IS IT WRONG TO BOTHER KRISHNA WITH MATERIAL DESIRES?

Reading from Bhagavad-gita Study Guide: “Taking care of the devotees is not a burden for the Lord.  Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains in his commentary:

“One should not say that in giving the burden of their maintenance to their worshipable Lord the devotees show lack of prema.  In fact they do not give Me that burden.  I, by My own will accept it.  It should also be understood that I am not bearing it as a duty, as I create and maintain the universe by My will alone.  Rather, being attached to My devotees, I take the greatest pleasure in taking care of their needs, like carrying the weight of one’s lover.”

HH BVPS Maharaja: So always in his commentary it’s like Krishna is speaking and making, bringing out these finer points. So it’s not that, “Oh, I don’t want to go to Krishna for this.” Then who you are going to go to? “Oh, I don’t want to bother Krishna with this.” Then who you are going to bother? It’s not good to bother, means, there is higher levels of dealing with Krishna than bothering with material facility, or anxieties or other thing, but if you don’t go to Him, where are you going to go? Then where is the Krishna consciousness? So it seems, “Oh, yeah, no, it’s Maya, so I won’t go to Krishna for this.” Great. But then where are you going to go? Depend upon yourself? Then you are the lord? You are the doer? You are the cause? Does that make sense? So that’s the point. Better you go to Him, but at the same time is then He is showing that more is, that the devotee is just dependent upon Krishna, always absorbed in serving Krishna, so he is not worried about his own maintenance, so Krishna takes care of them. So in any case, it’s not a problem. So one, He directly takes care, the other one, He takes care through His agencies. He gets it done. You know, just like, let’s say, someone comes and they want something done, so he calls his secretary, he says, “Okay, take care of this.” So through his machinations it gets done, right? But in the other is that the person comes because of his closeness, then he’ll personally do himself, he’ll personally call that person and get him… Get this, like this, bring it, see that it’s all nice and… So that’s the thing. Does that make sense?

(From Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 9.13-25, Sastra Caksus course, 30th Dec 2010, Bhaktivedanta Academy, Sri Mayapur)

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