Smart Quote of the Day, March 16, 2016

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". . . because of an accidental falldown a devotee should not be derided; he should still be considered saintly even if he has accidentally fallen down. . . If one does not follow this rule, and derides a devotee for his accidental falldown, then one is disobeying the order of the Supreme Lord."

Today's Smart Quote is from the purport to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.30:

TRANSLATION

Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.

PURPORT (excerpt):

. . . Therefore a person who is situated in Krishna consciousness and is engaged with determination in the process of chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare should be considered to be in the transcendental position, even if by chance or accident he is found to have fallen.

The words sadhur eva, "he is saintly," are very emphatic. They are a warning to the nondevotees that because of an accidental falldown a devotee should not be derided; he should still be considered saintly even if he has accidentally fallen down. And the word mantavyah is still more emphatic. If one does not follow this rule, and derides a devotee for his accidental falldown, then one is disobeying the order of the Supreme Lord. The only qualification of a devotee is to be unflinchingly and exclusively engaged in devotional service.