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Question: How should we deal with favoritism in the material world. If it affects our spiritual life too then it happens among devotees. Guru Mahārāja how to see this?

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Jayapataka Swami: I don’t really understand how favoritism can affect. Apparently if someone gets some favoritism, still Kṛṣṇa will analyze us as per our situation, and so, that way we don’t have to worry. But Kṛṣṇa is seeing all you do in His service and so if someone gets favoritism how that could be good or not good. It could be good in the sense if someone gets some facility to do devotional service. It could be bad in the sense that he gets facilities without much effort. So, that way he is deprived of certain mercy from Lord Nitāi Gaura. So I wouldn’t worry about it. You just try to please Nitāi Gaura, please the Deities and naturally someone may give you facilities. You can approach the leaders saying you want more service. Usually, people who approach like that, they get more service. Śrīla Prabhupāda gave the example that in a nest, the baby bird that chirps the loudest gets the worm.
21-February-2022 Chennai, India