Four Classes of People who worship Krishna! Is it wrong to expect Material Benefits?
A woman devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“Hare Krishna prabhuji….is praying for some material things to get fullfilled other than prayinh to please krishna is wrong??? Some times, situations r such that that we only pray to krishna to fullfill r desires….wat to do prabhuji???”
Who said praying for material things from Krishna is wrong?
I have been telling just it is unnecessary because He Himself knows your situation.
For a devotee who has surrendered to Krishna, He is the only asylum and person to think when he is unable to face the problems.
Krishna is our only hope and hold.
So, whom else we can think when we are pressed by the problems?
So, praying for material benefits from Krishna is not wrong or not offensive.
You can definitely ask and Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that they are also His devotees.
FOUR CLASSES OF PEOPLE WHO WORSHIP KRISHNA
(1) AS SAID BY KRISHNA HIMSELF IN BHAGAVAD GITA
However, when we discuss about the levels of Bakthi (Stages of devotion), we have to discuss all the four types of devotees mentioned by Krishna in Bhagavad Gita (7-16):
“O best among the Bhāratas, four kinds of pious men begin to render devotional service unto Me – the distressed (artha), the desirer of wealth (arthathri), the inquisitive (jijnasu), and he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute (jnani).”
All these four are also His devotees.
Out of the four, the first three expects something from the Lord. However, the last one GNANI has learned about the position of the Lord as Paramathma and himself as athma and is approaching the Lord for knowing more about the Lord. So, he may be considered as Nishkam person. He is better among the four.
However, Lord also says that all the above four classes of devotees can come to the (fifth) stage of PURE BHAKTI as followed by the sage Naradha.
(2) AS SAID BY SRILA BHAKTI VINODHE THAKKUR
Srila Bhakti Vinodhe Thakkur says in Caitanya Sikshamruta:
The Four General reasons for the people approaching the God:
1) Bhaya — Because of fear.
2) Aasa — to satisfy their material desires.
3) Kartavya-buddhi — As a duty as a duty bound person. Worshiping is also a duty.
4) Raga — Because of the natural attraction towards the Lord.
Naturally, out of the above four, the fourth one is in the topmost stage.
From the above classifications, you can know that those who expect some benefits from Krishna are also the devotees and Krishna cares them and fulfill their needs also.
FIFTH TYPE OF PEOPLE – PURE DEVOTEES!
However, we are expected to come to the FIFTH stage of worshiping Krishna with no expectations except His bhakti and service.
Though this may be difficult for us at this stage, it will be attained when you sincerely maintain your devotion to Krishna continuously.
When we realize the real nature of this material world, we will start to worship Krishna just for His bhakti and service.
Krishna Himself will take us to that stage in right time.
Till that, you can request your needs from Krishna. At the same time, keep in mind that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead who can give the topmost benefit of the eternal life in His kingdom itself.
Ask Krishna when you are unable to face or bear or deal with a situation by yourself. Try your best using the intelligence given by Krishna. If you feel helpless, DON’T HESITATE TO APPROACH KRISHNA.
Whom else we can have to get the real support except Krishna?
In due course of time Krishna will make us His Pure devotee who does not except anything from Him except the opportunity to serve Him.