hen will I become dumb,
incapable of speaking words that are hurtful to others,
even if only spoken in jest?
When will I become deaf,
incapable of hearing others’ faults,
and blind to seeing them?
When will I become as inactive as a clod of earth,
incapable of any movement that brings others
even the slightest pain?
When will I thus reside in this Vrindavan forest,
which is so dear to Hari?
pareṣāṁ doṣānuśrutim anu viloke’ndha-nayanaḥ |
śilāvan niśceṣṭaḥ para-vapuṣi bādhā-lava-vidhau
kadā vatsyāmy asmin hari-dayita-vṛndāvana-vane ||
The qualities that Prabodhananda speaks of here are those taught by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in his famous verse about chanting the Holy Names in humility and tolerance and respect for all creatures. For just as these qualities are necessary in order to chant the Holy Name, how much more they are needed in one who would take shelter of the Holy Dham.
Echoes of that verse are found in another by Prabodha in his Caitanya-candrāmṛta, who there sees these qualities manifest in anyone who has been touched by the grace of Sri Chaitanya.
sudhā-madhura-bhāṣitā viṣaya-gandha-thūthūtkṛtiḥ |
hari-praṇaya-vihvalā kim api dhīr anālambitā
bhavanti kila sad-guṇā jagati gaura-bhājām amī ||
These are the virtuous qualities of one who has been blessed by Lord Gauranga: (1) he thinks of himself as lower than the straw in the street, (2) his appearance is natural, gentle and pleasing; (3) his speech is as sweet as ambrosia; (4) he spits at even the hint of sensual enjoyments; (5) and his intelligence is overwhelmed with love for Lord Hari and not dependent on any other thing. (CCA 85)
If you want to live in Vrindavan, it is because you want to plunge into the ocean of delight that is meditation on the eternal pastimes of the Supreme Divinity in Braj. Why create problems by fighting with others over property and prestige? Everyone in the Dham is here after countless lifetimes of repeated defeat in the endeavor to find happiness from the material senses. Not only do they have the great fortune of a human birth, but they have come into the Dham where they can see lovers of God on the street, every day, going to the temples of Radha Vallabh, Banke Bihari, Radha Damodar and Radha Raman. They can smell the breezes coming from the Yamuna. These are blessings that are only given to the most fortunate. And you will waste your valuable time in the Dham finding fault with them? How can you let yourself be distracted from the prize of Yugal Seva that finally lies within your grasp, O foolish mind!
kṣaran-mūtre snātvā dahasi katham ātmānam api mām |
sadā tvaṁ gāndharvā-giridhara-pada-prema-vilasat-
sudhāmbhodhau snātvā svam api nitarāṁ māṁ ca sukhaya ||
O Mind of mine! Why do you bathe in the donkey piss that flows from the hypocrisies of envying and faultfinding others? You burn yourself and me too. Please, bathe in the nectar ocean of the loving dalliances of Gandharva and Giridhari. That way you will make yourself always happy, and me too. (Manaḥ-śikṣā 6)