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Krishna Responds to Everyone According to their Desires

“All of them–As they surrender unto Me–I reward accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Prtha [Arjuna].” (Bhagavad-gita 4.11)

Krishna is responding to everyone, devotee or non-devotee. He is revealing Himself or not revealing Himself according to the desire of the individual person. In another place in the Gita Krishna says: “I am within everyone’s heart and I am giving remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness.” So one may ask why would Krishna give anyone the ability to forget Him? He states here clearly that He gives remembrance and knowledge — but He also gives forgetfulness. Krishna helps the devotees by giving them rememberance and knowledge so they can worship and serve Him–because that is what the devotees want, they want to remember Krishna, so Krishna helps them. But the demons do not want to remember Krishna. They want to become the supreme lord themselves, they want others to serve them, they want to be the master–they do not want to surrender to Krishna, they do not want to even know that there is a Supreme Personality of Godhead above them. So it is Krishna’s mercy to the demons that from within their hearts He gives them the ability to forget Him.

In reality everyone is searching for Krishna in the different aspects of His manifestations. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is fully realized by His pure devotees but everyone is realizing different aspects of Krishna according to their desires and their surrender to Krishna. The jnanis or the philosophers partially realize Krishna in the form of His impersonal brahmajyoti effulgence that is spread everywhere in an all-pervasive way, the yogis or meditators realize the paramatma or supersoul feature of Krishna within their hearts. In this way Krishna is the object of everyone’s realization and He reveals Himself according to one’s desire to have Him.

In the transcendental world also Krishna reciprocates with His pure devotees just as the devotee wants Him. One devotee may want Krishna as his supreme master, another as his personal friend, another as his son and still another as his lover. Krishna responds to all the devotees equally, according to their different intensities of love for Him. In the material world also the same reciprocations of feelings are there, and they are equally exchanged by the Lord with the different types of worshipers.

The pure devotees both here in the material world and in the spiritual world associate with Krishna in person and are able to render personal service to Him and in this way they derive transcendental bliss from His loving service. Also Krishna helps the impersonalists who desire to commit spiritual suicide by annihilating the individual existence of the living entity — Krishna helps them by absorbing them into His effulgence. Because the impersonalists do not agree to accept the eternal, blissful Personality of Godhead they can not enjoy the bliss of personal service to the Lord, having extinguished their individuality. So Krishna is rewarding the impersonalists in the way they want to be rewarded, by absorbing them into His impersonal effulgence and He is rewarding the devotees also by manifesting Himself before them in the way they want to see Him.

Krishna directly states that for the non-devotees — because they do not want to see Him — He does not manifest Himself before them:

“I am never manifest to the foolish and unintelligent. For them I am covered by My eternal creative potency [yoga-maya]; and so the deluded world knows Me not, who am unborn and infallible.” (Bg. 7.25)

This whole material world is created by Krishna for us, the rebellious living entities who want to try to enjoy separately from Him. In reality there is no enjoyment separate from Krishna because He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead the sole enjoyer and we are His servants. We are constitutionally servants. We have no alternative, we must render service. The devotees enjoyment comes from seeing Krishna happy. So when Krishna is happy because of his service the devotee enjoys.

The materialists, also, can not avoid this service. Even if you look at the greatest and most powerful men on the planet — they all have to render service. If you take the President of the United States — a very big post — still he has to serve the country. He is elected because he promises to serve the country and if he does not serve the people will demand that he be removed from the post of president.

Every one of us is serving. Some are serving their family and to get money they have to serve the boss and serve the customers. Even if one is alone he is still serving his senses.  In every field of life this service is the most prominent thing for everyone. Many have heard the term ‘sanatana-dharma‘ but very few realize what this is. Sanatana means ‘eternal’ and dharma means ‘occupation’ so sanatana dharma means the eternal occupation of the living entity. People tend to think that this sanatana-dharma is religion but that is not a very good understanding of the word because religion can change. One day I can be a Christian then I can change to be a Hindu so this ‘Christian’ or ‘Hindu’ can not be sanatana-dhrama because it can not be changed.

The dharma of an object is that thing which can not be separated from the object. The thing that can not be changed, the eternal characteristic of that object. For example if we speak of sugar it must be sweet. Sweetness is the dharma of sugar. If it is not sweet it is not sugar. The dharma of water is to be wet, the dharma of salt is to be salty… So what is our dharma? What is the characteristic that we have that can not be changed and without it we have no meaning? Actually that characteristic is service. We have no meaning without service. There is no way we can escape from service. Even to simply maintain the body we have to work, we have to render service. So our dharma is service and there are so many different types of service that we can be occupied with. But what is sanatana-dharma, our eternal occupation? That is service to Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead so that is our eternal occupation, serving Krishna, and really there is nothing else but service to Krishna.

However Krishna has given us all a limited amount of independence. Our relationship with Krishna is based on love and love can not be forced. So if we are to love Krishna in a voluntary way then there has to be some other option for the rebellious living entities who decide not to love Krishna. That is this material world and because Krishna reciprocates with all the living entities in the way they want to see Him then it is His great mercy for the demons who have rebelled against Him the He creates this material world as a place where the demons can forget Krishna and try to be happy separately from serving Krishna. Actually there is no question of us ever being separate from Krishna but to create this illusion for the demons who want it Krishna has created maha-maya. It is only by the power of maya that the demons are bewildered into thinking that they can be happy separately from Krishna, it is only by the spell of maya that they think they can turn this material world into a happy place where they can live forever.

So the summary is Krishna reveals Himself to the living entities in the way they want to see Him. So for a devotee Krishna appears as Krishna in a relationship like son, friend of lover and for the demon Krishna appears as maya and by the illusions generated by maya the demon can believe that Krishna does not exist.

Therefore Krishna is revealing Himself to everyone in the way they want to see Him or if someone does not want to see Him Krishna is hiding Himself from them.

Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

Madhudvisa dasa

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139 Responses to Krishna Responds to Everyone According to their Desires

  1. Veenasuresh says:

    I want to go to lord krishna. I have a happy n luxurious life.but this vl all go one day .I shall be alone dying in bed and vl again take birth and undergo same pain …I want this life to be the last one ..want to just go to him..plz guide me …

    • Read Prabhupada’s books. He wrote them to guide you how to become a pure devotee of Krishna… Please read Prabhupada’s books…

  2. Aman Pandey says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu, Is reading articles on Krishna.org equally as helpful as reading Srila Prabhupad’s books? I read these articles more than the books which I have downloaded in PDF form. This is because when I read these articles I am with Krishna.org and Srila Prabhupada both but if I spend too much time online eyes start paining. Krishna.org is the online Vrindavana for me and I want to stay here for as much time as possible.

    • Hare Krishna

      Krishna.org is good but Prabhupada’s books are better.

      The idea of Krishna.org is to try and convince the people to get Prabhupada’s books and read them.

      So you should get Prabhupada’s books, the real ones printed on paper, and read them. That will not hurt your eyes. Reading paper books. You can get them from krishnastore.com

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  3. Raghavan says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu ji,

    It is normally said that the mercy of the Lord is available to everyone and that the Lord is very merciful. It is also said that the human form of life is the most valuable as in the human form one can understand who God is, what is our relationship and engage in Pure Devotional Service. The highest potential of human life is to become a pure devotee of the Lord.

    So logically speaking in the human form of life each one should at least get access to the knowledge that one should engage in Pure Devotional Service. Whether one actually engages in Pure Devotional Service or not depends on the free will of the person.

    My question – I have observed that not everyone has access to the transcendental knowledge that one should engage in Pure Devotional Service. There are huge segements of human population who do not have any idea of Pure Devotional Service. Then how will they receive the mercy of the Lord? when they do not even have an idea or exposed to that knowledge. If the Lord is all merciful don’t you think that the Lord should at least somehow expose all the Living entities in human form to Surrender and Pure Devotional Service. For that to happen one has to talk to the ignorant people in their language etc. But I see that India has a strong knowledge base of Vedic literature, and Srila Prabhupada via his books teachings and preaching has made the knowledge known to lots of English speaking people. But inspite of all this, huge populations like the tribals, people living in forests or people who don’t have acces to Srila Prabhupadas books they are completely ignorant about Pure Devotional Service.

    I wish to understand as to why? If the Lord is all merciful then don’t you think he should spread his message to all segements of the human population in the language each understands?. That way the Living Entity in human form of life will have at least the knowledge of Pure Devotional Service. Otherwish what is happening is that only residents of India or followers of Srila Prabhupada worldwide have access to this knowledge. Huge segements of human population are rotting and thus wasting their life without even knowing. This again comes back to the question how do we understand that the Lord is all merciful?

    Hope you are able to get the crux of my question.

    Thanks and regards
    Raghavan.

    • I don’t know who said these things you say are usually said….

      The reality is we have all come to the material world rejecting Krishna. It is our desire to forget our service relationship with Krishna and instead we want to try and imitate Krishna by trying to become the master. But it is not possible for us to become the master, because we are all eternally servants of Krishna, so out of His great mercy Krishna has created this material world with maya, the illusory potency that hides our eternal relationship with Krishna and enables us to believe we are independent..

      So the material word is for forgetfulness of Krishna. It is true that from time to time Krishna is coming to remind us about Himself, and He is sending His pure devotees. But they are mostly ignored because the vast majority of people in the material world have no interest in spiritual life.

      So you can only spread the message if you can get the people interested in the message. Most people are not interested. And that is always going to be the way in the material world.

      The reality is it is very, very rare to get the opportunity of associating with a pure devotee of Krishna. There is one verse. Brahmananda brahmate kona bhagavayan jiva guru krsna prasaday pay bhakti lata bija. The living entities are wandering from one universe to another universe. It is only very rarely that one living entity gets the chance to associate with a pure devotee of Krishna who he can get the bhakti-latta-bija, the seed of the plant of bhakti, from. Once he gets this seed of the plant of bhakti he can water it by hearing and chanting.

      So the reality is the chance to meet such a pure devotee as Srila Prabhupada is very, very, very rare. And we have met Srila Prabhupada. So we need to take full advantage of his transcendental association by reading his books and hearing his classes and following his instructions. In that way we can become pure devotees of Krishna ourselves and then and only then, once we have become pure devotees of Krishna, we will also have the potency to attract others to Krishna consciousness.

      So the point is you have to become a pure devotee of Krishna by surrendering to and following Srila Prabhupada and then you can spread Krishna consciousness all over the world, all over the universe.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Raghavan says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhuji,

        Thanks for your beautiful and thoughtful answer to my query. It required a lot of contemplation to assimilate what you have mentioned in your answer back.

