Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 05 Aug 2021


How to define a true devotee?

[Now that we know this truth, the real devotees would never want God (human incarnation) to suffer for their sins. Hence, true devotees would decide not to cross justice for the sake of God because they very well know that God will suffer their sin of crossing justice and perhaps all their sins. Hereafter, we can define true devotee as the one who doesn't vote for God against justice for the above reason. Isn't it? Please correct me. -At Your Divine Lotus Feet, Laxmi Thrylokya]

Swāmi Replied:- God never asked any devotee to cross justice and go to hell for His sake. He also warned Gopikas again and again (as Rāma in the previous birth and as Kṛṣṇa in the present birth) about the result of the sin for coming to Bṛndāvanam in the midnight leaving their justified families. If the devotee fears for the hell and returns back, God would be happy for that. But, Gopikas threatened Kṛṣṇa that they will jump into Yamunā River and said that they are prepared to go to hell for the sake of Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa was overwhelmed by their real climax love (care-not devotion) and granted them the highest fruit called Goloka. Once they went to Goloka, they never suffered for any of their sins afterwards. This means that they were liberated from all the sins by God as said by God in the Gītā (Ahaṃ tvā sarvapāpebhyo…- Gītā).

God did not say there about the process of liberation of Gopikas from all their sins. Everybody thinks that God being omnipotent, He can cancel all their sins since there is nobody to question Him. Even Sage Śuka replied to Parīkṣit in this line only because he said that what Kṛṣṇa did shall not be repeated by other souls because Kṛṣṇa is God. This is not the proper answer and God Datta Himself gave the proper answer in elaborated way as all of you know. Now, God Datta also says that Kṛṣṇa (God Datta Himself) undergoes the punishments of those sins committed for the sake of God and also those sins committed previously so that the constitution written by Him is maintained. The actual point is that Kṛṣṇa suffered all these sins not merely for the sake of protection of constitution written by Him, but, the actual reason is that Kṛṣṇa suffered for all the sins of Gopikas due to His overwhelming love for Gopikas since Gopikas were prepared to undergo punishment of the sin done for the sake of God. God is enjoying all their punishments with full willingness and full pleasure. If you are objecting such enjoyment of punishments, God will be suffering more than suffering the punishments of sins. If you are unable to tolerate the suffering of God (due to suffering the punishments), how can you tolerate more suffering of God on preventing the above mentioned suffering? This means that you are making God to suffer more in order to avoid lesser suffering!