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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.