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  • 1. Counselor or DevoteeCounselor or Devotee Care SystemCare System Taking Care of Devotees ofTaking Care of Devotees of KrishnaKrishna
  • 2. Two Principles in Kali YugaTwo Principles in Kali Yuga  Chanting the Holy NamesChanting the Holy Names  Service to VaishnavasService to Vaishnavas
  • 3. PrinciplesPrinciples  To give quality care and service toTo give quality care and service to every single devotee that comesevery single devotee that comes forward to take shelter of Srilaforward to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada so that he remains aPrabhupada so that he remains a devotee throughout his life. Ourdevotee throughout his life. Our movement is not just to attract peoplemovement is not just to attract people for few yfor few yeaears and then they evaporate!rs and then they evaporate!  Story of Bhakti Siddhanata SaraswatiStory of Bhakti Siddhanata Saraswati ThakurThakur
  • 4. PrinciplesPrinciples  Taking care of devotees ofTaking care of devotees of ‘‘KRISHNAKRISHNA’ . Extremely rare that’ . Extremely rare that someone takes to worship ofsomeone takes to worship of Krishna....’bhagyavan jiva’.. ..letKrishna....’bhagyavan jiva’.. ..let him continue to remainhim continue to remain ‘bhagyavan’‘bhagyavan’  Effort to see that each and everyEffort to see that each and every devotee can ‘hear & chant’devotee can ‘hear & chant’
  • 5. PrinciplesPrinciples  What is the greatest Preaching ?What is the greatest Preaching ? HAPPY DEVOTEEHAPPY DEVOTEE  Srila Prabhupada said..’Chant HareSrila Prabhupada said..’Chant Hare Krishna and BeKrishna and Be Happy’Happy’ IntroductionIntroduction
  • 6. PrinciplesPrinciples  Why do people leave our movement?Why do people leave our movement? – Do they get a better more beautifulDo they get a better more beautiful temple?temple? – Do they get better prasadam?Do they get better prasadam? – Do they get better philosophy?Do they get better philosophy? – Do they get better Kirtans?Do they get better Kirtans? – They leave because they do not findThey leave because they do not find satisfactory relationships, adequate lovesatisfactory relationships, adequate love and care!!and care!! – Story of Permanent Guest in DallasStory of Permanent Guest in Dallas IntroductionIntroduction
  • 7. PrinciplesPrinciples  Unhappy devotee isUnhappy devotee is vulnerable to manyvulnerable to many temptations, doubts, socialtemptations, doubts, social and financial temptations …and financial temptations … but a happy devotee has thebut a happy devotee has the strength to overcome thosestrength to overcome those temptationstemptations
  • 8. PrinciplesPrinciples  Devotee care is to makeDevotee care is to make EVERYEVERY POSSIBLE INTELLIGENT EFFORTPOSSIBLE INTELLIGENT EFFORT toto helphelp EVERYEVERY single devoteesingle devotee ON ALLON ALL LEVELSLEVELS of his lifeof his life  PhysicalPhysical  SocialSocial  Emotional andEmotional and  SpiritualSpiritual IntroductionIntroduction
  • 9. PrinciplesPrinciples  From a lecture By Sacinandana SwamiFrom a lecture By Sacinandana Swami Maharaj.Maharaj. – All conditioned souls are driven by severalAll conditioned souls are driven by several essential needs.essential needs. 1. The need for security1. The need for security 2. The need to be loved2. The need to be loved 3. The need to express lov3. The need to express lov ee  Old Christian StoryOld Christian Story – HHeaven is a place of selflessness and hell is foreaven is a place of selflessness and hell is for the selfish. Heaven is a community of care andthe selfish. Heaven is a community of care and hell a community of struggle for survival.hell a community of struggle for survival. IntroductionIntroduction
  • 10. PrinciplesPrinciples  Now I want that we shall concentrateNow I want that we shall concentrate on making our devotees Krishnaon making our devotees Krishna conscious and ourselves becomingconscious and ourselves becoming Krishna conscious, and not be soKrishna conscious, and not be so much concerned with expandingmuch concerned with expanding ourselves widely but without anyourselves widely but without any spiritual content. Just like boiling thespiritual content. Just like boiling the milk, it becomes thicker and sweeter.milk, it becomes thicker and sweeter. Now do like that, boil the milkNow do like that, boil the milk Letter to Rupanuga May 9Letter to Rupanuga May 9thth , 1972, 1972 IntroductionIntroduction
  • 11. PrinciplesPrinciples  First part of SrilaFirst part of Srila Prabhupada’s mission was toPrabhupada’s mission was to establish and expand andestablish and expand and the 2the 2ndnd part is to establishpart is to establish systems whereby everysystems whereby every devotee is HAPPY in Krishnadevotee is HAPPY in Krishna Consciousness.Consciousness.
