An opportunity to strengthen our faith

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Often perplexed due to the sufferings served by the material nature, people with komal Shraddha, or faith which is not yet strong, start wondering whether the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna actually stays true to his words in the Bhagwat Gita, where he says,

ananyāś cintayanto māṁ
ye janāḥ paryupāsate
teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ
yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham

But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form – to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.

This doubt, however, is unfounded, for there are numerous histories where the devotees of the Lord have faced difficulties equalling a mountain in comparison to our molehill sized troubles. Yet, the Lord was always present to give them all protection and support. What troubles did Prahlad Maharaj have to face? Are our troubles even a fraction of the tribulations he faced? What humiliation did Draupadi have to face when the Kauravas attempted to disrobe her, an experience worse than death for a chaste women as herself? In what humble situations did the Pandavas have to live, banished from their own rightful kingdom? Yet, every time the Lord personally came and rescued his devotees from the difficulties. Therefore, after the end of the Kurukshetra war, Devi Kunti prayed to the Lord, saying that she would want to experience all those troubles again, just so that she could have the association of the Lord, who was always very eager to come and give all protection to his dear devotees.  Even the Lord himself, in his incarnation as Lord Ram, had to give up all the comforts of the palaces and live in the forest, subsisting on fruits, roots and other eatables collected in the wilderness. Due to the innate nature of this material world, which is known as Dukhalaya, or a place full of sorrows, one is bound to face all sorts of distress, even though no one seeks out such distress. However, one who is completely surrendered to the Lord can easily overcome these difficulties, for such exalted personalities exist on the transcendental platform, unaffected by the trials of this mundane realm. The only relief from these difficulties is to realise one’s transcendental nature, untainted by the moods of material nature, full of eternity, knowledge and bliss. In such a state, when the devotee then engages all one’s senses in exclusive devotion of the Lord, the Lord personally ensures that all the needs of such a dedicated soul are fulfilled.

In our current situation, we may not be on the platform of Kunti devi and not be able to voluntarily accept troubles. However, in the natural course of time, when inevitable difficulties, which are the only truth in this miserable material existence, come our way, we are given an opportunity to strengthen our faith in the Lord and fully surrender unto him, realising that it is him alone who maintains and sustains us. Such difficulties come our way to test us and show  us our real standing, thus encouraging us to work harder to free ourselves from this unending cycle of Birth and death in this world full of miseries, and instead go back home, back to Godhead, where there exists nothing but pure bliss in the loving transcendental service of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.