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BHAKTI

VRKSA
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Week 1
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Satsanga .. 15 minutes
Welcome everyone and request them to be seated in a circle. Introduce yourself by your name,
occupation, family members, your special interest (obviously Krsna consciousness in a devotees case),
etc. Speak for a minute. hen move on to the person ri!ht beside you and ask them to introduce
themselves makin! sure that they reveal their names, occupation, family, and any special interest. Some
of them may be too shy to say much, and your friendly and !entle questionin! may encoura!e them to
reveal more about themselves. "over everyone in the circle !oin! from one person to the ne#t, bein!
attentive and encoura!in! to $hatever they say. his sets a very $arm, friendly and comfortable
atmosphere. his should take you %& minutes.
Kirtana. 15 minutes
ell them that you are !oin! to have a short Kirtan for %& minutes.'istribute the sheets havin! the Srila
(rabhupadas (ranam )antra, *are Krsna )ahamantra and the )an!ala +rchana. Start a soft Kirtana
$ith a simple tune (ideally Srila (rabhupadas dhun), so that it is easy for everyone to follo$. ,ou can
invite every member to come and offer incense sticks to the photos in the altar, even $hile the Kirtan is
!oin! on.
Japa. 15 minutes
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!,
you can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive
them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone.his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it.he 1hakti 2rksa leader should at last sum up all the
points and !ive more points that he has.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
3ead the passa!e. If they e#press any doubts $ith $hat $as bein! read, you can e#plain it to them. ,ou
could also summari4e $hat $as read in a fe$ sentences so that the messa!e remains clear in their
minds .5nquire from them if they $ould like to try chantin! themselves to!ether no$. If they sound open
or positive, distribute japa malas to everyone and e#plain to them ho$ the japa mala is held in the hand
$hile chantin!. "hant one round of japa or .ust half a round, to!ether. 5ncoura!e the members to chant
by maintainin! eye contact $ith them and by smilin!, so that they feel enthused to chant. ,ou can stop
$ith half a round if you $ant. If the ma.ority of them seem a little reluctant or hesitate to take to
chantin! ri!ht a$ay, you can $ait for a fe$ more $eeks before chantin! $ith them. ,ou have to be
interactive $ith them and !au!e their mood and decide on ho$ much you can !et them to do. (eople are
all different and require different approaches for bein! enticed to Krsna consciousness.
rasadam! "# minutes
'ependin! on $hat part of the day your pro!ram is conducted, you $ill have to plan your menu.
If it is ni!ht time and people have to travel lon! distances to reach your home, then a simple,
attractive and a li!ht dinner $ith a cereal, a ve!etable dish and a simple s$eet or fruit $ill be
appreciated. If you plan too elaborate a meal, the difficulties are that it $ill be difficult to maintain
the standard. ,ou are promotin! their e#pectations. +lso people may hesitate to ever have the
pro!ram in their homes, if they think this is the standard to be follo$ed re!ularly. +lso it may
make them uncomfortable especially in the be!innin! sta!es to accept an elaborate dinner
$ithout invitin! you in return. If it is in the mornin! or early evenin! hours, then a li!ht snack
67or a drink $ill suffice. If it is lunch time, then too a meal is required. So dependin! on $hat is
convenient to you, you can decide the time of the day for conductin! the pro!ram. If they are all
your nei!hborhood people, then the prasadam can be very simple and informal.
)akin! prasadam and servin! it to the !uests is the best investment $e do for makin! devotees. It is
also a very satisfyin! service. So one should approach it in a positive and enthusiastic mood. 2ery soon
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the members $ill pick up your servin! mood and $ill $ant to share in the nectar you are e#periencin!
and $ill request you if they could help you. ,ou can then en!a!e them in $hatever $ay their spiritual
practices $ill allo$. If they are still eatin! meat or have other sinful habits, you can ask them to brin!
fruits, or help you in cuttin! ve!etables or cleanin! up, etc or they could sponsor the prasadam. So $e
can avoid the risk by bein! careful. he $hole attitude to prasadam is !oin! to be systematically built up
in their minds as the succeedin! lessons $ill tell you, and so it $ill then be easy for you en!a!e them in
services in the ri!ht attitude and mood.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame Page 113
(' performance of Sankirtana -'agna) the congregational chanting of the hol' name ) people
*ill +e happ' economicall') politicall')sociall') religiousl' and culturall'.
1ha!. 8./0./9 : /; (8.<, p. %0=)
Yagna must be performed, for other$ise people $ill be entan!led in sinful activities and $ill suffer
immensely. herefore the Krsna consciousness movement has taken char!e of introducin! the chantin!
of *are Krsna all over the $orld. his *are Krsna movement is also yagna , but $ithout the difficulties
involved in securin! paraphernalia and qualified Brahmanas. his con!re!ational chantin! can be
performed any$here and every$here. If people someho$ or other assemble to!ether and are introduced
to chantin! *are Krsna,*are Krsna, Krsna Krsna *are *are 7 *are 3ama *are 3ama 3ama 3ama *are
*are, all the purposes of yagna $ill be fulfilled.
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he first purpose is that there must be sufficient rain, for $ithout rain there cannot be any produce.
(annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna sambhavah). +ll our necessities can be produced simply by
rainfall (kamam vavarsa parjanyah), and the earth is the ori!inal source of all necessities.(sarva kama
dugha mahi) >.. hen the earth $ill certainly produce all the necessities of life, and people $ill be happy
economically, politically, socially, reli!iously and culturally. 5verythin! $ill be in proper order.
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e 9)
%he ,ord has inaugurated the &are Krsna movement for the +enefit of human societ'
Whenever the principles of reli!ion deteriorate and the principles of irreli!ion increase, the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead Sri *ari, appears by *is o$n $ill. In the present a!e, the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead has appeared as Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu to inau!urate the *are Krsna movement.
+t the present time, in Kali @ yu!a, people are e#tremely sinful and bad>
hey have no idea of spiritual life and are misusin! the benefits of the human form to live like cats and
do!s. Ander these circumstances Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu has inau!urated the *are Krsna movement,
$hich is not different from Krsna, the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
If one associates $ith this movement, he directly associates $ith the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
(eople should take advanta!e> and thus !ain relief from all the problems created in this a!e of
Kali.
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Who are youF +re you your bodyF Cr your mindF Cr are you somethin! hi!herF 'o you kno$ $ho you
areF Cr do you merely think you kno$F +nd does it really matterF Cur materialistic society, $ith its
unenli!htened leadership, has made it virtually taboo to inquire into our real, hi!her self. Instead $e use
our valuable time maintainin!, decoratin!, and pamperin! the body for its o$n sake. )i!ht there be an
alternativeF
his very important Krishna consciousness movement is meant to save human society from spiritual
death. +t present human society is bein! misled by leaders $ho are blind, nor they do not kno$ the aim
and ob.ective of human life, $hich is self@reali4ation and the reestablishment of our lost relationship $ith
the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. hat is the missin! point. he Krishna consciousness movement is
tryin! to enli!hten human society in this important matter.
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+ccordin! to 2edic civili4ation, the perfection of life is to reali4e ones relationship $ith Krishna, or ?od.
In the 1ha!avad@?ita, $hich is accepted by all authorities in transcendental science as the basis of all
2edic kno$led!e, $e understand that not only human bein!s but all livin! entities are parts and parcels
of ?od. he parts are meant for servin! the $hole, .ust as the le!s, hands, fin!ers, and ears are meant
for servin! the total body. We livin! entities, bein! parts and parcels of ?od, are duty@bound to serve
*im.
+ctually our position is that $e are al$ays renderin! service to someone, either to our family, country, or
society. If $e have no one to serve, sometimes $e keep a pet cat or do! and render service to it. +ll
these factors prove that $e are constitutionally meant to render service, yet in spite of servin! to the
best of our ability, $e are not satisfied. Bor is the person to $hom $e are renderin! that service
satisfied. Cn the material platform, everyone is frustrated. he reason for this is that the service bein!
rendered is not properly directed.
Dor e#ample, if $e $ant to render service to a tree, $e must $ater the root. If $e pour $ater on the
leaves, branches and t$i!s, there is little benefit. If the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead is served, all
other parts and parcels $ill be automatically satisfied. "onsequently all $elfare activities as $ell as
service to society, family and nation are reali4ed by servin! the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
'iscovery
%. What is the aim of lifeF
/. What is the Krsna consciousness movement tryin! to doF
Anderstandin!
%. What is $ron! $ith our materialistic societyF
/. What does the 2edic civili4ation say about the perfection of lifeF
<. Why is it necessary to serve ?odF What e#ample illustrates thisF
9. *o$ can $e perfectly serve and satisfy everyone in this $orldF Why is it not possible to do so in any
other $ayF Illustrate $ith an e#ample.
+pplication
1. Have you attended any other self-realization program so far? If so, please share your experiences.
2. Which part of this program do you lie very much and !hy?
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(lay some soft music of Krsna consciousness as you keep the house ready for the members to come in.
,ou should have called each one of those $ho attended the pro!ram the previous $eek to remind them
to please come this $eek too.
Since you have an idea about the individual members, you can take care to arran!e the seats accordin!
to their convenience>. Some chairs for older people if required, etc. hese personal touches $ill $arm
their hearts very much and they $ill then look for$ard to comin! to a place $here they are considered
$elcome and important.
It $ill be nice if you remember their names and address them to $elcome them as they enter and as you
usher them to their seats. ,ou can en!a!e in some informal talk about ho$ their $eek passed by or
about the $eather or some public event etc> 'o not let them sit alone and unattended till everyone
arrives. hey mi!ht feel a little uncomfortable. If you need to take care of somethin! else for the
pro!ram, then you can en!a!e them by playin! a Krsna conscious video or keep them busy $ith a 1ack
to ?odhead ma!a4ine.
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Satsanga
,ou tell them that you are !oin! to !ive them a topic on $hich each of them $ill have e#actly a minute
to speak on. ell them that this e#ercise is .ust to make them un$indG rela# $ith one another, and also to
come to kno$ each other personally.
he question you could ask themH IWhat do you do or $here do you !o $hen life becomes stressfulFJ or
alternativelyH IWhat $ould be your ideal one@month vacationFJ
+s you ask the first person to your left, encoura!e them $ith your smiles and eye contact, so they feel
reassured to start. ,ou can yourself speak on the topic for one minute as you look to your nei!hbor to
continue. ,ou should be very attentive and responsive to every member, encoura!in! them $ith
appreciation, etc as they speak. his $ill !ive them a lot of confidence to open up and speak, $hich is
very important if you $ant their !ood participation durin! !roup discussion.
Kirtana. 15 minutes
ell them that you are !oin! to have a short Kirtan for %& minutes. 'istribute the sheets havin! the Srila
(rabhupadas (ranam )antra, *are Krsna )ahamantra and the )an!ala +rchana. Start a soft Kirtana
$ith a simple tune (ideally Srila (rabhupadas dhun), so that it is easy for everyone to follo$. ,ou can
invite every member to come and offer incense sticks to the photos in the altar, even $hile the Kirtan is
!oin! on.
Japa. 15 minutes
3ead out first, the follo$in! passa!e fromH
Spiritual Edification! 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!.
,ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive
them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.
he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the
discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. he 1hakti 2rksa
leader should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that he has.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
3ead the passa!e
rasadam! "# minutes
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'istribute some simple but tasty prasadam and $hile everyone is partakin! the prasadam, have some
friendly and li!ht hearted conversation $ith everyone.
If they e#press any doubts $ith $hat $as bein! read, you can e#plain it to them. ,ou could also
summari4e $hat $as read in a fe$ sentences so that the messa!e remains clear in their minds .5nquire
from them if they $ould like to try chantin! themselves to!ether no$. If they sound open or positive,
distribute japa malas to everyone and e#plain to them ho$ the japa mala is held in the hand $hile
chantin!. "hant one round of japa or .ust half a round, to!ether. 5ncoura!e the members to chant by
maintainin! eye contact $ith them and by smilin!, so that they feel enthused to chant. ,ou can stop $ith
half a round if you $ant.
If the ma.ority of them seem a little reluctant or hesitate to take to chantin! ri!ht a$ay, you can $ait for
a fe$ more $eeks before chantin! $ith them. ,ou have to be interactive $ith them and !au!e their
mood and decide on ho$ much you can !et them to do.(eople are all different and require different
approaches for bein! enticed to Krsna consciousness.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame ((a!e K)
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In Kali@yu!a Krsna has incarnated as the holy name in order to deliver the sinful, $ho are sufferin!
!reatlyH
+s the -ord says in the 1ha!avad ?ita (9.K)H
Yada yada hi dharmasya
Glanir bhavati Bharata
abhyutanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham
Whenever and $herever there is a decline in reli!ious principles o descendent of (harata, and a
predominant rise of irreli!ion@@@@@@@@ at that time I descend myself.J
In the present a!e, Kali 'uga, people are very much sinful and are consequently sufferin! !reatly.
herefore Krsna has incarnated in the form of *is name ) as found in the maha mantraH
*are Krsna *are Krsna Krsna Krsna *are &are
*are 3ama *are 3ama .ama .ama &are &are
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e ;)
%he ,ord sends &is representatives to end the living entities5 suffering!
>> because *e the (the -ord) $ants to maintain the creation, *e desires the mass of people to follo$
the ri!ht path of self reali4ation, $hich enables the livin! bein!s to enter into the kin!dom of ?od. he
-ord $ants the sufferin! human bein!s to come back home back to *im, and cease to suffer the
threefold material pan!s. he $hole plan of creation is made in that $ay, and one $ho does not come to
his senses suffers in the material $orld by pan!s inflicted by the illusory ener!y of the -ord.
)ore discussion $ill follo$ in the follo$in! $eeks $hen the full %& minutes $ill be utili4ed. 1ut for no$
you could .ust e#plain this para!raph to them.
Spiritual Edification
63oming (ack 6 %he science of .eincarnation7
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$o children are born at the same time on the same day. he parents of the first are $ealthy and $ell
educated and have an#iously a$aited the arrival of their first :born for years. heir child, a boy, is bri!ht,
healthy and attractive, $ith a future full of promise. Surely destiny has smiled upon him. he second
child enters into an entirely different $orld. *e is born to a mother $ho $as abandoned $hile pre!nant.
In her poverty she feels little enthusiasm to rear her sickly ne$ off sprin!. he road ahead is frau!ht $ith
difficulties and hardships, and to rise above them $ill not be easy. he $orld is full of disparities like
these, blatant inequalities that often provoke questionsH *o$ could providence be so unfairF What did
?eor!e and )ary do to have their son born blindF hey are !ood people. ?od is so unkindLJ
he principles of re@ incarnation, ho$ever allo$ us to vie$ life $ith a much broader perspective@ from
the stand point of eternity. Drom this point of vie$, one brief lifetime is seen not as the be!innin! of our
e#istence, but as nothin! more than a flash in time, and $e can understand that an apparently pious
person $ho may be sufferin! !reatly is sufferin! !reatly is sufferin! the effects of impious activities
performed in this or previous lives.
With this broader vision of universal .ustice $e can see ho$ each individual soul is alone responsible for
its o$n Karma.Cur actions are compared to seeds. Initially they are performed or planted, and over a
course of time they !radually fructify, releasin! their resultant reactions. Such reactions may produce
either sufferin! or en.oyment for the livin! bein!, and he may respond by either improvin! his character
or by becomin! increasin!ly animal like. + criminal chooses to enter prison by $illful trans!ression of
la$, but another man may be appointed to sit on the Supreme court by dint of his e#cellence of service.
his is the special benediction of human life@ even if one is destined to suffer terribly for impious acts
performed in this and previous lives, one can by takin! up the process of Krsna consciousness, chan!e
his Karma. he soul in a human body stands at the evolutionary mid point. Drom here the livin! entity
can choose either de!radation, or liberation from reincarnation.
If a livin! bein! makes some de!ree of spiritual pro!ress in his present life, then in the ne#t life he is
allo$ed to continue from that point. he -ord tells *is disciple +r.una in 1ha!avad ?ita, IIn this endeavor
(Krsna consciousness) there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect
one from the !reatest type of fear (returnin! in a lo$er@ than@ human form in the ne#t life).J he soul
may thus develop its inherent spiritual qualities throu!h many lives, until it no lon!er has to reincarnate
in a material body, until it returns to its ori!inal home in the spiritual $orld.
'iscoveryH
%) )ention some inequalities $e find in life amon! different people in their en.oyment and sufferin!.
Anderstandin!H
%) Why do even pious people suffer sometimesF
/) 5#plain $hy each person is responsible for his o$n Karma
<) *o$ can $e overcome our sufferin! and bad KarmaF
9) What are the advanta!es of takin! up Krsna consciousnessF
+pplicationH
%) *ave you believed in the theory of reincarnation so farF Why or $hy notF
/) 'o you $ant to chan!e your KarmaF 'o you think Krsna consciousness $ill help you achieve thatF
Why do you think soF
Week 8
'urin! the $eek since your last pro!ram, you should have kept in touch $ith your visitors .ust to
enthuse them to come a!ain the follo$in! $eek. 1ut if some of them do not come a!ain the succeedin!
$eek, there is nothin! to be disheartened about. It takes time for people, even favorable people to make
a commitment to be re!ular in their attendance $eek after $eek.
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+s they enter, you can make them feel more secure in the familiarity of the last visits, by enquirin! ho$
they have been doin! in the $eek !one by> about their $ork, family, etc> not too probin! or over
familiar, but .ust e#pressin! your concern and $ell $ishes for them.)ake sure that they rela# in their
seats. -et there be some nice Krsna conscious literature, pictures or ob.ects in the surroundin!, for them
to bro$se throu!h.
When it is time to start, !o strai!ht ahead. (eople, $hen they see that you are very keen about keepin!
time, they $ill follo$ suit, if not for the interest they have in the pro!ram, at least to not be thou!ht of
as bein! tardy.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
+fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, you ask them this questionH IIf you
could spend the rest of your life doin! e#actly $hatever you like, $hat $ould you doFJ'ont pass
.ud!ments on $hat people say, but encoura!e and be appreciative of everybodys participation.
3emember that this is not a session meant for impartin! kno$led!e to them, thou!h that can also
happen naturally, but the primary motive is to make people open up and rela#, and !et to kno$ one
another.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
*ave a s$eet but simple kirtana for %& minutes, that they all feel comfortable to participate and learn
the tune. It is very important that they understand that should concentrate on the vibrations of the
)antra, rather than the music. If they request for a lon!er period of Kirtana, you can al$ays ask them to
come some of the other pro!rams $hich have a lon!er duration. Cther$ise, if the Kirtana time is
e#tended you $ill not have sufficient time for the other sessions, $hich are equally important and
necessary for them.
Japa. 15 minutes
3ead out first, the follo$in! passa!e fromH
"hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times.
+t the end of chantin!, you could ask them ho$ they felt, durin! and after the process of chantin!. If
they sho$ some si!ns of appreciation, you can ask them if they $ould like to try it at home. If they
volunteer to do so, then you can sell them some beads to chant on. ,ou could also request them to brin!
the beads alon! for the ne#t pro!ram
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the
people assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in
ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t
and !ive them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer
in understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.
he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone.his is the most important part of the
discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it.
,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9 (a!e =)
1ecause Kali ,u!a is such a de!raded and miserable a!e, -ord "aitanya advises everyone simply to chant
*are KrsnaH +ccordin! to 2edic conception, there must be men in society $ho are factually brahmanas
"apable of e#pandin! the real truth. If everyone becomes a sudra, the +bsolute ruth cannot be
understood. It is said that at the present moment in Kali@yu!a everyone is a sudra (kalau sudra
sambhavah), and it is very difficult in this a!e to find qualified brahmanas, for they are very rare. here
is practically not a sin!le qualified brahmana in this a!e.
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(rayenalpayusah sabhya kalav asmin yu!e .anah
mandah sumanda : matayo manda bha!ya hy upadrutah
IC learned one, in this iron a!e of Kali men have but short lives. hey are quarrelsome, la4y, mis!uided,
unlucky and, above all, al$ays disturbed.J
(S.1. %.%.%0) he people in this a!e are very short@ lived and slo$ in understandin! spiritual life.
+ctually human life is meant for understandin! spiritual values, but because everyone in this a!e is a
sudra, no one is interested. (eople have for!otten lifes real purpose. he $ord manda means both
slo$ and bad, and everyone in this a!e is either bad or slo$ or a combination of both. (eople are
unfortunate and are disturbed by so many thin!s. +ccordin! to Srimad 1ha!avatam, there $ill eventually
be no rain and consequently a scarcity of food. he !overnments $ill also levy very heavy ta#es. he
characteristics of this a!e predicted by the Srimad 1ha!avatam are already bein! e#perienced to some
de!ree. Sine Kali 'uga is a very miserable a!e, "aitanya )ahaprabhu, $ho is Krsna *imself, advises
everyone simply to chant *are Krsna.
&arer nama harer nama &arer namaiva kevalam
Kalau nasty eva nasty eva Basty eva gatir an'ata
In this a!e of Kali there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative for spiritual
pro!ress than the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the -ord.J (1rhan naradiya purana).
his process is not "aitanya )ahaprabhus invention, but advised by the sastras, the puranas. he
process for this Kali ,u!a is very simple. Cne need only chant the *are Krsna maha mantra.
Teachings o !ord Kapila " the son o
#evahuti
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
,ord 3aitan'a orders that the devotee should preach
+ devotee must carry out the order of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. "aitanya )ahaprabhu said,
Iyare dekha, tare kaha IKrsnaJ@ upadeshaJ. 5very devotee, therefore should spread Krsna consciousness
by preachin!, askin! $homever he meets to accept the order of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
he -ord says, $arva dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja% +bandon all varieties of reli!ion
and .ust surrender unto )eJ. his is the order of the -ord, $ho speaks as the supreme emperor.
5veryone should be induced to accept this order, for this is victory (di!@vi.aya). +nd it is the duty of the
soldier, the devotee, to impress upon everyone this philosophy of life. 1ha! 8.%%./&
Spiritual Edification
Drom Ihe Science of Self 3eali4ationJ
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +.". 1*+KI25'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+ (! /&
Krsna consciousness is not a question of belief, it is a science. he first step is to kno$ the difference
bet$een a livin! body and a dead body. What is the differenceF he difference is that $hen someone
dies, the spirit soul, or the livin! force, leaves the body. +nd therefore the body is called Idead.J So there
are t$o thin!sH one is this bodyG and the other, the livin! force $ithin the body.
Cne must first understand that he is a soul, or somethin! other than this body.Dor e#ample, as a child
!ro$s, he becomes a boy, the boy becomes a youn! man, the youn! man becomes an adult, and the
adult becomes an old man. hrou!hout all this time, althou!h his body is chan!in! from a child to an old
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man, he still feels himself to be the same person, $ith the same identity. he body is chan!in!, but the
occupier of the body, the soul is remainin! the same.
So $hen your body is finished, annihilated, you are not finished. ,ou !et another body, .ust as you may
chan!e your coat and shirt. If you come to see me tomorro$ $earin! a different shirt and a different
coat, does that mean that you are a different personF
Bo. Similarly, each time you die, you chan!e your bodies, but you, the spirit soul $ithin the body remain
the same. his point has to be understood. hen one can make further pro!ress in the science of Krsna
consciousness.he spirit soul is invisible to our material eyes. It is atomic in si4e. +fter the destruction of
the !ross body, $hich is made up of the senses, blood, bone, fat, and so forth, the subtle body of mind,
intelli!ence and e!o !oes on $orkin!. So at the time of death, this subtle body carries the small spirit
soul to another !ross body.
he process is .ust like air carryin! fra!rance. Bobody can see $here this rose fra!rance is comin! from,
but $e kno$ that it is bein! carried by air. ,ou cannot see ho$, but it is bein! done. Similarly, the
process of transmi!ration of the soul is very subtle. +ccordin! to the condition of the mind at the time of
death, the minute spirit soul enters into the $omb of a particular mother throu!h the semen of a father,
and then the soul develops a particular type of body !iven by the mother. It may be a human bein!, it
may be a cat, a do!, or anythin!.
,ou are eternal. +ccordin! to your $ork, you are simply chan!in! bodies. herefore, you should $ant to
kno$ ho$ to stop this business, ho$ you can remain in your ori!inal, spiritual body. his is Krsna
consciousness.
'iscoveryH
%) What is the difference bet$een a livin! body and a dead bodyF
Anderstandin!H
%) 5#plain $ith an e#ample, ho$ $e can understand that $e keep chan!in! our bodies, but $e are the
eternal soul.
/) *o$ does the soul transmi!rate from one body to the ne#t, at deathF
<) Why do $e !et different types of bodiesF
9) When can $e stop chan!in! our bodiesF
+pplicationH
%) 'o you feel relieved to kno$ that you are an eternal soulF Share your impressions
reaching session! 15 minutes
5#plain to the members the purpose of the Krsna consciousness movement. *o$ Srila (rabhupada took
the austerity of preachin! both in his house@ holder life as $ell as at the ripe old a!e of K0 to !ive this
spiritual kno$led!e to everyone. +lso a brief account of ho$ this movement has spread all over the
$orld.
,ou can read the (rabhupada lilamrta chapters @@@@@@@@@6 MMMMMMMMMMMM. "over the follo$in! pointsH %)
Srila (rabhupada $as a busy householder $ith responsibilities of maintainin! his family. ,et his obli!ation
to his spiritual master to preach the messa!e of Krishna consciousness to others, made him publish the
I1ack to ?odheadJ ma!a4ine sin!le handedly and also distribute it to all the people on the streets.
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/) *e renounced his family life in his fifties .ust to prepare himself to !o to the $est. +t the advanced
a!e of K0, renouncin! his peaceful life in 2rindavana, he set sail in a car!o ship $ith no support or
money to the AS+ to !ive the messa!e to the $hole $orld to fulfill his spiritual masters desire and
instructions.
<) *o$ the movement has spread all over the since then $ith sincere disciples and follo$ers helpin! him
in his mission. here $ere %0= temples $hen Srila (rabhupada left this planet and no$ it is still !ro$in!.
We have more than 900 temples, farms and restaurants all over the $orld, $ith millions of follo$ers of
ISK"CB all over the $orld.
9) 1y this con!re!ational preachin!, it is bound to brin! the !ood fortune to more and more people .
rasadam ! "# minutes
,ou can e#plain to them ho$ the food you are servin! them is not ordinary. It has been prepared $ith
!reat care and offered to the -ord $hile thinkin! about *im. +lso ho$ this honorin! of prasadam $ill !ive
them !reat spiritual credit> destroy sins and !ive them faith and love for Krsna.
his $ill help them appreciate the value of prasadam and respect it.
ake !reat care in servin! them the prasadam $ith attention, and also in havin! a li!ht hearted
conversation $ith them $hile you are doin! so. hey are learnin! everythin! from you. So you have to
set a very !ood e#ample as $ell, besides makin! them feel comfortable $ith you.
Immediately after the members have left the pro!ram, kindly fill in the follo$in! reportH
Week 4
,ou could encoura!e the ne$ members of your 1hakti 2rksa $ho have no$ attended for < consecutive
$eeks, by sendin! them some e@mail messa!es, alon! $ith some short Krsna conscious messa!es. ,ou
could also keep in touch by telephonin! them once or t$ice durin! the $eek. + brief conversation $ould
be enou!h to re :assure them of your on !oin! friendship $ith them. ,ou could also pay them a visit to
their homes. ,ou could take alon! some prasadam, photos, books, cassettes or other Krsna conscious
paraphernalia like key @chains, etc. his initial investment of your time is $orth its $hile, because you
$ill be later trainin! them and dele!atin! them the responsibility of carin! for the ne$ members. So as
e#ample is better than precept, it also $ill help them to develop as !ood preachers.
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Satsang! 15 minutes
,ou can have the follo$in! !ame this $eekH
:uess *ho! +sk all the members of the !roup to $rite <, 9 or & true less kno$n facts about
themselves. hen ask them to fold their paper and put it in the middle of the circle. )i# all the
papers and pick one. 3ead the facts. Whoever is the first to !uess $ho is that person, !ets a
point. Whoever scores more points, $ins. Cne can try to !uess even before you finish readin! the
$hole list of facts but if the !uess is $ron!, he7she cant try a!ain for that person.
Kirtana! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the ranama mantras and
the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the Kirtana.0lso the offering of
incense +' ever' mem+er to the 0ltar 1eities or 1eit' pictures. )ake sure that everyone is
sin!in! and takin! part. ,ou can encoura!e them to sin! alon!, if they are not doin! so.
Japa. 15 minutes
3ead out the passage. 1efore you be!in chantin! the mala $ith them, enquire from those $ho had
taken the beads in the previous class, if they $ere chantin! re!ularly. +sk those $ho have started to
chant, to share some reali4ation on ho$ they felt after chantin! re!ularly every day.+ppreciate their
commitment, and ask a!ain if any one else $ould also like to start chantin! re!ularly at least one
mala every day. hen continue $ith chantin! to!ether one mala on beads the *are Krsna mantra
loudly $ith them. If there are any ne$ visitors, then e#plain to them ho$ to hold the beads and
chant. 5ven children en.oy chantin!, so if there are any children around, make sure that they too
take part in Napa as $ell as Kirtan to!ether.
rasadam ! "# minutes
,ou could !ive out the copies of the prasadam prayers to all the members and ask them to repeat the
prayers after you. ell them a little about ho$ $hen $e offer the food to Krsna, Krsna accepts it $ith *is
eyes and returns the food back to us as prasadam. So it is very purifyin!. It is not ordinary food. +lso
the qualification required for Krsna to accept the food from us... hat $e have to be a devotee. his $ill
make sure that they respect and honor prasadam, do not $aste it, and appreciate the real spiritual
mercy that they are receivin!. his $ill help in their spiritual advancement too. (roceed as usual servin!
them the prasadam $ith !reat care and love and attention, $hile en!a!in! in friendly conversation.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone.his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it.,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9age 11;
%he lack of religious principles in Kali < 'uga is more than compensated +' the process of
chanting the hol' name.
It is said that this a!e of Kali is three@ fourths devoid of reli!ious principles. *ardly one@fourth of the
principles of reli!ion are still observed in this a!e. 1ut by the mercy of -ord Krsna, this vacancy of -ord
Krsna has not only been completely filled, but the reli!ious process has been made so easy that simply
by renderin! transcendental lovin! service unto -ord Krsna by chantin! *is holy names, *+35 K3SB+
*+35 K3SB+ K3SB+ K3SB+ *+35 *+35 7 *+35 3+)+ *+35 3+)+ 3+)+ 3+)+ *+35 *+35, one can
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achieve the hi!hest result of reli!ion, namely, bein! transferred to the hi!hest planet $ithin the spiritual
$orld, ?oloka 2rindavana.
Krsna, the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e %<)
%he devotee5s interest is to activel' preach Krsna consciousness!
*e (the devotee) is not interested in so@called meditation in the *imalayas or the forest. 3ather, his
interest is in the busiest part of the $orld, $here he teaches people Krsna consciousness.
he Krsna consciousness movement $as started for this purpose>he members of the Krsna
consciousness movement are not at all interested in the so@called meditation in the *imalayas or the
forest, $here one $ill only make a sho$ of meditation, nor are they interested in openin! many schools
for yoga and meditation in the cities.
3ather every member of the Krsna consciousness movement is interested in !oin! door to door to try
and convince people about the teachin!s of Bhagavad &ita as it is, the teachin!s of -ord "aitanya.
hat is the purpose of the *are Krsna movement. he members of the Krsna consciousness movement
must be fully convinced that $ithout Krsna, one cannot be happy.
1ha!. K. 8. 99
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he transcendental vibration established by the chantin! of Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna
Hare Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is the sublime method for
revivin! our transcendental consciousness. +s livin! souls, $e are all ori!inally Krsna conscious entities,
but due to our association $ith matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is no$ adulterated by
the material atmosphere. he material atmosphere in $hich $e are livin! , is called maya or illusion.
'aya means Ithat $hich is not.J +nd $hat is this illusionF he illusion is that $e are all tryin! to be lords
of material nature, $hile actually $e are under the !rip of her strin!ent la$s. When a servant artificially
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tries to imitate the all po$erful master, he is said to be in illusion.We are tryin! to e#ploit the resources
of material nature, but actually $e are becomin! more and more entan!led in her comple#ities.
herefore althou!h $e are en!a!ed in a hard stru!!le to conquer nature, $e are ever dependent on her.
his illusory stru!!le a!ainst material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our Krsna
consciousness. *are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna *are *are is the transcendental process for revivin!
this ori!inal, pure consciousness. 1y chantin! this transcendental vibration, $e can cleanse a$ay all
mis!ivin!s $ithin our hearts. he basic principle of all such mis!ivin!s is the false consciousness that I
am the lord of all I survey.Krsna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind. his
consciousness is the ori!inal, natural ener!y of the livin! entity. When $e hear this transcendental
vibration, this consciousness is revived.his simplest method of meditation is recommended for this a!e.
1y practical e#perience also, one can perceive that by chantin! this maha@ mantra, or the ?reat chantin!
of deliverance, one can at once feel a transcendental ecstasy comin! throu!h from the spiritual stratum.
+s such this chantin! should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the -ord, so that immediate
effects can be achieved. +s far as possible, chantin! from the lips of non@devotees should be avoided.
)ilk touched by the lips of a serpent has poisonous effects.he $ord (ara is a form of addressin! the
ener!y of the -ord, and the $ords Krsna and )ama are forms of addressin! the -ord *imself. he
material ener!y called maya" is also one of the miulti@ ener!ies of the -ordG and $e are also the ener!y,
the mar!inal ener!y of the -ord .
he livin! entities are superior to material ener!y. When the superior ener!y is in contact $ith inferior
ener!y, an incompatible situation arisesG but $hen the superior mar!inal ener!y is in contact $ith the
superior ener!y, *ara, it is established in its happy, normal condition.hese three $ords, namely, *ara,
Krsna, and 3ama, are the transcendental seeds of the 'aha mantra. he chantin! is the spiritual call for
the -ord and *is ener!y, to !ive protection to the conditioned soul. his chantin! is like the !enuine cry
of a child for its mothers presence. )other *ara helps the devotee achieve the supreme fathers !race,
and the -ord reveals *imself to a devotee $ho chants this mantra sincerely. Bo other means of spiritual
reali4ation is as effective in this a!e of quarrel and hypocrisy as the chantin! of the maha@ mantraH *are
Krsna *are Krsna Krsna Krsna *are *are 7 *are 3ama *are 3ama 3ama 3ama *are *are
'iscoveryH
%)What does the *are Krsna mantra do to our consciousnessF
/)Why is our consciousness adulterated no$F What do $e think $ron!ly in this consciousnessF
Anderstandin!H
%)What happens $hen $e try to e#ploit material ener!yF
/) *o$ can $e stop this !reat stru!!le over material ener!yF
<) 5#plain the meanin! of the maha* mantra+
9) What makes the livin! entity happyF Why does the maha@ mantra make one happyF
&) Why is it important for us to chant this maha@ mantraF
+pplicationHShare your reali4ation of ho$ you feel $hen you chant the )aha@mantra durin! the kirtan or
.apa.
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Week 5
It is not enou!h if you think of your 1hakti 2rksa members .ust once a $eek a little before the pro!ram.
*o$ever old or other$ise qualified they may be, $here spiritual life is concerned, they are
be!inners, like little children so to speak. So it requires a lot of involvement and meditation on our
part durin! the $eek too to help them develop faster. + child responds $ell to love, care and
attention, to supervision, help and !uidance and a lot of encoura!ement and appreciation. We can
relive our o$n be!innin! days in Krsna consciousness and thus understand the needs of the ne$
members.hey $ill have a lot of little doubts and curiosity about several thin!s in Krsna
consciousness. So if you are in touch $ith them and are communicative, they $ill find their ne$
life in Krsna consciousness very e#citin! to discover. ,ou can share $ith them $hatever relevant
Krsna conscious ne$s that $ould enthuse them, any articles, books, cassettes etc. 1esides, they
also may look up to you for confidin! their material problems7 interests.'o not brush these topics
aside $hen they come up because they may also be relevant to their spiritual development. hey
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can learn to look at thin!s and situations in a Krsna conscious $ay, they can start to think of usin!
their talents and assets in Krsnas service, learn to see ho$ Krsna is controllin! ever'thing ) etc>
Satsanga 15 minutes
,ou could ask the question, IWhat do you admire most in your parentsFJ Cnce a!ain, allo$
everybody a minute to e#press themselves. Sometimes it is difficult to stop somebody $hen they
continue to speak for more than a minute lest they think their messa!e is not bein! appreciated, so
it is best that you make it very clear in the very be!innin! that everyone is requested to keep to
time, other$ise you could easily lose track and end up doin! nothin! but IIce@ breakersJ the $hole
pro!ramL
Kirtana 15 minutes
"ontinue $ith your re!ular Kirtan $ith Srila (rabhupadas dhun. ,ou can improve the quality of the
Kirtana by puttin! into it all your ener!y and concentration to makin! it as Krsna conscious as
possible. It $ill then penetrate their hearts and soften them so that they are more receptive to
accept Krsnas messa!e. Cfferin! of incense to the 'eities, $ill be very enthusin! to them. (lease
en!a!e little children also to do it. It also focuses attention on the 'eities and arouses their service
attitude.
