Why would Krishna not give mercy to someone struggling in bhakti-yoga?

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QUESTION

I don’t mean anything extravagant, but at least whatever is enough to feel happy with the process and hopeful about pleasing Kṛṣṇa.

 

ANSWER

Krishna gives mercy to everyone, devotees or non devotees. In general, most people have a difficult time to understand, recognize and accept what mercy is.

Non devotees may think that mercy is to have daily bread. Others to become famous. Others to get a beautiful wife and have nice kids. Others to become rich and powerful.
Some devotees think that mercy is to come “to do service” in the States or becoming temple presidents, GBC, and so on and so forth.

Mercy is also to have to spend 13 years in exile, like happened to the Pandavas. Mercy is also to have to spend years without real possibilities to preach and so fulfil the order of his spiritual master, like happened to Srila Prabhupada. At those moments we might not have seen that as mercy, but later the Lord’s plan became clear.

Mercy is also having to pay our karma, partially or entirely. Mercy is also events that we see as bad. A desease, failures in anything we do.
When everything goes south (and it happens often) we may cry, “but Krishna, why don’t you give mercy to me that I am struggling in bhakti-yoga?”

We certainly need more maturity to understand what mercy is. If we are patient and stay the course it will become clear in the future.
On the other end, what choice we have if not to accept what comes to us, even if does not make us happy? Can we revers the course of destiny?

Whether is a leftover of our past karma or the direct mercy of the Lord, the only thing we can do is tolerate.

– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)

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