Bhakti is the only Karma-Extinguisher

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

It is well understood by all of us now that any bad karma that we commit will result in our suffering either in this lifetime or the next. However one must also understand that executing a good deed also results in one having to compulsorily live or take another birth to reap its benefits. Both bad and good karma will keep us in the vicious cycle of birth, death, old age and disease. That is the law of karma and we can do nothing to avoid that. 

Or can we?

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura says in this connection that "one who has developed Krishna consciousness and who exists in love with Krishna is no longer subject to suffering and happiness under the laws of karma. Indeed, he is beyond karma." The Brahma-samhita says, karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājām: a devotee is free from the reactions of his karma because he has taken to devotional service. This same principle is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (14.26). sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate: one who is engaged in devotional service has already been freed from the reactions of his material karma, and thus he immediately becomes brahma-bhuta, or transcendental. This is also expressed in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.2.21). kṣīyante cāsya karmāṇi: before attaining the stage of love, one becomes free from all the results of karma.

Srila Prabhupada explains in SB 6.17.17 that "The Lord is very kind and affectionate toward His devotees, and therefore a devotee, in any condition, is not subjected to the results of karma".

Again in the purport to SB 6.17.18 Srila Prabhupada explains, "To get free from the karma-cakra, the wheel of the results of one's karma, one should take to bhakti-marga--devotional service, or Krishna consciousness. That is the only remedy. sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja."

The message is clear and Prabhupada repeats it at every opportunity. But no point in only knowing the message or speculating on it, but, as our Gurudev says, "Just follow the shastras and not your mind".

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Purnacandra das 
Sydney.