Does Krishna Consciousness Have A Lot Of Associated Difficulties

Krishna's Mercy

[Krishna's lotus feet]“That which in the beginning may be just like poison but at the end is just like nectar and which awakens one to self-realization is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 18.37)

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यत् तद् अग्रे विषम् इव
परिणामे ’मृतोपमम्
तत् सुखं सात्त्विकं प्रोक्तम्
आत्म-बुद्धि-प्रसाद-जम्

yat tad agre viṣam iva
pariṇāme ’mṛtopamam
tat sukhaṁ sāttvikaṁ proktam
ātma-buddhi-prasāda-jam

Friend1: I have a particular area to where I want to direct today’s conversation, but let’s begin with a verse from the Bhagavad-gita.

Friend2: Sure. Which one?

Friend1: Where it says that something in the beginning feels like poison but in the end tastes like nectar.

Friend2: Oh. Yeah, that’s related to the mode of goodness, I believe. Makes sense if you think about it.

Friend1: Something like the saying, “No pain, no gain.”

Friend2: Exactly. You may not like…

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