Japa .. 15 minutes
1efore you be!in chantin! the mala $ith them, enquire from those $ho had taken the beads in the
previous class, if they $ere chantin! re!ularly. +sk those $ho have started to chant, to share some
reali4ation on ho$ they felt after chantin! re!ularly every day.+ppreciate their commitment, and ask
a!ain if any one else $ould also like to start chantin! re!ularly at least one mala every day.hen
continue $ith chantin! to!ether one mala on beads the *are Krsna mantra loudly $ith them. If
there are any ne$ visitors, then e#plain to them ho$ to hold the beads and chant.5ven children
en.oy chantin!, so if there are any children around, make sure that the' too take part in Napa as
$ell as Kirtan to!ether.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.9'o not e#plain it to them.) -et the
people assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in
ans$erin!, ?ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the
ne#t and !ive them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper
and clearer in understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application
question has to be ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so
you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all
the points and !ive more points that you have
reaching session < 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them $hat preachin! you did durin! the $eek. 5nquire form them if anybody $ould
be interested in brin!in! in ne$ people to the pro!ram.?ive them !uide lines on ho$ e#actly they can
invite others in a very informal $ay e#plainin! ho$ $e have 1ha.ans and a !roup discussion on 2edic
scriptures. hey may not all volunteer immediately to invite ne $ people as they may be still shy to
reveal their ne$ found interest amon! their friends and relatives $ho they fear mi!ht ridicule them for
bein! interested in matters spiritual. hey may be already fieldin! some criticism, so you can ask them
to reveal these thin!s, as you can help them to !ive appropriate ans$ers and responses to people.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %%)
"hantin! of the holy names of the -ord is the common platform for the universal reli!ion of mankind in
Kali@yu!aH
In this present a!e quarrels take place even over trifles, and therefore the sastras have recommended
for this a!e a common platform for reali4ation, namely chantin! the holy names of the -ord.(eople can
hold meetin!s to !lorify the -ord in their respective lan!ua!es and $ith melodious son!s, and if such
performances are e#ecuted in an offense less manner, it is certain that the participants $ill !radually.
+ttain spiritual perfection $ithout havin! to under!o more ri!orous methods.
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+t such meetin!s, everyone, the learned and the foolish, the rich and the poor, the *indus and the
)uslims, the 5n!lishmen and the Indians, and the candalas and the brahmanas, can all hear the
transcendental sounds and thus cleanse the dust of material association from the mirror of the heart.o
confirm the -ords mission, all the people of the $orld $ill accept the holy name of the -ord as the
common platform for the universal reli!ion of mankind.
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e %<)
1evotees should rise from the neoph'te stage to the preaching platform!
5veryone is eli!ible to become Krsnas devotee. Cne simply has to be trained accordin! to the approved
process. It is the $ork of Krsnas confidential devotees to turn everyone into a Krsna@bhakta. If the
confidential devotees do not take up the task of elevatin! everyone to Krsna consciousness, then $ho
$ill do itF hose $ho claim to be devotees but do not en!a!e in Krsnas service to elevate all livin!
creatures to Krsna consciousness are to be considered knishta*adhikaris(people in the lo$est sta!e of
devotional service). When one rises to the second platform of devotional service, his business is to
propo!ate Krsna consciousness all over the $orld.hose $ho are active in the Krsna consciousness
movement should not remain in the neophyte sta!e but should rise to the platform of preachers, the
second platform of devotional service.
'evotional service is so enchantin! that even the first@class devotees ,uttama adhikaris-+lso come
do$n to the second platform to preach and render service to the -ord for the benefit of the $hole $orld.
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(rimarily, reli!ion means to kno$ ?od and to love *im. hat is reli!ion. Bo$adays, because of a lack of
trainin!, nobody kno$s ?od, $hat to speak of lovin! *im. (eople are satisfied simply !oin! to the places
of $orship and prayin!, IC ?od, !ive us our daily bread.J In the Srimad 1ha!avatam, this is called
cheatin! reli!ion, because the aim is not to kno$ and love ?od but to !ain some personal profit.In other
$ords, if I profess to follo$ some reli!ion, but I do not kno$ $ho ?od is or ho$ to love *im, then Iam
practicin! a cheatin! reli!ion. Whoever teaches ho$ to kno$ ?od and ho$ to love *im@ he is a spiritual
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master. Sometimes bo!us men mislead people. II am ?od,J they claim, and people $ho do not kno$
$hat ?od is, believe them. ,ou must be a serious student to understand $ho ?od is and ho$ to love
*im. Cther$ise, you $ill simply $aste your time. We are presentin! the science of ho$ one can kno$
Krsna, the supreme personality of ?odhead, by practicin! the teachin!s of the 1ha!avad ?ita and
Srimad 1ha!avatam. hey teach us that our only business is to love ?od. Cur business is not to ask ?od
for our necessities. ?od !ives necessities to everyone@ even to one $ho has no reli!ion. Dor e#ample,
cats and do!s have no reli!ion, yet Krsna supplies them $ith the necessities of life. So $hy should $e
bother Krsna for our daily breadF *e is already supplyin! it. 3eal reli!ion means to learn ho$ to love
*im. Dirst class reli!ion teaches one ho$ to love ?od $ithout any motive. If I serve ?od for some profit,
that is business@ not love. 3eal love of ?od is ahaituki apratihataH it cannot be checked by any material
cause.It is unconditional.If one actually $ants to love ?od, there is no impediment. Cne can love *im
$hether one is poor or rich,youn! or old, black or $hite.here are 9 classes of menH the karmis" the
jananis" the yogis and the bhaktas+* and each achieves a different !oal. he karmis $ork for some
material profit. Dor e#ample, in the city, many people $ork hard day and ni!ht, and their purpose is to
!et some money.+ jnani is a person $ho thinks, I$hy am I $orkin! so hardF he birds, bees, elephants,
and other creatures have no profession, yet they are also eatin!. So $hy should I unnecessarily $ork so
hardF 3ather let me try to solve the problems of life@birth, death, old a!e and disease.J Nnanis try to
become immortal. hey think that if they mer!e into ?ods e#istence, then they $ill become immune to
birth, death, old a!e and disease. Yogis try to acquire some mystic po$er to e#hibit a $onderful sho$.
Dor instance, a yo!i can become very smallH if you put him in a locked room, he can come out throu!h
any little space. 1y sho$in! this kind of ma!ic, the yo!i is immediately accepted as a very $onderful
man. Cf course, modern yo!is simply sho$ some !ymnastics@they have no real po$er. 1ut a real yo!i
has some po$er, $hich is not spiritual, but material. 1ut the bhakta or the devotee doesnt $ant
anythin! for himself. *e simply $ants to serve ?od out of love, .ust as a mother serves her child. here
is no question of profit in a mothers service to her child. Cut of pure affection and love , she cares for
him.When you come to this sta!e of lovin! ?od, that is perfection. Beither the karmi, the .nani, nor the
yo!i can kno$ ?od@ only the bhakta. +s Krsna says in the 1ha!avad ?ita" bhaktya mam abhijanatiH
ICnly throu!h the process of bhakti can one understand ?od.J Krsna never says one can understand *im
by other processes. Bo. Cnly throu!h 1hakti. If you are interested in kno$in! ?od and lovin! *im, then
you must accept the devotional process. Bo other process $ill help you.
1iscover'!
%) What is real reli!ionF
/) Who is a true spiritual masterF
/nderstanding!
%) In $hat different $ays are people cheated from follo$in! real reli!ionF
/) What is Krsna consciousness teachin! youF
<) 'escribe $ho is a karmi, jnani" yo!i and bhakta.
9) Why is the bhakti or devotional process the best of allF
0pplication!
%) Share your reali4ation on $hat you $ant from follo$in! reli!ion, and $hy you $ant it.
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Week A
'urin! the $eek, you should !ive them some home$ork or some activity to do.+part from chantin! at
least a mala of .apa everyday if possible, they could be made to read some study material $ith some
e#ercises of ans$erin! some questions at the end of the passa!e. ,ou can ask them to .ot do$n the
points they have learnt durin! the pro!ram, and brin! it alon! $ith them. he follo$in! $eek, you can
!o throu!h those points, make any corrections if necessary and !ive it back to them. 1y this, you $ill
also be able to !au!e ho$ $ell they understand the philosophy. ,ou could also enquire from them durin!
the $eek ho$ they $ere doin! !enerally, and listen to $hat they have to say about their reali4ations, or
their problems, etc. -istenin! is the best $ay to $in peoples hearts. Bormally people are too busy to
listen to others, or even if they are not busy, they $ould rather talk about themselvesL So if you sho$
interest in them and $hat they have to say, they $ould feel very comfortable and $ill $ant to definitely
have more of your association.1ut $e have to e#ercise caution. here are some $ho are introverted and
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shy, and may not like to talk much about themselves at all, and may feel that you are pryin! into their
lives if you enquire too much about themselves, or they may .ust feel very uncomfortable. 1ut even for
such people, if you .ust call up and have a fe$ pleasant e#chan!es, they $ill feel endeared to you. In the
be!innin!, association is the motivatin! factor for most people. So $e should ensure that $e develop a
!ood rapport $ith all of the members. hen their advancement in Krsna consciousness $ill be rapid, as
they $ill be $illin! to try doin! $hatever you request them to do.It also makes the 1hakti 2rksa leader
very humble and in a service mood, rather than tryin! to lord over or boss over them, or to sho$ off his
o$n advancement, etc, $hich $ill not at all inspire them to become !ood devotees.
Satsanga 15 minutes
+fter everyone has settled do$n, and brief pleasantries e#chan!ed, divide the $hole !roup in pairs
and have each pair intervie$ each other. ?ive a time limit. +fter that everyone introduces the
partner to the $hole !roup.his satsan!a $ill enable more details about everyone to come out. It
$ill help them to think and focus on the others in the !roup.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the ranama mantras and
the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the Kirtana.+lso the offerin! of
incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures can be done.)ake sure that everyone
is sin!in! and takin! part. ,ou can encoura!e them to sin! alon!, if they are not doin! so.
Japa. 15 minutes
1efore you be!in chantin! the mala $ith them, enquire from those $ho had taken the beads in the
previous class, if they $ere chantin! re!ularly. +sk those $ho have started to chant, to share some
reali4ation on ho$ they felt after chantin! re!ularly every day. +ppreciate their commitment, and
ask a!ain if any one else $ould also like to start chantin! re!ularly at least one mala every day.hen
continue $ith chantin! to!ether one mala on beads the *are Krsna mantra loudly $ith them. If
there are any ne$ visitors, then e#plain to them ho$ to hold the beads and chant.5ven children
en.oy chantin!, so if there are any children around, make sure that they too take part in Napa as $ell
as Kirtan to!ether.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
%) Share $ith them $hat preachin! activities you $ere en!a!ed in durin! the $eek. his could also
include the phone calls you made to the different members, or the houses you visited, etc, alon! $ith
any ne$ people that you may have preached to.
/) +sk the members if any of them talked about Krsna consciousness durin! the $eek to any one.
<) ,ou can en!a!e them in 1ook distribution. If they a!ree to take a fe$ small books of Srila
(rabhupadas or a fe$ 1?s, then you can encoura!e them to sell them to some of their friends or
acquaintances.
9),ou can also !uide them on ho$ they could approach ne$ people or acquaintances for invitin! them to
the 1hakti 2rksa pro!ram.
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5ncoura!e them to take up some easy assi!nments for the $eek. +ckno$led!e and appreciate if anyone
of them have brou!ht ne$ members to the pro!ram.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.9'o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in
ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the
ne#t and !ive them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper
and clearer in understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application
question has to be ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so
you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the
points and !ive more points that you have
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9age 1";
-n the age of logic) argument and disagreement) the chanting of the &are Krsna is the onl'
mean of self reali>ation.
In three out of four millenniums (namely Sathya yu!a, reta yu!a and 'vapara yu!a), people had the
honor to be able to understand transcendence throu!h he path of disciplic succession. *o$ever, in the
present a!e, people have no interest in the disciplic succession. Instead, they have invented many paths
of lo!ic and ar!ument. his individual attempt to understand the Supreme transcendence (called the
ascendin! process) is not approved by the 2edas.
he +bsolute must descend from the absolute platform. *e is not to be understood by the ascendin!
process.he holy name of the -ord@ *are Krsna *are Krsna Krsna Krsna *are *are 7 *are 3ama *are
3ama 3ama 3ama *are *are @ is a transcendental vibration because it comes from the transcendental
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platform, the supreme abode of Krsna. 1ecause there is no difference bet$een Krsna and *is holy name,
the holy name of Krsna is as pure, perfect and liberated as Krsna *imself.
+cademic scholars have no entrance by means of lo!ic and other ar!ument into the understandin! of
transcendental nature of the holy name of ?od.he sin!le path in understandin! the transcendental
nature of *+35 K3SB+ *+35 K3SB+ K3SB+ K3SB+ *+35 *+35, *+35 3+)+ *+35 3+)+ 3+)+ 3+)+
*+35 *+35
Is the chantin! of these names $ith faith and adherenceFSuch chantin! $ill release one from desi!nated
conditions arisin! from the !ross and subtle bodies..In this a!e of lo!ic, ar!ument and disa!reement, the
chantin! of *are Krsna is the only means of self : reali4ation.
eachin!s of -ord "aitanya
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e %00)
0 preacher5s dut' is to induce the offenders to chant the &are Krsna mantra!
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu teaches us that those $hom preachers meet are almost all offenders $ho are
opposed to krsna consciousness, but it is a preachers duty to convince them of krsna consciousness
movement and then induce them to chant *are Krsna maha mantra. Cur propa!ation of sankirtana
movement is continuin!, despite many opponents, and people are takin! this chantin! process even in
remote parts of the $orld like +frica. 1y inducin! the offenders to chant the *are Krsna mantra, -ord
"aitanya )ahaprabhu e#emplified the success of the Krsna consciousness movement. We should follo$
very respectfully in the footsteps of -ord "aitanya, and there is no doubt that $e shall be successful in
our attempts. .c /di 0+112, /di %3"p+143-
Spiritual Edification
Drom Ihe (ath of (erfectionJ
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +.". 1*+KI25'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+ ( (! %0%@ %09)
(urification of consciousness is the purpose of this Krsna consciousness movement. (resently $e are
preparin! this divine consciousness, for our consciousness !oes $ith us at the time of
death."onsciousness is carried from the body .ust as aroma of a flo$er is carried by the air. When $e
die, this material body, composed of five elements@ earth, $ater, fire , air and ether@ decomposes, and
the !ross materials return to the elements. Cr as the "hristian 1ible says, I'ust thou art, and unto dust
thou shalt return.J
+t death, the finer elements (mind, intelli!ence, e!o), $hich combined are called consciousness, carry
the small particle of spirit soul to another body to suffer or en.oy, accordin! to ones $ork.If $e associate
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$ith stool, our consciousness $hich is like the air $ill carry the aroma of stool, and thus at the time of
death $ill transport us to an undesirable body.
Cr if the consciousness passes over roses, it carries the aroma of roses, and thus $e are transported to
a body $herein $e can en.oy the results of our previous $ork.If $e train ourselves to $ork in Krsna
consciousness, our consciousness $ill carry us to Krsna.
herefore our present duty is to cultivate divine consciousness. If $e $ant divine life, spiritual elevation,
and eternal, blissful life, full of kno$led!e@in other $ords, if $e $ant to !o back home back to ?odhead@
$e have to train ourselves in divine consciousness, or Krsna consciousness.his can easily be done
throu!h association.(sangat sanjayate kamah 1? ch < verse )
hrou!h divine association, our consciousness is made divine , and throu!h demoniac association, our
consciousness is made demoniac. herefore our consciousness must be trained to be divine throu!h the
proper association of those in Krsna consciousness.hat is the duty of one in this human form, a form
that !ives us a chance to make our ne#t life completely divine. o attain this end, $e should try to
contact those $ho are developin! divine consciousness.
Krsna consciousness is a method for connectin! directly $ith the Supreme. his is the special !ift of -ord
"aitanya )ahaprabhu. Bot only is this method direct and immediate, but it is also practical. +lthou!h
many people enterin! this society have no qualifications, they have become hi!hly advanced in Krsna
consciousness simply by comin! in contact $ith this society.
'iscoveryH
%) What is the purpose of the Krsna consciousness movement F
/) What happens to our bodies at deathF
<) What happens to our souls at deathF
Anderstandin!H
%) Why is it important to purify our consciousnessF 5#plain $ith the e#amples mentioned.
/) What are the benefits of !oin! back to the spiritual $orld to KrsnaF
<) Why is it very important to associate $ith the devotees in Krsna consciousnessF
9) *o$ does the Krsna consciousness movement easily elevate everyone, even if they are $ithout
any previous qualificationsF
+pplicationH
%) 'o you en.oy comin! re!ularly for the pro!ramF Share the obstacles if any that you face in
attendin! the sat@san!a re!ularly.
rasadam ! "# minutes!
+s you have done in the previous $eek, request them to chant the prasadam mantra.
Share $ith them some of the benefits of honorin! prasadam.
%) *o$ it is sanctified food and can re.uvenate us spiritually
/) ake a$ay the ne!ative effects of our past karmas
,ou can share the follo$in! spiritual pastime from the puranas $ith them.
Barada muni the !reat devotee $ho can travel all over space and beyond $as once in 2aikuntaloka, and
ea!er to taste the )ahaprasad or sanctified food from the plate of Sri Barayana *imself. *e undertook to
please Srimati -akshmidevi for this purpose, so that She $ould help him in !ettin! some )ahaprasadam
from the -ords plate. Srimati -akshmidevi $as very pleased $ith Barada munis sincere service and
promised him to !et some )ahaprasadam . he -ord ho$ever forbade -akshmidevi to !ive out the
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)ahaprasadam to anybody. Cn Srimati -akshmidevi revealin! *er promise to Barada muni, *e said
that She could ho$ever take some from *is plate $hen *e $as not a$are of it. In this $ay Barada muni
someho$ mana!ed to !et a handful of (rasadam $hich he immediately ate up. *e $as in !reat
transcendental bliss as his heart $as filled $ith love for the -ord and $as sin!in! very ener!etically
!lorifyin! the -ord and travellin! over space in the material $orld. -ord Shiva spottin! *im, questioned
him on his !reat ecstacy, and Barada muni revealed the secret of his !reat happiness to him. -ord Shiva
said ,JSurely you must have kept some left over prasadam for me, $ho am your close and intimate
associateFJ
Brada muni $as embarrassed as he had thou!ht of none in his ea!erness to consume the
)ahaprasadam, but did not $ant to disappoint -ord Shiva. *e sa$ a small particle of rice of the
)ahaprasadam bet$een his nail and little fin!er and !ave it to -ord Shiva, $ho deli!htedly put it into his
lotus mouth. *e became mad in love for Krsna and be!an dancin! very vi!orously in !reat ecstacy. +ll
the three $orlds shook at -ord Shivas thunderous dance and his consort (arvati came runnin! to check
if the end of the cosmic manifestation had arrived $hen -ord shiva $ould en!a!e in his dance of
destruction. +s she spoke to him, -ord shiva came out of his deep ecstatic meditation and $as displeased
for bein! so disturbed, but shared the reason for his ecstatic dance $ith his $ife.
She e#pressed confidence that her husband $ould certainly have saved some remenants for his beloved
$ife.-ord Shiva told her sli!htin!ly that she $as not qualified to accept this )ahaprasadam, L (arvathi
$as an!ered upon this as She said that She $as Barayani or the -ords sister and so $as $ell qualified to
accept the )ahaprasadam. She $as ea!er to !et the )ahaprasadam both for *erself as $ell as all the
conditioned souls of this material $orld out of !reat compassion for them and so approached -ord
Barayana *imself for the same. he -ord assured her that *e $ould be appearin! as -ord Na!annath in
the kali yu!a $hen profuse quantities of *is mahaprasdam $ould be offered to everyone after first bein!
!iven to her. his satisfied 'evi (arvati.
hat is $hy to this day in Na!annath (uri dham in Crissa, &; items of prasadam are offered to heir -ord
ships Sri Sri Na!annath 1aladeva and Shubhadra every t$enty minutes and distributed to the public
every day after offerin! the )ahaprasadam to the 'eity of 2imala devi or the e#pansion of Sri (arvati
devi present $ithin the emple comple#.
3equest them to treat the prasadam $ith !reat care and not to $aste or thro$ a$ay any of the
prasadam, and to appreciate it even if not e#actly to their taste.In this $ay they $ill start appreciatin!
the value of prasadam, and not think that it is some mundane feast that you are offerin! them.
+lso converse $ith them li!ht heartedly, so that it creates a pleasant and lovin! mood.
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Week B
+s mentioned in the !uidelines for runnin! a 1hakti 2rksa, you should have started maintainin! the
report sheet !iven at the end of every $eek $hich has the details about the members, their attendance
and their spiritual pro!ress. 1y studyin! the report, you should kno$ $ho the re!ular members are and
ho$ $ell they are pro!ressin! in their spiritual commitments.
?enerally, $e are tar!etin! in this module that everyone should at least be a Shraddhavan by the end of
the =
th
lesson. In other $ords, in about / months time, every member should at least be a Shraddhavan,
$hich is chantin! one mala of .apa every day, and attendin! the $eekly pro!ram re!ularly. + fe$ may
$ant to !o faster in their spiritual commitments, and they should be encoura!ed to do so.-et there
al$ays be some of Srila (rabhupadas books in the room, close to $here you are all seated, some 1ack
to ?odhead ma!a4ines, etc, so that if somebody is ea!er to start readin! from the very be!innin!, they
can be encoura!ed to do so.
Sat sanga ! 15 minutes
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(ositive messa!es
)aterialsH (en and paper
his activity helps in promotin! trust in the !roup.
?ive a piece of paper to each !roup member. +sk everyone to $rite a positive messa!e about the !roup
and the e#perience of interactin! $ith the other !roup members. "ollect all papers, shuffle them, and
redistribute them, and ask each person to read the messa!e aloud.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the (ranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the Kirtana.+lso the offerin! of incense by
every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures can be done .)ake sure that everyone is sin!in! and
takin! part. ,ou can encoura!e them to sin! alon!, if they are not doin! so.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can do a full round of .apa $ith them. (lease chant the (anca attva )antra < times before chantin!
the .apa and ask them to follo$ you. 3elish the holy names yourself and keep eye contact $ith the
members from time to time to encoura!e and enthuse them.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %<)
he *are Krsna mantra is especially suited to deliver us from the dan!ers of the Kali@yu!aH
Cnly the dvi.as (the brahmanas) and the devas (the demi!ods) can be delivered from material e#istence
by the instructions of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. Whatever is spoken by the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead is mantra and is suitable for deliverin! the conditioned souls from mental
speculation. he conditioned souls are en!a!ed in a stru!!le for e#istence (manah sashtanindriyani
prakrti sthani karsati(1!. %&.K).
'eliverance from this stru!!le constitutes the hi!hest benefit, but unless one !ets a mantra from the
Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, deliverance is impossible. he be!innin! mantra is the ?ayatri mantra.
herefore after purification, $hen one is qualified to become a brahmana (dvi.a), he is offered the
?ayathri mantra.
Simply by chantin! the ?ayathri mantra, one can be delivered. his mantra, ho$ever is suitable only for
the brahmanas and the demi!ods.
In Kali@yu!a, $e are all in a very difficult position, in $hich $e need a suitable mantra $hich can deliver
us from the dan!ers of this a!e.
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herefore the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, in *is incarnation as -ord "aitanya, !ives us the *are
Krsna mantra>.. In *is Siksastaka, -ord "aitanya says, Iparam vijayate $ri*Krsna*sankirtanam%J +ll
?lories to the chantin! of Sri :Krsna@sankirtanaLJ
he maha@mantra : *are Krsna *are Krsna Krsna Krsna *are *are 7 *are 3ama *are 3ama 3ama 3ama
*are *are : is directly chanted by the -ord *imself, $ho !ives us this mantra for deliverance.
We cannot invent any means to be delivered from the dan!ers of material e#istence> Sparks are
beautiful as lon! as they are in the supreme fire. Similarly, $e have to remain in the association of the
Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead and al$ays en!a!e in devotional service, for then $e shall al$ays be
brilliant and illuminatin!. +s soon as $e fall from the service of the -ord, our brilliance and illumination
$ill immediately be e#tin!uished, or at least stopped for some time.
When $e livin! entities, $ho are like sparks of the ori!inal fire, the Supreme -ord, fall into a material
condition, $e must take the mantra from the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, as it is offered by Sri
"aitanya )ahaprabhu. 1y chantin! this *are Krsna mantra, $e shall be delivered from all the difficulties
of this material $orld.
Srimad 1ha!avatam@
=.;.%&
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e %9)
0fter +eing saved) the devotee should preach Krsna consciousness!
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu also advised 2asudeva to preach about Krsna and thus liberate livin! entities.
+s a result, Krsna $ould very soon accept him as *is devotee.
+lthou!h 2asudeva 2ipra $as a leper and had suffered !reatly, still Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu cured him.
he only return the -ord $anted $as that 2asudeva preach the instructions of Krsna and liberate all
human bein!s. hat is the process of the International Society for Krsna consciousness. 5ach and every
member of this society $as rescued from a very abominable condition, but no$ they are en!a!ed in
preachin! the cult of Krsna consciousness>. If one $ants to be reco!ni4ed as a devotee of Krsna, he
should take to preachin! $ork, follo$in! the advice of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu. hen one $ill
undoubtedly attain the lotus feet of Sri Krsna "aitanya )ahaprabhu.hen one $ill undoubtedly attain the
lotus feet of Sri Krsna "aitanya , -ord Krishna*imself, $ithout delay. "c.
)adhya K.%9=()adhyaH<, pp. K9@K&)
Spiritual 5dification @ 9& minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!,
you can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive
them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.
he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone.
his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %&
to /0 minutes for it.
,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have
reaching Session ! 15 minutes
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3ead out the follo$in! passa!eH
%),ou can share your e#periences durin! the $eek in preachin! and !ivin! mercy to ne$ people.
/) ,ou can request each member to brin! an acquaintance or contact alon! $ith them the follo$in! $eek
for the pro!ram. 'iscuss and su!!est possible contacts like friends, nei!hbours, relatives or collea!ues at
$ork.
<)?ive them !uidelines on ho$ they could approach people and invite them.((lease see the chapter
IStartin! a 1hakti 2riksha !roup) for !uidelines on this.
9)In the the succeedin! $eek you can enquire durin! the same session about $hat they did durin! the
$eek about this.
'o not feel discoura!ed and do not e#press your disappointment if some of them do not perform this
service durin! the $eek. Nust be encoura!in! al$ays. his is because preachin! is totally a ne$ activity
for them and the taste to do so $ill appear !radually $ith association and inspiration. hey must not feel
pressuri4ed to do it, but must learn to love doin! it. Cther$ise they $ill not be successful.
rasadam ! "# minutes!
+s you have done in the previous $eek, request them to chant the prasadam mantra before honorin! the
prasadam.
Servin! prasadam is another intimate $ay of sho$in! your care and concern for them, so do take
personal care to see that everyone is served properly. ,our service attitude $ill rub off on them and soon
they $ill $ant to take part in the prasadam service voluntarily. his is very !ood for their pro!ress in
developin! a service attitude to Krsna and the 2aishnavas and help in their rapid spiritual advancement.
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%he *a' of kno*ing :od
In the 2edic disciplic succession, the spiritual masters al$ays base their statements on $hat
they have heard from authoritative sources, never on personal e#perience. ryin! to understand
thin!s by ones o$n direct e#perience is the material process of !ainin! kno$led!e, technically
called pratyaksa+ he 2edic method is different. It is called sruti" $hich means Ito hear from
authoritative sources.J hat is the secret of 2edic understandin!.
With your imperfect senses you should not try to understand thin!s $hich are beyond your e#perimental
po$ers. hat is not possible. Suppose you $ant to kno$ $ho your father is. "an you find out by
e#perimentin!F Is it possibleF Bo. hen ho$ can you kno$ $ho your father isF 1y hearin! from proper
authority, your mother. his is common sense. +nd if you cannot kno$ you material father by the
e#perimental process, ho$ can you kno$ the Supreme Dather by the e#perimental processF Krsna is the
ori!inal father. *e is the father of the father of the father, all the $ay do$n to you. So if you cannot
understand your immediate father, the previous !eneration, by the e#perimental process, ho$ can you
kno$ ?od or Krsna in this $ayF
(eople search for ?od by the e#perimental process, but after much searchin! they fail. hen they say,
ICh, there is no ?od, Iam ?od.J 1ut the 5sopanishad says that one should try to learn about ?od not by
the e#perimental process but by hearin!. Drom $hom should one hearF Drom a shopkeeperF Drom
fanaticsFBo. Cne should hear from those $ho are dhira+ 'hira means Ione $hose senses are not a!itated
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by material influence.JSo if you $ant real kno$led!e, you should take kno$led!e from the litrature
kno$n as 2edas. (he $ord 2eda means kno$led!e.J) (art of the 2edas are the %0= Apanishads, out of
$hich eleven are very important. Cf those eleven, the 6panishad stands first. In the $ord Apanishad,
upa means Inear.J So the kno$led!e in the Apanishad $ill take you nearer to Krsna.In learned society
the 2edas are accepted as sruti, or primary evidence. he 2edas are not kno$led!e established by the
research $ork of contaminated, conditioned souls. Such people have imperfect senses and so they
cannot see thin!s as they are.
hey simply theori4e, IIt may be like this. It may be like that.J hat is not kno$led!e.Kno$led!e is
definite, $ithout any doubt or mistake."onditioned souls commit mistakes, become illusioned, and cheat.
*o$ do they cheatF When one $ho does not understand the Bhagavad &ita $rites a commentary on it,
he is cheatin! the innocent public. Someone has a title as a scholar, so he takes advanta!e of the
popularity of the 1ha!avd ?ita and $rites a commentary. Such so@ called scholars claim that anyone can
!ive his o$n opinion. 1ut in the 1ha!avad :!ita Krsna says that only *is devotee can understand the
?ita. So these so@called scholars are cheatin!.he conclusion is that if you $ant !enuine spiritual
kno$led!e, you have to approach a bonafide spiritual master $ho has reali4ed the +bsolute ruth.
1iscover'
%))ention / $ays in $hich $e can obtain kno$led!e.
/)*o$ have the 2edas come do$n to usF
<) Who should $e hear the 2edas fromF
/nderstanding
%)With an e#ample, e#plain $hy $e cannot understand ?od , on our o$n.
/)Which literatures !ive us real kno$led!e about ?odF Why are these literatures perfectF
<)Who can really understand the 1ha!avad ?itaF WhyF
9) Why should $e be selective in $hom $e hear the 1ha!avad ?ita fromF
0pplication
%) *ave you found a path $hich $ill take you to ?odF Share your reali4ations.
Week C
"heck up if they have brou!ht the home$ork you had !iven them. ,ou could !o throu!h their $ork and
$rite any corrections or comments on the sheets and !ive it to them. ?au!in! $hat level they $ill find
interestin! and easy to $ork on, you should en!a!e them !radually in a systematic $ay of study.
his could be the each@one@teach@one pro!ram, $here you pair them off and ask them to meet to study
to!ether durin! the $eek, or it could be a !roup of those $ho $ant to come to!ether to study once a
$eek, bein! monitored by a senior devotee. We have recommended a study class to be started for them
at the end of /9 $eeks, but actually $e have e#perienced in many !roups the members enthusiasm to
learn more in a systematic $ay is instilled much earlier due to this interactive pro!ram.
*ence, you can, $hen the time seems appropriate enquire from them $hether they $ould like to come
to another day of the $eek for the study classes. (lease !o throu!h the chapter on Istudy classesJ
before you start one. 1e!inners in Krsna consciousness are !oin! throu!h a $onderful period of
discovery of ne$ and e#citin! concepts, so you should make them en.oy this enquiry further by makin! it
re!ular and interactive.
Inform them of a seminar that is !oin! to be held the follo$in! $eek. Apa chakrapati or anyone up$ards
can be invited to come and address them on the si!nificance of takin! the siksha of Krsna Sevaka. he
seminar material is available in $eek@ 8.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Strin! of facts
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)aterialsH one yarn of strin! and scissors (or $hatever can cut the strin!)
+fter everyone has settled do$n, announce to them that you are !oin! to have an unusual satsan!a
today.
(ass around the ball of strin! and the scissors, and have everyone cut off a piece, $ithout specifyin!
anythin!. Some $ill take tiny pieces, some lon! ones. +fter everyone has a piece, !o around the circle
and have everyone say one thin! about himself7 herself for each fin!er $idth of strin!. his usually !ets
a fe$ lau!hs for the person $ho cut off several feetL
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the (ranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the Kirtana.
+lso the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures can be done.)ake
sure that everyone is sin!in! and takin! part. ,ou can encoura!e them to sin! alon!, if they are not
doin! so.
Japa. 15 minutes
3ead out first, the follo$in! passa!e fromH
,ou can do a full round of .apa $ith them. (lease chant the (anca attva )antra < times before chantin!
the .apa and ask them to follo$ you. While relishin! the holy names yourself do make sure that you keep
eye contact $ith the members from time to time to encoura!e and enthuse them.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %=)
%he chanting of the hol' name is ,ord 3aitan'a5s special concession to the animal- like human
+eings of this age!
-ove of Krsna is not an easy thin! to obtain, because by this love one can purchase Krsna, but "aitanya
)ahaprabhu distributed this love of Krsna to anyone and everyone, even to the t$o drunkards Na!ai and
)adai. Barottama dasa hakura has therefore sun!H Dina hina yata chilo hari-name uddharilo, tara
saksi ja!ai-madhai I"aitanya )ahaprabhu is so ma!nanimous that *e delivered all kinds of sinful men
simply by allo$in! them to chant the *are Krsna mantra. he evidence of this is Na!ai and )adai..J
+t that time, of course there $ere t$o Na!ais and )adhais, but at the present moment, by the !race of
"haitanya )ahaprabhu and *is process of teachin!, so many Na!ais and )adhais are bein! delivered. If
"haitanya )ahaprabhu is pleased, *e can !ive Krsna@prema, love of Krsna to anyone, re!ardless of that
persons qualification. If a person is !ivin! charity, he can select anyone to take it.Without the mercy of
"haitanya )ahaprabhu, understandin! Krsna is very very difficult. 'anusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati
siddhaye (1!. K.<) out of many millions of people, hardly one tries to make his life spiritually successful.
(eople simply $ork like animals, not kno$in! ho$ to make a success of human life.Cnes human life is
successful $hen one understands KrsnaG other$ise one remains an animal. +nyone $ho is not Krsna
conscious, $ho does not kno$ $ho Krsna is, is no better than an animal. 1ut "haitanya )ahaprabhu
!ave this concession to the fallen souls of this a!eH ISimply chant the *are Krsna maha mantra and you
$ill be delivered.J his is "aitanya )ahaprabhus special concession (kirtanad eva krishnasya mukta
sangah param vrajet, S.1. %/. <. &% @ "eachin!s o# $ueen Kunti
reaching is the Essence
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada ((a!e %9)
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,ord 3aitan'a *ants &is follo*ers to preach all over the *orld!
I'ear -ord, ,our personal associates, devotees, $ander all over the $orld to purify even the holy places
of pil!rima!e. Is not such activity pleasin! to those $ho are actually afraid of material e#istenceFJ here
ar t$o kinds of devotees.Cne is called gosthy anandi and the other bhajanandi% he $ord bha.anandi
refers to the devotee $ho dos not move but remains in one place. Such a devotee is al$ays en!a!ed in
the devotional service of the -ord. *e chants the )ahamantra stau!ht by many acaryas and sometimes
!oes out for preachin! $ork.he !osthy@anandi is one $ho desires to increase the number of devotees
all over the $orld. *e travels all over the $orld .ust to purify the $orld and the people residin! in it.
"haitanya )ahaprabhu advisedH prithvi ache yata na!aradi !ram / sarvatra pracara haibe mora
nama% -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu $anted *is follo$ers to move all over the $orld and preach in every
to$n and villa!e.In the "haitanya : sampradaya those $ho strictly follo$ the the principles of -ord
"haitanya must travel all over the $orld to preach the messa!e of -ord "haitanya, $hich is the same as
preachin! the $ords of Krsna@ 1ha!avad ?ita and Srimad 1ha!avatam. he more the devotees preach
the principles of Krsna katha, the more the people throu!hout the $orld $ill benefit. 'evotees like the
!reat sa!e Barada $ho travel all over to preach are called !osti@anandi. Barada )uni is al$ays
$anderin! throu!hout the universe .ust to create different types of devotees. Barada even made a
hunter a devotee. *e also made 'hruve )ahar.a and (rahlada devotees. +ctually all devotees are
indebted to the !reat sa!e Barada, for he has $andered both in heaven and in hell. + devotee of the
-ord is not even afraid of hell. *e !oes to preach the !lories of the -ord every$here@even in hell@
because there is no distinction bet$een heaven and hell for a devotee.
Barayana :parah sarve Ba kutascana bibhyati
Svar!apavar!a@narakesv +p tulyartha@ darsinah
I+ pure devotee of Barayana is never afraid of !oin! any$here and every$here . Dor him heaven and
hell are one and the same.J (1ha!. ;.%K./=) Such devotees , $anderin! all over the $orld, deliver those
ho are actually afraid of this material e#istence. @1ha!. 9.<0.<K
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think.,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.
he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone.
his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %&
to /0 minutes for it.,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have
3ead out the follo$in! passa!eH
reaching Session ! 15 minutes
%)?ive an inspirin! account of $hat you have done durin! the $eek either to cultivate them or to ne$
people.
/)+sk the most enthusiastic devotee $hat they did durin! the $eek. If they have been able to brin!
anyone or convince anyone to come for the pro!ram .
<)+sk very !ently one by one if the others have done anythin! durin! the $eek.
9)If anyone encountered some difficulties $hile approachin! people, you can advise them on ho$ to deal
$ith different people and situations.
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&)+!ain discuss $ith services they $ould like to volunteer to do in preachin! for the follo$in! $eek.
hey need to be !radually cultivated in the mood of preachin!. So allo$ them to be !radually inspired
throu!h this session.
'o not make the mistake of forcin! them or sho$in! impatience if they felt shy or la4y to do it.
With time, they $ill undoubtedly pick up the preachin! mood $hich is infectious. ,ou have to !ive them
time to mature.
If preachin! is there from the very be!innin!, they $ill have a very spiritual understandin! of their
relationships and $ill develop the compassion to spread the messa!e to everyone and thus brin!
everyone to the fold. Cther$ise they $ill have no incentive or inspiration to multiply the !roups and $ill
prefer instead to continue as the same !roup.
rasadam ! "# minutes!
+s you have done in the previous $eek, request them to chant the prasadam mantra before honorin! the
prasadam.
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he Isopanishad e#plains that $hatever $e see, $hether animate or inanimate, is controlled by the
Supreme -ord. -ord Krsna says the same thin! in the 1ha!avad ?ita(8.%0)@ that *is ener!ies are
mana!in! everythin!. +nd the 2isnu purana confirms, eka@desaOsthithasya!ner .yotsna vistarini yathaH
I+s heat and li!ht are distributed all around by a fire situated in one place, so the $hole creation is a
manifestation of ener!ies e#panded from the Supreme -ord.J Dor e#ample the sun is in one place, but it
is distributin! its heat and li!ht all over the universe. Similarly the Supreme -ord is distributin! *is
material and spiritual ener!ies all over the creation.
he Isopanishad states, I+lthou!h fi#ed in *is abode, the (ersonality of ?odhead is s$ifter than the mind
and can overcome all the others by runnin!. he po$erful demi!ods cannot approach *im. +lthou!h in
one place, *e controls those $ho supply the air and the rain. *e surpasses all in e#cellence.Jhe 1rahma
Samhita says somethin! similarHJ!oloka eva nivasatyakhilatma : bhutahJ. +lthou!h Krsna is al$ays in
?oloka 2rindavana, *e is simultaneously in the hearts of all livin! bein!s.Krsna has no duties to perform
in ?oloka. *e is simply en.oyin! in the company of *is associates@ the !opis, the co$herd boys, *is
mother and father, *is co$s and calves, etc. *e is completely free.
+nd *is associates are even freer than *e is, because $hen they seem to be in dan!er, Krsna feels some
an#iety about ho$ to save them. 1ut *is associates feel no an#iety. hey simply think, ICh, Krsna is
here. *e $ill protect us.J
When Krsna enacted *is pastimes five thousand years a!ain 2rindavana, India, *e $ould !o everyday
$ith *is co$herd boyfriends and their calves and co$s to play in the forest on the bank of the ,amuna
river. +nd often Kamsa $ould send some demon to try to kill Krsna and *is friends. ,et the co$herd boys
$ould continue en.oyin! their pastimes $ithout an#iety because they $ere so confident of Krsnas
protection. hat is spiritual life, $hich be!ins $ith surrenderin! to Krsna.
Surrenderin! to Krsna means havin! a stron! faith that Krsna $ill save us in any dan!erous condition.
he first step in surrenderin! is that $e should accept $hatever is favourable for devotional service. he
ne#t sta!e is the confidence that in any situation Krsna $ill protect us and maintain us. +ctually *e is
already !ivin! protection and maintenance to everyone. hat is a fact. 1ut in maya (illusion) $e think
that $e are protectin! ourselves, or that $e are feedin! ourselves.
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Dor the devotees , Krsna personally takes char!e of their protection and maintenance. +nd for the
ordinary livin! entities, )aya@devi@ Krsnas e#ternal ener!y takes char!e. )aya devi is Krsnas a!ent for
punishin! the conditioned souls.he situation is like $hat $e see in the stateH !ood citi4ens are tken care
of by the !overnment directly, $hile prisinors are taken care of by the !overnment throu!h the prison
department.
1iscover'!
%)Where does -ord Krsna resideF *o$ does *e mana!e the material $orldF
/nderstanding!
%)"ention some reasons $hy Krsna is the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
/) *o$ can $e be free of all an#ieties if $e surrender to KrsnaF Illustrate $ith an e#ample.
<) *o$ can $e practically e#press our surrender to KrsnaF
9)Who looks after those $ho do not surrender to KrsnaF *o$ are they treatedF
0pplication!
%) Share your e#perience of a time $hen you $ere in !reat an#iety. *o$ did you react thenF 'o you
think you should have reacted differently in that situationF WhyF
Week D
Welcome all the members and !uests. )ake a chan!e in the seatin! arran!ement, as today they $ould
all have to sit in a cro$d facin! the speaker, rather than in a circle. *ave the black board7 $hite board
ready $ith chalk or marker as the case may be, for the seminar. *ave a chair and table arran!ed for the
speaker. 'iscuss $ith your senior leader about $ho could possibly enact the short skit $hich is part of
the seminar !iven belo$. +lso sho$ him7 her the seminar material $ell in advance, so that they can be
$ell prepared. (repare the handouts to be !iven at the end of the class. his could be the forms that
have to be filled up as an application for receivin! the siksha certificate. + copy of the siksha application
form is !iven at the end of the book.
Kirtana! "# minutes! 3equest the senior to lead a kirtana for t$enty minutes.
Seminar! D# minutes
)odule Dor S*3+''*+2+B H
+imH %) o motivate members to attend the 1hakti 2rksa (ro!ram re!ularly.
/) o make them commit themselves to chantin! one round of )ahamantra daily.
<) o inspire them to take the Shraddhavan "ertificate in the SIKS+ (ro!ram.
Cb.ectivesH +t the end of the lesson, the membersH
%) Will list & reasons to attend the 1hakti 2rksa (ro!ram re!ularly.
/) Will list the reasons to start chantin! the *are Krishna )ahamantra re!ularly.
<) Will take to the S*3+''*+2+B level of SIKS+.
"onditionH hey $ill do so voluntarily.
"riteriaH %) hey $ill list at least / reasons
/) hey $ill list at least 9 reasons.
<) +t least K&P of the members participatin! $ill take to the S*3+''*+2+B level.
+ssessmentH 1y orally askin! them at the end of the class.
(reparationH Dlip "harts, )arker pens, W7 1 board.
-esson (lan H Welcome the students. 5#plain the aims of the course, namely to learn the importance of
re!ularly attendin! the 1hakti 2rksa (ro!rams, to start chantin! *are Krishna )ahamantra re!ularly and
to participate in the Shraddhavan level of the SIKS+ (ro!ram.
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If you are not able to or!ani4e for the follo$in! skit to be enacted, then you can ask devotees to read
out the different parts.
1ramaE Skit!
5nter 3amesh sin!in! a Karmi tune, sits abruptly on the sofa, and loosens his ties, removes his socks
etc.
here is a phone rin!in! ("an make vocal sounds too of a phone rin!in! from the back !round), and he
ea!erly !oes to pick up. Says I*elloJ very cheerfully and asks $ho is speakin! in a sin! son! $ay. hen
after a pause says IChLJ in a very disappointed $ay.
3ameshH ,es, (rabhu, tell me please>.. todayF (-ooks at his $atch). Ch, I for!otL 1ut you see I .ust !ot
back from $ork and I have a lot of $ork to do at home>hm>..hm>.hm>.ok, ok, okay I $ill try to come
for the 1hakti 2rksa. ((uts do$n the phone)
hese *are Krishna (eople, ho$ do they find the time and ener!y to do so muchF +nd that (rabhu
reminds me every $eek $ithout fail. +rrey yaar, I .ust feel like !oin! to sleep no$. (,a$ns loudly and
snaps his fin!ers. hen scratches his head.) 1ut $hat e#cuse shall I !ive him. Ckay, chalo mi!ht as $ell
!o and hear some nice thin!s from the 1ha!avad ?ita.
(he door bell rin!s, 3amesh opens the door.) 5nter Kartik his friend
KartikH *ey remember the latest movie I $as talkin! to you aboutF I mana!ed to !et the video yaarL
"chalo let us see it no$.
3amesh H Bo$FL ,ou mean ri!ht no$L
Kartik. ,esL What is the matterF I have to return it to my office collea!ue tomorro$ you kno$.
3ameshH Well, (cou!hs), scratches his head and feels uncomfortable.
KartikH +llri!ht tell me, you $ant to do somethin! elseF (lay a !ame of cardsF 1illiardsF ?o for a s$imF
3ameshH Bo none of these>.
KartikH hen say $hat is it you $ant> Why do you hesitateF
3ameshH I have to visit someone today.
KartikH 3eallyF Who is thisF
3ameshH (cou!hin!>and hesitatin!)>+ctually it is a 1ha!avad ?ita (ro!ram.. "onducted by a very nice
and dedicated person. *e calls me every $eek, and I feel so bad skippin! it every $eek. So>
KartikH *ey, hey, hey, no$ you $aitL 3amesh, $hen $ere you bornF
3ameshH )e, $hyF In %8K0. WhyF
KartikH -ook at your a!e manL Is this the a!e for such thin!sF ,ou still havent en.oyed all the !oodies of
this material $orld yetL Why do you think of such dull 6 borin! thin!sF *ey, seriously, $hat is $ron!
$ith you manF>
3ameshH 5r>but they are sayin! very interestin! thin!s there>L
KartikH So you can !o another dayL "ome let us !o for a strollL ((ulls him and $alks a$ay).
:roup 1iscussion! 'ivide the class into !roups of 9 and ask them to discuss $hat are the obstacles one
faces in attendin! the 1hakti 2rksa (ro!ram re!ularly, and ho$ to overcome them and attend re!ularly.
,ecture! 5#plain the benefits of chantin! usin! a flip chart $hich lists the follo$in! pointsH
%) "leanses our hearts( &eto darpana 'arjanam)
/) ?ives us (eace of mind
<) *elps develop faith in ?od
9) ?ives us freedom from fear and an#iety
&) ?ives us spiritual credit
;) 5asiest and 5ffective $ay of spiritual advancement
K) Bo qualification required
=) 3emoves sins (Barrate the pastime of 0Famila)
(rain Storm! Cn practical difficulties encountered to start chantin!. Bote do$n the points.
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,ecture! 5#plain ho$ they can overcome the obstacles to start chantin! re!ularly $hich $ere
covered in the brainstorm.
0ssessment!
Q +sk the students orally the benefits of chantin!.
G 0sk the students the +enefits of attending the programs regularl'.
+sk students ho$ many of them ready to take up Shraddhavan level.
hen distribute the application form for Shraddhavan to them.(+ copy of it is at the back of this book.)
Week 1#
Dinishin! module one calls for some celebration. So you could plan a special pro!ram (2yuha pro!ram)
for your !roup. his has been assi!ned for $eek %< and a full description of ho$ the ceremony could be
conducted can be found in that chapter. ,ou could invite a senior devotee to come, attend the pro!ram
and also address them for a $hile. he senior devotee can also participate in the other interactive
pro!rams, so that the members !et his7 her personal association too.
,ou could, if there is a central yatra at your place, request for the certificates to be handed to all the
members durin! a festival or Sunday pro!ram in front of many !uests. his $ill be very encoura!in! for
your !roup members as $ell as a source of .oy and pride to the $hole yatra. (lease see the separate
chapter on the siksha ceremony.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
When the members have all assembled, !ive them each the edification sheets, $ith Bamamrta and
preachin! session material of module / for $eek %0.+ppreciate their participation in module %, and tell
them that they can look for$ard to more e#citin! pro!ress in module / as they discover more mysteries
about spiritual lifeL
ell them very naturally in sequence some interestin! and relevant passa!es that you had read from the
1ha!avad ?ita, Srimad 1ha!avatam or any of the other books of Srila (rabhupadas that $eek. his
could be some analo!y, or story or some strikin! point, and ho$ it appealed to you or inspired you, etc.
Share $ith them the !lories of Srila (rabhupada, his books and $hat it contains. +lso $hat your initial
impressions $ere $hen you read his books and the impact it has made on your life, etc. Sho$ them a
fe$ of Srila (rabhupadas small books. hey could also vie$ the paintin!s inside. +sk them if any of them
$ould like to borro$7 buy the books .
5ven if only a fe$ of them sho$ interest in the be!innin!, it does not matter, as it $ill automatically
catch on $ith the others in the subsequent $eeks.,ou can .ust su!!est to the people $ho have taken a
book, that they share somethin! they read that $eek $ith everyone in the subsequent $eekly pro!ram.
?o ahead $ith the follo$in! !ame after that.
4ne pro+lem) man' solutions
)aterials requiredH pens and paper
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)ake t$o sub!roups to sit in circles. +sk them to think of a current problem, concern, perple#ity or
challen!e they face and $rite it do$n. ell them to be specific (dont $rite Ihealth problemsJ, but
Iconstant headache prevents me from concentratin!).+llo$ one or t$o minutes to think and $rite, then
ask them to pass their problem to the ri!ht.
hat person reads the problem .ust received and .ots do$n the first thou!ht or thou!hts that come to
mind in addressin! the problem. +llo$ one minute for $ritin! the solution.3epeat this process every
minute, and keep it !oin! until everyone !ets his7 her o$n sheet back.
,ou can briefly discuss the e#perience $ith themH
%) 'id anyone discover solutions or problems not previously consideredF
/) "an you see any value in tryin! some of these su!!estionsF
<) 'o some of these su!!estions tri!!er other ideas or solutions to youF
9) What lesson does this teach us about reachin! out to others for their assistanceF
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the (ranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the Kirtana.+lso continue $ith the offerin!
of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can do a full round of .apa $ith them. (lease chant the (anca attva )antra < times before chantin!
the .apa and ask them to follo$ you. While relishin! the holy names yourself keep eye contact $ith
the members from time to time to encoura!e and enthuse them.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone.
his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %&
to /0 minutes for it.,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have
reaching session! 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them $hat preachin! you did durin! the $eek. 5nquire from them if anybody $ould
be interested in brin!in! in ne$ people to the pro!ram.?ive them !uide lines on ho$ e#actly they can
invite others in a very informal $ay e#plainin! ho$ $e have 1ha.ans and a !roup discussion on 2edic
scriptures.
hey may not all volunteer immediately to invite ne$ people as they may still feel shy to reveal their
ne$ found interest amon! their friends and relatives $ho they fear mi!ht ridicule them for bein!
interested in matters spiritual.hey may be already fieldin! some criticism, so you can ask them to
reveal these thin!s, as you can help them to !ive appropriate ans$ers and responses to people.
rasadam! "# minutes!
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+s you have done in the previous $eek, request them to chant the prasadam mantra.,ou can ask for
volunteers to distribute and serve prasadam to the other members. 5n!a!e them !radually in service
and they $ill be!in to taste nectar and make spiritual advancement.While they are eatin!, !o around and
talk $ith them, encoura!in!, .okin! and bein! pleasant, and makin! them rela#. It is the lovin!
atmosphere $hich is !oin! to dra$ them to the pro!ram $eek after $eek. It is a tiny !limpse of the love
that they are hankerin! to e#perience $ith Krsna.Immediately after the members have left the pro!ram,
kindly fill in the follo$in! reportH
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e /<)
he yo!a system, as it $as recommended in the $atya yuga the ?olden +!e, $as to al$ays meditate on
2isnu. In the Treta*Yuga one could practice yoga by performin! !reat sacrifice, and in the ne#t +!e,
#vapara*yuga, one could achieve perfection by temple $orship. he present a!e is called Kali*yuga.
Kali*yuga means the a!e of quarrel and disa!reement. Bo one a!rees $ith anyone else.5veryone has his
o$n theoryG everyone has his o$n philosophy. If I do not a!ree $ith you, you fi!ht me. his is the
symptom of Kaliyuga. he only method recommended in this a!e is chantin! the holy name of ?od .
Cne can attain that perfection in self@reali4ation $hich $as attained by the yoga system in the $atya*
yuga, by performin! of !reat sacrifice in the Treta*yuga, and by lar!e@scale temple $orship in the
#vapara*yuga. hat perfection can be attained by the simple method of (ari*kirtana. (ari means the
supreme personality of ?odheadG kirtana means to !lorify .
Krsna "onsciousnessH he opmost ,o!a
System
reaching -s %he Essence
here are t$o kinds of devotees. Cne is called ghosti*anandi and the other bhajananandi. he $ord
bhajananandi refers to the devotee $ho does not move but remains in one place. Such a devotee is
al$ays en!a!ed in the devotional service of the -ord. *e chants the mahamantra as tau!ht by many
acharyas and some time !oes out for preachin! $ork. he ghoshti*anandi is one $ho desires to increase
the number of devotees all over the $ord. *e travels all over the $orld .ust to purify the $orld and the
people residin! in it
. "haitanya )ahaprabhu advisedH prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama7 sarvatra pracara haibe mora
nama. -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu $anted *is follo$ers to move all over the $orld and preach in every
to$n and villa!e. In the .haitanaya*sampradaya those $ho strictly follo$ the principle of -ord "haitanya,
must travel all over the $orld to preach the messa!e of -ord "haitanya, $hich is the same as preachin!
the $ords of Krishna@ 1ha!avad ?ita and Srimad@1ha!vatam. he more the devotees preach the
principles of Krisna@katha, the more people throu!hout the $orld $ill benefit.
'evotees like the !reat sa!e Barada $ho travel all over to preach are called goshti*anandi+
Barad )uni is al$ays $anderin! throu!hout the universe .ust to create different types of devotees.
Barada even made a hunter a devotee. *e also made 'hruva )ahara.a and (rahalada devotees. +ctually
all devotees are indebted to the !reat sa!e Barada, for he has $andered both heaven and hell. +
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devotee of the -ord is not even afraid of hell. *e !oes to preach the !lories of the lord every$here@even
in hell@because there is no distinction bet$een heaven and hell for a devotee.
8arayana*prarah sarve +
8a kutascana bibhyati +
$vargapavarga*narakesv +
/pi tulyartha*darsinah +
I+ pure devotee of Barayana is never afraid of !oin! any$here and every$here. Dor him heaven and hell
are same.J (1ha!.;.%K./=) Such devotees, $anderin! all over the $orld, deliver those $ho are actually
afraid of this material e#istence.
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2rom 63ivili>ation and transcendence7 (! // : /&
(? &-S 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
Srila ra+hupada! he 2edic system of reli!ion $e have been describin! : the varnasrama system
created by Krsna : is not to be confused $ith the present day caste system@determination of social
divisions by birth. 1ut as to eradication of all social divisions, it cannot be done. his is still more
foolishness, because Krsna *imself saysHJcatur varnyam maya srstam guna*karma*vibagasah%6 his
system of four divisions, accordin! to quality and $ork is ordained by )e. 1ut the difficulty is that this
so@called caste@system has come in, on account of the false notion that in order to be a brahmana, one
must be the son of a brahmana. hat is the caste system. 1ut Krsna does not say that. *e says
Iaccordin! to quality and $ork.J *e never says, Iaccordin! to birth.J +nd ho$ does one !et qualifiedF
hat is also described. Dor instance, in 1ha!avad ?ita, Krsna describes the qualities of brahmanas as
follo$sH samo damas tapah saucam ksantir arjavam eva ca jnanam vijnanam astikyam+I(eacefulness,
self@control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, kno$led!e, $isdom and reli!iousness.J So people $ho
$ant to become brahmanas must be educated to acquire these qualities. "ertainly, the $ron! caste
system should be abolished. +nd educational centers should be opened for teachin! people ho$ to
become !enuine brahmanas and ksatriyas. Cur point is, $herever you !o, youll find a first@class man
$ho is truthful. Bo$, $herever you find a truthful man, you can classify him as a brahmana and train
him to serve the social body in that capacity, as a spiritual teacher and advisor. hat is $anted. Why
assume, I*ere is the son of a truthful manG therefore he is truthful, a brahmanaJF hat is a
misconception. ,ou have to find the truthful men all over the $orld and train them as brahmanas. hat
$e are doin!. IIf you follo$ these principles@no illicit se#, no into#ication, no !amblin!, no meat :eatin!@
you are a brahmana. "ome on and receive further trainin!.J he fello$s father maybe a meat@eater, a
!ambler or a drunkard, but of he himself is truthful and a!reeable to the brahminical life, then tell him,
I+ll ri!ht, come on@@@@@@@@@@ you are $elcome.J hen everythin! $ill be all ri!ht. he benefit $ill be that
the $hole social body $ill function harmoniously. he social body must have a brain and arms and a belly
and le!s to be complete. If there is no brain, no head then $hat is the use of this arms and le!s and
bellyF Its all dead. So in the human society, if there is not a class of learned truthful and honest men@
men $ith all the brahaminical qualification@than the society is ruined. hat is $hy people are perple#ed.
oday al$ays everyone is trained to be a sudra, a laborer I?o to the factoryJ. hats all. I?o to the
factory and !et moneyJ. +nd $hen a man !et some money, he immediately purchases $ine and
$omen .So if you try to make society classless, you $ill produce such men@useless men, disturbin! to
the social body. If you take to this system, then the social body $ill be perfect, not only *indus but also
for the "hristians, for )ohammedans, for everyone. 1ut $hen you fully surrender to Krishna you can
!ive up all the re!ulations pertainin! to these four social classes. hats $hy Krishna says, sarava*
dharaman parityajayaH IIn the ultimate issue, my instruction is to !ive up all the reli!ious formulariesJ@
includin! even the 2edic formularies@ I and simply surrender to )eJ Ibrahmana*dharmaJ, Iksatriya*
dharmaJ, Ihindu*dharmaJ, this dharma, that dharma : !ive all these up and simply surrender to Krishna,
because ultimate aim of dharma is to come to Krishna. I,ou directly come to )eH then everythin! is all
ri!ht.J Krishna is personally advisin! sarva*dharaman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja% I?ive up all
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your concocted reli!ion and surrender to )e alone.J ake *is advice and be happy.
1iscover'!
%) What has Krsna said about the caste systemF
/) What are the qualities of a brahmana accordin! to Krsna in the 1ha!avad ?itaF
<) When can $e !ive up all re!ulations re!ardin! the caste@systemF
/nderstanding!
%) 5#plain $ith an e#ample $hy it is ridiculous to determine ones caste by birth.
/) Why is everyone a sudra at the present momentF
<) *o$ can people be trained to be a brahmanaF
9) What is the ultimate !oal of all reli!ionF *o$ do $e achieve itF
0pplication!
%) 'iscuss the benefits of dividin! society accordin! to varnasrama.
/) 'iscuss ho$ it $ould be if everyone $ere surrendered to Krsna.
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?ivin! them home$ork for the entire $eek bet$een is a !ood $ay of en!a!in! them in Krsna
consciousness, so that $hen they do come after a $eek it is faster for them to relate to the thin!s bein!
tau!ht in the pro!ram. +s most of them $ould not be readin! Srila (rabhupadas books yet, request
them to $rite do$n the points that they have learnt in the previous $eeks pro!ram. In the satsan!a
pro!ram too, by encoura!in! them to read Srila (rabhupadas books and sharin! a point $ith everyone,
you can en!a!e them in the home@$ork of readin!.
,ou should continue to call them in bet$een the pro!ram days to check $hat pro!ress they have made
in their home$ork. ill they have made it a re!ular habit, it may be required of you to !ive them !entle
reminders, other$ise you may become discoura!ed of their for!etfulness, and they may feel afraid of
attendin! the pro!ram in order not to displease youL
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and inspirin! point that you had read from the Srila (rabhupadas
books, and your reali4ation on that point. +sk if any one of them $ho had volunteered to read Srila
(rabhupadas books the previous $eek $ould like to share some thin! they had read. 5ncoura!e and
appreciate those $ho share, but do not comment on those $ho have not read. hey $ill soon !ro$ to
like doin! it themselves.
+fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, you ask them this questionH IIf you had
to take a %/ hour fli!ht to some$here, $hom $ould you like to have sittin! ne#t to youF WhyFJ
'ont pass .ud!ments on $hat people say, but encoura!e and be appreciative of everybodys
participation. 3emember that this is not a session meant for impartin! kno$led!e to them, thou!h that
can also happen naturally, but the primary motive is to make people open up and rela#, and !et to kno$
one another.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
+lso continue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
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3ead out first, the follo$in! passa!e fromH
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame ( (a!e /=)
-n this age) sankirtana-'aFna) chanting of the hol' name of the lord) is more important than
vedic ritualistic sacrifices!
Since one may easily achieve the hi!hest success by chantin! the holy name of the lord, one may ask
$hy there are so may 2edic ritualistic ceremonies and $hy people are attracted to them.
+s stated in 1ha!avad@!ita (%&.%&), vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyahH the real purpose of studyin! the
2edas is to approach the lotus feet of -ord Krsna. Anfortunately, unintelli!ent people be$ildered by the
!randeur of 2edic ya.nas $ant to see !or!eous sacrifices performed. hey $ant 2edic mantras chanted
and hu!e amounts of money spent for such ceremonies. Sometimes $e have to observe the vedic
ritualistic ceremonies to please such unintelli!ent men. 3ecently, $hen $e established a lar!e Krsna@
1alarama temple in 2rndavana, $e $ere obli!ed to have 2edic ceremonies enacted by brahmanas
because the inhabitants of 2rndavana, especially the smarta@brahmanas, $ould not accept 5uropeans
and +mericans as bona fide brahmanas. hus $e had to en!a!e brahmanas to perform costly ya.nas. In
spite of these ya.nas, the members of our Society performed sankirtana loudly $ith mrdan!as and I
considered the sankirtana more important than the 2edic ritualistic ceremonies. 1oth the ceremonies and
the sankirtana $ere !oin! on simultaneously. he ceremonies $ere meant for persons interested in 2edic
rituals for elevation to heavenly planets (jadi*krta*matir madhu*puspitayam), $hereas the sankirtana
$as meant for pure devotees interested in pleasin! the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
5specially in this a!e of Kali, sankirtana alone is sufficient. If the members of our temples in the
different parts of the $orld simply continue sankirtana before the 'eity, especially before Sri "aitanya
)ahaprabhu, they $ill remain perfect. here is no need of any other performance.
reaching is the Essence (a!e %&
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
%he devotee5s dut' is to preach Krsna consciousness for the +enefit of those suffering the
pangs of material eHistence!
he -ord is al$ays ready to help the fallen souls, but because they are fools and rascals, they do not
take to Krsna consciousness and abide by the instructions of Krsna. herefore althou!h Sri "aitanya
)anaprabhu is personally the Supreme -ord, Krsna, *e comes as a devotee to preach the Krsna
consciousness movement. yare dekha" tare kaha 9krsna:*upadesa. Cne must therefore become a sincere
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servant of Krsna.. /mara ajnaya guru hana tara: ei desa,"c. )adhya K.%/=). Cne should become a !uru
and spread Krsna consciousness all over the $orld, simply by preachin! the teachin!s of 1ha!avad@!ita.
1ha!. K.8.9%
reaching session! 15 minutes
lease read out first the passage given +elo*!
Share $ith them your e#periences of preachin! for the $eek>.small details about $hom you spoke to ,
visited, had a discussion $ith or encoura!ed in their Krsna consciousness. If any of them have brou!ht a
ne$ member, appreciate that. +lso ask everyone to share their attempts to !et ne$ people. ,ou can
invite the most enthusiastic amon! them to accompany you in your visits to some ne$ members house,
so that they see first hand ho$ to deal $ith ne$ people $hile invitin! or introducin! them to Krsna
consciousness.
Set a preachin! home$ork ho$ever small for everyone. 'iscuss $hat is possible for each one and
encoura!e them to do so. hey must feel comfortable doin! it and must en.oy the e#perience. So do not
push very hard. 1ut be sensitive to the limits that they $ould like to keep for the moment. his could
include activities like book distribution, invitin! friends or ne$ contacts to the pro!ram, etc.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone.
his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %&
to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have
rasadam! "# minutes
+s you have done in the previous $eek, request them to chant the prasadam mantra.
,ou can ask for volunteers to distribute and serve prasadam to the other members. 5n!a!e them
!radually in service and they $ill be!in to taste nectar and make spiritual advancement.
While they are eatin!, !o around and talk $ith them, encoura!in!, .okin! and bein! pleasant, and
makin! them rela#. It is the lovin! atmosphere $hich is !oin! to dra$ them to the pro!ram $eek after
$eek. It is a tiny !limpse of the love that they are hankerin! to e#perience $ith Krsna.
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?radually and spontaneously some of them $ill offer to help you clean up, as $ell. 5ncoura!e them to
participate, even if you $ant to taste the nectar of service yourselfL It is !ood for members to do service.
So encoura!e it so that they $ill benefit spiritually. 'o not do so in a mood of sharin! a burden.
Immediately after the members have left the pro!ram, kindly fill in the follo$in! form pleaseH
Spiritual Edification
Drom Ihe Science of self reali4ationJ (a!e %<<@%<8
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +." 1*+KI25B'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu, the !olden avatara, appeared in India nearly five hundred years a!o. It is the
custom in India that $hen a child is born, an astrolo!er is called for. When -ord Krsna, the supreme
personality of ?odhead, appeared five thousand years a!o, ?ar!amuni $as called by *is father, and he
said, Ihis child formerly incarnated in three comple#ions, such as red and !olden, and no$ *e has
appeared in blackish color.J Krsnas color is described in the scriptures as blackish, Nust like the color of a
cloud. -ord "aitanya is understood to be Krsna appearin! in !olden comple#ion. here is much evidence
in 2edic literature that "aitanya )ahaprabhu is an incarnation of Krsna, and this is confirmed by
scholars and devotees. In the Srimad@1ha!avatam it is confirmed that the incarnation of Krsna, or ?od ,
in this present a!e, Kali@yu!a, $ill al$ays en!a!e in describin! Krsna, *e is Krsna, but as a devotee of
Krsna *e describes *imself. +nd In this a!e *is bodily comple#ion $ill not be blackish.
+nother feature of this avatara is that *e is al$ays accompanied by *is associates. Krsna, or ?od,
comes $ith t$o missionsH to !ive protection to the devotees and to destroy the demons. In this a!e
"aitanya )ahaprabhus mission is also like thatH to deliver the devotees and to annihilate the
nondevotees, the demons. 1ut in this a!e *e has a different $eapon, hat $eapon is not a club or disc
or lethal $eapon@ *is $eapon is the sankirtana movement. *e killed the demonic mentality of the people
by introducin! the sankirtana movement. herefore, in the Srimad@1ha!avatam it is said that this is the
incarnation of ?od in this a!e. +nd $ho $orships *imF he process is very simple. Nust keep a picture of
-ord "aitanya $ith *is associates. -ord "aitanya is in the middle, accompanied by *is principal
associates@ Bityananda, +dvaita, ?adadhara, and Srivasa. +nyone can have *is picture in his home,
chant this *are krsna mantra, and thus $orship -ord "aitanya. hat is the simple method. 1ut $ho $ill
capture this simple methodF hose $ho have !ood brains. Without much bother, if one simply keeps a
picture of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu at home and chants *are Krsna, then one $ill reali4e ?od. In this
a!e, those $ho have sufficient intelli!ence take to this sankirtana movement, and they advance very
quickly.
-ord "aitanya is called, Ithe !olden avatara+J +vatara means Idescendin!, comin! do$n.J Nust as one
may come do$n from the fifth story or the one:hundredth story of the buildin!, an avatara comes do$n
from the spiritual planets in the spiritual sky. he avatara for this a!e, -ord "aitanya, is described in
2edic literature. We cannot accept anyone as an avatara unless he has the symptoms described in the
scriptures. Krsna *imself came to teach us ho$ to surrender. *is last instruction in the Bhagavad*gita is
to surrender, but people : mudhas" rascals said, IWhy should I surrenderFJ herefore, althou!h "aitanya
)ahaprabhu is Krsna *imself, this time *e teaches us practically ho$ to e#ecute the mission of the
bhagavad*gita+
"aitanya )ahaprabhu !ives us the opportunity to reach ?od directly When 3upa ?os$ami, the principal
disciple of -ord "aitanya, first sa$ "aitanya )ahaprabhu, he $as a minister in the !overnment of 1en!al
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but $anted to .oin "aitanya )ahaprabhus movements. So he !ave up his position as a minister, and
after .oinin!, $hen he surrendered, he offered a nice prayer to -ord "aitanya. his prayer saysH
8amo maha*vadanyaya Krsna*prema*pradaya te
Krsnaya krsna*caitanya*8amne gaura*tvise namah
)y dear -ord, ,ou are the most munificent of all the incarnations.J WhyF Krsna@prema@pradaya teH I,ou
are directly !ivin! love to ?od. ,ou have no other purpose. ,our process is so nice that one can
immediately learn to love ?od. herefore ,ou are the most munificent of all incarnations. +nd it is not
possible for any personality other than Krsna *imself to deliver this benedictionG therefore I say that ,ou
are Krsna.J Krsnaya krsna@caitanya@namneH I,ou are Krsna, but you have assumed the name Krsna
"aitanya. I surrender unto ,ou.J So this is the process. "aitanya )ahaprabhu is Krsna *imself, and *e is
teachin! ho$ to develop love of ?od by a very simple method. *e says simply to chant *are Krsna.
(arer nama harer nama (arer namaiva kevalam
Kalau nasty eva nasty eva 8asty eva gatir anyatha
In this a!e, simple !o on chantin! the *are Krsna mantra. here is no other alternative.J
he chantin! process offered by -ord "aitanya for achievin! love of ?od is called sankirtana. Sankirtana
is a Sanskrit $ord. Sam means samyak@Icomplete.J +nd kirtana means I!lorifyin!J or Idescribin!.J So
complete description means complete !lorification of the Supreme, or the Supreme "omplete Whole. It is
not that one can describe anythin! or !lorify anythin! and that $ill be kirtana. Drom the !rammatical
point of vie$ that may be kirtana, but accordin! to 2edic system, kirtana means describin! the supreme
authority, the +bsolute ruth, the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. hat is called kirtana.
1iscover'!
%) "ompare the similarities and contrasts bet$een -ord Krishna and Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu.
/nderstanding!
%)*o$ can one $orship -ord "haitanya at homeF Why does it require !ood intelli!ence to take up this
process of $orshipF
/)Why is -ord "haitanya the best of all the incarnationsF
<)What e#actly is SankirtanF What does it !ive usF
0pplicationI
%) 'iscuss $hat you find attractive in the process !iven by "haitanya )ahaprabhuF *o$ is it different
from the standard processes of $orshippin! ?odF
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Week 1"
,our visitin! the members durin! the $eek in their homes $ill enthuse them to follo$ Krsna
consciousness more carefully. ,ou $ill also kno$ first hand somethin! about their home situation,
obstacles if any in their pursuin! Krsna consciousness etc.., so that you can !uide them better to make
steady pro!ress. +lso it is a !ood opportunity to meet their family members and befriend them, so that
they may also be favorably inclined to$ards Krsna consciousness and may also start attendin! the
pro!rams. 5ven if you visited .ust one or t$o of them a $eek, you can !radually cover all of them. Start
$ith those that need the most attention. It may be that their enthusiasm needs more nurturin!, or it
could be the one facin! the most number of obstacles. +lso at the end of the pro!ram discuss $ith them
about the 2yuha pro!ram $hich you $ill be conductin! the follo$in! $eek. he details of the pro!ram
are !iven in $eek@ %<. Share $ith them ho$ you are !oin! to conduct it and $hat services they could do
for the pro!ram.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes! +fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, you ask them
to dra$ their most precious possession.
=aterials! "olors and (aper (or at least pens and paper)
+sk people to dra$ their most precious possession. his may be a person or an ob.ect. hen have each
share $ith the rest of the !roup, sharin! their most precious possession, $hile others listen attentively
$ithout speakin!. his can be a po$erful e#ercise and often brin!s up stron! feelin!s for all participants.
