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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.

July 11, 2016

Devotee: Towards the end after the 28th round, I felt a little transformation and, it really felt good. It felt as if there was a really big knot in my heart that was not letting me connect and something loosened up. And, I am feeling very relieved because I have been struggling with it for a while knowing that it's there. I was not able to figure out how to loosen it up. 

Japa Retreat
June 27, 2016

If you observe mauna (no conversation), it will help your focus on chanting.... Chanting Krsna's name is also mauna vrata.If you want to stay really focused during 32 rounds: 1. Stay in the company of devotees and 2. Don't eat a big breakfast. Eat modestly.                                                                                                    

June 20, 2016

During the 64 round day, a eleven year old girl chanted a hundred rounds. Wow! She was fixed. Some of the young people who chanted 64 rounds are now chanting 16 rounds everyday. So, the intention of the 32 round day is to increase our chanting qualitatively and quantitatively.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled Feeling COMPLETE with the Holy name delivered during the Festival of Holy Name in Chicago, 2015


Japa Retreat GN
June 13, 2016

Although many of us heard Krsna's name before coming in contact with Krsna consciousness, we had to receive the Hare Krsna maha-mantra before we actually started chanting. In a deeper sense, receiving means more than just the syllables. Or, as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura spoke, chanting should not be lip deep, but heart deep.

May 23, 2016

When you want to build trust in relationships you want to speak the truth.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
May 2, 2016

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
April 18, 2016

Many people don’t like women being spoken of as holding a lesser position. The scripture sees everyone equally,paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ.  Then why does it say deprecating things about women?

April 11, 2016

Kunti is offering prayers to Kṛṣṇa. In a very concise and simple-hearted way, she is expressing very deep and profound understanding about Kṛṣṇa’s position. We know that one cannot understand Kṛṣṇa unless Kṛṣṇa shows His mercy and says, "I am like this." He is unknowable. He is not knowable by scholarship. He is not knowable by piety. He is not knowable by anything except disclosure. He discloses Himself to His devotee.

April 4, 2016

Question: I want clarification on spiritual conception. If there are filters through which I process what I read and hear, how will I know that I am grasping the proper message?

Maharaja: You can assume that the filters are on. When there is spontaneous attraction and uninterrupted waves of ecstasy, then you know. Until then, there are filters.

March 7, 2016

In a sequence, Prabhupada says the same thing three times in different ways. When Prabhupada does that, we must understand it is a very important message. He explains that Krishna is equal to everyone. The mercy of Krishna is available, distributed, and given equally to everyone. But a devotee of the Lord is more glorified because he is always in touch with the All-Great. Prabhupada points out that it is a question of receptivity. The sun shines everywhere, but some places are always dark. According to receptivity, or being always in touch, one receives the full-fledged mercy of the Lord, and then manifests that full-fledged mercy of the Lord.