(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 28 May 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.11.25)

Krsna is described as the source of all opportunities. This is a fact. Krsna says: sarvasya caham hrdi sannvistho mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo vedanta-krd veda-vid eva caham (Bhagavad-gita 15.15). He says that He is in the heart of all living beings and from Him comes remembrance and from Him comes forgetfulness.

Srila Prabhupada explains that Krsna helps us to remember Him and Krsna also helps us to forget Him. So the opportunities are entirely in our hands. We can decide what we want to be. We can decide if we want to live like an animal or if we want to live like a human being or if we want to live like a demigod. It is entirely up to us to decide whether we want to be in the mode of ignorance or mode of passion or mode of goodness or go to the path of pure transcendental devotional service. All these opportunities are there, so never is there a moment that we do not have an opportunity from Krsna. No one can say that they are exempt from devotional service; that is simply not possible.

There is no condition when we do not have an opportunity. May be someone cannot chant, at least not through the mouth but they can chant in the mind. Maybe someone can worship the Lord in the mind. It is there in our scriptures that this is entirely possible. It is possible in any condition to be Krsna conscious. Never can we say that, “I cannot”. It is always a challenge; even if we have everything, there is still going to be a challenge. Even if our hand is in the bead bag, it is still hard to move the beads. It is still difficult to open the mouth and to speak the mahamantra. It is hard because the mind is unwilling; because we are unwilling. We always find a reason to decline the opportunity to be Krsna conscious.

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