What happens if a devotee is unable to attain perfection in his devotional practices in this birth?
A Girl devotee asked like this:
“Hare krishna sir… Your posts are really helpful…. Could u please tell me when someone has begun following krishna consciousness and has advanced few steps towards god…. Aftr his death when he will be reborn.. Will he have the love for krishna still in his mind…. Will he b at the same stage of progress as he was before death or he will have to start all over again…. Will he remember his love for krishna aftr next birth?? Jai shri krishna”
Though you chant just one round, that too, only once in life, this is recorded and taken along with athma when the body leaves and you will start chanting definitely in your next birth:
If you read the following conversation between Arjuna and Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, you can get clear reply from Krishna Himself:
Arjuna said: O Krsna, what is the destination of the unsuccessful transcendentalist, who in the beginning takes to the process of self-realization with faith but who later desists due to worldly-mindedness and thus does not attain perfection in mysticism?
Ch-6, Text 38 & 39:
O mighty-armed Krsna, does not such a man, who is bewildered from the path of transcendence, fall away from both spiritual and material success and perish like a riven cloud, with no position in any sphere? This is my doubt, O Krsna, and I ask You to dispel it completely. But for You, no one is to be found who can destroy this doubt.
NOW BHAGAWAN REPLIES IN THE NEXT SLOKA:
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Son of Prtha, a transcendentalist engaged in auspicious activities does not meet with destruction either in this world or in the spiritual world; one who does good, My friend, is never overcome by evil.
The unsuccessful yogi, after many, many years of enjoyment on the planets of the pious living entities, is born into a family of righteous people, or into a family of rich aristocracy.
Or [if unsuccessful after long practice of yoga] he takes his birth in a family of transcendentalists who are surely great in wisdom. Certainly, such a birth is rare in this world.
Ch-6, Text – 43:
On taking such a birth, he revives the divine consciousness of his previous life, and he again tries to make further progress in order to achieve complete success, O son of Kuru.
By virtue of the divine consciousness of his previous life, he automatically becomes attracted to the yogic principles — even without seeking them. Such an inquisitive transcendentalist stands always above the ritualistic principles of the scriptures.
And when the yogi engages himself with sincere endeavor in making further progress, being washed of all contamination, then ultimately, achieving perfection after many, many births of practice, he attains the supreme goal.
What else I can say? Krishna Himself has clearly explained in Chapter-6.
Even in Ch-2, Text-40, Lord says that even a small effort in this birth in Krishna consciousness will save us from the dangers!
So, take sincere efforts to attain Krishna in this birth itself. In case there is any break in the middle, you can continue from where you stopped, in the next birth automatically and COMFORTABLY BECAUSE YOUR NEXT BIRTH WILL BE VERY SUITABLE FOR FOLLOWING DEVOTION WITHOUT HURDLES.
Every effort counts and continues through births. So, be relieved and start serious practice.