If you really desire something, you can get it. Actually, this is also mentioned in the Bhagavad-gītā, that thinking, feeling, willing…this is a characteristic of the soul. If a person really wants something, if they have the appropriate good karma to get it, then they can get it. If not exactly like that depends on their karma they got, good karma or bad karma, how much they’ll get. It’s not only desire, but a combination of desire and what you deserve, both. But, in the spiritual life, there’s no question we can do anything to deserve it. If we desire to serve Kṛṣṇa and we’re rendering devotional service, He appreciates our devotional service and He grants us His mercy whenever He wants to, so that we can fulfil our desire to serve Him.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 13th October, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA