(Click to enlarge photo of Vrindavan Chandra)
"So Kṛṣṇa gives us chance. If you want Kṛṣṇa, then He will give you full chance how to have Kṛṣṇa. And if you don't want Kṛṣṇa, then He'll give you full chance how to forget Kṛṣṇa. Two things are going on. If you want to forget... If you want to enjoy life, forgetting Kṛṣṇa, forgetting God, then Kṛṣṇa will give you all facilities so that you can forget Him. And if you want to enjoy life with Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then Kṛṣṇa will give you chance how to make your progress in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. That is up to you.
If you think that without Kṛṣṇa consciousness you will be happy, do that. Kṛṣṇa does not object to that. Yathecchasi tathā kuru (BG 18.63). Kṛṣṇa, after advising Arjuna, He simply inquired, 'Now I have explained to you everything. Whatever you desire, you can now do.' So immediately Arjuna replied, kariṣye vacanaṁ tava (BG 18.73): 'Now I shall execute Your order.' That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
God does not interfere with your little independence. If you want to act according to the order of God, then God will help you. Even sometimes you fall down, if you become sincere, that 'From this time I shall remain Kṛṣṇa conscious and execute His orders,' then Kṛṣṇa will help you, in all respect. Even you fall down, He'll excuse you and He will give more intelligence, 'Don't do this. Now go on with your duty.' But if you want to forget Kṛṣṇa, if you want to become happy without Kṛṣṇa, He'll give you so many chances that you'll forget Kṛṣṇa—you'll forget, life after life. That's all."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, July 21, 1971)