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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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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.

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
February 27, 2017

Maharaja Pariksit says “Tell me more! Speak more of such katha!” Such hearing has an effect on the heart. The spiritual happiness swells within the heart and the eagerness to hear increases- not just the eagerness of the feeling of happiness and contentedness within, but also the happiness of the ear and the heart just to hear the glorification of the Supreme Lord increases.

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February 20, 2017

The beginning stage of bhakti comes from the association of those who are empowered to give Krsna. We should be very mindful of the good fortune that we have all received. When Gratitude, no small thing, enters the heart then Bhakti can grow. It can grow up to the stage of prema. And when gratitude is absent we are not going to get to prema. It is not going to happen. Our practice will be mechanical at best.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled Back Home to Our True Shelter - Part1, Japa Retreat ISKCON of Central New Jersey December 2016

HH Romapada Swami in NY VP 2009
February 13, 2017

Knowledge, association, cultivation - these principles apply to developing any quality or eradication of an unwanted quality or characteristic. You can make your little chart, in mind or literally on paper, these are point of knowledge, these are action points of association and cultivation, and slowly move (towards your goal).

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled 'SB 01.08.17-20 Prayers of Queen Kunti Part 1' delivered in Vrndavana in November 2005

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February 6, 2017

Maharaja Pariksit, after hearing from Sukadeva Goswami, says that a person who regularly hears the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Balarama, who is unlimited, glorious, and all powerful, naturally develops the qualification of feeling completely full, satisfied, and detached.

Adapted from a lecture entitled 'Sudama Lila - Day 5 - Dvarka Yatra' by HH Romapada Swami delivered in November, 2016