In my early years he taught me Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad Bhagavatam. He took me to Nadia and placed me at the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.† Shrila Sivananda Sena has always been my saviour and mentor in times of happiness and distress.
††††††††† In his house he taught me cooking, allowing me to prepare the Deity's offering, and because he taught me well, I could cook for my Lord, Shri Gauranga, and satisfy Him with my service.
††††††††† My humble submission to all is that only he who stays in the company of saintly Vaishnavas can constantly chant the holy name of the Lord.