(articularly useful for family !roups as children usually en.oy it. ,ou can play some music in the
back!round $hile people dra$.
@ariation! ,ou can do this activity $ithout dra$in!, by havin! people .ust speak about their most
precious possession. +fter this, you can share some interestin! and important point that you read durin!
the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books, $ith them. +sk the others $ho have taken Srila
(rabhupadas books home to read, to also share somethin!. *ave the books of srila (rabhupadas
displayed prominently, so that the others $ill !radually be inspired to also buy7 borro$ some books.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes! "ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
+lso continue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes! "hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva
mantra < times.
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Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.9'o not e#plain it to them.) -et the
people assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in
ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the
ne#t and !ive them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper
and clearer in understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application
question has to be ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so
you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all
the points and !ive more points that you have.
reaching session! 15 minutes
Share $ith them your e#periences of preachin! for the $eek>.$ith $hom you spoke, visited, had a
discussion $ith or encoura!ed, etc. If any of them have brou!ht a ne$ member, appreciate that. +lso
ask everyone to share their attempts to !et ne$ people. ,ou can invite the most enthusiastic amon!
them to accompany you in your visits to some ne$ members house, so that they see first hand ho$ to
deal $ith ne$ people $hile invitin! or introducin! them to Krsna consciousness. Set a preachin! home@
$ork ho$ever small for everyone. 'iscuss $hat is possible for each one and encoura!e them to do so.
hey must feel comfortable doin! it and must en.oy the e#perience. So do not push very hard. 1ut be
sensitive to the limits that are ready to do .his could include activities like book distribution, invitin!
friends or ne$ contacts to the pro!ram, etc.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame-- (a!e <K
-n kali-'uga) sacrifice to the demigods is satisfied +' sankirtana-'aFna!
1y $orshipin! the Supreme -ord, one automatically serves all the demi!ods because they are parts and
parcels of the $hole. If one supplies $ater to the root of a tree, all the parts of the tree, such as the
leaves and branches, are automatically satisfied, and if one supplies food to the stomach, all the limbs of
the body : the hands, le!s, fin!ers, etc. @ are nourished. hus by $orshipin! the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead one can satisfy all the demi!ods, but by $orshipin! all the demi!ods one does not completely
$orship the Supreme -ord. herefore $orship of the demi!ods is irre!ular, and it is disrespectful to the
scriptural in.unctions.
In this a!e of Kali it is practically impossible to perform the deva@ya.na, or sacrifices to the demi!ods. +s
such, in this a!e Srimad@1ha!avatam recommends sankirtana*yajna+ Yajnaih sankirtana*prayair yajanti
hi sumedhasah (Srimad@1ha!avatam %%.&.</). IIn this a!e the intelli!ent person completes the
performances of all kinds of ya.nas simply by chantin! &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are
&areE &are .ama) &are .ama, .ama .ama) &are &are.J Tasmin tuste jagat tustam% IWhen -ord
2isnu is satisfied. +ll the demi!ods, $ho are parts and parcels of the Supreme -ord, are satisfied.J
Srimad@1ha!avatam 9./.<&
reaching is the Essence (a!e %;
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
0ll devotees must preach!
When a person actually revives his consciousness $ith thou!hts of Krsna by the mercy of Sri "aitanya
)ahaprabhu, he revives his spiritual life and becomes addicted to the service of the -ord. Cnly then can
he act as an acarya. In other $ords, everyone should en!a!e in preachin!, follo$in! in the footsteps of
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu. In this $ay one $ill be very much appreciated by -ord Krsna and $ill quickly
be reco!ni4ed by *im. +ctually a devotee of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu must en!a!e in preachin! in order
to increase the follo$ers of the -ord. 1y thus preachin! actual 2edic kno$led!e all over the $orld, one
$ill benefit all mankind.
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Spiritual Edification
Drom Ihe )atchless ?iftJ (a!e <%@<<
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +." 1*+KI25'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+
he la$s of nature are very subtle and are very dili!ently administered, althou!h people do not kno$ it.
In the )anu@samhita the concept of a life for a life is sanctioned, and it is actually observed throu!hout
the $orld. Similarly, there are other la$s $hich state that one cannot even kill an ant $ithout bein!
responsible. Since $e cannot create, $e have no ri!ht to kill any livin! entity, and therefore man made
la$s that distin!uish bet$een killin! a man and killin! an animal are imperfect . +lthou!h there are
imperfections in man@made la$s, there cannot be defects in the la$s of ?od.
+ccordin! to the la$s of ?od, killin! an animal is as punishable as killin! a man. hose $ho dra$
distinctions bet$een the t$o are concoctin! their o$n la$s. 5ven in the en "ommandments it is
prescribed, Ihou shall not kill.J his is a perfect la$, but by discriminatin! and speculatin! men distort
it. II shall not kill man, but I shall kill animals.J In this $ay people cheat themselves and inflict sufferin!
on themselves and others. In any case, ho$ever, ?ods la$s $ill not e#cuse such behavior.
5veryone is ?ods creature, althou!h in different bodies or dresses. ?od is considered the one Supreme
Dather. + father may have many children, and some may be intelli!ent and others not very intelli!ent,
but if an intelli!ent son tells his father, Imy brother is not very intelli!entG let me kill him,J $ill the father
a!reeF Simply because one son is not very intelli!ent and the other desires to kill him to avoid the
burden, the father $ill never a!ree.
Similarly, if ?od is the supreme father, $hy should *e sanction the killin! of animals $ho are also *is
sonsF In Bhagavad*gita ?od declares to +r.una that all =,900,000 species of livin! entities are *is sons.
I+nd I am their seed@!ivin! father,J the -ord says. Nust as in ordinary, material procreation the father
!ives the seed and the mother develops the body by supplyin! the necessary blood to the embryo,
similarly, the livin! entities, parts and parcels of supreme father, are impre!nated by the -ord in material
nature
he dimension of the spirit soul is very minute and is !iven in the scriptures as kesagra*one ten
thousandth the portion of the tip of a hair. We can hardly ima!ine a very small point divided into
thousands of parts. In other $ords, it is so minute that it cannot be perceived even by the most po$erful
microscope. hus the dimension of the spiritual spark is so minute that it is invisible to mundane vision.
+ll of this information is !iven in the scriptures, but because $e do not have the proper vision, $e cannot
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see. +lthou!h our material eyes cannot perceive the dimension of the soul, the soul is nonetheless $ithin
the body, and as soon as it departs, it takes another body accordin! to its $ork.
Spiritul life is not a question of ve!etarianism but of understandin! hi!her kno$led!e. When one comes
to the platform of elevated kno$led!e, he naturally becomes a ve!etarian. Panditah sama darsinahH one
$ho is very hi!hly learned, does not distin!uish bet$een a learned scholar, a brahmana, an elephant, a
do! and a co$. *e is sama darsiG his vision enables to see them all equally. *o$ is thisF *e does not
see the body but the soul, the spiritual spark (1rahman). *e thinksH I*ere is a do!, but it is also a livin!
entity, althou!h by his past karma, he has become a do!. +nd his learned scholar is also a livin! spark,
but he has taken !ood birth because of his past karmaJ. When one comes to that position, he does not
see the body , but the spiritual spark, and he does not distin!uish bet$een one livin! entity and another.
+ctually $e do not make distinctions bet$een carnivores and ve!etarians, for the !rass has life .ust as
the co$s or the lamb. + !uideline, ho$ever, should be the vedic instructions !iven in 5sopanishad
(mantra %) H isavasyam idam sarvam yat kinca jagat yam jagat 7 tena tyaktyena bhunjitha ma grdhah
kasya svid dhanam . I 5verythin! animate or inanimate that is $ithin the universe is controlled and
o$ned by the -ord. Cne should therefore accept only those thin!s necessary for himself, $hich are set
aside as his quota, and one must not accept other thin!s, kno$in! $ell to $hom they belon!.J
Since everythin! is the property of the Supreme -ord, one can only en.oy $hat is allotted to him by the
-ord, and cannot touch anothers property. +ccordin! to 2edic life and accordin! to all 2edic scriptures, a
man should live on fruits and ve!etables, for his teeth are made in such a $ay that these can be very
easily eaten and di!ested. +lthou!h it is natures la$ that one has to live by eatin! other livin! entities
(jivo jivasya jivanam), one must use discretion.
Druits, flo$ers, ve!etables, rice, !rain and milk are made for human bein!s. )ilk, for e#ample , is an
animal product, the blood of an animal transformed, but the co$ delivers more milk than is needed by
her calf because milk is intended by for man. )an should simply take the milk and let the co$s live, and
thus follo$in! natures la$, man $ill be happy. Tena tyaktena bhunjithaH one should take $hatever ?od
allots to him and thus live comfortably.
We have to elevate our consciousness throu!h this science of Krsna.
1iscover'!
%)*o$ are man made la$s different from the la$s of the ?od $ith re!ard to the punishments a$arded
for takin! the lives of other livin! entitiesF
/)What are the reasons for the la$s of ?od a$ardin! punishments for the killin! of any livin! bein!, even
those other than the human bein!sF
/nderstandingH
%)5#plain the dimensions of the spirit soul. When can $e be!in to understand the presence of the soul in
everyoneF
/)What are the reasons for us to be ve!etarianF
0pplication
%) 'iscuss $hy people like to eat meat. What ar!uments or reasons $ill you provide for them to become
ve!etarianF
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@'uha program
+ vyuha pro!ram involves the participation of t$o or three 1hakti 2rksha !roups to!ether in a combined
pro!ram. It is a break from the re!ular 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram and has a different format. + senior
leader is invited to !ive a discourse7 lecture. 1efore $e start describin! to you ho$ the 2yuha pro!ram is
conducted, let us see the reasons for conductin! it.
%) It is a break in format from the re!ular 1hakti 2rksha meetin!s. he members need to have
somethin! different and rela#in! periodically, so that a kind of complacency or monotony does not set in,
and their spirits are uplifted. his $ill also enthuse them to be more participative and involved in the
1hakti 2rksha meetin!s.
/) It is a chance for them to come in touch $ith more senior devotees. If they have a sector leader7
circle leader 7!reater circle leader, then it is an opportunity to listen to their lecture and to associate
closely $ith them.
<) It is an opportunity for the senior leaders to come and observe the pro!ress of the 2rindas and to
!et to kno$ the ne$ devotees personally.
9) he members !et to associate $ith other 1hakti 2rksha members and their leaders, and this is
very encoura!in!, inspirin!, educative and en.oyable for them. +s they feel that they are part of a lar!er
family and have common e#periences, this reinforces their stren!th and commitment to Krsna
consciousness.
&) he members !et to help in or!ani4in! the pro!ram, and so this is a !reat opportunity for them to
utili4e their talents in servin! Krsna. his also trains them in or!ani4in! pro!rams.
;) he cultural part of the pro!ram is entertainin! as $ell. he audience is enlivened and so are the
participants. )embers talents can be reco!ni4ed and appreciated. he parents are very enthusiastic if
their children participate in a skit7son!7 dance7 sloka recitation7 etc. his can reinforce their interest in
the 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram further.
K) It is a !ood opportunity for the members to invite their friends and acquaintances for the pro!ram,
as it is not a re!ular one. It $ould be an en.oyable evenin! for them, as lon! kirtans, !ames, qui4,
cultural pro!rams, lecture, feast etc. $ould be included in the pro!ram.
=) he 1hakti 2rksha members $ill !et a $onderful opportunity to render different services $hile
or!ani4in! the pro!ram. his increases their service attitude, co@operation $ith other devotees and an
opportunity to learn different skills in the service of Krsna.
@'uha program (/ hours and %& minutes) ?ou can ad.ust the time to suit your convenience.
%) *ave a more elaborate +rathi and Kirtan >>> 8# minutes.
/) When everyone is seated, introduce the !uest of honor to the membersG $elcome him7her as $ell
as the audience. +ny of the 1hakti 2rksha leaders7 sector leader (if he is not the special !uest
himself) can do this. Introduce the different 1hakti 2rksha leaders to the audience. -et the leaders
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introduce their members to the audience. hey can invite a fe$ of the volunteers $ithin the !roup to
come and speak about their e#periences of attendin! their 1hakti 2rksha. Nust / or < from each
!roup $ould suffice. he rest can be allo$ed to speak in future 2yuha pro!rams. his sets the mood
for the cro$d to be a little familiar $ith each other and thus rela#>>>>>.."5 minutes
<) Invite the senior devotee to speak to the !uests>> 8# minutes
9) *ave a qui4 on the !eneral information they have learnt in Krsna consciousness. ,ou can qui4
them from the modules you have covered for them so far. ,ou can divide them into different 1hakti
2rksha teams>>."# minutes
&) *ave a cultural presentation of a skit, 2aisnava son!, dance, sloka recitation etc(you can
include one or more of them) >>>>"# minutes
;) If you have any siksha certificates to be handed out, you could request the senior leader do so
at this .uncture.(If you have planned to distribute it else $here, then skip this.)
K) Serve prasadam to the !uests. >>>.."# minutes
=) 'o not for!et to take the ne$ visitors contact numbers and e@mail ids. If you have any
pro!rams for children, this could also be announced. +lso invite all the !uests to .oin any of the
1hakti 2rksha !roups. If any of them are keen to do so, !uide them to the suitable 1hakti 2rksha
leaders.
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+s the members have been comin! for a fe$ $eeks and are familiar $ith you, you can en!a!e them
!radually in different services to Krsna. +s they come in for the pro!ram, you can request them to help
you in services like probably keepin! the plates ready to serve prasadam, $ashin! utensils, or lookin!
after ne$ !uests, etc. his takes them also to the ne#t level in their relationship $ith you> from one of
bein! .ust a !uest to that of bein! a close friend. +lso this $ill enthuse them to serve Krsna more and
advance in their devotional service.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes! +fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, have a brief
satsanga 7 ice : breaker session.
+fter this, you can share some interestin! and important point that you read durin! the $eek from Srila
(rabhupadas books, $ith them. +sk the others $ho have taken Srila (rabhupadas books home to read,
to also share somethin!. *ave the books of Srila (rabhupadas displayed prominently, so that the others
$ill !radually be inspired to also buy7 borro$ some books. +s you pro!ress from $eek to $eek, you $ill
find their interest in hearin! peoples reali4ations about Srila (rabhupadas books and also in sharin!
their o$n reali4ation $ith others, !ro$in!. )ore and more members should be becomin! active in
readin! due to this. 1e encoura!in! and patient. 'o not push them to do it, as that can never produce
the desired results. It $ill naturally happen if you remain enthusiastic and patient.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes! "ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
+lso continue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes! "hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva
mantra < times. 'o keep a $atch on ho$ they are chantin!, $hether they are holdin! the beads
properly and if they are concentratin!, etc ,ou should encoura!e them $ith smiles and instructions,
if necessary, to do it ri!htly. +t the end of the session, enquire if they en.oy chantin! at home.
5nquire about ho$ many malas each one is chantin! and encoura!e them !ently to add one more
mala to their chantin! for the $eek.
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(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the
people assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in
ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the
ne#t and !ive them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper
and clearer in understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application
question has to be ans$ered by everyone.his is the most important part of the discussion, and so
you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it.,ou should at last sum up all the
points and !ive more points that you have.
reaching session! 15 minutes
'evelopin! compassion is the main purpose of the preachin! session. Without the mood of compassion,
devotees $ill not find the need or desire to preach and brin! ne$ members, or to cultivate them. So in
your reports, mention your reali4ations *on ho$ people are sufferin! and about ho$ $e need to sho$
them mercy, ho$ $e ourselves are very fortunate to come across this valuable kno$led!e by the mercy
of devotees, etc. Share $ith them your e#periences of preachin! for the $eek>.$ith $hom you spoke,
visited, had a discussion $ith or encoura!ed, etc. If any of them have brou!ht a ne$ member, appreciate
that. +lso ask everyone to share their attempts to !et ne$ people. ,ou can invite the most enthusiastic
amon! them to accompany you in your visits to some ne$ members house, so that they see first hand
ho$ to deal $ith ne$ people $hile invitin! or introducin! them to Krsna consciousness. Set a preachin!
home@$ork ho$ever small for everyone. 'iscuss $hat is possible for each one and encoura!e them to do
so. hey must feel comfortable doin! it and must en.oy the e#perience. So do not push very hard. 1ut be
sensitive to the limits that are ready to do .his could include activities like book distribution, invitin!
friends or ne$ contacts to the pro!ram, etc.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9 (a!e 9% )
+ll the perfections of the yo!a system can be reali4ed throu!h mantra@yo!a, the chantin! of *are KrsnaH
Drom authoritative sources $e learn that this chantin! of &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna)
&are &areE &are .ame) &are .ama) .ama .ama) &are &are is the embodiment of the perfection
of yo!a for this a!e.
oday $e have !reat difficulties livin! fifty or si#ty years. + man may live at the utmost ei!hty or a
hundred years. In addition, these brief years are al$ays frau!ht $ith an#iety, $ith difficulties due to
circumstances of $ar, pestilence, famine and so many other disturbances. Were also not very intelli!ent,
and, at the same time, $ere unfortunate. hese are the characteristics of man livin! in Kali*yuga, a
de!raded a!e.
So properly speakin! $e can never attain success in this meditation yo!a system described by Krsna. +t
the utmost $e can only !ratify our personal $hims by some pseudo@adaptation of this system. hus
people are payin! money to attend some classes in !ymnastic e#ercises and deep@breathin!, and theyre
happy if they think they can len!then their lifetimes by a fe$ years or en.oy better se# life. 1ut $e must
understand that this is not the actual yo!a system. In this a!e that meditation system cannot be
properly e#ecuted.
Instead, all of the perfections of that system can be reali4ed throu!h bhakti@yo!a, the sublime process
of Krsna consciousness, specifically mantra* yoga, the !lorification of Sri Krsna throu!h the chantin! of
(are Krsna. hat is recommended in 2edic scriptures and is introduced by !reat authorities like .aitanya
'ahaprabhu+ Indeed, the Bhagavad*gita proclaims that the mahatmas, the !reat souls, are al$ays
chantin! the !lories of the -ord. If one $ants to be a mahatma in terms of the 2edic literature, in terms
of Bhagavad*gita and in terms of the !reat authorities, then one has to adopt this process of Krsna
consciousness and of chantin! *are Krsna. 1ut if $ere content at makin! a sho$ of meditation by sittin!
very strai!ht in lotus position and !oin! into a trance like some sort of performer, then that is a different
thin!. 1ut $e should understand that such sho$ bottle performances have nothin! to do $ith the actual
perfection of yo!a. he )aterial disease cannot be cured by artificial medicine. We have to take the real
cure strai!ht from Krsna.
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reaching is the Essence 9(a!e %;@%K)
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
Cne Should preach to relieve -ord "aitanyas an#iety for the fallen soulsH I*o$ $ill these yavanas be
deliveredF o )y !reat unhappiness, I do not see any $ay.J
*aridasa hankura 3eplied, I)y dear -ord, do not be in an#iety. 'o not be unhappy to see the condition
of the yavanas in material e#istence.J
hese $ords of *aridas hakura are .ust befittin! a devotee $ho has dedicated his life and soul to the
service of the -ord. When the -ord is unhappy because of the condition of the fallen souls, the devotee
consoles *im, sayin!, I)y dear -ord, do not be in an#iety.J his is service. 5veryone should adopt the
cause of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu to try to relieve *im from the an#iety *e feels. his is actually service
to the -ord. Cne $ho tries to relieve Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus an#iety for the fallen souls is certainly a
most dear and confidential devotee of the -ord.
"c. +ntya <.&%@&/ ( antyaH %, pp. /<%@/</)

Spiritual Edification
Drom Ihe Scientific 1asisJ ((! /K@<<@<9@<&@<;@<K.)
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 *. *. 1*+KIS2+3A(+ '+)C'+3+ SW+)I, (h. '.
he !reatest disease in the minds of the scientists is that they do not believe that somethin! is a fact
unless it is proved by scientific e#periments. When a scientist makes a statement and he supports that
statement $ith scientific e#periments, everyone is completely convinced, and no questions are asked.
When $e talk about the spirit soul to these scientists, their usual response is, I*o$ can one detect the
presence of the soulFJ 1ecause they have been conditioned to $orkin! $ith machines, they $onder
$hether the soul can be detected by scientific e#periments. *o$ever, scientists have to a!ree that even
in their o$n scientific realm there are many facts that cannot be proved by e#periments. he fact is that
the soul is there, but in order to understand its e#istence $e have to accept kno$led!e from the ri!ht
person, Sri Krsna, or ?od, and *is representative in disciplic succession, the spiritual master. In one of
his letter to +.3. Wallace ('ecember //, %=&K), 'ar$in Wrote. I> I am a firm believer that $ithout
speculation there is no !ood and ori!inal observation>.J hus, one does not need to make an e#tensive
study in order to understand his theory. *is theory $as completely based on his o$n speculation and
mental manipulation, based on some data collected durin! his I2oya!e of the 1ea!leJ (%=<%@%=<;).
5very sensible person kno$s that speculative kno$led!e is quite fallible. +s 'ar$in $rites, IIn
considerin! the Cri!in of Species, it is quite conceivable that a naturalist mi!ht come to the conclusion
that species had not been independently created, but had descended, like varieties from other species.J
'ar$in has no kno$led!e about the nature of the spirit soul. *e has no clear information as to ho$ the
livin! entity (spirit soul) is transmi!ratin! from one species to another. *e does not kno$ $hether there
is further evolution from the human platform, and he hasnt the sli!htest idea as to the total number of
species throu!h $hich the cycle of evolution !oes on. *e also has no information $hether the spirit soul
can transmi!rate from the human platform to lo$er species of life.
here has been !reat confusion re!ardin! 'ar$ins heory. *is critics are very le!itimately askin!, IIf
the theory of natural selection of 'ar$in is correct, $hy cant $e see the intermediate forms of species,
the connection linksFJ 'ar$in himself $as completely confused in this respect. *e could not provide any
lo!ical ans$er e#cept his speculative ar!umentation. *is o$n ans$er $as that Ie#tinction and natural
selection $ill>!o hand in hand.J *e did not kno$ that all the species of life have been e#istin! since the
da$n of creation. he different species of life are created immediately alon! $ith the universe. )en,
animals, beasts, birds@everythin! is simultaneously created, because $hatever desires the livin! entities
had at the last annihilation are a!ain manifested.J +s a crude e#ample, the species portrayed in the
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ancient 5!yptian pyramids $ere the same as those $e meet at the present day. Similarly, since time
immemorial the peacock, $hose colorful feathers so nicely decorate the transcendental head of the
Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead Sri Krsna, has been the same as the species $e find today. With his
poor fund of kno$led!e, 'ar$in concluded that some species become e#tinct in the process of evolution,
his is completely $ron!.
1iscover'!
%) Why do scientists find it difficult to accept the e#istence of the soulF
/) *o$ can $e come to understand the presence of the soulF
/nderstanding!
%) What is 'ar$ins theory on the ori!in of the different species in the $orldF
/) Why is his theory not authenticF
<) ?ive one or t$o proofs to sho$ that the different species that $e have today have al$ays e#isted
in the pastF
9) What is the 2edic e#planation to ho$ $e are evolved from one species to the ne#tF
0pplication! *ave a mock debate in the !roup $ith one !roup promotin! 'ar$ins theory and the
scientists vie$ point and the other !roup tryin! to refute it and !ive proper e#planations to
understandin! the spiritual truths.
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+s the devotees are !iven more responsibilities and services to do at the be!innin! of the pro!ram, they
$ill start lookin! for$ard to comin! ahead of time for the pro!ram. his $ill also enable the members to
co@operate in doin! services to!ether, $hile havin! pleasant e#chan!es amon!st themselves about the
$eek !one by. his creates a proper settin! for !ood devotee associations to flourish, and helps !reatly
in their spiritual advancement, as they $ill feel like follo$in! those $ho have !one ahead of them in
Krsna consciousness.
So do encoura!e them to do services, like !ettin! thin!s ready for the altar, makin! arran!ements for
prasadam distribution, cleanin! up the place or !ettin! the spiritual edification sheets, etc for
distribution.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
+fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, ask them this questionH IIn $hich
specific $ay have you !ro$n in Krishna consciousness durin! the last < monthsFJ
his question is especially valuable to you as you can make a note of each persons pro!ress in Krsna
consciousness, areas $hich you $ere not yet a$are of. +lso it is a very re$ardin! e#perience for the
members to think about and articulate about their spiritual !ro$th. his $ill help them to be reflective
and introspective about their spiritual life, rather than .ust carry on $ith it as a matter of ritual. +lso they
can learn from each others reali4ations.
Share an interestin! and inspirin! point from $hat you have read from Srila (rabhupadas books durin!
the $eekG many more should be no$ $illin! to borro$7 buy the books to read them durin! the $eek.
5ncoura!e them to share their discoveries and reali4ations from Srila (rabhupadas books.
,our enthusiasm and appreciation, of their participation ho$ever small initially, is a very important
factor in !radually makin! all of them take up readin! Srila (rabhupadas books seriously.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
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+lso continue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
3ead out first, the follo$in! passa!e fromH
"hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times.
+t the end of chantin!, you could ask them about their e#perience of chantin! the maha mantra on
beads at home... $hether they had increased the number of malas that they chanted. 5ncoura!e those
$ho are a little $illin!, to try increasin! one more mala for the follo$in! $eek. hou!h nobody can or
should force anyone to chant, your kind enquiries about their pro!ress and encoura!ement to keep
increasin! in small steps $ill motivate them to try chantin! more.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame ( (a!e@98@&0 )
-n Kali-'uga) constant shanging of the hol' mane is more effective that the 'oga s'stem for
controlling the mind!
he mind is cancala" flickerin!, and it chan!es very stron!ly. herefore +r.una admitted that controllin!
the mind is not at all possibleG this $ould be as difficult a controllin! the $ind. Dor e#ample, if one $ere
in a boat movin! accordin! to the $ind on a river or the sea, and the $ind $ere uncontrolled, the tiltin!
boat $ould be very much disturbed and e#tremely difficult to control. It mi!ht even capsi4e. herefore,
in the bhava*samudra" the ocean of mental speculation and transmi!ration to different types of bodies,
one must first control the mind.
1y re!ulative practice one can control the mind, and this is the purpose of yoga system (abhyasa*
yoga*yuktena ;1!. =.=R). 1ut there is a chance of failure $ith the yoga system, especially in this a!e of
kali, because the yo!a system uses artificial means. If the mind is en!a!ed in bhakti*yoga" ho$ever, by
the !race of Krishna one can very easily control it. herefore Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu has
recommended, harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam S+di %K./%R. Cne should chant the holy
name of the -ord constantly, for the holy name of the -ord is non@different from *ari, the Supreme
(erson.
1y chantin! the *are Krishna mantra constantly, one can fi# the mind on the lotus feet of krsna (sa
vai manah krsna padaravindayoh), and in this $ay achieve the perfection of yoga Cther$ise, the
flickerin! mind $ill hover on the platform of mental speculation for sense en.oyment, and one $ill have
to transmi!rate from one type of body to another>
$rimad*Bhagavatam
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reaching is the Essence (a!e %K
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
%he devotee must preach I this *ill help him advance in self-reali>ation!
6-f a living entit' is developed in krsna consciousness and is merciful to others) and if his
spiritual kno*ledge of self-reali>ation is perfect) he *ill immediatel' attain li+eration from
the +ondage of material eHistence.7
In this verse the $ord daya jivesu, meanin! mercy to other livin! entities, indicates that a livin!
entity must be merciful to other livin! entities if he $ishes to make pro!ress in self@reali4ation. his
means he must preach this kno$led!e after perfectin! himself and understandin! his o$n position as an
eternal servant of Krsna. (reachin! this is sho$in! real mercy to livin! entities. Cther types of
humanitarian $ork may be temporarily beneficial for the body, but because a livin! entity is spirit soul,
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ultimately one can sho$ him real mercy only by revealin! kno$led!e of his spiritual e#istence. +s
"aitanya )ahaprabhu says, .ivera Tsvarupa haya*krsnera 9nitya*dasa. I5very livin! entity is
constitutionally a servant of Krsna.J Cne should kno$ this fact perfectly and should preach it to the
mass of people. If one reali4es that he is an eternal servant to Krsna but does not preach it, his
reali4ation is imperfect. Srila 1haktisiddhanta sarasvati hakura therefore sin!s, dusta mana" Tumi
kisera vaisnava< Pratisthara tare" nirjanera ghare" tava hari*nama kevala kaitave+ I)y dear mind, $hat
kind of 2aisnava are youF Simply for false presti!e and a material reputation you are chantin! the *are
Krsna mantra in a solitary place.J In this $ay people $ho do not preach are critici4ed. here are many
2aisnavas in 2rndavana $ho do not like preachin!G they chiefly try to imitate *aridasa hakura. he
actual result of their so@called chantin! in a secluded place, ho$ever, is that they sleep and think of
$omen and money. Similarly, one $ho simply en!a!es in temple $orship but does not see to the
interests of the mass of people, or cannot reco!ni4e devotees, is called a kanistha*adhikari%
/rcayam eva haraye
Pujam yah sraddhayehate
8a tab*bhaktesu canyesu
$a bhaktah prakrtah smrtah
(1ha!. %%./.9K)
1ha!.9./8.%b (I2H 9, p. %9=/)
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies.
he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone.
his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %&
to /0 minutes for it.
,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have
reaching session ! 15 minutes
Share $ith the members about $hat preachin! you have done durin! the $eek either to ne$ people or
to the devotees themselves. Share your insi!hts and reali4ations.
-et everyone also share $hat they have done durin! the $eek, ho$ever small. he phone calls they have
made or the people they have spoken to, or invited etc, the successes or the difficulties they have
encountered.
If they have e#perienced some success and they share it, find out ho$ they did it. Bot only $ill others
learn from their e#periences, it is also very encoura!in! to them and $ill inspire them to do more. If
there are some mistakes in their approach, this too $ill !et corrected.
(lease !ive them assi!nments for preachin! for the forthcomin! $eek.
rasadam! "# minutes
+fter the prasadam has been distributed and everyone is busy honorin! it after recitin! the prasadam
mantra, !o around and enquire ho$ they like the prasadam, amon! other thin!s. *ear their reali4ations
on ho$ they are appreciatin! the taste of prasadam as a spiritual e#perience. It is important for them to
appreciate and have the ri!ht respectful attitude to$ard prasadam.
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If any member has sponsored the prasadam, announce it and thank them for the service. If anybody has
any special occasion to celebrate that day like birthdays , $eddin! anniversaries, announce that and sin!
a Krsna conscious !reetin! like I*are Krsna to youJ, and Imay Krsna bless you, dearJ etc, set to the
standard tune of $ishin! people on birthdays.
his $ill make them very happy and also !ive them the idea to celebrate these occasions in a nice Krsna
conscious $ay, $hich $ill also benefit them spiritually.
Spiritual Edification
Drom %he readings in @edic ,iterature
1y ** Satsvarupa dasa ?osvami
5#cerpts from pa!es 98 to &<
%he teachings of the 0char'as! +n acharya is a teacher of 2edic kno$led!e. *e imparts the teachin!s
of the sastras and himself lives by those teachin!s. he care of the 2edic parampara(the passin! do$n of
2edic kno$led!e) has al$ays been assi!ned to the acharyas.G therefore they are personal
representatives of that kno$led!e.
Sankara! Sankara +' (K==@ =/0) $as a Shaivite (follo$er of Shiva) born in an orthodo# South Indian
brahmana family. When still a youn! boy, he became an ascetic, and it appears, compiled t$o ma.or
$orks (=iveka .hudamani and $ariraka bhasya). *e traveled $idely in India and died in the *imalayas
at a!e </. +t the time Shankara appeared, 1uddhism had received the patrona!e of the Indian emperor
+shoka and had thus spread throu!hout India. Shankara sou!ht to reform and purify reli!ious life by
reassertin! the authority of 2edic scriptures, $hich 1uddha had completely re.ected. Shankaras
interpretation of 2edic literature is kno$n as /dvaita*=edanta+ *e tau!ht that the .ivas or livin! entities
are themselves the +bsolute ruth ((arabrahman) and ultimately there is no variety, individuality, or
personality in spiritual e#istence. *e tau!ht that the supposed individuality of both the Supreme bein!
and .iva, is false. Shankaras philosophy is sometimes considered a compromise bet$een theism and
atheism, since it $ould have been impossible to restore the 2edic literatures theistic conception .ust
after the 1uddhists complete atheism.
.amanuFa! 3amanu.a +' (%0%K@ %%<K) $as a south Indian brahmana $ho tau!ht and traveled $idely.
Dor a time he $as the chief priest of the 2aishnava temple of Sri 3an!a, in southern India. *e $rote <
ma.or commentariesH 2edanta San!raha(on the 2edas), Sri bhasya(on 2edanta sutra), and 1ha!avad@
!ita bhasya (on the 1ha!avad :!ita). *e is best kno$n for his stron! presentation of 2aishnavism and
for his opposition to the impersonal monism of Shankara. 3amanu.a e#pounded =isistadvaita, or
qualified non : dualism. *e tau!ht that there is a difference bet$een (arabrahman (Supreme 1rahman)
and the .ivas, and there is a lovin! relationship bet$een the Supreme and the .ivas.. *is qualified
oneness sho$s that the +bsolute includes both $hat is chan!in!( the material $orld and the .ivas) and
$hat is chan!eless( the transcendental -ord.) 3amanu.a tau!ht that throu!h ?ods !race the .iva can
transcend the material $orld and attain the eternal abode of 2ishnu.
=adhva! -ike 3amanu.a, )adhva(+.'. %/<8@%<%8) belon!ed to the 2aishnava tradition and devoted
himself to combating $hankara:s impersonal philosophy+'adhvacharya:s Purnaprajna* bhasya establishes
a type of 2edanta philosophy called suddha@ dvaita (pure dualism). In his teachin!s, he describes three
entities@ the Supreme -ord, the .iva, and the material $orld. 5ven more emphatically than 3amanu.a ,
)adhva maintained that ?od and the .ivas are eternally distinct. *e held that the -ord is transcendental
to the material $orld, $hich is a product of his inferior ener!y. +t the same time, the .ivas are also
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distinct from matter, for they are superior, spiritual ener!y of the -ord. )adhva maintained that althou!h
the .ivas are superior to matter, they are distinct from the -ord and are his servitors. Whereas the -ord
is independent, the .ivas are totally dependent on him. )adhva tau!ht that the -ord creates, maintains
and annihilates the cosmos, and at the same time, in *is ori!inal eternal form as 1ha!avan Krsna, the
-ord remains superior to manifest and un manifest matter. In addition )adhva e#plained that each
person molds his o$n karma. +nd throu!h bhakti, one can eliminate all his karma and return to his
ori!inal position of servin! the -ord in the eternal spiritual $orld.
3haitan'a! In the late si#teenth century, $ith the advent of Krsna "haitanya, in 1en!al, 3amanu.as and
)adhvas theistic philosophy of 2aishnavism($orship of 2ishnu or 1ha!avan) reached its clima#.
"haitanya )ahaprabhus philosophy of acintya beda abeda tattva completed the pro!ression to
devotional thiesm. 3amanu.a had a!reed $ith Shankara that the +bsolute is one only, but disa!reed by
affirmin! individual variety $ithin that oneness. )adhva had underscored the eternal duality of the
Supreme and the .ivaH he had maintained that this duality endures even after liberation. "haitanya
)ahaprabhu in turn, specified that the Supreme and the .iva are inconceivably simultaneously one and
different.J(acintya bhedabheda) hey $ere equal in quality, but not in quantity.
"haitanya (+.'. %9=; : %&<9) $as born in Bavadvipa, 1en!al. *e took the renounced order at the a!e
of t$enty four. *is spiritual master, Isvara (uri, $as a disciple of )adhavendra (uri, $ho came in the line
of )adhva. *is immediate follo$ers ( the si# ?osvamisH 3upa, Sanatana, Niva, ?opala 1hatta,
3a!hunatha 1hatta and 3a!hunatha 'asa) compiled e#tensive literatures and thus documented
"haitanyas philosophical system accordin! to 2edic evidence. *imself, "haitanya $rote only = verses, on
the ecstacy of devotion to Krsna. *is disciples understood "haitanya )ahaprabhu to be 1ha!avan Krsna
*imself in the form of a devotee.
1iscover'!
%) Who is an acharyaF Bame the 9 +charyas mentioned, as $ell as the period to $hich they
belon!ed.
/) Bame the literary contributions of each of these +charyas.
/nderstanding!
%) *o$ is Shankaras philosophy different from the othersF Why did he e#pound such a philosophyF
/) *o$ did 3amanu.acharya modify Shankaras theoryF
<) What point did )adhava emphasi4e $ith re!ard to 1ha!avan and the .ivaF
9) *o$ did Sri "haitanya )ahaprabhu synthesi4e both 3amanu.acharyas and )adhvas conclusionsF
0pplication!
Which of these philosophies appeals to you mostF WhyF
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Week 1A
"ontinue encoura!in! members to choose a service that they $ould like doin! before the pro!ram starts.
he services may be as varied as pickin! up someone for the pro!ram, helpin! in $ashin! the arathi
plates, arran!in! the !hee lamps, $ashin! plates, cuttin! fruits and ve!etables, makin! copies of
Bamamrta, spiritual edification, and preachin! is the essence, etc for the !roup. 1ein! committed to do a
service $ill !ive them !reat spiritual pro!ress and spiritual satisfaction.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes! +fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, you ask them
to do as follo$sH
2ind the -dentit'! *ave people $rite 9 or & ad.ectives or phrases to describe themselves. "ollect the
sheets and hand them out randomly (but make sure that nobody !ets their o$n). 5ach person reads the
sheet he7she !ets and attempts to !uess $ho $rote it. If he7she cant !uess, ask the ne#t person or the
$hole !roup to try to find the identity. Krsna consciousness is very personal and if the devotees also
kno$ one another $ell, this fosters a lot of intimate dealin!s $ith one another. It becomes easy then to
overcome ones selfishness and self@centeredness, $hich is the main stumblin! block in our advancement
in Krsna consciousness. Share an interestin! and inspirin! point from $hat you have read from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eekG many more should be no$ $illin! to borro$7 buy the books to read
them durin! the $eek. 5ncoura!e them to share their discoveries and reali4ations from Srila
(rabhupadas books. ,our enthusiasm and appreciation, of their participation ho$ever small initially, is
a very important factor in !radually makin! all of them take up readin! Srila (rabhupadas books
seriously.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes!
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana. +lso continue $ith the offerin!
of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes!
"hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times. +t the end
of chantin!, you could ask them about their e#perience of chantin! the maha mantra on beads at
home... $hether they had increased the number of malas that they chanted. 5ncoura!e those $ho are a
little $illin!, to try increasin! one more mala for the follo$in! $eek. hou!h nobody can or should force
anyone to chant, your kind enquiries about their pro!ress and encoura!ement to keep increasin! in small
steps $ill motivate them to try chantin! more.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have
rasadam! "# minutes
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+fter the prasadam has been distributed and everyone is busy honorin! it after recitin! the prasadam
mantra, !o around and enquire ho$ they like the prasadam, amon! other thin!s. *ear their reali4ations
on ho$ they are appreciatin! the taste of prasadam as a spiritual e#perience. It is important for them to
appreciate and have the ri!ht respectful attitude to$ard prasadam. If any member has sponsored the
prasadam, announce it and thank them for the service. If anybody has any special occasion to celebrate
that day like birthdays , $eddin! anniversaries, announce that and sin! a Krsna conscious !reetin! like
I*are Krsna to youJ, and Imay Krsna bless you, dearJ etc, set to the standard tune of !reetin! people
on birthdays. his $ill make them very happy and also !ive them the idea to celebrate these occasions in
a nice Krsna conscious $ay, $hich $ill benefit them spiritually.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame ( (a!e K< )
(ecause 'ogic celi+ac' is not possi+le in this age) ,ord 3aitan'a recommended the chanting of
the hol' name as the onl' means of spiritual reali>ation!
S-ord Krsna to +r.unaRH (ersons -earned in the 2edas, $ho utter omkara and $ho are !reat sa!es in the
renounced order, enter into 1rahman. 'esirin! such perfection, one practices celibacy>In the 2edic
system of kno$led!e, students from the very be!innin!, are tau!ht to vibrate om and learn of the
ultimate impersonal 1rahman by livin! $ith the spiritual master in complete celibacy. In this $ay they
reali4e t$o of 1rahmans features. his practice is very essential for the students advancement in
spiritual life, but at the moment such brahmacari (unmarried celibate) life is not at all possible. he
social construction of the $orld has chan!ed so much that there is no possibility of ones practicin!
celibacy from the be!innin! of student life. hrou!hout the $orld there are many institutions for different
departments of kno$led!e, but there is no reco!ni4ed institution $here students can be educated in the
brahmacari principles. Anless one practices celibacy, advancement in spiritual life is very difficult.
herefore -ord "aitanya has announced, accordin! to the scriptural in.unctions for this a!e of Kali, that
no process of reali4in! the Supreme is possible e#cept the chantin! of the holy name of -ord KrsnaH
&are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are &areE &are .ama) &are .ama) .ama .ama &are
&are.
1ha!avad@!ita +s It Is
=.%%
reaching is the Essence (a!e : %8@/0
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
,ord 3aitan'a personall' demonstrated the importance of preaching! %o deliver all fallen
souls) the ,ord traveled from countr' to countr'. &e personall' tasted the transcendental
pleasure of devotional service) and &e simultaneousl' spread the cult of devotion
ever'*here.
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu personally traveled to different re!ions of India to spread the bhakti cult
throu!hout the country>.by *is personal behavior *e has !iven an e#ample for devotees to follo$. hat
is, one should broadcast the cult of devotional service>.+ 2aisnava is especially interested in para*
upakara" doin! !ood to others. (rahlada )ahara.a $as also interested in this. *e did not $ant to be
delivered aloneG rather he $anted to deliver all fallen souls, $ho are bereft of kno$led!e of bhakti and
$ho misuse their intelli!ence for the temporary benefit of the material body. Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu
also $anted *is mission spread all over the $orld.
Prthivite ache yata nagaradi*grama
$arvatra pracara haibe mora nama
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IIn every to$n and villa!e, the chantin! of )y name $ill be heardJ Dollo$in! in *is footsteps, $e are
tryin! to broadcast *is messa!e throu!hout the $orld. 1y *is mercy, people are takin! this movement
very seriously. Indeed, our books are e#tensively distributed in the Western countries, especially in
+merica and 5urope>. he follo$ers of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu may therefore take this movement
seriously and broadcast it throu!hout the $orld. Drom villa!e to villa!e and from to$n to to$n, .ust as
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu *imself did.
"c. )adhya /&./;9 ()adhyaH 8, p.9<=)
Spiritual Edification
Drom H Krsna 3onsciousness! 6%he topmost ?4:0 s'stem7 (a!e =0@=<
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +." 1*+KI25B'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+
If no one kno$s the Supreme personality of ?odhead, ho$ can *e be kno$nF *e can be kno$n $hen the
Supreme -ord comes before you and reveals *imself to you. hen you can kno$. Cur senses are
imperfect, and they cannot reali4e the Supreme ruth. When you adopt a submissive attitude and chant,
reali4ation be!ins from the ton!ue. o eat and to vibrate sound is the business of the ton!ue. If you can
control your ton!ue for prasadam, spiritual food, and make the sound vibration of the holy name, then
by surrender of the ton!ue you can control all the other senses. If you cannot control your ton!ue, you
cannot control your senses. aste prasadam and become spiritually advanced. ,ou can have this process
at your homeH offer ve!etarian foods to Krsna, chant the *are Krsna mantra and offer obeisancesH
(amo brahmanya-devaya Go-brahmana-hitaya ca
)a!at-hitaya krsnaya Govindaya namo namah
5veryone can offer, and then take the food $ith friends. +nd chant before the picture of Krsna, and lead
a pure life. Nust see the resultH the $hole $orld $ill become 2aikuntha, $here there is no an#iety. +ll of
us are in an#iety because $e have accepted this material life. Nust the opposite is so in the spiritual
$orld. Bo one ho$ever, kno$s ho$ to !et out of the material concept. akin! an into#icant doesnt helpG
the same an#ieties are there $hen you are finished bein! drunk. If you $ant to be free and $ant an
eternal life $ith bliss and kno$led!e, take to Krsna. Bo on can kno$ ?od but there is this $ayH the
process of Krsna consciousness. In the Srimad@1ha!avatam it is stated that no one can conquer *im or
approach *im, but *e becomes conquered. *o$F -et people remain in their o$n positions, but let them
!ive up nonsense speculation throu!h volumes of books. housands of books are printed and read, and
after si# months thro$n a$ay. his $ay and that@ho$ can you kno$ the Supreme by speculation on the
information supplied by your blunt sensesF ?ive up research@thro$ it a$ay@ .ust become submissiveG
ackno$led!e that you are limited and subordinate to material nature and to ?od. Bo one can be equal to
or !reater than ?od. So be submissive. ry to hear about the !lories of the Supreme -ord from
authori4ed sources. Such authority is handed over by disciplic succession. If $e can understand by the
same authority as +r.una, that is real authority. ?od is al$ays ready to revealG you .ust become Krsna
conscious. Dollo$ the path traversed by the !reat acaryas, the devoted teachers, and then everythin! $ill
be kno$n. +lthou!h *e is unconquerable and unkno$able, *e can be kno$n in your home. If you take to
this process and follo$ the principles $hat $ill be the resultF +s soon as you understand, you $ill kno$
that the Supreme -ord is the cause of all causes, but that *e is not caused by any other cause. +nd *e is
the master of all planets. his is not acceptin! blindly. ?od has !iven you the po$er of reason, the po$er
of ar!uin!Ubut dont ar!ue falsely. If you $ant to kno$ the transcendental science you must surrender.
Surrender to authority and kno$ *im by si!ns. 'ont surrender to a fool are a rascal. Dind one $ho is
comin! in disciplic succession, one $ho is fully convinced about the Supreme +bsolute ruth. If you find
such a person, surrender and try to please him, serve him and question him. Surrender unto him is
surrender to ?od. Vuestion to learn, not to $aste time. he process is there, but if $e $aste time by
into#ication $e $ill never see *im, the unconquerable -ord. Dollo$ the principles and slo$ly but surely,
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$ithout doubt, you $ill kno$. I,es, Im makin! pro!ress,J youll say. +nd it is very easy, and you can
e#ecute it in a happy mood. Study, take part $ith music, eat prasadam+ +nd no one can cheat you by
this process. 1ut if you $ant to be cheated !o to the cheaters. ry to understand it from the authoritative
source and apply it in your life. +mon!st the dyin! mortals, you $ill become the most intelli!ent because
you are freed from sinful actions. If you act only for Krsna, then you are freed from all reactions. ,ou $ill
have no an#iety over $hat is auspicious or inauspicious because you $ill be in touch $ith the most
auspicious. his is the process. Altimately, $e can !et in touch $ith Krsna. -ife $ill be successful. +nyone
can adopt it, because it is very simple.
1iscover'!
%) *o$ can $e kno$ the Supreme ruthF
/nderstanding!
%) Why are people in the material $orld an#iousF *o$ do they try to !et rid of their miseryF Why
dont those thin!s $ork for themF
/) What is the process of becomin! happyF
<) Who should $e be submissive toF Why should $e be submissiveF
9) *o$ should $e apply the principles of Krsna consciousness in our daily livesF
&) *o$ $ill this make us happyF
0pplication!
%) Share $ith everyone ho$ the different spiritual activities be!innin! $ith chantin! is makin! you
more and more Krsna conscious and happy.
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Week 1B
If your members have brou!ht alon! any ne$ members, make them comfortable and make pleasant
enquiries about them, so that you can introduce them durin! the satsan!a to all the members.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes! +fter you have introduced any ne$ visitor that may have come, en!a!e in the
follo$in! ice@ breaker.
Save =eJ ! +sk them to ima!ine that they are all survivors of a ship$reck, s$immin! for their lives in
the ocean. here is only one life@belt, and you have to decide $ho !ets it. Cnly one survivor can receive
it and be saved. 5ach person must !ive reasons $hy he7she should be the one $ho !ets the life@belt.
Whoever comes up $ith the most convincin! or amusin! case $ins. Dor added effect you can stand on a
chair (If possible holdin! a real life@belt) and have everyone stand around you.
@ariation! have everyone !ivin! reasons $hy the person on their left (or their ri!ht) is the most $orthy
of bein! saved. his version has the advanta!e of encoura!in! selflessness and !lorification of others.
+fter this ask them also to share a point that they $ere inspired by durin! the $eek from Srila
(rabhupadas books. Start the discussion by relatin! your o$n> so it $ill set the ri!ht trend.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes! "ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
+lso continue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes! "hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva
mantra < times. Since $e are nearin! the end of module " ) most of the members should be
chantin! a mimnimum of 9 rounds. +sk a fe$ of the devotees to share their reali4ations on
chantin! each time> and make sure that those $ho have been missed out in one $eek are covered
in the follo$in! $eek. his $ill inspire them to chant more and more.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.9'o not e#plain it to them.) -et the
people assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in
ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the
ne#t and !ive them sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper
and clearer in understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application
question has to be ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so
you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all
the points and !ive more points that you have.
reaching session! 15 minutes
Share your preachin! for the $eek and start enquirin! from them about ho$ they have performed their
assi!nments for the $eek. +ppreciate all their !enuine efforts ho$ever IsmallJ, since all efforts in
preachin! are truly !lorious and $ill instill in them the firm faith and conviction to preach more. ?ive
them more tasks for the $eekH callin! ne$ members, visitin! ne$ members7 talkin! to them over phone,
distributin! books, etc.
rasadam ! "# minutes
)ake sure that different sets of devotees !et the opportunity to serve the prasadam to everyone each
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$eek>> $ithout forcin! anyone> this $ill help everyone to develop a healthy attitude to$ards service.
,ou can ask them informally ho$ they en.oy takin! prasadam, $hat their reali4ation about its !lories are
and ho$ much of prasadam , as compared to non : offered food that they are eatin! durin! the $eek
etc>. so as to increase their appreciation of prasadam.
Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame ( (a!e K9 )
.ather than hear the impersonalist conceptions of Sankara) the common man should chant
the maha-mantra for self-reali>ation!
-ord "aitanya immediately informed (rakasananda that in the modern a!e people in !eneral are more or
less bereft of all spiritual intellect. When such people come under the influence of Sankaracaryas
)ayavadi (impersonalist) philosophy before be!innin! the most confidential 2edanta@sutras, their
natural tendency to$ard obedience to the Supreme is checked. he supreme source of everythin! is
naturally respected by everyone, but this natural tendency is hampered $hen one takes to the
impersonalist conceptions of Sankara, hus the spiritual master of -ord "aitanya su!!ested that it is
better that one not study the saririaka@bhasya of Sankaracarya, for it is very harmful to people in
!eneral. Indeed, the common man does not even have the intelli!ence to penetrate into the .u!!lery of
$ords. *e is better advised to chant the maha@mantraH &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are
&areE &are .ama) &are .ama) .ama .ama &are &are. In this quarrelsome a!e of Kali there is no
alternative for self reali4ation.
eachin! of -ord "aitanya
reaching is the Essence (a!e /0
*is 'ivine ?race +.". 1hakti 2edanta S$ami (rabhupada
%he Krsna consciousness movement is +ased on +ecoming Krsna conscious and making others
Krsna conscious!
I=' dear child) continue dancing) chanting and performing sankirtana in association *ith
devotees. 2urthermore) go out and preach the value of chanting Krsna-nama for +' this
process ?ou *ill +e a+le to deliver all fallen souls.7
It is another ambition of the spiritual master to see his disciples not only chant, dance and follo$ the
re!ulative principles but also preach the sankirtana movement to others in order to deliver them, for the
Krsna consciousness movement is based on the principle that one should become as perfect as possible
in devotional service oneself and also preach the cult for others benefit.
"c. +di K.8/ ( +diH /, pp.K<@K9)
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Spiritual Edification
Drom Ihe SWC3' CD KBCW-5'?5J (a!e ///@//<
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +." 1*+KI25B'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+
In the 1ha!avad@!ita (<./K) -ord Krsna says H
*rakrteh kriyamanani Gunaih karmani sarvasah
+hankara-vimudhatma Kartaham iti manyate
he spirit soul be$ildered by the influence of false e!o thinks himself the doer of activities that are in
actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.
Success in any activity depends on five essential factorsH the place, the doer, the tools or senses, the
endeavor, and finally the sanction of the Supreme -ord. Cf these, the Supreme -ords blessin! is the
most important. his sanction is enacted throu!h the supreme -ords favorable supervision of *is
material ener!y, for it is by the -ords $ill that material nature acts. )aterial nature acts accordin! to
ones consciousnessH $hen the livin! entity is under the influence of the three modes of nature, his
actions are conducted by the -ords e#ternal ener!y, the material nature. 1ut $hen he is in
transcendental consciousness, the suddha*sattva state, his actions are conducted by the -ords internal,
spiritual potency. he livin! entity can choose to have his activities conducted by either the -ords
e#ternal ener!y or *is internal ener!y. his is the e#tent of the jiva:s minute independence.
he moment the spirit soul surrenders completely at the lotus feet of the Supreme -ord and prays to
*im for en!a!ements in *is lovin! devotional service, the soul is freed from the bonda!e of fruitive
reactions. In this sta!e he proves the truth of the scriptural in.unction jivera svarupa haya krsnera nitya*
dasaH IIn his ori!inal spiritual identity, the spirit soul is an eternal servant of Krsna.J his position !ives
the soul immense bliss. It is $ron! to equate the position of an eternal servant of Krsna $ith that of a
slave of maya" the illusory potency of Krsna. In other $ords, the feelin!s of po$er and pleasure !ained
by lordin! it over matter are insi!nificant compared to the ecstasy one feels in the -ords service. 5ven
the ei!ht kinds of mystic perfections are puny compared $ith the bliss of bein! an eternal servant of
Krsna. +nd surrender is the only means to attain this stateG no artificial method can be applied. he
a$akenin! of pure Krsna consciousness, $hich is the perfection of the livin! entity, is obtained only by
surrenderin! to the -ord, the propensity for $hich is eternally inherent in the jiva. *ence -ord "aitanya
says in the .aitanya*caritamrta ( )anhya //.%0K)H
8itya*siddha*krsna*prema 9sadhya: kabhu naya
Sravanadi@suddha@citte karaye udaya
(ure love for Krsna is eternally established in the hearts of livin! entities. It is not somethin! to be
!ained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearin! and chantin!, the livin! entity
naturally a$akens.
1iscover'!
%) What five factors determine the success of our activitiesF
/) Cut of these five factors $hich is the most important factorF WhyF
/nderstanding!
%) 5#plain the independence en.oyed by the .iva.
/) Why does a pure soul hanker to be a servant of KrsnaF *o$ can one attain to this stateF
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<) What happens to ones karma $hen one becomes a servant of KrsnaF
0pplication!
%) Share your e#periences of ho$ you feel $hen you en!a!e in devotional service to the -ord or *is
pure devotees.
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Week 1C
Since this is the last $eek of the second module and the !oal is that most of the members should be
ready to take the Krsna sevak level, there should be some e#citement in the air. Inform them of a
seminar that $ill be held the follo$in! $eek. Apa chakrapati or anyone up$ards can be invited to come
and address them on the si!nificance of takin! the siksha of Krsna Sevaka. he seminar material is
available in $eek@%8.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
+fter everyone has settled do$n, and brief pleasantries e#chan!ed, ask them this question, I'id you
ever !et a Krsna conscious letter or phone call that inspired youF What $as itF If not $hat kind of letter
or phone call $ould you like to receiveFJ )ake them !ive ans$ers one by one in order and not at
random. +fter this ask them also to share a point that they $ere inspired by durin! the $eek from Srila
(rabhupadas books. Start the discussion by relatin! your o$n.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes! "ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana.
+lso continue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +ltar 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes! "hant loudly to!ether one mala on the beads after chantin! the (anca tattva
mantra < times. Since $e are nearin! the end of module /, most of the members should be chantin!
a minimum of 9 rounds. +sk a fe$ of the devotees to share their reali4ations on chantin! each time>
and make sure that those $ho have been missed out in one $eek are covered in the follo$in! $eek.
his $ill inspire them to chant more and more.
Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have.
reaching session ! 15 minutes
rasadam! "# minutes!
)ake sure that different sets of devotees !et the opportunity to serve the prasadam to everyone each
$eek>> $ithout forcin! anyone> this $ill help everyone to develop a healthy attitude to$ards service.
,ou can ask them informally ho$ they en.oy takin! prasadam, $hat their reali4ation about its !lories are
and ho$ much of prasadam they are eatin! durin! the $eek etc>. so as to increase their appreciation of
prasadam.
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Sri $amarta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9 (a!e K= )
In 1ha!avad@!ita (%=.9;) Sri Krsna says that every man become perfect by follo$in! his qualities of
$orkH
yatah pravrittir bhutanam yena sarvam idam tatam
sva*karmana tam abhyarcya siddhim vindati manavah
I1y $orship of the -ord, $ho is the source of all bein!s and $ho is all pervadin!, man can, in the
performance of his o$n duty, attain perfection.J hus if one e#ecutes his duty as a perfect ksatriya,
vaisya, sudra, or $hatever, 2isnu $ill be pleased. he purpose of $ork is to please 2isnu. Anfortunately,
people have for!otten this. 2arnasrama dharma, the 2edic system of society, is therefore very important
in that it is meant to !ive human bein!s a chance to perfect their lives by pleasin! Krsna. Anfortunately,
the 2arnasrama dharma has been lost in this a!e. herefore "haitanya )ahaprabhu, .ust to !ive relief to
the rottin!, conditioned souls of this a!e of Kali@yu!a, has !iven us the maha@mantra.
harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha ,+di %K./%)
IIn this a!e of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is chantin! the holy name of the
-ord. here is no other $ay. here is no other $ay. here is no other $ay.) (1rhan naradiya purana.)J
+lthou!h $e may try to revive the perfect varnasrama system, it is not possible in this a!e. (eople are
fallen, disturbed and unfortunate.
Prayenalpayusah sabhya Kalav asmin yuge janah
'andah sumanda matayo 'anda bhagya hy upadrutah
IC learned one, in this iron a!e of Kali, men have but short lives. hey are quarrelsome, la4y, mis!uided,
unlucky and, above all al$ays disturbed.(S1 %.<.%0)J In this a!e there $ill be insufficient rainfall and
food, and the !overnment $ill plunder ones income by heavy ta#ation. +ll of these characteristics of
Kali@yu!a are described in Srimad 1ha!avatam. (eople $ill be so dis!usted that that they $ill suddenly
leave their $ife and children and !o to the forest. *o$ can the peaceful varnasrama dharma be revived
$hen people are so harassed in this a!eF It is virtually impossible. herefore the system of bhakti@yo!a,
the chantin! of the *are Krsna maha@mantra should be adopted. he $hole aim of bhakti@yo!a is to
satisfy 2ishnu. Yajnaih sankirtana*prayaih =isnu, Krsna came *imself as "haitanya )ahaprabhu to teach
us the $ay of sankirtana.
Teachings o !ord Kapila " the son o #evahuti
reaching is the Essence 9age "8;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
64ne should preachI that is real non-violence7! Bonviolence is !enerally taken to mean not killin!
or destroyin! the body, but actually nonviolence means not to put others into distress. (eople in !eneral
are trapped by i!norance in the material concept of life, and they perpetually suffer material pains. So,
unless one elevates people to spiritual kno$led!e, one is practicin! violence. Cne should try his best to
distribute real kno$led!e to the people, so that they may become enli!htened and leave this material
entan!lement. hat is nonviolence. Share your preachin! for the $eek and start enquirin! from them
about ho$ they have performed their assi!nments for the $eek. +ppreciate all their !enuine efforts
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ho$ever IsmallJ, since all efforts in preachin! are truly !lorious and $ill instill in them the firm faith and
conviction to preach more. -ittle drops of $ater make up an ocean, and hence every small effort in
trainin! them to preach are !oin! to help them to blossom into very fired up and e#perienced preachers.
?ive them more tasks for the $eekH callin! ne$ members, visitin! ne$ members7 talkin! to them over
phone, distributin! books, etc.
Spiritual Edification
2rom (hagavad-:ita 0s it is
(? &-S 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3 (&0K%-@E$10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
devan +hava'atanena te deva bhavayantu vah
parasparam bhavayantah sre'ah param avaps'atha
%he demigods) +eing pleased +' scarifices) *ill also please 'ou) and thus) +' cooperation
+et*een men and demigods) prosperit' *ill reign for all. 9(g 3h 8 %eHt 11;
he demi!ods are empo$ered administrators of material affairs. he supply of air, li!ht, $ater and all
other benedictions for maintainin! the body and soul of every livin! entity is entrusted to the demi!ods,
$ho are innumerable assistants in different parts of the body of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
heir pleasures and displeasures are dependent on the performance of ya.nas by the human bein!.
Some of the yajnas are meant to satisfy particular demi!odsH but even in so doin!. -ord 2isnu is
$orshiped in all yajnas as the chief beneficiary, It is stated also in the Bhagavad*gita that Krsna *imself
is the beneficiary of all kinds of yajnas% bhoktaram yajna*tapasam. herefore, ultimate satisfaction of the
yajna pati is the chief purpose of all yajnas+ When these yajnas are perfectly performed, naturally the
demi!ods in char!e of the different departments of supply are pleased, and there is no scarcity in the
supply of natural products.
(erformance of yajnas has many side benefits, ultimately leadin! to liberation from material bonda!e.
1y performance of yajnas" all activities become purified, as it is stated in the =edas ahar*suddhau
sattva*suddhih sattva*suddhau dhruva smrtih smrti*lambhe sarvgranthinam vipramoksah+ 1y
performance of yajna ones eatables become sanctified., and by eatin! sanctified foodstuffs ones very
e#istance becomes purifiedH by the purification of e#istence finer tissues in the memory become
sanctified , and $hen memory is sanctified one can think of the path of liberation, and all these
combined to!ether lead to Krsna consciousness, the !reat necessity of present@day society.
1iscover'!
%) What is the role of the 'emi!ods or devatas in our livesF
/nderstanding!
%) Why is the $orship of 2ishnu al$ays necessary in all sacrificesF
/) Why is it necessary to perform ya!nasF
<) What is the ultimate benefit that $e !et from performin! ya!nasF
0pplication!
%) 'iscuss the benefits of performin! the sankirtana ya!na in this a!e. 'iscuss your reali4ations.
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Week 1D
Welcome all the members and !uests. )ake a chan!e in the seatin! arran!ement, as today they $ould
all have to sit in a cro$d facin! the speaker, rather than in a circle. *ave the black board7 $hite board
ready $ith chalk or marker as the case may be, for the seminar. *ave a chair and table arran!ed for the
speaker. 'iscuss $ith your senior leader about $ho could possibly enact the short skit $hich is part of
the seminar !iven belo$. +lso sho$ him7 her the seminar material $ell in advance, so that they can be
$ell prepared. (repare the handouts to be !iven at the end of the class.
Kirtana! "# minutes! 3equest the senior to lead a kirtana for t$enty minutes.
Seminar! D# minutes
=odule for Krishna Sevak
0-=! %) o motivate members to !ive up meat eatin!
/) o make them commit to 9 rounds of chantin!.
<) o make them start readin! Srila (rabhupadas books seriously.
9) o make them $ant to volunteer for services.
4+Fectives! +t the end of the lesson they $ill be able toH
%) -ist ; reasons to !ive up meat eatin!.
/) o a!ree to start chantin! 9 rounds
<) o start doin! more services in the emple
9) o start readin! Srila (rabhupadas books
3onditions! %) they $ill do so voluntarily
3riteria! hey $ill do list at least 9 reasons for !ivin! up meat eatin!, at least / reasons to start
chantin! 9 rounds, to volunteer for at least one service and buy one book of Srila (rabhupadas at least.
+t least &0P of them $ill enroll their names for takin! the Krishna Sevak certificate.
0ssessment! 1y orally askin! them at the end of the class.
reparation! )ake hand outs about the reasons for man to be ve!etarian. +lso keep some of Srila
(rabhupadas books for sale. ,ou can make charts $ith the points su!!ested to illustrate the lectures.
,ou can also maybe add $ith some pictures on the charts.
,esson lanH Welcome the students. 5#plain the aim of the course, namely to help them understand the
reasons to pro!ress to the ne#t step of Siksa (ro!ram. $hich is Krishna Sevak
.ole la'! 0 doctor and a atient (,ou can have t$o people enact the skit. If enactin! it is not
possible, you can ask t$o people to read out the skit dramatically. his $ill also have the required
impact.)
(atientH 'octor, I have a hu!e stomach acheL What do I doF
'octorH What did you eat lastF
(atientH Some lamb and fish
'octorH Sho$ me your cla$s
(atientH "la$sF (-ooks at his hand) Sorry, I did not understand.
'octorH Ch $ell, $hat you use to tear the flesh $ith and eatL
(atientH ,ou mean my handsF
'octorH *o$ can you call them handsF +rent they doin! the $ork of ti!ers and lionsF i!ers have cla$sL
*aL *aL *aL
'octorH +t least I hope you have some canine teeth like animals. I dont see ho$ else you can mana!e to
eat meatL
(atientH I have stron! molar teethL
'octorH hat is only !ood for !rindin! !rainsL >. -et me check your ton!ue no$. Cpen your mouth.
(atientH +aahL (Cpens the mouth and puts out his ton!ue).
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'octorH So many salivary !landsL Well this is meant for pre di!estin! !rainsL +re you sure you eat meatF
(atient ($orried)G ,es doctor>>
'octorH When did you eat this last meal of lamb and fishF
(atientH ,esterday mornin!, doctor.
'octorH 'id you pay a visit to the lavatory yet7
(atientH I am afraid it is too early sir. *o$ $ill all the food be di!ested so fastF
'octorH )y dear man ho$ can you keep such rotten dead body inside your alimentary tract for so lon!F
'ont you see ho$ many to#ins $ould have formed by no$F
(atientH I cant help if ?od !ave me more than ; meters of alimentary canalL *e kno$s best, doesnt *5F
'octorH *e .olly $ell doesL hat is $hy *e !ave the animals short alimentary canalL
(atientH 1ut sir, I cant help eatin! meat, my ton!ue demands it.
'octorH WellL ,ou have hope sir. ,ou $ill definitely !et the body of a ti!er or a lion in your ne#t birth and
you can en.oy yourself then unlimitedlyL
(atientH What about this lifeF
'octorH Cnly you have a payment to make >
(atient (ea!erly) What, $hat is itF
'octorH Well .ust cancer, blood pressure, heart disease etc> ,ou can decide.
(atientH Nust faints and falls do$n on the floor.
'octor (sprinklin! $ater on the patient and rubbin! his chest)H ChL If I only told him about all the
sufferin!s in his ne#t life for the cruelty bein! done to the animals, I dont kno$ if he $ould have
survived the shockL +lso in this life the disturbin! effects of meat eatin! on the mind is very much,
drivin! one to more and more passion and i!norance> to more and more lust and violence. What hope is
there for them to understand ?odF +lso the animals drink filthy $ater from the ditch. When you consume
them you !et all the !erms too> and so you are more vulnerable to diseases. hey take it hopin! to !et
a lot of protein, but protein is there in plenty in dairy products, nuts, beans and !rains. Dlesh eatin! .ust
!ives e#cessive proteins $hich .ust is converted to nitro!enous $astes and it burdens the kidneys. +nd
$hat about all the chemicals used to preserve meat> they are deadly> they lead to heart diseases.
(-ookin! at the audience)H If I $ere you I $ill take to ve!etarian diet today, it is tasty, healthy and !ood
in every $ayL (-au!hs)
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:roup 1iscussionH 'ivide the class into !roups of 9 and ask them to discuss the reasons $hy meat
eatin! is not recommended for human bein!s. +sk each !roup to .ot do$n their points. +t the end of %0
minutes, ask the leader of each !roup to read out a point. not covered yet by the other !roups. 3epeat
this process till they have read out all the points discussed.
(rain storm!
90sk the group to tell out the points for the topics +elo*) one topic at a time) and ask some
volunteer to *rite these points on the +lackE*hite +oard.;
Cn the benefits they have e#perienced throu!h chantin! 6 on possible difficulties they could face if they
took up chantin! 9 rounds.
,ecture! Sum up the benefits of chantin! that $ere mentioned in the brain storm and add more points if
necessary. 5#plain ho$ they can overcome the obstacles to commit chantin! 9 rounds $hich they had
e#pressed in the brainstorm.
,ou can make sure that the follo$in! points $ere addedH %he (enefits of chanting!
%) ?ives us peace of mind
/) ?ives us faith in ?od
<) 5nables us to understand the scriptures better.
9) ?ives us the desire and intelli!ence to render devotional service.
&) 5nables us to understand that $e are not this body. ((urifies our mind)
;) ?ives us happiness
K) ?ives us protection
=) 'estroys our sins.
8) Keeps us in spiritual consciousness throu!h out the day
%0) ?ives us love for Krishna
,ecture H 5#plain the benefits of readin! Srila (rabhupadas books. *ave a neat and attractive chart
done $ith the follo$in! pointsH
%he +enefits of reading Srila ra+hupada5s +ooks.
%) hey !ive us a very easy and !ood understandin! about our life and the !oal of life
/) hey are very inspirin!
<) hey help us to quickly develop faith in ?od.
9) hey are very authentic $ith many quotations from the scriptures.
&) hey are very interestin! and hi!hly informative.
;) "omes in all si4es. So $e can start readin! small books.
K) 2ery e#citin! to read and opens our vision of the $orld dramatically.
Sho$ them an assortment of Srila (rabhupadas books and request them to buy if they $ant. he
benefits of doin! some service in the emple
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,ecture! 4n the +enefits of doing some service in the %emple.
Write do$n the follo$in! points as you cover them in your lecture one by one
%) 5asy to perform, but is of immense spiritual benefits
/) ?ets them the mercy of -ord Krishna very quickly
<) ?ives them a taste to continue in Krishna consciousness.
9) ?ives them the opportunity to come closer to devotees and become friends $ith them.
&) Is !reat fun and very interestin!.
;) hey $ill e#perience bliss in no time at allL
0ssessment!
+sk them ho$ many $ould like to volunteer to take up the Krishna Sevak certificate after e#plainin! to
them the commitment it involves. ,ou can distribute the siksha application forms for them to fill up. ,ou
can announce the date and venue of the distribution of the siksha certificates.
rasadam! "# minutes
he members $ill really en.oy their prasadam after this interactive seminar, especially if they have felt
inspired to commit themselves the Krsna sevak level. +lso since a feast $as promised to them they must
be lookin! for$ard to their re$ardL
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+fter the siksha ceremony, there must be a feelin! of a sense of achievement in the members, and a
feelin! of !reater commitment. hose $ho did not commit themselves yet, should be also encoura!ed to
continue, and not be made to feel like failures. Intan!ible $ays of encoura!ement can !o a lon! $ay in
makin! them $ant to pro!ress. ?ivin! them association and bein! very friendly, carin! and concerned
about their !eneral $elfare normally dra$s out their heart. 5n!a!e them in services that interest them.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Since the !roup has been $ith each other for 9 months, they should be familiar $ith one another. 1y no$
the !entle encoura!ement and the Krsna sevak seminar must have established in them some desire to
read Srila (rabhupadas books. ,ou can no$ make the sharin! of $hat they read durin! the $eek be the
mainstay of your ice@ breaker session, as they $ill also be sharin! reali4ations on $hat they have read.
1ut for those $ho are ne$er members or still resistin! readin!, or for visitors, you can keep a ice@
breaker question handy, so that no one stays ton!ue@tiedL
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for
your kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridanga ) etc. 'istribute the sheet
containin! the pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end
of the kirtana to the ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the
+lter 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can play Srila (rabhupadas chantin! to accompany your .apa. hat $ay there $ill be better
concentration and spiritual ener!y $hile chantin!. 0s) man' of them ma' +e chanting 4 malas
at home) the' ma'+e struggling to concentrate) and so the' can get the ha+it of chanting
along *ith Srila ra+hupada.
Spirtiual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have
reaching Session! 15 minutes
Share your preachin! activities for the $eek. +sk the !roup to also come up one by one $ith their
preachin! home@ $ork. +ny home visits, ne$ members, book distribution, etc. ,ou can en!a!e the senior
ones amon! them to help the .unior devotees by assi!nin! them to teach them kirtan or !et them to
start chantin!, remindin! them to attend the pro!rams re!ularly etc. + sustained effort from the very
be!innin! $ill !et them to have the preachin! mood and spirit, $hich is very essential if you $ant the
1hakti 2rksa to pro!ress alon! the conceived lines.
rasadam! "# minutes
+s the spiritual edification is all about offerin! food to Krsna, there $ill be !reater appreciation of
prasadam no$. So you can discuss informally about the value and !lories of honorin! prasadam. Since
some of them must have .ust started to be ve!etarian, they may not have enou!h recipes to cook
ve!etarian food. ,ou can share some ve!etarian recipes $ith them. his $ill enthuse them to cook
ve!etarian food and !radually also offer it to Krsna.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %// para noH /0)
-t creates a spiritual atmosphere in the *orld
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"hantin! of the holy name evokes the 2aikuntha atmosphere, freein! the $orld from material hankerin!,
envy and an#ietyH
((racetas to -ord 2isnuRH Whenever pure topics of the transcendental $ord are discussed, the members
of the audience for!et all kinds of material hankerin!s, at least for the time bein!. Bot only that, but
they are no lon!er envious of one another, nor do they suffer from an#iety or fear.
