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Title: Destiny and Devotee

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-11 20:04:42

 

Q. 1."DOES KRSNA CHANGE THE DESTINY OF HIS FAVOURITE DEVOTEES?"

 

Ans by Swami Gaurangapada: For the favourite devotees of Lord Gauranga-Krishna, there is nothing called destiny because the Lord takes direct charge in their lives. tanra bhala manda ami kari vichara. Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata states that Lord Krishna told Lord Shiva that I directly handle the good and bad in the lives of My dear devotees residing in Puri Dhama. This is also applicable to His dear devotees residing anywhere in creation.

 

Q. I MEAN PRARABDHA KARMA WHICH CANNOT BE OVER RULED BY ANY MEANS.

 

Ans by Swami Gaurangapada: The Lord's dear devotees do not have prarabdha karma or manifested reactions. If they get any distress in their lives, it is the direct arrangement of the Lord either to purify them more and more or to intensify their devotion or to show the glories of their devotion to the world.

 

Q. CAN A PURE DEVOTEE REACH KRSNALOKA BEFORE HIS LIFE SPAN ENDS,IF HE IS A PURE DEVOTEE?

 

Ans by Swami Gaurangapada:

 

If one is a sadhana-siddha devotee (perfected through practice of nama bhajana), one can enter the aprakata (unmanifested pastimes) of the Lord in Gauranga-Krishna-loka by one's deep meditation while chanting even in this life. Then at the end of this life, the soul will first join the same manifested pastimes of the Lord in one of the universes in the material creation and get trained directly in the Lord's service by the nitya-siddha (eternally perfect) associates of the Lord. Thenat the end of those manifested pastimes of the Lord, the Lord takes that soul back with Him with all His associates eternally to His spiritual abode from where there is no return. So this material creation is both a rectification ground as well as a training ground to go to the spiritual world. This is the natural sequence, but if the Lord wants a sadhana-siddha soul to directly to come to His abode at the end of his life, then He can directly do that also. The existence and location of the soul is simply dependant of the independent desire of Lord Gauranga-Krishna.