If You Desire Something Enough, The Universe Will Deliver It

There is a philosophy going around that if you desire something enough in a positive way, and you visualize it continually the universe will deliver the fruits of that desire.

There are some instances depicted where a man really wants something like a new sports car and he meditates on it (don’t try this!), sees it in his minds eye, tries it out in his imagination, surrounds himself with picture of it, etc; and lo a behold this sports car manifests one day on the gross plane and he is able to possess the object of his desire. Of course possessing the object of your material desire does not give you happiness. Does the universe fulfill all your desires if the desires are strong enough?

There is an interesting word "synchronicity", which means that events that are not causally related (one event being the cause of the other) occur together by the action of some unknown (in this case the universe) factor. Sometimes we are speaking about someone else, and at the same time the person calls on the phone. That would be an example of synchronicity.

How to explain this through the lens of Vedic knowledge?

The universe is not unconscious nor it a big genie responding to everyone’s wishes, nor is it impersonal energy responding to our mental energetic radiation! We know that behind all the universal functions there is Krishna as the creator, lawgiver, overseer, proprietor, universal Super soul, individual Super soul, etc. So, in other words "not a blade of grass moves without the will of the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

Also there are 33 million demigods who control the universe under Krishna’s direction. So, why does it seem that when people desire things with great intensity and they meditate on the fruits of their desire, the universe responds to their desires? Srila Prabhupada explains this nicely in a purport:

And so, when the living entity is bewildered in his desires, the Lord allows him to fulfill those desires, but the Lord is never responsible for the actions and reactions of the particular situation, which may be desired. Being in a bewildered condition, therefore, the embodied soul identifies him with the circumstantial material body and becomes subjected to the temporary misery and happiness of life. The Lord is the constant companion of the living entity as Paramatma, or the Super soul, and therefore He can understand the desires of the individual soul, as one can smell the flavor of a flower by being near it. Desire is a subtle form of conditioning for the living entity. The Lord fulfills his desire, as he deserves: Man proposes and God disposes. The individual is not, therefore, omnipotent in fulfillinghis desires. The Lord, however, can fulfill all desires, and the Lord, being neutral to everyone, does not interfere with the desires of the minute independent living entities. Purport Bg 5.15

In other words if one is functioning under the laws of Karma one has a certain stock of good karma and a certain stock of bad karma. The good karma we can compare to a positive balance in our bank account. When we have a strong desire to buy something, at a certain point that desire motivates us to take the money out of our bank account so that we can purchase the item. In the same way when we have a strong desire to get something in this world, Krishna as the Super soul is aware of this, and this desire is fulfilled, if (and this is a big if) we have enough good karma in our bank account. Now, when we take the good karma out of our karmic bank account, the amount of good karma in our karmic bank account is reduced by the amount of the withdrawal. So after some time there will be no more good karma left and we can desire till the cow jumps over the moon, but there will be no response. What about the devotee’s desires? A devotee has no bad or good karma.

All karma bad and good is eradicated even by namabhasa chanting. Krishna reciprocates with devotee’s desires, but he will only fulfill those desires that are helpful to the devotee’s spiritual progress. So, it is important for devotees to have proper desires and the stronger the devotional desire is the quicker that desire will be fulfilled.

What is a desire? A desire is something you really want with your heart and soul. Of course there are degrees of intensity of desires. When someone wants something with great intensity that is called intense greed. Prabhupada describes this intense greed for pure devotional service as the "best path available."

How do we develop this intense greed? In the material world greed is developed by the process of thinking, feeling and willing. In other words we think of something (take some food like pizza for example). The more we think about that sense object the more we get attached to it. Then we begin to feel that object of our senses. In the case of pizza we begin to salivate and almost taste it as we are visualizing our interacting with that object. Then the stage of willing comes where the desire is so intense, we act.

If we are negative we are meditating on a negative and this is what we will get-a negative. In other words if we are contemplating giving up this or not thinking about that we will develop a stronger attachment to this or that by that negative contemplation.

After contemplation of Krishna in a positive way we enter the stage of feelings. What does that mean? We picture ourselves the way we want to be.

We need to develop an intense internal vision and an intense external (the entire world taking up Krishna consciousness) vision of Krishna consciousness. These wishes will come true. Krishna will fulfill them. When our meditation/vision is harmonious with Krishna’s desires, success is sure.