Prabhupada said that it is not your business how to get the determination; it is Krsna’s business to give you the determination. He meant was that if we just commit to our vows Krsna will give us the strength and determination to follow our commitment.
Prabhupada didn’t teach that people primarily keep vows because they are sense controlled or spiritually strong. He taught that people keep vows because they value their word or honor. Because they value their word of honor they tolerate provocations that could cause them to break their vows.
Just as one can offer Krsna an existing thing or a present action, one can also offer Him a future action along with the perseverance to fulfill it. That offering of perseverance is characteristic of a vow.
If you lack the willpower to do what you know you should, you will be left with a life devoid of your ideals. Thus, self-control is real freedom.
— Mahatma Das
During an initiation in 1966, Prabhupada said that he is giving knowledge, and the initiates are becoming obliged, by accepting initiation to distribute these teachings widely. He said this is their guru-daksina.
— Mahatma Das
I often wonder if it’s that our initiation vows that are difficult to keep, or that we haven’t developed a deep commitment to keep vows in general, no matter what they are. I don’t think we can remove the issue of commitment in general from the equation of following initiation vows. If I could break […]
For many, not keeping a promise or agreement is like the following equation: keeping an agreement or promise = not keeping an agreement or promise + a good story. The thinking is that as long as you have a good story, you really haven’t broken your agreement. The problem is that Prabhupada didn’t accept that […]