In the material world people make progress, move up, by pushing everyone else down. If I push everyone down and criticize them, then, "Here I am! I haven't spoken about any of my faults, because they don't exist. Now you recognize who I am." That's envy, and it becomes very dangerous in a society of devotees because, as we explained, the devotee's mentality should be to always want to push others forward but him- or herself stay back. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah--to become the servant of the servant of the servant.
September 5, 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan