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Dham Etiquette

 

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has listed the following offenses against the holy dhama that we must carefully avoid in order to be fully benefitted from our visit to or residence in the holy dhama.

  • To disrespect one’s spiritual master who reveals the dhama to the disciple.
  • To think that the holy dhama is temporary.
  • To commit violence towards any of the residents of the holy dhama or to any of the pilgrims who come there, or to think that they are ordinary people.
  • To perform mundane activities while living in the holy dhama.
  • To utilize the dhama for personal economic development by commercializing deity worship and sankirtana in the holy dhama.
  • To think that the holy dhama belongs to a mundane country or province, such as Bengal; to think that the Lord’s dhama is equal to a place connected with some demigod, or to attempt to measure the area of the holy dhama.
  • To commit sinful acts while residing in the holy dhama
  • To blaspheme the sastras that assert the glorious position of the holy dhama.
  • To be faithless and think that the glories of the dhama are imaginary.

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