Srila Prabhupada
July 24, 2007

Summary: "One should be a lamb at home and a lion in the chase." This is a phrase which Srila Prabhupada sometimes used to epitomize the character of a vaisnava. [Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.12.22] Unfortunately, Srila Prabhupada regretfully remarked that the devotees were often behaving in reverse, or "a lion in the home and a lamb in the chase", i.e. being more kind, tolerant, etc in dealings with others than one was with fellow devotees!

Taking shelter of the Holy Name
March 21, 2009

"I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. As our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord's form, qualities, and pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord's form, qualities, and pastimes. The Lord and His name are one and the same. This will be understood clearly when the coverings in your heart are removed. By chanting without offenses you will personally realize that all perfections come from the holy name. Through chanting, the distinction that exists between the self, and the gross and subtle bodies, is gradually effaced and one realizes one's own spiritual form.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Summary: The purport of #1 is self-evident. We should NEVER try to imitate the spiritually powerful souls. We should learn from them, and behold them with appropriate respect. The second statement points to assessing our internal "mood of service" vs. any other purpose or mood, when approaching a sadhu or guru. The consciousness behind this particular all-important devotional activity -- approaching a sadhu -- can make the difference between receiving their spiritual blessings or displeasing that sadhu. Our contemplations of service, our mood of service, is the distinction one should make with regard to whether or not one should attempt to touch a sannyasi's feet -- for that matter, this is the standard for *any* form of devotional expression!