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I read that whomever is elected President of the US in November, that it will be God's will. Does God's will affect other countries as well? Was Stalin being the dictator of the USSR God's will? Was Hitler being the Chancellor of Germany God's will?

I read that whomever is elected President of the US in November, that it will be God's will. Does God's will affect other countries as well? Was Stalin being the dictator of the USSR God's will? Was Hitler being the Chancellor of Germany God's will? Are only good things God's will or are bad things God's will too? Does God's will extend to non-Christians? What about people who commit crimes -- are their crimes part of God's will?

The laws of karma are quite complicated. Of course on one level, everything is happening under the "will" of Krishna. Not a blade of grass moves without His sanction. However, as a reluctant father may say to a persistent son, "go ahead; do whatever you want," so the Supreme Lord sets up this material word and sanctions the desires of the living entities trying to enjoy separate from Him. So Krishna has set up this prison house, but He’s not directly controlling each aspect of it. The prisoners, all of us, and the wardens, the demigods, are basically entrusted with the responsibility of dealing with this place. Sometimes, when things get really out of hand, the Lord Himself will get involved. We sometimes call that a "miracle" but generally He’s busy with His own spiritual world and, since we wanted to be in control of things, He allows us to learn our lessons by the "school of hard knocks" so to speak.

Even "good" things in this material world cause reaction, karma, which keeps us bound here. Only activity directly in service to Him is free from that binding quality. Anything we do that’s materially "good or bad" will keep us here - sometimes in a first class, "celebrity" prison cell, and sometimes
in solitary confinement. Often what appears "good" for one is "bad for another. In every war each side is praying for victory, but one side will always see “victory” as a win, the other as a loss. Is either "good?"

On a more specific level, karma, action and reaction, is playing out in each of our lives. Basically we’re each "due" a certain amount of enjoyment and suffering and that will come to us one way or another based on our previous activities. If I say to you, “someone was horribly beaten,” your reaction may at first be horror, but if I say, “someone was beating many innocent children and therefore he was beaten,” you will likely see more justice in that reaction. Because we cannot see the previous lives of everyone, we cannot ascertain what the real cause of suffering or happiness is. We accept happiness (wealth, beauty, fame, etc.) with a smile and curse suffering as “undeserved,” but actually all these things come from our previous self-centered activities. Only when our actions are focused on and dedicated to the service to Krishna do we avoid reaction, of any kind. When we become pure in motive we can go back to live in the spiritual world.

Hope this is helpful.
Sincerely,
Laxmimoni dasi