Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12, Text 16
By Chaitanya Charan Das
Some people believe that material prosperity is a sign of God’s pleasure and material adversity, a sign of his displeasure.
Such beliefs are typical of material religiosity — a preliminary level in approaching God. Gita wisdom takes us much higher to the level of selfless love for Krishna. At that level, devotees focus simply on his pleasure, not on their material status.
Of course, we don’t have to divorce material things from Krishna, for they can be used in his service. But as devotee-seekers, we need to be aware that those things can distract us from him if they beguile us into believing that they in themselves can make us happy.