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Please find below some viewpoints on this topic that are based on the teachings of our acaryas.

I would like to quote a verse from Srimad Bhagavatam which was spoken by the Devatas in glorification of the Supreme Lord:

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead fulfills the material desires of a devotee who approaches Him with such motives, but He does not bestow benedictions upon the devotee that will cause him to demand more benedictions again. However, the Lord willingly gives the devotee shelter at His own lotus feet, even though such a person does not aspire for it, and that shelter satisfies all his desires. That is the Supreme Personality’s special mercy.” [SB 5.19.27]

In his wonderful purport to this verse, Srila Prabhupada quotes a verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 2nd canto, 3rd chapter, 10th verse and nicely explains:

“In this way, not only will the devotee’s desires be fulfilled, but the day will come when he will have no other desire than to serve the lotus feet of the Lord. One who engages in the service of the Lord with some motive is called a sakāma-bhakta, and one who serves the Lord without any motives is called an akāma-bhakta. Kṛṣṇa is so merciful that He turns a sakāma-bhakta into an akāma-bhakta. A pure devotee, an akāma-bhakta, who has no material motives, is satisfied simply to serve the lotus feet of the Lord.”

So therefore, when we go to Krishna with material desires, it is His sweet choice to either give or withhold what we desire. Just like how a parent would choose not to fulfill those desires of the child which are not good for the child.

Krishna would not fulfill our material desires, if those desires prove to be detrimental to our bhakti or would keep us remain entangled in the cycle of birth and death. Even then if we still go to Krishna, the benefit is that He would give us the gift of bhakti, the loving devotional service unto His lotus feet!

So in any condition of life, we should take exclusive shelter of the Supreme Lord and He knows what is best for us!

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