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Title: Devotee & Destiny
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa††††† Date: 2005-04-17 04:47:28
Devotee & Destiny -- By Swami Gaurangapada
Here are some recently asked questions and answers.
Q. 1."DOES KRSNA CHANGE THE DESTINY OF HIS FAVOURITE DEVOTEES?"
Ans by SG: 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 SG: 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
Ans by SG: 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.