Material Situation: Understanding the Circumstances

                                                                  Q. It has always been puzzling for me when, in the heat of life's struggles, one faces situations of hardship, how does one know if it is, for example, Krishna testing our resolve to serve him, or is it karma because our endeavor is contaminated by material desires or, is it a message meant to make us realize that adjustments need to be made in order to achieve our goals?

                                                                  Q. If one has been in a situation which was surcharged with contempt, which filled one with anger, and which one could not overcome, is there a reason why someone would be put into that same situation? Would this be some kind of a test?

                                                                  If one is a devotee, then such a situation can be seen as a test, or as a way for Krishna to glorify His devotee, like Prahlad Maharaja. Otherwise, such a situation is but the fruit of one's past misdeeds.