(Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan, New Gokula farm, circa 1974)
"If you are anxious to serve Kṛṣṇa, that is the real asset. Kṛṣṇa is unlimited. What service we can offer to Him? And He has got unlimited servants also. What service He requires from you and me? He's perfect in Himself. He doesn't require any service also. But if you are anxious to serve Him, then He does not refuse. That is His mercy; that is His magnanimity. So the more you increase your anxiety to serve Kṛṣṇa, the more it becomes perfect. He's unlimited. Your anxiety, you become unlimited. So there is competition. The more you serve Kṛṣṇa, the more He accepts you and the more He gives you intelligence. You see? So the spiritual world is unlimited. There is no end of service, and there is no end of accepting the service. It is not that. So eagerness. Tatra laulyam eka mūlyam.
I am not manufacturing the answer, but I am giving you evidence from Rūpa Gosvāmī, our ācārya. He says, kṛṣṇa-bhakti-rasa-bhāvitā matiḥ krīyatāṁ yadi kuto 'pi labhyate: 'My dear gentlemen, my dear boys and girls, if you can purchase a..., your sense of loving Kṛṣṇa—'How I can love Kṛṣṇa more and more'—this, this much, this anxiety, if you can purchase this matiḥ—means intelligence; it is very nice intelligence—'How I shall serve Kṛṣṇa...' Kṛṣṇa-bhakti-rasa-bhāvitā matiḥ. Matiḥ means intelligence or status of mind, that 'I'll serve Kṛṣṇa.' 'If you can purchase this status of mind anywhere, please immediately purchase.'
Then next question will be, 'All right, I shall purchase. What is the price, do you know?' 'Yes, I know what is the price.' 'What is that price?' 'Laulyam, simply your eagerness, that's all.' Laulyam ekaṁ mūlyam. 'Ah, that I can have.' No. Na janma koṭibhis sukṛtibhir labhyate. This eagerness, how to love Kṛṣṇa, this is not available even after many, many births. So if you have a pinch of that anxiety, 'How I can serve Kṛṣṇa?' you must know you are the most fortunate man. A pinch only, laulya, this anxiety, 'How I can serve Kṛṣṇa?' it is very nice. Then Kṛṣṇa will give you intelligence.
buddhi-yogaṁ dadāmi tam...
'Anyone who is engaged with love and affection in My service, without any hypocrisy,' then Kṛṣṇa can understand everything. He is within me, within you. Then He will give you intelligence: 'My dear boy, you do like this.' And by doing that, what he will achieve? Yena mām upayānti te: 'He'll come back to Me.'"
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Seattle, October 4, 1968)