Chowpatti Devotee Care Introduction


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Chowpatti Devotee Care Introduction

  1. 1. We should Facilitate devotees in every possible respect, so that they feel secure and thus evolve firmly in KC.
  2. 2. A community is the shadow of its leaders, whatever they give emphasis to, becomes the model the devotees strive to achieve. FORMULA
  3. 3. Analogy “Although the foundation of a building cannot be seen, it holds up the entire building. Without a strong foundation, in time, even the most glorious palace will crumble.”
  4. 4. Foundation Our community’s foundation is in our 1. Spiritual practices,
  5. 5. Foundation 2. Moral values
  6. 6. Foundation 3. Personal relationships.
  7. 7. Process Effective leader will make the devotees realize that they are 1. Loved, 2. Cared for and 3. Appreciated.
  8. 8. As Lord Chaitanya compared Krishna Consciousness to cultivating the seed of bhakti in the field of the heart. The devotee’s hearts will become sustainable to remain faithful and enthused throughout their lives.
  9. 9. We push devotees to get the fruit of some result but as time passes the tree of his or her enthusiasm dies. Srila Prabhupada would call that ‘penny wise and pound foolish.’ He stressed sustainable farming wherein we are very sensitive toward living in harmony with Krishna’s natural plan. Paradigm shift
  10. 10. Analogy Like modern corporate farming, it aims at immediate results with little concern for how it affects the environment in the future. Srila Prabhupada condemned it.
  11. 11. So, we should always give more priority for education and encouraging healthy relationships. Top priority
  12. 12. Srila Prabhupada is a perfect leader….
  13. 13. He could push his devotees to get big results but at the same time his love, compassion and care would nourish, sustain and bring the highest joy to our hearts
  14. 14. Devotees felt nourished and empowered by his love and care even from thousands of miles away and even if they only personally saw him every couple of years. Once when stressing the importance of caring for the devotees, he exclaimed, “I have shed buckets of blood for each and every devotee.
  15. 15. He profoundly cared for each devotee who came to his society and expected his leaders to do so on his behalf. He expressed his concern again and again for our sadhana, and service attitude but also our health, the quality of our Prasad, our children and he was especially concerned that we felt happy, protected and inspired in our devotional service.
  16. 16. What we should do now….
  17. 17. We leaders need to take serious responsibility, on Srila Prabhupada’s behalf, to be caretakers of his beloved children. Focus
  18. 18. OUR MISSION To care for the devotees spiritually, emotionally and physically, thus Srila Prabhupad and Krishna will be pleased and the projects will naturally flourish.”
  19. 19. • The foundational priority of our leadershipThe foundational priority of our leadership is to create a community wherein everyis to create a community wherein every possible need of a devotee waspossible need of a devotee was considered and tendedconsidered and tended FacilitateFacilitate
  20. 20. • We should strive to give eachWe should strive to give each individual an experience of genuineindividual an experience of genuine protection and inspiration. The aim isprotection and inspiration. The aim is to ensure, as far as possible, thatto ensure, as far as possible, that devotees remain happy, enthusiasticdevotees remain happy, enthusiastic and grateful to our mission throughand grateful to our mission through every phase of lifeevery phase of life
  21. 21. Action plan - 1 Carefully reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and applying the teachings in his Bhaktivedanta purports as the guiding principles of our lives.
  22. 22. Action plan - 2 Having strong sadhana by attending the morning program, chanting attentively and hearing Srimad Bhagvatam in the association of devotees.
  23. 23. Action plan - 3 Striving to develop a genuine concern for devotees thus spread real vaisnava culture by our example.
