How to recover from Offenses to Vaishnavas

Padma, 24th May 2013

I have an important question.

If we commit an offence towards a vaishnava and later we come to know that he is our guru the spiritual master then what would be the result.

If my question is correct then put up this in the group so that everyone will understand.


Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 24th May 2013

Dear Mother Padma,

Hare Krishna!

Glorious is the soul who understands that they made a mistake. Having that awareness is very valuable. I had a biology teacher in school, who used to write often this advice “The hardest thing in the world is to admit one’s own mistakes”.

But when we realize that we made a mistake, then we should do our best to rectify our mistake.

If we offended someone, then we should do our best to:

1. Try not to repeat that offense
2. Beg forgiveness with a sincere heart, falling at the feet of the person we offended
3. Wholeheartedly serve the person we offended with our words and deeds
4. Glorify the person we offended
5. Never forget that we offended someone and that we could do that again, always be careful
6. Increase our service to them and with them
7. Remain in Krishna consciousness, following the process of devotional service
8. Chant Hare Krishna more sincerely

Simply, a person who realizes that one has offended one’s Guru should do all of the above, and in addition, rededicate one’s life to the service of one’s Guru in the mood of a menial, humble servant.

I am sure that someone who is Krishna conscious and knows you personally can help you with specific course of action – please ask them privately.

Mahabhagavat Das

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Author: Mahabhagavat Das SDA

I am a formally initiated disciple of His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari. My spiritual master was initiated by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. He is the author of the famous Ultimate Self Realization Course. Check it out at

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