yan-namani ca grhnati
loko bhrtye krtagasi
so sadhu-vadas tat-kirtim
hanti tvacam ivamayah
yatof whom; namanithe names; caand; grhnatitake; lokahpeople in general; bhrtyewhen a servant; krta-agasihas committed something wrong; sahthat; asadhu-vadahblame; tatof that person; kirtimthe reputation; hantidestroys; tvacamthe skin; ivaas; amayahleprosy.
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 devotees duty is to be always conscious in his dealings with others, especially with another devotee of the Lord.

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