“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.
“Srila Prabhupada said he wanted us to act on the platform of madhyama-bhakta. The madhyama-bhakta has four different ways of dealing with four different categories of people. The Bhagavatam (11.2.46) says, prema-maitri-krpopeksa. Prema — he should give his love to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Maitri — he should make friends with devotees. Krpa — he should give mercy to innocent people. And upeksa — he should neglect the envious. These are the distinguishing characteristics of the madhyama-bhakta. Many devotees are more like kanisthas than madhayamas, so how do we help them become madhyamas? It seems clear from the verse that if we work on developing love for the Supreme Lord and His representative, the spiritual master, making friends with devotees, showing mercy to the innocent, and neglecting the envious, then we can develop that intermediate standing in devotional service.”