|Canto 3: The Status Quo||Chapter 16: The Two Doorkeepers of Vaikuntha, Jaya and Vijaya, Cursed by the Sages|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 3.16.5
yan-namani ca grihnati
loko bhritye kritagasi
so 'sadhu-vadas tat-kirtim
hanti tvacam ivamayah
yat -- of whom; namani -- the names; ca -- and; grihnati -- take; lokah -- people in general; bhritye -- when a servant; krita-agasi -- has committed something wrong; sah -- that; asadhu-vadah -- blame; tat -- of that person; kirtim -- the reputation; hanti -- destroys; tvacam -- the skin; iva -- as; amayah -- leprosy.
A wrong act committed by a servant leads people in general to blame his master, just as a spot of white leprosy on any part of the body pollutes all of the skin.
A Vaishnava, therefore, should be fully qualified. As stated in the Bhagavatam, anyone who has become a Vaishnava has developed all the good qualities of the demigods. There are twenty-six qualifications mentioned in the Caitanya-caritamrita. A devotee should always see that his Vaishnava qualities increase with the advancement of his Krishna consciousness. A devotee should be blameless because any offense by the devotee is a scar on the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The devotee's duty is to be always conscious in his dealings with others, especially with another devotee of the Lord.
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness