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Question: How much should we aspire for personal reciprocation from the Lord?

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Jayapatākā Swami: Well, that is something to be aspired for, but it is very rarely achieved. That is why we are seeing, Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi, without aspiring he got punished and he took that as the special mercy of the Lord. But although the Lord actually reciprocates with us in many ways, maybe we don’t realize it. But Puṇḍarīka Vidyānidhi, he got such an instruction from the Lord that when he woke up his cheeks were swollen, so he was feeling very blessed. Also, the Chand Kazi, he saw a person half lion half man, came and told him that you disturb the saṅkīrtana again, I will really punish you. And He scratched him across his chest with His claws and when he woke up, the scratch marks were still there. That is a very great blessing. So we would hope that you would not commit any offenses, but we are always anxious to receive some blessings from guru and Kṛṣṇa.