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..

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad, October 2009
October 4, 2010

Q) In the Ajamila story, Ajamila fell down by seeing just one negative thing. In our case, there are several bad impressions and baggage in our mind. How do we get rid of those impressions from previous experiences? Although I try to leave them behind, they keep coming back in strange ways. So, how can I completely erase them so that they don't come back at all?

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2007
March 1, 2010

Srila Prabhupada's teaching is that Krishna will never give a challenge beyond which we cannot pass. It's like a teacher and a student. A teacher will not give a trigonometry question to a second grade student. The teacher will give a test which the students can handle. In the unfolding of our devotional service, Krishna may give us greater and greater challenges. I am finding that's the case. There are greater and greater challenges, such that there is no way that the challenge can be addressed other than by Krishna's mercy and the practical application of some intelligence. It may be that we need to go to these other persons or resources who are skilled in this area or that area to help us. With the mercy of Krishna, there is no obstacle that is insurpassable.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2009
August 17, 2009

We are moving along the path of our life and everything seems to be unfolding as planned; then all of a sudden something unexpected happens. Sometimes it is very difficult to understand why such things happen. There are circumstances in which saintly persons and highly religious persons also go through similar situations. So we shouldn't be surprised. In fact, we should be prepared how to face and process these reversals. It may not be in the scope of our awareness to see or understand Krsna's plan for us and the hidden benefit in the reversal. So Brahma's advice is the same as Krsna's advice: tolerate that and do not make the mistake of trying to counteract providential arrangements.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan, Nov 2009
September 13, 2010

Srila Prabhupada said that a devotee is materially pessimistic and spiritually optimistic. Materially pessimistic refers to the sense that we are not expecting happiness in this material world. We are very pessimistic about the happiness of the material world. To think otherwise is an illusion, like a mirage. A mirage is something. It is a reflection of the sun on silicon and it looks like water. But it is not water. It is the reflection of the sun on the sand. Similarly, this material world is something, but it is an illusion. The illusion makes it look like happiness, but the devotee understands that it is not happiness. So, we are pessimistic in that sense...But spiritually, we are very optimistic.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
January 25, 2010

Q. By the mercy of my mentors, I am aware of my conditioning and I want to get out of it. I am trying, but unknowingly, my mind again goes there. So what to do?
A. That is because, we are conditioned. Welcome to the club! At least, in this stage, you are recognizing that conditioning. In this material world, everyone is striving hard without knowing that they are conditioned. And, failure in their striving leads to depression. So, consider yourself very fortunate. You have got the right target. The target is to find satisfaction from within. Although, it is very challenging, one can achieve that by this merciful guidance of Srimad Bhagavatam and by the means of purification. .