        One question I have. I have understood that the pure devotee of the Lord is very rare and to meet someone like Srila Prabhupada is rare.

        My question, why doesn’t the Lord flood the world with Pure devotees from Vaikuntha or Goloka? so that the unfortunate people here have more chances of meeting a pure devotee. what is the design of the Lord to make the access of Pure Devotee so rare? It is a question of a neophyte & I would like to understand what the Acharyas have said about this.

        Thanks and regards
        Raghavan

        • Hare Krishna Ragavavan

          This world is hell for a pure devotee. Who would come here? It is only a very, very rare pure devotee who will come to the material world.

          And anyhow in the material world people are not interested in pure devotee. They want bogus gurus. So the world is flooded with bogus gurus. Because that is what the people want. The want guru that will not ask them to change their life. They will give some money to guru and guru will give them blessings and assure them they are very good and Krishna loves them. Guru will spend the money he collects from his disciples and try to enjoy in the material world.

          Krishna even comes here to the material world Himself sometimes. But even then most people do not recognize Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The demons fight with Him and try to kill Him and the ordinary people think he is an ordinary person, maybe with some mystic power, maybe a demigod…

          So the material world is such a place. It is the kingdom of maya, the world of illusion. We have come here because we have rejected the service of Krishna. We don’t want to serve Krishna. We want to become the master. We want people to serve us…

          So this is the place for maya, not Krishna…

          Material world is small. It is like the prison. It is small, there are not many people in it. Most people are not in the prison, they are free. So we are all criminals, all opposed to Krishna, not a very nice place for a pure devotee to visit…

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  4. Ayon says:

    Hello sir.
    Im 26 working professional at a call centre. My life had a drastic change in 2013 when some of my colleagues framed for an act that i didnt do. I had to b behind bars for couple of weeks. We always had a gita in our house but i was too lazy to read it. But inside that dark place i had gita available n i read it. Trust me wen i was inside my parents struggled, but there were ppl who actually filed a petition to get me out of dere so i was bailed after 15 days. Later i realized dat d police investigating d case took money to put dat foul case of 354 against me. I know i served inside jail which cud b due to some other karma but i never assaulted any women i swear.
    Ever since i pray to him as d case is still going on. I took an oath not to cut my hair till i get clean chit from this foul case. Like wat arjun did to add dust to his food till he didnt avenge for draupadi. I trust HIM. he tells to forgive but never quit fighting for d right for d truth. I know had it not been for him den probably still b inside, dose good ppl wudnt sign petition to save me.
    N u know d best part while i was in jail my fellow jail mates names were like kanhaiyalal, gopal who helped me inside a lot. They trusted me. They helped me from d bullies inside.
    Its been 3 years i didnt hav a hair cut i look horrible with it. I m waiting for justice. I m crying while writing this. I know dere hav been improvements but still ..
    U know sir im workin night shift since i was 17 to help my family. I know HE is my friend HE HAS always been there but tell me
    HOW LONG MORE DO U THINK I HAV TO WAIT…… I m waiting for day that i can get d black mark off my head…… I know its stupid to write these in a common forum but i ll tell u something….
    I WILL FIGHT SO DAT NO OTHER MEN HAS TO SUFFER. I WILL FIGHT SO DAT WOMEN LIKE THESE WHO HAV FUN FRAMING MEN LEARNS A LESSON. THEY R MISUSING THEIR POWER N I WONT STAND DAT. SHE EVEN INSULTED MY MOM. I DONT KNOW IF I HAVE FORGIVEN HER BUT NO MATTER WHAT I WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING.

    BUT IM TOO TIRED. TELL ME WHAT SHOULD I DO…..
    JAI SHRI KRISHNA…..

    • Hare Krishna Ayon

      Just forget it. Forgive them. They are ignorant, they do not know any better. It is like a dog, it barks, you can’t blame a dog for barking, that is what it does. So these people are so far in the mode of ignorance they have no sense what is right or wrong. All they care about is their perverted sense gratification. But they are suffering. They are suffering so much. Because of a lack of Krishna consciousness.

      So just drop it, forget it. Of course still you may have to go through the formalities of the legal action but just tell the truth, assert your innocence. And take whatever comes as Krishna’s mercy.

      In one way having your friends turn against you like this and being sent to prison was Krishna’s mercy because in prison you read Bhagavad-gita and discovered Krishna consciousness. So you should be thankful to the girl for this. If she had not framed you and sent you to prison then you may not have read Bhagavad-gita… So you can forgive her and thank her for this.

      And the answer to your problems is of course simply to take Krishna consciousness more seriously. Start chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day, strictly follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and read all of Srila Prabhupada’s other books. Bhagavad-gita is the A-B-C, the introduction to Krishna consciousness. Now you need to read the other books.

      And as you read Srila Prabhupada’s books Prabhupada will ask you to do things through the books, so you follow his instructions, and immediately you will see your life will take a turn for the better. Immediately you will see that all the things that are consuming you and making you angry at the moment are of no importance actually.

      The lusty girls are not going to change. This is human nature. They will continue cheating and lying. You can’t expect to change that except by making the world Krishna conscious. That is the real solution to all the problems. Spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. So we need to become consumed with this mission. Always thinking how to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. Always making practical plans and executing them and going through all the problems and troubles that ensue from this.

      So just forget it and take Krishna consciousness more seriously and you will see automatically Krishna will make so many adjustments in your life that will make it easier for you to practice Krishna consciousness and He will give you so many opportunities to preach.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  5. Tamil Slevi says:

    Dear Sir,

    last year 15.08.2015 my cousin was commited suicide and i cant able to forget him and his memories,still now i cant to able to do my work properly,i always thinking about him and i also decided to die ,my life becomes very miserable i dont know any solution to my problem, kindly help me sir,

    • Hare Krishna Tamil

      The solution to all problems is Krishna consciousness. First thing to understand is we are not the material body. We are the spirit soul that is trapped in the material body. So your cousin did not die. He ‘killed’ his material body, but his material body was only a machine and a machine can not be killed. So he damaged the machine and that made it unsuitable as a residence for him, the spirit soul, so he was forced to move on to another material body.

      You have to understand that we, as spirit souls, are eternal, and the material bodies we are trapped in and the relationships we have with other material bodies around us like our family members and friends, are all temporary. Just like your relationship with your cousin was abruptly broken similarly every other relationship you have with every other person in the material world will be also abruptly broken after some days. So as you are suffering because of separation from your cousin now if you don’t get out of this material bodily concept of life you will also suffer every time your relationship with somebody you care about is broken. And all these relationships will be broken.

      So you have to transcend the bodily concept of life. You need to see the reality of the world, that we are all eternal spirit souls inhabiting these material bodies only for a few days. So we should not become attached to anybody. Instead we need to become attached to Krishna.

      It is a scientific process, how to elevate your consciousness form the material platform to the spiritual platform, and I can not explain it to you here in a few paragraphs. You have to learn it. Srila Prabhupada has written about 80 books systematically explaining this science. You need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. You will find the relief and all the answers you are looking for in Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  6. John says:

    how can one be Krishna’s devotee do he/she require any initiation.

    • Hare Krishna John

      To become a devotee of Krishna you need to have a bona fide spiritual master. You have to surrender to, serve and please your bona fide spiritual master. And if you manage to please your spiritual master then he will bless you and by his blessings you will get the mercy of Krishna. There is no other way to get the mercy of Krishna, to make advancement in Krishna consciousness.

      So having a bona fide spiritual master, being initiated by him, surrendering to him, serving him, pleasing him, these are all essential items and without them it is not possible to become Krishna conscious.

      However ‘initiation’ is often misunderstood to be the fire sacrifice which goes on in the temple. But the fire sacrifice is not the initiation. The disciple gets initiated at the point where he actually surrenders to his spiritual master. When he gives up all personal interest and surrenders to the interest and order of his spiritual master.

      It is only when the disciple makes the order of his bona fide spiritual master his mission in life that he actually gets initiated. Most so-called devotees are not initiated. These days they almost all have bogus gurus so even if they surrender to a bogus guru the guru can not give them Krishna so it is useless. And even if they have the fortune of having a bona fide spiritual master like Srila Prabhupada most ‘disciples’ refuse to surrender. You can just look at ISKCON for an example. They reject practically everything that Srila Prabhupada teaches, thinking they know better… So they refuse to surrender to Srila Prabhupada. So they can’t get Srila Prabhupada’s mercy and can’t get Krishna consciousness.

      It is actually a very rare thing, Krishna consciousness. Very simple to get, just surrender to Srila Prabhupada and serve him. But the problem is no one wants to surrender…

      So initiation is the surrender to a bona fide spiritual master. Not the fire sacrifice…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  7. Pradeep saxena says:

    We are indepted to you sir
    Thanks

  8. Vignesh says:

    Hare Krishna ji ,
    Even though our ultimate goal is Krishna consciousness , living in this material world , makes us have other targets like sucess in compettive exams , in business, wrt health , family life etc. On pursuing just the ultimate goal of krishna consciousness we will be able to taste success in material life also , isnt it true ? Please enlighten me . On pursuing Krishna consciousness i feel at times being lethargic on my materialistic goals ( Is it a sign of a fall from being a devotee ?) , How am i to balance both ??. Hare krishna

    • A devotee does not taste anything in the material world. Material taste is very nasty for a devotee. He is experiencing an unlimitedly higher spiritual taste. So material success has no meaning to him. These things are contradictory. If we are searching for material success that will be at the cost of our spiritual success.

      Of course, by Krishna’s mercy, a devotee may appear to be very successful materially, or also by Krishna’s mercy a devotee may appear to be a total failure materially. The devotee is not concerned one way or the other. He is not attached to material success and he is not repulsed by material failure. He is only interested in serving and pleasing his spritual master and Krishna. He is happy if his service is pleasing his spritual master. That is his only interest.

  9. Hemachander vijay says:

    I am in need of daily quotes of Lord krishna

  10. Deepak says:

    Surrender

  11. Sriram Padmanabhan says:

    Hare Krishna ! A Nectarine article..

  12. Dev Raj thakur says:

    Here Krishna ji
    How we can increase our love with Shri Krishna?

  13. Harish says:

    Hare Krishna prabhuji I am 12 th std student from 10 th I started reading bhagwat Gita as it is though after reading all this I got to know my goal of life I.e. To serve Krishna as shrila prabhupada explains we must get a help of spiritual master for advancement in spirituality I like to chant hare Krishna mahamantra and downloaded shrila prabhupadas bhajan from internet I like to seek a help of spiritual master but often decided any thing what do and how to follow him iskcon temple is just 2km away from my home I had been broken many promises which promised to Krishna as this material world with uncontrolled senses made me to do so do Krishna will forgive me I am unable to provide myself a spiritual as well as material world it everything seems to be destructive myself please help me

  14. Nyx says:

    Lovely , thank you for writings always.

