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"So long the body will be there, there will be so many troubles. And Krishna has advised that 'They will come and go. Don't care for them. That's all.' Agamapayino 'nityas tams titiksasva bharata.

    matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
    sitosna-sukha-duhkha-dah
    agamapayino 'nityas
    tams titiksasva bharata
    (BG 2.14)

So bodily, mental, by enemies -- so many impediments will come. What can be done? We have to tolerate. That is material world. We cannot expect smooth, very happy. That is not possible. Krishna advising Arjuna, what to speak of us. What we are in comparison to Arjuna? He's His personal friend, talking with Him. He said, tams titiksasva. Krishna never said, 'I have made some magic. You'll have no failure,' like that. Tams titiksasva: 'You just try to tolerate. That's all.' He never gave him any tablet. He taught that... So we have to do that.

As the modern gurus says that 'I'll give you some ash. There will be no trouble,' Krishna did it so? He said, 'No, tolerate.' That's all. He could have said, 'I'll give you some ash.' 'You are ass; I'll give you some ash.' Neither Arjuna asked also, that 'Why You are asking me to fight? Give me some ash. I'll throw.' He was not such a fool that he asked some magic from Krishna and kill his enemies. Actually he fought. This is Bhagavad-gita. So face things as they are and depend on Krishna. That is our Gita. We must go on with our duty. Don't expect any ash, miracle, magic."

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation, Puri, January 25, 1977)
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