HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur Nov 2010
May 24, 2010

Here, Arjuna is in a similar yet not identical situation as in the battlefield of Kurukshetra -- one in which he does not want to kill. But Krishna wants Arjuna to kill Asvatthama, the killer of the five sleeping sons of Draupadi. Now here the outcome is different, because the circumstances are different. This is not a cookie-cutter religion, wherein there is only one way to do things and we all do them the same way. That is not the lesson here. The lesson is quite the opposite. In the course of religion and duties, there are many subtle things to consider. If you just take one thing and do it, or take another thing and do not do it, then it is not mature and it is not complete.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2006
December 27, 2010

A person who takes a responsible position often has so much trouble. It’s the way of this material world. Just take some responsibility, and there will be lots of troubles. So, does that mean to be irresponsible? That’s not the option. Instead, take on the responsibility and the trouble is part of the service. The deeper mood is to look at the trouble as a manifestation of one’s sacrifice to the Supreme. That’s the shelter and the source for one’s happiness. Then, there is peacefulness and happiness within that relationship with Krishna. Who can abandon that happiness for anything else and call it peaceful? It’s one of the paradoxes of the spiritual life.

From a lecture by HH Romapada Swami on ‘Srimad Bhagavatam 1.11.35-38’, India, Oct-Nov 2008