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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?
 

Q: During association with devotees, I heard some saying “I call guru my dear father, my close friend…”
 
I am thinking over the sentence from Nectar of Devotion Chapter 7 “The spiritual master must be accepted as My representative, but as My very self. He must never be considered on the same level with an ordinary human being. …”
 
Although I am attracted by Krishna as a lovely friend and a sincere protector, I should treat the gurus like servant and master? If somebody is attracted Krishna as lover, father or son, she still should treat the gurus as servant and master?
 

 

Q: Is the total number of jivatmas (both in the spiritual world and material world) fixed or is Krishna creating new jivatmas all the time?

 

 

Q:  My contemplations on prayer find me asking for a clear definition of what prayer is. I heard that it means to glorify the Lord. Also that chanting the Holy name is the best prayer. Also that prayer means an intense desire.
 
What does a prayer mean? Is it accepting Supreme position of the Lord and subordinating my will to His Will?
 
How can I pray with a heart that gets frequently doubtful about Krsna and His devotees? Nonetheless I pray because I have seen nothing else working out and I have been recommended to do so. Reading some of your kind answers I felt like seeking this clarification.
 

Q: I have a question as to whether women should work outside her home or not. In today’s IT age, women are also taking key positions in the corporate world. Is earning money not a prescribed duty for women? Krishna says serve your husband. If her husband wants wife to earn money for financial stability, what should a women do? What is best for her in this situation? To satisfy her husband by bringing in money or better stay at home taking care of children and other household activities?