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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.

Festival Of Holy Name
December 12, 2016

Appropriate to the circumstance, according to our capacity, our heart filled with faith, increased understanding and attachment to Krsna, chant the glories of Krsna!

Adapted from a lecture entitled "Welcome Address for Yatra-Connection between South India Yatra and Dvaraka Yatra-Deity of Krsna in Udupi-Appearance of Dvaraka-Durvasa and Rukmini-Durvasa and Lord Trivikrama- Day 01- Lecture 01 - Dvaraka Yatra November 2016" by His Holiness Romapada Swami

 

Krishna's omniscience and His apparent bewilderment
December 5, 2016

We are hearing about our worshippable Lord Krsna, about His pastimes, His compassionate nature and His nature of enjoying rasa. It's wonderful!
With our tiny brains, we can't understand Krsna. With proper intelligence, however, when we hear Krsna's pastimes and receive it nicely, the heart becomes pure. Gradually, gradually the truths about the mystery of Krsna will become disclosed to us. And we will become more attached to Krsna!

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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. 

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”.

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”.

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."