"Why me?"

21st Feb 2008
Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Recently, I came across following interesting article about "Arthur Ashe”, the legendary Wimbledon player. When he was dying of AIDS, which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983, he received letters from his fans, all over the world.  One of them asked:

"Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?

To this Arthur Ashe replied: "The world over -- 50 million  children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the  grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon , 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals,

When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?'..... "

His reply is worth meditating. When things go smoothly in our life, we never care to thank/question Lord. But the moment something doesn't work the way we want, we immediately question the Supreme Lord, "Why me ?".

We have a false conception, that we deserve the best all the time and never bother to thank Him for the blessing Krishna has bestowed on us in spite of our short-comings.

Instead of questioning the Lord, we must remember His instructions in Bhagavad Gita verse 2.14,

mātrā-sparśās tu kaunteya śītoṣṇa-sukha-duḥkha-dāḥ
āgamāpāyino ’nityās tāṁs titikṣasva bhārata

O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.

May we just engage our tongues in serving  Lord  Krishna under all kinds of circumstances, instead of misusing it in lamentations.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.