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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

DEVOTEE?

 

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.