Mother Yasoda was working very hard, trying to catch Krishna, was not able to easily catch Krishna, but Krishna finally allowed Himself to be caught. Sometimes, the devotees are put in difficulties, you see, but that makes their achieving Krishna all the more relishable. It also fixes a devotee that there’s no other source of shelter, except for Krishna.
Sometimes, even in devotional service, people have had so many brainstorms, where they thought that they knew a way of doing some type of service which was not actually desired or authorised particularly, by Krishna, and as a result, then sometimes, devotees are put into difficulty by their own unauthorised plans which are not purely connected with devotional service or were not completely authorised, just like sometimes we find ourself saddled with responsibilities which were created because we didn’t follow the spiritual master, therefore to rectify, we have to work harder.
But actually, to somehow or other remain steady in devotional service, remain fixed, is actually what seasons a devotee or what purifies the devotee. Sometimes it may be by the will of Krishna. It may be by one’s own mistake.
Maybe so many different reasons, but ultimately everything that happens, happens with Krishna’s sanction. He’s allowed it to happen, even if it’s being performed without His direct apparent hand, nonetheless, His sanction is always there.
Therefore, He will not let any devotee perish, will not let any devotee go away, so long as the devotee wants to come to Him. He promises, na me bhakta vinasyati. My devotee shall never perish.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam 10.9.9
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