BE ALWAYS A VAISHNAVA – STORY
There was once a factory where all the workers were Hindus, and mostly Vaishnavas.
The Vaishnavas had freedom, therefore, to wear their Vaishnava tilaka to work, and they also displayed other Vaishnava paraphernalia.
But after some time, the factory went to new management.
Then the proprietor was a Muslim.
On taking over the business, the Muslim owner declared that he would not allow the workers to come to work any more wearing Vaishnava tilaka.
Most of the workers obeyed, and on the given date announced by the owner, they appeared at the factory without their tilaka.
One employee, however, thought that he would take his chances and depend on Krsna.
So he went to work wearing very clear, white Vaishnava tilaka.
After seeing all the workers assembled, the new Muslim proprietor said:
“This one devotee who has worn Vaishnava tilaka is very courageous. He may be permitted to continue wearing the tilaka to work. But all others are forbidden to wear it any more.”
We should not unnecessarily abandon our Vaishnava culture. We may be thinking that others may poke your vaishnava appearance. In fact, they will feel as if they are unable to remain dedicated in devotion like you.
We should be firm in our belief that Krishna will protect us in all situations. Unless there is a serious need, we should not give up Vaishnava practices.
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