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Question: Should we take up a service that we are good in or, should we take up a service which is given to us, which we do as a matter of duty? So what kind of service we should take?

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Jayapataka Swami: Yes! Next question! If you think you can do another service better, then tell your authority that I would like to do this service. But whatever is required, you want to do that. If they don’t require the service you would like to do, then you can do the service they ask you to do. I was asked by Srila Prabhupada, to stay in India, in Mayapur and develop the Dham. I liked it, I liked the Indian people, I liked the Dham, Mayapur. So I was feeling guilty. I felt we should do for the guru, even a thing we don’t like to do. He said, you are lucky the guru is asking you to do something you like to do! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Whether you like it or not, you should do it. So, that is why I suggest that it depends. Say they need a particular service, they need, and you would like to do prasadam distribution. But they have plenty of people to do prasadam distribution. But they need someone to cook. So you are a good cook but you like to distribute prasadam more than cooking, but you will do what they ask to do because they have to manage things and see what is needed at that time. But you can tell them, if possible I would like to do this thing. But what they say, that is the final word.