Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 05 Aug 2021


How would Lord test if one does not believe in the existence of Hell and Heaven?

[Ms. Laxmi Thrylokya asked: Gopikas were ready to go to Hell for the sake of Lord Kṛṣṇa and they gave the foot dust to Nārada Muni to reduce the headache of the Lord. If the Gopikas didn't believe in the existence of Hell and Heaven but loved God crossing justice, how would the Lord test them?]

Swāmi Replied:- Lord tested them to show the true love of Gopikas towards Him. When Sage Nārada asked Kṛṣṇa that who is the highest devotee of Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa replied that Gopikas were the highest devotees. Sage Nārada had some doubt about this thinking that Kṛṣṇa is telling their name due to His romantic affair with them. Then Kṛṣṇa performed this test. Kṛṣṇa acted having headache and told that only the feet-dust of a real devotee can cure His headache. Nārada asked all the devotees including all the wives of Kṛṣṇa. Everybody refused telling that if Kṛṣṇa wears their feet dust, they will go to hell. Gopikas gave their feet-dust immediately. Nārada told them that they will go to hell for donating feet-dust to Kṛṣṇa. Gopikas told that they were prepared to go to hell for the happiness of Kṛṣṇa. They told that their happiness is only the happiness of Kṛṣṇa and even hell is heaven for them if Kṛṣṇa is happy! This entire test was done to preach Nārada and other devotees. It is not to test Gopikas again.