Knowing What Krishna Wants


Question

If we do give ourselves to Krishna, then, if Krishna does not will for us to become dysfunctional, how are we to intelligently discriminate between His guidance from within the heart and the mind masquerading itself as Krishna’s command?

Answer

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If you are not sure, continue to beg Krishna for His guidance, and, if you are sincere, He will make His will clear to you.


Once convinced of the purity of the desire, how are we to find that balance between personal endeavor and dependence on Krishna, and understand in what way are we are actually endeavoring if Krishna is the real doer?

HDG: Krishna told Arjuna, mam anusmara yudhya ca, “Always remember Me, and fight!” We depend on Krishna and also endeavor. We endeavor knowing that only Lord Krishna can make our efforts successful. Krishna states that we have a right to our duty, but never to the fruits, karmany evadhikaras te


If we don’t in our first attempt achieve what we wanted to achieve despite our best effort, how are we to know whether Krishna wants us to try harder, or give up that activity altogether and try something else?

HDG: It helps to be practical and not seek hopeless or wildly improbably outcomes thinking that, “Krishna can do anything.” Choose goals that are ambitious but possible, and then depend on Krishna.


Could you please point out the symptoms of working intelligently for Krishna and of enjoying devotional service, rather than immersing ourselves in an activity and losing our sense of serving to Him?

HDG: The symptom is happy, steady Krishna consciousness.