What does it mean to be surrendered to God? – Srila Prabhupada
Prabhupada: Yes. When Krishna... Therefore we shall fully surrender to Krishna. As Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, marobi rakhobi yo iccha tohara: "Now I surrender. Now if you want to maintain me, that is all right, and if You want to kill me, that is also all right." This is surrender. It is not business, "If You maintain me, then I surrender.
If You kill me, then I do not." It is not like that. Marobi rakhobi yo iccha tohara. "As You like. If You want to maintain, that is also good; if You want to kill, that is also good." This is devotee's view.
Satsvarupa: Someone might say, "But if one is surrendered why should Krishna give him trouble?"
Prabhupada: Yes, it is because he is always free. Why do you make Krishna dependent on your so-called good-will, that "Krishna must give me always pleasure"? This is sense gratification. This is sense gratification that you approach Krishna for your comfort, sense gratification. That is not bhakti. That is sense gratification. Prahlada Maharaja was given suffering by his father so harshly, but he never said, "Oh, I am devotee and Krishna giving me so much trouble? Oh! Give it up." He never said that. Neither he asked Krishna to come and save him. That is Krishna-bhakti. The Pandavas, they were always with Krishna and they were suffering. They never asked Krishna that "You are the Supreme, and why we are suffering?" Never said. That is Krishna-bhakti.
Giriraja: "Because You are the Absolute Truth, there is no difference between Your mercy and punishment."
Prabhupada: Yes. This is to be understood. If we understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Absolute Truth, then this is understanding, that either suffering or enjoying, it is all Krishna's mercy. There must be some purpose. When Krishna puts me into suffering, there must be some purpose. So we should welcome because it is Krishna's mercy. Tat te 'nukampam susumiksamano bhunjana evatma-krtam vipakam. "...misdeeds. It is Krishna's mercy that He is reforming me, slightly suffering. I would have suffered very greatly on account of my past deeds, but He is kindly accommodating me by giving little suffering. That's all."
- Conversations, May 2, 1974, Bombay