HH Romapada Swami in Boston April 2009
May 23, 2011

In the Padma Purana, the first two Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam are compared to the lotus feet of the literary form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. After Krishna departed, Srimad-Bhagavatam appeared, just like when sun sets on the western horizon, the moon will arise simultaneously or shortly thereafter on the eastern horizon. The full moon shines as brilliantly as the sun and at the same time gives soothing and cooling rays, as opposed to the hot scorching rays of the sun. The appearance of Srimad-Bhagavatam is also like that. When Krishna appeared, He annihilated the population of miscreant kings on the Earth and established the principles of dharma by teaching Bhagavad-gita.

July 11, 2011

There is another important word that comes in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.7. That word is asu. Asu is a reference of time, and it means “at once”. So, how long we have been chanting? And, how does this “at once” fit into that? The answer is that the full potency is there, “at once”. The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes that these messages, when properly heard and sung, act just like a highly potent drug injected intravenously. It goes at once throughout the whole body. It’s not like taking a pill which slowly dissolves and goes through the body. An IV medication at once goes into the body.

August 24, 2008

Here is a benediction that comes at the end of the chapter in Srimad-Bhagavatam wherein Krsna's killing of Putana is narrated. I will recite it at the beginning so we will all be very attentive. "Any person who hears with faith and devotion about how Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, killed Putana, and thus invests his hearing in such childhood pastimes of Krsna, certainly attains attachment to Govinda, the Supreme Original Person." So, would anyone like to get attachment for Govinda? Ok, so now we know what to do, right? Hear with faith and devotion, and attachment for Govinda will be we'll experience at the end.

-- Adapted from a lecture given by Srila Romapada Swami

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2010
November 2, 2015

The Bhagavatam is the entire twelve Cantos, and each of those twelve Cantos is as transcendental as the other eleven. It is like saying you don’t need your hand, you don’t need your arm, you don’t need your leg, you don’t need your belly; you just need a head. The transcendental body of the Lord is fully transcendental and so the literature which is His literary incarnation is fully transcendental. One part is as transcendental as the other parts. The body of the Lord is not to be thought of otherwise in an ordinary limited way, and the Bhagavatam is not to be thought of in that way.

April 21, 2014

Chapter 5 of Canto 1 ended with Narada Muni instructing Vyasadeva, “You should just describe the almighty Lord's activities, and by so doing, great learned personalities will be fully satisfied and the common masses of people will also have their material miseries mitigated.” So, the range of the audience of the Bhagavatam is everybody.

Lecture given by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam 01.06.01-10, given on, June 06, 2008 in German Town-MD

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
October 14, 2009

We all have some genuine feelings for Krsna, as well as some impure feelings. That mix covers the genuine feelings and, hence, chanting becomes mechanical, as opposed to chanting from the heart. We have some knowledge about who Krsna is and about our situation in this material world. Still, we don't feelingly call out because we have false shelters. Srila Prabhupada says that if we are holding onto something in the tight grip of our hands and we want something else, we have to let go off that something in our hand in order to take the other thing. So, the shelter taking process is a two-fold process: it's knowingly or consciously letting go of our attachments with mindfulness and determination, and also taking shelter in Krsna..