Why Is It That a Devotee Falls Down?
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Devotee: Prabhupāda, why is it that a devotee falls down? That he wants to surrender to Kṛṣṇa, and again he falls back to the material world to become a false enjoyer?

Prabhupāda: He's more sinful. Yeṣām anta-gataṁ pāpam (BG 7.28). He has not yet finished his sinful activities; therefore it takes some time. Neither he surrenders fully. Just like somebody said, "I want to enjoy material world." Just see. That is sinful.

Devotee (2): Kṛṣṇa will protect any living entity who surrenders?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Devotee (2): Even from all sinful reactions.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Devotee (2): Ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo (BG 18.66).

Prabhupāda: Yes, if he surrenders actually. He says. He says, ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo.

Devotee (3): That surrender has to be with perfect knowledge, or else it won't be strong enough.

Prabhupāda: If he surrenders, the knowledge will be there. That knowledge... It is very psychological. If you surrender... If I surrender to you, I must have some conception that you are very big. That much conception will help you, not more than this. Simply accept that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme. Kṛṣṇa bhakti kaile sarva karma kṛta haya. If you simply understand this, that "If I surrender to Kṛṣṇa, then everything is in my knowledge." Sraddha śabde viśvāsa sudṛḍha niścaya, kṛṣṇa bhakti kaile sarva karma... And then he becomes immediately. And if I surrender to Kṛṣṇa, then my life is successful. This much. Is it very difficult?

Devotee (3): No, it's the easiest thing.

Prabhupāda: Kavirāja Gosvāmī has explained very nicely. This is viśvāsa. Śraddhā śabde viśvāsa sudṛḍha niścaya… Explain this.

    śraddhā śabde viśvāsa sudṛḍha niścaya
    kṛṣṇe bhakti kaile sarva-karma kṛta haya
    (CC Madhya 22.62)

Devotee (4): If you have firm faith in Kṛṣṇa and surrender unto Him, then all other activities and responsibilities are fulfilled by serving Kṛṣṇa.

Prabhupāda: That's it.

Devotee (4): Dāy mama gelā; tuwā...

Prabhupāda: Tuwā o pada baraṇe. This is required.

Devotee (4): Serving the root.

Prabhupāda: "My only responsibility is to surrender to Kṛṣṇa"—then this very conception will save you.

(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Mayapur, March 14, 1976)

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