Śrīla Vaikhānasa Gosvāmī Mahārāja once found an error regarding the
date of an Ekādaśī listed in the Śrī Navadvīpa calendar published by Śrī Śrīmad
Bhakti Kusuma Śramaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja. When he noticed the mistake, he
first consulted with Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Vicāra Yāyāvara Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Śrī
Śrīmad Bhaktyāloka Paramahaṁsa Mahārāja and Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Pramoda
Purī Gosvāmī Mahārāja. When the error was unanimously confirmed, he
proceeded to draft a letter, which he gave to my godbrother Śrī Bhakti Suhṛt
Dāmodara Mahārāja and me to deliver to Śrīla Śramaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja.
When I read his letter, I appreciated his ability to be simultaneously firm
and gentle while pointing out another ’s honest mistake. He wrote, “Śrīpāda
Śramaṇa Mahārāja, if you assign Ekādaśī to this particular date in your
calendar, then how will the verse of Śrī Hari-bhakti-vilāsa that describes how
one should properly calculate ekādaśī-tithis hold true?” Śrīla Śramaṇa
Mahārāja later replied that he regretted the error and would rectify it by
pasting a sticker that mentioned the correction on all the undistributed
In those days, devotees were not ashamed when others pointed out their
shortcomings. Rather, they would accept their flaws with grace. The model
nowadays, however, is quite different. Although many devotees present
themselves as Vaiṣṇavas externally, they experience no shame in behaving in a
manner unbefitting a Vaiṣṇava when their impropriety is exposed. They
perceive it as a personal assault to their prestige and self-respect, even though
they may internally concede their shortcomings after careful introspection.
Even when the scriptures and the precedents set by exalted personalities do not
substantiate their views, such persons continue to defend their transgressions.
By maintaining a stubborn attitude, they simply inflict misfortune upon

―Śrīla Bhakti Vijñāna Bhāratī Mahārāja (My Beloved Masters)
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