Srimad Bhagavatam 11.28.08 - Detrimental Effect of Material Criticism and Praise (download mp3)
by Chaitanya Lila Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
etad vidvān mad-uditaṁ
na nindati na ca stauti
loke carati sūrya-vat
One who has properly understood the process of becoming firmly fixed in theoretical and realized knowledge, as described herein by Me, does not indulge in material criticism or praise. Like the sun, he wanders freely throughout this world.
Every living entity emanates from the Supreme Lord and is thus naturally full of realized knowledge. But when one becomes attached to praising or criticizing material good and bad for one’s personal sense gratification, one’s expert knowledge of the Lord becomes covered. A pure devotee should neither love nor hate any aspect of material illusion; he should rather accept whatever is favorable for serving Kṛṣṇa and reject whatever is unfavorable, following the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master.