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Guidance comes from the Supersoul

Krishna is always within us, and consequently He knows everything about our purposes, and He gives us the opportunity to work as we decide. If we decide to enjoy this material world, Krishna gives us the intelligence to become a very shrewd businessman or a popular politician or a cunning man so that we can earn money and enjoy ourselves. According to the standards of material life, many people are becoming great. They begin as very poor men and soon, by good fortune, become millionaires. We should not think that they are attaining such success by their own puny endeavors. Without intelligence, no one can improve, and that intelligence is given by Krishna. One person can sharply remember past activities by the grace of the Lord while others cannot. One is highly intelligent by the grace of the Lord, and one is a fool by the same control. One cannot do anything unless he is enlightened and empowered by the Lord. In the Bhagavad-gita Krishna states that He is seated in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul and that by His will a man can remember or forget. Krishna supplies forgetfulness and remembrance according to the living entity’s desire. If we want to forget Krishna and enjoy the material world, He will give us the necessary intelligence so that we can forget Him for good. When one is very serious about getting out of this material entanglement, the Lord, from within, gives him the knowledge that he has to surrender unto Him. He is so kind to His devotees that He gives them instructions by which they may continue to progress. When they receive instructions from the all-perfect, there is no chance of their being misled. Then there is liberation.

Ref: Chapter 8c, Science of Self Realization authored by Srila Prabhupada (Founder – Acharya, ISKCON)

Rushing to get things done?

For many people, there are essentially only two speeds—fast and faster. It seems that, most of the time, we are moving very quickly, doing three or four things at once. Often we are only paying partial attention or half listening to the people we are working with. Our minds are cluttered and overly busy.

Perhaps the reason so many of us spend so much time moving fast is that we fear falling behind or losing our edge. Our competitors, and everyone else around us, seem to be moving so fast that we feel we must do the same.

It’s important to note that, in this hyper, frenetic state of mind, our concentration suffers. We waste precious energy and have tendency to make mistakes. When we’re in a hurry, it’s difficult to determine what’s truly most relevant because we are so preoccupied with getting everything done. Because we are moving so quickly, it’s easy to get stressed out, nervous, and agitated. And because we are so “on edge,” things get on our nerves easily and often.

See if you can make a conscious effort to slow down- both your thinking and your actions. If you do, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that, despite the slower speed, you’ll become more relaxed and far more effective. You’ll regain your composure and be able to see the bigger picture.

Your stress level will drop dramatically and it will even seem like you have more time. Your thinking and listening skills will become sharper. You’ll be able to anticipate problems rather than finding yourself in the middle of them so often.

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