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Question: In case we do not know whom we have offended, but we have a feeling we have offended some devotee, what do we do?

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Jayapataka Swami: That is a very difficult question to answer. One time, Rupa Goswami was feeling great ecstasy in reading Bhagavatam He laughed. HA! HA! HA! OH HO! HO! One devotee was walking by, he was crippled. He thought, oh, Rupa Goswami is laughing at me maybe because I am crippled!  After that Rupa Goswami lost his ecstasy and so he asked Sanatana Goswami, what happened? He said you must have offended a vaisnava. That is why you lost your ecstasy. So how can I know who I offended? I don’t know. He said well; invite all the vaisnavas to come for a feast. And then who doesn’t show up – he is the one that feels offended. So then he had a big feast, and invited all the vaisnavas, but this crippled vaisnava did not come. And he went to him and begged for forgiven. He said, you laughed at me! Rupa Goswami said, no, no, I was reading the Bhagavatam and felt ecstasy, but any offence, please forgive me. So how to know who you have offended? It may not be possible to have a feast, keep track of all. Ha! But, I notice that some people touch everybody’s shoes in the stairs, they get the dust of the feet of the vaisnavas, because the dust of the feet of the vaisnavas also forgives you for offence. But you should be careful not commit any offence and by constantly chanting the holy name of Krsna, you can also gradually, eventually get the offences forgiven. Hare Krsna! Thank you very much!