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7. The Fighting Spirit


As long as we are in the material world, there will always be one kind of obstacle or another. When we fully surrender to Krsna, however, then all the obstacles will become sources of happiness. As Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, "I consider the troubles which I encounter while engaged in your service to be a source of happiness." Lord Gopala's pure devotee, Madhavendra Puri, undertook great difficulty in order to collect sandal­wood at the request of his Deity. Madhavendra Puri risked his life at the hands of thieves on the road, and he had to face innumerable watchmen and toll collectors. He walked for thousands of miles. But he undertook all these hardships with a feeling of love because he was doing it as service to Krsna. Al­though we cannot imitate Madhavendra Puri, we should look for a spirit of personal enjoyment while engaged in the struggle to serve Krsna. We all seek pleasure, and since we have to face pro­blems, we might as well enjoy the struggle for Krsna The opposite mentality of this is to always seek the complacent way, to be ease-loving. But easy­going life and Krsna consciousness do not go well together.