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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.

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

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April 17, 2017

Where Intention Goes, Attention Flows
I look forward to each morning as I take rest at night: Tomorrow is another opportunity to take shelter of the Holy Name when I chant my japa. And, I feel so inspired and I want to chant more.
So you may not be there yet but you can cultivate in that manner and that’s where your attention will go. Because the intention has just been expressed, that’s where your attention will go. And when your attention goes (to your relationship with the Holy Name) there is nothing nicer in the three worlds!

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled “Back home to our Ture Shelter – Part 2” delivered in Houston – March 2017

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April 10, 2017

Cultivating Our True Shelter
It’s not a balance issue – balancing the spiritual with the material aspects of our life, as some persons think, it’s a consciousness issue – consciously being aware of our circumstances and, while addressing our circumstances, maintaining undivided attentiveness upon our genuine shelter. Above any other consideration, most essential is the ongoing cultivation of our genuine shelter.”

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled “Acceptance and Progress - Introduction, Gita Nagari Retreat May 2014”

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March 27, 2017

Give people the opportunity to hear about Krsna. It’s a very simple service. It’s not a merchantile service. It’s a brahminical service. We are broadcasting the glories of Krsna. And, book distribution will assist the Bhagavat dharma purpose of giving the opportunity of hearing and chanting about Krsna to others. It not only facilitates hearing and chanting about Krsna, but it facilitates hearing the message in disciplic succession because there are some people who think , they know something about Krsna, but factually they have not heard properly. Yes!

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March 20, 2017

As diversity grows, what is going to maintain the unity? Clear understanding of Prabhupada’s teachings, the message of the Founder-Acarya which is the message of the previous acaryas in a very simple form, with a particular mood. If ISKCON is going to continue, that is a must! And, I’m placing a responsibility on all of you. Please, take it seriously to understand the message of Prabhupada’s books. Why? To make sure that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness will go on even after the Prabhupada disciples are gone. Say it the opposite way: if you want to make sure that ISKCON does not continue, don’t carefully study Prabhupada’s books because it is sure to happen.

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.

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March 6, 2017

Navadvipa dhama is unique because it is audharya-dhama. There are terms that indicate the specialty of the Personality of Godhead. His opulence, aisvarya, is manifest in Vaikuntha. In Vrndavana, His madhurya, which is the mood of intimacy of love, is so strong that it eclipses the opulence and prevails. Although Krsna lifts Govardhana Hill and displays so many pastimes that show His omnipotence, the residents of Vrndavana overlook that because of the intimacy of their love. In Navadvipa, eclipsing even that mood of intimacy of love is audharya - the munificence, magnanimity, or compassion exhibited by Caitanya Mahaprabhu.