yan-namani ca grhnati
loko bhrtye krtagasi
so ’sadhu-vadas tat-kirtim
hanti tvacam ivamayah
yat—of whom; namani—the names; ca—and; grhnati—take; lokah—people in general; bhrtye—when a servant; krta-agasi—has committed something wrong; sah—that; asadhu-vadah—blame; tat—of that person; kirtim—the reputation; hanti—destroys; tvacam—the skin; iva—as; amayah—leprosy.
A wrong act committed by a servant leads people in general to blame his master, just as a spot of white leprosy on any part of the body pollutes all of the skin.
A Vaisnava, therefore, should be fully qualified. As stated in the Bhagavatam, anyone who has become a Vaisnava has developed all the good qualities of the demigods. There are twenty-six qualifications mentioned in the Caitanya-caritamrta. A devotee should always see that his Vaisnava qualities increase with the advancement of his Krsna consciousness. A devotee should be blameless because any offense by the devotee is a scar on the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The devotee’s duty is to be always conscious in his dealings with others, especially with another devotee of the Lord.
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