One can understand the Supreme Personality as He is only by devotional service and when he is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God. — Bhagavad Gita, 18.55.
One should understand Krishna in truth and this one can do only by serving a pure devotee. — Srimad Bhagavatam, 07.09.24.
The Police department may be horrible for the criminals, but to the government it is a department as good as university department. Similarly, mahamaya is horrible to the conditioned soul, but to the liberated soul, there is no fear of mahamaya , because he is protected by yogamaya.
The Lord can be served simply by adoring Him and accepting Him.
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.36,
The currency notes, although paper, are issued by the government, they have full value. Similarly, this material world though temporary, but because it is an emanation from the Lord, it has its full value. The Vaishnava philosopher knows how to utilize it properly, whereas the Mayavadi philosopher fails to do so.
Even in the womb of the mother you will suffer. To remain in that compact bag for so many months, hands and legs all tied up, unable to move this is suffering. So we should be intelligent enough to ask, “Why am I suffering? and how can I stop this suffering?”
Don’t think that just you take initiation and spiritual master will take you back to Godhead. You have to become serious otherwise opportunity of going back to Godhead will be lost.