  15. ric says:

    What is the difference between lord krishna and lord rama?

    • Hare Krishna!

      There is no difference between Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. They are the same person exhibiting different moods.

      However Lord Krishna is the original Supreme Personality of Godhead and Lord Rama is an expansion of Lord Krishna.

      So Lord Krishna is the original form and in the Krishna form He exhibits all his qualities completely. In the mood of Lord Rama He does not completely exhibit all His qualities. It is only in the Krishna form that He completely exhibits all His features.

      So Krishna is the origin of everything including Lord Rama. And Krishna only exhibits Himself completely in the form of Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  16. Deepika Bhardwaj says:

    hare krishna hare krishna hare krishna hare hare .. hare ram hare ram hare ram hare hare…

  17. Andal says:

    Will Krishna accept a deovtee’s desire to marry him?

    • Only a pure devotee. Krishna is not very interested in the mixed devotees. There are so many mixed devotees. Krisha does not see so much what we surrender to Him, what we give Him, He sees what we are holding back, what we are not surrendering, what we are not giving Him. So unless we fully surrender to Krishna then Krishna is not going to agree to marry us… but pure devotee. Yes for sure. Krishna will marry, why not.

  18. KISHORE GUPTA says:

    Lord Krishna i thank you for what you have given me. Bess me and my family always.

  19. Nicole says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Yes I am getting closer to Krishna! I truly appreciate your informative emails! Thank you. Happy New Year!

    Gratefully yours,
    Nicole Poirier

  20. Tamil says:

    Dear Sir,

    like this earth is there any planet where human will live there,

  21. madhura says:

    Thank you. Its exactly what I needed….

  22. Biplov Kumar Chakravarty says:

    Respected Sir,

    I read Krishna connect news letters regularly whenever it appears in my mail box issued by Swami Madhudvisa dasa. Beyond doubt, it is enriching my spiritual quest to know more about Gita and hence Lord Krishna.

    Because of my job functionaries, I have widely travelled around the world and observed that very few are Church goers excepting people from older generations. But majority of them are honest to their profession, loyal to their country and their jobs.Such countries are full of Prosperity & happiness.

    But strange enough, in India people intensely crowd around temples, churches or places of worship but none of them (majority )have a true sense of understanding of religion. They are not loyal to their country nor to themselves even. My question is WHY???

    Another question hounds my mind very often, that Lord Krishna, Lord Ram, Sri Ramkrisna, Swami Vivekananda and many holy incarnations appeared in this country then why this country – India is deprived of real prosperity and happiness???

    Can I have a sdatisfactory answer to these questions.

    With highest regards to all Krishna lovers and His devotees.

    Biplov

    • Hare Krishna Biplov

      India has for a very long time given up following the Vedic principles. They have no interest in this at all actually. What you see is just a farce. India is now one of the most sinful countries in the world. There are more rapes and child killing [abortion] in India than in practically any other country. Indians are now very great meat eaters and big drinkers of alcohol and smokers of cigarettes and ganja. So practically all spiritual principles are finished in India and now the land which is supposed to be punya-bhumi, the land of pious activities, has become a hellish pit of demons.

      Indians are some of the most materialistic people in the world. They are so concerned about making money and will cheat and do anything to make money. This is the main thing, money, not Krishna.

      When India was factually following the religious principles India was the most wealthy country in the world. That is why the English came to India. They took so much gold and jewels from India. India was so rich.

      But when the British came to India they started a campaign to convince the Indians that their Vedic heritage was primitive and bad and everything British was advanced and good. And the Indians took this lesson from the British and that was the end of spirituality in India and the end of the prosperity of India.

      So the reason India is in such a mess today is that India has totally rejected its traditional Vedic culture. Of course Lord Krishna and Lord Rama appeared in India. But the rascals like Ramakrishna and Vivekananda also appeared in India. And that is a great problem. Such rascals have no interest in following the Vedic culture and have mislead even further the general mass of people in India.

      As far as the West being advanced materially, that is natural. The western countries are meant for advanced material life. But India is meant for advanced spiritual life. So India will never be able to successfully imitate the West. India is not for materialism, India is for spiritualism. So the Indians have given up the quest for spiritual advancement and they are trying to imitate the West and are striving for material advancement. This is the problem.

      The only answer is Srila Prabhupada’s Krishna consciousness movement. If the Indians want to see peace and prosperity return to India they have to give up trying to imitate the West and rediscover their original Vedic culture. Otherwise the future for India is very dark.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  23. Savita says:

    Ohh thnks for giving such a beautiful discription about my LORD KRISHNA I really loved it………

  24. ajit says:

    Hare krishna
    i was done it lots of mistakes again but now I want to change myself fully. I feeling pain & i am scared
    I love someone & I never want to loose her. Plz answer me can my Lord krishna forgive me.

    • Hare Krishna Ajit

      Yes. Of course Krishna can forgive us. As far a loving someone we have to transfer our loving to Krishna. Loving someone in the material world will always end in frustration and suffering. We have to know that. So certainly there is no problem with having a wife and family but we have to know that the wife and family will be finished in a few days so if we have put all our energy into loving and serving the wife and family when they are going it will be devastating for us. So that is not the way. We have to learn to love Krishna. And this science is taught in the books of Srila Prabhupada. So please read Srila Prabhupada’s books and learn how to love Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  25. Soya krishna says:

    Namasthe swamiji

    I being an ardent worshiper of lord Krishna, does not worship any other form other than his form.Also does not follow any other belief other than Krishna consciousness. But, very recently I was thrown into a state of confusion when an astrologer (don’t even know how qualified he is) told me that i have a dosha n if I marry a man who do have same dosha he will be perfect ,if not he will die itseems. Swamiji, my question is, does planets really affect our well-being? Isnt paramathma who created this world, beyond these beliefs? Doesn’t he comes to the rescue of his devotee who has got some doshas from the time of their birth? Some how I couldn’t believe in all these but does these really costs our life irrespective of our faith on paramathma?
    Hare krsna

    • Hare Krishna Soya

      Yes. Astrology is a science and the planets do effect us from the material point of view. But today you can not find an actual qualified astrologer. And instead you find so many cheaters who are just wanting to exploit the innocent public for making money. So do not take any notice of these nonsense so-called astrologers.

      As far as a devotee, you are correct, Krishna takes special care of His devotees, so He adjusts everything, and for a devotee the astrological influences no longer have power over him. So all we need to do is become Krishna conscious. When we become Krishna conscious we transcend the material world. And astrology is part of the material world. So a Krishna conscious person is not affected by these things.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • vidhya says:

        Prabhuji. . .i read throughout this article. Very happy to read every lines which describes my god krishnar. I love my kanna sooooo much…he was there with me in my all situations. I feel him and his blessings in my every situation. He will never leave me.he will be with me all times.whatever i ask my krishna, immediately he will response me..he will do for me, and he loves me a lot than i love him, i know.but now i asked my kanna, that i should forget my past sins, today i realized my sin,,and i asked him i should forget. .he only immediately shows ur page to me. .and i read a lot. .i felt i have forgiven fr my sins by my god kanna.but too i asked him i should not feel for my sin and i should not cry over my sin..i dont know why my kanna remains silent for this question. I know my kanna will answer me soon. What should i do now? Please help me to come out of my sin prabhuji.

        • Hare Krishna Vidhya

          Yes. It is a very big problem for us now. The problem is there is no good association. We are associating only with materialistic people who are all totally after sense gratification with no other idea at all. They think satisfying the senses is the purpose of life and that is all they work for. So associating with these materialistic people is very contaminating. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said He would prefer to be locked up in a cage rather than having to associate with a non-devotee.

          But if we actually take Krishna consciousness seriously then we will get the strength to give up our sinful activities. It is not a sentimental thing. We have to develop actual love for Krishna and if we really have love for Krishna then we will have no desire to do anything else except love and serve Krishna. While we are having these sinful materialistic desires we can understand that actually we do not love Krishna. Because if we did actually love Krishna there would be no desire for sinful activities.

          Krishna consciousness is a science and Srila Prabhupada has very perfectly explained this science in more than 60 books. It is not that he just wrote those books to fill in time. No. It is that it takes that many books to explain the science of Krishna consciousness. So if we want to learn the science of how we can get rid of our sinful life then we have to study the books. We have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. He has given us everything in his books, all we have to do is read them. So that is your answer. Your answers are all in Srila Prabhupada’s books. Please read them and your life will be a wonderful success.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

          • vidhya says:

            prabhuji…thank you a lot for responding me..i follow ur words prabhuji.hereafter surely my soul is for my krishna..i am going to chant his words,his name..i wont do any mistakes by knowingly or by unknowingly.Thankyou prabhuji…

  26. Avinash Gopalkrishnan says:

    Hare Krishna!

    It was really refreshing & spiritually educative to read the above article on how Krishna responds according to each & everyone’s desire. Indeed, only Krishna has the power to respond according to each & every living entity’s desire. We individual souls cant even respond efficiently to the limited number of family member’s variegated desires & become frustrated in fulfilling each family member’s unique desire but Krishna is fulfilling the innumerable living entities’ various desires without any difficulty! Indeed He is the Supreme Lord. But by the Lord’s mercy I have come to know the true purpose of human life & would never want to forget Krishna. Even if I dont get liberation from material existence but I would not want to forget Krishna.

  27. Hari Bol to Everyone . Happy Birthday to Prabhu Krishna from everyone who believe in Krishna with full faith . I have faith in Krishna and i love chanting his name . but i’m being selfish day by day . sometimes i make innocent people cry with my abusive language . i need help from God . i want to be pure as a sikh is . Hey krishna please accept me as your devotee . Hari Bol

  28. Zuleika says:

    Thank you for this beautiful article reminding us about Krishna is always in our hearts and that we are his part and parcel. And that in his full mercy he provides us with what we choose to believe. I wake up every day hoping to be a little more awaken to my true identity and eternal relationship with God/Krisna.

  29. Prashant Garje Councelly grup of Vyasacharya prb nvcc says:

    hare krsna

    does krsna take away what we desire …..like money …which is needed to repay loans, and other expenditures…..
    All glories to prabhupada….

    • Yes. That is Krishna’s great mercy to his sincere devotees who still have some material attachments. He takes away those material things so they have no option other than to surrender to Him. It is Krishna’s mercy so if it happens to you you are very fortunate indeed.

  30. scott says:

    i really enjoyed this one.

