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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 Hyderabad 2003
January 19, 2015

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw Paramananda Puri, He raised his arms and cried out very loudly, "Hari Hari! I have finally seen Paramananda Puri with my own eyes. My eyes have been fulfilled. My life has finally become perfected. All my religious works have finally born fruit. My sannyasa has been fulfilled. I am seeing Madhavendra Puri himself!"

A great soul so much represents the person they are representing that within that person you see the great soul they represent. At least, that is how it should be. Some of you are disciples of Tamala Krsna Maharaja, some of you are disciples of Jayapataka Maharaja, and some of you are disciples of Gopala Krsna Maharaja, and this Maharaja and that Maharaja.

HH Romapada Swami in early 70s with Srila Prabhupada
January 12, 2015

How does bhakti awaken? It awakens by chanting the holy name, hearing the message of Srimad-Bhagavatam, bringing that message within your heart, and then living it. In that way the intelligence is directed, directing our activity, and the heart is made pure. By these two tracks - like the two tracks of a train - we can reach the destination very easily, A very simple process!

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.4-6, given on August 4, 2008 in Portland.

HH Romapada Swami in Mayapur Oct 2008
January 5, 2015

Hearing Krishna-katha awakens natural attraction for Krishna. It is very simple! Just like a match box: Take one match from the match box, strike it on the striker, and fire comes out, just like that. It was sitting there for a long time. Like that, love for Krishna is in the heart of any living being - not just human beings; all living beings

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad -hagavatam 1.7.4-6, given on August 4, 2008 in Portland.

HH Romapada Swami in Govinda Kund, Vrindavan 2009
December 29, 2014

The purpose of all the Vedas is to know Krishna. Krishna says vedanta-kṛid veda-vid eva caham: "I am the compiler of the Vedas." As His expansion, Vedavyasa, He compiled the Vedas. And veda-vid – He knows the Vedas. When you write something you know the purpose of that which you have written. The author knows the purpose of what he has written. Krishna is saying, "I am the author by My expansion Vedavyasa. What is the purpose? To know Me!"

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.4-6, given on August 4, 2008 in Portland.

HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur Nov 2010
December 22, 2014

Prabhupada explained that the process of devotional service has two tracks. One is purifying the heart by chanting of the holy name, and the other is spiritual teachings that give proper direction. Knowledge alone is not enough. Likewise the means for cleansing of heart alone is not enough. We need both things.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad -Bhagavatam 1.7.4-6, given on August 4, 2008 in Portland.

HH Romapada Swami in Sri Kurmam during South Indian Yatra Jan 2011
December 15, 2014

Bhagavatam wants to bring us to acting from the heart, acting from the platform of the soul. Without freedom, there is no execution of devotional service. If we go to the viddhi stage there is some freedom. Just by taking some restriction of what we will do and what we will not do, there is some submission to Krishna. Prabhupada explains the essence is the submission to Krishna; it is not the do’s and the don’ts.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.36-39, given on July 2, 2008 in Palatine.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2004
December 8, 2014

What is perfection? Perfection is meeting the Lord and being in one’s eternal relationship with Him!

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.36-39, given on July 2, 2008 in Palatine.

HH Romapada Swami in Jagannath Puri Jan 2006
December 1, 2014

We are getting promises from Krishna. A promise from Krishna is that He will take us to Him. What is the price that He is asking? It is the same price that He is asking little Narada Muni: just continue with this process faithfully, eagerly...eagerly seeking the Lord's association.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.36-39, given on July 2, 2008 in Palatine.

HH Romapada Swami in New York Jan 2008
November 24, 2014

There is this really wonderful feature of bhakti, namely full surrender, full freedom. Full Freedom! As free as Krishna is free. That much freedom.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.36-39, given on July 2, 2008 in Palatine.

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Sept 2008
November 17, 2014

It is through the service to Mukunda that one achieves the state of liberation. That liberation (mukti) is from the harassing experience of material existence, just by serving Krishna. It is more effective because you give the senses positive engagement. To check them artificially is no check at all, because as soon as there is some opportunity for enjoyment, the serpent-like senses will certainly take advantage of it. He gives examples of Viśvāmitra and Menakā, and where even Maya personified came, Ṭhākura Haridāsa didn’t move. The bhakti process is more effective than the artificial process of restraining the senses.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.35, given on July 1, 2008 in Palatine.