‘Instructions of 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.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2010
November 30, 2015

For there to be clarity, there has to be a very evolved state of consciousness. For example, what clarity do we have about the goal?

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, Jan 2013
March 13, 2017

When a goal is very well-defined, then it is quite easy to take steps towards the goal and conversely, when the goal is not well defined it is very difficult to take steps towards the goal. It is very helpful to know what the goal is. Just as the goal of the message of Srimad Bhagvatam is defined in Srimad Bhagavatam as asraya, meaning Krsna. Krsna is the svasrayasraya (Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.29, Purport). He is the shelter of everything else that gives shelter. He is the shelter of everything, so the goal is Krsna's shelter.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled 'Back home to our True Shelter - Part 1, March 2017' delivered in Houston Japa Retreat March 2017.