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 Hyderabad 2009
December 29, 2009

How do we take the shelter of Krsna instead of temporary shelters that we are familiar with and attached to? The message of Srimad Bhagavatam is two things, which Srila Rupa Goswami summarizes in one word: eagerness for Krsna’s shelter and for the spiritual reality. He even takes that word eagerness and puts it in really strong term: greed. Srila Rupa Goswami recommends having strong intense eagerness for the shelter of Krsna’s association. Lord Caitanya prays, “Those two lotus feet that are the shelter of the Goddess of Fortune, may those two lotus feet be situated in our hearts”. To enter into that mood with deep feelings, we need eagerness for that experience of our eternal shelter or our relationship with Krsna.