HH Romapada Swami
August 24, 2011

Q. You mentioned that Lord Caitanya created different situations for thepurification of the persons in His lila...We may not be clear enough in our situation, so what can we do to link with His will, mercy, or arrangements directly?

HH Romapada Swami in early 70s
October 20, 2008

The extra step required is the effort to apply the mercy Krsna gives us. Krsna gives us mercy in different ways. It may look like really nice kind of mercy. It may look like really difficult kind of mercy. Krsna doesn't have a script that He has to read and it's got to look like this, otherwise He's not merciful. He is merciful, and when we receive that mercy with an open heart and apply that mercy, intending to please Krsna, that's when we make advancement. Let go of the controllership, doer-ship, enjoyer-ship, material mentality, and adopt the service mentality, focused on Krsna..

-- Adapted from a lecture given by Srila Romapada Swami on Bhag. 2.3.25

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, May 2011
July 25, 2011

In Madhurya Kadambini, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarthi Thakura discusses where bhakti comes from and how it arises. He offers a number of possible suggestions, but he refutes them and finally comes to a conclusion that bhakti arises when one gets bhakti from a bhakta – specifically a madhyama bhakta. By the way, that’s us! At least we are trying to become, or we are trained to become, what we call “preachers” in ISKCON vernacular. We are enjoined to make distinctions between the Lord, the devotees, the innocent, and those who are inimical to God, the atheists. We apply ourselves differently according to those distinctions.

Preaching

".....What is our qualification to carry Krsna's mercy? The idea of carrying the quality of mercy of Krsna is that we have been given the instruction to take this message of devotion and share it with others. Just give that impelling encouragement to others. Then one is connected to Krsna. By distributing Krsna's mercy, one receives Krsna's mercy. Even if you have Krsna's mercy to give, if you don't give it, you'll feel without it." .

-- Srila Romapada Swami 3/26/00, Chicago

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
October 19, 2009

Although many of us heard Krsna's name before coming in contact with Krsna consciousness, we had to receive the Hare Krsna maha-mantra before we actually started chanting. In a deeper sense, receiving means more than just the syllables. Or, as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura spoke, chanting should not be lip deep, but heart deep. So let the Holy Name enter our heart; let us receive that Holy Name at the level of the heart. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta further says that chanting is not merely a matter of making sound, because we can make a machine that produces the same sound, or we can train animals or birds to chant Hare Krsna. Rather, we should call out from the heart to Lord Nityananda to please deliver the Holy Name and to let that enter our hearts.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
August 9, 2010

The main point in this section is that the glories of Krishna are realized through the intimacy of service...Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.19: "Tribulations imposed upon the devotees by the Lord constitute another exchange of transcendental bhava between the Lord and the devotees". Tribulations can be the opportunity for the devotee to realize more their intimate relationship with Krishna and the glories of Krishna, if taken in the right way. The more intimate contact with Krishna, the more glories of Krishna can be understood. Tribulations and difficulties are special favor and mercy from Krishna. But it takes a pretty good amount of Krishna consciousness to see the tribulations that way.