From March 30th evening to April 1st morning, we had the wonderful and most merciful association of HH Romapada Swami Maharaja. Maharaja spoke at the following events:
1) Home program on the evening of March 30th: Maharaja gave a precursor to his college talk scheduled the next day. The topic was "Compassion."
A few of the important points from Maharaja's lecture are:
- Real compassion is not just to relieve a person from temporary stress, but to release the individual from the source from where all distress is coming
- Fundamental misconception of the self is to identify with what it's not
- What we should be doing depends on who we are
- The soul is our real identity, not the place where we are born or the color of our skin
His Holiness Srila Romapada Swami visited Guyana for the first time in 2000, when he came as special guest for the opening of the Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Ashirvaad Mandir, ISKCON’s main temple just outside of the capital city of Georgetown. Maharaja visited again in 2002 for the opening of another temple in the county of Essequibo. Since then, he has been visiting every year in January, just after the celebration of his Vyasa-puja in late December. This year, because of his expanded GBC services, his scheduled visit was postponed by three months—from March 22-29, 2011.
I know the title of this article is sensational but this was my sincere feeling as I started meditating and writing about the recent visit of HH Romapada Swami Maharaja to State College! We feel very fortunate to be the recipients of Maharaja's care, love and training.
Maharaja's schedule is grueling and yet again, Maharaja had a lecture scheduled scant hours after undertaking a five hour train journey from NYC after a long flight back from Guyana. This made me remember the time when we accompanied Maharaja and were left drained of all energy at the end of the day. As he got into the car all radiant, he looked at our sorry state and jokingly remarked, "And they say Sannyasa life is easy," his wit bringing much cheer to us in that sorry state.