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HH Romapada Swami in Boston Apr 2010
July 25, 2016

One of the qualifications of a devotee is simplicity. According to Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvatī Thakura, this is the number one quality that makes a person a devotee. This is a nice quality to consider. It has several connotations. One of them is that you just speak the truth, whatever it is. You are not cunning, denying, duplicitous. You are straightforward.

Q: Some senior devotees that I have taken shelter under for learning vaishnava etiquettes or to participate in regular temple services have very different psycho-physical nature than mine. According to their nature, they have set ideas about how one should perform devotional service. For instance, a couple of seniors in our temple persistently repeat that reading books leads to pride. They don't give up this idea even when other senior devotees point it out that Srila Prabhupada wanted us to study his books. They give more importance to physical seva. Basically they do what matches their nature, and I do what matches mine. None of us do everything. Also, there are many things I observe in their demeanor which I should not observe. It's human nature to see faults first.

Q: The purport of SB 9.22.20 states "Satyavati was actually the daughter of Uparicara Vasu by the womb of a fisherwoman known as Matsyagarbha. Later, Satyavati was raised by a fisherman." What is that history?
 

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July 18, 2016

Prabhupada indicated that when Krsna was on the planet very few people actually understood His position. Pandavas understood Krsna's position. Even though they understood Krsna's position, Krsna sometimes took the position subordinate to them as the chariot driver, He offered His respects to Yudhisthira and so on. Yudhisthira understood Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krsna would come and bow before Yudhisthira and Yudhisthira did not interfere with Krsna's feelings. He embraced Krsna to his chest. How elevated is Yudhisthira!

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July 11, 2016

Devotee: Towards the end after the 28th round, I felt a little transformation and, it really felt good. It felt as if there was a really big knot in my heart that was not letting me connect and something loosened up. And, I am feeling very relieved because I have been struggling with it for a while knowing that it's there. I was not able to figure out how to loosen it up. 

Japa Retreat
June 27, 2016

If you observe mauna (no conversation), it will help your focus on chanting.... Chanting Krsna's name is also mauna vrata.If you want to stay really focused during 32 rounds: 1. Stay in the company of devotees and 2. Don't eat a big breakfast. Eat modestly.                                                                                                    

Q: I once heard a reference that Srila Prabhupada said that in the Vedic age the area from India, up to the Caspian Sea, was known as Bhu Swarga, or heaven on earth.

This was because of vast gardens and luscious fruit production.

I also heard that it was said that Kasyapa Muni had his asrama on the Caspian Sea.

Is there any reference for this understanding?