Practical Forgiveness




I subscribe to the PAMHO conference ‘Prabhupada Said’. HH Bhakti Vikasa Maharaja regularly sends in short anectodes or passages from Srila Prabhupada’s books. I always find them inspirational and sometimes eerily relevant to what I’m doing or thinking at the time.

This one isn’t particularly relevant, but is quite thought provoking ……

Badrinaraya Prabhu once heard Srila Prabhupada say:

I forgive you one time

I forgive you two times

The third time, I take off my shoe.

Srila Prabhupada even gestured by raising his arm as if with a shoe in his hand to chastise someone. But then he continued “Actually, the spiritual master is unlimitedly merciful.”

Then he paused and added, “But do not take advantage.”


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