As I know, Senior devotees are stronger than me, and I supposed to get inspired by their action. As they are considered to be strong devotees, they supposed to care of the weaker ones, not to exploit them.
So, sometimes, we see these devotees acting in a way that, we as weak devotees do not get proper guidance. They may tell people to do this and that, but they are themselves not showing a role as a model devotees. They are not practical. They may tell u to do something, but they themselves do not actually do it. Just like, its not good If I don't chant my 16 rounds and tell u that u should your 16 rounds.
What to do in such situations?... Plz, help!
Haribol to every devotees!
Yes, I am satisfied with all your answers. Thank you very much :)
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Q. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BE ENGAGED IN FAITHFUL SERVICE ? part 1.
Hare Krishna dear Devotees, please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
The statement of Lord Chaitania which is:
"humble than a blade of grass,
tolerant than a tree,
respect everyone and
not to wait for respect to ourselves"
suitable for every moment or situation of our life.
We should not demand that senior Devotees should guide us. We should be respectful to them even if they do some acts because of their bad habits.
It is difficult but here we need tolerance, patience.
It is true that when senior Devotees try to control us or order to us something which they do not do themselves makes us angry. Sometimes junior Devotee might be elevated and is able to see the foolish pride in senior Devotee. But that time junior Devotee should be careful. Very careful from committing offenses.
In the reality when new Devotee comes senior Devotees tolerate new comers. New comers do not know so many rules and regulations. They bring many disturbances for senior Devotees. But Senior Devotees just tolerate us and forgive us. But after some time new Devotees also to some extend purifies himself by chanting and that time becomes able to see dirt in others.
The best way is just to try respect a Devotees no matter what is there. And if we get angry to him we have to pray for his welfare. When we pray for someone whom we dislike we will automatically start to love that person.
Also it is not bad just to explain to that Devotee that we do not like when he himself doesn't follow what he is saying.
PAMHO :) All glories to Shri Shri Radha Damodar and His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!!
Decide whether what they are guiding you to do is good or bad. In the case of your example (you not doing 16 rounds, and telling me to do 16 rounds), one should interpret that as a good thing. A senior devotee is trying to properly guide you.
This should be easy- if it's for Krishna's service and you know it will improve your spiritual life and relation to Krishna, jump to it :) If you have doubts, ask another senior devotee or a spiritual master for guidance.
Also, Srila Prabhupada is our spiritual master, thus we turn to him too in case we have a doubt and he will guide us (via books, lectures, etc.)
In essence, Srila Prabhupada left us with his books, thus Srila Prabhupada also guides us. Just turn to a bonafide spiritual master or Srila Prabhupada's books another senior devotee or even Krishna himself to ask if what the senior devotee is telling you to do is correct or not.
Gaura Prema Anande Haribol!!