Once, during Navadvīpa-parikramā, two disciples of my Gurudeva
were quarrelling between themselves. Taking burning sticks of wood
from the kitchen, both were bitterly arguing. Someone came and told
Gurudeva, “Oh, they are quarrelling so much. Please do somehow
make them stop. They won’t listen to anyone.” Guru Mahārāja replied,
“Let them quarrel. They should quarrel, and after that, they should go
to court and file a case against each other.
“I am not a judge. I have not come to sit in court and decide about
worldly things. I have not told them to quarrel. I told them that those
who want to do bhajana of Kṛṣṇa will follow the principles of tṛṇād
api sunīcena, taror api sahiṣṇunā, amāninā mānadena. Following these
principles, devotees are humble like a blade of grass and more tolerant
than the trees.
“Trees never complain about anything to anyone, even if they are
being cut down. Even if the tree is drying up, it never begs water.
Rather, it always serves others. if you throw a stone at it, it will give
you sweet fruits in return. its bark, fruit, wood, and everything else are
“I have told them that I came to help them develop transcendental
love and affection for Kṛṣṇa, not to be a judge. In India, and especially
in Bengal, there are thousands of courts where one can go and
complain; no harm. Don’t come to me for that.”
As you may know, when Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu was residing in
Purī, Gopīnātha Paṭṭanāyaka, the brother of Śrīla Rāya Rāmānanda,
who was very dear to Mahāprabhu, had kept a large sum of money
which belonged to the king. He had been given a service by the State
to collect money, and he was collecting it, but he once withheld a large
amount. So he was guilty.
The son of the king went to him and demanded, “Why are you
withholding the money?” He arrested him and brought him to court,
where it was decided that he should be given the death sentence; the
next day he would be put to death.
Very worried, all the devotees approached Mahāprabhu and begged,
“O, please save him.” Mahāprabhu replied, “You want Me to go to the
king? I cannot help him. I have not told him to do as he did. Why
should he not pay that money? He must pay. I will not interfere. I am
not a court. I have only come to give love and affection for Kṛṣṇa. I can
help you only with this.”
Similarly, I am also not a court. You can go to court if you have any
dispute. I have not told any man to quarrel with his wife, nor have
I told that wife to quarrel with her husband. I have not come from
India to be like a court. I have come simply to help devotees advance in
bhakti. For millions of births you have been quarrelling in courts here
and there, but I have not come for this. This is not my duty, so do not
come to me with these things. I do not want to waste my time.
If you have a problem in chanting and remembering, or if you
are weak, I can help so much. My life is dedicated for that. Do you
understand? If you have some desire to serve Kṛṣṇa, I can make you
strong. However, if you have no faith in the holy name, in guru, or
in Kṛṣṇa, how can I help? If you do not want to perform devotional
activities, you are free, to do as you like. You are independent to do all
bogus activities for sense gratification. What can I do?
―Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja