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Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha                 Systemλ    Bhakti Vriksha provides care to devotees in the    following...
Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha                 Systemλ    Complete care and development of a devotee taken    up in sm...
Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha                 Systemλ    Study groups,regular leaders meetings, counseling    and sem...
Devotee care in the Bhakti VrikshaSystemλ    Unlocks the hidden leadership potential of a large    number of devoteesλ    ...
Aspects of devotee care:          Giving love and friendshipλ    Ice-breaker and satsanga session in Bhakti Vriksha    mee...
Instilling faith and devotionλ    Importance given to practical aspects of devotional    serviceλ    Japa session and japa...
Giving knowledge in Krishna               consciousnessλ    Interactive discussions from Srila Prabhupadas    booksλ    Sy...
Giving knowledge in Krishna             consciousness (2)λ    Continued Study classes even after group    multiplicationλ ...
Training in spiritual practicesλ    Siksha levels ensure that everyone learns and    practices devotional activities in gr...
Helping in application of knowledgein their day to day livesλ    Every weekly meeting has an application question    discu...
Engaging them in devotionalactivitiesλ    Everyone is engaged in some voluntary service    during the weekly meetingsλ    ...
Providing material supportλ    Finding marriage partners for members becomes a    joint responsibility of the different le...
Training and empowering them to bepreachers and leaders λ     Bringing new people to the program λ     Book distribution λ...
Instilling and developing Vaishnavaqualitiesλ    Vaishnava etiquette seminarsλ    Personal preaching develops true humilit...
Enabling them to be self reliant to    take initiativesλ    Interactive method of study lays strong foundation    in under...
Ensures good quality and quantity ofdevoteesλ    Love and friendship awakens the spirituality quickly    in them and gives...
Ensures good quality and quantity ofdevoteesλ    Good quality of devotees ensures continuing growth    in quantityλ    Ver...
Ensures good quality and quantity ofdevotees λ     Organic growth of a hierarchy of leaders who     personally teach, insp...
An empowered devotee communityunited in purpose, controlled by loveλ    Every one develops the preaching mood to give    p...
An empowered devotee communityunited in purpose, controlled by loveλ    Seniors are tolerant and forgiving and manage    e...
The Lord is the supreme controllerλ    Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhus mood of compassion is    the guiding principle of the Bha...
Mood, instructions and example ofSri Chaitanya Mahaprabhuλ    Making loving friendly relationships before    philosophyλ  ...
Relationship with the Templeλ    Attending and rendering services during sunday    programsλ    Attending advanced study p...
Integration with the entire Vaishnavacommunityλ    Different Gurus disciples can coexist in the same    groupλ    Cooperat...
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  1. 1. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha Systemλ Bhakti Vriksha provides care to devotees in the following stages:λ Emotional, spiritual and physicalλ Can be done for expanding communitiesλ Can be easily duplicatedλ Based on Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhus moodλ When the community becomes large enough, dedicated facilities for physical care can be supported
  2. 2. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha Systemλ Complete care and development of a devotee taken up in small personal groupsλ The leader has a role of both a teacher and a parentλ Hierarchy of parental devotees providing care to each individualλ Every leader has a senior to guide and supervise himλ Good networking and cooperation between the different BV groups ensure efficient care
  3. 3. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha Systemλ Study groups,regular leaders meetings, counseling and seminars provide continued care and education even after group multiplicationλ Spiritual empowerment of devotees after being trained gives them enthusiasm and engages their optimum potentialλ Every one has possibility for growth and position which happens automatically due to performance
  4. 4. Devotee care in the Bhakti VrikshaSystemλ Unlocks the hidden leadership potential of a large number of devoteesλ Since leadership is based on inspiration and service and not on domination, relationships thrive even with expansionλ Creates very naturally and organically loving Vaishnava communities providing complete care and protectionλ Mood of cooperation among all Gurus disciples and members of other Preaching groups facilitated
  5. 5. Aspects of devotee care: Giving love and friendshipλ Ice-breaker and satsanga session in Bhakti Vriksha meetingsλ Regular Telephone calls and periodic home visits and picnicsλ Developing close personal relationshipsλ Listening to material and spiritual problems from membersλ Counseling and spiritual guidance given through different levels of leaders like an extended family
  6. 6. Instilling faith and devotionλ Importance given to practical aspects of devotional serviceλ Japa session and japa marathonλ Every member is engaged in some service to ensure development of responsibility and enthusiasmλ Close personal contacts and relationships between leader and members and between membersλ Periodic Siksha seminars to inspire them to more and more commitment
  7. 7. Giving knowledge in Krishna consciousnessλ Interactive discussions from Srila Prabhupadas booksλ Systematic curriculum (BV modules) to ensure basic understanding of Krishna consciousnessλ Interactive Study classes in Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatamλ Handbooks to train members in all practical devotional services, songs, slokas and philosphical explanations, Vaishnava etiquette
  8. 8. Giving knowledge in Krishna consciousness (2)λ Continued Study classes even after group multiplicationλ Higher and higher levels of study continues under the senior devotees of Bhakti Vriksha as well as Bhakti shastri, Bhakti Vaibhava, etcλ Every level of leader is under the guidance of a senior leader like sector leader, circle leader, greater circle leadermand so on who encourage and supervise the continued study of every one
