Devotee: Śrīla Prabhupāda, what is our fortune that we've come in contact with a qualified guru? What have we done to qualify to come in contact with you?
Devotee (2): In other words, why do some come and others not come?
Prabhupāda: It is the ajñāta-sukṛti, say. Ajñāta-sukṛti. You might have done something, very pious activities, which you do not know, but on the effect of.
Devotee (3): So it seems like it's up to chance, then.
Prabhupāda: No chance. Just like a sinful man. Some saintly person comes to him and he gives some money to him. He does not know that "I am doing very pious activity," but because he has given, he becomes pious.
Devotee (2): If not even a blade of grass moves unless Kṛṣṇa sanctions it, then why does someone have the opportunity to perform such ajnata-sukrti, another person not?
Prabhupāda: Yes, Kṛṣṇa wants... Suppose a saintly person comes to a very sinful man. He needs some money. Immediately Kṛṣṇa says, "Give him some money. He requires." So he says, "All right, sir, take it." So Kṛṣṇa's desires, he gives. Unless Kṛṣṇa dictates from within, how he can give?
Devotee (2): So then where is the question of free will? If I want to give or not to give...
Prabhupāda: No, no, free will under Kṛṣṇa. You can become free will and become a big man immediately. Your free will sanctioned by Kṛṣṇa. You are not so free that whatever you like, you can do.
Devotee (3): So even if I want to perform some ajnata-sukrti, it is only by Kṛṣṇa's mercy that I will do it.
Devotee (5): Man proposes and God disposes.
Prabhupāda: That is stated by Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
ei rūpe brahmāṇḍe bhramite kono bhāgyavān jīva
guru-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāya pāya bhakti latā bīja
(CC Madhya 19.151)
As soon as he gives to a saintly person, bhakta, he immediately acquires some asset of future development. Immediately.
Devotee (6): If someone gives to a person for spiritual..., consciously for spiritual improvement...
Prabhupāda: There is no question of...
Devotee (6): ...and the person misuses the money, does he benefit?
Devotee (6): If a man says, "I am giving you this donation because it is a spiritual organization," but if the money is misused, does that man benefit?
Prabhupāda: If money is misused, then both of them become implicated. If it is not used for Kṛṣṇa, then both of them becomes under the laws of karma.
Devotee (6): But that man is sincere.
Prabhupāda: Well, this word "sincere," there is no meaning unless he is a devotee. Ei bala ei manda sab mano-dharma: "These are all mental concoction." There is no meaning. "This man is good," "This man is sincere," "This man is bad," "This man is...," they are all mental concoction. Only good is he who is Kṛṣṇa conscious. Others all rascals.
Devotee (4): So if Kṛṣṇa has given the dictation, then is He dictating every sinful man to give?
Devotee (4): Is He dictating every sinful man to give?
Prabhupāda: Why do you question like that? Kṛṣṇa is so foolish that He will dictate to give to a foolish, er, sinful man? It is odd question.
Devotee (4): This is that point that does one come to..., does one get contact with a pure devotee and advance like that from his own free will, from accepting the mercy of the spiritual master or not?
Prabhupāda: What does he say? Hmm?
Devotee (4): Well the point... The point...
Prabhupāda: Somebody answer.
Devotee (7): Not every sinful man is dictated to give money; otherwise they'd all be giving us money. They're all sinful. We'd be getting money from everyone.
Devotee (2): But then the question is why some and not others also?
Devotee (8): Kṛṣṇa is in everyone's heart.
Devotee (5): But some are innocent.
Prabhupāda: That is Kṛṣṇa's dictation.
Devotee (2): Yes.
Prabhupāda: Yes. And you cannot bind Kṛṣṇa to dictate in a similar way. If He likes, He can ask a sinful man, "Do this." If He doesn't like, He may not act. That is Kṛṣṇa.
Devotee (2): So ultimately it is simply by the mercy of Kṛṣṇa...
Devotee (2): ...that he comes back to Kṛṣṇa.
Prabhupāda: Yes. So it is Kṛṣṇa's business where to show mercy, where not to show. You cannot oblige Him that "You show mercy everywhere." No. Nāhaṁ prakāśaḥ sarvasya yoga-maya-samāvṛtaḥ (BG 7.25). Kṛṣṇa... You cannot oblige Kṛṣṇa, "You do this." That is not Kṛṣṇa. That is not Kṛṣṇa. If one is obliged to act to your dictation, then he is not Kṛṣṇa. Therefore whatever Kṛṣṇa likes, He'll do. You cannot oblige Him, that "You have to do it." No. That is karma-mimāṁsa, that "If good work gives good result, so why should we care for Kṛṣṇa? We shall do the good work." That is... Ordinary people, they think like that. Karma-mimāṁsa. "If I do good work, Kṛṣṇa will be obliged to give me good effect. Why shall I care for Kṛṣṇa?" That is karma-mimāṁsa. "Work is final. Do good work, that's all." They say like that. But we say, even if you do good work, if Kṛṣṇa does not want it, then it will not produce good result. That is Kṛṣṇa.
Devotee (8): We don't have the mercy of Kṛṣṇa yet, so...
Prabhupāda: No, no. Everyone has got the mercy, but that mercy is not obligatory. If He likes, He can give you mercy; if He does not like, He may not.
Devotee (8): But everyone has it.
Prabhupāda: Everyone... He is giving mercy. That is general. But if He does not like, He may not give you. You cannot make Him obliged.
Devotee: So why is it, then, if it's a question of ajñāta-sukṛti... The Indians, from their birth they're watering tulasī, they're chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, they're doing so many activities, but mostly your disciples are foreigners.
Prabhupāda: So that... No, means that is temporary. They may come again. It will never go in vain. Just like this cloud. Cloud is meant for raining. Now it is not raining, but when there is sufficient cloud, it will rain. You cannot say there is no rain. There is, but it is not sufficiently collected. When it is sufficiently collected, then.
Devotee (2): Śrīla Prabhupāda, in the śāstras, like in Bhagavad-gītā, Kṛṣṇa gives certain criteria...
Prabhupāda: Sometimes you will see, even no sufficient cloud, still raining.
Devotee (6): Yes, one cloud.
Prabhupāda: Yes. That is superior direction. It is not your direction.
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, Mayapur, March 14, 1976)