HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2010
December 30, 2013

Carrying out an instruction doesn't just mean the mechanical act of doing something. Carrying out the instruction, when it is done properly, includes the understanding that the Lord's will is there; His iccha-sakti is there.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami at the Dauji temple during the Vrindavan Yatra in November 2013.

HH Romapada Swami in early 70s
November 23, 2008

Balarama carries the plow to take out the dirty stuff in the heart. Prabhupada writes in Krsna Book that the name Balarama means spiritual strength. "Bala means strength, but is means spiritual strength. One cannot attain the supreme platform of self-realization without being sufficiently favored by Balarama. Bala does not mean physical strength. One must have the spiritual strength which is infused by Balarama." So when you think of Balarama, you can remember that He gives spiritual strength so that you can reach Krsna, so that you can serve Krsna. There are things that you like to do or that are helpful for you to do in service to Krsna, but sometimes you don't do them. And there are some things you know are not so good to do, but you still do them. Isn't it?

HH Romapada Swami in New York
April 4, 2011

Srila Prabhupada said that when he read that commentary by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarthi Thakura on Bhagavad-Gita 2.41 (about making the instructions of the spiritual master one's life and soul), it struck him. He knew, "I can't procrastinate any more. I can't simply say I am not qualified, or I am not ready yet. It doesn't matter. I must do this." In essence, that statement by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarthi Thakura catapulted Srila Prabhupada across the Atlantic Ocean to America. So powerful is that message! We are deeply indebted to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarthi Thakura, and to Srila Prabhupada for receiving that message as his life and soul.

Guur-disciple
November 20, 2007

Instructions are meant to be followed, understandings that are given by the spiritual master are to be implemented in one's life, commitments are to be actually applied in one's life, the things that one hears in classes are meant for practical application also – these are all instructions along the same line, which are telling the attentive audience that devotional service is practical, not just a "shmooz time" when talking on spiritual topics. It is meant to be practically implemented, and when one does so, then spiritual progress takes place. That implementation may be problematic, and it may require relinquishing of attachments and patterns of behavior, etc. But instructions are for application, in practical terms. That is my repeated point.

Guru Maharaja Class in NY
July 9, 2008

Along with chanting, we have practical services that we do, because we are restless and we can't just chant. So we need practical services to do, and we need to connect those practical services with Krsna. We connect those practical services with Krsna through consciousness of Krsna, dedicating those activities to Krsna. We get that consciousness of Krsna dedication by hearing. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura describes how to hear effectively. I'm very excited to discuss that topic. I'll summarize it in a simple way. There's a sequence:

HH Romapada Swami with Srila Prabhupada
January 31, 2011

Lord Caitanya told Kurma the brahmana that by following the regulative principles and following His instructions, he will never lose Lord Caitanya's company. By abiding by the instructions of someone, you are always with that person. Lord Caitanya or Krsna and Their instructions are non-different. When you carry Their instructions in your heart, They are with you and you will feel it. That's a nice feeling.