Krishna Will Give You Intelligence
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"The Lord is present in everyone's heart, and He gives the living entity intelligence. According to the desires of the living entity, the Lord makes him remember or forget. If the living entity is demoniac and wants to forget the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord gives him the intelligence to be able to forget the Supreme Lord forever. Similarly, when a devotee wants to serve the Supreme Lord, the Lord, as Paramatma, gives the devotee the intelligence to make progress in devotional service. The Lord directly witnesses our activities and experiences our desires. The Supreme Lord gives us the facilities to act in the way we wish."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.30.26, Purport)

"So there are two things. There are two living entities. One is trying to forget God, and another is trying to remember God. That's all. There are two kinds of people, or men. Men, not the animals. Animals cannot understand what is God. It is the business of human being. So if you want to know God sincerely, seriously, then God is within yourself. He'll give you intelligence how you can know Him. But if you want to forget God, challenge God, 'There is no God. God is dead,' then He'll give you such intelligence that you'll always think that there is no God, that God is dead, like that. He'll give some arguments. There are so many atheists, they are also putting their arguments. So wherefrom the argument comes? It comes from God, that 'You take this argument and forget God forever.' Mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca, vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyam (BG 15.15)."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, May 21, 1972)

"Because Krishna is situated in everyone's heart, if you are actually eager to understand Krishna, then Krishna can understand that 'This living entity is trying to understand.' So He gives a guru. He gives... caitya... He's caitya-guru. He is guru Himself within one's heart, and He gives intelligence. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti te (BG 10.10). To a sincere person, He gives the intelligence that 'You accept this guru.' Guru is therefore external manifestation of Krishna because he acts as representative of Krishna."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, October 23, 1974)

"The Lord is so merciful that not only does He fulfill the desires of a devotee who is driven by ignorance and desires for material benefit, but He also gives such a devotee all protection, just as a cow gives milk to a newly born calf. In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that the Lord gives intelligence to the constantly engaged devotee so that he may gradually approach the Lord without difficulty. A devotee must be very sincere in his devotional service; then, although there may be many things wrong on the devotee's part, Krishna will guide him and gradually elevate him to the highest position of devotional service."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.9.17, Purport)

"If one sincerely prays to God for material possessions in exchange for devotional service, the Lord, who is not foolish like such an unintelligent devotee, shows him special favor by taking away whatever material possessions he has and gradually giving him the intelligence to be satisfied only by rendering service to His lotus feet. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura comments in this regard that if a foolish child requests his mother to give him poison, the mother, being intelligent, will certainly not give him poison, even though he requests it. A materialist does not know that to accept material possessions means to accept poison, or the repetition of birth and death. An intelligent person, a brahmana, aspires for liberation from material bondage. That is the real self-interest of a human being."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.9.49, Purport)

"So I was not very much hopeful to become successful. When I was in Boston port, I wrote one poetry that 'I do not know why I have been brought here. How these people will take to Krishna consciousness? As soon as I will say these four regulative principles, they will ask me to go away.' It is very difficult for this country or this part of the world to follow the four principles of regulative life: no illicit sex, no gambling, no meat-eating and no intoxication. Even Lord Zetland, when he was given this formula for becoming advanced in spiritual consciousness, he flatly replied, 'It is impossible for us.' Yes. But impossible thing can be made possible by the grace of Krishna. That is possible -- Krishna is all-powerful -- provided we are serious and sincere. That is the main business. We must be very serious and sincere. Then Krishna will give you intelligence."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, February 9, 1975)

"There are two classes of men -- namely the krpana and the brahmana. A brahmana is one who knows Brahman, the Absolute Truth, and who thus knows his real interest. A krpana, however, is one who has a material, bodily concept of life. Not knowing how to utilize his human or demigod life, a krpana is attracted by things created by the material modes of nature. The krpanas, who always desire material benefits, are foolish, whereas brahmanas, who always desire spiritual benefits, are intelligent. If a krpana, not knowing his self-interest, foolishly asks for something material, one who awards it to him is also foolish. Krishna, however, is not a foolish person; He is supremely intelligent. If someone comes to Krishna asking for material benefits, Krishna does not award him the material things he desires. Instead, the Lord gives him intelligence so that he will forget his material desires and become attached to the Lord's lotus feet. In such cases, although the krpana offers prayers to Lord Krishna for material things, the Lord takes away whatever material possessions the krpana has and gives him the sense to become a devotee."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.9.49, Purport)

