Date: March 3 , 2008 Verse: Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.13.10 Speaker: HH Romapada Swami ( transcript and audio )
Aug 7 2007 How to go beyond seeing paradoxes?
It is not necessarily that all such contradictions are purposefully presented by the scriptures in order to get us to contemplate. It is just the nature of Absolute Truth, which appears to us to be contradictory when we try to capture it within the limited vocabulary of language or within the limited framework of our material mind and intelligence.
Keeping Krishna in the center doesnâ€™t mean we have no relationships with others; rather, we then have the proper perspective of our spiritual relationship with all beings.
What are the potential realizations in each stage of chanting i.e. nama-aparadha, nama-abhasa, and suddha-nama? Is there any positive realization for a person in nama-aparadha stage?
Jun 16 2007 Is bhakti predestined?
Bhakti is supreme, causeless and fully independent - no material cause can either induce or impede bhakti from appearing in oneâ€™s heart.
May 15 2007 Dealing with unexpected reversals in life
Prabhupada told us to "Chant Hare Krishna and Be Happy". I have been chanting the maha mantra since two years and I am following the rules and regulations but I am still very unhappy.
May 5 2007 Free-will and Bhagavad-gita
Minute free will is an inherent quality of the soul and it can never be taken away from a living entity at any time (in the material or spiritual world).
Say a devotee after getting initiated, is unable to do his 16 rounds of chanting on a day or few days, due to illness or anything of that sort, it is like breaking the vows, right? So how and what the devotee should do in such situation?
I know the issue of institutionalized sexism is not new to ISKCON, but this is the first time I have noticed the implication of the language found in verses directly referring to spiritual archetypes. Do you have any suggestions as to how I may properly understand the nature of the language in these verses for myself and for the sake of explaining it to others as transcendental literature that informs a transcendental culture?
Dec 4 2006 Cultivating good vaishnava relationships
I live in a devotee community and often feel that I donâ€™t know how to associate with others. I love them and try to serve them but all too often I just donâ€™t feel emotionally safe in their association. I donâ€™t feel free to be open in case they hurt me and thus I am wasting my life constantly holding back (defending like a kicked dog).
Oct 27 2006 Doer mentality?
When acting according to scriptural direction, under the guidance of the Lord's representatives, and for the purpose of pleasing the Lord - you will begin to see that such actions are uplifting, liberating and beneficial for all, while you are simply being an instrument, personal qualifications/disqualifications notwithstanding.
Sep 28 2006 Succumb to maya?
Conversely, unsteadiness in our execution of Krishna consciousness is caused by lack of maturity in our faith & devotion, thus permitting impediments or "unwanted things in the heart" (anarthas) to prevail. For sadhakas, or those of us in the practicing stage of devotion, as long as unwanted residual desires (anarthas) are present in the heart, there is experience of unsteadiness and struggles.
Aug 11 2006 How to break habits
The process of retraction of bad habits can be summed up as follows: Recognition, Regret, Rectification, and Reinstatement - aided by saintly association and devotional practices.
Jul 3 2006 Revelation of siddha-svarupa
One of the devotees said that the spiritual master would reveal one's svarup at some point of time when such a disciple has reached such a stage. My humble opinion is that such a practice is not there in ISKCON and as and when a devotee reaches such a stage of advancement it will be known to him naturally.
Jun 18 2006 Degree of advancement of spiritual master?
Srila Prabhupada said in certain places that one should accept a spiritual master whose guidance will make one's life perfect. Would it make any difference to one's spiritual progress if the spiritual master one accepted was at a different level of realization to, say, another spiritual master?
Jun 6 2006 The Divinity of Sri Caitanya
During Lord Caitanya's manifest pastimes, He confidentially revealed His identity to a few fortunate devotees but forbade them from disclosing it to anyone