If just one in thousand men can know Krishna, why should we aim for Krishna?
A male devotee asked the above question:
Yes. This is the statement said by Krishna Himself in Bhagavad Gita (Ch-7, Verse-3).
“Out of MANY THOUSANDS among men, ONE may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, HARDLY ONE knows Me in truth.”
Some of us have a doubt like you had:
“We are following devotional practices and are leading a devotional life that is different from materialistic life. But, those who are leading a materialistic life seems to be enjoying their life. Such materialistic people are in majority and we, the devotees are just a few. Are we going in right path? Should we too start enjoying life like others? What guarantee we have that Krishna is there and He will accept us?”
This is natural during the initial days of following devotion to Krishna.
The external ‘money centered life’ may seem attractive for them. They may feel whether they are lagging behind in life compared with those money centered people.
To encourage these negative thoughts, maya too will enter into action to drag them into the materialistic way of life by showing all the required attractions to them.
Some innocent devotees may fall into materialistic life again as they feel inferior compared to those materialistic people.
Are they right?
If you ask the experienced devotees who have tasted/ felt the presence of Krishna, they will say NO.
I too humbly state that I have felt that Krishna is there and He is taking direct care of us if we have full faith in Him, love Him and also sincerely perform all our devotional duties without doubt. He is willing to uplift His devotees in His devotion and taking back to His direct association.
I have also narrated many of my experiences that prove that Krishna is there and is helping us anonymously from behind through some people.
So, I request all the devotees to first believe that the concept of Krishna and Krishna consciousness is true.
Then, develop total love with Krishna without any doubts and compromises.
Then regularly perform the recommended penances such as chanting His Holy names, offering food to Krishna and honour His Prasadam, supporting Krishna’s sincere devotees/ vaishnavas and remaining a kind hearted person loving all the creations of Krishna including the people.
Do not give up these practices even in the severe testing conditions of life. Let satisfying Krishna be your sole objective of life.
Treat all the materials as temporary in life and develop true detachment from material things and activities, but, keep all your activities to be centered to Krishna, ie, perform all your duties as an offering to Krishna.
As a matured devotee, you should see Only Krishna in everything and everyone.
If you become like this, you can become One who get Krishna among thousands of people. This is sure. Believe this.
Krishna did not say that He is not achievable. He has indicated that one in thousand people try to attain Him and among them one in thousand really get Him.
He indicates that other 999 people go back from their efforts to get Krishna getting attracted by temporary material glares.
So, Krishna comes to say that we should not go back from our efforts to get the mercy of Krishna.
This must be the right understanding of this statement.
So, do not be one among 999 by going back from your efforts to get Krishna. Be that ONE DEVOTEE who sincerely take the efforts and achieve Krishna Himself.
My promise is: Krishna is achievable. If you follow what I have said above. So, be that fortunate one devotee who achieve Krishna.