Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
It was an excellent mail from Kartik prabhu. Actually in many of his lectures, Srila Prabhupada states that, "One who sees the hand of Krishna in the most adverse situations is a bonafide candidate for liberation". The Acharyas explain this point by two terms, "guṇa kṛta dāsyaṁ" and "svarūpa kṛta dāsyaṁ". "Guṇa krta dāsyaṁ" is serving the Lord when He gives us good opportunities and all facilities to serve and when everything goes on as per our wish both materially and spiritually (service we do by appreciating the Lord's qualities of supplying our wishes and fulfilling our desires). This service gets affected whenever our desires are frustrated and there are reverses in our life. Sometimes the devotee starts cursing the Lord for his reverses.
"Svarūpa kṛta dāsyaṁ" is serving the Lord just because it's our svarūpa (constitutional position) is to serve the Lord. The devotee understands that his existence is to serve the Lord whatever his condition may be. This service is not hampered by any material situation. The type of service a devotee is rendering may change. But the devotee's attitude towards the Lord never changes. He maintains ceaseless affection for the Lord irrespective of his material situation. This is possible only if the service we do is unmotivated (without any motives). Only if the service is unmotivated it can be uninterrupted. When we have motives, depending on our success, our service and affection for the Lord will vary. And the sloka quoted by Kartik prabhu has got very interesting significance. A devotee sees hell, heaven, liberation and the material world to be the same because he sees everywhere Lord Krishna who is the all-pervasive Lord and who is the inner-self of everything. He does not see the external merits and demerits like a normal person. He sees the Lord alone who is the sarvantaryāmi.
And another reason is since the devotee always remembers his dearmost Lord and that gives immense bliss to him, compared to that bliss the enjoyments of heaven and the sufferings of hell are insignificant. He is above the concept of pleasure and pain of these places. According to him without Narayana smriti, nothing is important even if it is heaven or moksha, and they're are as good as hell.(kaivalyaṁ narakāyate). With Narayana smriti, he's ready to live any of these places without any difficulty. And in the next mail we'll see some of the incidents in the life of Srila Prabhupada which exemplifies this truth.
Your humble servant,
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