January 1, 2012

HH Romapada Swami in Boston

When I looked at our BBT Vaishnava calendar for signs of auspiciousness during the week of Nov 14th, I was quite disappointed. Usually, there is always something going on, but, this week was completely barren! - There was nothing auspicious about it – no ekadasi; no appearance or disappearance days of the Supreme Lord and His avatars or that of His pure devotees or mention of any Krishna conscious events. To make things worse, a relative of mine reminded me that Nov 14th was the birth anniversary of one of India’s famous (yet corrupt and controversial) politicians – Oh well - that made things even gloomier for me! What can one achieve other than material entanglement by remembering such days or glorifying such mundane personalities.

January 17, 2011

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Sept 2010

I was eagerly looking forward to HH Romapada’s visit to Boston. Usually, Maharaja only visits us twice a year (it’s actually amazing that he does this considering his countless committments!) and so, Maharaja’s visits are all the more special to me. Maharaja arrived at our home on Sept 13th 2010 around noon time. I’m eager to share with the devotees a snapshot of his wonderful activities and my experiences.

Stress Management Talk at North Eastern University, Sept 13 2010

October 12, 2009

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Sept 2009

The following are some anecdotes from Maharaja’s recent visit to Boston in Sept 2009.

May 5, 2008

Sri Radha Gopivallabha, ISKCON Boston

We all have been reading the 'Latest News' section on this website and getting benefited by the realizations of various devotees that had the great fortune of HH Romapada Swami's divine association. In their reports, devotees often express their gratitude for Maharaja's association and the busy schedule that he has taken up to extend to so many souls, in service to his spiritual master. These very same thoughts instilled some feelings of gratitude in our hearts and prepared us to receive his kindness and love before and during his visit here.

April 24th, 2008 (Thursday)

May 11, 2009

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2009

It was a bright, sunny day and the birds were singing with sweet voices, when Maharaja arrived in Boston. Our hearts blossomed due to the spring-like presence of Maharaja. In this world, everyone is looking for genuine, unconditional love and care, but one hardly finds it in material, temporary relationships. Rather, the common and consistent outcome is frustration. Although, apparently, we also live in such a world, by the mercy of Krishna and His pure devotees, we have been gifted a kind of shelter, love and care that is completely other-worldly in nature and scope.

October 6, 2008

HH Romapada Swami in Boston Sept 2008

Firstly, I want to express my gratitude to Maharaja for the wonderful lectures and subsequent discussions. I consider myself fortunate to be able to hear from such personalities, despite my lack of qualification. The feeling is that we are not really qualified to appropriately receive and truly appreciate the message that is being conveyed - it is only due to the mercy of such elevated devotees that we are able to receive this sublime knowledge. However, if we do try to hear from such pure devotees attentively and with the right mood, then the message stays within the heart, and does influence us in a positive way.

Lecture at Tufts University