2aikuntha meansH I$ithout an#iety,J and the material $orld means full of an#iety. +s stated by (rahlada
)ahara.aH sada samudvigna*dhiyam asad*grahat. he livin! entities $ho have accepted this material
$orld as a residence are full of an#iety. + place immediately becomes 2aikuntha $henever the holy
topics of the (ersonality of ?odhead are discussed by pure devotees. his is the process of Sravanam
Kirtanam visnoh SS1 K.&./<R, chantin! and hearin! about the Supreme -ord 2isnu. +s the Supreme -ord
*imself confirmsH
(aham tisthami vaikunthe
Yo!inam hrdayesu va
"atra tisthami narada
Yatra !yanti mad-bhaktah
I)y dear Barada, actually I do not reside in )y abode, 2aikuntha, nor do I reside $ithin the hearts of
the yogis " but I reside in that place $here )y pure devotees chant )y holy name and discuss )y form,
pastimes and qualities.J
1ecause of the presence of the -ord in the form of the transcendental vibrations, the vaikuntha
atmosphere is evoked. his atmosphere is $ithout fear and an#iety. Cne livin! entity does not fear
another. 1y hearin! the holy names and !lories of the -ord, a person e#ecutes pious activities, $rnvatam
sva*kathah krsnah punya*sravana*kirtanah (S.1. %./.%K). hus his material hankerin!s immediately
stop. his sankirtana movement started by the Society for Krishna "onsciousness is meant for creatin!
2aikuntha, the transcendental $orld that is $ithout an#iety, even in this material $orld. he method is
the propa!ation of the sravanam kirtanam process throu!hout the $orld. In the material $orld everyone
is envious of his fello$ man. +nimalistic envy e#ists in human society as lon! as there is no performance
of sankirtana*yajna" the chantin! of the holy names@ *are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are
*are7*are 3ama, *are 3ama, 3ama 3ama, *are *are.
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reaching is the essence 9age "4;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
6/nderstanding the purpose of the ,ord) the devotee preaches!7
1e$ildered by the modes of material nature, the i!norant fully en!a!e themselves in material activities
and become attached,. 1ut the $ise should not unsettle them, althou!h these duties are inferior due to
the performers lack of kno$led!e.
)en $ho are i!norant cannot appreciate activities in Krsna consciousness, and therefore -ord Krsna
advises us not to disturb them and simply $aste valuable time. 1ut the devotees of the -ord are more
kind than the -ord because they understand the purpose of the -ord. "onsequently they undertake all
kinds of risks, even to the point of approachin! i!norant men to try to en!a!e them in the acts of Krsna
consciousness, $hich are absolutely necessary for the human bein!.
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(' &is 1ivine :race 0.3.(haktivedanta S*ami ra+hupada
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patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty*upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah
If one offers )e $ith love and devotion a leaf, a flo$er, fruit or $ater, I $ill accept it.@ (: 3h D %eHt "A
Dor the intelli!ent person, it is essential to be in Krsna consciousness, en!a!ed in the transcendental
lovin! service of the -ord, in order to achieve a permanent, blissful abode for eternal happiness. he
process of achievin! such a marvelous result is very easy and can be attempted even by the poorest of
the poor, $ithout any kind of qualification. he only qualification required in this connection is to be a
pure devotee of the -ord. It does not matter $hat one is or $here one is situated. he process is so easy
that even a leaf or a little $ater or fruit can be offered to the Supreme -ord in !enuine love and the -ord
$ill be pleased to accept it. Bo one, therefore, can be barred from Krsna consciousness, because it is so
easy and universal. Who is such a fool that he does not $ant to be Krsna conscious by this simple
method and thus attain the hi!hest perfectional life of eternity, bliss and kno$led!eF Krsna $ants only
lovin! service and nothin! more. Krsna accepts even a little flo$er from *is pure devotee. *e does not
$ant any kind of offerin! from a nondevotee. *e is not in need of anythin! from anyone, because *e is
self@sufficient, and yet *e accepts the offerin! of *is devotee in an e#chan!e of love and affection. o
develop Krsna consciousness is the hi!hest perfection of life. Bhakti is mentioned t$ice in this verse in
order to declare more emphatically that bhakti" or devotional service, is the only means to approach
Krsna. Bo other condition, such as becomin! a brahmana+ a learned scholar, a very rich man or a !reat
philosopher, can induce Krsna to accept some offerin!. Without the basic principle of bhakti" nothin! can
induce the -ord to a!ree to accept anythin! from anyone. Bhakti is never causal. he process is eternal.
It is direct action in service to the absolute $hole.
*ere -ord Krsna, havin! established that *e is the only en.oyer, the primeval -ord and the real ob.ect of
all sacrificial offerin!s, reveals $hat types of sacrifices *e desires to be offered. If one $ishes to en!a!e
in devotional service to the Supreme in order to be purified and to reach the !oal of lifeUthe
transcendental lovin! service of ?odUthen one should find out $hat the -ord desires of him. Cne $ho
loves Krsna $ill !ive *im $hatever *e $ants, and he avoids offerin! anythin! $hich is undesirable or
unasked. hus meat, fish and e!!s should not be offered to Krsna. If *e desired such thin!s as offerin!s,
*e $ould have said so. Instead *e clearly requests that a leaf, fruit, flo$ers and $ater be !iven to *im,
and *e says of this offerin!, II $ill accept it.J herefore, $e should understand that *e $ill not accept
meat, fish and e!!s. 2e!etables, !rains, fruits, milk and $ater are the proper foods for human bein!s
and are prescribed by -ord Krsna *imself. Whatever else $e eat cannot be offered to *im, since *e $ill
not accept it. hus $e cannot be actin! on the level of lovin! devotion if $e offer such foods.
In the hird "hapter, verse thirteen, Sri Krsna e#plains that only the remains of sacrifice are purified and
fit for consumption by those $ho are seekin! advancement in life and release from the clutches of the
material entan!lement. hose $ho do not make an offerin! of their food, *e says in the same verse, are
eatin! only sin. In other $ords, their every mouthful is simply deepenin! their involvement in the
comple#ities of material nature. 1ut preparin! nice, simple ve!etable dishes, offerin! them before the
picture or 'eity of -ord Krsna and bo$in! do$n and prayin! for *im to accept such a humble offerin!
enables one to advance steadily in life, to purify the body, and to create fine brain tissues $hich $ill lead
to clear thinkin!. +bove all, the offerin! should be made $ith an attitude of love. Krsna has no need of
food, since *e already possesses everythin! that be, yet *e $ill accept the offerin! of one $ho desires to
please *im in that $ay. he important element, in preparation, in servin! and in offerin!, is to act $ith
love for Krsna.
he impersonalist philosophers, $ho $ish to maintain that the +bsolute ruth is $ithout senses, cannot
comprehend this verse of Bhagavad*gita+ o them, it is either a metaphor or proof of the mundane
character of Krsna, the speaker of the Bhagavad*gita+ 1ut, in actuality, Krsna, the Supreme ?odhead,
has senses, and it is stated that *is senses are interchan!eableG in other $ords, one sense can perform
the function of any other. his is $hat it means to say that Krsna is absolute. -ackin! senses, *e could
hardly be considered full in all opulences. In the Seventh "hapter, Krsna has e#plained that *e
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impre!nates the livin! entities into material nature. his is done by *is lookin! upon material nature.
+nd so in this instance, Krsnas hearin! the devotees $ords of love in offerin! foodstuffs is >holly
identical $ith *is eatin! and actually tastin!. his point should be emphasi4edH because of *is absolute
position, *is hearin! is $holly identical $ith *is eatin! and tastin!. Cnly the devotee, $ho accepts Krsna
as *e describes *imself, $ithout interpretation, can understand that the Supreme +bsolute ruth can eat
food and en.oy it.
'iscoveryH
%) Why do the truly intelli!ent people $ant to be Krishna consciousF
/) What is the qualification necessary to attain thisF
Anderstandin!H
%) Why does Krishna $ant us to offer *im foodF *o$ does *e $ant us to offer it to *imF
/) Drom $hom $ill *e accept these foodstuffsF
<) What does *e $ant us to offer *imF
9) What are the spiritual benefits of offerin! food to Krishna and then partakin! of itF
&) Why do impersonalists feel that ?od cannot eatF What is special about Krishnas sensesF
;) 5#plain ho$ Krsnas hearin! the devotees $ords of love in offerin! foodstuffs is >holly identical $ith
*is eatin! and actually tastin! it.
+pplicationH
%) 'iscuss the differences bet$een prasadam and non@ prasadam
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+s the devotees become more settled and committed they must be $aitin! to attend the $eekly 1hakti
2rksha. he evidence of this is $hen all of them arrive $ell on time and are ea!er not to miss any part of
the pro!ram and are also volunteerin! to do more and more services. his is the life of the 1hakti 2rksha
and this enthusiasm is !enerated by the 1hakti 2rksha leader, if his7 her sadhana is in a !ood state and
he7 she is also ea!er for the spiritual advancement of his !roup members $ho are under his7 her care.
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,oun! parents find the role of parentin! a !reat challen!e as they are themselves in the process of
!ro$in! up, but the sheer .oy of bein! responsible for another livin! entity keeps them !oin! and knocks
out so many of their self@ centeredness, as they keep improvin! in their task . So also $ith bein! the
spiritual parent of the 1hakti 2rksha !roup. ,oun! parents also take !uidance from their o$n parents
and seniors, and so a 1hakti 2rksha leader bein! a !enuine $ell $isher of his members should be
constantly consultin! and reportin! to his seniors, so that he is al$ays sure that he is !ivin! his best for
his !roup. he !roup $ill !reatly value this sincerity of the leader. his is the most important quality of
the 1hakti 2rksha leader.
Satsang! 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them an interestin! point $hich $ill also be of benefit to them from $hat you have
read durin! the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books. hen from one person to the ne#t, you request
them to share $hat they have read. Bormally people en.oy this process of sharin! their reali4ations so
much, that they $ill start to look for$ard to these moments $hen the $hole !roup is all ears to them.
Dor those still not able to taste the nectar of readin! Srila (rabhupadas books or still not !iven it a try,
you can !ive the ice@ breaker questionH IWhat quality do you appreciate most in a personFJ
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana. +lso the offerin! of incense by
every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity pictures can be done. ,ou can have one , t$o, or more more
tunes no$ in sin!in! the Kirtana and you can encoura!e the members to play the karatalas, distribute
the sheets containin! the $ords to the visitors and those that need it, and also include playin!
mridan!a , if possible. If any of the members $ant to play some other musical instruments too, you can
incl.
Japa. 15 minutes
Start chantin! the (anca attva mantra < times and then follo$ed by one round of mala. (lay Srila
(rabhupadas chantin! in the back !round so it creates a very spiritual and inspirin! mood to chant $ith
attention.
Spirtiual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have
rasadam! "# minutes
he youn!er members of your !roup, the children, can lead the prasadam honorin! prayers. his $ill be
enlivenin! for everyone and make everyone listen to the prayers more carefully. ,ou can also read out
the translation of this prayer for some $eeks, till the meanin! of the verse is $ell understood by all the
members
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reaching Session! 15 minutes
Share your preachin! reports for the $eek. +lso discuss any doubts or difficulties they may be facin!
$hile approachin! people and $hile replyin! to their queries. his $ill !ive them !ood e#posure on
ho$ to deal $ith different types of people and situations. 1y sharin! them in front of everyone, all
the members can be trained in preachin!. ?ive assi!nments for the subsequent $eek.here must be
the ea!erness to !et ne$ members, to cultivate the ne$ members and to pro!ress oneself in
spiritual life. +ll this $ill be automatically achieved, if you take this preachin! session seriously and
!ive them assi!nments every $eek.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %/<)
6-t +rings peace7
%he formula for *orld peace is to develop Krsna consciousness +' the simple process of
chanting the hol' name of :od!
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he earth is >>.. the property of ?od. 1ut $e, the livin! entities, especially the so@called civili4ed human
bein!s, are claimin! ?ods property as our o$n, under both an individual and collective false conception.
If you $ant peace, you have to remove this false conception from your mind and from the $orld. his
false claim of proprietorship by the human race on earth is partly or $holly the cause of all disturbance
of peace on earth.
Doolish and so@ called civili4ed men are claimin! proprietary ri!hts on the property of ?od
because they have no$ become !odless. ,ou cannot be happy and peaceful in a !odless society. In the
Bhagavad*gita -ord Krsna says that *e is the $ell@$ishin! friend of all bein!s. When the people of the
$orld kno$ this as the formula for peace, it is then and there that peace $ill prevail.
herefore, if you $ant peace at all, you $ill have to chan!e you consciousness into Krsna
consciousness, both individually and collectively, by the simple process of chantin! the holy name of
?od. his is a standard and reco!ni4ed process for achievin! peace in the $orlds. We therefore
recommend process for achievin! peace in the $orld. We therefore recommend that everyone become
Krsna conscious by chantin! *are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are 3ama, *are 3ama,
3ama 3ama, *are *are.
his is practical, simple, and sublime. Dour hundred and ei!hty years a!o this formula $as
introduced in India by -ord Sri "aitanya, and no$ it is available in your country.ake to this simple
process of chantin! as above mentioned, reali4e your factual position by readin! the Bhagavad*gita /s 5t
5s" and reestablish your lost relationship $ith Krsna, ?od. (eace and prosperity $ill be the immediate
$orld$ide result.
reaching is the essence 9age "4;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
0 +rahmana must preach!
hese different orders of society and !rades of spiritual advancement are conceived in terms of
qualification. It is confirmed in the Bhagavad*gita that the four social orders and the four spiritual orders
are created by the -ord *imself, in terms of different individual qualities. +s the different parts of the
body have different types of activities, so the social orders and spiritual orders also have different types
of activities in terms of qualification and position>>>..one has to act accordin! to his position, and by
such activities one must either satisfy the Supreme (ersonality or else fall do$n from his position.
Dor e#ample, a Brahman $ho is born out of the head of the -ord has as his business to preach
the transcendental 2edic sounds, or sabda*brahma. 1ecause the brahmana is the head, he has to preach
the transcendental sound, and he also has to eat on behalf of the Supreme -ord. +ccordin! to 2edic
in.unctions, $hen a brahmana eats it is to be understood that the (ersonality of ?odhead is eatin!
throu!h him. It is not, ho$ever, that the brahmana should simply eat on behalf of the -ord and not
preach the messa!e of the 1ha!avad*gita to the $orld. +ctually, one $ho preaches the messa!e of the
Bhagavad*gits is very dear to Krsna, as is confirmed in the &ita itself. Such a preacher is factually a
brahmana
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2rom (hagavad-:ita 0s it is
1, *IS 'I2IB5 ?3+"5 +." 1*+KI25B'+B+ SW+)I (3+1*A(+'+
ye tu sarvani karmani mayi sannyasya mat*parah
ananyenaiva yogenamam dhyayanta upasate
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tesam aham samuddharta mrtyu*samsara*sagarat
bhavami na cirat partha mayy avesita*cetasam
1ut those $ho $orship )e, !ivin! up all their activities unto )e and bein! devoted to )e $ithout
deviation, en!a!ed in devotional service and al$ays meditatin! upon )e, havin! fi#ed their minds upon
)e, C son of (rthaUfor them I am the s$ift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death. (: 3h 1" %eHt
A and B
It is e#plicitly stated here that the devotees are very fortunate to be delivered very soon from material
e#istence by the -ord. In pure devotional service one comes to the reali4ation that ?od is !reat and that
the individual soul is subordinate to *im. *is duty is to render service to the -ordUand if he does not,
then he $ill render service to maya++s stated before, the Supreme -ord can be appreciated only by
devotional service. herefore, one should be fully devoted. Cne should fi# his mind fully on Krsna in
order to achieve *im. Cne should $ork only for Krsna. It does not matter in $hat kind of $ork one
en!a!es, but that $ork should be done only for Krsna. hat is the standard of devotional service. he
devotee does not desire any achievement other than pleasin! the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. *is
lifes mission is to please Krsna, and he can sacrifice everythin! for Krsnas satisfaction, .ust as +r.una
did in the 1attle of Kuruksetra. he process is very simpleH one can devote himself in his occupation and
en!a!e at the same time in chantin! *are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are 3ama, *are
3ama, 3ama 3ama, *are *are. Such transcendental chantin! attracts the devotee to the (ersonality of
?odhead. he Supreme -ord herein promises that $ithout delay *e $ill deliver a pure devotee thus
en!a!ed from the ocean of material e#istence. hose $ho are advanced in yoga practice can $illfully
transfer the soul to $hatever planet they like by the yoga process, and others take the opportunity in
various $ays, but as far as the devotee is concerned, it is clearly stated here that the -ord *imself takes
him. he devotee does not need to $ait to become very e#perienced in order to transfer himself to the
spiritual sky.
In the =araha Purana this verse appearsH
nayami paramam sthanam arcir*adi*gatim vina
garuda*skandham aropya yatheccham anivaritah
he purport of this verse is that a devotee does not need to practice astanga*yoga in order to transfer
his soul to the spiritual planets. he responsibility is taken by the Supreme -ord *imself. *e clearly
states here that *e *imself becomes the deliverer. + child is completely cared for by his parents, and
thus his position is secure. Similarly, a devotee does not need to endeavor to transfer himself by yoga
practice to other planets. 3ather, the Supreme -ord, by *is !reat mercy, comes at once, ridin! on *is
bird carrier ?aruda, and at once delivers the devotee from material e#istence. +lthou!h a man $ho has
fallen in the ocean may stru!!le very hard and may be very e#pert in s$immin!, he cannot save himself.
1ut if someone comes and picks him up from the $ater, then he is easily rescued. Similarly, the -ord
picks up the devotee from this material e#istence. Cne simply has to practice the easy process of Krsna
consciousness and fully en!a!e himself in devotional service. +ny intelli!ent man should al$ays prefer
the process of devotional service to all other paths. In the 8arayaniya this is confirmed as follo$sH
ya vai sadhana*sampattih purusartha*catustaye
taya vina tad apnoti naro narayanasrayah
he purport of this verse is that one should not en!a!e in the different processes of fruitive activity or
cultivate kno$led!e by the mental speculative process. Cne $ho is devoted to the Supreme (ersonality
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can attain all the benefits derived from other yo!ic processes, speculation, rituals, sacrifices, charities,
etc. hat is the specific benediction of devotional service.
Simply by chantin! the holy name of KrsnaU*are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are
3ama, *are 3ama, 3ama 3ama, *are *areUa devotee of the -ord can approach the supreme destination
easily and happily, but this destination cannot be approached by any other process of reli!ion.
he conclusion of Bhagavad*gita is stated in the 5i!hteenth "hapterH
sarva*dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva*papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah
S1!. 1?+@@A
Cne should !ive up all other processes of self@reali4ation and simply e#ecute devotional service in Krsna
consciousness. hat $ill enable one to reach the hi!hest perfection of life. here is no need for one to
consider the sinful actions of his past life, because the Supreme -ord fully takes char!e of him. herefore
one should not futilely try to deliver himself in spiritual reali4ation. -et everyone take shelter of the
supreme omnipotent ?odhead, Krsna. hat is the hi!hest perfection of life.
1iscover'!
%) What does Krsna ask us to do in order to qualify ourselves to be taken back to ?odhead by *imF
/nderstanding!
%) What is the pure devotees understandin! of his relationship and duty to$ards KrsnaF
/) *o$ can $e hope to reach this state of a$areness of our relationship and our duty to $ards KrishnaF
<) Why should $e not take part in other processes of reli!ion such as performin! ya!nas for material
benefit, cultivatin! kno$led!e by speculation and performin! astan!a yo!a to achieve siddhisF
9) What are the advanta!es of renderin! pure devotional service in comparison to the other processesF
&) What is the hi!hest perfection in self reali4ationF "an a sinful person hope to achieve this perfectionF
WhyF
0pplication!
%) Share your reali4ation on this verse.
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Week ""
,ou can continue to invite ne$ members to the !roup for .ust a fe$ more $eeks. 1ut make sure to !ive
them a brief introduction to $hat Krsna consciousness is all about >. he process of revivin! our eternal
relationship $ith ?od throu!h chantin! and en!a!in! in *is devotional service., etc. so that they are able
to follo$ the spiritual edification discussions. +lso meet $ith them separately a fe$ times or !ive them
association throu!h the telephone, so that they feel comfortable $ith the topics bein! discussed at the
pro!ram. If they are ready, you can also !ive them the previous edification sheets, so that they can
familiari4e themselves $ith the concepts.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
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,ou can share $ith them an interestin! point $hich $ill also be of benefit to them from $hat you have
read durin! the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books. hen from one person to the ne#t, you request
them to share $hat they have read. Bormally people en.oy this process of sharin! their reali4ations so
much, that they $ill start to look for$ard to these moments $hen the $hole !roup is all ears to them.
Dor those still not able to taste the nectar of readin! Srila (rabhupadas books or still not !iven it a try,
you can !ive the ice@ breaker questionH IIf you could $ake up tomorro$ mornin! havin! a quality or
ability, $hich one $ould you like that to beFJ
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for your
kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridan!a , etc. 'istribute the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana to the
ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity
pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
+sk the members about their pro!ress in chantin! at home. his $ill help you to clarify their doubts on
ho$ to cope $ith problems re!ardin! time, concentration, taste, etc. his $ill help all the members to
improve their chantin!. Su!!est methods to improve chantin! like risin! a little earlier to fit it into the
schedule, do the chantin! alon! $ith Srila (rabhupadas .apa cassette, or $ith a soft back!round music
of Kirtan to set the mood, to hear the $ords carefully, etc.
Spirtiual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
Share your preachin! reports for the $eek. +lso encoura!e everyone to share the preachin! they have
done for the $eek accordin! to the assi!nments !iven to them in the previous $eek. 'iscuss any doubts
or difficulties they may be facin! $hile approachin! people and $hile replyin! to their queries. his $ill
!ive them !ood e#posure on ho$ to deal $ith different types of people and situations. 1y sharin! them
in front of everyone, all the members can be trained in preachin!. ?ive assi!nments for the subsequent
$eek. here must be the ea!erness to !et ne$ members, to cultivate the ne$ members and to pro!ress
oneself in spiritual life. +ll this $ill be automatically achieved, if you take this preachin! session seriously
and !ive them assi!nments every $eek.
rasadam! "# minutes
he youn!er members of your !roup, the children can lead the prasadam honorin! prayers. his $ill be
enlivenin! for everyone and make everyone listen to the prayers more carefully. ,ou can also read out
the translation of this prayer for some $eeks, till the meanin! of the verse is $ell understood by all the
members. Share some easy to prepare, but popular recipes $ith them. his $ill encoura!e them to try
out cookin! for Krsna at home.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!eH %/K)
%he chanting of the hol' name is the hol' remed' for setting the *orld aright!
his $ork of maya is called durasraya, $hich means Ifalse or bad shelter.J Cne $ho puts his faith in
durasraya becomes a candidate for hopin! a!ainst hope. In the material $orld everyone is tryin! to
become happy, and althou!h their material attempts are baffled in every $ay, due to their nescience
they cannot understand their mistakes. his is the $ay of the stru!!le for e#istence in the material
$orld. If one in this condition is advised to take to Krsna consciousness and be happy, he does not
accept such instructions.
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his Krsna consciousness movement is bein! spread all over the $orld .ust to remedy this !ross
i!norance. (eople in !eneral are misled by blind leaders. he leaders of human society@ the politicians,
philosophers and scientists@are blind because they are not Krsna conscious. +ccordin! to Bhagavad*gita"
because they are bereft of all factual kno$led!e due to their atheistic $ay of life, they are actually sinful
rascals and are the lo$est amon! men.
na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah
mayayapahrta jnana asuram bhavam asritah
Ihose miscreants $ho are !rossly foolish, lo$est amon! mankind, $hose kno$led!e is stolen by
illusion, and $ho partake of the atheistic nature of demons, do not surrender unto )e.J (1!@K.%& )
Such people never surrender to Krsna, and they oppose the endeavor of those $ho $ish to take
Krsnas shelter. When such atheists become leaders of society, the entire atmosphere is surchar!ed $ith
nescience. In such a condition, people do not become very enthusiastic to receive this Krsna
consciousness movement, .ust as a diseased person sufferin! from .aundice does not relish the taste of
su!ar candy. *o$ever, one must kno$ the cure for .aundice, su!ar candy is the only specific medicine.
Similarly, in the present confused state of humanity, Krsna consciousness, the chantin! of the holy name
of the -ord@*are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are 3ama, *are 3ama, 3ama 3ama, *are
*are@ is the only remedy for settin! the $orld ari!ht.
%he $ectar of -nstruction %eHt B
reaching is the essence 9age "5;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
ure devotees preach and deliver conditioned souls!
he ?an!es $ater is celebrated as bein! able to eradicate all kinds of sinful reaction. In other $ords,
$hen a person takes his bath in the ?an!es, he becomes freed from all lifes contaminations. he
?an!es $ater is celebrated in this $ay because it emanates from the lotus feet of the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead. Similarly, those $ho are directly in touch $ith the lotus feet of the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead and $ho are absorbed in the chantin! of *is !lories are freed from all material
contamination,. Such unalloyed devotees are able to sho$ mercy to the common conditioned soul. Srila
2randvana dasa hakura has sun! that the devotees of -ord "aitanya are so po$erful that each one of
them can deliver a universe. In other $ords, it is the business of devotees to preach the !lories of the
-ord and deliver all conditioned souls to the platform of suddha@sattva, pure !oodness.
(g. 8."D 9pp.1D4-1D5K
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2rom (hagavad-:ita 0s it is
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paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yu!e yu!e
o deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as $ell as to reestablish the principles of reli!ion, I
)yself appear millennium after millennium. (g 3h 4 %eHt C
+ccordin! to Bhagavad*gita" a sadhu (holy man) is a man in Krsna consciousness. + person may appear
to be irreli!ious, but if he has the qualifications of Krsna consciousness $holly and fully, he is to be
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understood to be a sadhu+ +nd duskrtam applies to those $ho do not care for Krsna consciousness. Such
miscreants, or duskrtam" are described as foolish and the lo$est of mankind, even thou!h they may be
decorated $ith mundane education, $hereas a person $ho is one hundred percent en!a!ed in Krsna
consciousness is accepted as a sadhu" even thou!h such a person may be neither learned nor $ell
cultured. +s far as the atheistic are concerned, it is not necessary for the Supreme -ord to appear as *e
is to destroy them, as *e did $ith the demons 3avana and Kamsa. he -ord has many a!ents $ho are
quite competent to vanquish demons. 1ut the -ord especially descends to appease *is unalloyed
devotees, $ho are al$ays harassed by the demoniac. he demon harasses the devotee, even thou!h the
latter may happen to be his kin. +lthou!h (rahlada )ahara.a $as the son of *iranyakasipu, he $as
nonetheless persecuted by his fatherG althou!h 'evaki, the mother of Krsna, $as the sister of Kamsa,
she and her husband 2asudeva $ere persecuted only because Krsna $as to be born of them. So -ord
Krsna appeared primarily to deliver 'evaki, rather than kill Kamsa, but both $ere performed
simultaneously. herefore it is said here that to deliver the devotee and vanquish the demon miscreants,
the -ord appears in different incarnations.
In the .aitanya*caritamrta of Krsnadasa Kavira.a, the follo$in! verses ('adhya /0./;<:/;9)
summari4e these principles of incarnationH
srsti*hetu yei murti prapance avatare
sei isvara*murti 9avatara: nama dhare
mayatita paravyome sabara avasthana
visve avatari: dhare 9avatara: nama
Ihe avatara" or incarnation of ?odhead, descends from the kin!dom of ?od for material manifestation.
+nd the particular form of the (ersonality of ?odhead $ho so descends is called an incarnation, or
avatara+ Such incarnations are situated in the spiritual $orld, the kin!dom of ?od. When they descend to
the material creation, they assume the name avatara+J
here are various kinds of avataras" such as purusavataras" gunavataras" lilavataras" sakty*avesa
avataras" manvantara*avataras and yugavatarasUall appearin! on schedule all over the universe. 1ut
-ord Krsna is the primeval -ord, the fountainhead of all avataras+ -ord Sri Krsna descends for the specific
purpose of miti!atin! the an#ieties of the pure devotees, $ho are very an#ious to see *im in *is ori!inal
2rndavana pastimes. herefore, the prime purpose of the Krsna avatara is to satisfy *is unalloyed
devotees. he -ord says that *e incarnates *imself in every millennium. his indicates that *e
incarnates also in the +!e of Kali. +s stated in the $rimad*Bhagavatam" the incarnation in the +!e of Kali
is -ord "aitanya )ahaprabhu, $ho spread the $orship of Krsna by the sankirtana movement
(con!re!ational chantin! of the holy names) and spread Krsna consciousness throu!hout India. *e
predicted that this culture of sankirtana $ould be broadcast all over the $orld, from to$n to to$n and
villa!e to villa!e. -ord "aitanya as the incarnation of Krsna, the (ersonality of ?odhead, is described
secretly but not directly in the confidential parts of the revealed scriptures, such as the 6panisads"
'ahabharata and Bhagavatam+ he devotees of -ord Krsna are very much attracted by the sankirtana
movement of -ord "aitanya. his avatara of the -ord does not kill the miscreants, but delivers them by
*is causeless mercy.
1iscover'!
%) Why does -ord Krsna appear in *is different avatars or incarnations in this material $orldF
/) )ention some of the types of avataras7 incarnationsF
/nderstanding!
%) Why is it said the -ord appears primarily to protect *is devoteeF Whom does *e have to protect
them fromF ?ive some e#amples from history.
/) Why is the avatara of -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu very specialF *o$ can $e accept that *e is an
avatara F
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0pplication!
%) 'o you accept Sri "haitanya )ahaprabhu as the supreme -ordF'iscuss your feelin!s to$ards
*im.
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2isitin! the members in their homes durin! the $eek $ill enthuse them !reatly and make them
appreciate your !esture of concern and !ood $ill for them. In most cases, it encoura!es them to become
more committed to Krsna consciousness. ,ou $ill also kno$ $hat actual pro!ress they are makin! in
their spiritual lives and can !ently help them overcome their obstacles. Driendship and love are the
ma!ical $eapons to dra$ them closer to Krsna consciousness.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them an interestin! point $hich $ill also be of benefit to them from $hat you have
read durin! the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books. hen from one person to the ne#t, you request
them to share $hat they have read. Bormally people en.oy this process of sharin! their reali4ations so
much, that they $ill start to look for$ard to these moments $hen the $hole !roup is all ears to them.
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Dor those still not able to taste the nectar of readin! Srila (rabhupadas books or still not !iven it a try,
you can !ive the ice@ breaker questionH IShare one of your !oals in lifeJ.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for your
kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridanga ) etc. 'istribute the sheet
containin! the pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end
of the kirtana to the ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the
+lter 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can su!!est to them that the easiest $ay to increase the number of rounds of chantin! $ithout
even feelin! the difference much is to increase by one round every fe$ days, at least one a $eek. So
by the ne#t $eek they $ould all have increased their commitment by one more roundL 1ut of course
this has to be !ently encoura!ed and not pushed too hard, so that they do not feel that they are
bein! forced. hen continue $ith chantin! to!ether one mala on beads the *are Krsna mantra loudly
$ith them. If there are any ne$ visitors, then e#plain to them ho$ to hold the beads and chant.
5ven children en.oy chantin!, so if there are any children around, make sure that they too take part
in Napa as $ell as Kirtan to!ether.
Spirtiual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you.
rasadam! "# minutes
he youn!er members of your !roup, the children can lead the prasadam honorin! prayers. his
$ill be enlivenin! for everyone and make everyone listen to the prayers more carefully. ,ou can
also read out the translation of this prayer for some $eeks, till the meanin! of the verse is $ell
understood by all the members. Share some easy to prepare, but popular recipes $ith them. his
$ill encoura!e them to try out cookin! for Krsna
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9age 1"C;
,t brin!s material prosperity
Scarcity of food in this a!e can be counteracted by propa!ation of sankirtana@ya.na, chantin! of the holy
nameH She personified earth planet in Kin! (rthuRH 'ue to bein! stocked for a very lon! time, all the
!rain seeds $ithin me have certainty deteriorated. herefore you should immediately arran!e to take
these seeds ou tby standard process, $hich is recommended by the acaryas or sastras.
When there is a scarcity of !rain, the !overnment should follo$ the methods prescribed in the sastra and
approved by the acaryas, thus there $ill be a sufficient production of !rains, and food scarcity and
famine can be checked, Bhagavad*gita recommends that $e perform yajna" sacrifices, 1y the
performance of yajna" sufficient clouds !ather in the sky, and $hen there are sufficient clouds, there is
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alos sufficient rainfall.In this $ay a!ricultural matters are taken care of. When there is sufficient !rain,
production, the !eneral populace eats the !rains, and animals like co$s, !oats and other domestic
animals eat the !rasses and !rains also. +ccordin! to this arran!ement, human bein!s should perform
the sacrifices recommended in the sastras, and if they do so there $ill no lon!er be food scarcity. In Kali@
yu!a, the only sacrifice recommended is sankritan yajna+
In this verse there are t$o si!nificant $ordsH yogens" Iby the approved method,J and drstena" Ias
e#emplified by the former acrayasB+ Cne is mistaken if he thinks that by applyin! modern machines such
as tractors, !rains can be produced. If one !oes to a desert and uses a tractor, there is still no possibility
of producin! !rains. We may adopt various means, but it is essential to kno$ that the planet earth $ill
stop producin! !rains if sacrifices are not performed. he earth has already e#plained that because
nondevotees are en.oyin! the production of food, she has reserved food seeds for the performance of
sacrifice. Bo$, of course, atheists $ill not believe in this spiritual method of producin! rains, but $hether
they believe or not, the fact remains that $e are not independent to produce !rain by mechanical means.
+s far as the approved method is concerned, it is en.oined in the sastras that intelli!ent men in this a!e
$ill take to the sankirtana movement, and by so doin! they shall $orship the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead -ord "aitanya, $hose bodily comple#ion is !olden and $ho is al$ays accompanied by *is
confidential devotees to preach this Krsna consciousness movement. +s $e have learned from the
previous verse, one $ho is not in Krsna consciousness is considered a thief. 5ven thou!h he may be
materially very advanced, a thief cannot be placed in a comfortable position. + thief is a thief, and he is
punishable. 1ecause people are $ithout Krsna consciousness, they have become thieves, and
consequently they are bein! punished by the la$s of material nature. Bo one can check this, not even by
introducin! so many relief funds and humanitarian institutions. Anless the people of the $orld take to
Krsna consciousness there $ill be a scarcity of food and much sufferin!
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reaching is the essence 9age "A;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he greatest service is preachingI a @aisnava is recogni>ed +' his preaching *ork!
6-f one releases a conditioned soul or imprisoned person according to religious principles) +e
himself is also released from material +ondage +' the Supreme ersonalit' of :odhead)7
he !reatest service one can render to the -ord is to try to infuse devotional service into the heart of the
conditioned soul so that the conditioned soul may be released from conditional life. Sril 1haktivinoda
hakura has said that a 2aisnava is reco!ni4ed by his preachin! $ork@ that is, by convincin! the
conditioned soul about his eternal position>>.. It is the livin! entitys eternal position to serve the -ordG
therefore to help one !et release from material bonda!e is to a$aken one to the dormant understandin!
that he is the eternal servant of krsna. 3c. =adh'a "#.A 9=adh'a! C)pp. 5;
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2rom (hagavad-:ita 0s it is
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kanksantah karmanam siddhim yajanta iha devatah
ksipram hi manuse loke siddhir bhavati karma*ja
)en in this $orld desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they $orship the demi!ods. Vuickly,
of course, men !et results from fruitive $ork in this $orld. 1?.9.%/
here is a !reat misconception about the !ods or demi!ods of this material $orld, and men of less
intelli!ence, althou!h passin! as !reat scholars, take these demi!ods to be various forms of the
Supreme -ord. +ctually, the demi!ods are not different forms of ?od, but they are ?ods different parts
and parcels. ?od is one, and the parts and parcels are many. he =edas say, nityo nityanam% ?od is one.
