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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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September 11, 2017

In the Padma Purana it is described that after Krishna departed, Srimad Bhagavatam appeared. Just like when the sun sets on the western horizon, the moon may appear on the eastern horizon in due course of time. When the full moon shines as brilliantly as the sun but gives cooling and soothing rays, as opposed to the hot scorching rays of the sun, this is like the appearance of Srimad Bhagavatam.

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September 4, 2017

 Having material attachments is not an offense. It is, however, an offense to consciously, deliberately, and complacently maintain those attachments to the temporary and to the material circumstances of life. We are to act dutifully and use those things in relationship to Krishna with a view of becoming attached to Him. That is proper.

August 28, 2017

 “Our engagement in devotional service is dependent upon Radharani’s compassion. The internal potency extended to us as the opportunity to engage in Krsna’s service is Radharani’s mercy. Devotees who understand this pray to Srimati Radharani for Her mercy. She goes out of Her way to extend Her mercy. On Her appearance day, we can appeal to Her to continue to be engaged in Krsna’s service by Her mercy.”

August 21, 2017

If you want to preserve the Hare Krishna movement that our Founder-Acarya gave to all of you, read Prabhupada’s books. Read them carefully. Read them so that you can understand the intention of our Founder-Acarya.

August 14, 2017

Prabhupada came with a message. The message is revival of Krsna Consciousness. Message is the message of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The message is to take shelter of the holy name, and the purification that comes to one who sincerely takes shelter of the holy name, that will awaken self realization and God realization very quickly!

August 7, 2017

The capacity for spiritual strength to carry out service comes from Balarama. That is what His name means; “Bala” means strength, spiritual strength. Through His mercy and through Radha’s mercy, we become inspired to carry out the service. We cannot do without strength. That’s obvious. We get tossed around by waves of material energy really easy. We need strength and we need direction that comes from Balarama, the original spiritual master.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami on Lord Balarama’s appearance day in Chicago, August 2014.

July 31, 2017

Part of helping others to become Krishna Conscious is to have loving relationships with other devotees. It is pleasing to our Founder Acarya to do what he wanted and what he wanted was to spread Krishna consciousness, but that is just one half. Not only did he want more devotees, he wanted happier devotees. and happy devotees are those who are feeling fulfilled in their relationships amongst each other.

July 24, 2017

The Personality of Godhead is supremely deserving of love because He gives spiritual instructions for everyone’s benefit. He removes everyone’s unhappiness, as the sun is to its rays. He is the Supreme self of all the jivas and He possesses all super-excellent qualities . 

July 10, 2017

Ask yourself “why” and find a “why” that resonates with you and keep asking it. Go deeper, and deeper and deeper, and deeper and then the “what” and the “how” becomes really easy because inside there is a strong answer to the “why” question, “I want Krsna’s association” – not just a liberation idea.

Adapted from a lecture delivered during the Festival of the Holy Name in Chicago, July 2017

July 3, 2017

Haridas Thakura says that in the human form of life there is a tongue that can chant. In other forms of life, the tongue can’t easily chant: there are birds, bees and insects. But if they hear the chanting of a pure devotee, then they also become a resident of Vaikuntha. They become eligible to become a resident of Vaikuntha by hearing that chanting.

Adapted from a lecture delivered during the Festival of the Holy Name in Chicago, July 2017