The spiritual master has, in relation to his disciples, the same quality as the Supreme Personality of Godhead ; he is completely independent. He can give or recall his mercy as he pleases. No obligation. If the disciple does not follow, the spiritual master is not obligated. He can give his mercy according to the way he sees it. He may give his mercy either by neglect or by attention. One can lament or pray…to get some attention; that’s another thing. But we cannot demand… no demand can be made on Krishna.
Some devotees may even be great devotees [but still they cannot demand that Krishna appear]. Just like Narada Muni was meditating on Krishna, [on the] holy name, chanting. Suddenly Krishna appeared to him. And then Krishna disappeared. When Krishna appeared Narada Muni was taken to the heights of ecstasy, of complete jubilation,(inaudible) and the next moment, Krishna disappeared and he was cast down into the depths of despair, “Where is Krishna?”
Again he tried to adjust his sitting position, tried to do the pranayama, tried chanting the mantra, tried all the different ways and means he had tried before to bring back Krishna. But Krishna is not subject to appearance [upon our] mechanical gymnastics; or even by the practice of devotional service, by sadhana-bhakti.
Krishna is not obligated to come. You may say, “if I perform 3 lacks of names, 300,000 names, Krishna must appear”. There’s no such mechanical process. And even if you chant even one crore of the Hare Krishna mantra, Krishna does not have to come; no obligation. One can go on practicing devotional service for one crore of births, chanting Hare Krishna, without seeing Krishna.
If one does not avoid offences in his devotional service, then he won’t make progress. Krishna comes by His own sweet will. As long as one maintains this proud attitude of the false conception of our own importance in relation to Krishna, in relation to the spiritual master, in relation to others, not realising how infinitesimal, how insignificant we are, Krishna is will not come. Such an attitude causes us to commit offenses, evaluating how much devotional service we perform, and accordingly how much service or how much surrender we can avoid. That’s our pitfall; that’s our downfall.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam
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