HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Jan 2010
December 2, 2013

Adopt a mood that will be pleasing to Radha and Krishna - a humble mood of service in all circumstances.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami given at Raval during the Vrindavan Yatra in November 2013

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2010
July 14, 2014

Our process is awakening our desire to serve our eternal father, our eternal master, our eternal Lord in a proper mood. That is what attracts Krishna, Who will then show Himself to us, if He so desires. It is our mood of love and service that is what we should be cultivating. Bhaktisiddhanta’s teaching is that one should not try to see God, rather one should try to act in such a way that God will want to see you. That is what we should strive for.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.19-25, given on June 8, 2008 in McLean, Virginia.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan 2009
July 26, 2010

Q) In the beginning, should we concentrate more on our purification, or should we concentrate more on Krishna's pleasure?

A) Why not put both of them together - i.e. concentrate on purification for Krishna's pleasure? Purification represents goodness and Krishna's pleasure represents transcendence. So, when we begin any undertaking, begin with the end in mind. Srila Prabhupada explains that when we define a goal, and when we have clear sense of the goal, it becomes very easy to take steps to traverse to get to that goal. Conversely, if we do not have clear understanding and clear conception of the goal, it is pretty hard to have the motivation to get to the goal. So, having a clear sense of the goal is very important - and that goal is that 'Krishna should be pleased'.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad in Oct 2009
June 1, 2010

The Bhagavatam, in this case and in many other places, is training us through the examples of great devotees to move to the spiritual side. That is to be attached to sat, and by that attachment to be detached from asat. When we speak of duty, we are referring to some service that we have to do for Krishna. The mood of servant is not to be the enjoyer of the outcome. The influence of passion is thinking, "I am entitled to enjoy the outcome". When we are dutiful, we think, "I am entitled to perform the duty, but not entitled to be the enjoyer of the fruit of the duty".

HH Romapada Swami in Jagannath Puri Jan 2006
November 15, 2010

Q) How can we intensify the desire for the mood of service?

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
November 26, 2012

Lord Caitanya’s teaching is to become the servant of the servant of the servant of the servant of the gopis who are intimately serving Krishna. “Servant of the servant” the more times removed, the better. So serving the devotees is a corner stone, a fundamental core teaching of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Why? Because we don’t have the qualification to approach Krishna directly. Moreover, our purpose is to please Krishna, and Krishna is pleased when we approach one who is dear to Him and when we serve those who are dear to Him. By so doing, we are serving Krishna.