  31. Vivek says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    I have three questions that trouble me incessantly and thanks to the grace of Lord Krishna I have found this discussion after a lot of search. My first question is, this material world was created because we made a choice to rebel, but why did Krishna not provide truly independent worlds where each soul could individually rule? I mean there are trillions and trillions of planets in the known universe, why didn’t he put each human soul on every planet to rule? Why put everybody on the same planet where humans will clash and make life miserable for each other? Since Lord Krishna love us and has knowledge of the past, present and the future, why did he put us in this misery knowingly?

    The second question is, what was the original nature of the souls that eventually populated the Tatastha at the Viraja river? Were they created in this weak and indolent state, in which they would be attracted to the material world? If yes why, if not, why did Krishna create a superior soul, nitya-siddha and an inferior soul that would be at the Tatastha?

    The third question is, although I understand why Krishna needed to make us forget our true nature in order for us to enjoy this material world, why does he reset our memories before every birth? If all humans remembered, even to a tiny extent, each of their past births and their actions, it would propel them towards the ultimate purpose, which is to realize that we are all conditioned souls and that we can only by truly happy with Lord Krishna.
    Vivek

    • Hare Krishna Vivek

      We are servants eternally. We can only serve. There is no other possibility for us. We can never be the master. We are always servants. Krishna is always the master, Krishna is always the Lord and we are always His servants.

      So rebellion realistically is not possible for us. We will always be servants of Krishna and Krishna will always be our master.

      And the only way we can be happy is serving Krishna. There is no way we can be happy otherwise.

      So Krishna has created this material world to on one hand enable us to try to exercise this desire to be the lord and master but it is not possible for us to be the lord and master. Because everyone in the material world is trying to become the lord and master, and there can really only be one lord and master, and that is Krishna.

      So it is not possible. If Krishna was to put you on your own planet by yourself then you would not like that either. Because there would be no one for you to lord over there…

      So it is always going to be a problem in the material world because everyone here wants to be the lord and master so they will just end up fighting and everyone will be miserable. That is the way of the material world. Miserableness…

      There is no escape from this except by becoming Krishna conscious and going back home back to Godhead and that means surrendering to Krishna and serving Him.

      As far as forgetfulness, that is necessary for the illusion, maya. This material world is only an illusion, maya. Here there is an illusion that we can work very hard here and become happy without serving Krishna. But this is just an illusion and this illusion would not be possible if we could remember we have already done the same thing thousands of times before and every time it ended in frustration and misery.

      So the forgetfulness is required for the illusion that is necessary in the materiel world.

      So just become Krishna conscious and get out of the misery and suffering that is the material world…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  32. shoba anilkumar says:

    krsna thee hath led me through all my difficulties binding my devotion to u in my waking and sleeping state. Today thee but none resonate in my thoughts. I talk to u , u r always by me i feel and sometimes i even plead with you that krsna dont leave me alone and go. daily you show some or other responses to this devotion. krsna i pray that this devotion should be the very purpose of my life. The article substantiates yath bhavam thath bhavathi.

  33. prachi says:

    Beautiful article

  34. Premavati says:

    Hare Krishna.
    Thank you .
    \’\’ Yatra Yogeshwara Krishno , Yatra Partho Dhanurdhara , Thatra Shrirvijayo nishchita\’\’
    So I rest peacefully reading all those papers written about Krishna . And His Gita is my solace and hobby .
    So Mayavadis also would disappear like dew drops in the morning sun .
    The only definite theory .
    Hare Krishna

  35. anony says:

    I have had a few strange incidents, and I do not know if it’s Krishna’s leela at work or some other force. Once, at office I was thinking of Krishna. Suddenly, my boss who was behind started laughing and told my colleage behind me “haha, he thinks it is outside” completely out of the blue. (it seemed like they were suggesting god was on the inside, but it was a strange coincidence)
    Another time, I was near a pretty girl with my friends and I thought “ha atleast now i am happy”. One of my friends nearby who was playing foosball repeated “now it seems he is happy”. I was shocked. How can they hear my thoughts? Is it Krishna mocking me for being foolish.
    Similarly, sometimes I try to be a brahmacharya, and when lust overcomes me and i feel like fapping, I often find that someone will ring on my door out of a sudden and ask me some silly thing (like if someone is in the house or not). I do not know if it is Krishna, who is helping me in my spiritual goals or just other people who can hear my thoughts, or maybe they are just highly improbable coincidences.

    • Hare Krishna Anony

      Better not to let the mind run wild like this. Ultimately Krishna is directing everything and devotees see Krishna’s hand in everything. But devotees see much more than the ‘strange incidents’ you have mentioned. Devotees experience so many things in their lives that they know for sure are Krishna’s direct interventions.

      So the thing you need to do is take Krishna consciousness more seriously. Rather than ‘sometimes’ trying to be brahmacarya, you have to become brahmacarya if you seriously want to become Krishna conscious. Even if you plan to get married and have a family later, still you have to become brahmacarya first. That brahmacarya training is essential for everyone. So you need to surrender to the process of saddhana-bhakti. That is necessary to create the situation that will enable Krishna consciousness to develop for you. So you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books every day at least 1-2 hours, strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day. This is the beginning point. Until we come to this point we have not yet begun Krishna consciousness.

      So you need to take Krishna consciousness a bit more seriously and you will see many clear examples of Krishna directly working in your life.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  36. anu says:

    hare krishna…

    namsty guru ji
    krishna love everyone guru ji i want to say something to all who love my lord krishna
    that only love krishna is not enough follow the way he love the things like he love the cow he protact them from any harm feed them love them so why not we do the same if we concious to worship lord krishna then why not try to love the thing that he loves today in this world the cows are killing very badly by the humans. love is something about to forget ourself and making ourself like the one who we love plzzz what i m trying to say understand that small thing give u peace and u get more closure to krishna. follow the way he survive in this world the work he done . love krishna is like most beautiful thing we do in thjs world but asking for help of ourself is not enough this is not enough live for ourself .the life is something to help the week feeding the hungrys and to protact the others life. if we all try know that truth and follow the krishna life then my lord love u more and more.thanx and please save the life of cows and other animals. love krishna

  37. Karthikeyan says:

    Why krishna designed kali yuga, if he know human is going to commit sins?

    • Why does the government build the prison house? Because he knows that some of the citizens will be criminals and they need to build a place to house the criminals.

  38. shashanka mouli says:

    hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
    hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

  39. tanu says:

    You say that krishna listens every heart and manifests himself accordingly.If one desires to see him he fulfills his wish or i other wants to forget him he helps him too ..But i am not convinced with this.Govind really doesn\’t care. Pray,i cry,i love but still he doesn\’t listen.why is he so rude??? But yet it\’s impossible to forget him,for the very next moment my heart accepts defeat.But this is not fair righ??? All i wish for is his love,i want to feel him ,have a glimpse of him…J know he is eternally present everywhere but still eyes are dying to catch his sight.I know i am insignificant,perhaps nothing,may be underserving but he is merciful.. I uses me as if i am some toy for a moment he makes me cry,other times smile,sometimes due to his bliss tears flow down ees but then he uses his maya and i feel detachment from him….

    You are his sincere devotee and therehence quite close to him.Please guide…..I really don\’t know what\’s happening with me…I am midst of a situation where my heart takes me close to govind and my intellect mortal desires fetch me back.I feel guilty to have any desire else my longing for krishna but the other part of me stops….please rescue…..does he love me????

    • We have to be practical and find out from someone who knows Govinda, the bona fide spiritual master, like His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, what Govinda wants us to do practically.

      Krishna consciousness, devotional service, it is a practical thing. It means using our senses, our mind, our intelligence, our energy, our money, everything, in the service of Govinda. But as you are explaining we, in our conditioned materialistic state, do not know what Govinda wants us to do. So we have to approach a bona fide spiritual master and surrender to him and serve him. He will guide us in such a way that we can utilize our practical energy in the service of Govinda.

      You can start by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      at least 16 rounds a day and strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication. All these things block our connection with Govinda.

      And read Srila Prabhupada’s books. And gradually you will be able to see Govinda constantly and you will know what He wants to you to do directly.

      But that is a state that has to be actually attained and it can not be attained directly. Govinda is only available through the mercy of the pure devotees of Govinda…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  40. paul says:

    I know that god or Krishna help us a lot in either way but I want to know how I help Krishna on this earth as a social human ???

    Please give me answer and I know we have answer but I need to search for our identity and wellness

    Please send me to my above email address

    Paul

    • Hare Krishna Paul

      Krishna actually does not need your help but you have to find out how to become Krishna conscious and that will help you to help Krishna. Krishna consciousness is a great science and Srila Prabhupada has written so many books describing this science. If you want to learn it, like any other science, then you have to study the books.

      So read Srila Prabhupada’s books and you will find all the answers to your questions and much more.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  41. louise lokamatri emma says:

    Prabhu, i explained to a friend—inadequately—that when Krishna personally kills a demon—he, the demon, is immediately transported to the spiritual world. My friend asks why then do some of us take rebirth repeatedly—-even though doing our best to serve—-when a demon can be immediately reborn into the spiritual world? Though I follow (to the best of my ability—and chant)
    , I could not answer satisfactorily and my friend is very interested. He often asks me questions regarding K.C. because he sees my devotion and love; but i often can’t satisfy his questions, and i don’t know where to take his questions. Thank you for your service and time. AGTSSGAG, Lokamatri dd

    • Hare Krishna Mataji

      Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

      All the answers are in Srila Prabhupada’s books so if we have a regular daily program of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books Prabhupada will magically give us all the answers to the questions that we need.

      One thing is non-devotees will never be able to understand Krishna consciousness even if you knew the philosophy perfectly and knew everything in all of Srila Prabhupada’s books and could remember it all and quote it accurately, still the non-devotees could not understand it.

      Krishna consciousness is incomprehensible to a materialist. So we should not be too concerned with trying to philosophically convince non-devotees to become devotees. This is not the way people become devotees. People become devotees by the great fortune of having the association of a pure devotee of Krishna. So we have to concentrate on becoming pure devotees of Krishna ourselves, which of course may take some time, and of course realistically we can get them to associate with Srila Prabhupada by reading Prabhupada’s books. So it is much more important to try and get these people who have questions about Krishna consciousness to read Prabhupada’s books. It is best to convince them that all the answers to all the questions they could ever imagine and so much more can be found in Srila Prabhupada’s books.

      So that is the idea actually. Not that we, in our conditioned state, really have much potency at all to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness that is present within everyone’s heart, but Srila Prabhupada has this power. And Srila Prabhupada is living in his books.

