(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 December 2021, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.27)

All the abilities and gifts we have, come from the Supreme Lord. He gives and He takes – that is the nature of material existence. Sometimes, we do not get anything at all, that happens. We miss out! Everybody gets it, but we might not. That means we are chosen by Krsna for some higher purpose. Everyone gets sense gratification and we do not get it – this means Krsna wants something higher for us, He wants something more for us! Krsna does not want us to forget about Him and simply enjoy the material energy. We must have done something pious previously, and so, this is a blessing! Now, we must look for that deeper meaning in life and look for satisfaction within instead of without. And who is it within us? It is the Supreme Personality of Godhead in our hearts. So we can appreciate this.

Everything is going on by the will of the Lord – He is the director, He is the cause of all causes within the entire universe. So it takes time to remember this because we came to the material world with a desire to enjoy independently from Krsna. Then, we gradually became entangled by this material energy. Since time immemorial, for so many births, we have been in this material world and as a result, we have become bound by this material energy with whom we have had intimate relations. We have had endless attachments with this material energy, which remain with us because although life after life we take birth again and again, the mind travels with the soul. So it is not just the soul that travels from body to body, but it is also the mind. And in that mind, all the impressions of previous lives are stored – including the attachments (positive and negative).

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