Is Devotion Predestined?

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Is Devotion Predestined?

Postby backtohome » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:30 am

Question: Is Devotion Predestined?

My question is: It's true that everything is predestined in material life. But is everything predestined in spiritual life as well? I mean in bhakti, if a person is very much under the modes of material nature, this can affect his devotion, as in when he will fall down and then rise again to his service. Plus please give some determination tips that I should keep in mind to get back into serving Krishna and chanting Hare Krishna whenever I fall down. What inspired you in your earlier days?

Please enlighten me on this.
Your eternal devotee,


Answer: No. It's Your Choice.

Spiritual life means to break free from predestination and become the architect of our own destiny. We get the chance to escape the prison of karmic predestination
when we are fortunate enough to be blessed with the combined mercy of guru and Krishna. If we take advantage of that mercy and take up the path of pure bhakti, we then become released from the chains of karma and gradually regain a life of full freedom in the spiritual sky.

If the neophyte devotees slips and falls down from the path of bhakti, he does not depend on destiny for when he can be reinstated on the bhakti path. All he has to do is to again take advantage of the mercy of guru and Krishna and resume his devotional activities.

To be determined you should always remember that if you remain steady in your desire to surrender to Krishna, He will make all arrangements to facilitate you in your service to Him.

My constant source of inspiration for all of my 39 years of practicing Krishna consciousness is the orders which I have received from my beloved spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This is the eternal shelter of the disciple. He accepts the orders received from his spiritual master as his very life and soul and constantly meditates upon and worships those divine instructions.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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