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!

HH Romapada Swami in Boston April 2009
December 13, 2010

According to Kasyapa Muni, a chaste wife is like the commander of the fort, who will protect the individual in the fort from the onslaughts of uncontrolled senses. A pious wife is a great asset for a husband. Kasyapa Muni refers to the pious wife who assists her husband in his religious duties as the ‘better half’ of the body of the husband. We still have that expression in America today, but it is used as a passing remark or in a joking manner. There is absolutely no idea of the root of the religious message behind that statement, but Srimad Bhagavatam is giving us that message. The qualified chaste wife in relation to the husband is such a great asset - so great of an asset that the Vedas enjoin that the wife is to be considered as the ‘better-half’.

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.

HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur, India Nov 2009
February 23, 2015

One verse of Sri Brahma Samhita describes the power of protection that comes from the Supreme Lord and the power of protection that comes as removal of obstacles. It specifically speaks of Ganapati, who has a little tumuli protrusion on the top of his head. The verse says that Ganapati holds the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, Govinda, upon his tumuli and therein he derives the power to remove obstacles. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura explains that manifestation of Govinda specifically is Lord Nrsimhadeva. Ganapti is a Nrsimha bhakta, and it is Nrsimha who gives the power to Ganapati to remove obstacles. Therefore logic says rather than worshiping Ganapati, worship Lord Nrsimhadeva. Vaisnavas may worship Ganapati if they are pure.

Guru Maharaja at Gita Nagari
September 10, 2008

As soon as one begins one's progress on the spiritual path, practically the first things that happens is the appearance of an abundance of different spiritual teachings, and the question of which one to choose. According to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Putana represents the pseudo guru, or false teachers, or false teachings. He explains that the pseudo guru may appear in one or two of the following forms: external or internal. One is the deceitful so-called guru who preaches sense gratification, or the goal of liberation only, without devotion to Krsna.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2003
May 10, 2010

In this section, Arjuna speaks about fearlessness. He is praying to Krishna not because of being fearful of the brahmastra coming at him, but he is praying in the mood of fearlessness. How can a devotee be fearless?