The Unique Position Of A Devotee
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
evaṁ śaptvā gato ‘gastyo
bhagavān nṛpa sānugaḥ
indradyumno ‘pi rājarṣir
diṣṭaṁ tad upadhārayan
āpannaḥ kauñjarīṁ yonim
yad-gajatve ‘py anusmṛtiḥ
This verse demonstrates the unique position of a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although the King was cursed, he welcomed the curse because a devotee is always aware that noth¬ing can happen without the will of the Supreme Lord. Although the King was not at fault, Agastya Muni cursed him, and when this happened the King considered it to be due to his past misdeeds. Tat te ‘nu kampāṁ susamīkṣamāṇaḥ (Bhag 10.14.8).
This is a practical example of how a devotee thinks. He regards any reverses in life as blessings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. There¬fore, instead of being agitated by such reverses, he continues his activities of devotional service, and Krishna takes care of him and enables him to be promoted to the spiritual world, back to Godhead. If a devotee has to suffer the reactions of his past misdeeds, the Supreme Lord arranges for him to be given only a token of these reactions, and very soon he is freed from all the reactions of material contamination. One should therefore simply adhere to devotional service, and the Lord Himself will very soon see to one’s promotion to the spiritual world. A devotee should not be disturbed by unfortunate circumstances, but must continue his regular program of devotional activities, depending on the Lord for everything. The word upadhārayan, “considering,” is very significant in this verse. This word indicates that a devotee knows what is what; he understands what is happening in material, conditional life. A devotee knows what is what; he understands what is happening in material, conditional life and why. Thus the King peacefully accepted the curse although he could have easily counteracted it.
— Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic Creations » Chapter Four » Verses :12, Purport.