If You are Starving, that is your Blessing

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

Happiness and distress comes in our life irrespective of our wants. Though, I thank Krishna for happiness He blesses me with, I was not having the same attitude when some distressful event occurs. The following is nice conversation that took place on Jan 8, 1977 between Srila Prabhupada and a devotee in Mumbai.

Guest (3) (Indian man): Guruji, just now the problem is of starvation.

Prabhupada: Well, starvation... Suppose you are diseased, and if your father does not give you to eat, that is your blessing.

Guest (1): And what about...? He will die or...? Or this will go away?

Prabhupada: Why you are complaining? Suppose your father, he gives you everything. But when you are diseased, if he said, "My dear son you cannot eat everything," is that starvation?

Guest (3): But...

Prabhupada: First of all give me answer this. Is that starvation?

Guest (3): No...

Prabhupada: That is cure. This is cure. In the Vedas it is said, "nityo nityānāṁ cetanaś  cetanānām eko  bahūnāṁ yo vidadhāti kāmān". God is giving food to the cats and dogs. Nobody is starving. If you are starving, that is your blessing.

Guest (3): But then, Guruji, suppose you see somebody...

Prabhupada: We do not suppose. We get the reference to the shastra. That is our disease. We don't manufacture. We don't manufacture anything. Our point of view is if there is starvation, then we take it: mercy of Krishna. tat te  nukampāṁ su-samīkṣamāṇo bhuñjāna evātma-kṛtaṁ vipākam. When we are put into starvation, we take it: blessings of God. We don't complain. "I did something wrong or there is something wrong, so God has put me into this position. It is His blessing." This is our view.

So this starvation point, we take it as blessing. People generally question that "How God is unfavourable to somebody and favourable to...?" That is foolishness. God is good, but that we do not know. Because we are less intelligent, we think that "One man is in starvation; therefore God is not good." That is our fault. We are not good. We do not understand God. But a Vaishnava says, "Oh, it is blessing." And if he takes like that, then the result is mukti-pade sa dāya-bhāk. His mukti is guaranteed. In any circumstances, if somebody takes God as good, then his mukti is guaranteed. And if he blames God, "Oh, He has put me into starvation", then he has to suffer. This is the common argument sometimes we meet, "Oh, why God has made somebody so rich and somebody some poor? He is unjust." That is foolishness. God cannot be... He's just, always just. That is God. So unless we have got that firm conviction, then we cannot become devotee.

So I pray at the lotus feet of His Divine to grant us this understanding and to be thankful to Krishna in all situations.

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