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Q: Lately I read the part of Mahabharata when Draupadi talked to Satyabama how she served her five husbands. She said she was the first to rise from bed and the last to take rest. She would never enjoy anything her husbands didn’t enjoy, nor would she perform any act disagreeable to them, among many others. I feel ashamed when thinking of her sacrifice and virtue. So what is an ideal wife like in this Kali yuga? How can we make the best of our role as a wife in this life?
 

Please refer to Digest 299

Q: I was listening to a Sunday class wherein the speaker said that in the spiritual world, everyone is individually associating with Lord Krishna as servant, friend, parent etc.
 
I was wondering does Krishna expand individually to associate with each and every living entity? For example, there could be millions of living entities in the mood of parent in Goloka. Does Krishna expand himself as a kid in each of the million households? Does he expand for each entity in the other rasas also or he is just one and millions of living entities are crowding to serve him?
 
 

 

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March 20, 2017

As diversity grows, what is going to maintain the unity? Clear understanding of Prabhupada’s teachings, the message of the Founder-Acarya which is the message of the previous acaryas in a very simple form, with a particular mood. If ISKCON is going to continue, that is a must! And, I’m placing a responsibility on all of you. Please, take it seriously to understand the message of Prabhupada’s books. Why? To make sure that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness will go on even after the Prabhupada disciples are gone. Say it the opposite way: if you want to make sure that ISKCON does not continue, don’t carefully study Prabhupada’s books because it is sure to happen.

HH Romapada Swami in Chicago, Jan 2013
March 13, 2017

When a goal is very well-defined, then it is quite easy to take steps towards the goal and conversely, when the goal is not well defined it is very difficult to take steps towards the goal. It is very helpful to know what the goal is. Just as the goal of the message of Srimad Bhagvatam is defined in Srimad Bhagavatam as asraya, meaning Krsna. Krsna is the svasrayasraya (Srimad Bhagavatam 3.8.29, Purport). He is the shelter of everything else that gives shelter. He is the shelter of everything, so the goal is Krsna's shelter.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled 'Back home to our True Shelter - Part 1, March 2017' delivered in Houston Japa Retreat March 2017.

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March 6, 2017

Navadvipa dhama is unique because it is audharya-dhama. There are terms that indicate the specialty of the Personality of Godhead. His opulence, aisvarya, is manifest in Vaikuntha. In Vrndavana, His madhurya, which is the mood of intimacy of love, is so strong that it eclipses the opulence and prevails. Although Krsna lifts Govardhana Hill and displays so many pastimes that show His omnipotence, the residents of Vrndavana overlook that because of the intimacy of their love. In Navadvipa, eclipsing even that mood of intimacy of love is audharya - the munificence, magnanimity, or compassion exhibited by Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

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.

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February 20, 2017

The beginning stage of bhakti comes from the association of those who are empowered to give Krsna. We should be very mindful of the good fortune that we have all received. When Gratitude, no small thing, enters the heart then Bhakti can grow. It can grow up to the stage of prema. And when gratitude is absent we are not going to get to prema. It is not going to happen. Our practice will be mechanical at best.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled Back Home to Our True Shelter - Part1, Japa Retreat ISKCON of Central New Jersey December 2016

HH Romapada Swami in NY VP 2009
February 13, 2017

Knowledge, association, cultivation - these principles apply to developing any quality or eradication of an unwanted quality or characteristic. You can make your little chart, in mind or literally on paper, these are point of knowledge, these are action points of association and cultivation, and slowly move (towards your goal).

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled 'SB 01.08.17-20 Prayers of Queen Kunti Part 1' delivered in Vrndavana in November 2005

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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

Q: We have a youth group in our local community which is the next generation after the older one and I’m currently the leader of it.
 
I have couple of questions regarding this.
 
What are good communication skills? Like as a youth group, we struggle a lot with replying to each other or communication in general. We tend to have problems with miscommunication which lead to arguments. We also aren’t able to be completely honest with each other either because we are afraid of hurting each other’s feelings or worried what will happen. Is there any way to solve this problem Maharaj?