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FAITH IN KRISHNA'S PROTECTION: Today was a traveling day to observe our shiska guru's appearance day, the day before Gaura Purnima, and while many of us take driving for granted, it is definitely an opportunity to appreciate Krishna's protection. Accidents and road kill remind me of how lucky I am to safely arrive at my destination. For me, night driving especially is fueled not just from years of experience but confidence that comes from faith. There is just so much that we can't see due to the darkness.

Sometimes all we can see are those lines in the road. There is so much uncertainty as we speed down the darkened highway, sometimes surrounded on all sides by other cars, and this evening some rain. I feel amazed that I am driving with such uncertainty and I find I can only surrender to Krishna for his help. This is a good position for me to be in! Yes, I am as careful as possible, though I feel the only way I can be safe is to be in Krishna's hands. That's how it seems to me. I am confident that Krishna is protecting me, and that whatever happens will be for me highest good.

In the six principles of surrender, two are of interest in this brief discussion, namely, 1) being convinced of Krishna's protection, and 2) keeping the Lord as one's only guardian and master.

Some verses from the Gita, Prabhupada's purports, and Bible verses that come to mind:

"When one's intelligence, mind, faith and refuge are all fixed in the Supreme, then one becomes fully cleansed of misgivings through complete knowledge and thus proceeds straight on the path of liberation." [BG 5.17]

"And of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me -- he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion." [BG 6.47]

"And one who listens [to the Bhagavad Gita] with faith and without envy becomes free from sinful reactions and attains to the auspicious planets where the pious dwell." [BG 18.71]

"Now, the development of that faith is the process of Krishna consciousness." [BG 9.3 from part of Prabhupada's purport]

"When one is firmly convinced of them [Krishna's opulences], he accepts Krishna with great faith and without any doubt, and he engages in devotional service." [BG 10.7 from part of Prabhupada's purport]

"Everyone has a particular type of faith, regardless of what he is. But his faith is considered good, passionate or ignorant according to the nature he has acquired. Thus, according to his particular type of faith, one associates with certain persons." [BG 17.3 from part of Prabhupada's purport]

"...for we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11.1

"So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18