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5svarah paramah krsnah+ he Supreme ?od is oneUKrsnaUand the demi!ods are dele!ated $ith po$ers
to mana!e this material $orld. hese demi!ods are all livin! entities (nityanam) $ith different !rades of
material po$er. hey cannot be equal to the Supreme ?odUBarayana, 2isnu, or Krsna. +nyone $ho
thinks that ?od and the demi!ods are on the same level is called an atheist, or pasandi+ 5ven the !reat
demi!ods like 1rahma and Siva cannot be compared to the Supreme -ord. In fact, the -ord is $orshiped
by demi!ods such as 1rahma and Siva (siva*virinci*nutam). ,et curiously enou!h there are many human
leaders $ho are $orshiped by foolish men under the misunderstandin! of anthropomorphism or
4oomorphism. 5ha devatah denotes a po$erful man or demi!od of this material $orld. 1ut Barayana,
2isnu, or Krsna, the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, does not belon! to this $orld. *e is above, or
transcendental to, material creation. 5ven Sripada Sankaracarya, the leader of the impersonalists,
maintains that Barayana, or Krsna, is beyond this material creation. *o$ever, foolish people (hrta*jnana)
$orship the demi!ods because they $ant immediate results. hey !et the results, but do not kno$ that
results so obtained are temporary and are meant for less intelli!ent persons. he intelli!ent person is in
Krsna consciousness, and he has no need to $orship the paltry demi!ods for some immediate,
temporary benefit. he demi!ods of this material $orld, as $ell as their $orshipers, $ill vanish $ith the
annihilation of this material $orld. he boons of the demi!ods are material and temporary. 1oth the
material $orlds and their inhabitants, includin! the demi!ods and their $orshipers, are bubbles in the
cosmic ocean. In this $orld, ho$ever, human society is mad after temporary thin!s such as the material
opulence of possessin! land, family and en.oyable paraphernalia. o achieve such temporary thin!s,
people $orship the demi!ods or po$erful men in human society. If a man !ets some ministership in the
!overnment by $orshipin! a political leader, he considers that he has achieved a !reat boon. +ll of them
are therefore ko$to$in! to the so@called leaders or Ibi! !unsJ in order to achieve temporary boons, and
they indeed achieve such thin!s. Such foolish men are not interested in Krsna consciousness for the
permanent solution to the hardships of material e#istence. hey are all after sense en.oyment, and to
!et a little facility for sense en.oyment they are attracted to $orship empo$ered livin! entities kno$n as
demi!ods. his verse indicates that people are rarely interested in Krsna consciousness. hey are mostly
interested in material en.oyment, and therefore they $orship some po$erful livin! entity. Dor the
intelli!ent person, it is essential to be in Krsna consciousness, en!a!ed in the transcendental lovin!
service of the -ord, in order to achieve a permanent, blissful abode for eternal happiness. he process of
achievin! such a marvelous result is very easy and can be attempted even by the poorest of the poor,
$ithout any kind of qualification. he only qualification required in this connection is to be a pure devotee
of the -ord. It does not matter $hat one is or $here one is situated. he process is so easy that even a
leaf or a little $ater or fruit can be offered to the Supreme -ord in !enuine love and -ord $ill be pleased
to accept it. Bo one, therefore, can be barred form Krsna consciousness, because it is so easy and
universal. Who is such a fool that he does not $ant to be Krsna conscious by this simple method and
thus attain the hi!hest perfectional life of eternity, bliss and kno$led!e.
1iscover'
%) Why do people $orship the demi!ods or devatas normallyF
/) What is the !eneral misconception about the position of the demi!odsF
<) Who is ?odF What is the relationship of the demi!ods $ith *imF
/nderstandingH
%) )ention some of the scriptural evidences to sho$ the supremacy of Krsna.
/) Why is it foolish to $orship anyone other than KrsnaF
<) What are the benefits of bein! Krsna consciousF
0pplication!
%) *ave you been attached to $orship of different demi!odsF 'iscuss ho$ $e can respect them $hile
acceptin! the principles of Krsna consciousness no$
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+s the day dra$s nearer for the members to commit themselves to the Krsna sadhak level, it is
important that you equip them $ith all the qualifications necessary to commit themselves to this level.
hose $ill include increasin! their chantin! to = rounds, follo$in! 5kadasi, and $orshippin! ulasi devi,
and follo$in! all the 9 re!ulative principles. Bo$ this may seem too difficult for certain kinds of people
not e#posed to the 2edic culture or back!round. *o$ever, you can try to introduce these thin!s and see
if it is $ell received. Kno$led!e of the philosophy, association and lovin! friendship are po$erful
instruments for motivatin! most people. If there is some resistance ho$ever, you can let them take their
o$n time to follo$ it, but the principles can be accepted in theory as bein! necessary for their spiritual
advancement. he members should have also become serious enou!h to come another day separately
for a !roup study pro!ram of Srimad 1ha!avad ?ita. )aybe all the members may not a!ree to come, but
most should a!ree to come if they have become steady and enthusiastic. (lease see the chapter on ho$
to conduct a study class. 'urin! the study class, <0 minutes have been set aside for trainin! them in
devotional practices. So you can avail yourself of this time to train them in learnin! the ulasi prayers
and method of $orship, the !lories of follo$in! 5kadasi, ho$ to fast for 5kadasi, etc. 'iscuss $ith them
$hich day of the $eek $ould be convenient to have the study class on the 1ha!avad:!ita. +nnounce the
date, venue ant timin! of the study class. 5ncoura!e everyone to attend it.
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Satsang! 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them an interestin! point $hich $ill also be of benefit to them from $hat you have
read durin! the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books.hen from one person to the ne#t, you request
them to share $hat they have read. (lease remind them that it is only for a minute.Bormally people
en.oy this process of sharin! their reali4ations so much, that they $ill start to look for$ard to these
moments $hen the $hole !roup is all ears to them. Dor those still not able to taste the nectar of readin!
Srila (rabhupadas books or still not !iven it a try, you can !ive the ice@ breaker questionH IShare one of
your !oals in lifeJ.Since the !roup members must have developed some attachment to one another, they
should be quite ready to discuss some thin! personal about themselves $ith the !roup. his also leads to
more bondin! and trust bet$een one another, as they come to kno$ each other more.
Kirtan! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for
your kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridanga ) etc.'istribute the sheet
containin! the pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end
of the kirtana to the ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the
+lter 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
3ead out first, the follo$in! passa!e fromH 5nquire from the members ho$ their chantin! at home is
pro!ressin!. If every $eek you enquire about their chantin! and encoura!e them to add one more
mala to their chantin!, then very easily they can pro!ress to chantin! = rounds everyday easily. 1e
sure to clear all their doubts and sort out any difficulties that they maybe facin! in their chantin!.
5ven children en.oy chantin!, so if there are any children around, make sure that they too take part
in Napa as $ell as Kirtan to!ether.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %<0)
-f people in general chant the &are Krsna mantra) the necessities of life *ill automaticall'
follo*!
6+ll livin! bodies subsist on food !rains, $hich are produced from rains. 3ains are produced by
performance of yajnaWsacrifice Xand yajnas is born of prescribed duties.J(1!.<.%9.). When food !rains
are sufficiently produced, both animals and human bein!s can be nourished $ithout difficulty for their
maintenance. his is natures arran!ement+ Prakrteh Kriyamanani gunaih Karmani sarvasah,1!<./KX.
5veryone is actin! under the influence of material nature, and only fools think they can improve upon
$hat ?od has created.
he householders are specifically responsible for seein! that the la$s of the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead are maintained, $ithout fi!htin! bet$een men, communities, societies or nations. *uman
society should properly utili4e the !ifts of ?od, especially the food !rains that !ro$ because of rain fallin!
from the sky. +s stated in Bhagavad*gita" yagnad bhavati parjanyah W1!. <.%9X So that rainfall $ill be
re!ulated, humanity should perform yajnas" sacrifices. Yajnas $ere previously performed $ith offerin!s
of oblations of !hee and food !rains, but in this a!e , of course, this is no lon!er possible, for the
production of !hee and food !rains has diminished because of the
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sinful life of human society. *o$ever, people should take to Krsna consciousness and chant the *are
Krsna mantra, as recommended in the sastras ,yajnaih sankirtanaprayair yajanti hi
sumedhasah(S1.%%.&.</).
If people throu!hout the $orld take Krsna consciousness movement and chant the easy sound vibration
of the transcendental name fame of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, there $ill be no scarcity of
rainfallG consequently food !rains, fruits and flo$ers $ill be properly produced, and all the necessities of
life $ill be easily obtained. ?rhasthas, or householders, should take the responsibility for or!ani4in! such
natural production. It is therefore said, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovidah+ +n intelli!ent person should
try to spread Krsna consciousness throu!h the chantin! of the holy name of the -ord, and all the
necessities of life $ill automatically follo$.
S(.B.14.B
reaching is the essence 9age "D;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
1evotees must preach all over the *orld) as ordered +' the spiritual master!
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus devotional cult teaches one not to sit do$n in one place but to spread the
devotional cult all over the $orld. he -ord dispatched Sanatana ?os$ami and 3upa ?os$ami to
2rndavan to e#cavate and renovate the holy places and from there establish the cult of bhakti+
herefore 2rndavan $as !iven to Sanatana ?os$ami and 3upa ?os$ami as their place of
residence.Similarly, everyone in the line of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus devotional cult should accept the
$ords of the spiritual master and thus spread the Krsna consciousness movement. hey should !o to all
parts of the $orld, acceptin! those places as their prabhu*datta desha, the places of residence !iven by
the residents of -ord Krsna.
he spiritual master is the representative of -ord Krsna, therefore one $ho has carried out the orders of
the spiritual master is understood to have carried out the orders of Krsna or Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu.
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu $anted to spread the bhakti cult all over the $orld ,prthvite ache yata
nagaradi grama-. herefore devotees in the line of Krsna consciousness must !o to different parts of the
$orld and preach, as ordered by the spiritual master. hat $ill satisfy Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu.
"c. +ntya 9.%99 (+ntyaH/, p.;8)
Spirtiual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have
If you are havin! more than %0 members, you can divide the !roup into t$o. ,ou can choose some
serious member in each !roup to facilitate the discussion amon! the smaller !roups, and note do$n the
points. ,ou can supervise the discussion in both the !roups, makin! sure that everyone is made to
participate and that the discussion is !oin! alon! proper lines. When they have completed the
I'iscussionJ and IAnderstandin!J questions, you can ask both the !roups to come to!ether a!ain for
discussin! to!ether the application question. When they have all assembled to!ether, you can first ask
the leaders of both the !roups to read out the ans$ers that they have !athered from the members. hen
you can proceed to askin! each of the members the application question as
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here are clearly t$o, three ma.or advanta!es of dividin! the !roup for the discussion. he shy ones $ill
participate more freely, more leaders $ill !et trained to facilitate, and last but not least, it saves timeL
reaching Session! 15 minutes
Share your preachin! for the $eek. +sk the members to also account one by one their preachin! efforts
and accomplishments for the $eek. Set tar!ets for them for the ne#t $eek. If they have any doubts, or
require !uidance as to ho$ to ans$er some questions from different people, you may discuss them no$
for the benefit of everyone. +sk them their reali4ations on $hat they are e#periencin! $hile preachin! to
others.
*rasadam1 23 minutes
While the devotees are honorin! prasadam, you can tell them that as every !rain has been supplied by
?od, $e must not $aste even a !rain of it. +lso as it is sanctified prasadam. It is even more precious and
so must never be $asted. his is also essential in developin! the mood of sacrifice $hile cookin!,
offerin! and honorin! prasadam
Spirtiual Edification
2rom (hagavad-:ita 0s it is
(? &-S 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3 (&0K%-@E$10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
yat karosi yad asnasi yaj juhosi dadasi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kurusva mad-arpanam
Whatever 'ou do) *hatever 'ou eat) *hatever 'ou offer or give a*a') and *hatever
austerities 'ou performLdo that) 4 son of Kunti) as an offering to =e. (: D."B
hus, it is the duty of everyone to mould his life in such a $ay that he $ill not for!et Krsna in any
circumstance. 5veryone has to $ork for maintenance of his body and soul to!ether, and Krsna
recommends herein that one should $ork for *im. 5veryone has to eat somethin! to liveG therefore he
should accept the remnants of foodstuffs offered to Krsna. +ny civili4ed man has to perform some
reli!ious ritualistic ceremoniesG therefore Krsna recommends, I'o it for )e,J and this is called arcana+
5veryone has a tendency to !ive somethin! in charityG Krsna says, I?ive it to )e,J and this means that
all surplus money accumulated should be utili4ed in furtherin! the Krsna consciousness movement.
Bo$adays people are very much inclined to the meditational process, $hich is not practical in this a!e,
but if anyone practices meditatin! on Krsna t$enty@four hours a day by chantin! the *are Krsna mantra
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round his beads, he is surely the !reatest meditator and the !reatest yogi+ as substantiated by the Si#th
"hapter of Bhagavad*gita+
1iscover'!
%) -ist some of the daily activities $hich Krsna is askin! us to do as an offerin! to *imF
/nderstanding!
%) Is it possible to think of Krsna throu!hout the dayF *o$F
/) *o$ can $e start to become the !reatest yo!iF
0pplication!
%) 'iscuss some of the obstacles you face in thinkin! of Krsna throu!hout the day.
*o$ do you think you can overcome themF
Week "5
5ncoura!in! people !ently in their spiritual advancement is very crucial no$, as they are headin!
to$ards the ne#t level of Siksha, namely Krsna Sadhaka. Since this involves the follo$in! of all the
re!ulative principles, it $ill be very helpful if you paid a visit to their homes, especially to the ones $ho
need special attention. Cf course, it should be done very discreetly, not pushin! them too directly, but
.ust helpin! them $ith su!!estions, in case they discuss their obstacles $ith you. hey should value your
visit as your !eneral concern for them and not as a painful interference. hese !estures $ill definitely
reap !reat results in !ainin! their commitment and enthusiasm in Krsna consciousness, and so
e#periencin! a hi!her happiness, they $ill venture to !ive up the inferior sense pleasures more easily.
+nnounce the 2yuha pro!ram for the follo$in! $eek. +llot services to them for arran!in! the pro!ram.
)ake arran!ements $ith the other 1hakti 2rksha leaders and the upa chakrapati in or!ani4in! the event.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them an interestin! point $hich $ill also be of benefit to them from $hat you have
read durin! the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books. hen from one person to the ne#t, you request
them to share $hat they have read. (lease remind them that it is only for a minute. Bormally people
en.oy this process of sharin! their reali4ations so much, that they $ill start to look for$ard to these
moments $hen the $hole !roup is all ears to them. Dor those still not able to taste the nectar of readin!
Srila (rabhupadas books or still not !iven it a try, you can !ive the ice@ breaker questionH IWhat is the
most difficult thin! you ever did in Krsna consciousnessF Why $as it so difficultFJ
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Kirtana ! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for
your kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridanga ) etc.
'istribute the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the
!lorifications at the end of the kirtana to the ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense
by every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
+sk the most enthusiastic members first about ho$ their .apa $as durin! the $eek, and ho$ many
malas have they pro!ressed to chantin!, etc>and to share their reali4ations on $hat chantin! is
doin! to them. ,ou can then ask the rest to volunteer their reali4ations by askin! them>J +nyone
else $ould like to share somethin! about your chantin!FJ If they do not volunteer to say somethin!,
at least they $ould have been inspired to hear the other members reali4ations. hen privately, you
can .ust ask them casually about their chantin!, so that they do not feel any pressure to chant, and
that they do so voluntarily. +s you had recommended the previous $eek, you can tell them ho$ they
could increase their chantin! to one mala per $eek, so that it is easy to make the additions.hese
enquiries and encoura!ements should be done very carefully, understandin! the mood of the
members, ho$ far they are ready to !o, etc> because thou!h chantin! is a very pleasant activity
and a natural one too, in the initial sta!es, $hen they are stru!!lin! to chant, they may consider it a
burden and may also react ne!atively if they think that they are bein! pushed, even if it is bein!
done for their o$n benefit, $ith the best of motivations. ,et $e should also not !ive up if some
people are a little slo$ in their pro!ress, .ust as $e $ould never !ive up on brin!in! up our o$n
children even if they $ere not so quick or e#pert in the be!innin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions.('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have. If you are havin! more than %0 members, you can divide the !roup into t$o. ,ou
can choose some serious member in each !roup to facilitate the discussion amon! the smaller !roups,
and note do$n the points. ,ou can supervise the discussion in both the !roups, makin! sure that
everyone is made to participate and that the discussion is !oin! alon! proper lines. When they have
completed the I'iscussionJ and IAnderstandin!J questions, you can ask both the !roups to come
to!ether a!ain for discussin! to!ether the application question. When they have all assembled to!ether,
you can first ask the leaders of both the !roups to read out the ans$ers that they have !athered from
the members. hen you can proceed to askin! each of the members the application question as usual.
here are clearly t$o, three ma.or advanta!es of dividin! the !roup for the discussion. he shy ones $ill
participate more freely, more leaders $ill !et trained to facilitate, and last but not least, it saves time.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
he preachin! mood is very important to be inculcated in the members. his is $hat $ill !ive them the
life and inspiration to pro!ress in Krsna consciousness. So it is very important that you conduct this
preachin! session very dili!ently $eek after $eek by sharin! your o$n preachin! efforts, enquirin! about
the performance of their preachin! assi!nments, clearin! their doubts on the ri!ht approach to conduct
themselves $hile preachin!, as $ell as ho$ to face the questions from the people that they preach to.
)ake sure you !ive them assi!nments for the subsequent $eek as $ell. ,ou have to keep pro!ressin! in
the assi!nments you !ive them dependin! on their performance and enthusiasm. 5ncoura!e and sho$ a
lot of appreciation for their efforts, ho$ever small. his $ill keep buildin! up their confidence to perform
more and more preachin! services.
*rasadam1 23 minutes
he more that people appreciate the value of prasadam, the more they $ill pro!ress in their
Krsna consciousness, and their attitudes to$ards prasadam $ill be in the ri!ht consciousnessH
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one of honorin! rather than one of indul!ence. hey $ill also be inspired to sponsor the
prasadam durin! many of their special occasions like different anniversaries. his $ill !ive
them !reat spiritual credit. hey $ill also quickly then pro!ress to eatin! prasadam at home
too.
Spiritual Edification
2rom (hagavad-:ita 0s it is
(? &-S 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3 (&0K%-@E$10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
tribhir !una-mayair bhavair ebhih sarvam idam ja!at
mohitam nabhijanati mam ebhyah param avyayam
1eluded +' the three modes Mgoodness) passion and ignoranceN) the *hole *orld does not
kno* =e) *ho am a+ove the modes and ineHhausti+le. (: B.18
he $hole $orld is enchanted by three modes of material nature. hose $ho are be$ildered by these
three modes cannot understand that transcendental to this material nature is the Supreme -ord,
Krsna. 5very livin! entity under the influence of material nature has a particular type of body and a
particular type of psycholo!ical and biolo!ical activities accordin!ly. here are four classes of men
functionin! in the three material modes of nature. hose $ho are purely in the mode of !oodness are
called brahmanas+ hose $ho are purely in the mode of passion are called ksatriyas+ hose $ho are in
the modes of both passion and i!norance are called vaisyas+ hose $ho are completely in i!norance are
called sudras+ +nd those $ho are less than that are animals or animal life. *o$ever, these desi!nations
are not permanent. I may either be a brahmana" ksatriya+ vaisya or $hateverUin any case, this life is
temporary. 1ut althou!h life is temporary and $e do not kno$ $hat $e are !oin! to be in the ne#t life,
by the spell of this illusory ener!y $e consider ourselves in terms of this bodily conception of life, and $e
thus think that $e are +merican, Indian, 3ussian, or brahmana+ *indu, )uslim, etc. +nd if $e become
entan!led $ith the modes of material nature, then $e for!et the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead $ho is
behind all these modes. So -ord Krsna says that livin! entities deluded by these three modes of nature
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do not understand that behind the material back!round is the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. here
are many different kinds of livin! entitiesUhuman bein!s, demi!ods, animals, etc.Uand each and every
one of them is under the influence of material nature, and all of them have for!otten the transcendent
(ersonality of ?odhead. hose $ho are in the modes of passion and i!norance, and even those $ho are
in the mode of !oodness, cannot !o beyond the impersonal 1rahman conception of the +bsolute ruth.
hey are be$ildered before the Supreme -ord in *is personal feature, $hich possesses all beauty,
opulence, kno$led!e, stren!th, fame and renunciation. When even those $ho are in !oodness cannot
understand, $hat hope is there for those in passion and i!noranceF Krsna consciousness is
transcendental to all these three modes of material nature, and those $ho are truly established in Krsna
consciousness are actually liberated.
1iscover'!
%) Bame the three modes of material nature.)ention $hich types of persons have $hich type of mode
predominantly in their personalities.
/nderstandingH
%) Why are these bodily desi!nations unimportantF What do they make us for!etF
/) What is the understandin! of the absolute truth of a person situated in the mode of !oodnessF
<) Why is it important to be Krsna consciousF
0pplication!
%) 'o you $ant to rise above the three modes of material nature and be liberatedF
'iscuss the advanta!es of bein! transcendental in Krsna consciousness.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %<%)
-n this age) people can +e freed from drought and scarcit' of rain +' congregational chanting
of the hol' name!
When the *are Krsna mantra is chanted by many men to!ether, the chantin! is called sankirtana" and as
a result of such a ya.na there $ill be clouds in the sky (yajnad bhavati prjanyah W1!.<.%9. In these days
of drou!ht, people can !ain relief from scarcity of rain and food by the simple method of the *are Krsna
yajna+ Indeed, this can relieve all of human society. +t present there are drou!hts throu!hout 5urope
and +merica, and people are sufferin!, but if people take this Krsna consciousness movement seriously,
if they stop their sinful activities and chant the *are Krsna maha*mantra" all their problems $ill be
solved $ithout difficulty.
reaching is the essence 9age "B;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
3ontrar' to the order of ,ord 3aitan'a) some of &is modern so-called follo*ers do not preach.
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It is the desire of -ord "aitanya )ahaprabhu that the benevolent activities of the sankirana movement
$hich $as inau!urated five hundred years a!o in Bavadvipa be spread all over the $orld for the benefit
of all human bein!s. Anfortunately, there are many so@called follo$ers of "aitanay )ahaprabhu $ho are
satisfied simply to construct a temple, make a sho$ of the 'eities, collect some funds and utili4e them
for eatin! and sleepin!. here is no question of their preachin! the cult of Sri "aitnaya )ahaprabhu all
over the $orld, but even thou!h they are unable to do so, if anyone else does it, they become envious.
his is the condition of the modern follo$ers of "aitanya )ahaprabhu $ho must come out of India to
preach *is cult all over the $orld, for this is the mission of -ord "aitanya. he follo$ers of -ord "aitanya
must e#ecute *is $ill $ith heart and soul, bein! more tolerant than the trees and humble than the stra$
in the street.
3c. 0di D.4B 90di!".p
@'uha program
+ vyuha pro!ram involves the participation of t$o or three 1hakti 2rksha !roups to!ether in a combined
pro!ram. It is a break from the re!ular 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram and has a different format. + senior
leader is invited to !ive a discourse7 lecture. 1efore $e start describin! to you ho$ the 2yuha pro!ram is
conducted, let us see the reasons for conductin! it.
%) It is a break in format from the re!ular 1hakti 2rksha meetin!s. he members need to have
somethin! different and rela#in! periodically, so that a kind of complacency or monotony does not set in,
and their spirits are uplifted. his $ill also enthuse them to be more participative and involved in the
1hakti 2rksha meetin!s.
/) It is a chance for them to come in touch $ith more senior devotees. If they have a sector leader7
circle leader 7!reater circle leader, then it is an opportunity to listen to their lecture and to associate
closely $ith them.
<) It is an opportunity for the senior leaders to come and observe the pro!ress of the 1hakti 2rksha and
to !et to kno$ the ne$ devotees personally.
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9) he members !et to associate $ith other 1hakti 2rksha members and their leaders, and this is very
encoura!in!, inspirin!, educative and en.oyable for them.
+s they feel that they are part of a lar!er family and have common e#periences, this reinforces their
stren!th and commitment to Krsna consciousness.
&) he members !et to help in or!ani4in! the pro!ram, and so this is a !reat opportunity for them to
utili4e their talents in servin! Krsna. his also trains them in or!ani4in! pro!rams .
;) he cultural part of the pro!ram is entertainin! as $ell. he audience is enlivened and so are the
participants. )embers talents can be reco!ni4ed and appreciated. he (arents are very enthusiastic if
their children participate in a skit7son!7 dance7 sloka recitation7 etc. his can reinforce their interest in
the 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram further.
K) It is a !ood opportunity for the members to invite their friends and acquaintances for the pro!ram, as
it is not a re!ular one. It $ould be an en.oyable evenin! for them, as lon! kirtans, !ames, qui4, cultural
pro!rams, lecture, feast etc. $ould be included in the pro!ram
=) he 1hakti 2rksha members $ill !et a $onderful opportunity to render different services $hile
or!ani4in! the pro!ram. his increases their service attitude, co@operation $ith other devotees and an
opportunity to learn different skills in the service of Krsna.
%) *ave a re!ular +rathi and kirtan >>> 8# minutes.
/) When everyone is seated, introduce the !uest of honor to the membersG $elcome him7her as $ell as
the audience. +ny of the 1hakti 2rksha leaders7 sector leader (if he is not the special !uest himself) can
do this. Introduce the different 1hakti 2rksha leaders to the audience. -et the leaders introduce their
members to the audience. hey can invite a fe$ of the volunteers $ithin the !roup to come and speak
about their e#periences of attendin! their 1hakti 2rksha. Nust / or < from each !roup $ould suffice. he
rest can be allo$ed to speak in future 2yuha pro!rams. his sets the mood for the cro$d to be a little
familiar $ith each other and thus rela#>>>>>..15 minutes
<) Invite the senior devotee to speak to the !uests>> 8# minutes
9) *ave a qui4 on the !eneral information they have learnt in Krsna consciousness. ,ou can qui4 them
from the modules you have covered for them so far. ,ou can divide them into different 1hakti 2riksha
teams>>."# minutes
&) *ave a cultural presentation of a skit , 2aisnava son!, dance, sloka recitation etc. (you can include
one or more of them) >>>>"# minutes
;) If you have any siksha certificates to be handed out, you could request the senior leader do so at this
.uncture. (If you have planned to distribute it else $here, then skip this.)
K) Serve prasadam to the !uests. >>>.."# minutes
=) 'o not for!et to take the ne$ visitors contact numbers and e@mail ids. If you have any pro!rams for
children, this could also be announced. +lso invite all the !uests to .oin any of the 1hakti 2rksha !roups.
If any of them are keen to do so, !uide them to the suitable 1hakti 2rksha leaders.
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he devotees should be all comin! $ell on time, some of them ahead of time to render different services
for the pro!ram. he services allotted to them are a means of providin! them the nectar of Krsna
consciousness. It also helps them associate closely $ith the devotees, $hich is !ood for their spiritual
and emotional lives. If they become attached to the pro!ram and the people, then makin! spiritual
commitments becomes relatively easy.he philosophy only satisfies their reasonin! on the need to make
the commitments, but in order for their hearts to be convinced, $hich are the prime movers of all
activities, one has to taste the .oy and happiness available in personal relationships in Krsna
consciousness. +t the same time $e have to make sure that it is selfless love and friendship that $e are
offerin!, $hich is !eared to$ards their spiritual advancement and our o$n, not a friendship that comes
in the $ay of our spiritual advancement. If the friendship based on true spiritual advancement, then it
$ill be lastin! even $hen the !roup splits and other leaders are bein! trained to start their o$n !roups.
1ut if it is tin!ed $ith selfish motives, then one $ill lose the $ill to care for people if they do not live up
to our material e#pectations of them. Nust as parentin! is selfless and is !eared to$ards the $ell bein! of
the children, the 1hakti 2rksha leader has to develop durin! the course of his preachin!, a detached and
selfless attitude to his service. his $ill evoke the same attitude amon! the members as $ell and they
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$ill be!in to have healthy attitudes in formin! 2aisnava relationships, and develop true qualities of
humility.
Satsang! 15 minutes
,ou can share $ith them an interestin! point $hich $ill also be of benefit to them from $hat you have
read durin! the $eek from Srila (rabhupadas books.hen from one person to the ne#t, you request
them to share $hat they have read. (lease remind them that it is only for a minute. Bormally people
en.oy this process of sharin! their reali4ations so much, that they $ill start to look for$ard to these
moments $hen the $hole !roup is all ears to them. Dor those still not able to taste the nectar of readin!
Srila (rabhupadas books or still not !iven it a try, you can !ive the ice@ breaker questionH Iell us of a
time $hen you felt blessed by the -ord.J
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for your
kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridan!a , etc. 'istribute the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana to the
ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity
pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
5nquire from the devotees if any of them have come up to chantin! = malas of .apa everyday. +sk
them if anyone $ould like to try committin! to chantin! = malas. ?ive them tips on ho$ they can
make it easier by chantin! in the early hours, chantin! maybe in intervals, if they say they lack the
time, chantin! alon! $ith a senior devotee, if possible, etc> While chantin! is purely voluntary, the
mind comes up initially $ith various e#cuses about the obstacles to chant, so it $ill be very helpful to
them if you can encoura!e them to chant more $hile dispellin! all their doubts.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease read out the passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people
assembled find out the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou
can ask t$o, three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them
sufficient time to think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in
understandin! the sub.ect matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be
ans$ered by everyone. his is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide
sufficient time of at least %& to /0 minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more
points that you have
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %<%)
(' performance of sankirtana-yajna , the congregational chanting of the hol' name) people
*ill +e happ' economicall') politicall') sociall') religiousl' and culturall'!
Yajna must be performed, for other$ise people $ill be entan!led in sinful activities and $ill suffer
immensely. herefore the Krsna consciousness movement has taken char!e of introducin! the chantin!
*are krsna all over the $orld. his *are Krsna movement is also yajna" but $ithout the difficulties
involved in securin! paraphernalia and qualified brahmanas. his con!re!ational chantin! can be
performed any$here and every$here. If people someho$ or other assemble to!ether and are induced to
chant *are Krsna *are Krsna , Krsna Krsna *are *are7*are 3ama *are 3ama 3ama 3ama *are *are, all
the purposes of yajna $ill be fulfilled. he first purpose is that there must be sufficient rain, for $ithout
rain there cannot be any produce) annad bhavanti bhutani parjanyad anna*sambhavah). +ll our
necessities can be produced simply by rainfall ,kamam vavarsa parjanyah (S1@%.%0.9), and the earth is
the ori!inal source of all necessities (sarva@kama@du!ha maht). In conclusion, therefore, in this a!e of
Kali people all over the $orld should refrain from the four principles of sinful life@illicit se#, meat eatin!,
into#ication and
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!amblin! : and in a pure state of e#istence should perform the simple yajna of chantin! the *are Krsna
maha@mantra. hen the earth $ill certainly produce all the necessities for life, and people $ill be happy
economically, politically, socially, reli!iously and culturally. 5verythin! $ill be in proper order.
S(-D."#."4."A
reaching is the essence 9age "4;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
6/nderstanding the purpose of the ,ord) the devotee preaches!7
1e$ildered by the modes of material nature, the i!norant fully en!a!e themselves in material activities
and become attached. 1ut the $ise should not unsettle them, althou!h these duties are inferior due to
the performers lack of kno$led!e.
)en $ho are i!norant cannot appreciate activities in Krsna consciousness, and therefore -ord Krsna
advises us not to disturb them and simply $aste valuable time. 1ut the devotees of the -ord are more
kind than the -ord because they understand the purpose of the -ord. "onsequently they undertake all
kinds of risks, even to the point of approachin! i!norant men to try to en!a!e them in the acts of Krsna
consciousness, $hich are absolutely necessary for the human bein!.
(g. 8."D9pp.1D4-1D5;
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
yah sastra*vidhim utsrjya vartate kama*karatah
na sa siddhim avapnoti na sukham na param gatim
&e *ho discards scriptural inFunctions and acts according to his o*n *hims attains neither
perfection) nor happiness) nor the supreme destination. (: 1A."8 O "4
+s described before, the sastra*vidhi" or the direction of the sastra" is !iven to the different castes and
orders of human society. 5veryone is e#pected to follo$ these rules and re!ulations. If one does not
follo$ them and acts $himsically accordin! to his lust, !reed and desire, then he never $ill be perfect in
his life. In other $ords, a man may theoretically kno$ all these thin!s, but if he does not apply them in
his o$n life, then he is to be kno$n as the lo$est of mankind. In the human form of life, a livin! entity is
e#pected to be sane and to follo$ the re!ulations !iven for elevatin! his life to the hi!hest platform, but
if he does not follo$ them, then he de!rades himself. 1ut even if he follo$s the rules and re!ulations and
moral principles and ultimately does not come to the sta!e of understandin! the Supreme -ord, then all
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his kno$led!e becomes spoiled. +nd even if he accepts the e#istence of ?od, if he does not en!a!e
himself in the service of the -ord his attempts are spoiled. herefore one should !radually raise himself
to the platform of Krsna consciousness and devotional serviceG it is then and there that he can attain the
hi!hest perfectional sta!e, not other$ise.
he $ord kama*karatah is very si!nificant. + person $ho kno$in!ly violates the rules acts in lust. *e
kno$s that this is forbidden, but still he acts. his is called actin! $himsically. *e kno$s that this should
be done, but still he does not do itG therefore he is called $himsical. Such persons are destined to be
condemned by the Supreme -ord. Such persons cannot have the perfection $hich is meant for the
human life. he human life is especially meant for purifyin! ones e#istence, and one $ho does not follo$
the rules and re!ulations cannot purify himself, nor can he attain the real sta!e of happiness.
tasmac chastram pramanam te karyakarya-vyavasthitau
jnatva sastra-vidhanoktam karma kartum iharhasi
4ne should therefore understand *hat is dut' and *hat is not dut' +' the regulations of the
scriptures. Kno*ing such rules and regulations) one should act so that he ma' graduall' +e
elevated.
+s stated in the Difteenth "hapter, all the rules and re!ulations of the =edas are meant for kno$in!
Krsna. If one understands Krsna from the Bhagavad*gita and becomes situated in Krsna consciousness,
en!a!in! himself in devotional service, he has reached the hi!hest perfection of kno$led!e offered by
the 2edic literature. -ord "aitanya )ahaprabhu made this process very easyH *e asked people simply to
chant *are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are 3ama, *are 3ama, 3ama 3ama, *are *are
and to en!a!e in the devotional service of the -ord and eat the remnants of foodstuff offered to the
'eity. Cne $ho is directly en!a!ed in all these devotional activities is to be understood as havin! studied
all 2edic literature. *e has come to the conclusion perfectly. Cf course, for the ordinary persons $ho are
not in Krsna consciousness or $ho are not en!a!ed in devotional service, $hat is to be done and $hat is
not to be done must be decided by the in.unctions of the =edas+ Cne should act accordin!ly, $ithout
ar!ument. hat is called follo$in! the principles of sastra" or scripture. $astra is $ithout the four
principal defects that are visible in the conditioned soulH imperfect senses, the propensity for cheatin!,
certainty of committin! mistakes, and certainty of bein! illusioned. hese four principal defects in
conditioned life disqualify one from puttin! forth rules and re!ulations. herefore, the rules and
re!ulations as described in the sastraUbein! above these defectsUare accepted $ithout alteration by all
!reat saints, acaryas and !reat souls.
In India there are many parties of spiritual understandin!, !enerally classified as t$oH the impersonalist
and the personalist. 1oth of them, ho$ever, lead their lives accordin! to the principles of the =edas+
Without follo$in! the principles of the scriptures, one cannot elevate himself to the perfectional sta!e.
Cne $ho actually, therefore, understands the purport of the sastras is considered fortunate.
In human society, aversion to the principles of understandin! the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead is the
cause of all fall do$ns. hat is the !reatest offense of human life. herefore, maya" the material ener!y
of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, is al$ays !ivin! us trouble in the shape of the threefold
miseries. his material ener!y is constituted of the three modes of material nature. Cne has to raise him
self at least to the mode of !oodness before the path to understandin! the Supreme -ord can be opened.
Without raisin! oneself to the standard of the mode of !oodness, one remains in i!norance and passion,
$hich are the cause of demoniac life. hose in the modes of passion and i!norance deride the scriptures,
deride the holy man, and deride the proper understandin! of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. hey
disobey the instructions of the spiritual master, and they do not care for the re!ulations of the scriptures.
In spite of hearin! the !lories of devotional service, they are not attracted. hus they manufacture their
o$n $ay of elevation. hese are some of the defects of human society $hich lead to the demoniac status
of life. If, ho$ever, one is able to be !uided by a proper and bona fide spiritual master, $ho can lead one
to the path of elevation, to the hi!her sta!e, then ones life becomes successful.
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1iscover'!
%) What is the purpose of follo$in! the rules and re!ulations !iven in the 2edas F
/) What is the dan!er $e face if $e do not follo$ them F
<) Why should $e accept the rules and re!ulations only from Shastra F
9) When is a person actin! $himsically F
&) What are the t$o classifications of spiritualistsF
/nderstanding!
%) What is the hi!hest perfectional sta!e one can achieve in spiritual life F
/) *o$ did Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu say $e could reach this state very easily F
<) Why do people fall do$n in their proper understandin! of the +bsolute truth F
9) *o$ do people behave in the modes of passion and i!norance F
&) Why do $e under!o miseries in material lifeF
0pplication!
%) 'iscuss any one rule that you are follo$in! in Krishna consciousness and ho$ it has helped you to
elevate your consciousness.
