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  • 1. Personal ExcellencePersonal ExcellenceZagreb, March 2008Zagreb, March 2008
  • 2. Story: EagleStory: Eagle (guest)(guest)
  • 3. Excellence inExcellence insadhanasadhana
  • 4. THE BASIS OF EXCELLENCETHE BASIS OF EXCELLENCE• Chanting minimum 16 rounds of the HareChanting minimum 16 rounds of the HareKrsna Maha MantraKrsna Maha Mantra• Following the 4 regulative principles (noFollowing the 4 regulative principles (nomeat eating, no intoxications, nomeat eating, no intoxications, nogambling, no illicit sex)gambling, no illicit sex)
  • 5. RESIDENTIAL SADHANA - morningRESIDENTIAL SADHANA - morning• Getting up early (4 a.m.)Getting up early (4 a.m.)• Taking showerTaking shower• Attending Mangala arotikAttending Mangala arotik• Chanting japa (preferably 16 rounds inChanting japa (preferably 16 rounds inone go)one go)• Darshan, Guru Puja, Jay Radha MadhavaDarshan, Guru Puja, Jay Radha Madhava• ClassClass• BreakfastBreakfast• ServiceService
  • 6. RESIDENTIAL SADHANA - eveningRESIDENTIAL SADHANA - evening• Gaura aratiGaura arati• Preaching programs or readingPreaching programs or reading
  • 7. CONGREGATIONAL SADHANA -CONGREGATIONAL SADHANA -morningmorning• Getting up (between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.)Getting up (between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.)• ShowerShower• Chanting all the morning program mantrasChanting all the morning program mantrasin one goin one go• Chanting japa (preferably 16 rounds inChanting japa (preferably 16 rounds inone go)one go)• Reading or listening to classReading or listening to class• BreakfastBreakfast• Going to workGoing to work
  • 8. CONGREGATIONAL SADHANA -CONGREGATIONAL SADHANA -eveningevening• Gaura arati or readingGaura arati or reading• Attending a nama hatta program or sangaAttending a nama hatta program or sanga
  • 9. FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OFFURTHER DEVELOPMENT OFEXCELLENCE IN SADHANAEXCELLENCE IN SADHANAStudying and applying ch. 8 (Offenses toStudying and applying ch. 8 (Offenses toBe Avoided) and ch. 9 (FurtherBe Avoided) and ch. 9 (FurtherConsiderations of Devotional Principles)Considerations of Devotional Principles)from the Nectar of Devotionfrom the Nectar of Devotion
  • 10. SRILA BHAKTIVINODA’S DAILYSRILA BHAKTIVINODA’S DAILYSCHEDULESCHEDULE08:00-10:0008:00-10:00 P.M. Rest (two hours)P.M. Rest (two hours)10:00-04:00 A.M. Write10:00-04:00 A.M. Write04.00-04:3004.00-04:30 A.M. RestA.M. Rest04:30-07:00 A.M. Chant Japa04:30-07:00 A.M. Chant Japa07:00-07:30 A.M. Correspondence07:00-07:30 A.M. Correspondence07:30-09:3007:30-09:30 A.M. Study sastrasA.M. Study sastras09:30-10:00 A.M. Bath, prasadam09:30-10:00 A.M. Bath, prasadam (half-(half-liter milk, fruit, 2liter milk, fruit, 2chapatis)chapatis)10:00-01:00 P.M. Court Duties10:00-01:00 P.M. Court Duties01:00-02:00 P.M. Refresh at home01:00-02:00 P.M. Refresh at home02:00-05:00 P.M. Court Duties02:00-05:00 P.M. Court Duties
  • 11. Excellence inExcellence inrelationshipsrelationships
  • 12. SHARING LOVE BETWEENSHARING LOVE BETWEENDEVOTEESDEVOTEES• Offering gifts in charityOffering gifts in charity• Accepting charitable giftsAccepting charitable gifts• Revealing one’s mind in confidenceRevealing one’s mind in confidence• Inquiring confidentiallyInquiring confidentially• Accepting prasadamAccepting prasadam• Offering prasadamOffering prasadamSrila Rupa Goswami, Upadesamrita 4Srila Rupa Goswami, Upadesamrita 4
  • 13. RESPECTING THE DEVOTEESRESPECTING THE DEVOTEES• One should mentally honor the devotee whoOne should mentally honor the devotee whochants the holy name of Lord Krsnachants the holy name of Lord Krsna• One should offer humble obeisances to theOne should offer humble obeisances to thedevotee who has undergone spiritual initiationdevotee who has undergone spiritual initiation(diksha) and is engaged in worshiping the Deity(diksha) and is engaged in worshiping the Deity• One should associate with and faithfully serveOne should associate with and faithfully servethat pure devotee who is advanced in undeviatedthat pure devotee who is advanced in undeviateddevotional service and whose heart is completelydevotional service and whose heart is completelydevoid of the propensity to criticize othersdevoid of the propensity to criticize othersSrila Rupa Goswami, Upadesamrita 5Srila Rupa Goswami, Upadesamrita 5
  • 14. PERSONAL ATTITUDE TOWARDPERSONAL ATTITUDE TOWARDOTHERSOTHERSEvery man should act like this:Every man should act like this:• When he meets a person more quallified thanWhen he meets a person more quallified thanhimself, he should be very pleasedhimself, he should be very pleased• When he meets someone less quallified thanWhen he meets someone less quallified thanhimself, he should be compassionate toward himhimself, he should be compassionate toward him• When he meets someone equal to himself, heWhen he meets someone equal to himself, heshould make friendship with himshould make friendship with himIn this way one is never affected by the threefoldIn this way one is never affected by the threefoldmiseries of this material worldmiseries of this material worldSB 4.8.34 (Narada’s Instruction to DhruvaSB 4.8.34 (Narada’s Instruction to DhruvaMaharaja)Maharaja)
  • 15. BASIS FOR MATUREBASIS FOR MATURERELATIONSHIPSRELATIONSHIPSOne who works in devotion, who is a pure soul,One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul,and who controls his mind and senses is dear toand who controls his mind and senses is dear toeveryone, and everyone is dear to him. Thougheveryone, and everyone is dear to him. Thoughalways working, such a man is never entangled.always working, such a man is never entangled.BG 5.7BG 5.7
  • 16. BASIS FOR MATUREBASIS FOR MATURERELATIONSHIPSRELATIONSHIPSGreat devotees seeGreat devotees seeKrsna as the reservoir ofKrsna as the reservoir ofall relationships. In theall relationships. In thescriptures there arescriptures there aretwelve basic kinds oftwelve basic kinds ofrelationships mentioned,relationships mentioned,and all of them areand all of them arepresent in Krsna. It ispresent in Krsna. It issaid that He is the oceansaid that He is the oceanof all the relationshipsof all the relationshipsexchanged between twoexchanged between twoliving entities, betweenliving entities, betweenthe gods, or betweenthe gods, or betweenthe Supreme Lord andthe Supreme Lord andHis devotees.His devotees.BG 11.14 PurportBG 11.14 Purport
  • 17. BASIS FOR MATUREBASIS FOR MATURERELATIONSHIPSRELATIONSHIPSBhBhisismadeva advised for all human beings ninemadeva advised for all human beings ninequalifications:qualifications:(1) not to become angry, (2) not to lie, (3) to(1) not to become angry, (2) not to lie, (3) toequally distribute wealth, (4) to forgive, (5) toequally distribute wealth, (4) to forgive, (5) tobeget children only by one’s legitimate wife, (6)beget children only by one’s legitimate wife, (6)to be pure in mind and hygienic in body, (7) notto be pure in mind and hygienic in body, (7) notto be inimical toward anyone, (8) to be simple,to be inimical toward anyone, (8) to be simple,and (9) to support servants or subordinates.and (9) to support servants or subordinates.SB 1.9.26 PurportSB 1.9.26 Purport
  • 18. QUALITIES OF A DEVOTEEQUALITIES OF A DEVOTEE• He iHe is always kind to everyone, and he does nots always kind to everyone, and he does notpick quarrels.pick quarrels.• He is equal to everyone, and no one can find faultHe is equal to everyone, and no one can find faultin him.in him.• His magnanimous mind is always fresh and cleanHis magnanimous mind is always fresh and cleanand devoid of material obsessions.and devoid of material obsessions.• He is a benefactor to all living entities and isHe is a benefactor to all living entities and ispeaceful and always surrendered to Kpeaceful and always surrendered to Krsnrsna.a.• He has no material desires.He has no material desires.
  • 19. QUALITIES OF A DEVOTEEQUALITIES OF A DEVOTEE• He is very humble and is fixed in his purpose.He is very humble and is fixed in his purpose.• He is victorious over the six material qualitiesHe is victorious over the six material qualitiessuch as lust and angersuch as lust and anger• He is always sane and is respectful to others, butHe is always sane and is respectful to others, buthe does not require respect for himself.he does not require respect for himself.• He is grave, merciful, friendly, poetic, expert andHe is grave, merciful, friendly, poetic, expert andsilent.silent.TLC 12: The devoteeTLC 12: The devotee
  • 20. Excellence inExcellence indevotionaldevotionalserviceservice
  • 21. GLORIES OF DEVOTIONALGLORIES OF DEVOTIONALSERVICESERVICEPerfection in self-realization cannot be attained by any kindPerfection in self-realization cannot be attained by any kindof yogof yogii unless he engages in devotional service to theunless he engages in devotional service to theSupreme Personality of Godhead, for that is the onlySupreme Personality of Godhead, for that is the onlyauspicious path.auspicious path.SB 3.25.19SB 3.25.19
  • 22. 9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONAL9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONALSERVICESERVICE• Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holyHearing and chanting about the transcendental holyname, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes ofname, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes ofLord VLord Visnuisnu• rememberingremembering themthem• serving the lotus feet of the Lordserving the lotus feet of the Lord• offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen typesoffering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen typesof paraphernaliaof paraphernalia• offering prayers to the Lordoffering prayers to the Lord• becoming His servantbecoming His servant• considering the Lord one’s best friendconsidering the Lord one’s best friend• surrendering everything unto Him (in other words,surrendering everything unto Him (in other words,serving Him with the body, mind and words)serving Him with the body, mind and words)SB 7.5.23-24SB 7.5.23-24
  • 23. 9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONAL9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONALSERVICESERVICE““Among the ways of executing devotional service, theAmong the ways of executing devotional service, thenine prescribed methods are the best, for thesenine prescribed methods are the best, for theseprocesses have great potency to deliver Kprocesses have great potency to deliver Krsnrsna anda andecstatic love for Him.ecstatic love for Him.””CC Antya 4.70CC Antya 4.70
  • 24. One may be able to perform one item or many items,One may be able to perform one item or many items,according to one’s capacity,according to one’s capacity, but it is the principalbut it is the principalfactor of complete attachment to devotionalfactor of complete attachment to devotionalservice that makes one advance on the pathservice that makes one advance on the path..There are many devotees in history who have attainedThere are many devotees in history who have attainedperfection in devotional service simply by dischargingperfection in devotional service simply by dischargingthe duties of one item, and there are many otherthe duties of one item, and there are many otherdevotees, like Mahdevotees, like Mahaarraaja Ambarja Ambarisisa, who executed alla, who executed allthe items.the items.TLC 12: The devoteeTLC 12: The devotee9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONAL9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONALSERVICESERVICE
  • 25. Some individual devotees who attained perfection inSome individual devotees who attained perfection indevotional service by executing only one item are:devotional service by executing only one item are:• MahMahaarraaja Parja Pariikkssit, who was liberated and fullyit, who was liberated and fullyperfected simply by hearing;perfected simply by hearing;• SSukadeva Gosvukadeva Gosvaammii, who became liberated and, who became liberated andattained perfection in devotional service simply byattained perfection in devotional service simply bychanting;chanting;• PrahlPrahlaada Mahda Mahaarraaja, who attained perfection byja, who attained perfection byremembering;remembering;• LakLakssmmii, who attained perfection by serving the lotus, who attained perfection by serving the lotusfeet of the Lord;feet of the Lord;9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONAL9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONALSERVICESERVICE
  • 26. • King PKing Pririthu, who attained perfection simply bythu, who attained perfection simply byworshiping;worshiping;• AkrAkruura, who attained perfection simply by praying;ra, who attained perfection simply by praying;• HanumHanumaan, who attained perfection simply byn, who attained perfection simply bybecoming the servant of Lord Rbecoming the servant of Lord Raama;ma;• Arjuna, who attained perfection simply by being aArjuna, who attained perfection simply by being afriend of Kfriend of Krsnarsna’s;’s;• Bali MahBali Mahaarraaja who attained perfection simply byja who attained perfection simply byoffering whatever he had in his possession.offering whatever he had in his possession.TLC 12: The devoteeTLC 12: The devotee9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONAL9 METHODS OF DEVOTIONALSERVICESERVICE
  • 27. EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE INEXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE INDEVOTIONAL SERVICEDEVOTIONAL SERVICEGovinda massaged the Lord’s legs as usual. HeGovinda massaged the Lord’s legs as usual. Hepressed the Lord’s waist and back very softly,pressed the Lord’s waist and back very softly,and thus all the Lord’s fatigue went away. Asand thus all the Lord’s fatigue went away. AsGovinda stroked His body, the Lord slept veryGovinda stroked His body, the Lord slept verynicely for about forty-five minutes, and then Hisnicely for about forty-five minutes, and then Hissleep broke.sleep broke.CC Antya 10.82-100CC Antya 10.82-100
  • 28. EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE INEXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE INDEVOTIONAL SERVICEDEVOTIONAL SERVICEWhen Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw GovindaWhen Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu saw Govindasitting by His side, He was somewhat angry.sitting by His side, He was somewhat angry.“Why have you been sitting here for so long“Why have you been sitting here for so longtoday?” the Lord asked. “Why didn’t you go totoday?” the Lord asked. “Why didn’t you go totake your meal after I fell asleep?”take your meal after I fell asleep?”CC Antya 10.82-100CC Antya 10.82-100
  • 29. EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE INEXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE INDEVOTIONAL SERVICEDEVOTIONAL SERVICEGovinda mentally replied, “My duty is to serve,Govinda mentally replied, “My duty is to serve,even if I have to commit offenses or go to hell. Ieven if I have to commit offenses or go to hell. Iwould not mind committing hundreds andwould not mind committing hundreds andthousands of offenses for the service of the Lord,thousands of offenses for the service of the Lord,but I greatly fear committing even a glimpse ofbut I greatly fear committing even a glimpse ofan offense for my own self.”an offense for my own self.”CC Antya 10.82-100CC Antya 10.82-100
  • 30. SERVICE EXCELLENCESERVICE EXCELLENCE• To preach / approach dealings withTo preach / approach dealings withdevotees, clients, friends and othersdevotees, clients, friends and otherswith a deep desire to really help andwith a deep desire to really help andsolve their problemssolve their problems• Successful devotees have anSuccessful devotees have anexternal focus of how they can serveexternal focus of how they can serveand not an internal focus of whatand not an internal focus of whatthey can get.they can get.
