How we deal with the Vaishnavas: they are sacred: ………...….... Nectarean Mellows
It is the love and trust that Srila Prabhupada explains, amongst the Vaishavas that keeps the devotees' hearts intact to retain the water of his mercy. If we crack each other's hearts, the water cannot remain, nor we can bring it anywhere. And this is a great difficulty. There has been so much, over the years, cracking of minds, cracking of hearts in so many ways that devotees lose their inspiration, lose their enthusiasm to be Krishna conscious, to preach Krishna conscious. We must be very cautious, very careful and very serious in how we deal with the Vaishnavas. Because the Vaishnavas are so dear to Lord Sri Krishna, we must know that they are sacred. They are worshipable. Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami, in Sri Chaitanya Caritamrita, he described it in this way. He says that he wants to take the dust of the feet and worship every Vaishnava, not only the great paramhansas, but even the new devotee who is coming to understand the philosophy. This is the symptom of a great devotee: To honor, to respect the sacred Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. And disrespect to any devotee is disrespect to guru & God Himself.