Relationships with Krishna

What qualifies one to achieve eternal peace?

Full question:

If a person is humble, thankful, good to their fellow human beings, does not lie, does not steal and fights their inner demons everyday to try and lead a good life - will they be worthy in the eyes of God, to find eternal peace?

Krishna gives His view of who's qualified for eternal peace in the Bhagavad-gita, when He says:

"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries." (Bhagavad-gita, 5.29)

Achieving peace then, in the eyes of God, has less to do with a person's individual qualities than it does with how conscious one is of the supreme qualities of the Supreme Person.

We may have the qualities you describe above and still not be peaceful. Our worthiness to find eternal peace—in the eyes of God—ultimately depends on how God conscious we are, and whether we seek to develop a relationship with Him.

The Supreme Person sees everything, and when He sees the above divine qualities develop He will certainly guide and assist such a person in developing their relationship with Him. However, love is voluntary and requires the conscious and willing participation of both parties. Therefore, this humble, thankful, honest, inner demon-fighting and good person will have to actively work on their relationship with Krishna in order to achieve the eternal peace that comes only from that deep reciprocation with the Lord in a loving exchange.

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Laxmimoni dasi

How can I become free from jealously?

How can I become free from jealously?

You can serve Krishna very nicely if you're not jealous.

". . .The world is so jealous, that if one's personal interest is hampered, everyone will be ready to give you trouble—even one's brother or father, and what to speak of others? This is the world. Khalena. Khala means jealous. This material world means jealousy and envy; I am envious of you and you are envious of me. This is our business.

Therefore this Krishna consciousness movement is for those perfect persons who are free from envy and jealousy. Dharmah projjhita-kaitavo 'tra paramo nirmatsaranam satam vastavam vastu vedyam atra [ SB 1.1.2]. Those who are jealous and envious are within this material world, and those who are not jealous are in the spiritual world. It's a simple thing.

You can test yourself; "Am I jealous and envious of my associates, friends, and everyone else? If so, I'm in the material world. If I'm not jealous, then I'm in the spiritual world." Anyone can test. There is no question of whether I'm spiritually advanced or not. You can test yourself. Bhaktih pareshanubhavo viraktir anyatra syat [ SB 11.2.42].

Just like if you're eating, you'll understand whether your hunger is satisfied. No one has to give you a certificate. Similarly, when you determine whether you're jealous and envious or not you can know whether you're in the material or spiritual world. You can serve Krishna very nicely if you're not jealous.

Our jealousy and envy began from our envy of Krishna. Just like the Mayavadis: "Why Krishna shall be God? I am, I am also God. I am also."

This is the beginning of material life, to become envious of Krishna and think, "Why should Krishna be the enjoyer? I shall be the enjoyer. Why should Krishna enjoy the gopis? I shall become Krishna, make a society of gopis and enjoy." This is maya. Nobody else can be the enjoyer. Krishna therefore says, bhoktaram yajña... Sri Krishna is the only enjoyer, and if we supply ingredients for His enjoyment, that is the perfection of our life. And if we want to imitate Krishna, thinking, "I shall become God. I shall become an imitator enjoyer," then you are in maya.

Our business is simple—just like the gopis' life. Krishna is enjoying, and they're supplying the ingredients of enjoyment. Yes. This is bhakti. We are meant for this. Krishna is supplying everything, and our relationship with Him is that of servant and master. The servant is being supplied all necessities by the master, and the servant's duty is to serve the master. That's all."

From a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.8.23, given on April 15, 1973 in Los Angeles, CA

If God is self-satisfied, why does He expand as Radharani?

If God is self-satisfied, why does He expand as Radharani?

Our Answer:

We may think that "self-satisfied" means not needing anyone else's company in order to be happy, but Krishna's self-satisfaction is beyond our limited, material conception.

Krishna is indeed self-satisfied; everything that exists is either Krishna or Krishna's energy. He's the self of all selves. He's also the supreme enjoyer, which means that He knows how to enjoy better than anyone else. In order to enjoy, He eternally maintains infinite varieties of loving relationships with His own pleasure-giving energy, known as hladini-shakti. Srimati Radharani is Krishna's hladini-shakti personified.

Krishna is the source of an infinite number of other personalities He manifests out of His own energy, and with whom He can perpetually have ever-increasingly pleasurable relationships. We're all persons—we all enjoy loving relationships—and Krishna is the Supreme Personality, eternally enjoying unlimited loving relationships to an unlimited degree. Our own perfect satisfaction lies in developing our relationship with Krishna; this is the way we can be as self-satisfied as Krishna is.