HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
October 26, 2009

What is important, of course, is the effort one makes in chanting, but receiving the holy name is also very important. It is a relationship, and we should want to deepen that relationship with Krsna and the holy name. When we make a commitment to a person, then there is both what we extend and what we receive -- the give and take. In our case, we are with Krsna and we are offering some service. So in our relationship with the holy name, the mood of service is very important. Simply chant as a service to the holy name. When we do that, what does the holy name do in turn?

HH Romapada Swami in NY 2009
October 12, 2008

Here comes a reversal – death in the form of a curse. But actually it was an opportunity for Sukadeva Goswami's association. What happened next? How did Maharaja Pariksit go more deeply? He heard from Sukadeva Goswami and further concentrated his mind which was already concentrated upon Krsna. This is how we go more deeply in Krsna conciousness. Further concentration of the mind, which means stuff which is not in relationship to Krsna goes. Otherwise, how can you further concentrate the mind? Further concentration; further concentration; further concentration. That is through this opportunity for hearing from a bona fide spiritual master. By that opportunity, Maharaja Pariksit was able to further concentrate his already chaste mind further upon Lord Krsna, as a matter of course.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan Oct 2009
November 22, 2010

When Krishna becomes the object of our affection, then all of the inconsistencies, the limitations, the inebrieties, and all such things are gone and the heart’s desire is fulfilled in an inconceivable way. Krishna can make that happen, even if we have no attraction, if we approach Him in this humble petitioning mood, “Please accept me. I have no qualification. Great devotees that have qualification can’t get access. I am shameless and I am asking anyway.” In Nectar of Devotion, this is described as hope against hope. “Still I have the hope, because You are very merciful and You are powerful. So, please accept me in Your service.” Then there is some taste, and that taste is so attractive that material attraction just becomes insignificant.

HH Romapada Swami in Mayapur April 2009
December 9, 2013

Prayer is important, and, particularly, the consciousness that you are carrying and the sankalpa that you are hoping to achieve through that prayer are also important.

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

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
December 7, 2009

What is the role of prayer in chanting?Srila Prabhupada identifies in Bhagavad Gita that Arjuna addresses Krishna by some particular name. There is a particular feature or aspect of Krishna that is invoked by calling His names like, "O Janardhana, O Hrshikesha, O Govinda." So prayer, as in the chanting of Hare Krishna, is also in itself a prayer. If we are chanting in a prayerful mood and chanting prayers to the holy name to be merciful upon us, then we are extending and opening our hearts to a particular merciful aspect or nature of Krishna. It helps awaken that mood of receptivity within our own hearts so that we can receive that which Krishna and His form as the holy name wishes to give. Prayer indicates something that is above us, higher than us, or beyond us even.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
December 14, 2009

When praying, pray from the heart, and be sure to do it as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura has written in Amrtavani on the role of prayer. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura writes, "To whose prayer does Krishna listen?" He continues, "O Krishna I do not want from You any happiness for myself. Whatever You want from me, I will obey without fail. Even if I have to suffer in doing Your will, that suffering will be my pleasure. You are the all-auspicious Lord and as such Your arrangements can be never inauspicious." If a servant of Krishna prays to Him with such faith and feelings, the Lord will certainly accept his offerings.