Though My friend is following all Krishna Conscious rules, but, he has health problems. Why this happens?
A male devotee (Name hidden by me) asked like this:
“Hare krishna. Agtsp. Prabhuji . I have a friend named ………. He is a nice devotee. Chants 16rounds. Is pursuing ………………..course. And also wakes up in the morning at 4.30 and does diety worship.
Fortunately all was going well. Untill last year. When he was diagnosed some harmonal problems. Due to which he took some medicine. That medicine instead of curing his disease made a side effect on him due to which he underwent depression. Now he is taking treatment for it. But always asks me that although he is chanting 16 rounds, involving in god’s worship, eats nothing (not even onion and garlic) is also about to get initiated after some months. But he is still undergoing tensions and is not able to sleep the whole night some 3 4 times a week.
So he has to have sleep medicines for it. But is very anxious to know that why is this not getting cured. Why does he feel so anxious in spite of following all the regulative principles. I mean to say, if chant hare krishna means to be happy, then why is he not happy? Looking forward for your answer anxiously. He even tells that he sometimes has thoughts of dying. But before all this happened, he used to be a very cheerful guy”
Do you expect that devotees should never die or be affected by disease?
It is impossible.
Devotees too will get problems and diseases and they too will die.
Even today, I myself am undergoing a surgery after hospitalization and I am posting for you from the hospital bed to avoid the disappointment for the devotees.
They too have to follow all the natural laws meant for all the people.
Only difference between devotees and non devotees is that Krishna will take the devotees back and He will give more births to non devotees. That’s all.
And, as a bonus for devotees, Krishna will give strength to bear the karmic reactions. As an additional bonus, in some cases, Krishna will relieve the devotee from his pains earlier than non devotees.
And, Krishna gives a test also to the devotees. Since He decides to take the devotees to His kingdom earlier, Krishna is in a position to clear all the karmic reactions of that devotee faster and make him pure so that he becomes eligible to enter into the pure congregation of His devotees in Goloka.
People with the apparent impurity of karma can not enter into Goloka. So, Krishna fastens the karma clearing process for His devotees by giving more pains to them. If the devotees had to face the reactions in two births, Krishna makes them to clear everything within this single birth.
Because Krishna likes to take you back after this birth itself. He is so merciful.
That is why, devotees get more problems than non devotees. If you bear the pains, your karma will be cleared fast and you can enter the kingdom of Lord faster than non devotees.
So, remember: The devotees will definitely have problems, diseases, etc.
But, it is for their karma clearance only, not as a punishment.
So, let your friend bears his pains keeping Krishna in mind. Since he is sincerely following devotional rules, Krishna has directly entered into the action and is clearing his karma fast. Your friend may go back to Krishna within this birth or in the next birth, in brief, as earlier as posssible based on his karma pending in his account.
A devotee should take all the pains as the blessing of Lord. Not as a curse.
Krishna tests His devotees also, but, to cleanse him and get back Him to His kingdom.
Understand this and be relieved.