All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!!
We are suffering because of our past misdeeds. But we do not remember what we did in our past lives. Devotees say, it is by Krishna's mercy that we are suffering very less, but why do we suffer in the current life for the mistakes in previous lives? Why not Krishna sort out the account in the same life? Why does it need to wait for the right time and right birth to suffer for the sins?
Thank you for your time.
In addition to what has already been stated by others, we suffer in next life what we do in this life because this is the arrangement of the lord. He has given man intelligence to understand this on the basis of scriptures, sadhu and guru.
Maybe in some other universe, this rule is there - whatever one does, one suffers immediately. For our universe, the rule is next birth. Need not be right next birth, it could be a later birth as well.
Karma kanda is complicated, better to understand the principle and how it can help us progress in devotion. If we try to correlate the results with the karma, we will never be able to. Its like drinking a glass of juice in a restaurant and dissecting the bill into what is the raw material cost, making of juice cost, AC cost, waiter cost, table chair cost etc. There are so many factors which go into the amount that the restaurant charges us. Similarly, what result we get for which karma, whether any interest is added to the karma or any other factor leading to another karma or setting off of another karma phal is too complicated. Not worth getting into.
What is importanat is to understand that all kinds of karma - whether kuta, bija, prarabhda, phalita - can be eradicated by simply chanting Hare Krsna Mahamantra.
Radha Rasamayi DD
Krishna's mercy lessens our suffering, but we still face the consequences of our past actions. Suffering in this life helps us learn and grow spiritually. If we received immediate consequences, it could hinder our progress. Krishna arranges when and how we face the results of our actions for balanced learning. By practicing devotion to Krishna, we can lessen the effects of our past mistakes and receive His mercy.
According to Vedic scriptures, suffering is the result of our past misdeeds, or karma. The law of karma states that every action has a reaction, and that we will experience the consequences of our actions in this life or in future lives. Devotees have full faith that Krishna's mercy reduces the suffering we experience, but why do we have to wait for the right time and birth to suffer for our past misdeeds?
One reason why we may have to wait to experience the consequences of our past misdeeds is that we may not be ready to face them in this life. Just as a student must first complete lower grades before moving on to higher levels of education, we may need to undergo certain experiences and lessons in order to be prepared to face the consequences of our past actions. The Bhagavad Gita (2.13) explains that the soul is eternal and indestructible, and that it passes through different bodies in different lifetimes. Therefore, we may need to wait for the right time and birth to face the consequences of our past misdeeds.
Another reason why we may have to wait to experience the consequences of our past misdeeds is that we may not have fully realized the gravity of our actions. Sometimes, it takes time and experience to fully understand the impact of our actions on ourselves and others. The Srimad Bhagavatam (10.14.8) explains that even great sages and demigods are subject to the laws of karma, and that they must undergo the consequences of their actions in due time.
Additionally, the suffering we experience as a result of our past misdeeds can actually be a mercy from Krishna. Just as a loving parent may discipline their child in order to teach them a valuable lesson, Krishna may allow us to suffer in order to purify us and bring us closer to Him. The Srimad Bhagavatam (10.12.11) explains that the suffering we experience in this life can be a result of our past misdeeds, but it can also be a way for us to develop our spiritual consciousness and surrender to Krishna.
An analogy to explain this concept is that of a bank account. Just as we may deposit money in a bank account and withdraw it at a later time, our actions create a "karmic account" that we must eventually balance. Sometimes, we may have to wait to withdraw the funds from our account until we have enough to cover our debts. Similarly, we may have to wait to experience the consequences of our past misdeeds until we are ready to face them.
A story from the Mahabharata also illustrates this concept. In the story, a king named Nimi is cursed by a sage to lose his body. However, the curse cannot be fulfilled immediately, so Nimi remains alive without a body for many years. Eventually, he is reborn as the son of a sage and is able to regain his body. This story shows that sometimes we may have to wait to experience the consequences of our actions, but that we will eventually face them in due time.
In conclusion, the suffering we experience as a result of our past misdeeds is a complex concept that cannot be fully understood by our limited human intelligence. However, the Vedic scriptures offer insights into why we may have to wait to experience the consequences of our actions, and how this suffering can ultimately lead us closer to Krishna. By surrendering to Krishna and engaging in devotional service, we can purify our consciousness and ultimately transcend the cycle of birth and death.
Hare krsna prabhu, this karma theory is difficult to understand, great people like pita maha bhishma and panadavas had to struggle, even king dashrath maharaj was cursed by sravan , but we can be saved by the mercy of Guru and sri radha rani because they are very kind. So please pray to your guru maharaj and radha rani they will clear your past accounts in this life time only. We cannot afford to born again in this miserable world again.
Why does it need to wait for the right time and right birth to suffer for the sins?
Because we may not be qualified to suffer. The following illustration will explain this.
There was a hunter, who shot an arrow at bird's nest. The nest had 100 eggs. All eggs were destroyed. The hunter got bad Karma due to this. Now he had to suffer loss of 100 children. But in order to suffer this bad karma , first he had to get enough good karma to become parent of 100 children. To earn this good karma it takes many lifetimes. That hunter was Dhritarashtra. I don't have exact reference for this story, but this illustrations conveys the message.