The key is attitude. At-ti-tude. It doesn’t mean arrogant attitude, it means humble attitude. It means you have to consider yourself truly to the heart of your heart lower than the straw in the street, more tolerant than a tree, devoid of any sense of false prestige. And what does that mean? It means that I don’t have any room to criticize others because I have no desire for prestige. If I have desire for prestige I’m going to find room in my consciousness to criticize others. Make myself look intelligent, make myself look like I’m really somebody, like I really got it together.
But if you actually have no desire for prestige or honor or any kind of recognition then you’ll never be able to find another fault in another person, devotee or not devotee. You’ll be able to find fault only in yourself, and that’s where it has to go. If you find fault only in yourself you will be blissful every day in Krsna Consciousness. If you find fault in others in any way, shape, or form, then you’re putting yourself above them. OK? ‘Lower than the straw in the street’, what happened to that? So if you put yourself in any way, shape, or form in a mood where you feel that you have justification of actually criticizing someone else, regardless of who it is, you will find yourself miserable.
Sri Srimad Gadi Prabhu