HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2003
December 31, 2012

We have sambandha-jnana. Are we always remembering Krishna? What's the missing ingredient? The missing ingredient is what Dhruva has that we don't have: a grateful heart. He realizes where he was before, where he is now, and how it happened. It happened by the spiritual energy of the Personality of Godhead through His various representatives, which Dhruva very enthusiastically received and acted upon. He is feeling extremely grateful.

 

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on the Prayers of Dhruva Maharaja (Part 2), given in Hyderabad in November 2005.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Jan 2010
January 10, 2011

Q) How can one come to the platform of absolute humility?
A) One of the ways is to find personalities who have absolute humility, such as Kolaveca Sridhara, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Haridasa Thakura. You become like an ardent fan, follower, or appreciator of them. Read about them, glorify them, remember them, hear more and more about them. Become absorbed in their quality, and that will become your quality. To whatever degree there is some material attraction, that will be dissolved, and all that will remain will be spiritual attraction, because these personalities are on the platform of absolute humility and they have the real thing.

HH Romapada Swami in NY Jan 2004
September 6, 2010

Q) What is your advice on anger management?
A) Anger management means don't have any anger. Just like the best way to manage stress is not to have any stress or anxiety. That is Vaikuntha. So, be a Vaikuntha man or woman. The same is true with anger. But, if there is some anger, and if we are not fully attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then the advice of Bhismadeva is to put something on the other side of the pan scale. That is forgiveness. Anger is when we are holding something against the other person. So let go of that something we are holding against the other person. Practice forgiveness. It elevates the quality of goodness.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Jan 2010
June 1, 2015

There are qualities by which Krsna is very pleased. If we can come before Krsna with such qualities, Krsna is pleased. What else could we want but pleasing Krsna? But how can we get qualities when it is Kali-yuga and the quality market is bankrupt?
Our process is this very merciful, universal process of chanting the Holy Name sincerely and without offense. That naturally awakens the quality of devotion or bhakti. Bhakti awakens by the chanting of the Holy Name. That which is dormant awakens, and through that medium of bhakti, other qualities start to follow. That is our Vaisnava teaching. There are 26 qualities of a Vaisnava. One of them is primary, and the other 25 are secondary. They follow the primary, which is krsna-eka-sarana - surrender to Krsna alone.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2003
January 19, 2015

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw Paramananda Puri, He raised his arms and cried out very loudly, "Hari Hari! I have finally seen Paramananda Puri with my own eyes. My eyes have been fulfilled. My life has finally become perfected. All my religious works have finally born fruit. My sannyasa has been fulfilled. I am seeing Madhavendra Puri himself!"

A great soul so much represents the person they are representing that within that person you see the great soul they represent. At least, that is how it should be. Some of you are disciples of Tamala Krsna Maharaja, some of you are disciples of Jayapataka Maharaja, and some of you are disciples of Gopala Krsna Maharaja, and this Maharaja and that Maharaja.

HH Romapada Swami in Sankirtan in early 70s
November 30, 2009

Srila Sukadeva Goswami is answering Maharaja Pariksit's question about how persons can become free from the sufferings of their misdeeds and what one could do about past sins. The theology of Srimad Bhagavatam instructs us that the means is the chanting of the holy name. Srimad Bhagavatam states it, gives the example of Ajamila, describes the Visnudutas speaking about it, Yamaraja speaking about it, and now Srila Sukadeva Goswami speaking about it again. So it should be very clear. Here is Srila Sukadeva Goswami’s statement (SB 6.3.31), "My dear King, the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is able to uproot even the reactions of the greatest sins. Therefore the chanting of the sankirtana movement is the most auspicious activity in the entire universe.