“Everyone should be friendly for the service of the Lord. Everyone should praise another’s service to the Lord and not be proud of his own service. This is the way of Vaisnava thinking, Vaikuntha thinking. There may be rivalries and apparent competition between servants in performing service, but in the Vaikuntha planets the service of another servant is appreciated, not condemned. This is Vaikuntha competition. There is no question of enmity between servants. Everyone should be allowed to render service to the Lord to the best of his ability, and everyone should appreciate the service of others. Such are the activities of Vaikuntha. Since everyone is a servant, everyone is on the same platform and is allowed to serve the Lord according to his ability.” —SB 7.5.12 purport
“Raghunatha dasa offered his obeisances by falling prostrate at a distant place, and the servant of Nityananda Prabhu pointed out, ‘There is Raghunatha dasa, offering You obeisances.’
“Hearing this, Lord Nityananda Prabhu said, ‘You are a thief. Now you have come to see Me. Come here, come here. Today I shall punish you!’
“The Lord called him, but Raghunatha dasa did not go near the Lord. Then the Lord forcibly caught him and placed His lotus feet upon Raghunatha dasa’s head.
Comment by Giriraj Swami: “Raghunatha dasa was very humble. In fact, later, when by the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu he joined Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at Puri, although he was in Mahaprabhu’s inner circle, he would almost never submit a question or plea directly to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He would always go through Svarupa Damodara. He was so humble.”
“Lord Nityananda was by nature very merciful and funny. Being merciful, He spoke to Raghunatha dasa as follows:
“ ‘You are just like a thief, for instead of coming near, you stay away at a distant place. Now that I have captured you, I shall punish you.
“ ‘Make a festival and feed all My associates yogurt and chipped rice.’ Hearing this, Raghunatha dasa was greatly pleased.”
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