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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?


 

Q: How do we determine our prescribed duty? As the socio-spiritual structure of varnasrama is not prevalent today, we seem to have some liberty to choose for us our profession, according to our talents and propensities which can be introspected to a certain extent. So, can our professional duty be regarded as our prescribed duty? According to the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is verse 2.47, what type of activities are included in "prescribed duty" and what activities are not included in it? Are we at a liberty to call any activity we want to do as our "prescribed duty"?

Festival of Holy Name

Below you will find the live relay links for Festival of Holy Name. Also attached is the schedule.

*Video relay:*

http://romapadaswamimedia.com/live
http://www.iskconchicago.com/youtube-live/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCglKKiS_XuOdi31G8lYYeOg

*Audio relay:(Only Saturday and Sunday)*
•On Phone: (701) 801-1220
•MeetingID: 646-449-508
•Web:https://www.startmeeting.com/wall/646-449-508

Q: I have severe Hereditary Bronchial Asthma, suffering from my childhood days. I started with Japa in the early morning for a few days. But during winter months I cannot do Japa attentively. What should I do since my health does not permit me doing Japa so regularly?

 

If during the winter months you are not able to chant in the mornings, then whenever time permits during the day you should make sure to chant your japa.  You can also sincerely pray to Krishna to give you the strength and ability to serve Him. When Krsna sees our sincere desire to serve Him, He can award us situations which are conducive to carry out our service.

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June 20, 2016

During the 64 round day, a eleven year old girl chanted a hundred rounds. Wow! She was fixed. Some of the young people who chanted 64 rounds are now chanting 16 rounds everyday. So, the intention of the 32 round day is to increase our chanting qualitatively and quantitatively.

Adapted from a lecture by HH Romapada Swami entitled Feeling COMPLETE with the Holy name delivered during the Festival of Holy Name in Chicago, 2015

 

Q: I was listening to one lecture in which I heard that there was one king who has a prime minister who was a devotee of Krishna, in every situation he said  mercy of Krishna.
  One day king's finger has been cut, so prime minister said mercy of Krishna.
  So, King said what type of mercy is this and put him in the jail.
  The King appointed another prime minister who was jealous of the first prime minister.
  One day in jungle some dacoits captured king and the new prime minister and they thought to sacrifice King in the KALI puja. When they were sacrificing, the head priest saw that the king was missing one finger; he said that he is imperfect, so he cannot be sacrificed.