Here, you will get a rare glimpse into the life and activities of a transcendentalist, whose selfless activities are inspired by the Personality of Godhead and are meant for the ultimate benefit of others.

July 15, 2011

ISKCON St. Louis Temple Deities

“Maharaja is coming to St. Louis!” I exclaimed. The atmosphere was extremely jubilant! It was the time when devotees began to clean their houses in an endeavor to make everything perfect in anticipation of Maharaja’s impending visit to St. Louis.

All too soon, the big day finally arrived, Friday April 8th, 2011. That evening’s home program was held at Kailash Prabhu and Anju Mataji’s house. Maharaja, seated on the Vyasasana, surrounded by devotees, was gracefully playing cymbals along with the kirtan, looking bright and effulgent as ever! Our hearts were so full just seeing him and being in his presence!

June 26, 2011

Sri Radha Govinda in ISKCON Brooklyn, NY

On the most merciful appearance day of Lord Chaitanya (Gaura Purnima), we were blessed and fortunate to be in the powerful association of His pure representative, His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja.

The day of Gaura Purnima started with an incredibly beautiful Mangala Arotik ceremony in the Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir with Their most enchantingly charming Lordships in Their gorgeous new outfits.

June 20, 2011

HH Romapada Swami in State College, Mar 2011

From March 30th evening to April 1st morning, we had the wonderful and most merciful association of HH Romapada Swami Maharaja. Maharaja spoke at the following events:

1) Home program on the evening of March 30th: Maharaja gave a precursor to his college talk scheduled the next day. The topic was "Compassion."

A few of the important points from Maharaja's lecture are:
- Real compassion is not just to relieve a person from temporary stress, but to release the individual from the source from where all distress is coming
- Fundamental misconception of the self is to identify with what it's not
- What we should be doing depends on who we are
- The soul is our real identity, not the place where we are born or the color of our skin

June 15, 2011

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I felt the Jagannatha Puri Yatra to be quite an experience on many levels. As we learned from His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja, it was a special opportunity to go deeper into Krishna consciousness, to take the next step, to chant and hear with presence, and to increase the capacity to receive Lord Chaitanya’s mercy in our lives. Hearing about the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya and His associates in the place where they happened (and are happening) was immensely enlightening and purifying for me. I particularly remember hearing about King Prataparudra and how he met with Lord Chaitanya by receiving the mercy of devotees such as Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, Ramananda Roy, and other associates of Lord Chaitanya.

June 1, 2011

Sri Sri Nitai Chaitanya Chandra of ISKCON Guyana

His Holiness Srila Romapada Swami visited Guyana for the first time in 2000, when he came as special guest for the opening of the Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Ashirvaad Mandir, ISKCON’s main temple just outside of the capital city of Georgetown. Maharaja visited again in 2002 for the opening of another temple in the county of Essequibo. Since then, he has been visiting every year in January, just after the celebration of his Vyasa-puja in late December. This year, because of his expanded GBC services, his scheduled visit was postponed by three months—from March 22-29, 2011.

Tuesday, March 22

May 4, 2011

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I know the title of this article is sensational but this was my sincere feeling as I started meditating and writing about the recent visit of HH Romapada Swami Maharaja to State College! We feel very fortunate to be the recipients of Maharaja's care, love and training.

Maharaja's schedule is grueling and yet again, Maharaja had a lecture scheduled scant hours after undertaking a five hour train journey from NYC after a long flight back from Guyana. This made me remember the time when we accompanied Maharaja and were left drained of all energy at the end of the day. As he got into the car all radiant, he looked at our sorry state and jokingly remarked, "And they say Sannyasa life is easy," his wit bringing much cheer to us in that sorry state.

May 1, 2011

HH Romapada Swami and Youth in Puri

When we left the U.S. to go on pilgrimage to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s places of pastime around Puri, we were anticipating pure bliss, and that’s exactly what we got. On the very first day of our yatra, however, Madhavananda Prabhu warned us that many obstacles must be overcome before one actually gains entrance into the holy dhama (abode). Granted, we did have to endure some hardships before we could actually enter the transcendental dhama, but by Srila Prabhupada’s mercy and that of senior devotees such as His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja, we were able to overcome them.

April 4, 2011

Sri Radha Govinda, New York temple

We were so happy to be in the association of HH Romapada Swami during the weekend of Feb 5-6, 2011 in New York. HH Romapada Swami has his base in ISKCON, Brooklyn. Because of his extensive travel and on-going commitment to an increasing number of services and persons, Maharaja’s duration of stay in New York has greatly reduced.

March 27, 2011

Maharaj giving lecture - South India yatra

The following are some anecdotes from my experience attending the South India (SI) yatra (during Jan 2011) in the association of HH Romapada Swami and other devotees.

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January 30, 2011

Vyasa Puja Celebration

This was the first Vyasa Puja celebration held in Chicago for His Holiness Romapada Swami Maharaja! The local devotees were all very excited to be able to host this most auspicious event, and to have many opportunities to serve the devotees. The mood of Vyasa Puja this year was very sweet and loving, and all of the devotees seemed to be extremely happy and blissful by the end of the weekend.

A large number of devotees had returned from the South India Yatra scant days before, and were trying to overcome their jet lag to participate in the Vyasa Puja celebrations with full eagerness and attention. In fact, most of them had less than a week to get over the exhaustion from constant travel, sickness, and jet lag.