      So these people the most important thing is we have to engage them in kirtan, chanting and dancing, and feed them with sumptuous Krishna prasadam and convince them to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. This is the tried, tested and proved system of convincing people to take to Krishna consciousness.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  42. satender says:

    Haray rama haray rama rama rama haray haray haray Krishna haray Krishna Krishna Krishna haray haray ; when I talk about Krishna then something happening to me * just like deeply yawning and sometime weeping and water flowing through my eye.( what is this meaning related to Krishna ) presently on typing this feeling of deep yawning occurs

  43. aishwarya says:

    very touching, true, powerfull…
    enjoyed it

  44. Mihir says:

    Thank you madhudvisa dasa

  45. renuka says:

    how can i overcome my psychological disorders spiritually and how to get healing from ghost hauntings,please reply; waiting for your answers

    • Chant Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day and strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. If you simply do these things regularly then very quickly you will be freed from any psychological problems and ghost haunting problems.

      But you may find chanting Hare Krishna difficult in the beginning. You have to become determined to chant Hare Krishna and chant Hare Krishna even if you don’t feel like chanting Hare Krishna. You have to force yourself to chant Hare Krishna in the beginning but later on you will naturally chant Hare Krishna out of love for Krishna…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  46. ananya misra says:

    pranam prabhuji i have another question pls tell if laziness is part of ignorance??if so pls tell me how to get rid of that ,becoz i am very very lazy?? and father let me tell you i am not at all a passionate person are these due to my karma?? if intelligence belongs to krishna then why do we have brains?? whn we think is it krishna who does the thinking?? lastly prabhu does will-power also belongs to krishna ,because my father says i have
    very low will power is this krishna who is causing this??

    • Hare Krishna Ananya

      Yes. Laziness is a part of ignorance. This is the worst thing, the mode of ignorance. Laziness, sleep, intoxication. This is the path that leads to madness and so much degradation. You have to get rid of this ignorance and laziness. Laziness and ignorance is the most dangerous thing. A lazy person can never be successful at anything, either material or spiritual. So you have to give up this laziness. We need to be always busy. We should be always busy in Krishna consciousness. But even being busy in some material engagement is better than being lazy.

      You can not blame Krishna for your faults. We have everything that we have because Krishna has it and we are part and parcel of Krishna, as it says in the Bible we are made in the image of God. So we are made like Krishna. So we have everything Krishna has but we have it in a tiny limited way whereas Krishna has everything in an unlimited way. So we have intelligence because Krishna has intelligence, we think because Krishna things. It is not that when we think Krishna is thinking. We are individuals. Krishna is the one Supreme individual and we are the unlimited tiny individuals. We have the ability to think ourselves. And we have a limited amount of independence to decide to do things separately from Krishna. But the thing is that our material activities generate karma, reactions, which we must enjoy or suffer in the future. So our independence is severely limited because we have all these fixed karmic reactions that we will have to experience.

      Your will power belongs to you, not Krishna. You can choose to use it for Krishna or for maya, that is your independence.

      So your laziness and ignorance is your fault. It is not Krishna’s fault. It may have something to do with your karma, but by Krishna consciousness karma can be easily changed.

      So many of the Hare Krishna devotees were lazy and ignorant before becoming Krishna conscious. But as soon as we become sincere disciples of Srila Prabhupada and are engaged in Krishna consciousness that laziness and ignorance is gone.

      So you simply need to become Krishna conscious and that will solve all your problems and make your life a grand success.

      And the instructions on how to become Krishna conscious are in Srila Prabhupada’s books. So please read them.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  47. ananya misra says:

    pranam prabhuji all glories to sri guru and goranga

    i would like to know do demons exists in krishnloka ,otherwise how is krishna carring out his pastimes ,??
    is it true that demons are also devotess??

    • There are no demons in Krishnaloka. Only devotees. When Krishna wants to kill a demon he comes to Vrindvan in the material world to kill demons. Of course Vrindavan is never in the material world, but when Krishna’s Vrindavan is manifest in the material world then the demons have some access to it.

      Of course even the demons who fight with Krishna also have some relationship with Krishna. It is a big thing and you can not expect to really understand these things without first actually becoming Krishna conscious. First you have to concentrate on chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and strictly following the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling, no intoxication) and you have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. This is the beginning. Without very sincerely and regularly doing all these things you can not expect to be able to really understand anything about Krishna. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita “I am never manifest to the fools and the ignorant, to them I am hidden by the curtain of yoga-maya.”

      Krishna is only visible and understandable by His devotees. So if we want to understand Krishna first we have to become His devotee. And we become Krishna’s devotee not directly but by surrendering to Krishna’s pure devotee. We have to accept Krishna’s pure devotee as our spiritual master and by his mercy and guidance we can come to understand Krishna. By the mercy of Krishna we get the guru and by the mercy of the guru we get Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishan and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  48. vanshika says:

    Hare Krishna, Radhey Radhey Prabhu

    Very very nice mail about Krishna’s nature and love towards us.
    What can a true Krishna devotee desire more then Krishna?
    And very true that our real occupation is to serve Krishna and being happy by watching him happy by our service.

    Thankyou
    Hare Krishna, Radhey Radhey Prabhu

  49. Bhakti Si says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhu,
    Thank you so very much for sending these emails nearly every day. I have no Krsna Community here with whom to associate and reading your lessons every day helps so much. I am trying hard to make time for 16 rounds every day. It is hard but your words inspire me to keep at it.
    I came to Krsna consciousness in 1973 and experienced great spiritual advancement in constant association of pure devotees and in the presence of Srila Prabhupada. When I was to recieve initiation from him I refused. I knew I was not yet ready. Nearing retirement from work I wish to return and become a pure devotee.
    So please keep teaching us Prabhu. I hear Prabhupada in your words.
    I offer you my most humble obeisances.
    His humble servant, Bhakti Si

  50. Bhakta Chris says:

    This article, like all the others, is so wonderful. The information presented on this website helps me so much with my personal issues and with my preaching Krishna Consciousness to others. Thank you so much Madhudvisa prabhu for your preaching and for this website! Your service to Krishna is amazing and may He bless you with His mercy for helping so many people. Hare Krishna!

  51. Akhilesh says:

    Read about a prophecy in the bible and kuran that an antichrist and a two horned devil will come to earth anytime now and create a new world order where they will rule for 3.5 years. Is true is there any mention of this in the vedic scriptures?

    • The demons or devils are always here but they do not have to have two horns to be a devil…

      The demons and devils do not look any different to us. It is a state of mind, a consciousness, not two horns.

      We all have this demoniac consciousness. That is the reason we have been sent here to this material word. And that demonic consciousness is that we all want to become the master, the ruler, the controller, the enjoyer. So that ensures that there will be a constant fight, a constant struggle for the survival of the fittest in this world where the strong will devour the week and the strongest and smartest will prevail.

      So it is natural that the strong and smart will try to rule the weaker. It is not something that happens at a particular time, it is always happening in the material world. It is not really that there is one particular antichrist. We are all antichrist’s just some are stronger and some a weaker, hence the struggle.

      So this struggle will go on always, as long as the material world continues, and the material world will continue forever…

      At some point there maybe a strong demoniac king who rules the whole world like we see in the Vedas with Hiranyakasipu for example, he was ruling not just this planet but the whole universe. But such a demonic rule is not forever because the demons, like everyone else, have material bodies which die and that ends their rule…

      So this struggle is going on forever and sometimes there will be a very powerful antichrist who succeeds in ruling the world or the universe for some time, but he can only do this for a short time, then he will be vanquished.

      There are good people and evil people in the world and there is an eternal battle between them. The mix of good and evil changes over time. In the beginning of the creation the people are almost all good at at the end they are almost all bad. As things go on everything deteriorates. There are four yugas or ages which the universe passes through and we are now at the beginning of the forth one, Kali-yuga, so already we have at least three-quarters evil and only one quarter good, and the evil is growing and the good is shrinking every day.

      The only thing that can reverse this trend is the sankirtan movement of Lord Sri Catianya Mahaprabhu which has the potency to spread Krishna consciousness, spiritual life all over the world and transform this Kali-yuga into the Satya-yuga [the first age] conditions. But because of the destruction of ISKCON the sankirtan has stopped and now Kali-yuga is racing ahead with great enthusiasm…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  52. raghu kumar a says:

    jai sri krishna u r doing well krishna tatvam is the only way for every human.

  53. Sridevi says:

    Hare Krsna! Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
    May I ask if a person can lead Kirtan or is permitted to lead Kirtan during a Sunday feast even if that person is not following one or two of the regulative principles like “no meat eating”. What is the standard practice in iskcon temples? Is it good to be concerned about this? Whose concern is it to ensure that kirtanist or lead for pranams are devotees following regulative principles. I feel bad for bringing up this issue as i feel perhaps it should not be my business to be concerned and concentrate on being a better devotee. Thank you.
    Hari Bol!

    • Hare Krishna

      The consciousness of the Kirtan leader effects every person in that kirtan. So the kirtan leaders must be pure devotees of Krishna, otherwise it may sound like Krishna kirtan but it will not be Krishna kirtan. Only a pure devotee of Krishna can chant Hare Krishna, if one is a materialist in the dress of a devotee he can not actually chant Hare Krishna and instead of purifying the audience such a kirtan will contaminate everyone who hears it with the same material desires that the kirtan leader has.

      It is very important to be concerned about this for we are constantly warned that ‘milk touched by the lips of a serpent becomes poisonous.’ Sentimental fools will say ‘oh he is chanting Hare Krishna, then everything is OK.’ But that is nonsense. Unless he has surrendered to a bona fide spiritual master and is actually chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and strictly following the four regulative principles [no intoxication, no gambling, no meat eating, no illicit sex] then he can not lead kirtan. Because he is not pure himself, his kirtan will make others impure, not pure.

      This is an essential point which ISKCON no longer care about. They allow any sinful person to lead kirtan and to poison all the members of the ISKCON temples with their materialistic attitudes.

      What can I say, no one is responsible for anything in ISKCON these days. My suggestion is you stay away from ISKCON temples as you will only get poisoned there in this and so many other ways. Visiting an ISKCON temple will not help you advance in Krishna consciousness, but it very well may seriously hinder your natural advancement in Krishna consciousness.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  54. Tushar says:

    Hare Krsihna, Madhudvisa dasa ji
    Viashnava philosophy says us not to ask anything from God accept eternal love towards him. But what is wrong in asking God to protect his/her family members/close associates?(there is nothing selfish here). If you have a wife/sister or mother won’t you be worried about their protection? Especially in countries like India where now days rape is very rampant. If we ask God to protect our families from such horrible situations …would our love for God will be deemed conditional? Why does Viashnava philosophy discourages us in asking such things from God(Krishna)?

