Cosmos ,Sanatan Dharma.Ancient Hinduism science.
My Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do”
So sadhu, they have to preach. They have to preach. Therefore the first qualification is titiksavah, tolerant. So many people will criticize, so many people attack, so many opposing elements, and he has to fight with them. Therefore titiksavah, toleration. Just like you see, Lord Jesus Christ is so tolerant that he was crucified; still, he did not curse anybody. This is sadhu: titiksavah, tolerant. The very great example of tolerance, Christ, Jesus Christ. So similarly, Haridasa Thakura. There are many saintly persons, sadhu, who were very tolerant. So first qualification of sadhu is titiksavah. Titiksavah and karunikah: at the same time, kind. These two examples we find in the character of Lord Jesus Christ. He was being crucified, and still he was praying to God, “My Lord, they do not know what they are doing.” Did he not?
Yes. Just see. And he was persecuted, and still, he was kind. He was kind. Still, he was praying to God that “These rascals are doing. They cannot kill me, but they are thinking that I will be killed. So they are committing offense.” So this is toleration, and karunikah. Similarly, there are many examples. Titiksavah karunikah, and suhrdah sarva-dehinam: friend of all living entities. Lord Christ said, “Thou shall not kill.” He never said that… Now they are interpreting in a different way: “The animal has no soul, and you can kill animals and keep slaughterhouse.” So who is a Christian? I do not know who is a Christian. They profess to be Christian. It is very difficult to find out a true Christian who is strictly following the words of Lord Jesus Christ. So he is a good example of sadhu. We therefore adore and offer our obeisances to Lord Christ. Sadhu, example. Titiksavah karunikah suhrdah sarva-dehinam. This is suhrdah, not that “My brother will be saved, my family will be saved, and all others should be killed.” That is not sadhu’s qualification. Sadhu’s qualification is he is kind to everyone. It is not that if a human being is killed, the killer is also killed. Why? Even a human being is killer of an animal, he should be killed. That is called suhrdah sarva-dehinam: friend to everyone. Not that “Only the human being should be given protection, he is national, and others animals and trees should not be given protection.” No. That is imperfect knowledge. National means one who has taken birth in that land. So do the animals do not take their birth in the land? They are also national, but it is your discriminating law that you are giving protection to the human being and not to the animals. This is sinful activities. Therefore we say that “No meat-eating.” If we give up this meat-eating, then so many lifes of the poor animals will be saved.
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Denver, June 30, 1975