  • 12. PrinciplesPrinciples  Srila Prabhupada said that ‘We shouldSrila Prabhupada said that ‘We should do the needful…’do the needful…’  So there is a need of a system whereSo there is a need of a system where there arethere are qualified devoteesqualified devotees who arewho are ready to offer the required shelter,ready to offer the required shelter, care, training, education and supportcare, training, education and support and in doing so they also get shelteredand in doing so they also get sheltered and cared and make progress inand cared and make progress in Krishna Consciousness.Krishna Consciousness.  Thus Counselor has various role toThus Counselor has various role to play in the mood of servant of theplay in the mood of servant of the
  • 13. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  Counselor is a PreacherCounselor is a Preacher – Preaches exemplarily role model (Quality)Preaches exemplarily role model (Quality) – Preaches effectively (Quantity)Preaches effectively (Quantity)
  • 14. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  Counselor is a Mentor andCounselor is a Mentor and TrainerTrainer – Gives spiritual guidanceGives spiritual guidance – Train practical skillsTrain practical skills – Assess and correctAssess and correct – Convey knowledgeConvey knowledge – Instills in others the value and principlesInstills in others the value and principles of real spiritual lifeof real spiritual life
  • 15. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  Counselor is a friendCounselor is a friend – Cares for emotional well beingCares for emotional well being – Listens to problems and finds bestListens to problems and finds best possible solutionspossible solutions – Accessible and open mindedAccessible and open minded – Ensures ongoing personal developmentEnsures ongoing personal development of the counseleesof the counselees
  • 16. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  Counselor is a Manager andCounselor is a Manager and FacilitatorFacilitator – Provides manpower for the templeProvides manpower for the temple services keeping that as priorityservices keeping that as priority – Inspires them to perform practicalInspires them to perform practical servicesservices
  • 17. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  Liaison between templeLiaison between temple management and Counseleesmanagement and Counselees – Ensures a communication flow betweenEnsures a communication flow between those in his care, other counselees groupthose in his care, other counselees group and temple managementand temple management – Ensures that there is cooperationEnsures that there is cooperation between those in his care, otherbetween those in his care, other counselee groups and managementcounselee groups and management
  • 18. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  SadhakaSadhaka – Chants 16 rounds attentively especially inChants 16 rounds attentively especially in publicpublic – Strictly follows 4 regulative principlesStrictly follows 4 regulative principles – Studying Srila Prabhupada’s booksStudying Srila Prabhupada’s books – Attending morning program on a regularAttending morning program on a regular basisbasis
  • 19. Responsibility of CounselorResponsibility of Counselor  PsychologistPsychologist – Basic counseling skillsBasic counseling skills – Knows when and whom to send theKnows when and whom to send the counselee to, when the problem iscounselee to, when the problem is beyond his scope (Referral system)beyond his scope (Referral system)
  • 20.  Children’s committeeChildren’s committee  Women’s committeeWomen’s committee  Marriage BoardMarriage Board  Varishtha Vaishnava CommitteeVarishtha Vaishnava Committee  Business CommitteeBusiness Committee  Housing CommitteeHousing Committee  Yamuna Kinara (Bank of Yamuna)Yamuna Kinara (Bank of Yamuna) The CommitteesThe Committees
  • 21.  To train children in Krishna consciousness andTo train children in Krishna consciousness and engage them accordinglyengage them accordingly  Once a month a special children’s programOnce a month a special children’s program conducted by children themselvesconducted by children themselves (Dramas, story telling, sloka recitation, kirtans,(Dramas, story telling, sloka recitation, kirtans, puppet show, etc )puppet show, etc )  Sunday SchoolSunday School  Music SchoolMusic School Children’s CommitteeChildren’s Committee The CommitteesThe Committees
  • 22.  Look into women issues (problems,Look into women issues (problems, services etc.)services etc.)  Discussion on saintly women like Kunti,Discussion on saintly women like Kunti, Draupadi etc.,Draupadi etc.,  Sharing realizationsSharing realizations  Meeting once a monthMeeting once a month Women’s CommitteeWomen’s Committee The CommitteesThe Committees
  • 23.  Consists of 3 grhasthas couples who assist toConsists of 3 grhasthas couples who assist to find partnersfind partners  Maintains data bank for boys and girls.Maintains data bank for boys and girls. Marriage BoardMarriage Board Various CommitteesVarious Committees
  • 24. Yamuna KinaraYamuna Kinara  Bank run by devotees for the devoteesBank run by devotees for the devotees  Devotees can invest and also getDevotees can invest and also get loansloans  Professionally runProfessionally run
  • 25.  Help for accommodation, by searching for aHelp for accommodation, by searching for a place or financial helpplace or financial help  Temporary Shelter in needTemporary Shelter in need Housing CommitteeHousing Committee Various CommitteesVarious Committees
  • 26. ThankYouThankYou Srila Prabhupada Ki JaiSrila Prabhupada Ki Jai