Everything is Perfect and Necessary

Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj teaches faithful theistic vision of the environment.

Everything may not be perfect, but if it is done in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then its reaction gives some perfect result. That is the main thing we are to understand. Everywhere some disturbance is possible, but when we will get the final result of things, that will come to us in a perfect form. In this material world, what is imperfect? We are thinking about this, and actually, nothing is imperfect. Everything is perfect because the ruler of this environment is Kṛṣṇa Himself. What is good for us and what is bad for us—He knows everything, and the saṁsāra-chakra, the wheel of the universe, moves very perfectly. You see thousands of stars in the sky, and they do not hit one another although they all move on in their own way.

Every year we see in the almanac that certain things are forecasted, “This time is bad, that time is bad, and that time is bad.” But actually nothing is bad. Why? Because its ruler is Kṛṣṇa Himself. When the mahāpralaya or a khaṇḍa pralaya come [total or partial destruction of the universe occurs], some things will be destroyed, but that also is by the will of Lord Kṛṣṇa, and when you are all devotees of Lord Kṛṣṇa, then I think that anything that happens in your life was necessary and will also give some good result. Even when a devotee abuses themself, we can see some substantial good result from it. For example, Kṛṣṇadās Kavirāj Goswāmī said,

jagāi mādhāi haite muñi se pāpiṣṭha
purīṣera kīṭa haite muñi se laghiṣṭha
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Ādi-līlā, 5.205)

[“I am more sinful than Jagāi and Mādhāi and lower than a worm in stool.”] 

His feelings about himself are so bad, but side by side when he remembers Nityānanda Prabhu’s mercy, he thinks things are so clean and clear for us.

emana nirghṛṇa more kebā kṛpā kare
eka nityānanda vinu jagat bhitare
uttama, adhama, kichhu nā kare vichāra
ye āge paḍaye, tāre karaye nistāra
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Ādi-līlā, 5.208–9)

[“Who in this world but Nityānanda would bestow mercy upon a person so abominable as me? He does not consider who is fit and who is unfit; He delivers whoever falls before Him.”] 

Nityānanda Prabhu gives very clean and clear hope for spiritual life to anyone who takes shelter of Him. Kavirāj Goswāmī says this clearly: “I took shelter of Nityānanda Prabhu’s lotus feet, and Nityānanda Prabhu gave me Vṛndāvan, Rūpa, Sanātan, Madan Mohan, Gopīnāth, Govinda, and so on. I have got Rūpa and Raghunāth—everything.” Then, anything that comes in our life was necessary, is necessary, and will be necessary. This is the fact. We must be completely surrendered to our Lord. That is our duty.

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
(Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā: 18.66)

[“Abandon all duties and surrender exclusively to Me.”] 

Kṛṣṇa says this, and it is very good, but some suspiciousness also came to me about it, and I was surprised to hear what He says next.

ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śuchaḥ
(Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā: 18.66)

[“I will liberate you from all sin. Do not despair.”] 

What am I doing? I am always engaged in sinful activities (pāpa), and by pāpa is meant aparādha [offences] and so many other obstacles. But Kṛṣṇa says, “I shall save you from all of this.” So, Kṛṣṇa is saying you will be saved from everything. This is a miracle. We know that pāpa plays within us on a very low level, and the main obstacle is when that pāpa becomes aparādha, but Kṛṣṇa says,

ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi

I will give you relief from this, and you will get clean position.” This is the hope given by Kṛṣṇa. Before this, He gave more good hope also,

api chet sudurāchāro bhajate mām ananya-bhāk
(Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā: 9.30)

[“If even a very sinful person serves Me exclusively with devotion, they should be regarded as saintly.”] 

This is the most simple and sweet gift; it is nectar served on a golden plate.

The connection that we have received from our Śrīla Guru Mahārāj and Śrīla Saraswatī Ṭhākur is so sweet and so auspicious. Śrīla Guru Mahārāj liked not only fully bloomed flowers but a group of flowers like us, some half-bloomed, some fully bloomed, some only budding. In this way, Śrīla Guru Mahārāj collected us as an offering to Lord Kṛṣṇa through his Guru Śrīla Bhakti Siddhānta Saraswatī Ṭhākur.


Spoken 26 February 2008 in Śrī Govardhan on the appearance day of Śrīla Bhakti Siddhānta Saraswatī Ṭhākur.

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