HH Romapada Swami in Tirupati Oct 2008
February 22, 2010

Where are the obstacles in Vaikuntha? There may seem to be obstacles, like Aristasura galloping down the road toward the residents of Vrindavan. They immediately take shelter in Krishna, and Krishna protects them. Even in Goloka Vrindavan, there are no demons, but there is the sense of demons. What is the purpose of that? It is there so that they can take more intensely their shelter in Krishna.

HH Romapada Swami in early 70s with Srila Prabhupada
May 19, 2014

A devotee feels himself fully dependent upon Krishna’s mercy. That mood is dormant within, and it is brought out by proper following, step by step by step - unfolding things that Krishna provides for us.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.16-19, given on July 7, 2008 in Herndon, Virginia.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad in Oct 2009
June 1, 2010

The Bhagavatam, in this case and in many other places, is training us through the examples of great devotees to move to the spiritual side. That is to be attached to sat, and by that attachment to be detached from asat. When we speak of duty, we are referring to some service that we have to do for Krishna. The mood of servant is not to be the enjoyer of the outcome. The influence of passion is thinking, "I am entitled to enjoy the outcome". When we are dutiful, we think, "I am entitled to perform the duty, but not entitled to be the enjoyer of the fruit of the duty".

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
November 3, 2009

Is there anything that exists that we can say is ours? We can't say that the body is ours because it can be taken away. Our mind is not ours because it is not under our control. Our possessions are certainly not ours. Even the soul itself is the property of Krsna. So what can we say is ours?

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2005
June 7, 2010

Q) The more I hear about dependence, the more I recognize how far I am from depending fully on guru & Krishna. Sometimes I get stuck in the space of guilt, thinking that I am progressing slowly. What to do?

HH Romapada Swami in ISKCON Queens, Sept 16 2010
May 12, 2014

In Narada Muni's previous life, his mother died when he was a five year old boy. He took this as the special mercy of the Lord. His response was not, "This isn't fair. I am alone; my mother has died and left me alone. I was being a nice boy. Why did God do this to me?" He took it as special mercy. How was it special mercy? The Lord always desires the benediction of His surrendered souls. How is this benediction? Narada understood that it was an opportunity to factually become exclusively dependent upon the Lord. We are actually fully dependent upon the Lord. Whatever it is that we are receiving is from the Lord. If some manifest feature of that which is coming from the Lord is taken from us, we have the Lord.