When Things Go Astray

28th Feb 2005
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

In Srimad Bhagavad Gita verse 2.15, Lord Shri Krishna says:

yaṁ hi na vyathayanty ete puruṣaṁ puruṣarṣabha
sama-duḥkha-sukhaṁ dhīraṁ so ’mṛtatvāya kalpate

O best among men [Arjuna], the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.

When things are going smoothly, we might be performing our prescribed duties as well as devotional activities in a peaceful manner. But the real test lies in how we react when distressful events happen in one's life.  

In one of his lectures in Rajkot, HH Mahavishnu Maharaj said, "Nothing is under our control. Krishna is running the whole show both in favorable as well as in adverse situations."  If we understand this truth, that we are not the doers at any point of time and that we are just His instruments, then it will be possible for us to remain steady in service. Maharaj was explaining how this holds true for all activities either spiritual or material. He further continued, "If you desire He does it. Now Jagannath,Baladev, Subhadra dieties (3 feet tall)  are here (Shree Shree Radha Neela Madhav Dham). There was a desire. We do desire.  But when things don't happen the way we thought, we do not get dejected. But go along with circumstances and continue our bhakti. Krishna Himself fulfills. Performing austerity when everything is alright is not a great thing. Austerity needs to be performed when things go difficult too. Krishna Consciousness is like coconut-shell.  So without the protective shell of Krishna Consciousness, we are also nuts. Never get dejected in your life. You are already in the right path of Krishna Consciousness. So please intensify your service by taking shelter of Srimad Bhagavatam daily. "

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