Devotee Care In Bhakti Vriksha

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