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This Wicked Mind


By Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur


From an English Lecture given at

The Calcutta Gaudiya Math the evening of 7 Dec 1936:


This wicked mind, which is never to be trusted, should be broomsticked every morning with such warnings as, "Be not anxious to find fault with others, or to declare thyself a true sincere, bonafide bhakta, which certainly thou art not!"


There is an adage to the effect that "para-carccakera gati nahi kona kale — a man who is habituated to criticize others conduct will never prosper!"


Let others do whatever they like, I have no concern for them. I should rather find fault with my own damned mind and think like the vaishnava mahajana [his father Thakur Bhaktivinode, from Saranagati] who sings:


amara jibana, sada pape rata

nahiko punyera lesa

para-sukhe duhkhi, sada mithya-bhasi

para-duhkha sukha-karo


"Ever engaged in vicious activity... and without the slightest trace of virtue in me. A liar as I am, always sorry at others pleasures and merry at other’s sorrows, troubles and cares."


We should always remember this song and engage our mind ceaselessly in hari-bhajan. We should not run about attacking others with dissuading policy; such conduct behooves only deceitful persons and not preachers.


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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati


Question: Are sin and offense the same?


Answer: No. One commits sin by disobeying the rules of so-ciety, but one commits offense by showing disrespect to the lotus feet of Vishnu and vaisnava.


Offense is a million times more dangerous than sin. Sin can be destroyed by atonement, but offense cannot be destroyed that way.


Only by taking the all-beneficial names of Sri Sri Gaura-Nityananda, the friends of the fallen, can one make offense go away.


— From Prabhupada Saraswati Thakur.

Mandala Publishing

Group. Eugene Oregon. 1997.

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