Krishna Doesn't Force
"So the Kṛṣṇa conscious life is not very difficult. It is very easy. In one second, if he agrees: 'Yes, Kṛṣṇa, whatever You say, I shall do.' That Arjuna did at last, after hearing the whole Bhagavad-gītā. When Kṛṣṇa asked, inquired from him, 'Now, what is your decision...?' Kṛṣṇa never interferes with your decision. You have got little independence. Kṛṣṇa has given you. But if you use your independence, do not like to obey the orders of Kṛṣṇa, that is your business. You can do that. Kṛṣṇa will not interfere with you. But Kṛṣṇa says that 'If you want actually happiness, liberation, then follow what I say.' That is Kṛṣṇa's request. As we are subordinate, Kṛṣṇa can order that 'You must do it.' That Kṛṣṇa does not say, never. Kuru. He says sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66): 'You do it.' He doesn't say 'You must.' That is your option. You can deny it. That is going on. Kṛṣṇa is instructing everything perfectly, but why people are not doing? That is his discretion. That Kṛṣṇa gives always. After teaching Bhagavad-gītā thoroughly, He asked Arjuna: 'Now, Arjuna, I have spoken to you everything. Now it is up to you to do it or not to do it.' Yathecchasi tathā kuru (BG 18.63). Yathā-icchasi: 'Whatever you like, you do.' He doesn't force, but Arjuna, that is... Means knowledge, Arjuna said naṣṭo mohaḥ: 'My illusion is now over.' Naṣṭo mohaḥ smṛtir labdhā: 'Now I am remembering, I am memorizing my position,' tvat-prasādād, 'by Your grace.' So kariṣye vacanaṁ tava (BG 18.73): 'Now I shall act as You desire.' This is perfection of life. Whenever we decide that 'Now we shall act as Kṛṣṇa says,' then our life is perfect."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, June 3, 1976)

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