  9. 9. Training in spiritual practicesλ Siksha levels ensure that everyone learns and practices devotional activities in gradual stepsλ Taking vows and commitments before senior devotees and Srila Prabhupada makes them serious in keeping their commitmentsλ Decentralized festival programs help all the members to be trained in all the different devotional activitiesλ Regular visits and services at the local temple makes them further trained
  10. 10. Helping in application of knowledgein their day to day livesλ Every weekly meeting has an application question discussed based on the passage learntλ Devotees share regularly with their leaders on their spiritual progressλ Spiritual solutions to material problems are regularly discussed both at the meetings as well as in personal talks with the leadersλ All family members of the devotees also befriended through home visits
  11. 11. Engaging them in devotionalactivitiesλ Everyone is engaged in some voluntary service during the weekly meetingsλ Supervision and guidance provided to help them maintain a proper altar at home and render services to Deities when they reach the proper standard at minimum Guru Ashraya levelλ Engaged in preaching activities from the beginningλ Participation in all Temple as well as decentralized programs
  12. 12. Providing material supportλ Finding marriage partners for members becomes a joint responsibility of the different levels of leaders.λ Expanding Vaishnava community facilitates the finding of like- minded partnersλ Requirement of jobs and availability of jobs announced and all members help in thisλ Assistance at home and hospital, fun d raising and prayers for medical care
  13. 13. Training and empowering them to bepreachers and leaders λ Bringing new people to the program λ Book distribution λ Taking part in Hari nama λ Accompanying leader on home visits λ Attending out reach programs λ Assisting leader in taking care of devotees λ Training to conduct the different parts of the program in the last three months
  14. 14. Instilling and developing Vaishnavaqualitiesλ Vaishnava etiquette seminarsλ Personal preaching develops true humilityλ Regular leaders meetings, reporting, consulting and supervision results in instilling cooperative moodλ Every one is a senior and junior at the same time, so can understand the proper moodλ Preaching purifies ones offensive mentalityλ Empowering others removes pride and possessiveness
  15. 15. Enabling them to be self reliant to take initiativesλ Interactive method of study lays strong foundation in understanding philosophyλ Love and trust among devotees builds their self- confidenceλ From the beginning leader is training and empowering the members to take up responsibilitiesλ The whole system fosters self reliance and team- work
  16. 16. Ensures good quality and quantity ofdevoteesλ Love and friendship awakens the spirituality quickly in them and gives them bhaktiλ Interactive study gives them good knowledgeλ Services, Sadhana and practical application of the Bhagavad-gita in their day to day lives gives them deep realizationsλ Training, empowerment, and support from senior leaders helps them to become good leaders and keep increasing the quantity of devotees
  17. 17. Ensures good quality and quantity ofdevoteesλ Good quality of devotees ensures continuing growth in quantityλ Very less chances of fall downs or getting deviatedλ Gives them the capability of rendering services throughout their lives wherever they may goλ Becoming leaders motivates them to be good examplesλ Keeps them always enthusiastic
  18. 18. Ensures good quality and quantity ofdevotees λ Organic growth of a hierarchy of leaders who personally teach, inspire and take care of their juniors λ Lifetime care provided λ Everyone learns how to provide personal spiritual counseling
  19. 19. An empowered devotee communityunited in purpose, controlled by loveλ Every one develops the preaching mood to give personal care and mercy to allλ All decisions are taken on the basis of what is the best for the preaching mission. So there is a common vision and unityλ Seniors example and inspiration serves to inspire the juniors to followλ No command and control approach, as every one is cared for by different levels of leadersλ Regular meetings of leaders to share reports,plan, review and help one another
  20. 20. An empowered devotee communityunited in purpose, controlled by loveλ Seniors are tolerant and forgiving and manage everything through love and humilityλ All sections of society covered easily through Bhakti Vrikshaλ Harmony between different classes and educational backgrounds through common programs and picnicsλ Preaching makes everyone develop the spiritual vision more quicklyλ Equal opportunity and freedom for all, minimizing envy or politics
  21. 21. The Lord is the supreme controllerλ Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhus mood of compassion is the guiding principle of the Bhakti Vrikshaλ Problems are solved more easily for those who are following His instructions of preachingλ Preachers become more surrendered to following the idealistic path and in compromising with othersλ Results are achieved by depending on His mercy and doing ones bestλ Minimizes politics between devotees
  22. 22. Mood, instructions and example ofSri Chaitanya Mahaprabhuλ Making loving friendly relationships before philosophyλ Developing service attitude through giving personal careλ Making rapid spiritual advancement in Bhakti through serving other devoteesλ From Bhakti comes jnana and vairagya easilyλ Preaching from the very beginning gives them the complete mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  23. 23. Relationship with the Templeλ Attending and rendering services during sunday programsλ Attending advanced study programsλ Making avail of Samskarasλ Association of senior Temple devotees for special periodic by- monthly programsλ Participation in Book distribution, Harinams, festivalsλ Involvement of Temple devotees in meetings
  24. 24. Integration with the entire Vaishnavacommunityλ Different Gurus disciples can coexist in the same groupλ Cooperation with other autonomous groupsλ Bhakti Vriksha for farming devoteesλ Co-operation with devotees of all specializations like book distribution, Hari namas, Food for life, fund raisers, etc
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