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 Hyderabad 2009
September 14, 2009

In the matter of devotion to the Supreme Lord, faith is the primary component that must be there. In all the scriptures, blind faith is not respected. But faith that is supported by proper understanding of scriptural knowledge is very essential. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that sraddha, or faith, is the only rule for those who are established in the level of bhakti, or devotion. So, our acaryas have analyzed that the nine stages of bhakti -- from the very beginning stage of sraddha to the highest stage of prema -- are nothing but transformations of different stages of faith.

Faith
August 6, 2007

"Spiritual life, religious life, means to gradually progress through different stages of understanding very clearly not only that a Supreme entity exists, but what and who that Supreme is, and how I am to develop my understanding and my relationship with that Supreme Being. Starting with that initial faith, sraddha, then sadhu-sanga or association with saintly persons follows. Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes that that seed of sraddha accompanies the jiva all the way to the stage of love of God. In other words, it's just like a seed that you would plant in the ground. Within that little seed is the potentiality of a whole tree. That is God's arrangement. Similarly, within sraddha there is the potentiality of love of God. That sraddha, as well as love of God, is intrinsic to the soul.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
August 9, 2010

The main point in this section is that the glories of Krishna are realized through the intimacy of service...Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 1.9.19: "Tribulations imposed upon the devotees by the Lord constitute another exchange of transcendental bhava between the Lord and the devotees". Tribulations can be the opportunity for the devotee to realize more their intimate relationship with Krishna and the glories of Krishna, if taken in the right way. The more intimate contact with Krishna, the more glories of Krishna can be understood. Tribulations and difficulties are special favor and mercy from Krishna. But it takes a pretty good amount of Krishna consciousness to see the tribulations that way.

Association
August 6, 2007

Faith is created in the association of devotees. Actually, faith is already there, and faith comes out in the association of devotees. In a chapter of Bhagavad-gita called Divisions of Faith, Arjuna wants to know, "My dear Lord Krsna, if someone does not have faith in Your words, do they not have faith in something?" And the answer is yes, indirectly. Faith is intrinsic to the soul. It's already there. But if you don't have faith in Krsna, you'll have faith in something non-Krsna, or illusions, or divisions according to the modes of nature. The modes of nature will rule, instead of Krsna ruling in one's life. So faith is already there. Specifically, faith means faith in Krsna. It's already there. Love for Krsna is already there.

Day02_Chira_Ghat_104
January 20, 2014

For one who has implicit faith in Lord Caitanya, the impossible becomes possible. A lame man can climb a mountain and the fool can understand the conclusion of the Vedas.

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