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Radhanath Swami: Great personalities are like swans, someone who is always seeking the essence and not concerned with anything else. They see only the good qualities in others and do not take any pleasure in hearing about faults in others. Only if it’s necessary to help someone, they may point out some faults. My spiritual master Srila Prabhupada gives the analogy of crow and swan to explain fault finding. Crows are very eager to taste sewage and other forms of abominable stuff whereas the swan is only interested in tasting the nectar from the inner whorl of the Lotus flower.

Sometimes people, like crows, are addicted to gossip and loose talk and they feed on literature which talks only about other people’s scandals, and their personal mundane activities. But Swan like people do not care for these things. We have examples of saints like Raghunath Bhatt Goswami, Haridasa Pandit, Anantacarya and many others who would never listen about faults in any other person. If someone would speak of the faults in another devotee they would simply walk away because they believed that the fact that a person is serving God is good enough for them.

Definitely, it’s not an easy standard to follow. So to avoid developing a habit of fault finding, like saintly people we have to get into a habit of hearing something better and higher. By hearing glories of God and his pastimes, our mind will stop feeding on garbage like a crow and become absorbed in goodness like a swan. - Radhanath Swami

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sevon mukhe hi jihvado…spiritual practice begins with the tongue, ie chanting the glories of the Holy Names. Sometimes we learn that Sravana, hearing is the beginning of spiritual life, ie to hear from bonafide spiritual authorities. Indeed, both hearing and chanting are important practices in Krishna consciousness. We can see practically that the impulses, the “vegas” are always arising. Srila Rupa Goswami suggests that we must tolerate these urges. ..etan vegan so vishaheta dhira, and become undisturbed by the impulses that the senses and mind are subjected to. The three gunas will continue to rise and fall incessantly, but a bhakta can remain undisturbed, and can avoid chasing the urges of the senses and the mind. Then the higher engagement must be taken to heart, to chant the Holy Names constantly…kirtanayah sada Hari.

The bhakta is the best of all yogis, as Krishna relates in the last verse of the 6th. chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Yoginam api sarvesam… thus, all the challenging practices of yoga are accomplished in one direct endeavour by the bhakta. Srila Prabhupad describes in the Bhagavad Gita when discussing Sri Krishna’s discussion of the gunas, that detachment automatically comes from the Krishna conscious practice. Essentially, he declares that one may be in the world, but not of it. A fine discrimination takes place, as Radhanath Maharaj describes, like a swan, who can discriminate between matter and spirit, and who can thereby relish association with Krishna at every stage of bhakti. This kind of transcendental knowledge is not available anywhere else but in the Vaishnava line, being connected to the disciplic succession of Sri Krishna. It is beyond mundane practice of religiosity. It is beyond fruitive activity for personal profit. So fortunate to have the connection with Srila Prabhupad in this brief sojourn. Hare Krishna.
Pusta Krishna das

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