Hare Krishna, all glories to the Srila Prabhupada and the devotees of the Lord.
I had a question in my mind that has been bothering me a lot so i am putting it here, please help me in finding it's answer.
So the question arised in my mind after watching two YouTube videos two months back. In the first video there was a tale that once a devotee of Lord Krishna was travelling through a forest, suddenly a ferocious wild dog attacked the devotee. At the same time Lord Krishna was dining at his palace and mata Rukmani was serving him. Lord Krishna was just about to start eating when he suddenly stood up and upon enquiry from mata Rukmani he told her that a devotee of his is in grave danger and that he had to help him. But the very next moment he sat down and continued eating again. Upon enquiry from mata Rukmani as to why has the Lord sat down again, the Lord replied that the devotee upon seeing himself in danger picked up a stone and threw it at the wild dog thus intending to hurt the dog and save himself, so that's why the Lord didn't helped him.
The second video was from the channel of our beloved and respected Amarendra Das prabhuji. He was narrating a tale of an encounter between sripad goswami tulsidas and sripad surdas ji. The tale goes like this that once Tulsidas ji and surdas ji happened to meet at vrindavana and were having a discussion talking about the glories of the lord walking on a road at Sri Govardhan. Suddenly a man came running down the way screaming that get out of the way because a mad elephant has been set lose on the way forward and is heading this way. As Surdas ji was blind so it was difficult for tulsidas ji to move him along with him. Suddenly as Tulsidas ji looked his side, he saw that Surdas ji had climbed up a nearby tree and was calling Tulsidas ji to come over and climb too. Upon seeing such a cowardly behaviour by such a renowned devotee of Lord Krishna Tulsidas ji was astonished. Tulsi das ji started chanting Rama Naam loudly and with unflinching faith in the name he stood before the hurdling elephant. The elephant stopped after reaching near Tulsi das ji and even bowed before him. All the people in the proximity began cheering Tulsidas ji and began praising his raam bhakti. Tulsidas ji called surdas ji that he must now come down as the danger is gone. When surdas ji came down , tulsidas ji enquired him that why had he climed up the tree, didn't he had faith in Lord Krishna's Name like tulsidas ji had in Ram Naam ?. To this Surdas ji humbly replied that he has all faith in Krishna's name but if he had took the name of the Lord the the Lord would have to come and help him whereas him being a servant of the lord should not bother his master and should only serve him unconditionally without even expecting timely and untimely protection.
Now the question that came in my mind upon hearing these two tales is that, as we know that this human material body is very precious and moreover it is the temple and property of the lord. Now if under some circumstance the protection of this precious body is at line and there are only two ways before a devotee-
1- Let the fate of our body in Lord's hand by completely surrendering unto him like tulsidas ji did and as krishna suggested in the first tale that the devotee should have relied upon him, that whatever the Lord thinks is right should be done to me even if it is causing a harm to this material body and that it may a reaction of my karma and Lord is neutralizing it this way.
2-Help ourselves and protect this body thinking of it as the property of the lord and our carrier on the path of Bhakti even if we have are under compulsion to undertake violent behaviour. And also in the mood of surdas prabhiji who suggested to only serve and never take service.
Now the question is that which path is the right one or better for a devotee who aims to achieve ecstatic love of Godhead?