Even Though He is Rascal
(Sri Madan Mohan, Vancouver)

"It is not that in one day we, all of us, we become paramahaṁsa. That is not possible. Don't try to imitate, but follow the rules and regulation with vow that 'This life I shall go back to home, back to Godhead, with determination.' Then Kṛṣṇa will give you intelligence. That is promised by Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā. Teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prītiḥ, satata-yuktānāṁ bhajatāṁ prīti-pūrvakaṁ dadāmi... (BG 10.10). If we are serious, then Kṛṣṇa is within everyone's heart, He'll give you intelligence. But we must be very serious. Then past, present, future will be clear before us, and because Kṛṣṇa is personally directing, buddhi-yogaṁ dadāmi. So what knowledge is wanting there when Kṛṣṇa...? In another place Kṛṣṇa says,

    teṣām evānukampārtham
    aham ajñāna-jaṁ tamaḥ
    nāśayāmy ātma-bhāvastho
    jñāna-dīpena bhāsvatā
    (BG 10.11)

For a sincere devotee, Kṛṣṇa says: "To show him special favor, even though he is rascal, I'll make him intelligent."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Detroit, June 13, 1976)

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