  • 31. SERVICE EXCELLENCESERVICE EXCELLENCE• Customer: A person who purchases aCustomer: A person who purchases acommodity or servicecommodity or service• Client: A person who is under theClient: A person who is under theprotection of anotherprotection of another
  • 32. SERVICE EXCELLENCESERVICE EXCELLENCE• Become a trusted friend or advisorBecome a trusted friend or advisor• Talk in the way which shows your care andTalk in the way which shows your care andconcernconcern• Focus on giving value and advice insteadFocus on giving value and advice insteadof manipulatingof manipulating• Don’t fall in love with your ideas or effort –Don’t fall in love with your ideas or effort –fall in love with the people you serve; takefall in love with the people you serve; takeresponsibility for their well-beingresponsibility for their well-being
  • 33. THINK BIGTHINK BIG Everything is possible by the grace ofEverything is possible by the grace ofthe Lord.the Lord. SB 3.31.18 PSB 3.31.18 P By the blessings of a Vaisnava,By the blessings of a Vaisnava,everything is possible.everything is possible. SB 5.1.10 PSB 5.1.10 P By Krsnas supreme will, everythingBy Krsnas supreme will, everythingis possible.is possible. Krsna Book 50Krsna Book 50 For advanced devotee, everything isFor advanced devotee, everything ispossible.possible. Lecture 1975Lecture 1975
  • 34. Excellence inExcellence inleadershipleadership
  • 35. Story: Butterfly (undevelopedStory: Butterfly (undevelopedmuscles)muscles)
  • 36. The wordsThe words nynyaasino ’tyartha-lolupsino ’tyartha-lolupahah indicate thatindicate thatcharismatic religious leaders, and even those whocharismatic religious leaders, and even those whoare not charismatic, will proclaim themselvesare not charismatic, will proclaim themselvesprophets, saints and incarnations to cheat theprophets, saints and incarnations to cheat theinnocent public and fatten their bank accounts.innocent public and fatten their bank accounts.Therefore the International Society for KrishnaTherefore the International Society for KrishnaConsciousness is working arduously to establishConsciousness is working arduously to establishbona fide celibate student life, religiousbona fide celibate student life, religioushouseholder life, dignified and progressivehouseholder life, dignified and progressiveretirement, and genuine spiritual leadership forretirement, and genuine spiritual leadership forthe entire world.the entire world.SB 12.3.33 PurportSB 12.3.33 Purport
  • 37. Story: MangoStory: Mango (guest)(guest)
  • 38. Excellence in self-Excellence in self-carecare
  • 39. BASIS OF PERSONAL WELL-BEINGBASIS OF PERSONAL WELL-BEING• BodyBody• Mind (thinking, feeling, willing)Mind (thinking, feeling, willing)• IntelligenceIntelligence• SoulSoul
  • 40. BODY – SADHANA SARIRABODY – SADHANA SARIRA• Our body is “sadhana sarira” or vehicle for performingOur body is “sadhana sarira” or vehicle for performingdevotional servicedevotional service• ““Your body is My principal instrument for executingYour body is My principal instrument for executingmany necessary functions. By your body I shall carrymany necessary functions. By your body I shall carryout many tasks.out many tasks.””CC Antya 4.78CC Antya 4.78• An expert horseman, desiring to tame a headstrongAn expert horseman, desiring to tame a headstronghorse, first lets the horse have his way for a momenthorse, first lets the horse have his way for a momentand then, pulling the reins, gradually places the horseand then, pulling the reins, gradually places the horseon the desired path. Similarly, the supreme yogaon the desired path. Similarly, the supreme yogaprocess is that by which one carefully observes theprocess is that by which one carefully observes themovements and desires of the mind and graduallymovements and desires of the mind and graduallybrings them under full controbrings them under full control”l”SB 11.20.21SB 11.20.21
  • 41. PHYSICAL WELL-BEINGPHYSICAL WELL-BEINGA weak body means a weak mind – accept everythingA weak body means a weak mind – accept everythingthat is favorable for your service likethat is favorable for your service like• Healthy dietHealthy diet• Regular sleepRegular sleep• Exercise (e.g. 20-30 minutes of walking, swimming,Exercise (e.g. 20-30 minutes of walking, swimming,etc most of the days)etc most of the days)Learn to relax – e.g. Use pranayama or other breathingLearn to relax – e.g. Use pranayama or other breathingtechniques, meditation, yoga exercises, massages,techniques, meditation, yoga exercises, massages,etc.etc.
