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No Need For Criticism - uddhav gita

dhaa - Sat, 20 Mar 2004 00:14:51 +0530

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
na praśaṃsen na garhayet
viśvam ekāmakaṃ paśyan
prakṛtyā puruṣeṇa ca

śrī-bhagavān uvāca the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; para anyone else's; svabhāva nature; karmāṇi and activities; na praśaṃset one should not praise; na garhayet one should not criticize; viśvam the world; eka-ātmakam based on one reality; paśyan seeing; prakṛtyā along with nature; puruṣeṇa with the enjoying soul; ca also.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: One should neither praise nor criticize the conditioned nature and activities of other persons. Rather, one should see this world as simply the combination of material nature and the enjoying souls, all based on the one Absolute Truth

yaḥ praśaṃsati nindati
sa āśu bhraśyate svārthād
asaty abhiniveśataḥ

para another's; svabhāva personality; karmāṇi and work; yaḥ who; praśaṃsati praises; nindati criticizes; saḥ he; āśu quickly; bhraśyate falls down; sva-arthāt from his own interest; asati in unreality; abhiniveśataḥ because of becoming entangled.

Whoever indulges in praising or criticizing the qualities and behavior of others will quickly become deviated from his own best interest by his entanglement in illusory dualities

yadi sma paśyaty asad-indriyārthaṃ
nānānumānena viruddham anyat
na manyate vastutayā manīṣī
svāpnaṃ yathotthāya tirodadhānam

yadi if; sma ever; paśyati he sees; asat impure; indriya-artham sense objects; nānā of their being based on duality; anumānena by the logical inference; viruddham refuted; anyat separate from true reality; na manyate does not accept; vastutayā as real; manīṣī the intelligent man; svāpnam of a dream; yathā as if; utthāya waking; tirodadhānam which is in the process of disappearing.

Although a self-realized soul may sometimes see an impure object or activity, he does not accept it as real. By logically understanding impure sense objects to be based on illusory material duality, the intelligent person sees them to be contrary to and distinct from reality, in the same way that a man awakening from sleep views his fading dream
dhaa - Sat, 20 Mar 2004 21:32:55 +0530

purport: Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura recommends that we become humble by practicing the following meditation: "The earth, which is always visible to me, is the expansion of the lotus feet of my Lord, who is always to be meditated upon. All moving and nonmoving living beings have taken shelter of the earth and are thus sheltered at the lotus feet of my Lord. For this reason I should respect every living being and not envy anyone. In fact, all living entities constitute the Kaustubha gem on My Lord's chest. Therefore I should never envy or deride any living entity."