kāṭileha taru yena kichu nā bolaya
śukāiyā mare, tabu jala nā māgaya
kāṭileha—even being cut; taru—the tree; yena—as; kichu—something; nā—not; bolaya—says; śukāiyā—drying up; mare—dies; tabu—still; jala—water; nā—does not; māgaya—ask for.
"For even if one cuts a tree, it never protests, and even if it is drying up and dying it does not ask anyone for water.
This practice of forbearance (tṛṇād api sunīcena) is very difficult, but when one actually engages in chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, the quality of forbearance automatically develops. A person advanced in spiritual consciousness through the chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra need not practice to develop it separately, for a devotee develops all good qualities simply by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra regularly.
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