  • 42. EMOTIONAL WELL-BEINGEMOTIONAL WELL-BEING• Be positive – don’t put yourself down, challengeBe positive – don’t put yourself down, challengenegative thoughts that pop into your mind (I’m nonegative thoughts that pop into your mind (I’m nogood, I can’t do this) with positive ones, remindgood, I can’t do this) with positive ones, remindyourself of past success.yourself of past success.• Practice gratitude everyday (beginning from smallPractice gratitude everyday (beginning from smallthings)things)• Don’t identify with the 6 enemies (lust, greed, illusion,Don’t identify with the 6 enemies (lust, greed, illusion,envy, anger and pride)envy, anger and pride)
  • 43. EMOTIONAL WELL-BEINGEMOTIONAL WELL-BEING• Accept the given situation as it is - Your externalAccept the given situation as it is - Your externalsituation is as it is. You have to say "yes" to whatsituation is as it is. You have to say "yes" to whatKrsna has given you. You have to also say "yes" to theKrsna has given you. You have to also say "yes" to theweakness which you feel. And then you have to goweakness which you feel. And then you have to goforward. Forward in a gratitude which comes fromforward. Forward in a gratitude which comes fromacceptance.acceptance.• Have fun – schedule some ‘time out’ for yourself,Have fun – schedule some ‘time out’ for yourself,pursue your hobbies or interests, spend time withpursue your hobbies or interests, spend time withfriends – focussing too intensely on something canfriends – focussing too intensely on something canlead to ‘burnout’lead to ‘burnout’.
  • 44. SOCIAL WELL BEINGSOCIAL WELL BEING• Cultivate devotee friendships - invest time inCultivate devotee friendships - invest time inthose relationships you care about the most. Takethose relationships you care about the most. Taketime for confidential talks. Share gifts. Avoidtime for confidential talks. Share gifts. Avoidcriticismcriticism• Monitor your stress – recognise your own signs ofMonitor your stress – recognise your own signs ofstress and identify situations you find difficult, sostress and identify situations you find difficult, soyou can be more pro-active about managingyou can be more pro-active about managingstress at these times.stress at these times.
  • 45. SOCIAL WELL BEINGSOCIAL WELL BEING• Set goals and priorities – be realistic, focus onSet goals and priorities – be realistic, focus onhow you want to contribute rather thanhow you want to contribute rather thancomparison with others, accept thatcomparison with others, accept thatcircumstances are outside your control.circumstances are outside your control.• Manage your time – avoid procrastination, planManage your time – avoid procrastination, planahead, make a schedule and follow it, evaluateahead, make a schedule and follow it, evaluatehow you are spending your time.how you are spending your time.
  • 46. YUKTA VAIRAGYAYUKTA VAIRAGYAanasaktasya visayan yatharham upayunjatahanasaktasya visayan yatharham upayunjatahnirbandhah krsna-sambandhe yuktam vairagyam ucyatenirbandhah krsna-sambandhe yuktam vairagyam ucyateprapancikataya buddhya hari-sambandhi-vastunahprapancikataya buddhya hari-sambandhi-vastunahmumuksubhih parityago vairagyam phalgu kathyatemumuksubhih parityago vairagyam phalgu kathyate““When one is not attached to anything but at theWhen one is not attached to anything but at thesame time accepts everything in relation to Ksame time accepts everything in relation to Krsnrsna,a,one is rightly situated above possessiveness. Onone is rightly situated above possessiveness. Onthe other hand, one who rejects everythingthe other hand, one who rejects everythingwithout knowledge of its relationship to Kwithout knowledge of its relationship to Krsnrsna isa isnot as complete in his renunciation.”not as complete in his renunciation.”BRS 1.2.255-256BRS 1.2.255-256
  • 47. Anyone can have this picture in hishome, chant this Hare Krsna mantra,and thus worship Lord Caitanya. Thatis the simple method. But who willcapture this simple method? Thosewho have good brains.Srila Prabhupada November 1969, Londons Conway Hall
  • 48. To prosecute Krishna Consciousness there isno limitation, no material impediment can stopprogress of Krishna Consciousness. That is thesymptom of spiritual life. Spiritual life doesn’tdepend on material conditions.So it is only the question of understanding theSo it is only the question of understanding theprocess how to execute Krishnaprocess how to execute KrishnaConsciousness.Consciousness.(Srila Prabhupada letter, February 13, 1969)(Srila Prabhupada letter, February 13, 1969)
  • 49. WorkshopWorkshop“Personal Excellence“Personal ExcellencePlan”Plan”
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