(Kadamba Kanana Swami, September 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.20.12)
We can come up with a hundred excuses to justify why we do not have to surrender. Part of surrender is that we place our faith in Krsna and that he will make adjustments.
‘Yes but I put my faith in Krsna and he is not making the adjustments!’
No, empowerment is not that you say, ‘Okay Krsna, I am waiting. Can you please empower me and make me fly? Just make me fly?’ We have to try by ourselves to go up. When we try then Krsna lends us energy but we have to make the endeavour.
It is just like initiation. At the time of initiation, we are taking vows and these vows are about our behaviour – no meat, fish or eggs; no gambling and no intoxication – it is about our behaviour. It gives us a level of behaviour which is higher than what we would do naturally. If you would leave it up to us then we would not act on that level. The vows put us on the level higher then where we are!
There was an advertisement in Calcutta, in the Second World War. On big billboards, at the side of the road, it that showed an army uniform and it said, “When you wear the uniform, you will know what to do.” So what does that mean? It means that when you are in the position, Krsna supplies the knowledge of what to do. Krsna supplies the strength. He supplies the intelligence, dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ (Bhagavad-gita 10.10).
He supplies the intelligence. It is not that we are left alone and it is not that things are impossible! That is why Prabhupada would say that impossible is a word in a fool’s dictionary. Why a fool? Because the fool is not accepting that, ‘Krsna will supply me with intelligence. Krsna will supply me with strength. Krsna is there to help me and therefore I will be able to do things that I was never able to do and therefore it can be done!’