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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 in Hare Krishna center, Queens
June 22, 2015

The nature of this world is that everything, without exception, has its qualities and faults. A Vaisnava is like the bee; they go to where the qualities are. By going to where the qualities are and appreciating the qualities, uplifting and raising the qualities, the shortcomings become diminished. Where bhakti becomes stronger, or where light becomes stronger, darkness can't stand. That's a quality of a Vaisnava.

Adosa-darsi is the phrase that is used in the purport. Darsi means to see. Adosa-darsi - one who does not see the dosas or faults of others. That is Haridasa. He just did not see them.

HH Romapada Swami & HG Dravida Prabhu in Chicago Dec 2009
June 15, 2015

One nice lesson from Hanuman besides using intelligence is that it's not always the best choice of action to try to become bigger, bigger, bigger and better so that then you will prevail. In this case, he just used his intelligence. He is a minister and he had powers. So he just became very small, and by becoming very small, his purpose was fulfilled.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled Day 05 - Hanuman's Leap to Lanka - South India Yatra January 2015.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Jan 2010
June 1, 2015

There are qualities by which Krsna is very pleased. If we can come before Krsna with such qualities, Krsna is pleased. What else could we want but pleasing Krsna? But how can we get qualities when it is Kali-yuga and the quality market is bankrupt?
Our process is this very merciful, universal process of chanting the Holy Name sincerely and without offense. That naturally awakens the quality of devotion or bhakti. Bhakti awakens by the chanting of the Holy Name. That which is dormant awakens, and through that medium of bhakti, other qualities start to follow. That is our Vaisnava teaching. There are 26 qualities of a Vaisnava. One of them is primary, and the other 25 are secondary. They follow the primary, which is krsna-eka-sarana - surrender to Krsna alone.

HH Romapada Swami in Guyana Jan 2009
May 25, 2015

"Oh Hanuman, because of you I got the friendship of Sugriva. For My sake you crossed the ocean. And for My sake you went and found the whereabouts of Sita. You killed demons such as Jambumali and Ravana's sons. You stood in front of Ravana, bound by Indrajit's brahmastra. So much hardship you have taken for My sake. How can I ever forget the service you have done for me?

HH Romapada Swami in Tirupati during South Indian Yatra Jan 2011
May 18, 2015

Lord Ramacandra continued:

"This body is temporary. Even if the body is anointed with chandan, camphor, kasturi, and other fragment items, still the body, by nature, smells bad. Even sweet items such as sugar, honey, and fruits that go inside this body transform into obnoxious stool."

He is not painting a pretty picture.

"Sweet water, such as milk and coconut water, after going through our body come out as an obnoxious salty urine. The pure white cloth when worn by the body becomes dirty. Therefore those who are elevated souls do not get carried away by the apparent miseries and pleasures pertaining to the body. This body is nothing but a deep dark well.

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, Jan 2013
May 11, 2015

Hanuman came just after the whole ceremony was finished. He who simply loves service was late. Although Hanuman had done volumes and volumes and volumes of service, here is one in which he felt he failed. "I will become known as the person who was unable to carry out the order of his master. All my efforts are useless. I am useless." He just fell at Rama's feet crying, weeping and sobbing. He was so sincere in carrying out his service.

So there is a very nice discussion, a very valuable discussion. Anybody who has to extend care to other devotees should listen very carefully to this, because it is very useful, very instructive. There are three parts of this very nice discussion. It begins:

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2009
May 4, 2015

Some of the pastimes we are hearing in the places we are visiting are pauranik. They are not from Padma Purana, Visnu Purana, Matsya Purana, Kurma Purana, and such sattvic Puranas, but they are pauranik. Our acaryas are swan like. As swans know how to take milk from an impure place, our acaryas can take the main essence and leave aside other things. We should be very careful what we hear and very careful what we speak, because it should be for purposes of elevation. So our acaryas have accepted subject maters that result in the supremacy of the Personality of Godhead and His pure devotees.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled Day 04 - Pastimes of Rameshwaram - South India Yatra January 2015.

HH Romapada Swami & HG Dravida Prabhu in Chicago Dec 2009
April 27, 2015

Prahlada exhibited his quality of purity beginning with humility. Amanitvam adambhitvam. He came before the Lord saying, "I have no qualification to offer prayers to You, or to offer anything to You. In fact, I only have disqualification. I was born in a demoniac family. I have demoniac blood coursing through my veins. I have only material desires. I have only disqualifications. I have no qualification to offer prayers to You. These personalities, these demigods, they are my superiors. They are the qualified ones, but because they have ordered me to offer prayers, I must offer prayers. I can't disobey their order. Even though I am unqualified, I have this order. I am carrying this order upon my head, and so I come before You unqualified to offer You my prayers.

HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur Nov 2010
April 20, 2015

One of the goals of devotion is that when Krsna gives you something you can use in His service, you use that very carefully. Then Krsna sees, "Oh, he has the capacity to use something very carefully. Let Me give him some more." In other words, it is in Krsna's discretion what He gives to somebody. Easily Krsna can give more; easily Krsna can take away. Krsna can do anything He likes. So the criteria is that we intelligently use everything with devotion to the Supreme Lord, and He reciprocates.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled Day 04 - Glories of Vibhishana's Surrender - Rameshwaram - South India Yatra January 2015.

HH Romapada Swami in NY VP 2009
April 13, 2015

One version of Ramayana says there was a squirrel trying to assist build the bridge to Lanka. Hanuman said, "Get out of the way. We are trying to build a bridge." Rama came along and said, "Wait a minute. He is doing as much as you are. He is acting according to the fullness of his capacity."