Are you facing problems in life? Are you frustrated with life?
If your answer is yes, then you are very lucky than those who are living their life in luxury. Now your mind must be puzzled with the above statement. But this the truth. People who are materially engrossed often forget Krsna and consider their material life as the permanent life. But people who are depressed, who face problems in life, who are frustrated with the situations going in their life often pray to Krsna, Oh Krsna! Please help me.......Lucky are those people who at least utter “Krsna” and plead for his mercy.
If you are facing such sufferings then Krsna is having mercy upon you. He is making you face such difficulties so that you realize that this material life is temporary, full of pain, sufferings, frustrations and he wants you to realize the path which leads back to Godhead – The Path of devotional service.
In SB 10.88.8 Krsna says : -
“If I especially favor someone, I gradually deprive him of his wealth. Then the relatives and friends of such a poverty-stricken man abandon him. In this way he suffers one distress after another.”
By doing this, Krsna removes all the obstructions on the path of devotion.Now nothing remains except for Krsna. Krsna becomes the only shelter for such helpless soul.
“It is at night that the sunrise becomes attractive, during the hot summer that cold water gives comfort, and during the cold winter months that warm water is pleasing. Lamplight appears attractive in darkness, not in the glaring light of day, and when one is distressed by hunger, food tastes especially good." In other words, to strengthen his devotees' mood of dependence on Him and longing for Him, the Lord arranges for His devotees to go through some suffering, and when He appears in order to deliver them, their gratitude and transcendental pleasure are boundless.” (SB 10.88.8 Purport).
HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s experience
This happened in Prabhupada’s life. One after another his business failed and he faced severe financial problems. At first he could not understand why all these things are happening. But when he came across the above SB 10.88.8 quote, he realized the mercy of Krsna. After that whenever he faced such difficulties in life, he smiled and spoke out the above quote.
“Just like he did with the Pāṇḍavas. The Pāṇḍavas were devotees, but at the same time, they were king. There was attachment. So therefore Kṛṣṇa took away their everything—their kingdom, their wife, their position, their honor—test him, and still, they did not give up Kṛṣṇa. Therefore they came out victorious. So Kṛṣṇa sometimes tests His devotees, that how much devoted he is. He forcibly makes him renounced in order. That is Kṛṣṇa's special favor.” ---- Srila Prabhupada
"If I do somebody some special favor, then My first duty is I make him crushed in all material possessions." You see? Why? "Because to make him more surrendered to Me." When he becomes helpless, he has no other way. "Kṛṣṇa, please take me." When he has something, he thinks, "Oh, these things will protect me, my material possessions." Therefore he does not surrender." ----Srila Prabhupada
“If somebody wants to be actually devotee of Kṛṣṇa, at the same time, keeps his material attachment, then Kṛṣṇa's business is He takes away everything material, so that cent percent he becomes, I mean to say, dependent on Kṛṣṇa. So that actually happened to my life.” ---- Srila Prabhupada
So next time you face such difficult situations in life, be sure Krsna is showering mercy upon you and wants you to take the path of devotion which will lead you to your own home, back to Godhead.
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare