Love for all Devotees

 

Murari Sevaka Asrama accepts all devotees as worthy of worship, because all devotees following the precepts of the four sampradayas are very dear to Krishna.

 

Srimad Bhagavatam states (9.4.57):

aham bhakta-paradhino hy asvatantra iva dvija
sadhubhir grasta-hrdayo bhaktair bhakta-jana-priyah
“The devotees are always in My heart, and I am always in the heart of the devotees. The devotee does not know anything beyond Me, and I also cannot forget the devotee. There is a very intimate relationship between Me and the pure devotees. Pure devotees in full knowledge are never out of spiritual touch, and therefore they are very much dear to Me.”
We should endeavor to see all jiva souls in this world as Krishna sees them. Krishna is always working to bring the erring jiva souls back to His embrace, deeply aggrieved that we have been lost for so long. If after millions of births in this material world, one jiva makes some small attempt to serve him, will Krishna not see it as very great? That person’s material existence will be over very soon. All devotees who come to this path of krsna-bhakti are supremely fortunate, so we should honor and respect every one, seeing that jiva as very dear to Him.
What to speak of those just coming to this path of bhakti, those Vaishnavas who are actively serving the mission of Lord Caitanya should be given full respect. They are just like desire trees, for they can fulfill the desires of everyone and are very compassionate to the fallen conditioned souls. The great souls of all lineages should be given great respect and never be criticized.
We cannot rely on our five gross senses to determine who is a Vaishnava, and who is not. One is a Vaishnava to the degree that they have exclusive devotion for Bhagavan Sri Krsna. There is no other qualification, whether they have come from this group or that. If they are speaking the pure truth about the soul’s eternal relationship with Lord Krishna, how to attain this relationship, and the goal, pure loving devotion, then it will be helpful to hear from them.
Krishna cannot tolerate blasphemy of his nearest and dearest, and to hear blasphemy is very painful for those who are seeking the essence of the truth. Envy and prejudice will only spoil everything; no good will come of finding fault. If you have heard some ill of someone who is loved by many as a great devotee of Lord Krishna, why keep it in your heart?
Please have love for all of the devotees at every stage of attainment. They are loved by Krishna to a degree that we cannot imagine. The Vaishnavas are our dearest brothers and sisters, and only by their mercy will we cross this ocean of birth and death.

Basically, we should live by Sri Caitanya’s 3rd Siksastaka prayer:

trinad api sunichena
taror api sahishnuna
amanina manadena
kirtaniyah sada harih

One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.

Sri Siksastakam, text 3 – Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura

O Lord, you are an ocean of compassion and the friend of the destitute. Please mercifully give me your glance. I have fallen into the ocean of illusory mundane life where I am surrounded by whale-eating timingila fish in the form of lust. They are trying to swallow me, therefore O My Lord, please protect me.

Since my birth, I have offended you again and again and failed to worship you sincerely, without duplicity. Nevertheless, You are my only shelter. O Lord of my life, please do not neglect me, there is no one more fallen than I.

O Syama! You are famous as the savior of the fallen. If you forsake me, I have nobody else. Even if I am an offender, You remain as my only hope, in the same way as the husband for a chaste wife is her only hope.

O Lord of my life, please listen to my prayer. You are the Supreme Lord. Please do not forsake me. Even if I commit offenses, still You are my Master. Please give me some service and engage me as your servant.

Lust is piercing my heart. I do not know my own good. I cannot vanquish the bad desires in my mind. O Master, please keep me close to You. You are a wish-fulfilling desire-tree. Please show your compassion to everyone by accepting me.

O Lord, throughout the three worlds, You will not find anybody as fallen as I. Deliver me and become known as “Narottama-pavana” (the deliverer of Narottama). O Syama, let your name, Patita-pavana, deliverer of the fallen, be known throughout the universe. O Giridhara, lifter of Govardhana Hill, please accept me as your servant.

O my Lord, Narottama dasa is very unhappy. Please make me happy by engaging me in your bhajana and sankirtana. O Lord, my greatest fear is that I will not be able to overcome the obstacles in the path of bhakti. Therefore, I pray to You constantly.

Narottama dasa Thakura Mahasaya

Prema-Bhakti-Candrika, Chapter 3