Devotee Care In Bhakti Vriksha

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Devotee Care In Bhakti Vriksha

  1. 1. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha System λ Bhakti Vriksha provides care to devotees in the following stages: λ Emotional, spiritual and physical λ Can be done for expanding communities λ Can be easily duplicated λ Based on Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's mood λ When the community becomes large enough, dedicated facilities for physical care can be supported
  2. 2. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha System λ Complete care and development of a devotee taken up in small personal groups λ The leader has a role of both a teacher and a parent λ Hierarchy of parental devotees providing care to each individual λ Every leader has a senior to guide and supervise him λ Good networking and cooperation between the different BV groups ensure efficient care
  3. 3. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha System λ Study groups,regular leaders meetings, counseling and seminars provide continued care and education even after group multiplication λ Spiritual empowerment of devotees after being trained gives them enthusiasm and engages their optimum potential λ Every one has possibility for growth and position which happens automatically due to performance
  4. 4. Devotee care in the Bhakti Vriksha System λ Unlocks the hidden leadership potential of a large number of devotees λ Since leadership is based on inspiration and service and not on domination, relationships thrive even with expansion λ Creates very naturally and organically loving Vaishnava communities providing complete care and protection λ Mood of cooperation among all Guru's disciples and members of other Preaching groups facilitated
  5. 5. Aspects of devotee care: Giving love and friendship λ Ice-breaker and satsanga session in Bhakti Vriksha meetings λ Regular Telephone calls and periodic home visits and picnics λ Developing close personal relationships λ Listening to material and spiritual problems from members λ Counseling and spiritual guidance given through different levels of leaders like an extended family
  6. 6. Instilling faith and devotion λ Importance given to practical aspects of devotional service λ Japa session and japa marathon λ Every member is engaged in some service to ensure development of responsibility and enthusiasm λ Close personal contacts and relationships between leader and members and between members λ Periodic Siksha seminars to inspire them to more and more commitment
  7. 7. Giving knowledge in Krishna consciousness λ Interactive discussions from Srila Prabhupada's books λ Systematic curriculum (BV modules) to ensure basic understanding of Krishna consciousness λ Interactive Study classes in Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam λ 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 multiplication λ Higher and higher levels of study continues under the senior devotees of Bhakti Vriksha as well as Bhakti shastri, Bhakti Vaibhava, etc λ 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 practices λ Siksha levels ensure that everyone learns and practices devotional activities in gradual steps λ Taking vows and commitments before senior devotees and Srila Prabhupada makes them serious in keeping their commitments λ Decentralized festival programs help all the members to be trained in all the different devotional activities λ Regular visits and services at the local temple makes them further trained
  10. 10. Helping in application of knowledge in their day to day lives λ Every weekly meeting has an application question discussed based on the passage learnt λ Devotees share regularly with their leaders on their spiritual progress λ Spiritual solutions to material problems are regularly discussed both at the meetings as well as in personal talks with the leaders λ All family members of the devotees also befriended through home visits
  11. 11. Engaging them in devotional activities λ Everyone is engaged in some voluntary service during the weekly meetings λ 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 level λ Engaged in preaching activities from the beginning λ Participation in all Temple as well as decentralized programs
  12. 12. Providing material support λ 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 partners λ Requirement of jobs and availability of jobs announced and all members help in this λ Assistance at home and hospital, fun d raising and prayers for medical care
  13. 13. Training and empowering them to be preachers 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 Vaishnava qualities λ Vaishnava etiquette seminars λ Personal preaching develops true humility λ Regular leaders' meetings, reporting, consulting and supervision results in instilling cooperative mood λ Every one is a senior and junior at the same time, so can understand the proper mood λ Preaching purifies one's offensive mentality λ Empowering others removes pride and possessiveness
  15. 15. Enabling them to be self reliant to take initiatives λ Interactive method of study lays strong foundation in understanding philosophy λ Love and trust among devotees builds their self- confidence λ From the beginning leader is training and empowering the members to take up responsibilities λ The whole system fosters self reliance and team- work
  16. 16. Ensures good quality and quantity of devotees λ Love and friendship awakens the spirituality quickly in them and gives them bhakti λ Interactive study gives them good knowledge λ Services, Sadhana and practical application of the Bhagavad-gita in their day to day lives gives them deep realizations λ 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 of devotees λ Good quality of devotees ensures continuing growth in quantity λ Very less chances of fall downs or getting deviated λ Gives them the capability of rendering services throughout their lives wherever they may go λ Becoming leaders motivates them to be good examples λ Keeps them always enthusiastic
  18. 18. Ensures good quality and quantity of devotees 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 community united in purpose, controlled by love λ Every one develops the preaching mood to give personal care and mercy to all λ All decisions are taken on the basis of what is the best for the preaching mission. So there is a common vision and unity λ Seniors' example and inspiration serves to inspire the juniors to follow λ No command and control approach, as every one is cared for by different levels of leaders λ Regular meetings of leaders to share reports,plan, review and help one another
  20. 20. An empowered devotee community united in purpose, controlled by love λ Seniors are tolerant and forgiving and manage everything through love and humility λ All sections of society covered easily through Bhakti Vriksha λ Harmony between different classes and educational backgrounds through common programs and picnics λ Preaching makes everyone develop the spiritual vision more quickly λ Equal opportunity and freedom for all, minimizing envy or politics
  21. 21. The Lord is the supreme controller λ Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's mood of compassion is the guiding principle of the Bhakti Vriksha λ Problems are solved more easily for those who are following His instructions of preaching λ Preachers become more surrendered to following the idealistic path and in compromising with others λ Results are achieved by depending on His mercy and doing one's best λ Minimizes politics between devotees
  22. 22. Mood, instructions and example of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu λ Making loving friendly relationships before philosophy λ Developing service attitude through giving personal care λ Making rapid spiritual advancement in Bhakti through serving other devotees λ From Bhakti comes jnana and vairagya easily λ Preaching from the very beginning gives them the complete mercy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  23. 23. Relationship with the Temple λ Attending and rendering services during sunday programs λ Attending advanced study programs λ Making avail of Samskaras λ Association of senior Temple devotees for special periodic by- monthly programs λ Participation in Book distribution, Harinams, festivals λ Involvement of Temple devotees in meetings
  24. 24. Integration with the entire Vaishnava community λ Different Gurus disciples can coexist in the same group λ Cooperation with other autonomous groups λ Bhakti Vriksha for farming devotees λ Co-operation with devotees of all specializations like book distribution, Hari namas, Food for life, fund raisers, etc

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