"Therefore the common saying is that “Man proposes; God disposes.” Therefore a devotee, he never depends in himself. He never considers himself, “I am independent.” He simply depends on the supreme will of the Lord. That is devotion. “If God desires… If Krishna desires…” Whenever we used to ask our Guru Maharaja something, “Is it going to be happened like that?” some work, he never said, “Yes, it is going to happen. Yes, we are going to do it.” No. “Yes, if Krishna desires, it may be.” He never said like that, positively. “If Krishna desires.” Actually this is the fact. If Krishna desires, God desires, anything wonderful can be done. If He does not desire, however you may try, it will never be done. So just like we are praying to Krishna, if He desires, we’ll have a nice house. If He does not desire, we may remain here. It doesn’t matter. But we shall prosecute our business, Krishna consciousness. There is nothing to stop, in whatever condition we may be. Ahaituky apratihata. Devotional service is, I mean to say, without any impediment, apratihata. Nothing can check it—that is devotional service—in any circumstances. No material circumstances can check your Krishna consciousness. When it is, you are firmly convinced and situated in that position, that is real bhakti-yoga. Nothing can disturb you. Nobody can say, “Oh, for this condition, now I am unable to prosecute this Krishna consciousness.” That means he was never in Krishna consciousness. Nothing can check."
Ramachandra’s Appearance Day Lecture, December 27, 1966 New York