    • Hare Krishna Tushar

      A devotee does not want to bother Krishna asking Krishna for this and that. He knows that Krishna knows everything anyhow, he knows that Krishna is in his heart and that Krishna knows all his thoughts and feelings anyhow. A devotee also know that he is not this material body and that all these family relationships are not permanent. They are only based on the body and he is not the body.

      Concern for the family members is extended selfishness. It is not selfishness for the personal body, but the family is an extension of the personal body and it just means that the ‘self’ has become bigger. This selfishness can be further extended and one can feel and act for his countrymen or for the whole humanity. But it is all selfishness. Bigger selfishness…

      A devotee, of course, who is a family man, has the duty to protect his family, and he does this as his duty. But he does not bother Krishna, asking Krishna to protect his family. He knows that Krishna knows he is attached to his family but he does not mind if Krishna wants to take away his family members for example. It sometimes happens in a devotees life that apparently horrible things happen in his family or in his business and leave the devotee apparently alone. But he is not alone, for he has Krishna. Sometimes a devotee surrounded by family and material success may become bewildered and forget Krishna, so sometimes it is Krishna’s great mercy upon the devotee that Krishna takes away everything that the devotee is attached to so he has no alternative but to surrender unto Him…

      So the feeling of a devotee with his family is that he does his duty and tries to protect and provide for his family members as far as possible but ultimately he is surrendered to Krishna and anything that happens, good or bad, he takes as Krishna’s mercy, Krishna’s plan.

      The Christians pray like this “Please God protect my family.” And then some family member dies so they then think that God did not hear their prayer or the stop believing in God. But this is foolishness. The reality is that this life we are experiencing in the material world is but a tiny flash in the eternal existence of the soul. The example of a movie film has been given to explain this. I think you have seen the big reels of film that movies come on. They are made up of many small still pictures, 24 pictures every second. So this whole life we are experiencing is like just one of those still pictures out of the entire movie. So everything that is going on in this life in respect to the body is only valid for this one still picture out of the whole movie. In the previous life we were not connected with any of these people we now call our mother and father and wife and sons and daughters and in the next life also we will have no connection whatsoever with them. Another example is that there is sometimes a branch floating down a river and it is connected with some other branches and leaves in the river and they are floating down the river together but as soon as there is some disturbance in the water the whole bunch of branches and leaves are separated, never to meet again.

      So really Krishna consciousness means realizing that we are not the material body and that all the things that are related to this material body like our family members really have no particular permanent relationship with us. It is this family attraction and sex that maya uses to keep us as prisoners in the material world forever. So to escape from the clutches of maya and to go back home, back to Godhead, we have to break this attraction to family members and sex.

      Of course the best thing is to engage the family members in Krishna consciousness. And then you can transform your house into an ashram, Krishna’s temple, and all the family members can be engaged in serving the Deity and offering aroti and performing kirtan and hearing from the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavatam and preparing food and offering to Krishna and honoring prasadam together. Then you can transform the family into a real spiritual ashram and it becomes something spiritually worthwhile. But if they are not interested in Krishna consciousness then the devotee has no interest in staying with the family members…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Geeta says:

        You said that concern for the family is selfishness. i don’t understand how. Does that mean i should stop asking Krishna to guide and protect them? 🙁 Honestly i am confused.

        • Hare Krishna Geeta

          Yes. You should stop asking Krishna to do things for you. Rather our prayer should be “Krishna please engage me in Your service.”

          We should be asking Krishna what He would like us to do for Him, how we can serve Him, rather than trying to engage Krishna in our service…

  55. Sudha Mehta - From Bosnia says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhu,
    AGTSP PAMHO
    One elderly gentle man asked me why did not Krsna give us remembrance that we belonged to spiritual world? Then half the problems would be solved. Why does not he stop us when we commit sin? Just like a father stops his son.

    Sudha Mehta

    • Hare Krishna Prabhu

      Krishna helps us forget because we want to forget Him. We have come to the material world to try and imitate Krishna, to become the enjoyer. So it is Krishna’s mercy on us that he allows us to forget that we are not the enjoyer, that we are eternally servants of Krishna. Otherwise if we did not forget this how could we become covered by maya and think that we can be happy in the material world without Krishna? ‘

      We want to commit sin. Krishna has given us this little independence. We can choose to serve Him or we can choose to commit sin. Our relationship with Krishna is one of pure love. So if Krishna forced us to serve Him that would not be love. He has given us the choice and we have decided to reject Krishna and become sinners in the material world…

      In one sense Krishna does ultimately stop sinners from sinning. The reactions of sins are that one gets degraded into lower and lower species of life that have less and less ability to commit sin. When one becomes a tree it is harder to commit sinful activities. Like that. And Krishna has created thousands of hellish planets where the sinners are sent to be severely punished for their sins. So all the suffering that results from the sins gradually educates the conditioned soul and he will gradually realize that this sinful life is not very good. But it may take many, many, many, hundreds or thousands or millions of lives.

      There is really no escape from the cycle of birth and death in the material world except if one has the great fortune of coming in contact with a pure devotee of Krishna and if one gets the bhakti-lata-bija from him and cultivates this plant of devotion within his heart by the watering process of chanting and hearing about Krishna. So we are unlimitedly fortunate to have come in contact with His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. We can get this seed of the plant of bhakti (bhakti-lata-bija) from him and cultivate it in our hearts and at the end of this life go back home back to Godhead….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  56. krsnadasdas says:

    Dear Madhudvisa dasa,
    Thank you for your ongoing service and to the grace that is available to us through the books that Srila Prabhupada has provided. I had the good fortune to meet Krishna devotees for the first time when I was living in Adelaide in 1982. At that time I purchased a complete set of Srimad Bagavatam and over the years I have read it continuously along with all the other Srila Prabhupada publications. I was initially attracted to Kirtan practice and for me chanting and reading the books continue to be the most powerful practices to nurture Krishna Consciousness. I attended the Adelaide temple for chanting and the traditional Sunday feast for a number of years. I was initiated into Maha mantra I met my Guruji Govinda Maharaj of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswati Math in 1994. I feel that I may have made a some progress, due to my Guru’s grace, in developing my Krishna consciousness in that my only desire is to seek ways to serve Krishna and the devotees these days.
    Your latest article alerted me to a passage I read recently in “The teachings of Lord Chaitanya” chapter13, page115, “A devotee in attachment selects one of the inhabitants and follows in his footsteps in order to be successful in his own devotional service”.
    I am curious to know how this is determined and which inhabitant I could follow in order to make further advancement in devotional service.

    Thank you for your association,
    Krsnadasdas.

    • Hare Krishna Krishnadasa

      This following of one of the devotees in Vrindavan is not something for neophyte devotees. It will happen naturally when the time is right. It is not that you artificially choose some devotee and follow. It is something that you will be naturally inspired to do when your devotional service actually reaches perfection, and it is not something that someone else tells you to do, Krishna will tell you from within your heart.

      This can not be imitated and we should be concentrating on serving Srila Prabhupada and not artificially imitating a higher platform of devotional service than we are really on.

      If you are on that platform you will know it, if you do not know it you are not on that platform. The most important thing is we have to be engaged in service under the direction of a pure devotee of Krishna. Krishna consciousness is ‘devotional service.’ We have to be serving Krishna…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  57. arun appu says:

    hare krsna prabhu
    i just wanted to know whether what ever we desire that will be fullfilled by mercy of god or not.is that right we beg to god that lord i want this that .

    • Hare Krishna Arun

      You have it completely wrong. The idea of Krishna consciousness is to give up our own desires and surrender to Krishna and do what Krishna desires us to do. And we can understand what Krishna wants us to do from a bona fide spiritual master. So we have to find a bona fide spiritual master and surrender to him and he will guide us so we can live our lives in such a way that we become completely surrendered servants of Krishna and we spend our time and energy serving Krishna, doing what Krishna wants us to do.

      Actually that is our eternal constitutional position, we are eternally servants of Krishna. Nitya krsna dasa. And in this position as a servant of Krishna we will be very happy.

      So the idea is to give up our own desires and surrender to Krishna and only have the desire to serve Krishna.

      So Krishna consciousness is absolutely not about asking Krishna to fulfill our desires… It is about giving up our desires and surrendering to Krishna and getting the instructions from our spiritual master who will guide us so we can live in such a way that we are fulfilling Krishna’s desires, serving Krishna.

      Becoming Krishna consciousness is not about us getting something from Krishna, it is about us giving something to Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  58. arun appu says:

    Hare krsna prabhu.pls accept respectfull obeiseince.
    Prabhu I have one question.what ever we desire that will fullfilled by god or not .

    • Hare Krishna Arun

      I already replied to you on the other place where you posted this message but I want to clarify it a bit more in relationship to this article “Krishna responds to everyone according to their desires”.

      It does not actually mean that Krishna necessarily fulfills everyone’s desires. For a materialist he is working within the three modes of material nature which are ultimately controlled by Krishna but He is somewhat detached from this. So there is really not much direct connect with Krishna in the lives of the materialists. Their lives go on because of karma. They perform some action in this life or in previous lives and they are getting the reactions coming in this life for the actions they performed in their previous lives. So it is not really Krishna, they are doing these things to themselves. They are enjoying the reactions to the pious activities they have performed in the past and they are suffering the reactions to the sinful activities they have performed in the past. There is very little direct connection with Krishna in this at all. The system is set up by Krishna and running on Krishna’s energy but really Krishna is not very directly connected with this.

      The idea of Krishna responding to everyone according to their desires is that Krishna will appear to a person as that person wants to see Him. So for an atheist for example, he does not believe in God, so he does not want to see Krishna, so Krishna responds to him by not being present before him. So for the atheist Krishna is invisible. And that is Krishna responding to the desires of the atheist who does not want to see Him… Of course the atheist ultimately will see Krishna, as death…

      For a devotee, who wants to see Krishna in a particular form, Krishna will appear to that devotee in that form. Some devotees are particularly attached to the from of Lord Rama for example. So Krishna will appear to him as Lord Rama. And there are different relationships with Krishna. Some devotees like to be Krishna’s cowherd boyfriends for example, so for them Krishna will appear in that way.

      So I think you get some idea of this Krisha responding according to the desires of the living entities. It does not mean that Krishna is going to fulfill all the desires of the living entities… That is going on under the laws of karma and they can only fulfill their desires if they have the karma to do that. Otherwise their desires will be frustrated. And ultimately it is the nature of the material world that all material desires will be frustrated in the end…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  59. Khanindra says:

    Hare Krishna,
    I am grateful to you for reminding me to have a copy of Srimadbhagawatgita, but I had owned that which is like my “Prana” long ago from Geeta Press Gorakhpur only at the cost of Rs. 70. All the members of my family are the devotee of Krishna. I am sure, by His grace I am here. So I devote at least one hour chanting His “Naam, Guna, Rupa and Leela”. I feel like free from all earthly bondages.

