If a senior devotee shows anger, is he lacking in Krishna Consciousness?
“……………….Das” asked like this:
“Hare Krishna. Please excuse but I have seen that some devotees are more short tempered by nature and some not. Especially when they are much older and suffer more bodily pains etc they are more disturbed by others. Does this mean they are lacking in KC in some way?”
The reason for this is that they have not come out of the control of thamo and rajo gunas (modes).
There are two types in bakthi practices:
Sakuna bakthi and Nirguna bakthi.
Sakuna bakthi means worshiping the god in His form and qualities. Though Krishna is Nirguna (No guna), he is the source of three gunas also. He is not attached to those gunas.
Nirguna bakthi means targeting the formless brahmam. Though they may appreciate the forms, their prime target will be the formless brahmam. In the formless state, there will be no exposition of any qualities that we can see in Krishna.
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We are following the saguna bakthi, ie, the beautiful form of Krishna.
In general, a devotee is expected to act in satva guna (mode of goodness). When he advances, even this satva guna will be a hindrance for devotion.
Even a satva guna devotee may get a kind of pride that he is remaining a good devotee with good qualities. Though this may be in a subtle condition, such thoughts may exist in a satva guna devotee.
Even these kinds of thoughts about himself is not recommended for a devotee because when he does not rceive sufficient honour from anyone, he may get angry.
That is why, even satva guna is a barrier for devotion.
A devotee should cross even that satva guna and go to Suddha satva guna state, he will surrender everything to Krishna and hence he will not get any credit for his actions. Therefore, he will have no expectations for himself and hence the disturbances will be less or nil. He will see Krishna everywhere and everyone.
Therefore, unless a devotee reaches this sudhdha satva guna state, he can’t desert anger, jealousy, desires, etc. Such devotees are rare and all others are dominated with gunas.
Since we can’t find such sudha satva guna state devotees in our temples, we are in a position to mingle with the devotees who are still affected with the modes like us.
Unless we surrender ourselves to Krishna and remain as just a tool in His hands, we an’t desert the anger, jealousy, etc.
In case the devotees expose satva guna excessively, it will not harm others, but, it will make them happy.
However, even a few advanced devotees are affected by the effects of rajo and thamo gunas, but, some of them do not disclose it openly. Because, they are silently fighting with those gunas. Some even fall down finally beause of the wrong decisions induced by these gunas.
Since all the devotees have the presence of these gunas, we can’t easily find a devotee who is free from anger, jealousy, etc. If they successfully get rid of these gunas, they will be in Sudhdha satva guna state and they will have Krishna in their heart itself and everywhere and everyone. They will not bother even if anyone seriously insult them or attack them. Because, they will consider even those insults and attacks as the arrangements by Krishna for some reasons.
SUDDHA NAMA JAPA & PRASADAM TO REGULATE GUNAS:
The only process that can check these 3 gunas is Chanting throughout the day and accepting only the Krishna prasadam.. Chanting means SUDDHA NAMA JAPA. This stage is the ultimate stage in chanting. If we follow suddha nama japa, we will naturally and gradually come out of these three gunas.
Initially, the devotees are permitted to even chant with offences. They will chant and at the same time, do all or some offences like others. It is called NAMA APARATH STAGE. It is allowed initially.
Next, by sustained and sincere chanting continuosly, they will come to the NAMA BHASHA Stage. In this stage, they know that they are offending and will think of avoiding the offences. This is an intermediate stage.
Next and final stage is SUDHA NAMA JAPA. In this stage, they would have succeeded in avoiding offences while chanting. They will also develop an inclination to desert material attachments since they would have started to love Krishna seriously because of suddha nama japa.
If they come to the stage of this Sudha Nama Japa, they will be fully protected by Krishna from all the offences. And, they will gradually become full satvaguna without the trace of rajo and thamo gunas.
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It is necessary to observe fast on ekadasis that gives some sense control. However, on all the other days also, the devotees must avoid the foods that increase rajo and tamogunas like Garlic, onion, cofee, tea, chocolates, bakery sweets, old food, etc. They should take only Fresh Krishna Prasadam.
These steps will bring them free from the disturbances of Rajo and Tamo gunas. In all these efforts, they must show their full involvement, without casual approach.
Before finishing, let me give you what Bhagavatham says about getting relieved from these gunas:
SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM (1-2-19) says:
“As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature’s modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy.”
How many senior devotees can remain with such strong position in the temples? We can see only a few.
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Therefore, we have to learn to neglect their anger, jealousy, etc.
As a lesson, we should stop seeing all the devotees like seeing Paramahamsas. They are also normal people trying to follow the devotion though everyone appear in Vaishnava dress like sanyasis.
Wherever you go in this planet, you will find the devotees with anger, jealousy, etc. I too was/am affected by the effect of ego shown by a few in my service here and temples. However, since our target is serving Krishna and His devotees, I neglect such disturbances and continue my services. If I care a few willful attackers, I can’t serve the majority of the loyal followers.
Because we are surrounded by the devotees like us who are fighting with maya, not paramahamsas.
Hope you have got the answer.
All the best.
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