Summary: In Meditation #79 (quoted below, for those who did not previously receive the Reading Assignment), Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur discusses the error of bearing a fault-finding mentality and making attempts to see ourselves as reformers of others. See also Bhagavad Gita 5.14. Many attempts have been made to help us become free from this pernicious tendency, which easily inflates into the 1st offense against the Holy Name, to vilify or to criticize vaisnavas. The notion that fault-finding is a serious albatross around our necks is found abundantly within the scriptures. Even worldly persons have assessed the dangers of fault-finding. In the words of Aldos Huxley- "No man can concentrate his attention on evil, or even the idea of evil, and remain unaffected.

A bee collects good things and a fly goes to sores

"One whose heart is completely devoid of the propensity to criticize others"

Reading Assignment

a) Vaisnava Ke? by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Verse Two

In conditioned status, we often chase after mirage

Reading Assignment

a) Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.13.5


uluka-vagbhir vyathitantaratma

apunya-vrksan srayate ksudhardito

marici-toyany abhidhavati kvacit

A soul carried away by his senses cannot understand Krishna

Summary: Twice in Chapter 5 of Canto 7, Hiranyakasipu asked his son a very similar Question."My dear son, please let me know what you think is the best of all the subjects you have studied from your teachers." In both cases, the fundamental message of atma-tattva, or we are not this body, is expressed by Prahlad to Hiranyakasipu. In the first expression of this message, Prahlad advises the path of detachment from bodily consciousness, beginning with Hiranyakasipu's acceptance of vanaprastha life, or rejecting the embarrassment of his covered and attached consciousness by undergoing austerities in the forest.

Krsna delivers Nalakuvera and Manigriva

Summary: Narada Muni's assessment is that pride is root cause of the extremely bad and shameless behavior of Nalakuvera and Manigriva. By carefully studying the thought sequence of Narada, we are blessed with the great fortune of getting an inside look at the heart and mind of a pure devotee, while he contemplates how to best serve a fallen soul. I find this to be a most rare and wonderful disclosure! Since pride is rooted in the bodily conception of life, Narada effectively diffuses this pride by indicating who the body actually belongs to: *NOT* to the person who is filled with pride!