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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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October 24, 2016

The month of Damodara is very special in our Vaisnava practice. This Kartik month is so special that any spiritual activity performed in this month is increased in spiritual value many times. Srila Rupa Goswami in his book, Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu has described the importance of the month of Damodara. 

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October 17, 2016

There is only one thing in the heart and the mind of Srimati Radharani, and that is serving and pleasing Krsna. Because of this unequaled love that Radha has for Krsna, Radha steals the heart and the mind of Krsna. When we say "Radha" in the vocative form, it becomes "Radhe". Similarly, "Hara" in the vocative form becomes "Hare". "Hara" is the internal potency of the Lord, who is none other than Radha. While chanting our maha-mantra, we pray, “O Supreme Goddess Radha, You who steal the heart of Krsna, please engage me in the service of the Supreme Lord, Krsna”.

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October 17, 2016

There is only one thing in the heart and the mind of Srimati Radharani, and that is serving and pleasing Krsna. Because of this unequaled love that Radha has for Krsna, Radha steals the heart and the mind of Krsna. When we say "Radha" in the vocative form, it becomes "Radhe". Similarly, "Hara" in the vocative form becomes "Hare". "Hara" is the internal potency of the Lord, who is none other than Radha. While chanting our maha-mantra, we pray, “O Supreme Goddess Radha, You who steal the heart of Krsna, please engage me in the service of the Supreme Lord, Krsna”.

Seattle_Japa_Retreat_2011_5
October 17, 2016

There is only one thing in the heart and the mind of Srimati Radharani, and that is serving and pleasing Krsna. Because of this unequaled love that Radha has for Krsna, Radha steals the heart and the mind of Krsna. When we say "Radha" in the vocative form, it becomes "Radhe". Similarly, "Hara" in the vocative form becomes "Hare". "Hara" is the internal potency of the Lord, who is none other than Radha. While chanting our maha-mantra, we pray, “O Supreme Goddess Radha, You who steal the heart of Krsna, please engage me in the service of the Supreme Lord, Krsna”.

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
October 10, 2016

Faith is something that is inherent or intrinsic to the soul. Bhaktivinoda Thakura reasons in his writings that the life of faith is enthusiasm. By that he means that if someone says they have faith in God but they do not act on that faith, then it is meaningless. Those are just some words that have no impact, effect, or meaning.

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September 19, 2016

Krsna is standing before Kuntī, and she is saying, "You are Adhokṣaja." Ajñādhokṣajam avyayam, avyayamappears in 

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2009
August 8, 2016

In this scene, Kṛṣṇa is saying good-bye in an appropriate way. The Pāṇḍavas were invited to come see Krsna before His departure, after He went to see the brāhmaas and was worshipped by them.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan Oct 2009
August 1, 2016

People ask, "How do I evaluate if I am progressing in spiritual life?" Bhaktivinoda Thakura taught that one of the signs or measures of making spiritual advancement is: "My attraction for material things is slackening and this quality of simplicity is developing in my life. I just want shelter in that which is spiritual, while I accept other things as required and otherwise do not have interest in them."

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2010
July 25, 2016

One of the qualifications of a devotee is simplicity. According to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Thakura, this is the number one quality that makes a person a devotee. This is a nice quality to consider. It has several connotations. One of them is that you just speak the truth, whatever it is. You are not cunning, denying, duplicitous. You are straightforward.

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July 18, 2016

Prabhupada indicated that when Krsna was on the planet very few people actually understood His position. Pandavas understood Krsna's position. Even though they understood Krsna's position, Krsna sometimes took the position subordinate to them as the chariot driver, He offered His respects to Yudhisthira and so on. Yudhisthira understood Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krsna would come and bow before Yudhisthira and Yudhisthira did not interfere with Krsna's feelings. He embraced Krsna to his chest. How elevated is Yudhisthira!