Jayapataka Swami: That is fine. Why do you think that if something is dear to Krsna, you will have no obstacles? You are in Kali yuga, in the material world, anything dear to Krsna, there will be more obstacles. But if you tolerate those obstacles and engage in Krsna consciousness, then how much more dear you are to Krsna?! When they give, like the President of the United States or top generals, give some award or some medal to the soldiers who take extreme risk and save, do some miraculous thing. So if you take some difficulty and tolerate it and try to please Krsna, then He will be more grateful to you! So it is a special opportunity! We should be thankful that Krsna is giving us these obstacles to prove that we are dedicated to Him! I mean, He may give or may be given by maya. And so, maya is in charge of this prison house. So she wants to test, to make sure you are ready to leave! And if you are not, she may give, a test may be dangle a fruit before you, or different kinds of tests. So, look at the tests that Prahlad went through, or Dhruva went through. See those tests. We get relatively light tests! Anyway, Prahlad was thrown down mountains, put in snake pits, horrible things! But he survived all those! Usually the obstacles we have are not so difficult. But we try to do Krsna’s service, Srila Prabhupada’s service, in spite of whatever difficulties there are. And then we naturally develop more of a taste for serving Krsna.
06-JANUARY-2020 NEW PANIHATI DHAM, ATLANTA, USA