Why Am I Suffering?

Q. I’m a Krishna conscious person  and I regularly chant the maha-mantra and read Bhagavad-gita. For the last two years I have been suffering from certain mental and physical problems. Whatever I do, nothing goes right. It’s said in the Bhagavad-gita that the suffering one gets is due to one’s past sinful activities. Is it possible to know these sinful activities?

Is there any way to see the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna with my own eyes and to thus solve my problems?

Q. You are doing the best thing by regularly chanting the maha-mantra and reading Bhagavad-gita. It is not necessary  or even possible  to know exactly what sins have caused our current suffering.

In the strictest sense, all activities other than devotional service to Krishna are sinful and they result in our having to take another material body in the next life. And as long as we have a material body we will suffer. That’s certain  as Krishna tells us in the Gita. He says that the body is dukhalayam: sure to give us misery. So we shouldn’t worry about specific past sins but resolve to try to engage fully in devotional service to Lord Krishna.

As for seeing Krishna with your eyes that is possible when your eyes are purified by unadulterated love for Krishna. In other words, you can see Krishna when you have nothing to ask from Him. So don’t try to see Krishna just to solve your problems. Try to qualify yourself to see Krishna  and your problems will disappear.