(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 24 February 2019, New York, United States of America, Bhagavad-gita 7.7)

We are experiencing how everything in this world goes through six transformations. Everything comes into being, it grows, it flourishes, it gives some by-products, then it begins to dwindle and eventually it ceases to exist. Such are the dynamics of this world. This shows us that whatever we have, is not ours. Whatever we have, is actually a gift which we get for a while over time and then Krsna takes it back. Sometimes gradually over time and sometimes very quickly. Suddenly, everything gets taken away.

But one who sees Krsna behind it all can see that ultimately everything must be good because Krsna is benevolent. Krsna is suhrdam sarva bhutanam (Bhagavad-gita 5.29); He is the well-wisher of all living beings. So when we have that firm conviction that Krsna is our well-wisher, then we start to observe that whatever happens to us is all good, even if we may not always see it that way. Then we know that this is going to be good for a long-term purpose; something that we cannot see now, but later turns out to be good.

We can see this when we go through struggle, pain and hardships in the material world. This will force us to become more dependent on Krsna, surrender unto Him and lead us to seek deeper into the causes and purpose of life. And in that way we can see that the moment of great difficulty in our life later on turns out to be the source of our strength. We begin to see that those hardships actually made us stronger and that was Krsna’s kindness all along.

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