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Question: In NOD we read about how devotional service gives klesagni and removes all material distress. But we see that devotees practicing devotional service face all kinds of distress. How do we understand this?

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Jayapataka Swami:  Generally, what we should get from our karmas is greatly reduced by the mercy of Lord Krsna and we only get a small portion of that. Also, He gives us spiritual pleasure in spite of some external difficulties. So devotees, they don’t really suffer the same way. Some difficulty they may face – that is just external, to show how great they are, that in spite of difficulties that they are determined to serve Lord Krsna! Haribol! Also similar to a question asked last night, why we are facing so many difficulties? You see, I answered, that if you went to a college, you can ask, why there are exams? Exams are part of study. So to practice devotional service, there are bound to be exams, some tests and if you overcome those tests, once, you don’t have to go through it again. But if you fail your test, again and again, the same test will come. Over.