  60. kapil saxena says:

    hare krishna
    dear bro
    as we proceed further in mutually understanding and i also started practicing krishna consciousness I was very excited about the mahamantra SO curiously i started searching about it and from Wikipedia i found about it in kali Santana Upanishads where it is stated that 35 million s of jap is required to get sinless and if we practice 16 round per day without fail then it will take 55.6 years to get there .and suppose if I am at 42 right now then there are less chances of getting self realization to me in this birth .please clarify ?

    • This is nonsense Prabhu. There is no rule like this. It depends mainly on the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. If you can not get the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna then you can try to chant Hare Krishna for millions of lives but you will never be able to really chant Hare Krishna. But if you please a pure devotee of Krishna then by his blessings you will be able to chant Hare Krishna and you can get results immediately.

      For one person he can have success after only chanting once the Hare Krishna mantra and another person may try to chant Hare Krishna for millions of births and still not appear to have any success.

      Krishna consciousness is a science. It is not just chanting Hare Krishna, there are so many things one has to consider, so one has to learn this science by studying Srila Prabhupada’s books and put it into practice in his life and he has to actually please a pure devotee of Krishna like Srila Prabhupada because our advancement in spiritual life is completely dependent on the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna…

  61. Dr Vijay says:

    Hare Hrishna
    Love Krishna and He will love you and you can attain absolute fulfilment(Anand).
    RadheKrishna

  62. KrsnamVJm says:

    Hare Krisna Prabhu

    Does lord krishna forgive everyone? In the book “second chance,” One of the devotees of lord Chaitanya made a mistake and lord wouldn’t forgive him even though all other devotees wanted lord to forgive him. The devotee ended up committing suicide and when lord found that out he said that’s good. I have make countless mistakes so will lord ever forgive me?

    • At the time of initiation all a disciples past sinful activities are forgiven. But he has to agree to stop sinning from that point on. All the sins are summarized in four principles:

      No illicit sex
      No meat eating
      No gambling
      No intoxication

      So you have to take to Krishna consciousness and give up all the sinful activities and start chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day and read Srila Prabhupada’s books and Krishna will forgive you for your past sinful activities. But you have to stop sinning because Krishna will not keep on forgiving you time and time again….

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  63. Pravesh says:

    Hare Krishna

    A lot of friends (namely Christian), and even Hindu friends, say they Fear God. I tell them that Krishna (God) is all Merciful and Loving and that I love Him not fear him. The Only thing to fear is one’s Karma or actions.

    This answer does not satisfy them, can you please help with a better explanation, or am I incorrect?

    • Krishna is very fearful to the demons. Nrsimhadeva is Krishna, He is very fearful to the demons. He kills the demons and protects the devotees. So if one is not a devotee then certainly they will fear Krishna. And you know Krishna requires you to surrender to Him. If you do not surrender to Him then He may not love you. Of course Krishna loves everyone but He shows that love in different ways depending on the surrender of the devotee. It is a big question.

  64. beena says:

    AWSOME… thnk you so much for teaching us about krishna ..i love my krishna as my loddoo gopal..

  65. KAVITABALRAM says:

    AWSOME….So lord reciprocates in a manner we want,to fulfill our desire.ALL GLORIES TO LORD SRI KRISNA!!!
    Thank you prabhu for the nice article.

    • Well, not necessarily. There are two things, what we desire and what we deserve. So we get what we deserve… Which may not always be what we desire…

      • N.k Sinha says:

        We read your mails regularly.
        No word to praise for the service we receive.
        My son who is now fully devotee of krishna organised .maha kirtan. At his residence bieng
        Organised by iscon devotees from delhi and pune at pune on 11.10.14.
        We find a great change in my son saurabh sinha.
        He was really away from his responsibilities that caused many losses for him on family relationship.

        But by grace of lord krishna, life is changing dratically.
        Thanks and thanks, rgds,

  66. Sridevi says:

    Hare Krsna! Prabhu!
    Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
    It was very enlightening to read your detailed explanation to my query. Thank you very much.
    The issue of surrender is very deep and meaningful. To what degree are we surrendered to Krsna? I need to be more surrendered to Krsna to be at peace when things don’t go well. As Prabhu has pointed out they are material and have nothing to do with Krsna Consciousness.

    Hari Bol!
    Your humble servant,
    Sridevi

  67. Bindu Balachandran.P says:

    Respected Prabhuji,Please accept my humble obeisances.This is really a nice article.Expecting more articles like this.HARE KRISHNA

  68. saudamini says:

    krishna krishna krishna …… everywhere………

  69. Sridevi says:

    Hare Krsna! Please accept my humble obeisances!
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga!

    I really liked your explanation to the query from the devotee on how to organise our Hare Krsna altar. I also like your explanation that we should only read literature sanctioned by Srila Prabhupada and books by Srila Prabhupada himself. It is so sad that many people are misled in the quest for the truth.

    I have a question: Why do devotees undergo intense suffering although they desire only to serve and love Krsna. They chant, do kirtan, visit temple regularly, offer their food, eat prasadam, do seva, do good to others, be helpful, preach etc. Yet something very bad happens in their family. Non devotees are not convinced to come into Krsna Consciousness when they see this. That the devotee undergoes so much suffering despite being in devotional service.
    If we talk of karma then it appears as if only the devotee is paying for past misdeeds. What about countless others who mercilessly indulge in all sorts of sense gratification yet appear to be living happy lives especially the non vegetarians — eg: who score very high grades in exams, or live very wealthy luxurious lives, or get job promotions, marry well, attain fame, things generally associated with living “the good life” etc.

    I am asking this as I would like to be able to provide a more convincing answer when I am asked this question and not just relegate my answer to the law of karma. Especially about the part when the devotee is subjected to a lot of hardship. Why is it that it appears as if only he/she is paying for his/her karma? Not others who are openly indulging in sinful behaviour?

    I would be grateful for some clarifications.
    Thank you very much for your kind attention.
    Hari Bol!

    • Hare Krishna Sridevi

      It is a complex question but you have to understand that a devotee has no interest or concern with the material world. His interest and concern is only with serving Krishna and glorifying Krishna. He has no other interest. So he is not concerned at all about the external material situation his body may be in. He may be born in a very rich family, he may be born in a very poor family, he may be in a very materially comfortable position or from the material point of view he may appear to be a terribly difficult suffering condition. But in any condition the devotee is unaffected and unattached. He does not endeavor very much to change the material situation that he finds himself in due to his past karma but in whatever position he finds himself he performs devotional service by chanting Hare Krishna and serving Krishna’s pure devotees and Krishna….

      So all the external material indicators that you mention like getting high grades in school, job promotions, getting nice marriage partners, becoming famous, etc are in no way related to Krishna consciousness and a devotee does not want such things or hanker after such things. Nor does he pray to Krishna for such things. The only prayer the devotee offers to Krishna is: “My Lord Krishna please engage me in Your service.” That’s all. A devotee is very simple. His only desire is to be engaged in the service of Krishna and to live in the association of devotees.

      A devotee sees whatever conditions he finds himself in to be the mercy of Krishna. So if he finds himself in great difficulty then he accepts this great difficulty as Krishna’s great mercy on him. And actually, sometimes, Krishna does purposely put His devotees into material distress because He knows that in such a distressed condition the devotees have no other shelter than to surrender to Him. So sometimes the material distress of the devotee is not karma but it is done by Krishna Himself because He may want to break the material attachments of this devotee so he can actually fully surrender.

      Also sometimes ‘devotees’ are not really 100% surrendered. Sometimes ‘devotees’ are also materialists to a certain degree. They practice devotional service but at the same time hold on to so many material desires and aspirations. So in that case Krishna only reciprocates with them to the degree they have surrendered to Him. This is materialistic devotee and there are many, many, many of them and Krishna does not very much reciprocate with them. He is interested in the devotees who want to fully surrender to Him. So for them He makes special arrangements in their lives. Not that He always puts them in to material misery, He may also give them full material facilities if He knows they will use these facilities in His service. Still in many cases He does put His devotees who have the tendency to surrender to Him but who may be a little distracted by the things of the material world into material distress so they have no option other than surrendering to Him.

      But overall Karma is there and we are all in a certain position in the material world, good or bad, according to our activities in the past and devotees also are in all sorts of different material situations and they do not care to change their material situation. They are happy wherever they are as long as they can engage in the service of Krishna in the association of devotees.

      The materialists who are “successful” in the world are successful because of pious activities they have performed in the past but now they are performing so many sinful activities like meat eating, etc, so their future is very dark. They will suffer greatly in the future although now they may appear to be very well situated. This is all just tricks of maya and devotees come to the stage of being able to see these things as they are. Worthless, unimportant.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  70. Shanti Bose says:

    Prabhu I find that the articles you send me are very interesting
    to read I hope that you are fine in Krishns grace the commence I read

  71. ronnell says:

    excellent…so appreciative of Krishna’s Mercy and LOVE

  72. I Love Lord.Krishna says:

    Once I had a dream of a snake trying to peck me, it had yellow eyes. Before it managed to reach me, I shouted the holy name of Krishna & it went off without harming me. Can you explain why did I dreamt this?

  73. I Love Lord.Krishna says:

    Hare Krishna,

    I would like to ask something (I am sorry for what I ask is quite out of the topic). Since recent I had been dreaming of things that is going to happen in future. Many things that I dreamt had turned out to be true after a few days. Why is this happening? After I became closer to Lord Krishna & after I meditated once, many things that i dreamt turned out to be true.

    • Hare Krishna

      It is not very important. What is important is simply for us to surrender to Krishna and serve Krishna and reestablish our dormant love for Krishna. If the dreams are not about Krishna or devotional service it is just maya and not of any spiritual value.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvsia dasa

  74. monika says:

    I had another question,

    1) what is the significance of chanting 16 rounds why not 15 or 17 or any other number.

    2) Also why is the Tulsi mala worn on the throat? what do 3 lines signify, is is worn only after initiation or anyone can wear it?

    3) In my altar, On Top Shelf, I have framed photo or Radha-Giridhari, Damodharji, small Ladoo Gopal made of silver (at higher level), Gaura-Nitai at middle level and Prabhupadaji at lower level. On Second shelf I have framed photo of all Durga maa, Lord Shiva. So is that the right setting for the altar?? I do the offerting while reciting the four verses and then do mangal aarti. Similarly in the evening I do the offering while reciting the four verses followed by Gaura Aarti. so would this Bhoga go to Krishna? Am I doing Okay. please make suggestions.

