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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 Jaipur Nov 2010
March 30, 2015

When we chant Hare Krsna, we should know why. We were given the why along with the holy name. It is to ceto-darpana-marjanam, to make the heart clean and free from material contamination so that the dormant love for Krsna thats within can awaken. Sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam, like the opening of the white lotus of good fortune, our natural propensity for serving Krsna with love is very naturally awakened by the chanting of the holy name. That is our sadhana, and the sadhana should be done daily, and the sadhana should be done very carefully, and the sadhana should be done with a very clear sense of purpose.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled Lessons from Ramayana - Glories of Sadhana Bhakti, given in Chicago during February 2015.

HH Romapada Swami in Govinda Kund, Vrindavan 2009
March 23, 2015

Hearing about Lord Ramacandra is transcendental. Hearing that transcendental vibration of these Rama Charitam - the transcendental characteristics of His pastimes - carries one to the transcendental virtuous position, where affection, affinity, and attraction for the Personality of Godhead awakens, thus diminishing envy, and then the envy in the world. It is like a panacea for Kali-yuga, which is based on uncontrollable quarrel and strife between person and person, family member and family member, one group and another group, one nation and another nation, and so on.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on SB 09.11.23 entitled Observance of Lord Ramacandra's Appearance Day given in Chicago during April 2013.

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, Jan 2013
March 16, 2015

A very important part of Sri Ramanujacarya's life was receiving this mantra and giving it to others. Caitanya Mahaprabhu also liked to very liberally give the maha-mantra to anyone and everyone, qualified or unqualified. Along with that mantra came the distribution of transcendental knowledge - knowledge of Krsna and Krsna's message. Yei Krishna-tattva-vetta, sei 'guru' haya. Mahaprabhu taught that anyone who has the qualification of clearly understanding Krsna-tattva and has compassion in their heart can perform that function of giving Krsna-bhakti to others.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled "Day 02 - Pastimes at Thirukostiour - Thirukostiour Temple - Madurai - South India Yatra January 2015".

HH Romapada Swami in NY 2009
March 9, 2015

Visvarupa taught Indra the Narayana-kavaca. There is a whole chapter on Narayana-kavaca you can learn. By reciting these mantras while touching different parts of the body, the mantras protect the body on all parts. It is exactly what we are doing when we apply tilaka. Om kesavaya namah. Om narayanaya namah. It's not like a formal shield or armor, but it's protection by the Supreme Lord by reciting His names, thinking of Him. It is not just smearing some mud or clay, forgetting the mantra. You say the mantra and you meditate on the Supreme Lord, and the limbs of the body become protected by the Supreme Lord.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled "Day 01 - Pastimes at Koodalaghar and Meenakshi Temples- Madurai- South India Yatra January 2015".

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, Jan 2013
March 2, 2015

The position of Lord Siva is very difficult to understand. He has a big range. He is not a stagnant personality, rather he vastly manifests according to how a person regards him. The bhutas, for example, regard him as he fulfills their desire, but for the Vaisnavas he delivers bhakti. He is the head of a sampradaya, and according to Caitanya-caritamrita, in Sadasiva-loka he is the direct expansion of Lord Visnu for pastimes. But his range is vast. One of his abodes is at the bottom of the universe for the time of universal annihilation, and one of his abodes is in the lower regions of Vaikuntha...and places in between. He is a very complex personality. So how one regards Lord Siva depends on the feature that he exhibits.

HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur, India Nov 2009
February 23, 2015

One verse of Sri Brahma Samhita describes the power of protection that comes from the Supreme Lord and the power of protection that comes as removal of obstacles. It specifically speaks of Ganapati, who has a little tumuli protrusion on the top of his head. The verse says that Ganapati holds the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, Govinda, upon his tumuli and therein he derives the power to remove obstacles. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura explains that manifestation of Govinda specifically is Lord Nrsimhadeva. Ganapti is a Nrsimha bhakta, and it is Nrsimha who gives the power to Ganapati to remove obstacles. Therefore logic says rather than worshiping Ganapati, worship Lord Nrsimhadeva. Vaisnavas may worship Ganapati if they are pure.

HH Romapada Swami in Guyana Jan 2008
February 16, 2015

When Nabhi saw the qualification of his son, he understood that this was his opportunity to enthrone his son as the king. He and Merudevi entered into the forest to undergo austerities and achieve perfection, which is strange because he had already achieved perfection. He had the Personality of Godhead as his son. It is puzzling a little bit. On the other hand, we know that one who is qualified isn't considering themselves qualified, and/or one who is qualified is setting an example, just like Krsna says to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna is interested in not taking part in the battle, and Krsna indicates that even if you achieve perfection you will still teach by example. You will not have to perform your duty, but you will perform your duty to show example.

HH Romapada Swami in Mayapur April 2009
February 9, 2015

This big deity, Koodalaghar, got on top of Garuda in order to see His devotee, Visnucitta, being honored, because more than being honored Himself, the Supreme Lord likes to see His devotee being honored. Isn't it? Why did Krsna have Arjuna fight in the Kurukshetra battle? Krsna makes arrangements for so many of His devotees to do things, but He can do things. He doesn't need it. He can do it himself. But He likes His devotees to be honored. Krsna likes that. Visnu likes that. So, He came on the back of Garuda, smiling.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled "Day 01 - Pastimes at Koodalaghar and Meenakshi Temples- Madurai- South India Yatra January 2015".

HH Romapada Swami in early 70s with Srila Prabhupada
February 2, 2015

While Brhaspati was gone, Indra and his ministers went to get assistance from Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma scolded them. He scolded them for offending Brhaspati. He said, "Don't you know, you offend your spiritual master and all spiritual well being is taken? All strength, all opulence, all ability, everything that you have will be taken from you. Just see. "

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled "Day 01 - Pastimes at Koodalaghar and Meenakshi Temples- Madurai- South India Yatra January 2015.

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2009
January 26, 2015

How does the living entity become bewildered? The living entity becomes bewildered by thinking in false conception of self. “I am who I am not. And who I am is who I am not.” It is a mistaken conception of self. If I have mistaken myself to be a product of matter (ātmānaṁ tri-guṇātmakam) instead of spirit soul, part and parcel of the Supreme, my knowledge becomes covered. Neither do I understand myself, nor do I understand the Supreme. So if I don’t understand the self, and I don’t understand the Supreme, how can I be happy? Still, I want to be happy, so I pursue happiness in terms of who I think I am. And so I am very, very busy my whole life - lifetime after lifetime - trying to find happiness by getting things to be mine.