We had wonderful program Sunday mid day with His Holiness Giriraja Swami. He gave very nice lecture about chanting without offenses. The following is a great quote that Maharaja gave during the class about devotee relations. Haribol
[Child making some noise] Once Srila Prabhupada was giving a lecture and one of the children started to make noise. And Prabhupada said, "Please keep the child quite." So mother started to chastise the child. And then Prabhupada said, "You know in Vedic culture one cannot, one does not punish a child, young child." So then the husband of the mother started to chastise the mother [laughter] for chastising the child. And Prabhupada said, "You know we don't punish women," [laughter] So then the temple commander [laughter] started to chastise the husband and then Prabhupada said, "We don't punish brahmanas,"[laughter] and then he said, "Our whole society is nothing but women, children, and brahmanas so we cannot punish anyone." [Laughter] So we just gently correct them, offer obeisances and beg forgiveness and carry on.
Your humble servant
Nityananda Chandra Das