“So in the material world people actually are having a hard struggle for existence, but then the devotees they are not having the same kind of struggle. Actually, because of being under the shelter of Krishna, even the so called material things, we have to do in devotional service, everything is blissful! It is like in the river, if you try to swim in the river, if there’s a strong current it sweeps you away, but if you look in the river, you see there are so many fishes in the river, they are swimming.
In spite of the rapids, so many fishes are swimming upstream. So when we see that everything is Krishna’s energy, and when we become one of the Fishes in Krishna’s energy we can swim upstream.
What normal people think to be very austere, very difficult situation, a great difficulty, for the devotee it’s all simply a part of their devotional service. When there is some crisis they take it as Krishna’s mercy; ‘this is forcing me to surrender more intensely to Krishna, to realize there is no other hope other than Krishna ‘. ”
HH Jayapataka Swami