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A Vaiṣṇava Should not be Like This

[Śrīla Gurudeva told a story about a monk who would tell everyone that he was doing a full fast from food and water for the entire 24 hours of Ekādaśī. Yet he tried to trick Guru and Kṛṣṇa by taking a bath several times a day, and each time he dunked his head under water, he would quickly gulp as much as possible.]

A Vaiṣṇava should not be like this. Otherwise, he will experience great suffering. It is no harm for Guru, Vaiṣṇavas, Hari, but it will be harmful for those who are like this. Don’t have anything in your heart to hide from Kṛṣṇa, Guru, and Vaiṣṇavas. Surely your heart should be an open book. Anyone can see it. No duplicity, diplomacy, hypocrisy, politics—everything will be open. Internal and external should be the same. Your words and behavior should be the same.

I am requesting the devotees to be like this. It may be that some weakness will be there—no harm. It may be that some anarthas will be there—no harm. If they are sincere, very quickly it will go. So, we should be very careful about this.

August 03, 2000 Russia

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If not, then thirty-two rounds. If not, then go to the ocean and at once jump in. You should certainly go to the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. Chant, but if your bona fide guru has come to give a lecture, then go and hear. Then your chanting will become high-class. Be confident that by doing all this, surely kṛṣṇa-prema will come. First finish these things, then do anything to maintain your life. The holy name will arrange everything for you.“Don’t associate with friends or family members if they are not devotees. They are all cheaters. If you are ugly, with two or three children, your husband will reject you and take a new wife. So, give up all your other jobs and come to śaraṇāgati—full surrender to Kṛṣṇa.”Some of the hundreds of devotees present were meeting Śrīla Gurudeva for the first time, and some had been waiting since the year before, counting the seconds. 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