    • Yes, it is OK I guess. Anyhow read Prabhupada’s books seriously and he will instruct you about all the details.

      When you are offering you should be meditating that you are offering to Srila Prabhupada and he will offer to Krishna through the disciplic succession.

      It is not that we directly offer to Krishna, our offerings to Krishna go to Him through the disciplic succession. So when we are offering aroti for example we first offer all the items to Srila Prabhupada and then to the other members of the disciplic succession, then to Gaura Nitai, then to Krishna, etc.

      So the main thing you should be concentrating on is offering to Srila Prabhupada, pleasing Srila Prabhupada, serving Srila Prabhupada.

      In regard to your question about the Nama-Hatta leader I would suggest staying clear from all of these people as far as possible because obviously they all have different opinions to Srila Prabhupada also and you will get confused from them actually.

      It is very important that we hear the philosophy of Krishna consciousness from a pure devotee of Krishna. Therefore I recommend that you make a program to daily read Srila Prabhupada’s books yourself on a regular schedule. For example in the morning you can read something from Srimad-Bhagavatam, in the evening you can read something from Bhagavad-gita and Krsna Book. At other times you can read from Srila Prabhupada’s small books and Teachings of Lord Caitanya and Nectar of Devotion. There is unlimited reading matter from Srila Prabhupada and you can listen and download almost 1500 hours of Prabhupada audio at http://www.Krishna.tv

      So my suggestion to you is that you have to throughly understand the philosophy of Krishna consciousness directly from Srila Prabhupada before you can understand if a devotee is actually qualified to teach you Krishna consciousness or not.

      It is a problem, if we do not know actually what a bona fide guru is we can be easily cheated by so many rascals who will take advantage of our lack of knowledge. So instead of being cheated by these rascals we should use the time and energy we have to study Prabhupada’s books and discover the real truth for ourselves.

      It is not necessary to have Lord Shiva and Durga on your alter but also it is not really bad if you understand correctly that Lord Shiva is a devotee of Krishna and not on the same level as Krishna. We would not put Lord Shiva on an alter in Prabhupada’s movement because Prabhupada is very strongly making the point, and of course Krishna is very strongly making the point, that it is not necessary to worship the demigods, that only men of less intelligence worship the demigods. But that is different to respecting the demigods. We offer all respects Lord Shiva and accept him as a great Vaisnava, but we do not accept that he is on an equal level with Krishna.

      You know the Indians tend to have everyone on their alters. All the demigods and Krishna and their grandfather and Sai Babba and they think that everyone is god… They are very confused. So we want to keep it simple and really it is better only to have Srila Prabhupada, the disciplic succession, the Panca-Tattva and Radha Krishna on your alter. With a picture of Lord Nrsimhadeva also.

      As followers of Srila Prabhupada we worship Srila Prabhupada, the disciplic succession, the Panca-Tattva, Radha-Krishna and Lord Nrsimhadeva. This is standard. Of course we can worship other forms of Krishna and Visnu like Krishna Balaram of course, Sita, Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman, etc… But Prabhupada’s real mission is to establish that the worship of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda is the same as the worship of Radha and Krishna, so this standard arrangement of Prabhupada and the disciplic succession with Panca-Tattava, Radha-Krishna and Lord Nrsimhadeva is very standard and very nice…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  75. pranaytony says:

    hare krishna prabhuji!

    i recently caught this krishna.org site by seaching for krsnas wallpapers!
    i felt very happy such that HE himself showed the way to here!
    i completed reading BHAGAVADGEETHA telugu version! i am 20 years old,always feels extremely happy that in this short age itself i realised my LORD that to in the influence of shiva devotees!

    from here onwards i will read all the articles that relates anything everyting to krsna!

    hare rama hare rama! rama rama hare hare!!
    hare krishna hare krishna! krishna krishna hare hare!!

  76. Devesh Shah says:

    Hare Krsna Prabhu,

    Thank you very much for all the articles that you send to us by email. You are doing a great service and you are showing great mercy on people like me who are stuck in this material world and gropping in darkness on what is to be done…

    May Our Krsna give you lot of energy and enthusiam to continue sending newsletters.

    Hari Bol,

  77. kaliya krishna das says:

    Prabhuji i have 1 Question
    ‘ Prabhupada explains so many palces there are 12 rasas (relations) to have wiht krishna. in that 5 is most important. waht about other 7 rasas and any persons have that rasas with krishna where? please explain to me

    • Hare Krishna Kaliya Krishna Prabhu

      You are correct of course. There are 12 rasas but we mostly hear only about the five favorable rasas (santa — nutrality, dasya — service, sakhya — friendship, vatsalya — parenthood, madhurya — lovers) but as you say there are also seven others which would have to look up but they are things like fear, anger, ghastliness and dread.

      Generally devotees have relationships with Krishna in the five favorable rasas but sometimes there are mixtures of feelings and they experience the seven other rasas which may be considered unfavorable but in the case of devotees they nourish the devotional feelings. For example the gopis felt dread when Krishna left Vrindavan to go to Mathura to kill Kamsa. And Kamsa also felt dread when he saw Krishna coming to Mathura. But the feelings of the devotees and the feelings of the demons who what to kill Krishna are not the same. The gopis are feeling dread when Krishna leaves Vrindavan because they are feeling for Krishna’s safety. He is going off to kill Kamsa and Kamsa is a great powerful king with huge armies and many demon friends Krishna is their young boyfriend from Vrindavan. And when Krishna has left Vrindavan the gopis also feel dreadful separation from Krishna. But in the case of the devotees these so-called unfavorable rasas actually nourish the primary rasa increase its blissfulness. The gopis rasa with Krishna is love and these negative rasas caused by separation from Krishna actually nourish and increase that love for Krishna.

      Kamsa, on the other hand, fears Krishna because he knows that Krishna is going to kill him. So Kamsa is feeling dread of Krishna because he fears for his own life. Kamsa is having these rasas in connection with Krishna but he is not a devotee of Krishna. He is a demon who wants to kill Krishna. But still because Krishna is absolute any feelings for Krishna have a purifying effect and are good for the person who has them. Srila Prabhupada gives the example of fire. No matter how you associate with fire you are going to get warm. Similarly no matter how you associate with Krishna you are going to get purified. So even Kamsa who wanted to kill Krishna was Krishna conscious in an unfavorable way from the moment he heard the omen in the sky declaring that the seventh son of Devaki would kill him. So particularly after Kamsa knew that Krishna had been born and that He was playing in Vrindavan with His friends he could never forget Krishna and he was always making plans how to kill Krishna.

      So although of course we do not recommend thinking of Krishna in the way Kamsa did still the Krishna consciousness of Kamsa was good for him and he got the chance of being killed by Krishna and was liberated because of this.

      This mixing of the rasas is a very complex topic and Srila Prabhupada explains it very nicely and completely in the Nectar of Instruction. I suggest you read it for more detailed information on this subject. You can purchase it at http://www.KrishnaStore.com or read it online at:

      http://thenectarofdevotion.com/

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  78. Gowry says:

    Hare Krishna Prb,

    Its wonderful to see ur email. Each time when i go thru the situation, I feel Krishna is answering my questions thru a devotee like you. Its heart wealming and sometimes I will be in tears to see your Krsna’s answer.

    Trapped in material existance looking for ways to Go Back Home. Sometimes no words to say. Seeking for His Love.

    Thank you again

    Gowry

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  80. ingrid says:

    Thank u 4 giving knowledge on the word sanatana dharama

  81. donna says:

    thank you thank you thank you for this morning’s meditation. i love you all for posting these passages from the Bhagavad Gita. i share them with my grandkids.

  82. varun yadav says:

    Absolutely True Prabhuji! Behold the power of Maya, it so easily bewilders a non-devotee into thinking that there is no God. Not only that Maya affirms their foolish belief that in this miserable existence lies complete happiness and they end up wasting this valuable gift of human birth.

    Thanks to grace of my Krishna and his devotees that I am lucky to realize this.

  83. angel peters says:

    So beautifully said….

    This is so true.

    When I have wished with all my heart and called for Krishna to bless me with his presence he has come from every direction and filled me with an undescribable love and peace. And when i become entangled with the material world enouh that i place my service in other things…I have to struggle to feel his presence as before!!

    No one can experience this unless they wish to with all theit heart and lay themselves down to Krishna. Krishna is LOVE.

    HERE KRISHNA

  84. I Love Lord Krishna says:

    Does Lord Krishna come in the form of Lord Jesus Christ in modern times (present times)to certain people to bring us back to Him? I have read several articles on NDE(near-death experience). Thank you.

    • Like I said in the article Krishna appears to a person in the way that person wants to see Him. So if someone dies and wants to see Krishna’s son Jesus then that is possible. Why not?

      • devashish soni says:

        Ho to improve our daily chanting rounds attentive

        • Just do it!!!

          If you actually carefully chant every day at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra making sure that you clearly chant and hear each of the 16 syllables of the Hare Krishna mantra that is all you need to do. You are concentrating on chanting each syllable nicely and hearing it so you must be attentive to do this. So you just do it every day and by this process of chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily automatically your attentiveness in the chanting and your advancement in Krishna consciousness will be achieved…

      • David says:

        That is an absolutely beautiful answer. I was driving through Southern Ontario many years ago on Highway 3 and I stopped to meet a Devotee in Saffron who was walking across Canada, I gave him a discreet offering for munchies and water and we talked for 10 minutes or so, was it you? Bless Krizna!

  85. Ben says:

    Beautiful article, Harrison and Lennon were so ahead of their time. Hope they are in a great place.


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My first contact with a Hare Krishna was a most merciful Mataji in Oxford Street, London who sold me a "Higher Taste" cook book in 1984 while I was on holidays there. I started seriously reading Srila Prabhupada's books in Australia 1985 and by 1986 Srila Prabhupada had convinced me "Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead" and "we should surrender to Krishna."I joined the Hare Krishnas in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. Since then I have been chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, reading and distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and preaching as much as I can.That's my life and full-time occupation now really. I like it more than anything I've ever experienced before. Srila Prabhupada's books are so amazing... Even after reading them all many times they're still fresh and new. They are truly transcendental!That's it really. Now I'm just hankering to once again see the world chant Hare Krishna, dance and feast and float away in the ecstasy of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtana movement as it did in Srila Prabhupada's physical presence. Let the whole world drown in the ecstatic flood of love of Krishna!


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