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Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 06:54:29
Title: Derision
User: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-03-12 06:09:46

Dear Swami Gaurangapada
Why do devotees of the Lord "laugh at, playfully mock and condemn" others they see to be inferior to themselves. (Chaitanya Chandramrita)

It seems to be contradictory to the aspiration expressed in bhajans when we sing and pray to the Lord to take away our propensity to take enjoyment at the suffering of others. I cant find the bhajan to quote but i remember singing and praying "when will i stop feeling happiness at others distress"

If that was the prayer of the acaryas then why are Gaurangas devotees seemingly encouraged and glorified to have such an attitude? - Chandrika

Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Their playful laughing and mocking of demigods is a harmless childlike mocking not to belittle the demigods or anyone else in any way but to awaken and inspire them to aspire for the mercy of the most magnanimous Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. There are many ways to awaken others to their soul's benefit and this divine mocking is one of them which can only be done by pure devotees. It is meant for the good of all the souls in the universe. This mocking does not involve any kind of abuse but a fervent appeal to try to understand the mercy of Lord Gauranga which all the others are missing. It is like the playful harmless mocking of someone who has 1 million dollars towards someone who has 1000 dollars to inspire him to try to achieve 1 million dollars. This is ofcourse a very crude example but I hope it explains the point.

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