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Title: Crticism or Praise

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-10-25 18:40:00


One who becomes habituated to finding fault with others instead of chanting the glories of Lord Hari in the association of devotees will surely exhibit great pride in himself while belittling others. The act of praising and criticizing others falls within the jurisdiction of the interaction of the three modes of material nature. The conditioned souls, being absorbed in duality, have brought about their condition of inauspiciousness. When one pursues his actual self-interest, which is to elevate one to the spiritual platform, he avoids thinking of others in terms of material designations and thus refrains from criticizing or praising others. The activities of this material world are temporary, full of ignorance, and produce misery, and can never be considered constitutional in nature. As long as one maintains the habit of criticizing or praising others in the bodily conception of life, he will never be elevated to the spiritual platform, having deviated from his real self-interest. (Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada, purport to a verse from Uddhava-gita)