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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 Chicago, Jan 2013
August 17, 2015

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 Boston Apr 2009
August 10, 2015

Lord Kapiladeva is asked by Devahuti, “Devotional service is pure. Is it possible to render devotional service impurely?”

Kapiladeva’s reply is, “Yes. According to one’s involvement in the modes of material nature, our consciousness while rendering devotional service (which is pure in and of itself) can be tainted by ignorance or passion or goodness. Then there is pure devotional service, in which the consciousness of the performer is free of all such taints. This is what he is describing. Gauna-bhakti is the practice of devotional service in the material field, and prakrta-bhakti is devotional service of different qualities. Above such activities is the transcendental practice of devotional service.

Guru Maharaja Hearing SP
August 3, 2015

Brahma-bhūtaḥ - on a spiritual platform. Prasannātmā – one feels not just relief of the pressure of being harassed, but one feels positive spiritual happiness. Prasannātmā. What is a feature of that? Na śocati na kāńkṣati – no hankering and no lamenting. When there is positive spiritual happiness, that pressure of the material hankering for something we don’t have and lamenting for something that we lose is taken away. It becomes so insignificant that it just vanishes. The example given is that of a light from a firefly. In the mid-day sun, what is the illumination from the firefly?

HH Romapada Swami in Mayapur April 2009
July 31, 2015

The Personality of Godhead is always with His loving associates in His transcendental abode engaging in loving exchanges with them in His fullness. Puruṣaḿ pūrṇaḿ. His fullness is everything. He saw the spiritual world, the Lord in the center of that spiritual world, and His external energy which was under His full control. The external energy specifically is situated behind Him, under His control. Normally we don’t see the Personality of Godhead because all we see is external energy. It is like looking in the sky and seeing lots of clouds but not seeing the sun. We know that the sun is there because it is light instead of dark, but we can’t see the sun because of the clouds.

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2012
July 27, 2015

Question: Vyasadeva was feeling compassionate towards the souls of Kali-yuga, so he wrote this vast literature. When somebody is sharing what they are going through, just by being compassionate towards them, I share whatever I have heard from my superiors. I know that I don’t own their problem or I cannot solve their problem, but still the feeling is that if they get Krishna’s mercy then they can focus in their devotional service. In that situation, when I do my sadhana, those thoughts come. How am I to be detached from that and try to be in the mood of service?

HH Romapada Swami in Intel Apr 2009
July 13, 2015

According to scripture, cultivating goodness starts with the tongue – that which you speak and that which you taste. These are the two functions of the tongue. The quality of goodness is best moderated by what you vibrate and what goes in. People who are situated in the quality of goodness only speak messages in the quality of goodness; otherwise they don’t speak.

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 Vrindavan Oct 2009
July 6, 2015

Practice with a spiritual conception in the association of enthusiastic devotees and your enthusiasm will sustain. The mode of goodness will support in sustaining enthusiasm, provided that material conception and fruitive tendency slacken, and your purpose becomes purification instead. We are purifying our existence. It takes an amount of goodness to have that purpose.

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 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.