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Does God give us what we ask?

Sometimes Hare Krishna chanters wonder if God, Krishna, really takes care of us; will He give us what we ask from Him?

Just as a loving parent would give to the child whatever is good for the child, God, Krishna, gives to the soul whatever is needed for his or her returning to Him. He assures us in the Bhagavad Gita:
But those who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form—to them I carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have” (Bhagavad Gita 9.22)

First of all we need to understand that whatever we have – intelligence, strength and abilities- is only by the grace of God; they are His gifts to us. This remembrance of His grace upon us and how we are totally dependent on Him, keeps us humble, grateful and happy.

If we cultivate the right desire, the Lord will empower us to achieve many things. He gives us remembrance, knowledge, and forgetfulness, based on our desire (Bhagavad Gita 15.15). Krishna also explains that He is the strength of the strong (Bhagavad Gita 7.11), and He will do great things through us if we agree to be an instrument in His hands, and cultivate pure desires. However if we misuse the facilities He has given us, by cultivating wrong desires, Krishna will not waste His time in empowering us.

Radhanath Swami narrates a simple example to illustrate this point:
Suppose you give a person a donation of ten lakh rupees to build a nice temple, and he spends half of the amount to buy a nice car, then another quarter to buy an expensive watch, and the balance on the temple. Later when you examine the progress of the temple construction, and are disappointed, he asks for more. Would you give him more money? No! Because you’d reason that he hasn’t used properly what you gave him earlier. Similarly God has given us wonderful resources-intelligence, determination and will power. He waits to see if we are using it in proper consciousness, for selfless service or our own aggrandizement. If we aren’t using our abilities in a God conscious way, for His service it will sooner or later be withdrawn. One who uses these precious gifts to increase and fulfil his own sensual desires, he’s certainly a thief; sinful (Bhagavad Gita 3.12). On the other hand, when we use everything in a mood of service, He assures us that He shall carry what we lack and preserve what we have.

Therefore for a sincere spiritual practitioner, there is no lack of resources. Outwardly it may seem that you don’t have enough money, or enough time but still if you take a leap of faith, with courage, and give everything that you’ve got for service, and then everything needed will be provided by His loving grace. Be rest assured, things will almost magically fall into place.]]>

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