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"Instructions for the week" are short selections from Srila Romapada Swami's lectures and writings which capture essential, inspirational messages for progressive spiritual development. These Instructions are especially personal, practical, and universal in their relevance to devotional aspirants, and they are intended to help remind, guide, and be applied by the reader/recipient.

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January 22, 2018

The association of devotees is absolutely essential!

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January 15, 2018

After three years of research by a really brilliant person, it was found that for organizations that continue, there is a very strong emphasis on the teachings of the Founder.

January 8, 2018

Sometimes devotees consider: "I am way down here and the standard is way up there. So what am I to do?" There is certainly a big gap between where we are and what the message of pure devotion describes. However, there is an empowerment within the presentation of Srimad Bhagavatam that makes it very accessible for kali-yuga-ites, denizens or victims of the age of Kali.

December 25, 2017

We honor Christ on Christmas because of the sacrifice he made and the gift that he wished to give, according to the receptivity of the audience. There was, however, a certain part of the audience which was not receptive. They saw the message he was giving as a threat, and therefore killed him. But Prabhupada says, of course, it is superficial to think that way, because a Vaisnava never dies.

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December 18, 2017

Prabhupada described an example. Imagine there is a pond of water and we're all holding little pebbles. On the count of three, we will all throw our pebbles into the water. Are you ready? One, two, three! ...What happens? Chaos. Circles intersecting with other circles everywhere, and it is big chaos. So then Prabhupada explained: Suppose we all placed our pebbles in the same place. It doesn’t even have to be at the same time, but in the same place. Then what will happen?

December 4, 2017

One of the classic principles of time management is to put the big rocks in first. There are big rocks, medium rocks, small rocks, pebbles, and sand. If everything can fit, which goes first?

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November 27, 2017

"A lesson - 

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November 20, 2017

Sankirtan Yajna : It’s not a musical performance. It’s an offering to the Supreme Personality of Godhead of our voice and ourselves, to purify us. It relieves us of the contamination of just having a material body and existence, and it awakens our dormant propensity for love in service to Krsna. So, cleansing of negative attributes and reviving positive ones are both being accomplished simultaneously. Very simple and sublime process.

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November 13, 2017

We are looking for a sense of completion within our life. When our heart is trying to feel complete without Krishna, it is never satisfied. In our efforts to become complete, we form relationship of love and try to make connection with others but we somehow never become complete. With this human life, we value our choices, freedom, and independence so we try in these different ways to obtain that sense of completeness. Love of Krishna is so complete that is ever expanding even while it’s being given away. Loving Krishna brings completeness and remembering Krishna means to love Him. All of this is done by chanting His Holy Name.

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November 6, 2017

It is by the mercy of the Lord that one gets the position of shelter. It is by the mercy of the Lord, which means it is by the mercy of the devotees of the Lord. When we get the mercy of the Lord, we get His shelter. And, by getting His shelter, we get His protection. We get everything – whatever is it that one needs. Just as Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 9.22, yoga-ksemam vahamy aham: Whatever it is that one needs, Krishna supplies, and whatever one has, Krishna maintains. Krishna does that personally. It is a personal relationship. So, we have come to take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.