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 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".

Gita
July 13, 2006

"When Lord Brahma came to appreciate the quality of Priyavrata, his business was not as a flatterer. 'I want you to do something Priyavrata, therefore I'll flatter you to pieces. Then you'll like me and do what I want.' No. One has to be very careful. The proper etiquette must be there, and the proper social dealings, with the right purpose or interest. If one is deserving some appreciation for their execution or expression of devotion, that should be given, but not as the means of extracting some service. Nor should one avoid it if some criticism or correction is due. 'If I give this correction, then this person who I'm wanting service from may not do it. So better not instruct them.' That's an impure position.

Preaching
July 18, 2006

Who are those who are so fortunate to have the rare opportunity to get good association, and through that good association to become completely relieved of the modes of nature? Only those persons who have received a previous fortune – namely that of being unknowingly engaged in devotional performances. One way to process that truth is to understand that as devotees we have different responsibilities in relation to people in general. One of those responsibilities is to give very, very concentrated association -- to hear and chant in a very concentrated, intensive way, so that we can become free from the modes of material nature through that association and activity of hearing and chanting. But is that it? Is that the beginning and ending of our duty? What about all the other people?

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, May 2011
October 29, 2012

You can give Krishna conscious association to your friends just by being a person of good character. When you are in school, in the workplace, or with your friends, what's inside shouldn't change. And even if you don't see clearly what the opportunity is, if there is a desire within you -- “Let me somehow, my dear Lord Krishna, somehow give something of spiritual value to these friends, these people in the workplace, these people I am with”-- it may not happen or be so evident right away, but if that desire is there, you will be protected.