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Suffering by devotees ....

Sometimes we see that a devotee has to suffer more than a non-devoteeEx- loss of child , sudden onset of any disease, loss of huge amount of money, loss of job, even unexpected death....Often non - devotees say or doubt , if they are devotees then why they are suffering so much ?My question is if, such thing is happening to any devotee what does it mean ?

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  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna mataji,

    PAMHO.

    Suffering of devotees is at various levels - 1) of course, it is past karma that one suffers. in the case of devotees, the past karmic reaction can get accelerated so that the devotee can nullify all reactions and be ready to go back to Godhead. 2) It can be due to vaishnav aparadh that a devotee suffers. 3) A devotee can suffer to bring in humility and more surrender to Krsna. 4) To set an example to others, that inspite of the greatest suffering, the devotee never doubts the lord, never complains, always remains fixed in devotion. 5) It could be to test the resolve of the devotee or to teach a life lesson to the devotee.

    My experience about life is - every person, whether devotee or non devotee, suffers only and only his own karma. Secondly, suffering comes with a lesson. If one learns that lesson, then either the suffering stops to bother that person, or the suffering goes away, because the lesson it brought alongwith it, is delivered.

    I hope I have been able to answer somewhat.

    Haribol,

    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

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