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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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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

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June 26, 2017

“One of the eligibility of a candidate in bhakti is that one is neither too much attached nor too much detached. One who is too much attached is the materialist and too much detached is the impersonalist. Give it up! Why? Because it is a source of misery so give it up. But bhakti isn’t too much in either direction. There is a willingness to accept what is necessary for service to Krsna, and the operative principle is service to Krsna. So accept what is needed for service to Krsna and not other things…It is fertile ground for the seed of bhakti to grow.”

Adapted from a lecture entitled "SB 3.33.28-29 - Who is your maintainer? Chicago - April 2017"

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June 19, 2017

I personally experienced the dedication that Prabhupada invested in making the Bhagavatam available to us. For many hours, every night at an elderly with a body that was failing him – we did not know all the things that were failing him – he just transcended them. Why? Compassion. How can one not be grateful to one who has changed your life? Sacrificing and sacrificing and sacrificing – purely out of compassion for persons who are suffering. He just wanted us to be happy and relieve us from our lost, miserable condition of life. Although we struggled by being disconnected from Krsna, he wanted us to make the Krsna connection.

Adapted from a lecture entitled "Gopa Kumara's Madan Gopal Mantra" Vrindavan February 2017

HH Romapada Swami and Youth in Puri
June 12, 2017

Out of great mercy to His devotees, Krsna purges out the root of all karma namely nescience and evil desires. What brings about our sufferings over and over again is ignorance.
We don’t say “No” to the fire or ordeal. We say “no” to the ignorance at the root of why the ordeal is happening that is, saying “No” to Krsna, and “Yes” to evil desires. From ignorance comes ignorant activity, and from ignorant activity comes bondage and suffering. When ordeal comes your way, it’s important to understand this principle because ordeal is going to come.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled REVERSALS, SAY YES TO KRSNA - GITA NAGARI RETREAT MAY 2017

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June 5, 2017

If we accept the covering of the soul to be the self and abandon the soul then there are unavoidable miseries. People are so caught up in the miseries and they are trying their very best to adjust their miseries but it never gets adjusted because the foundation is still there. They have to remove the foundation of abandonment of self and the mistaken identity of self. Otherwise, miseries perpetuate. Prabhupada calls it in this purport as the “insoluble factors of material existence”.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.08.01-05 STRINGENT LAWS OF ALMIGHTY BY HH ROMAPADA SWAMI

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May 29, 2017

Prabhupada was asked, "Can you show some mystic power?"

Faith
May 15, 2017

"When the heart becomes infused with determination, subservience, trust, surrender, and humility, it is situated in sraddha (faith). Sraddha is essential; it is the right position to receive the message of Krishna."

HH Romapada Swami in NY Jan 2004
May 8, 2017

Our position is not safe but when one is in the shelter of the Supreme Lord that is the position of safety: the doubtless and fearless path, in the language of the Bhagavatam, akuto-bhayam (Srimad Bhagavatam, 2.1.11).

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May 1, 2017

The Message from the Soul
Srila Prabhupada spoke about the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and how it is not an artificial imposition on the mind. Chanting and the message of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam are very different from academic things. An academic thing is out there and you bring it in here and then you see that way. You impose it upon the mind and you can see differently than you saw before. IThe Maha Mantra) is not that. It comes directly from the soul.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled “Sri Tattva-Sandarba Seminar – The Big Picture and Methodology-Texts 27-28” dlivered in Central New Jersey, November 2016.

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April 24, 2017

The Value of Character
The sense of duty, the sense of what is to be done in a circumstance really takes character, not just book formulas. It takes deep character, and ultimately character means being dear to Krishna as is described to Arjuna in the 12th chapter of the Gita. Krishna then decorates one with such qualities.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled “Balancing Between Discriminatory Power and Gentle Nature of a Devotee” dlivered in Seattle – July 2008