HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2007
July 29, 2013

A forest fire has the effect that even when you’re miles from it you can feel the power, the heat, the intensity, and see the red color, the billows of smoke… It’s out of control. Anything in the path of a big forest fire is engulfed. It’s very fearsome. Prabhupada has explained that even if you bring buckets of water, fire engines, or any amount of water you can muster, it’s not going to stop the forest fire. Only if, by the grace of the Lord, some torrential downpour of rain comes and puts it out. That’s it. Nothing else can stop the raging forest fire. So Mahaprabhu is saying the same: One’s tenure of existence in the material world is raging like an out of control forest fire. Bhava means material existence. Mahadavagni – BIG raging forest fire.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Oct 2009
June 18, 2012

Our spiritual practices should always take a priority position. We may be attending to service -- everyday service or extraordinary service – but when attending to service, we should not become inattentive to the spiritual practices that are lifting us up. We are taking shelter of the hearing and chanting process; that is primary. That is what we are instructed to do. No matter what service is going on, that's our priority.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam 5.8.1-11 entitled “The Pastimes of Bharata Maharaja Part 2” given during March 2011 in Vrindavan, India

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
September 28, 2009

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains that carelessness, particularly in the matter of chanting, is a big problem. Even if all of the other offenses in chanting are successfully removed, if one cannot overcome this carelessness or inattentiveness when chanting, one will not get a taste or attachment for the Holy Name.

On the enthusiastic appeal of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, please be very, very attentive when you do your chanting. Then there will be taste for chanting. When that taste is there, one can easily go back home, back to Godhead. Chanting is the most important of all of our activities in devotion. So one should chant attentively and very carefully. If you care for the object of your devotion, then you will chant full of care, or carefully.

HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur Nov 2010
September 2, 2013

Vadhu means wife. The internal energy or svarupa-sakti of the Lord is His wife. Radha and Krsna. By chanting Hare Krsna, we're contacting the internal energy of the Lord. The Hare Krsna maha-mantra includes Radha and Krsna. Vidya-vadhu-jivanam. By contact with the hladini potency, Srimati Radharani, through the chanting of the Holy Name, the natural state of knowledge of the soul and the happiness of the soul are awakened. How glorious is the Holy Name!

Adapted from an undated lecture on the first verse of Siksastaka given by His Holiness Romapada Swami in Gita Nagari many years ago

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, May 2011
August 5, 2013

Besides being very, very beautiful, the lotus flower also moves. Besides moving in the wind, it also moves with the movements of the sun. The stem follows the movements of the sun, and as the rising sun comes in the east, the lotus blossom opens to greet it, then follows the path of the sun, gradually opening fully and closing again. At night, the lotus is closed. But the radiance of the moon when it is full provides sufficient light that the lotus also opens. Like that, the pure consciousness of the soul – sreya, the ultimate benediction of the soul, the ultimate sense of well being – becomes opened again by the moon-like rays of the Holy Name.

CallingforKrishna

"It starts with hearing and chanting. If you really, really, really, REALLY want to be in Krsna-centeredness when you're in [your place of work or field of activity] you'll chant like you've never chanted before, every morning, that particular morning. Try it. 'My dear Lord Krsna, TODAY, not some time in the future, TODAY I want to be conscious of You throughout the day while [I'm performing my activities], and I've been instructed that calling with great feeling upon Your holy name... Because otherwise it's not possible.