"So it is up to you whether you want to forget Krishna or if you want to serve Krishna. If you want to serve Krishna, Krishna will give you intelligence how you can elevate yourself by serving. And if you want to forget Krishna, Krishna will give you such intelligence that you'll forget forever. That is Krishna."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Ahmedabad, Dec. 10, 1972)

"If you are actually sincere, the correct intuition will come. Buddhi-yogam dadami tam yena mam upayanti (BG 10.10). If it is for Krishna's purpose, then He'll give you intelligence, 'You do like this.'"

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New Mayapur, August 5, 1976)

"So Krishna says, tesam satata-yuktanam bhajatam priti-purvakam, dadami buddhi-yogam tam (BG 10.10). Then Krishna reveals, and gives him intelligence: 'You do like this. You do like this.' Why Krishna gives intelligence? Yena mam upayanti te: He gives such intelligence by which he may progress for reaching Krishna -- not for going to hell. He's given intelligence for making progress to approach Krishna, not that turn back Krishna and go to hell. No. That intelligence is not given by Krishna."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New York, August 1, 1971)

"This eagerness, how to love Krishna, this is not available even after many, many births. So if you have a pinch of that anxiety, 'How I can serve Krishna?' you must know you are the most fortunate man. A pinch only, laulya, this anxiety, 'How I can serve Krishna?' it is very nice. Then Krishna will give you intelligence."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Seattle, October 4, 1968)

"Lord Caitanya's philosophy is not to become God, but to become servant, servant, servant of God. The more one becomes the lower grade servant of the Lord, the more he is devoted nearer to the Lord. This is our philosophy. I have all my hearty blessings upon you, please do your duties nicely, and Krishna will be pleased to shower His Blessings upon you. He is very kind to sincere souls, and He gives intelligence from within to sincere devotees. We require only to become sincere in the service of the Lord, then everything is there ready for our convenience."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 8, 1968)

"Just keep this your attitude of sincere service and without a doubt Krishna will give you all intelligence to serve Him nicely. Krishna is not ungrateful but rather He sees all our efforts and appreciates our sincere service. Krishna is interested in how we engage our energies in His service. We are very small, very insignificant, so what can we do? Simply He wants to see that we are engaging our time and energy in His service. And you always remember to abide by the laws of Krishna as described by His bona fide Representative, and the passage of going back to Godhead is assured. This is Krishna's Mercy. But pure devotees do not even want to go to Krishna's abode. Simply our prayer should be, My dear Krishna, please remind me to always chant Your Holy Name, please do not put me into forgetfulness. You are sitting within me as Supersoul, so you can put me into forgetfulness or into remembering You. So please do not put me into forgetfulness. Please always remind me to chant, even You send me into the hell, it doesn't matter, just so long as I can always chant Hare Krishna. Lord Caitanya and Nityananda are singing one very nice song in which they are requesting everyone to please chant Hare Krishna, and come along with Them. So that is our request to everyone."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 23, 1968)

"I am so glad to hear that many new boys are coming to London temple and they are of good calibre intelligence and seriousness. Yes, this is a nice sign. If some intelligent persons join us, then our movement may advance swiftly. This is encouraging. But intelligence or no intelligence, if some way or other somebody comes and sticks to the principles automatically he becomes intelligent."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 22, 1970)

"Krishna is giving you chance because you want to serve. It is all Krishna’s grace. Krishna says, tesam satatam yuktanam. Anyone who is sincerely engaged in My service I give him the intelligence. So if Krishna gives the intelligence who can compete with you? Krishna is the most intelligent."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, September 16, 1974)

"The devotee understands that the Lord's causeless mercy is beyond his estimation; he cannot know how much he is benefited by the grace of the Lord. The more a devotee engages himself in the devotional service of the Lord, the more encouragement is supplied by the energy of the Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita the Lord says that to those who are constantly engaged in devotional service with love and affection, the Supreme Personality of Godhead gives intelligence from within, and thus they may make further progress. Being so encouraged, the devotee can never forget, at any moment, the Personality of Godhead. He always feels obliged to Him for having achieved increased power in devotional service by His grace."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.9.8, Purport)
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