HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
February 27, 2017

Maharaja Pariksit says “Tell me more! Speak more of such katha!” Such hearing has an effect on the heart. The spiritual happiness swells within the heart and the eagerness to hear increases- not just the eagerness of the feeling of happiness and contentedness within, but also the happiness of the ear and the heart just to hear the glorification of the Supreme Lord increases.

HH Romapada Swami in Guyana Jan 2008
November 9, 2015

Atmarama is finding happiness within the soul. Rama means pleasure. Atma means soul. Atmarama means one who is finding pleasure in the soul. Finding happiness is at the soul level, not the sense and mind level. Finding real happiness is in fact the topic of the first seven chapters of Bhagavatam. A phrase that is used again and again as a refrain is atma suprasana. Prasana means happiness. Suprasana means complete happiness. The author Vyasadeva is indicating again and again how that atma suprasana is reached. It is something that is already there but covered, and it is uncovered by the process of receiving spiritual sounds that resonate and awaken the soul.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan Oct 2009
April 23, 2012

The position of happiness is not achieved by whatever particular activity we are engaged in or the particular circumstances we find ourselves in. Happiness is found within.  Happiness from a spiritual perspective is our loving relationship with Krishna.

Adapted from a lecture given by Srila Romapada Swami on SB 5.8.1-11, The Pastimes of Bharata Maharaja – Part 2, in March 2011 in Vrindavan

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February 6, 2017

Maharaja Pariksit, after hearing from Sukadeva Goswami, says that a person who regularly hears the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Balarama, who is unlimited, glorious, and all powerful, naturally develops the qualification of feeling completely full, satisfied, and detached.

Adapted from a lecture entitled 'Sudama Lila - Day 5 - Dvarka Yatra' by HH Romapada Swami delivered in November, 2016

HH Romapada Swami in Hyderabad 2009
September 28, 2015

There is a natural order of things because Krishna is God and He loves. We have propensity to love because that is there in God, unlimitedly. His propensity is unlimited love, and in that unlimited lovingness of Krishna, there is a natural order. He wants our happiness, but He won’t interfere with our misuse of free-will either. How do we find happiness? Krishna wants that happiness for us, and the natural order of happiness is on His terms. Krishna’s nature is He wants to be on our terms, but that on-our-terms situation is when there is genuine love because He is the Supreme.

Adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Romapada Swami on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.11-12, given on October 8, 2008 in Mclean, VA.

HH Romapada Swami in Vrindavan Oct 2009
November 23, 2015

The quality of inner happiness which is dormant is awakened by association with those who have similarly received it and have had that awakened. It is like a spark igniting a fire. A pile of dry leaves just sits there; but if a spark lands on it then it becomes fire. The fire potential is there, but it is dormant. A spark is all it takes to get fire. By the association of those whose happiness in relationship with the Personality of Godhead has been awakened by similar association, that happiness can awaken in us. Otherwise, by default, the happiness that we may find will be in the modes of nature - mode of goodness happiness, mode of passion happiness, or mode of ignorance happiness.