THE BEE AND THE FLY
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
I am pleased to hear that you are concerned for the development of your neophyte godbrothers and godsisters. So just try to help them by giving them Krishna Consciousness and the best way to do this is to set the example by being very enthusiastic to do anything and everything to please Krishna, even if we may have to make some sacrifice. Follow the regulative principles very strictly, and be ready to tolerate all kind of setbacks and disappointments. The difference between a devotee and a non-devotee is like the bee and the fly; the bee always is attracted by honey and flies go to the open sores. So the devotee is only attracted by the good qualities in other people and does not see their faults. He is a friend to everyone and in this way he finds his life sublime. Of course, we are not ourselves perfect, so sometimes there may be something, and we may lose our enthusiasm to do something — but these things come and go and you should not bother very much with them. Just be attached to Krishna and try to always think how to please Him. He will personally rescue His devotee from all kinds of unfavorable situations. Even we may not like to do the work, but if we work very hard for Krishna soon we lose our attachment and become satisfied just to be serving Krishna, and as long as at least 16 offenseless rounds daily are being chanted, know it for certain that our anxieties will disappear very soon.
— Letter to Badarinarayana Das, 18 November 1971.
– An expert from Sri Krishna-kathamrta Bindu, a free bi-monthly magazine service provided by Gopal Jiu Publications.