1. Srila Prabhupada’s sannyasa

    Devotee: …withdraw that independence, can we request Krsna to force us to surrender to Him, due to our conditioning?

    Prabhupada: Yes, you can request Him. And He sometimes forces. He puts you
    in such circumstances that you have no other way than to surrender to Krsna.
    Yes. That is special favor. That is special favor. Yes. My spiritual master
    wanted me to preach, but I did not like it, but he forced me. Yes. That is
    my practical experience. I had no desire to accept the sannyasa order and
    preach, but my spiritual master wanted it. I am not very much inclined, but
    he forced me. That is also done. That is special favor. When he forced me,
    at that time, I thought that “What is this? What…? I am committing some
    mistake or what is that?” I was puzzled. But a little after, I could
    understand that it is the greatest favor shown to me. So when Krsna forces
    somebody to surrender, that is a great favor. But generally, He does not do
    so. But He does so to a person who is very sincere to Krsna’s service but at
    the same time he has got slight desire for material enjoyment. In that case
    He does, that “This foolish person does not know that material facility will
    never make him happy, and he is sincerely seeking My favor. So he is
    foolish. Therefore whatever resource, little resource he has got for
    material enjoyment, break it. Then he will have no other alternative than to
    surrender unto Me.” That is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Yasyaham
    anughrnami harisye tad-dhanam sanaih. Krsna says that “If I do somebody
    special favor, then I make him poverty-stricken. I take away all his means
    of sense enjoyment.” You see? That is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
    Because here in this material world everyone is trying to be happy by
    earning more money, by business, by service, by this way or that way. But in
    special cases Krsna makes his business or service unsuccessful. Do you like
    that? [laughs] At that time he has no other alternative than to surrender to
    Krsna. You see? But sometimes, when we are unsuccessful in our business
    attempt or earning attempt, we become sorry that “Oh, Krsna is so cruel upon
    me that I could not trust in this.” But that is His favor, special favor.
    You should understand like that. Yes.
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    From Srila Prabhupada’s lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.8 – March 21, 1969,
    Hawaii