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Title: Lord Gauranga-Krishna's fair weather friend
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa Date: 2005-04-05 06:58:42
Lord Gauranga-Krishna's fair weather friend -- By Swami Gaurangapada
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Gauranga Dharma! Jaya Shrila Prabhupada! Pranams and Blessings!
Sometimes there are people who refuse to learn their lessons and hold God guilty for any suffering which they have in their lives.
Actually that suffering which they have brought upon them selves by their present and previous misdeeds. If anything bad happens in their life they blame Lord Gauranga Krishna. If anything good happens in their lives they take the credit for themselves. They forget God. Forget to offer their gratefulness to the Lord.
For example whenever there is a war the soldiers relatives pray to the Lord that the lives of their near and dear ones will be spared But when the soldiers are killed the despairing relatives turn to atheism in droves. If their prayers...if their materialistic prayers are not fulfilled, they lose their faith in God. This is the certain result of conditional surrender to Lord Gauranga Krishna. It is just like trying to be the Lords fair weather friend.
The devotee of the Lord does not have this narrow minded attitude or selfish consciousness. When the devotee has to suffer temporarily he takes it that it is a reaction to his own past deeds. And the Lord is administering a strong medicine to cure his or her attachment to the meaningless material activity to purify him. He thanks the Lord for this gratefulness to the Lord. Because the Lord is extinguishing his reactions by giving him some suffering so that he can very quickly go back to the spiritual world, the eternal Kingdom of God. There he can serve Lord Gauranga Krishna eternally in any one of the five mellows.
So there is a verse in the Shrimad Bhagavatam (10.14.8) where Lord Brahma states to Lord Krishna:
tat te 'nukampam su-samiksamano
bhunjana evatma-krtam vipakam
hrd-vag-vapurbhir vidadhan namas te
jiveta yo mukti-pade sa daya-bhak
That fortunate soul who is factually eligible for liberation has to have this one qualification, and that is: whenever suffering or whenever inconvenience comes in his life he thanks the Lord for that mercy or anukampa. He thanks the Lord not only with his words but his heart and his body he offers obeisances to the Lord. He thanks Lord Gauranga Krishna with his body mind word and heart. From the bottom of his heart not artificially because he thinks it is the boundless mercy and favour of the Lord upon him.
You know that when someone punishes you it means that he is actually caring for you, loving you. No one will punish a stranger. So when the Lord punishes us for our past misdeeds it helps the devotee remember a strong relationship with the Lord. He understands that the Lord has considered him as one of his own part and parcel that is why he is administering punishment.
He feels that he has done many grievous sins in millions of lives which he has taken before this Human form of life and the Lord has given a small sample of the mountains of reactions that have to be faced for past misdeeds.
The Lord is giving me just a small sample and he is releasing me of all those reactions by giving me just a small drop of what I was supposed to get. So that is actually a devotee. If in the times of tribulation we give up our faith in Lord Gauranga Krishna then what kind of devotee are we. We are pseudo-devotees.
We have to understand like Arjuna did in the battlefield of Kuruksetra" I do not know what is Good and Bad for me but my dear Lord You know best my dear Gurudeva You know best." So that is a time to become even more dependant on the Lord. But those who are weak devotees they are afraid and shaken thinking” Why has the Lord given me so much tribulations and trials?
The Lord is cleansing us purifying us of all our past reactions so that we can quickly engage in His 100% devotion by chanting His Holy Names of Nityananda! Gauranga! and Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna! Krishna Krishna! Hare Hare! Hare Rama! Hare Rama! Rama Rama! Hare Hare!
Yours in the service of Lord Gauranga-Krishna,