July 9, 2020
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Vaisnava Etiquette: Basic behaviour

Concepts of basic Vaisnava behaviour BG 12.13 - 20 "One who neither rejoices nor grieves, who neither laments nor desires, and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things-such a devotee is very dear to Me." Select the MOST Appropriate answer

A devotee’s lifestyle should conform to the principle ”Simple living, High Thinking.”

  1. False

  2. True

The feet touch only the floor. Otherwise, they are kept covered.

  1. True

  2. False

The feet should not touch (or even be exposed to) anyone or anything (especially sacred items). That is offensive. Basically, the feet touch only the floor. Otherwise, they are kept covered.

Brahminical life also means? (Select the most appropriate one)

  1. Leadership

  2. Mercy

  3. Compassion

  4. Cleanliness

A Vaishnava is Better Than a Brahmana. Brahminical life means cleanliness.Brahminical life means to be very, very clean, inside and out. Inside by chanting and hearing, and outside by bathing three times daily, if not possible at least two times, but never less than once. Bathing after passing stool.

Slamming of doors symptomized carelessness and misuse

  1. True

  2. False

The slamming of doors, although seemingly a minor fault, greatly disturbed Srila Prabhupada. It symptomized carelessness and misuse, and Prabhupada said the sound cracked his heart. One time Prabhupada came out of his room and called out, "Who is that slamming the doors? No one knows from where this building has come. You take it for granted that it is here. But no one cares." Lilamrta V 5 p. 144

One should steal if the opportunity arises

  1. True

  2. False

But so far as stealing is concerned, one should not steal except in the rarest circumstances. Moral principle is recommended in all scriptures as a prerequisite for spiritual culture. SP Letter to Pradyumna (January 22, 1968)

We all have to cooperate amongst ourselves...

  1. so that people will believe in ISKCON and join the society.

  2. otherwise what will people think if we ourselves fight with one another?

  3. in order to serve the vaisnava's better

  4. as this will help one attain the Supreme Personality of Godhead

A devotee is always ideal in behavior." So we all have to cooperate amongst ourselves, otherwise what will people think if we ourselves fight with one another? A devotee is always ideal in behavior. SP Letter to Patita Uddharana (December 12, 1974)

The Vaishnava Symptom is Humility

  1. False

  2. True

(The Vaishnava Symptom is Humility:) Your humble repentance is just like a Vaishnava student, so I thank you very much for this humbleness. Lord Caitanya taught us to be humbler that the grass on the street and more tolerant that the tree. So these symptoms are Vaishnava symptoms. SP Letter to Gargamuni (February 5, 1969)

In order to protect us from all dangerous elements, we have to ______________ being humbler than the straw and more tolerant than the tree.

  1. serve the vaisnavas

  2. chant the Hare Krishna Mantra regularly

  3. sing the glories of everyone we meet

  4. perform devotional service to the vaisnavas

Krishna is so very merciful to those who are very humble in their attitude engaged in service of the Lord. Lord Caitanya advised, therefore, one should be humbler than the straw and more tolerant than the tree and thus be seriously engaged in glorifying the Lord. This world is very awful. Anyone is ready to create some disturbance, especially they are very much apt to disturb Krishna Consciousness persons because that is the way of demoniac life. So, in order to protect us from all dangerous elements, we have to chant the Hare Krishna Mantra regularly being humbler than the straw and more tolerant than the tree. Then Krishna, Who is Dindayal, will bestow His Mercy upon us. SP Letter to Dindayal (February 2, 1970)

If one transgresses the laws of etiquette, people make fun of him, and thus he is vanquished in both this world and the next

  1. True

  2. False

maryada-langhane loka kare upahasa / iha-loka, para-loka——dui haya nasha // CC Antya 4.1 ”If one transgresses the laws of etiquette, people make fun of him, and thus he is vanquished in both this world and the next.”

The most important rule and all others are subservient to this one.

  1. Always remember Krsna and Never Forget Krsna

  2. Always Chant and be happy

  3. Always take prasadam

  4. Always honour guests

There are many rules and regulations guiding a devotee’s life but the purpose of them all is to help us to - “Always remember Krsna Never forget Krsna” This is the most important rule and all others are subservient to this one. - Vaisnava Etiquette manual

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