Bring a person out of the clutches of maya

In this world we spend hundreds of gallons of blood to bring a person out
of the clutches of maya*

Once some devotees were sent to establish a preaching center in Bengal. They
worked day and night, equipping it as a beautiful temple. When Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati arrived to install the Deities, he was very
pleased and asked about one brahmacari who had worked hard on the
preparations.

The disciples told him, “Master, he became entangled with a lady. We rebuked
him so much for his behavior that he fled from this place.”

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta replied, “I don’t want to establish a preaching center
here, nor do I want to install the Deities. In this world we spend hundreds
of gallons of blood to bring a person out of the clutches of maya. *If that
person make some mistake, it will be washed away by his serving Hari, Guru,
and Vaishnavas, *but you have chastised him and he has gone away. I don’t
want to make a center here. Search for him and bring him to me; otherwise I
will go away.

The anxious disciples began to search for that brahmacari. Madhava Maharaja,
who at that time was name Hayagriva Brahmacari, found the errant brahmacari,
apologized, and asked him to return.

The brahmacari wept, saying, “I was serving here, in a watch company, but I
was not really happy. I wanted to return, but I was thinking, ‘How can I
show my face?’ So I did not return.” He at once went running ad weeping to
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, thinking him more merciful than Krishna Himself, and
all his anarthas were washed away in a moment.

Bhaktisiddhanta told his disciples, “The purport is that we should not
criticize anyone, whether a devotee or a worldly person.” Then he quoted a
sloka:

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: ‘One should neither praise nor
criticize the conditioned nature and activities of other persons. Rather,
one should see this world as simply the combination of material nature and
the enjoying souls, all based on the Absolute Truth. Whoever indulges in
praising or criticizing the qualities and behavior of others will quickly
become deviated from his own best interest by his entanglement in illusory
dualities.” Srimad Bhagavatam (11.28.1-2)

Bhaktisiddhanta continued: “To bring a person from the clutches of maya is
very, very hard. If lust or any other attachment is present in that person’s
heart it will go away very soon, if he is chanting and remembering and
listening to Hari-katha. Be very careful. Don’t criticize devotees or
non-devotees. *First look at your own condition, and try to purify yourself.
*Is there any lust in you? Is there any kutinati (deceit) in you, or not? Be
worried for that; don’t worry for others. Sri Guru and Lord Sri Krsna are
responsible for others. You cannot do anything to help them, so you have no
right to criticize.”

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