(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 18 October 2017, Melbourne, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.3.17)

When someone is caught stealing red-handed and you talk about it, “That person is not honest because he is a thief. He was caught red-handed.” Well, that may be true but are you just going to label the person a thief forever!

The proof is there; he was caught red-handed. Okay, maybe he was a thief and maybe he has a weakness in that field. But maybe he can be protected; maybe one day he will come around. We see that the great Valmiki became a great devotee. He was a chor, a thief, but then he became a great exalted sage.

This process of devotional service can change anyone; we are ready to engage everyone. But that does not mean that you make the chor in charge of the money, you engage them in some other way.



  1. And, we use that same word chor in Geordie dialect (Geordie are people of Newcastle upon Tyne, England) Hare Krishna, I’m so glad I have remembered Maharaja, Caitanya Prabhu of Newcastle temple kindly brought me prasadam after I recently experienced a nerve palsy, for 3 days I woke up at 4am sharp. I’m on fire. Returning to the temple in due course for BG classes. Haribol.

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