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'.

Guru Maharaja Dancing
July 9, 2012

Devotional service is pure. Wes hould strive for the pure Holy name, for pure devotional service. Through mercy, by our eager calling out, by our faith in the existence of something that is really pure, and by association with that which is really pure, we can also become pure. Purified in heart, and then purified in all of our actions of life.

Adapted from a lecture by His HolinessRomapada Swami entitled “Chanting from the Heart” (Part 2), spoken duringthe Festival of the Holy Name in Chicago in 2008

HH Romapada Swami in Jaipur, India Nov 2009
March 3, 2014

The purport is that any transaction, either in the field of fruitive work or in empiric philosophy, which is not ultimately aimed at transcendental realization of the Supreme Lord, is considered to be useless.

Adapted from a lecture given by His Holiness Romapada Swami on SB 01.05.36-37 in Detroit, May 17, 2008.

Mayapur_Yatra_2012_45
February 18, 2013

Steadiness is spiritual steadiness. Spiritual steadiness arises directly from the soul, not from the modes of nature. Steadiness doesn't come from circumstance, nor is it interrupted by circumstances. That’s what real steadiness is – from the soul. It takes purity. Purity takes time. It takes purification efforts sustained over time, and lots of mercy. Steadiness will flow from purity, which will follow eagerness to receive the mercy and eagerness to undergo the prescribed method of purification.

Adapted from the a lecture given by His Holiness Romapada Swami entitled “Steadiness”, given during the Namamrta Experience in Gita Nagari during September 2012.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad Jan 2010
October 11, 2010

In our own lives, how are we to take up Krsna consciousness in such a way as to avoid being merely an external devotee? It is possible to go beyond superficiality when we are conscious and carrying within our consciousness the real purpose of our life, the purpose of scriptures, the purpose of the activities that we are accepting and the prohibitions that we are observing. If we consciously carry that purpose with us, then the activities become ways to facilitate it and the medium through which that purpose can be enriched and fructified. The essence is to have a strong desire to achieve the awakened state of our loving attraction for Krishna.

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2003
September 15, 2014

Once you have pure devotion and the spiritual form free from material contamination, there is no further material contamination. That is good news! Even moving about the material world, Nārada Muni is not contaminated; rather he purifies wherever he goes. That is the asset that comes from pure devotion.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.6.29-32, given on June 30, 2008 in Palatine.