(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 07 January 2018, Brisbane, Australia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.20)

Tolerance is a quality of the mode of goodness, which is the mode of detachment. This is in contrast with the mode of passion which is one of attachment. In this mode of passion, we want things to go our way and our way only. We have the story of Dhurva Maharaj for example. When Dhruva Maharaj found out that a Yaksha had killed his brother, he entered into the mode of passion where out of anger, he started killing all the Yakshas. This was until the two elderly personalities came by, one being his grandfather Svayambhuva Manu, who were totally aloof and unaffected. Here, Dhruva Maharaj was reminded that Krsna is extremely satisfied with his devotees when they greet others with tolerance and mercy! So similarly, we must also learn to be withdrawn from all such things in the world. When we are in the mode of passion, we are deeply affected and so all these reactions follow us around. It is at this point that tolerance becomes very hard. So in this way, we must try to properly pursue the path of Krsna consciousness and enter the mode of goodness; qualities such as tolerance will then come by much more easily.

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