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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
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."

HH Romapada Swami in NY 2009
April 6, 2015

The quality of standing by the truth is what Vibhishana exhibited even against the risk of his life. Prahlada Maharaja did the same, even against the risk of his life. He just simply spoke the truth. It is what Prabhupada did, what Bhaktisiddhanta did, what Bhaktivinoda Thakura did, what great personalities do, and what we are to learn to do, if we want to be accepted by Krsna. Krsna is such that He speaks the truth. And Ramachandra, He speaks and abides by the truth. Without consideration of who is approaching, Lord Ramachandra's disposition is, "I accept them." Simplicity. Why? "Because he is surrendering to Me. Wherever he may have been before is inconsequential."

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".