Do not blame others for your afflictions

Srila Narad Gosvami gave Sri Dhruva some advice, and the mother of Sri Dhruva, Srimati Suniti, also advised him thus: “If you have any kind of hostile mentality against your stepmother, then you will not succeed in your worship of the Lord. You will not receive His grace. Your stepmother is not the cause of your miseries. You are the cause. You have brought this upon yourself through some behavior in a previous birth. You are now reaping the fruits of that behavior:

mamangalam tata paresu mamstha
bhunkte jano yat para-duhkhadas tat
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 4.8.17)

“Do not blame others for your afflictions. You do not realize that you are receiving the same afflictions that you once inflicted upon others. God is omniscient. There cannot be any mistake in His judgement. You should tolerate this.”

Sadhus think like this. A sadhu does not retaliate against the oppression of others. Goodness always emanates from the sadhu. He cannot give any injury to any living being of this world. The tendency towards harm is completely absent from his character, so how can he do harm? He always does good towards others.

— His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj.

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