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(138) An elephant cleans himself through bathing in
the river, but as soon as he leaves the water, he rolls in the dust.Similarly,
one can be spiritually cleansed through confessing
one's sins before the Lord. However, confession should not be done with the motive that sin can be repeatedly committed and then again confessed for "purification." Can the Lord be
expected to hear such "confessions"?
139) 139) Just as a house appears to be dirtier soon after the cleaning has begun, so due to the purification process of Krishna consciousness a neophyte devotee may consider himself more contaminated after beginning devotional service than before. But as dust brought out from its hiding place beneath the rug is quickly disposed of, so the reactions to past sins hiding within the mind are soon washed away through devotional service.
140) 140) Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Glories to the Shri Krishna sankirtana movement which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together." (Sikshastaka, verse 1)
(14-1) As there are three divisions in a day: night, twilight and sunshine; so there are three stages of chanting the holy name of the Lord; offensive, clearing, and pure.
(142) When clouds gather and rain begins to fall, peacocks dance. Similarly, devotees begin to dance joyously together beneath the rainfall of spiritual bliss felt when chanting:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
143) 143) Although discrimination becomes dulled through sense gratification, chanting of the Lord's holy name restores its keenness. If the devotee is careful to walk the razor's edge of spiritual life, he finds no difficulty in cutting himself from the stranglehold of may a with the sword of renunciation. Thus he is hailed throughout the three worlds as a sadhu, one possessed of a "sharp mind".
144) 144) Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "One may chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind thinking himself to be lower than the straw in the street, more tolerant than the tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and ready to offer all respects to others. In such a humble state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly." (Sikshastaka, verse 3)
(145) A humble person is just like grass which is not harmed even in a hurricane, for grass bends with the wind. But pride and arrogance can cause the downfall of even powerful men
and demigods like Indra, just as great unbending trees are whisked away like toothpicks in a tempest.
146) 146) Just as boiling makes milk sweeter, so through constant adherence to the high principles of spiritual life a devotee becomes spiritually potent. Who will drink milk that has been diluted with water, and who will follow a devotee who has allowed the Krishna conscious standard to drop?
147) 147) The farmer may love the rear of the chicken which produces profitable eggs, but the mouth which eats expensive grains he loathes. Out of frustration the farmer becomes a butcher and cuts the throat of the hen. Similarly, some desire only the material benefits of Krishna consciousness, but they shun the responsibility of sense restraint. Needless to say, these neophytes kill their very chance of becoming pure devotees. They fall from the path of transcendence into sinful activities again.
148) 148) No one notices a spot of black ink on a dark stocking, but the same spot on a white tablecloth is an eyesore. Similarly, those who claim to represent a pure culture must never deviate from their spotless guru's teachings. The world's critical eye is quick to notice the false religionist's hypocrisy.
149) 149) As money which drops in standard is raised in value only with great difficulty, so an easy-going ashram of lax principles is rectified only after much effort. Therefore, our spiritual master has sternly instructed that we be very attentive to the rules and regulations of spiritual life.
150) 150) A Bengali proverb advises, "He who wishes to steal should plunder the government treasury. He who wishes to hunt should hunt a rhinoceros." And he who is interested in spiritual liie should throw himself completely into the world of Krishna consciousness. Partial surrender does not yield total liberation.