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Devotee: We can understand that we are not distributing these books, but Krsna is. Is there...?
Harikesa Swami: Is it His fault when you don't do so well one day?
Harikesa Swami: Then it's not just Krsna distributing these oooks. li Krsiia vveie dlsUlbuLiu^, iiiese books, then what would He need you for? Do you think He needs you? Krsna doesn't need you. By His mercy, He is allowing you to be His agent and distribute the books.
Devotee: Why do some people distribute more books than others?
Harikesa Swami: They distribute more because they are better agents. When you understand the basis, the question is easy to answer. But if you speculate that Krsna is distributing the books, then it doesn't make sense. How could Krsna distribute sometimes more and sometimes fewer books? He would always do the same amount. But that is absurd. Some people are simply better agents than others, and those who are better agents distribute more books.
Devotee: One book distributor might do two hundred books a week and another five hundred. If both are giving everything to Krsna, they are giving equally, but their capacities are different. What does "capacity" consist of? Is it material or spiritual? We know that Krsna gives according to our desires. How does this apply to our specific capacities to preach?
Harikesa Swami: Our capacity to work for Krsna depends on both spiritual and material qualities. Someone materially qualified has a greater capacity to work. Yet someone else who is not materially qualified but more spiritually qualified may be able to do more than the materially adept but spiritually bankrupt person.
Take cooking, tor example. A spiritually advanced person who has no interest in eating should not be able to cook a good tasting preparation based on material calculations, the material qualification being the desire to eat, because he has no relationship with the end product. As Shrila Prabhupada put it, "He who likes to eat can cook." Thus both material and spiritual qualifications work together simultaneously to mold the devotee. In other words, capacity means a composite of spiritual and material qualifications. A book distributor materially qualified to communicate with people would have a better chance of distributing books well than one who is aloof. The perfect example is Krsna's choosing Arjuna to fight the Battle of Kuruksetra. Krsna did ik,i ux a brahman^, or sudra to do the work. He used a first-class ksatriya warrior. Yet the material qualification was tempered by the spiritual qualification of full surrender. Krsna could have also used Kama, for example, but He did not, because Kama was not a devotee of the Lord. Krsna will use the surrendered soul who has some capacity to work for Him in the manner He desires. Devotee: A devotee will have a certain capacity to do his service. Is it possible for this devotee to get a bigger result, tor example, in book distribution, or is he not surrendering completely right now?
Harikesa Swami: We expect from everyone whatever one can do. If you can do three hundred books a week and someone else can do seven hundred, men we expect three hundred and seven hundred respectively. Can everybody cook the same ecstatic feast? Not everyone is the same. Even if everybody were to have the same spirit, the result would still not be the same. Maybe you are surrendering fully, but someone else may be an expert in the art of controlling people. Still it is not only an art; sakti is needed as well. It cannot be picked up out of the air or learned at the chalk board. There are also other factors, such as austerity and previous lives. We simply expect the best you can do, and to try your best is purity. If three hundred books is as much as you can do, and seven hundred books is as much as he can do, then equal! In the example of Hanuman and the spider, Lord Ramacandra accepted both equally, because both gave the best they had. Devotee: Sometimes devotees disagree about the example of Hanuman and the spider because their bodies were different sizes, but we have bodies that are all the same. Harikesa Swami: All the same? If you and Harinamananda dasa stand next to each other, you both have human bodies but you are not the same. You both have different histories of billions of lifetimes.