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Question: What if a vaisnava hurts us repeatedly? How do we react in a vaisnava manner, without losing our temper?

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Jayapataka Swami: Lord Caitanya said, first of all, we should be more humble than a blade of grass and more tolerant than a tree. So the tree stands up in the sun, in the rain, in the wind, people cut the branches and twigs from the tree and the tree never protests. So Lord Caitanya said we should be like that, we should be tolerant like a tree, humble like grass, and the soul cannot be touched. So if you are saying that someone hurts me, you are talking about the body or you are talking about your mind. Someone is causing you pain and causing your mind to be affected. So first of all, that shouldn’t be there. We take it that if someone is disturbing us, it is probably our karma that we probably disturbed someone else in the past, so now we are getting the reaction. So we don’t bother. Rather we offer all respect to others and don’t expect any respect for ourselves. This is the third verse of the Siksastakam and Lord Caitanya advised we should wear it around our neck. Lord Nityananda, He was hit on the head with a wine bottle. He was caused to bleed. What did He say to Madhai? Just because you caused Me to bleed, does that mean I won’t give you love of Godhead? Has the person that hurt you, he hit you on your head with a wine bottle? Has he caused you to bleed? Blood pouring down from your forehead? So what did Nityananda do? He begged Lord Caitanya to forgive Madhai. So what should we do if someone causes us pain? We should thank him or her, for showing us how conditioned we are. How we are affected by someone’s mere words! And try to be following in the footsteps of Lord Nityananda. Haribol!