Sometimes it is so hard to see the good in others. We almost always contemplate how others have wronged us in many ways. The truth is we may have wronged them too. Perhaps not in this life but many, many life times ago. It's just that we don't seem to recall about such things. What goes around, comes around. It's karma. Whether we like it or not.
How is it different for those who have come under the guidance of a bona-fide spiritual master? He protects and guides us from within. Whatever karma we may have to suffer, the pain is somewhat eased due to His mercy. So instead of calling it karma, we must look at it as mercy. For without such pain and suffering, we will not be able to go deep within our self and seek solace.
What do we do when we, the spiritual aspirants are faced with such situations? Constant prayer at the lotus feet of Srila Gurudeva will help alleviate whatever pain we may be going through. He will show us the path to enlightenment.
We must really try hard to see the good in others and see the bad in ourselves.
Sripad Vallabhi Kanta prabhu had an interesting conversation with Sripad Bhakti Saran Damodara Maharaja quite recently. Below is the excerpt:
(Maharaja): "During my guru-maharaja, Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja's time, we used to go to him and complain about so and so devotee who is doing somethings wrong in the math.
My guru-maharaja would only chastise us for complaining about that devotee. He would hardly chastise the person who is doing wrong.
(Vallabhi Kanta prabhu): Why is that?
(Maharaja): My guru-maharaja used to say that his Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur could forgive. Why can't he do the same. He used to weep. And that would put a deep dent in our hearts.
My guru-maharaja knows how the devotee who is doing all that nonsense needs guidance. If Gurudeva withdraws his mercy, then where and what would happen to that soul. So guru-maharaja would work on that devotee from within."
The more chastisement we get from our Gurudeva, means we are getting very close to Him.
(I am praying at the lotus feet of my Srila Gurudeva that I maybe able to see the good in others and the bad in me. Only then will I be able to capture the mood of my Gurudeva)