Krishna Conciousness in Adverse Circumstances

Krishna Conciousness in Adverse Circumstances

Kalacakra Krsna das

Dear Vaishnavas,

Please accept my humble dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

A powerful verse depicting how to really be in Krsna Consciousness in our practical life is BG 4.22: 

yadrccha laabha-santusto dvandvatito vimatsarah
samah siddhaav asiddhau ca krtvaapi na nibadyate

"He who is satisfied with gain which comes of its own accord, who is free from duality and does not envy, who is steady in both success and failure, is never entangled, although performing actions."

And today I found the following interesting quote by Srila Prabhupada in his lecture on the same verse BG 4.22:

"If you are working for Krsna, it is Krsna's desire if you be successful or not successful. That means don't think that because you are Krsna consciousness, you will always be successful. No. It doesn't matter. Even if you are unsuccessful, you must know it firmly that without Krsna's desire, nothing can happen.

In reality this consciousness is what will help us to stand firm during trying circumstances in our lives. It is easy to accept someone glorifying us or helping us (which is what we usually expect Krishna or His devotees to do the moment we do some chanting or seva) because we think we naturally deserve them. Whereas in adverse circumstances we tend to lose faith. Recently, when I was traveling with my spiritual master, to one devotee he spoke these golden words, "Our Krishna Consciousness is tested only in adverse circumstances." When I thought over it, really, it made sense - the test of our real faith happens when someone chastises us or harms us or things go against our will. In such situations, I thought it worthwhile to remind myself of the above transcendental words of Srila Prabhupada.

Thank you very much
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Kalacakra Krsna das