(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2011) Krishna made arrangements for the conditioned souls to receive transcendental knowledge, and He created the Vedas – the entire mountain of all vedic knowledge! Then … more
(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Durban – South Africa, April 2011)
In the association of Vaisnavas, especially advanced Vaisnavas, we become uplifted, beyond our normal limitations of holding on to material security and hesitating about jumping forward in spiritual life. Krsna will catch us! Krsna will provide! Krsna always protects His devotee.
Always? But some devotees die, in not good ways. Where was Krsna then? Is He not protecting? Does He protect some devotees and not others? Does it depend on the degree of one’s Krsna Consciousness? Does He only protect the very advanced devotees and the less advanced ones, like us, not so much?
Na me bhaktah pranasyati – “My devotee will never perish!” What does it mean? It means exactly what Krsna says: My devotee will never perish! There is no doubt about it! As long as we understand in the broader sense what it means. It means that the body, Krsna may or may not protect. But the destination of the soul, Krsna will surely protect. Without a doubt! That is very certain! If somehow or another our time or our mission in this world is not yet fulfilled, Krsna may protect our body so many times… I myself, have slipped out of extremely dangerous situations many times – cat with nine lives and that kind of story! Yes, and there was no doubt, no doubt that Krsna interfered. It is not possible that by any other means I would have survived.
But that is not ultimately what is the meaning of na me bhaktah pranasyati. It means that a devotee, a devotee will come closer and closer to Krsna, and once we have made steps in Krsna’s direction, Krsna will surely protect our devotional service. That is what it means na me bhaktah pranasyati. Krsna will protect our devotional service. Therefore, there is no fear. We just take shelter of devotional service. And other things, they come, they go. Some hardships sometimes may come, may go, but it will not really faze us. And our devotional service will continue and continue and in the association of devotees we become uplifted again and again.