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 Boston Apr 2012
January 25, 2016

Descending mercy is there. We are just hiding under a rock somewhere calling out, "Where is Krishna?!

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2009
December 29, 2009

How do we take the shelter of Krsna instead of temporary shelters that we are familiar with and attached to? The message of Srimad Bhagavatam is two things, which Srila Rupa Goswami summarizes in one word: eagerness for Krsna’s shelter and for the spiritual reality. He even takes that word eagerness and puts it in really strong term: greed. Srila Rupa Goswami recommends having strong intense eagerness for the shelter of Krsna’s association. Lord Caitanya prays, “Those two lotus feet that are the shelter of the Goddess of Fortune, may those two lotus feet be situated in our hearts”. To enter into that mood with deep feelings, we need eagerness for that experience of our eternal shelter or our relationship with Krsna.

HH Romapada Swami in NY
May 21, 2012

Even if we start with enthusiasm, sincerity, and a burst of eagerness to go for the real thing, the tendency is that somewhere down the line the standard somehow starts to sag. Then, “Whoa!….I need a vacation. I surrendered a lot prabhu. I need alittle sense gratification.” The spirit of ever striving to reach Krishna is eagerness. Niviṣṭah: it is through the ear, receiving Krishna. And if we are receiving that signal, that transcendental vibration enlivens the heart. It transforms the heart. But one can hear the same message and be like stone, very hard.

 - Adapted from a lecture given by His Holiness Romapada Swami on SB 1.3.44, given on January 6, 2008 in Brooklyn

HH Romapada Swami in Tirupati during South Indian Yatra Jan 2011
May 14, 2012

We have two main categories of service to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna: receiving and giving. Receive that gift of Krishna in the form of the holy name, in the form of these literary incarnations of Krishna. Prabhupada writes that eagerness to receive sustains our enthusiasm to reach Krishna and places us on the spiritual platform. We therefore must accept Srimad-Bhagavatam as the direct representation of Lord Krishna. One who can see Srimad-Bhagavatam can also see Lord Krishna in person. They are identical. We have our Deity form of Radha-Govinda. We have our literary form of Srimad-Bhagavatam. We have the name, the sound form of Krishna. What fortune!

HH Romapada Swami in Jagannath Puri Jan 2006
June 16, 2014

The eligibility for devotional service is the candidate's eagerness to have devotional service, eagerness to have a relationship with the Lord. Eagerness and sincerity. The more strong and intense is that eagerness, and the more firm is one’s sincerity, the more there is eligibility for continuous access to devotional service.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.19-25, given on June 8, 2008 in McLean, Virginia.