Hare Krishna Prabhus and Matajis!
Please accept my humble obeisances and all glories to Srila Prabhupada!
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Krsna consciousness is essentially filled with activity and never non-activity. It is very common for us to carry our material baggage of seeing everything in this material world in terms of dualities -good, bad, victory, defeat. And being human, we always want to be good and victorious. But when we lose anything, we become very sad, even when executing devotional service, we want to "win" i.e., see and expected positive results always.
Lord Indra, when he fought Vrtasura, also wanted victory very badly. Indeed, Indra believed that he would achieve victory as he had the powerful thunderbolt weapon at his disposal. However, in the fight with Vrtrasura in the 6th Canto of Bhagavatam, Indra at one point found himself without his powerful weapon, which dropped out of his hands.
So Indra became morose. Vrtrasura, the enemy, however advised Indra as follows in 6.12.7:
"O Indra, no one is guaranteed of being always victorious but the original enjoyer, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Bhagavan. He is the cause of creation, maintenance and dissolution, and He knows everything. Being dependent and being obliged to accept material bodies, belligerent subordinates are sometimes victorious and sometimes defeated."
What does this mean to us as aspiring devotees who are always facing such a battle every day of our lives?
"Vrtrasura encouraged Indra, saying, 'Don't be morose because of my victory. There is no need to stop fighting. Instead, you should go on with your duty. When Krsna desires, you will certainly be victorious.' This verse is instructive for sincere workers in Krsna consciousness movement. We should not be jubilant in victory or morose in defeat. We should make a sincere effort to implement the will of Krsna, or Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and we should not be concerned with victory and defeat. Our duty is to work sincerely, so that our activities may be recognised by Krsna."
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