Prajapati Daksha, with an intention of insulting Lord Siva, fails to invite him to a sacrifice for which all the other demigods are invited. Due to maternal affection, Mother Sati goes to the sacrificial arena and when Daksha fails to welcome her properly, being insulted by his offensive attitude to Lord Siva, she quits her body. Lord Siva, on hearing this sends his men who behead Daksha and pollute the sacrificial arena. When the demigods approach Lord Brahma for help, Brahmaji advises them as follows (Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.6.4)
tad aakarnya vibhuh praaha / tejiyasi krtaagasi
kshemaaya tatra saa bhuyaan / na praayena bubhusataam
When Lord Brahma heard everything from the demigods and the members who had attended the sacrifice, he replied: You cannot be happy in executing a sacrifice if you blaspheme a great personality and thereby offend his lotus feet. You cannot have happiness in that way.
Brahmaji is conveying a very important message that although we may perform huge sacrifices, we can never be happy if we insult, neglect or blaspheme the devotees of the Lord. Not realising the greatness of Lord Siva, Daksha insulted him in a very offensive manner in front of all the demigods based on his bodily complexion, residence etc. We should remember that every living entity is part and parcel of Krishna and by insulting or hurting anyone, we are disrespecting the Super-soul within them as well. So definitely we cannot be happy by such actions.
We should not discriminate people based on their bodily appearance, parentage or wealth. Also Srila Rupa Goswami advises us in verse 6 of Nectar of Instruction as to how we should behave. He says – “a devotee should not be seen from a materialistic point of view. Indeed, one should overlook a devotee’s having a body born in a low family, a body with a bad complexion, a deformed body, or a diseased or infirm body. According to ordinary vision, such imperfections may seem prominent in the body of a pure devotee, but despite such seeming defects, the body of a pure devotee cannot be polluted. It is exactly like the waters of the Ganges, which sometimes during the rainy season are full of bubbles, foam and mud. The Ganges waters do not become polluted. Those who are advanced in spiritual understanding will bathe in the Ganges without considering the condition of the water.”
If without realising the value of devotee association, we spend time insulting them, then we will have to face moroseness and inauspiciousness just like what Daksha and his followers experienced in sacrificial arena. Srila Prabhupada insists that speech is the most important symptom of Krishna conscious person and a devotee of Lord always speaks about Krishna and matters relating to him. So we should always speak kindly to others. Our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj used to quote the following verse from the shastras
priya vaakya pradaanena / sarve tushyanti jantavah
tasmad tad eva vaktavyam / vacaneshu kim daridrataah
“By speaking pleasing words, all the living entities are satisfied. Therefore always speak sweetly, why are you so poor in your sentences ?”
Lord Krishna assures us in verse 10.9 of Bhagavad Gita
mac-cittaa mad gata praana / bodhayantah parasparam
kathayantash ca maam nityam / tushyanti ca ramanti ca
“The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me.“
I pray at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada and Sri Krishna to guide me to see Krishna in everyone and not to offend others by my thoughts, words or deeds.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.