If maya is strong, why Krishna made maya strong?
Actual Question from a devotee:
“Hare Krishna.. I want to ask.. If Maya is so strong. why Krishna makes it so strong? Doesn’t it make us so hard to pass it?”
If you run and catch the train, it is ordinary. You will not be in news. At the same time, marathon is considered to be the toughest competition. You have to run 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles, or 26 miles 385 yards).
Why it is this much tough?
Because, it gives fame and reward if you win the Marathan race.
(MAYAVADIS, PARAMATHMAVADIS AND DEVOTEES – DIFFERENCES! READ HERE!)
If you climb up the stairs in your house, it is ordinary. At the same time, if you conquer the Mount Everest, you will be in news because it will be very difficult and you have to conquer Everest in spite of sharp rocks, snow, chilling climate, life risks, etc.
More rewards – more difficulty.
Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Mahathma Gandhi, etc., fought for their people’s freedom taking pains of jail terms. Had they not fought, the people would have been under the British rule even now.
More pains – More benefits – More fame.
Hence they are in history now.
Thus, in all the walks of our life, we will be rewarded abundantly only when we face more hurdles and fightings.
Same applies in the case of going back to Krishna too.
Krishna is the Paramathma and the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He must be the topmost target for us to reach in this life.
(Since this world is under Maya, how can we fully surrender to Krishna? READ HERE!)
This reward is the maximum reward one can get and the purpose of one’s human life will be that only.
If even climbing up the Mount Everest is this much difficult, how difficult it will be to get elevated to the kingdom of Krishna?
If passing the school and college exams require many tests, getting the entry into the kingdom of Krishna will require the toughest tests.
Maya and karma Network take care of testing the people and make them eligible to enter into the kingdom of Krishna, Goloka.
Unless we learn to successfully conquer the serious hurdles on the way of Everest, we can’t go there.
Similarly, unless we successfully cross the hurdles put by maya and karma network, we can’t go back to Krishna.
(Man and God are the same Concept – Why is it Mayavadic and wrong? READ HERE!)
That is why, Krishna has made all these arrangements.
He has allowed maya to make the people involved more and more in the materialistic way of life and pull him away from Krishna. Unless we learn to neglect the pulling force of maya, we can’t pass in the entrance exam to get Krishna.
Therefore, maya (thru karma network) is the organizer of the tests for us in the exam of going back to Krishna.
Unless we are prepared to face the tough questions in an exam, we can’t clear that exam.
Similarly, maya is giving us so many tests through the people, opposite sex, attractive materials, etc.
We can choose to enjoy those people and materials and take the painful repeated births and deaths. No one can stop us from doing that.
If you hear the voice of maya, you will be living in this material world again and again in 84 lakh types of bodies.
(Is Mayadevi closer to us than Krishna as she is our immediate controller? READ HERE!)
But, if we are very strong in our resolution of going back to Krishna and neglect the attractions shown by maya, that means, we have passed the exam conducted by Krishna through maya and karma network
That is why, though maya is doing the pulling job, we call even maya as the servant of Krishna. She is serving Krishna by testing us and making us eligible to go back to Krishna.
If maya finds that we are very strong in the devotion to Krishna in spite of the tests given by her, she stops testing us and recommends Krishna to award us a degree as THE DEVOTEE WHO SUCCEEDED IN GOING BACK TO KRISHNA.
Maya does not test us for ever. She gives initial tests. If we are strong in devotion, she blesses and go away.
At the same time, if we allow a gap of liquidation in our devotion to Krishna, maya takes charge again and starts testing us again to make us still stronger in devotion.
(WEAPONS TO BEAT MAYA – TILAKA, TULASI BEADS AND PRASADAM! READ HERE!)
Thus, all the tricks of maya are meant to push us closer to Krishna to make us strong in devotion.
To conduct free and fair elections, the government has given full autonomy and power to the election commission.
Similarly, Krishna has allowed maya to be so strong to test us whether we are strong in devotion to Krishna.
She is in fact helping us and making us more and more detached in our way of life.
So, let her test us. Let us be strong in devotion immersed in the devotional way of life.
Hope you are clear now about why Krishna made maya very strong to test even His devotees.
(What is maya and whether all the non-Indians are under maya? READ HERE!)