Tolerance in Krishna Consciousness

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.07.33-37 - Tolerance in Krishna Consciousness (download mp3)
by Guru Prasad Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.7.33-35
prthivi vayur akasam
 apo ’gnis candrama ravih
kapoto ’jagarah sindhuh
 patango madhukrd gajah
madhu-ha harino minah
 pingala kuraro ’rbhakah
kumari sara-krt sarpa
 urnanabhih supesakrt
ete me guravo rajan
 catur-vimsatir asritah
siksa vrttibhir etesam
 anvasiksam ihatmanah

O King, I have taken shelter of twenty-four gurus, who are the following: the earth, air, sky, water, fire, moon, sun, pigeon and python; the sea, moth, honeybee, elephant and honey thief; the deer, the fish, the prostitute Pingala, the kurara bird and the child; and the young girl, arrow maker, serpent, spider and wasp. My dear King, by studying their activities I have learned the science of the self.

The wasp is known as supesa-krt because it causes the insect that it kills to take a beautiful form in the next life.

SB 11.7.36
yato yad anusiksami
 yatha va nahusatmaja
tat tatha purusa-vyaghra
 nibodha kathayami te

Please listen, O son of Maharaja Yayati, O tiger among men, as I explain to you what I have learned from each of these gurus.

SB 11.7.37
bhutair akramyamano ’pi
 dhiro daiva-vasanugaih
tad vidvan na calen margad
 anvasiksam ksiter vratam

A sober person, even when harassed by other living beings, should understand that his aggressors are acting helplessly under the control of God, and thus he should never be distracted from progress on his own path. This rule I have learned from the earth.

The earth is the symbol of tolerance. By deep oil-drilling, atomic explosions, pollution, and so on, the earth is constantly harassed by demoniac living entities. Sometimes lush forests are cut down by greedy men with commercial interests, and thus a wasteland is created. Sometimes the earth’s surface is soaked by the blood of soldiers fighting in savage warfare. Yet, despite all these disturbances, the earth continues to provide all the necessities of the living beings. In this way one may learn the art of tolerance by studying the earth.

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