Answer by Niraj Bidawatka:
Congratulations! These are signs that you are making serious progress in bhakti. There could be two reasons for facing problems. Either maya is attacking you or Krishna is personally testing your resolve. So don’t get bogged down. Catch the lotus feet of your spiritual master tightly and you shall overcome all problems created by maya. Krishna will also be pleased when he sees that you have taken resolute shelter of your spiritual master. If you are part of the Hare Krishna Revolution, then catch the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada as tightly as you can.
Once George Harrison, the famous Beatle, asked Srila Prabhupada that he was losing all his friends after he had started chanting Hare Krishna. Srila Prabhupada told him that this was a sign of progress in bhakti, or Krishna consciousness.
So if you are facing different kinds of problems when your bhakti increases, it means that you are making progress. You are going through the fourth stage of bhakti called “anartha nivritti“. This is the testing stage and once you pass through this stage, you will graduate to a higher realm. So chant Hare Krishna as much as possible and fight with all the obstacles. Wishing you all the best in your fight with maya, the material energy of Krishna.