Devotee: My question is very simple. In my daily sevā I have to keep working with one devotee whose attitude is not largely transparent. I am trying to avoid his association, but many times I have to deal with him because of sevā.
The thing is that I am developing such bad thoughts and feelings because of his bad attitude. What would be better for me?
To reveal my mind with all bad thoughts and feelings without consideration and commit vaiṣṇava-aparādha? Or should I try to see his good qualities and develop good feelings for him and keep my mind quiet?
Śrīla Bhakti Vijñāna Bhāratī Mahārāja: If you have to work with people whose attitudes are not largely transparent, then work with them but don’t associate with them. If you have to accept what they say then also do it without attachment.
Prahlāda Mahārāja accepted the instruction of his father when he told him to attend the gurukula but he never gave up kṛṣṇa-bhakti (devotional service to Kṛṣṇa) and he also never stopped respecting his father. He accepted his instructions with detachment.
Among such devotees you should only do pranāma but never associate with them.
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