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3 principles for spiritual community building

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The talk based on this ppt can be heard here:

https://www.thespiritualscientist.com/category/lecture-series/3-principles-for-spiritual-community-building/

The speaker, Chaitanya Charan, is a monk, mentor and spiritual author. He has written 20 books and writes the world's only daily blog on the timeless spiritual class, Bhagavad-gita, at gitadaily.com

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3 principles for spiritual community building

  1. 1. By Chaitanya Charan Das ABC: Three principles of spiritual community building
  2. 2. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity
  3. 3. By Chaitanya Charan Das Three principles  Authenticity  Balance  Commitment
  4. 4. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity If God had wanted you to be someone else, he would have made someone else
  5. 5. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity If the shoe doesn’t fit the leg, don’t cut the leg Don’t imitate external glamorized models
  6. 6. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity Be yourself: Physically Psychologically Spiritually
  7. 7. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity Develop your instincts Discipline your impulses Deepen your devotion
  8. 8. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity Bhakti – Static understanding vs Dynamic understanding
  9. 9. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity Static: This is the path to bhakti – follow it Dynamic: From where you are, let’s find out how you can come to Krishna
  10. 10. By Chaitanya Charan Das Authenticity Gita 18.46: Through your work, worship him Arjuna’s archery
  11. 11. By Chaitanya Charan Das Balance
  12. 12. By Chaitanya Charan Das Balance SP: Intelligence means to see things in their proper perspective
  13. 13. By Chaitanya Charan Das History of imbalance Only nature - pre-modern Only nurture- post- modern Balance: Nurture & nature
  14. 14. By Chaitanya Charan Das Knowledge in three modes 18.22: Ignorance: see one thing to be everything
  15. 15. By Chaitanya Charan Das Knowledge in three modes 18.21: Passion: see only material as everything
  16. 16. By Chaitanya Charan Das Knowledge in three modes 18.20: Goodness: See material and spiritual in harmony
  17. 17. By Chaitanya Charan Das Balance Dynamic balance: Not formula But art Eg bike-riding
  18. 18. By Chaitanya Charan Das Commitment
  19. 19. By Chaitanya Charan Das Commitment We are not just individuals – We are individual parts of a Whole
  20. 20. By Chaitanya Charan Das How Devotion relates with Frustration Renunciation Absorption
  21. 21. By Chaitanya Charan Das Commitment Aversion to commitment is not detachment Mode of ignorance vs Mode of goodness
  22. 22. By Chaitanya Charan Das Commitment Horizontal relationship & Vertical relationships
  23. 23. By Chaitanya Charan Das Commitment Horizontal – Vertical: Conflict Compartmentalization Concord
  24. 24. By Chaitanya Charan Das Commitment Takeoff from ground – Airplane vs Helicopter
  25. 25. By Chaitanya Charan Das Expanding our circle of affection We grow in selflessness  From ourselves  To our loved ones  To Krishna
  26. 26. By Chaitanya Charan Das Devotion Not attachment or detachment But commitment
  27. 27. By Chaitanya Charan Das Devotion is Contribution Our best comes not just by finding ourselves, but by offering ourselves to something bigger than ourselves
  28. 28. By Chaitanya Charan Das Accept Accepting is not agreeing, condoning, capitulating – it is just calling off our war with reality
  29. 29. By Chaitanya Charan Das Accept What frustrates us most is not the reality but the distance between our expectation and the reality
  30. 30. By Chaitanya Charan Das Accept Dhritarashtra never accepted that he couldn’t be the king – was lifelong fighting a battle he had already lost
  31. 31. By Chaitanya Charan Das Ascertain Value-judgments about others cloud our inner vision e.g. Hands in front of our eyes
  32. 32. By Chaitanya Charan Das Ascertain To know people’s background means to know what’s on their back and what’s under their ground
  33. 33. By Chaitanya Charan Das Ascertain Judging without understanding Vali-Sugriva – Best friends becomes worst enemies
  34. 34. By Chaitanya Charan Das What’s under their ground What has shaped their conceptions about themselves, others and the world
  35. 35. By Chaitanya Charan Das Ascertain Everyone needs to be understood as much as they need oxygen Hearing without evaluating gives them psychological oxygen
  36. 36. By Chaitanya Charan Das Appreciate Begin with the 1% commonality, not the 99% difference e.g. BG18.20 vs 18.21
  37. 37. By Chaitanya Charan Das Appreciate Focus on common values, not on differing methods e.g. Gita 05.02
  38. 38. By Chaitanya Charan Das Appreciate Others are dancing to a different tune, not out of tune
  39. 39. By Chaitanya Charan Das Appreciate Desensitized vs insensitive e.g. Cleanliness
  40. 40. By Chaitanya Charan Das Appreciate “I wish I could walk as fast as you” Look for blessings, not for problems
  41. 41. By Chaitanya Charan Das Appreciate “I can live for two months on a good compliment” “We never know the worth of water ’til the well runs dry.”
  42. 42. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act Maturity means that no one is obliged to fulfill our needs
  43. 43. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act Don’t depress yourself or others – depress your expectations of yourself and others
  44. 44. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act The heaviest thing to hold is a grudge – experience the freedom of letting go
  45. 45. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act In the war of egos, the winner is the bigger loser – Let go
  46. 46. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act Speak to give peace of mind, not a piece of your mind e.g. Gita 17.15
  47. 47. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act  Tolerate  Mitigate  Emigrate
  48. 48. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act Krishna is our ultimate shelter Let he be our anchor amidst emotional and relational storms
  49. 49. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act See every relationship as an impetus for connecting with Krishna – some positive, some negative
  50. 50. By Chaitanya Charan Das Act Don’t see through others; See others through

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