  24. 24. All of our policies and decisions should be built upon this foundation. Perhaps more than anything else we do, what will transform peoples hearts is to give them an experience of a caring community of sincere souls who are united through life’s joys and struggles by the philosophy and practice of pure bhakti.” Essence
  25. 25. • From the principle ofFrom the principle of caring, the idea ofcaring, the idea of establishing aestablishing a ‘counselor system’‘counselor system’ came, wherein thecame, wherein the counselor wouldcounselor would humbly serve as ahumbly serve as a friend, philosopherfriend, philosopher and guide,and guide, basedbased upon the teachings ofupon the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.Srila Prabhupada. CounselingCounseling
  26. 26. • When the counselor system wasWhen the counselor system was introduced, within the first two years itintroduced, within the first two years it collapsed twice. The reason - devoteescollapsed twice. The reason - devotees felt ‘Why give so much attention to this?felt ‘Why give so much attention to this? We can get greater results by putting ourWe can get greater results by putting our energy into other priorities?energy into other priorities?
  27. 27. • But, by the persistentBut, by the persistent efforts of Radhanathefforts of Radhanath Swami, it was restartedSwami, it was restarted and eventually itand eventually it became the very fibrebecame the very fibre of Radha Gopinathof Radha Gopinath temple. When thetemple. When the priority was fixed topriority was fixed to ‘devotee care’, the‘devotee care’, the imagination of devoteesimagination of devotees expanded and amazingexpanded and amazing projects unfurled.projects unfurled. DeterminationDetermination Story of a determined sparrowStory of a determined sparrow
  28. 28. • Radhanatha Swami envisioned that seniorRadhanatha Swami envisioned that senior devotees extend themselves to assist theirdevotees extend themselves to assist their juniors in such a way that they feel ajuniors in such a way that they feel a homely, family atmosphere in Srilahomely, family atmosphere in Srila Prabhupada’s dwelling place of ISKCONPrabhupada’s dwelling place of ISKCON Helping handHelping hand
  29. 29. • Without proper assistance, it becomesWithout proper assistance, it becomes difficult for a leader to help a growingdifficult for a leader to help a growing number of devotees. All too oftennumber of devotees. All too often devotees feel, ‘Nobody really cares aboutdevotees feel, ‘Nobody really cares about me or my family’.me or my family’. Support
  30. 30. • In an attempt to minimize this problem andIn an attempt to minimize this problem and keep the fire of devotion burning for thekeep the fire of devotion burning for the rest of their lives, this counselor systemrest of their lives, this counselor system was introduced. Based on the simplewas introduced. Based on the simple principle of Rupa Goswami, “dadatiprinciple of Rupa Goswami, “dadati pratingranati…”pratingranati…” GiftGift
  31. 31. • The system was gradually divided into fourThe system was gradually divided into four categories- Grihasta counseling,categories- Grihasta counseling, brahmacari counseling, youth counselingbrahmacari counseling, youth counseling and counseling for the elderly.and counseling for the elderly.
  32. 32. • Through the system devotees wereThrough the system devotees were trained in philosophy, etiquette, sadhanatrained in philosophy, etiquette, sadhana and the proper conduct for their particularand the proper conduct for their particular ashram. Soon the joy of vaisnava sevaashram. Soon the joy of vaisnava seva became a living reality and we taxed ourbecame a living reality and we taxed our brains on how to better care for andbrains on how to better care for and engage every type of devotee. From thisengage every type of devotee. From this spirit emerged several projects.spirit emerged several projects. Success
  33. 33. • What is crucial to develop healthyWhat is crucial to develop healthy community is thecommunity is the committed spiritcommitted spirit ofof caring for the devotees. If that spirit iscaring for the devotees. If that spirit is pursued we believe whatever formpursued we believe whatever form you choose will transform andyou choose will transform and empower devotees hearts.empower devotees hearts. CommitmentCommitment
  34. 34. Our deep gratitude to HHOur deep gratitude to HH Radhanath Swami andRadhanath Swami and devotees of Chowpattidevotees of Chowpatti for this exceptional giftfor this exceptional gift Hare KrishnaHare Krishna Sama veda bhakta vrinda ki JayaSama veda bhakta vrinda ki Jaya Srila Prabhupada ki Jaya !Srila Prabhupada ki Jaya ! Designed by devotees of ISKCON ,TirupatiDesigned by devotees of ISKCON ,Tirupati