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, If you take a running race, 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 and you will be in news.
If you climb up the stairs in your house, it is ordinary. At the same time, if you climb up the Mount Everest, 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 effects – 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 fightngs.
Same applies in the case of going back to Krishna.
Krishna is the Paramathma and Supreme Personality of Godhead. He must be the topmost target for us to reach in this life.
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?
You have to think of this factor.
Unless we learn to successfully conquer the serious hurdles on the way of Everest that make us to think of returning to the ground, we can’t go there.
Similarly, unless we successfully cross the hurdles put by maya, we can’t go back to Krishna.
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 get Krishna.
Therefore, maya is the organizer of tests for us in the exam of going back to Krishna.
Unless we face 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 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.
But, if we are very strong in our resolution of going back to Krishna and neglect the glares shown by maya, that means, we have passed the exam conducted by Krishna through maya.
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.
Thus, all the tricks of maya are meant to push us closer to Krishna if we are strong in devotion.
That is why, 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 matured 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.