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Q: Experiencing happiness within devotional service: Is that considered selfish?
  I get so much happiness with devotional service. However, I fear that if it is a selfish desire rather sincere motivation to please Krsna.  How can I differentiate and improve where I am not focusing on my happiness, but rather making Krsna happy?

Q: You have well explained the phenomenon of jiva's fall into the material world. Some points comes to mind.  How come this very desire originates in the jivas if they are part and parcels of the supreme LORD? Do they have the choice of choosing between doing Krishna's service or coming to the material world even at that stage when they do not have a material body itself?
 Who decides to send them to different different material worlds and on what basis since they do not have any past karmas at this stage?
 Are these jivas 'sent' to the material world as a "punishment " of their desires of enjoying?
 Is the material world always bad? How come there are pure souls who attain highest levels of devotion as Srila Prabhupada?

Q: I would like to know what the difference is between pada-sevanam and dasyam.
 Also, what category does book distribution, cooking and cleaning belong to?
 Also what does atma-nivedanam mean in practicality when I have a job and live like a Congregational member? Is the 12-step program that AA alcoholic anonymous practice a form of atma-nivedanam? And to what degree?

 

HH Romapada Swami during Puri Yatra Dec 2010
April 18, 2016

Many people don’t like women being spoken of as holding a lesser position. The scripture sees everyone equally,paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ.  Then why does it say deprecating things about women?

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April 11, 2016

Kunti is offering prayers to Kṛṣṇa. In a very concise and simple-hearted way, she is expressing very deep and profound understanding about Kṛṣṇa’s position. We know that one cannot understand Kṛṣṇa unless Kṛṣṇa shows His mercy and says, "I am like this." He is unknowable. He is not knowable by scholarship. He is not knowable by piety. He is not knowable by anything except disclosure. He discloses Himself to His devotee.

Q: Although I heard in different classes about the temporary nature of this body and associated attachments and relations, when it comes to practicality I forget everything and act in a very unpleasing way, for which I regret very badly later. Could you kindly explain me how is it possible to remember this at the very unpleasant situations and apply practically and take shelter in such difficulties?

 

Without being attached to Krishna, we will be attached to the temporary. Asat-trsna means 'thirst for the impermanent'.

This 'thirst' comes from the contaminated subtle body. Jiva Goswami calls this the 'antahkarnah'. See the below for explanation; association with and hearing from sadhus is the means to overcome this contamination:

HH Romapada Swami in Govinda Kund, Vrindavan 2009

Dates: Nov 3-13
Contact: Preethy Menon

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Date: Sept 2-5
Theme: "Exploring Varnasrama"
Contact: gitanagariretreats@gmail.com

“Exploring Varnasrama” Conference
Romapada Swami
“Introducing the Topic of this Conference”

Devamrita Swami
Topic –
“Amish: A demonstration of a different social order sustaining over time in modern America and Canada” {30 minute video}

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April 4, 2016

Question: I want clarification on spiritual conception. If there are filters through which I process what I read and hear, how will I know that I am grasping the proper message?

Maharaja: You can assume that the filters are on. When there is spontaneous attraction and uninterrupted waves of ecstasy, then you know. Until then, there are filters.

Q: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to BG 18.47, “Similarly, if a ksatriya engaged in his own occupation kills an enemy, there is no sin incurred.”

But then in the Mucukunda story, a little different slant is given in the Krsna book: