HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2009
December 12, 2008

Dhenuka represents the principle of this foolish mentality, this ass-like mentality, the fruitive mentality, the beast of burden mentality, in which people think, "I have to work very hard. I don't have time for spiritual life. I have to work very hard. So many things I have to do. So much work I have to do. I don't have time." Life can be like that, if we allow it to be. But it doesn't need to be like that, for anyone – for ANYONE. It doesn't have to be like that because we have Balarama on our team, and Balarama will give us the strength to overcome such mentality, effortlessly. [Whirling sound, indicating Balarama wheeling Dhenukasura around by the back legs and throwing him into the top of the tala tree.] Boom!

Guru Maharaja at Kusum Sarovara
September 21, 2008

According to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the Sakatasura demon represents the load carrying mentality. By that he means we have old habits, bad habits, from this life and previous lives, and we carry that bad habit mentality with us lifetime after lifetime, moment to moment. Krsna kicks aside that mentality by His lotus feet. Also, Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes the lethargy and dullness of living entities. If we take shelter of Krsna, and Krsna shows His special kindness, this obstacle on the path of spiritual life becomes removed by Krsna.

HH Romapada Swami in NY 2009
November 16, 2008

This pastime of Lord Brahma stealing the calves and cowherd boys is depicting the pride that may be there in the heart of someone who may have a particular ability, skill, or gift of intelligence. We should always be subordinating that gift Krsna has given us in His service. We should never challenge Krsna with that power He has given, as Lord Brahma did. When Krsna bewildered Lord Brahma, He was reciprocating with Brahma and also using Brahma to instruct us. We should be very careful to remember that whatever it is that Krsna has given us -- whether it is some opulence, some ability, some capacity or another – we are to consider how to use that in serving Him in a nice way. Then
our lives become perfect..

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Oct 2009
November 8, 2010

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes in Krishna-samhita that in each of the pastimes of Krishna where confrontations come, like with either demons or in some cases with Indra or Brahma, Krishna is removing the obstacles on the path of bhakti. In this case of Damodara-lila with Nalakuvera and Manigriva, Krishna is removing the pride and arrogance coming from the feeling that one has an aristocratic birth and is wealthy. Just exactly as Narada described in his contemplation, this kind of pride gives rise to cruelty. This cruelty manifests in various ways - cruelty to innocent animals, cruelty in the form of lust for women, indulgence and intoxication etc.

Guru Maharaja in New Jersey
October 6, 2008

Generally, we think of mercy in terms of the fulfillment of our desires. When the things on our wish list suddenly appear, that looks like mercy. But real mercy – or how we recognize real mercy is that it draws us closer to Krsna. Whatever it is that draws us closer to Krsna generally means our attachment to something of this material world slackens. And that's mercy. Now, it doesn't mean that it's taken away from us, necessarily, but our attachment to it slackens. It may disappear or it may not disappear, but our attachment to that material enjoyment disposition goes down. It's inversely proportionate, like a child's see-saw. When attachment to Krsna goes up, attachment to worldly things goes down. Maharaja Ambarisa, for example, was attached to Krsna. He was a bhakta.

Janmastami
September 3, 2007

There's no question of Krsna entering into the womb of Devaki, or of Krsna being born. Krsna is all-pervading throughout time… As the soul is never created nor destroyed, Krsna is never created nor destroyed. His abode is never created nor destroyed. His pastimes are never created nor destroyed. There is some period of time when His pastimes are manifest, and then again not manifest. .