February 20, 2017

The beginning stage of bhakti comes from the association of those who are empowered to give Krsna. We should be very mindful of the good fortune that we have all received. When Gratitude, no small thing, enters the heart then Bhakti can grow. It can grow up to the stage of prema. And when gratitude is absent we are not going to get to prema. It is not going to happen. Our practice will be mechanical at best.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled Back Home to Our True Shelter - Part1, Japa Retreat ISKCON of Central New Jersey December 2016

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Jan 2010
February 8, 2010

How can we understand the plan of the Lord? Unless the Lord reveals, we cannot understand His plan. If that confidential relationship exists with the Lord or His devotee, then one can receive the mercy that is available through the process of bhakti, because the process comes through a person. Ultimately, Bhakti devi is an expansion of the internal potency of the Lord and the bearer of that potency is a person. To get the mercy, we need to be at the feet of that person who is giving bhakti. That is Krishna's system. So, in order to open our hearts to what the process of bhakti can offer us, we have to open our hearts to the persons who are delivering bhakti.

March 1, 2006

"Take stock of that which is giving you strength, RELISH that strength, feel gratitude within your heart for that strength, and then...with baby steps...share that realized methodology."

--- Srila Romapada Swami

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
September 21, 2009

Someone may be very active in spiritual matters, but may have no feelings in the heart, or may have apathy. In spiritual life, one may be engaged in some kind of activity without any real taste for that activity, or oen may be doing it in a mechanical fashion. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains that the reason for this is because we do things carelessly. We do it, but our attention isn't there. We are not doing it with care and attention, or with feelings.