Week "C! Seminar
his is a !reat milestone in the pro!ress of your !roup members. +ll their learnin! in the past months,
their conviction and seriousness in Krsna consciousness $ill be put to test as they have to commit
themselves to more and more details of surrender in Krishna consciousness. he initial months $ould
have !one throu!h a kind of siftin! of the members as some of them leave and more members .oin, etc.
his is very natural, and one should not be disturbed as it happens. Cne should of course be mindful that
$e are not at fault for people droppin! out. 5ven if you ensured that, the siftin! process !oes on till
about in ; months time, you have some serious permanent members $ho are very much convinced abut
the pro!ram and are ready to take up this level of siksha. his is because the topics covered durin! the
last / months $ere !eared to !ivin! them the basic understandin! of $hy they need to come to a hi!her
level of this siksha. (lease do not let very .unior members attend the seminar as they most probably $ill
feel uncomfortable listenin! to the re!ulative principles bein! discussed and may drop out of the pro!ram
alto!ether. Welcome all the members and !uests. )ake a chan!e in the seatin! arran!ement, as today
they $ould all have to sit in a cro$d facin! the speaker, rather than in a circle. *ave the black board7
$hite board ready $ith chalk or marker as the case may be, for the seminar. *ave a chair and table
arran!ed for the speaker. + senior leader, can be the sector leader (overseein! more than < 1hakti
2riksha !roups) could present it. (repare the handouts to be !iven at the end of the class.
Kirtan! "# minutes! 3equest the senior to lead a kirtana for t$enty minutes.
Seminar! D# minutes
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,esson =odule! 2or Krishna Sadhak
0im!
o motivate members to !ive up into#ication, illicit se# and ?amblin!.
o inspire them to start performin! some basic pu.a and offerin! after settin! up an altar and to do the
ulasi (oo.a re!ularly.
o help them take up the vo$ of keepin! 5kadasi 2rata.
o start chantin! = rounds
o attend the Sunday pro!ram and7or a 1ha!avad ?ita study !roup.
4+Fectives ! +t the end of the lesson the participants $ill be able toH
-ist 9 reasons to !ive up into#ication.
Will a!ree to perform some basic poo.a, offerin! of foodstuffs and the ulasi (oo.a daily and $ill learn it
from a senior devotee, in case they dont kno$ it already.
Will commit themselves to observe the 5kadasi 2rata
Will a!ree to attend the $eek end 1ha!avad ?ita or Srimad 1ha!avatam class and7or a 1ha!avad ?ita
study !roup.
3onditionsH hey $ill volunteer to commit these thin!s.
3riteria! +t least K&P of the members attendin! the pro!ram $ill a!ree to take up the Krishna Sadhak
certificate immediately.
0ssessmentH 1y orally askin! them at the end of the class.
reparation! Dor the lecture session on Into#ication, you can have a flip chart havin! photos of
different happy lookin! devotees doin! different Krishna "onscious activities. +lso illustrated (if possible)
charts for %) the reasons $hy people take up into#ication /) and the ill effects of into#ication.
,ESS4$ ,0$ !
(rain storm ! +sk for a volunteer to note do$n the points on the 17W board that the members !ive on
the opic to be brain stormedH %) I Why do people take to into#icationJ 6J/) ill effects of into#icationJ.
+dd also any points missed out.
1e +riefingH 5#pand on the points !iven in the brainstorm. ,ou can make use of / illustrated charts $ith
the follo$in! basic pointsH
3hart 1! .easons *h' people take up intoHication
%) o overcome boredom,
/) o for!et their troubles and problems.
<) )akes them for!et reality
9) to !ain confidence and a sense of $orth.
&) + $ay to spend the time $ith friends
;) Social obli!ation at parties and official dinners
K) *abit 6 +ddiction
=)+ids in fantasi4in!.
8) + status symbol.
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3hart "H-ll effects of intoHication!
%) )akes you addicted to and dependent on +lcohol
/) 2ery bad for liver and !eneral health.
<) )akes unfit to do normal $ork $hen under its influence
9) )akes one insensitive and uncarin! to others.
&) + real $aste of money
;) han! over effect
K) 2ery difficult to drink in moderation.
=) So many road accidents due to drunken drivin!.
8) 1reaks families as the person becomes irresponsible and uncarin! to the familys needs
%0) Induces lot of violence includin! $ife bashin!
%%) 1ad e#ample to children.
%/) akes a$ay your di!nity and self respect in society
,ectureH +n alternative to into#icationH Stayin! happy throu!h Krishna consciousness.
*ave an illustrated chart depictin! the different happy activities in Krsna consciousness as a familyH
0rathi) chanting) offering +hoga) listening to lectures *hile driving) thinking of Krsna *hile at
*ork) having a (hakti @rksha program at home etc>.
5#plain ho$ Krishna is the source of all happiness and for!ettin! *im brin!s misery. ,ou can use the
analo!y of the child separated from its fatherG $ill be only happy $hen it is re@ united $ith his father. So
the need to pro!ress more and more in Krishna consciousness by increasin! our commitments step by
step, $hich $ill automatically !ive us the real happiness and keep us a$ay from all harmful thin!s that
put us into deeper misery. alk about ho$ illicit se# is the $orst of the 9 sins one could commit. It has
very !rave repercussions on ones health, mind and emotional $ell bein!, materially. Spiritually too one
cannot develop the mood of surrender, service and renunciation by en!a!in! in illicit se# $hich is very
much in a sense@!ratificatory mood. ?amblin! makes us too an#ious and disturbed in mind about the
outcome of the risks that $e undertake. So it is difficult to do devotional service then.
$arrationH (lay the introduction narrated in the cassette Ihe story of ulasi deviJ by *? +mala 1hakta
dasa. If you do not possess the cassette, you could read out the follo$in! passa!eH
Who is ulasi 'eviF 0 great devotee of ,ord Krishna. ,es, but $hat makes her so !reatF Why is she
$orshipped in all ISK"CB emples and in all 2aisnava emplesF What did she accomplish to deserve
such $orshipF What is her special distinctionP. In his summary study of Srila .oopa :osvami5s
book the Bectar of 'evotion, Srila (rabhupada in "hapter@%%, quotes the Skandha (urana as
follo$sH I-et me offer my respectful obeisances unto the ulasi tree $hich can immediately
vanquish volumes of sinful activities. Simply by seein! or touchin! this tree one can become relieved
from all the stresses and diseases. Simply by offerin! obeisances to and pourin! $ater on the ulasi
tree one can become freed from fear of bein! sent to the court of ?amaraF, the kin! of death, $ho
punishes the sinful. If someone so$s a ulasi tree some$here, certainly he becomes devoted to -ord
Krishna and $hen the ulasi leaves are offered in devotion at the lotus feet of Krishna there is the
full development of the -ove of ?odhead.J In Kusha Krata 1as5s translation of the book Shri
:arga Samitha "anto /, "hapter %&, 2erses <K to <8 and "hapter %;, 2erses % to <8, it is
mentioned that 3handranana, Srimati .adharani5s friend had heard the scriptures directly from
the lips of :arga )uni. hus 3adharani asked her, $hat kind of $orship she should perform to
please Sri Krishna and to brin! herself !ood fortune, virtue and the fulfillment of her $ish. +fter
reflectin! on this question for a moment, 3handranana told her that service to ulasi 'evi besto$s
the !reatest virtue, !ood fortune, blessin!s and offers one -ord Krishnas company. She advised
3adharani to !a4e on ulasi, touch her, remember her, !lorify her, bo$ do$n before her, offer prayers
to her, plant her, and $orship her. 1y doin! this 3handranana assured ulasi $ould !rant her
.adharani5s desire and also that any one $ho serves ulasi in this nine $ays attains the result one
$ould attain if he performs pious acts in many thousands of millions of 'ugas or a!es.
3handranana further said that one $ho plants ulasi, liberates his family from the cycle of birth
and death. *o$ever, as many branches, sub@branches, seeds, flo$ers and leaves there are on the
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ulasi plants that one serves, that many ancestors and descendants in his family for thousands of
Kalpa 'ugas !o to -ord Krishnas transcendental abode. When one offers to -ord Krishna .ust one
ulasi leaf he attains the same result as offerin! him every leaf and flo$ers that e#ists. Cne $ho
$orships -ord Krishna $ith ulasi leaves is not touched by sin, .ust as the lotus leaf is not touched
by $ater.
?amaraFa5s servants $ill never enter a home that is in the midst of a ulasi forest. If one plants,
protects, $aters, sees or touches the ulasi plant, ulasi burns a$ay the reactions to sin committed
$ith ones body, mind and $ords. Such holy lakes as the ushkar, such holy rivers as the ?an!es,
and such deities as -ord @asudeva reside on a sin!le ulasi leaf. If one serves the ulasi plant daily,
Sri Krishna $ill become his submissive servant. hereafter to please -ord Krishna, Srimathi
3adharani vo$ed to serve ulasi 'evi by follo$in! :arga =uni5s instructions daily for about ;
months. When her vo$ is completed, she feasted numerous 1rahmans and donated to them an
enormous amount of $ealth. hen in the sky, the demi!ods sounded their drums and the apsaras
be!an to dance. he demi!ods sho$ered blossoms on the temples of ulasi. Be#t the beautiful four@
armed ulasi $ho is very dear to -ord Krishna appeared. She had lotus like eyes, a !olden cro$n and
!litterin! earrin!s and she $as seated on a !lorious throne on a !olden pedestal. When it descended
to earth ulasi embraced and kissed 3adharani $ho $as $earin! a ne$ @aiFa'anthi !arland and
$hose serpentine braids $ere covered $ith yello$ flo$ers. ulasi said to .adhrani, II am pleased
$ith you and eternally conquered by your lovin! devotion. Ch lovely one, you very faithfully follo$ed
your vo$ as if you are an ordinary human bein!. ,ou $ill attain the desire that fills your heart, mind,
intelli!ence and senses. -ord Krishna $ill be kind to you. *o$ fortunate you areJ. 3adharani then
bo$ed do$n and prayed, I)ay I have pure devotion to -ord Krishnas lotus feetJ. ulasi replied, I,es
you shallJ, and then disappeared. 3adha, Kin! @risha+hanu5s dau!hter $ent home feelin! happy at
heart. +ny one $ho hears this ama4in! story about Srimati 3adharani attains $ealth, pleasure,
virtue and the supreme spiritual !oal of life @ -ove for -ord Krishna.
We no$ conclude the introduction $ith the follo$in! prayersH
II offer my repeated obeisances unto 2rinda, Srimathi ulasi 'evi, $ho is very dear to -ord Kesava. C
?oddess you besto$ devotional services to -ord Krishna and posses the hi!hest truth. C ulasi beloved
of Krishna, I bo$ before you a!ain and a!ain. )y desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri 3adha and
Krishna. Whoever takes shelter of you has his $ishes fulfilled. 1esto$in! your mercy on him you make
him a resident of 2randavan. )y desire is that you $ill also !rant me a residence in the pleasure !roves
of Shri 2randavan dham. hus $ithin my vision I $ill al$ays behold the beautiful pastimes of Sri 3adha
and Krishna. I be! you to make me a follo$er of the co$herd damsels of 2ra.a. (lease !ive me the
privile!e of devotional service and make me a your o$n maid servant. his very fallen and lo$ly servant
of Krishna prays@ I)ay I al$ays s$im in the love of Sri Sri 3adha and ?ovindaJ. +t the end of the
introduction e#plain to the members ho$ ulasi 'evi is $orshipped every day ( the procedure).
2rom the (ook 6Ekadasi) the da' of ,ord &ari 7 +' Krsna (alaram S*ami
+r.una asked Krishna, IC -ord, accordin! to you, a thousand 2edic sacrifices do not equal even one
5kadasi fast. *o$ can this beF *o$ has 5kadasi become the most meritorious of all daysFJ I-ord Sri
Krishna replied, II $ill tell you $hy 5kadasi is the purifyin! of all days. In the Sathya ,u!a there once
lived an ama4in!ly fearsome demon called )ura. +l$ays very an!ry, he terrified all the demi!ods,
defeatin! even Indra, the kin! of heavenG he brou!ht all the other devatas like 2ivasvan, the Sun ?od,
the ei!ht 2asus, -ord 1rahma, 2ayu the $ind ?od,and +!ni, the fire ?od. With his terrible po$er, he
brou!ht them all under his control. Indra and the other demi!ods approached -ord Siva, $ho !uided
them to -ord 2ishnu. -ord 2ishnu accompanied the 'evas and advanced to )uras capital city of
"andravati. 1ut )ura and his demons struck the demi!ods severely and they had to all abandon and flee
in ten different directions. +t last the chief demon )ura be!an fi!htin! $ith the -ord. When the -ord
could not defeat him $ith various kinds of $eapons, *e $restled $ith )ura for one thousand celestial
years, and apparently fati!ued, left for 1adrikashrama. When the -ord $as restin! in a cave )ura
follo$ed the -ord to the cave, and made plans to kill the -ord. +t that time a youn! !irl manifested
herself from the -ords body $ho $as bri!ht comple#ioned and challen!ed the demon. She shattered all
the demons $eapons and deprived him of his chariot and as he came runnin! to$ards her $ith his bare
hands, she chopped off his head. he -ord $oke up and seein! the demon dead $as very pleased $ith
the maiden and asked her $hat boon she $ould like to have. he maiden replied, IC -ord, if you are
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pleased $ith me and $ish to !ive me a boon, then !ive me the po$er to deliver from the !reatest sins
that person $ho fasts on this day.J he Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead replied, I+ll my devotees in this
$orld $ill surely fast on your day, and thus $ill become famous throu!h out the three $orlds and finally
come and stay $ith me in my abode. 1ecause you, )y transcendental potency have appeared on the
eleventh day of the $anin! moon, let your name be 5kadasi. If a person, fasts on 5kadasi, I $ill burn up
all his sins and besto$ upon him my transcendental abode.J. Krishna concluded to +r.una, IDrom that
time on$ards, the 5kadasi became most meritorious and famous all over the universe.C +r.una, if a
person strictly observes 5kadasi, I kill all his enemies and !rant him the hi!hest destination. Dor all
eternity there $ill be no better $ay of $orshippin! -ord 2ishnu than observin! a fast on 5kadasi.J
Sharing EHperiences O .eali>ations
1rin! % senior devotee to come and e#plain ho$ he benefited from attendin! the Driday 1ha!avatam
class7 study !roup. 1rin! a .unior devotee to share ho$ he is benefitin! in spiritual life as he has started
attendin! the Driday 1ha!vatam class7 study !roups.
Summing up! )ention ho$ chantin! is the basis of our spiritual lives. he more $e chant , $e are
pleasin! Krishna more and more and are becomin! closer and dearer to *im. So makin! a bi!!er
commitment is necessary if $e $ant to pro!ress in our spiritual lives. 3ead some quotes from the
Bamamrta. +sk for questions re!ardin! this H$hether they have any problem acceptin! this vo$ to
chant = rounds. *elp $ith their doubts or obstacles to performin! this every day. ?ive practical solutions
and !uidance. +lso they can start simple $orship to the photos of the (arampara at home by offerin!
dhoop, deep and flo$ers. hey can also start offerin! at least fruits everyday to the -ord. he procedures
for doin! these thin!s should have been tau!ht to them in their study classes. (?o throu!h the chapter
on Ihe Study classJ.
0ssessment!
5nquire ho$ many $ould like to volunteer to take up Krishna Sadhak certificates. hen distribute the
application forms for the Krsna sadhak and request them to fill it up and make their commitments $ith
their si!natures. hey are then eli!ible to receive the certificates.
Week "D
Drom no$ on the trainin! is a little more focused as the members have to be trained as effective leaders
and mature devotees all $ithin the ne#t ; months, so that they can start leadin! a !roup as $ell as take
?uru +srayaL It is not difficult to achieve, and can be achieved $ith the ri!ht mood and techniques. ,ou
should arran!e for the siksha ceremony for distribution of the siksha certificates to the members at the
Sunday pro!ram in the emple, or any other centrali4ed pro!ram or festival of the yatra, so that the
members !et the mercy, appreciation and blessin!s of senior 2aishnavas. +lso, bein! reco!ni4ed for their
spiritual achievement $ill !reatly encoura!e them to further pro!ress in their spiritual life.(lease see the
siksha forms and certificates on ho$ to !o about the siksha ceremony. hou!h the ideal standard has
been mentioned here, you may fall short in your achievements due to various factors like variability in
the kinds of people and culture you are dealin! $ith, as $ell as due to circumstances beyond your
control. 1ut you can be rest assured that by settin! out to Ihunt for the rhinocerosJ, you mi!ht at least
land up $ith a deerL If you Ishoot a rhinocerosJ, that is to your credit, but if you fail in !ettin! the
rhinoceros, you $ill still do creditably, since your aim is hi!h. ,ou should make arran!ements (throu!h
sector sevaks or senior devotees if there) to have re!ular study classes in the 1ha!avad ?ita for the
members on a day separate from the 1hakti 2rksha. )ost of the members should be ready to come for
the e#tra day in order to !et a deeper understandin! of the shastra. hou!h must of them must be
readin! Srila (rabhupadas books at home, the study classes can ensure their proper understandin! and
application and aid in the rapid spiritual advancement of the members. 5ven those $ho have not yet
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committed themselves to the Krsna Sadhaka level may come for these study classes.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. 1y no$ most $ould have started readin! Srila (rabhupadas
books and sharin! a point from them every $eek. his should definitely have increased their enthusiasm
for readin! the books as $ell for sharin! them $ith the fello$ !roup members. his must be havin!
multiple effects of makin! the members come closer, improvin! the self confidence of the members in
communicatin! their thou!hts, as $ell improvin! their kno$led!e. In fact you should be e#periencin!
punctuality amon! the members in attendin! the 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram every $eek. Dor those $ho are
still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH IIf you could
ask .ust one question to Srila (rabhupada, $hat $ould that beFJhis question could be ans$ered
individually on paper, before sharin!, so that people are not influenced by $hat others say.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for
your kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridanga ) etc. 'istribute the sheet
containin! the pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end
of the kirtana to the ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the
+lter 'eities or 'eity pictures.
Japa 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times to!ether. 5nquire
from the members after the .apa, ho$ they feel no$ after chantin! = minimum rounds at home
everyday. ,ou could ask one or t$o members to share their reali4ations. he others you could ask in the
subsequent $eeks.
*rasadam 1 "# minutes
-et the entire distribution of the prasadam, includin! the cooking" be or!ani4ed by the
members themselves. hey can take turns every $eek in doin! the services. ,ou can
ensure that no one is burdened and at the same time every body !ets a chance to share in
the services. 'o not force any one to do the services, but ask for volunteers. If children
volunteer to read out the prasadam mantra, they can be !iven turns to do so. 'evotees
repeat each line after them.,ou can spend time !ivin! your association to the members
$hile everyone honors the prasadam
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there are more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them.'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions.+fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one.,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points
relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current
topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
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reaching Session! 15 minutes
With more devotees no$ on the Krsna sadhak level, you can start entrustin! more preachin!
responsibilities to them. )akin! phone calls to remind the ne$ members of the 1hakti 2rksha pro!rams,
enquirin! the $ell bein! of the ne$er members durin! the $eek and slo$ly encoura!in! them to start
chantin!, visitin! ne$ members in their homes to !ive them some association and encoura!ement etc.
can be all be distributed to the senior members of the !roup. he .uniors could try to !et their collea!ues
at $ork, or their nei!hbors, friends, relatives, etc. to brin! them to the pro!ram.So after you share your
preachin! $ork done for the $eek, entrust all the members $ith their respective responsibilities for the
$eek, and note it do$n. ,ou should ask them for the report the subsequent $eek and !ive them further
tasks to do. 'iscuss any doubts or queries they may have about their preachin! services. ,ou can also
en!a!e all of them in book distribution to their friends and acquaintances.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %9/)
.egardless of social position) one should chant the hol' name to overcome the spell of ma'a
and attain the transcendental platform!
Dollo$in! the orders of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu, ?ovinda, *is personal servant called for all the poor
be!!ars, $ho $ere unhappy due to their poverty, and fed them sumptuously. Cbservin! the be!!ars
eatin! prasada, Sri "aitnaya )ahaprabhu chanted, I*ari bolJ and instructed them to chant the holy
name. +s soon as the be!!ars chanted the holy name. I*ari bol,J they $ere immediately absorbed in
ecstatic love of ?odhhead. In this $ay Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu performed $onderful pastimes.
Krishna conducts the material $orld under the three modes of material nature, and consequently there
are three platforms of lifeH hi!her, middle and lo$er. Cn $hatever platform one may be situated, one is
tossed by the $aves of manterial nature. Someone may be rich, someone may be middle class, and
someone may be a poor be!!ar : it doesnt matter. +s lon! as one is under the spell of the three modes
of naterial nature, he must continue to e#perience these divisions.
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu therefore advised the be!!ars to chant I*ari bolJ $hile takin! prasada.
"hantin! means acceptin! ones self as the eternal servant of Krsna. his is the only solution, re!ardless
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of social position. 5veryone is sufferin! under the spell of mayaG therefore the best course is to learn ho$
to !et out of the clutches of maya>>
Cne can overcome the spell of maya and attain the transcendental platform by a!reein! to en!a!e in the
devotional service of the -ord. 'evotional service be!ins $ith sravanam kirtanamG therefore Sri "aitnaya
)ahaprabhu advised the be!!ars to chant the *are Krsna maha@mantra for elevation to the
transcendental position. Cn the transcendental platform, there is no distinction bet$een the rich, the
middle class and the poor.
Sri 3aitna'a-caritamarta =adh'a-lila 14.44-
reaching is the essence 9age "5;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
4ne *ho preaches the gospel of (hagavad-gita is perfect in pure devotional service!
Krsna $ants everyone to surrender unto *im, and devotional service means preachin! this !ospel all
over the $orld. he -ord says openly in 1ha!avad@!ita (%=.;8)H na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me
priya*krttamah. Cne should preach the !ospel of 1ha!avad@!ita for the benefit if all. 1ha!avad@!ita is
spoken by the -ord so that human society can be perfectly or!ani4ed from all an!les of vision@politically,
socially, economically, philosophically and reli!iously. Drom any point of vie$, human society can be
reformed by the Krsna consciousness movementH therefore one $ho spreads this philosophy of Krsna
consciousness for the benefit of all conditioned souls in the universe is perfect in pure devotional service.
"c.)adhya %8.%;K ()adhyaH K, pp. <98@<&0)
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
'ravya@ya.nas tapo@ya.na yo!a@ya.nas tathapare
svadhyaya@.nana@ya.nas ca yatayah samsita@vratah
Havin! accepted strict vo4s, some become enli!htened by sacri#icin! their possessions and
others by per#ormin! severe austerities, by practicin! the yo!a o# ei!ht#old mysticism, or by
studyin! the 5edas to advance in transcendental kno4led!e% (: 4."C
hese sacrifices may be fitted into various divisions. here are persons $ho are sacrificin! their
possessions in the form of various kinds of charities. In India, the rich mercantile community or princely
orders open various kinds of charitable institutions like dharma*sala" anna*ksetra" atithi*sala" anathalaya
and vidya*pitha+
In other countries, too, there are many hospitals, old a!e homes and similar charitable foundations
meant for distributin! food, education and medical treatment free to the poor. +ll these charitable
activities are called dravyamaya*yajna+ here are others $ho, for hi!her elevation in life or for promotion
to hi!her planets $ithin the universe, voluntarily accept many kinds of austerities such as candrayana
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and caturmasya+ hese processes entail severe vo$s for conductin! life under certain ri!id rules. Dor
e#ample, under the caturmasya vo$ the candidate does not shave for four months durin! the year (Nuly
to Cctober), he does not eat certain foods, does not eat t$ice in a day or does not leave home. Such
sacrifice of the comforts of life is called tapomaya*yajna+ here are still others $ho en!a!e themselves in
different kinds of mystic yogas like the (atan.ali system (for mer!in! into the e#istence of the +bsolute),
or hatha*yoga or astanga*yoga (for particular perfections). +nd some travel to all the sanctified places of
pil!rima!e. +ll these practices are called yoga*yajna" sacrifice for a certain type of perfection in the
material $orld.
here are others $ho en!a!e themselves in the studies of different 2edic literatures, specifically the
6panisads and =edanta*sutras" or the Sankhya philosophy. +ll of these are called svadhyaya*yajna+ or
en!a!ement in the sacrifice of studies. +ll these yogis are faithfully en!a!ed in different types of sacrifice
and are seekin! a hi!her status of life. Krsna consciousness, ho$ever, is different from these because it
is the direct service of the Supreme -ord. Krsna consciousness cannot be attained by any one of the
above@mentioned types of sacrifice but can be attained only by the mercy of the -ord and *is bona fide
devotees. herefore, Krsna consciousness is transcendental.
1iscover'!
%) Bame the different types of sacrifices people perform in order to elevate themselves. )ention the
Sanskrit names of these different sacrifices as $ell.
/nderstanding!
%) 'escribe each kind of sacrifice and $hat benefits they !ive the performers of the sacrifice.
"; What is common amon! all the above mentioned sacrificesF *o$ is Krsna consciousness different
from themF
8; *o$ can servin! the -ord benefit usF
0pplication!
%) +re you convinced that spreadin! Krsna consciousness is the best $elfare $orkF Why or $hy notF
Week 8#
,our !roup should have e#panded to include close to %& members by no$, and they should be quite
comfortable $ith one another and en.oyin! the pro!rams to!ether. It is not advisable to keep invitin!
ne$ members to .oin your !roup no$ as they may find it difficult to keep up $ith the level of the rest of
the !roup. Bevertheless, if somebody is very ea!er to .oin you and you cannot find another suitable
!roup for them, you could include them in your !roup. 1ut !ive them a brief introduction of $hat the
Krsna consciousness movement is about, about ho$ $e are eternal souls and $hat the purpose of our
lives is, etc. 'urin! the spiritual edification class, you can have the ne$ comer7s sit separately discuss
the earlier spiritual edifications. ,ou could also ask them to come another day of the $eek if possible to
!ive them some special attention to help them understand $hat is happenin! in the pro!ram. In this $ay
it is still possible to inte!rate the ne$ comers.
Satsang! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are
someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH IIf you could !ive an advice to all the members
of this !roup, $hat $ould that beFJ
Kirtan! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for your
kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridan!a , etc. 'istribute the sheet containin! the
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pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana to the
ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity
pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times to!ether. 5nquire
from the members after the .apa, ho$ they feel no$ after chantin! = minimum rounds at home
everyday. ,ou could ask one or t$o members to share their reali4ations. he others you could ask in the
subsequent $eeks.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups
and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of
senior, .unior and ne$ members in them.'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader
of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the
question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the
'iscovery and understandin! sessions.+fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the
leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions. +fter
this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one.,ou can then sum up
the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include
interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
rasadam! "# minutes
-et the entire distribution of the prasadam, includin! the cleanin! up be or!ani4ed by the members
themselves. hey can take turns every $eek in doin! the services. ,ou can ensure that no one is
burdened and at the same time every body !ets a chance to share in the services. 'o not force any one
to do the services, but ask for volunteers. If children volunteer to read out the prasadam mantra, they
can be !iven turns to do so. 'evotees repeat each line after them. ,ou can spend time !ivin! your
association to the members $hile everyone honors the prasadam.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
With more devotees no$ on the Krsna sadhak level, you can start entrustin! more preachin!
responsibilities to them. )akin! phone calls to remind the ne$ members of the 1hakti 2rksha pro!rams,
enquirin! the $ell bein! of the ne$er members durin! the $eek and slo$ly encoura!in! them to start
chantin!, visitin! ne$ members in their homes to !ive them some association and encoura!ement etc.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %9<)
(' chanting the hol' name) one can +e delivered regardless of caste) creed) color or social
position!
?enerally brahmanas are puffed up $ith false presti!e because they belon! to the aristocracy and
perform many 2edic sacrifices. In South India especially, this fastidious position is most prominent. +t
any rate this $as the case five hundred years a!o. Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu actually started a revolution
a!ainst this brahminical system by inau!uratin! the chantin! of the *are Krsn mantra. 1y this chantin!,
one can be delivered re!ardless of caste, creed, color or social position. Whoever chants the *are Krsna
maha@mantra is immediately purified due to the transcendental position of devotional service. Sri
"aitanya )ahaprabhu is here hintin! to 2allabha 1hatracarya that an e#alted brahmana $ho makes
sacrifices and follo$s the 2edic principles should not ne!lect a person $ho is en!a!ed in devotional
service by chantin! the holy name of the -ord.
Sri 3aitan'a-caritmrta =adh'a-lila 1D.AD
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reaching is the essence 9age"C;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he mission of all genuine devotees is to preach!
0ll glories and success to Srila $arada =uni +ecause he glorifies the activities of the
ersonalit' of :odhead) and so doing he himself takes pleasure and also enlivens all the
distressed souls of the universe.
Bo one is happy here $ithin the universe, and $hat is felt as happiness is maya:s illusion.
he illusory ener!y of the -ord is so stron! that even the ho! $ho lives on filthy stool feels happy> Srila
Barada )uni , in order to enli!hten the miserable inhabitants, $anders every$here. *is mission is to !et
them back home, back to ?odhead. hat is he mission of all !enuine devotees of the -ord follo$in! the
footsteps of the !reat sa!e.
(hag. 1.A.8C91.1) pp. 884- 885 ;
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Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
vita@ra!a@bhaya@krodha man@maya mam upasritah
bahavo .nana@tapasa puta mad@bhavam a!atah
1ein! freed from attachment, fear and an!er, bein! fully absorbed in )e and takin! refu!e in )e, many,
many persons in the past became purified by kno$led!e of )eUand thus they all attained transcendental
love for )e. (: 4.1#
+s described above, it is very difficult for a person $ho is too materially affected to understand the
personal nature of the Supreme +bsolute ruth. ?enerally, people $ho are attached to the bodily
conception of life are so absorbed in materialism that it is almost impossible for them to understand ho$
the Supreme can be a person. Such materialists cannot even ima!ine that there is a transcendental body
$hich is imperishable, full of kno$led!e and eternally blissful. In the materialistic concept, the body is
perishable, full of i!norance and completely miserable. herefore, people in !eneral keep this same
bodily idea in mind $hen they are informed of the personal form of the -ord. Dor such materialistic men,
the form of the !i!antic material manifestation is supreme. "onsequently they consider the Supreme to
be impersonal. +nd because they are too materially absorbed, the conception of retainin! the personality
after liberation from matter fri!htens them. When they are informed that spiritual life is also individual
and personal, they become afraid of becomin! persons a!ain, and so they naturally prefer a kind of
mer!in! into the impersonal void. ?enerally, they compare the livin! entities to the bubbles of the ocean,
$hich mer!e into the ocean. hat is the hi!hest perfection of spiritual e#istence attainable $ithout
individual personality. his is a kind of fearful sta!e of life, devoid of perfect kno$led!e of spiritual
e#istence. Durthermore there are many persons $ho cannot understand spiritual e#istence at all. 1ein!
embarrassed by so many theories and by contradictions of various types of philosophical speculation,
they become dis!usted or an!ry and foolishly conclude that there is no supreme cause and that
everythin! is ultimately void. Such people are in a diseased condition of life.
Some people are too materially attached and therefore do not !ive attention to spiritual life, some of
them $ant to mer!e into the supreme spiritual cause, and some of them disbelieve in everythin!, bein!
an!ry at all sorts of spiritual speculation out of hopelessness. his last class of men take to the shelter of
some kind of into#ication, and their affective hallucinations are sometimes accepted as spiritual vision.
Cne has to !et rid of all three sta!es of attachment to the material $orldH ne!li!ence of spiritual life, fear
of a spiritual personal identity, and the conception of void that arises from frustration in life.
o !et free from these three sta!es of the material concept of life, one has to take complete shelter of
the -ord, !uided by the bona fide spiritual master, and follo$ the disciplines and re!ulative principles of
devotional life. he last sta!e of the devotional life is called bhava" or transcendental love of ?odhead.
+ccordin! to Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (%.9.%&:%;), the science of devotional serviceH
adau sraddha tatah sadhu* sango :tha bhajana*kriya
tato :nartha*nivrttih syat tato nistha rucis tatah
athasaktis tato bhavas tatah premabhyudancati
sadhakanam ayam premnah pradurbhave bhavet kramah
IIn the be!innin! one must have a preliminary desire for self@reali4ation. his $ill brin! one to the sta!e
of tryin! to associate $ith persons $ho are spiritually elevated. In the ne#t sta!e one becomes initiated
by an elevated spiritual master, and under his instruction the neophyte devotee be!ins the process of
devotional service.
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1y e#ecution of devotional service under the !uidance of the spiritual master, one becomes free from all
material attachment, attains steadiness in self@reali4ation, and acquires a taste for hearin! about the
+bsolute (ersonality of ?odhead, Sri Krsna. his taste leads one further for$ard to attachment for Krsna
consciousness, $hich is matured in bhava" or the preliminary sta!e of transcendental love of ?od. 3eal
love for ?od is called prema" the hi!hest perfectional sta!e of life.J In the prema sta!e there is constant
en!a!ement in the transcendental lovin! service of the -ord. So, by the slo$ process of devotional
service, under the !uidance of the bona fide spiritual master, one can attain the hi!hest sta!e, bein!
freed from all material attachment, from the fearfulness of ones individual spiritual personality, and from
the frustrations that result in void philosophy. hen one can ultimately attain to the abode of the
Supreme -ord.
1iscover'!
%) What qualifications are necessary to attain love of ?odF
/nderstanding!
%) Why are some people afraid of the personal form of the -ordF What form of the -ord do they
preferF
/) Why are some people an!ry about any form of spiritual lifeF What do they take shelter ofF
<) Why are some people indifferent to spiritual lifeF
9) *o$ can $e rise above all the < material concepts of life and attain love of ?odheadF
&) ?ive a brief description of the sta!es one $ill !o throu!h before attainin! love of ?odhead or prema
0pplication!
+re you convinced that ?od or Krsna is a person and that attainin! love of Krsna is the hi!hest perfection
of lifeF Share your reali4ations.
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he study classes you have started for them on a day other than the 1hakti 2rksha should be !ivin! an
opportunity for the members to study the books more thorou!hly. ,ou could start $ith the 1ha!avad
?ita, verse after verse from the first chapter. 3ead out the Sanskrit sloka line by line $ith them repeatin!
it, and then the translation .)ake them read out one by one the purports. hey can read one para!raph
at a time and you can ask them to repeat the points. ,ou can e#plain the purport if need be and also
share some reali4ation about its practical application. he shastra $ill come alive for them $hen it is
discussed $ith the others in the !roup and they $ill develop a taste for studyin! Srila (rabhupadas
books. his is very essential for trainin! them to be serious preachers and leaders. hey $ill also start to
participate better in the satsan!a as $ell as in the spiritual edification sessions of the 1hakti 2rksha. he
person $ho is conductin! the study class should preferably have done a 1hakti shastri course, or at least
have a !ood overvie$ of the 1ha!avad ?ita. 1ut if this is not possible, still you can conduct a study class
and have everyone learn the 1ha!avad ?ita to!ether from Srila (rabhupadas purports. ,ou can !ive
them a qui4 on the chapters covered durin! the study class itself, or durin! the bimonthly vyuha
pro!rams or doin! special !atherin!s etc. .ust to make them more enthusiastic about the 1ha!avad ?ita.
Satsang! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are
someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH IWhat is the thin! that you are most !rateful for
in your lifeFJ
Kirtan! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for your
kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridan!a , etc. 'istribute the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana to the
ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity
pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times to!ether. 5nquire
from the members after the .apa, ho$ they feel no$ after chantin! = minimum rounds at home
everyday. ,ou could ask one or t$o members to share their reali4ations. he others you could ask in the
subsequent $eeks.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
With more devotees no$ on the Krsna sadhak level, you can start entrustin! more preachin!
responsibilities to them. )akin! phone calls to remind the ne$ members of the 1hakti 2rksha pro!rams,
enquirin! the $ell bein! of the ne$er members durin! the $eek and slo$ly encoura!in! them to start
chantin!, visitin! ne$ members in their homes to !ive them some association and encoura!ement etc.
can all be distributed to the senior members of the !roup. he .uniors could try to !et their collea!ues at
$ork, their nei!hbors, friends, relatives, etc to brin! them to the pro!ram.So after you share your
preachin! $ork done for the $eek, entrust all the members $ith their respective responsibilities for the
$eek, and note it do$n. ,ou should ask them for the report the subsequent $eek and !ive them further
tasks to do.'iscuss any doubts or queries they may have about their preachin! services. ,ou can also
en!a!e all of them in book distribution to their friends and acquaintances.
rasadam! "# minutes
-et the entire distribution of the prasadam, includin! the cleanin! up be or!ani4ed by the members
themselves. hey can take turns every $eek in doin! the services. ,ou can ensure that no one is
burdened and at the same time every body !ets a chance to share in the services. 'o not force any one
to do the services, but ask for volunteers. ,ou can spend time !ivin! your association to the members
$hile everyone honors the prasadam. 5nquire from the members if they are cookin! food for the -ord
and offerin! it to *im before honorin! the prasadam. 5ncoura!e them to cook and offer to the -ord. If
someone is doin! it re!ularly, e#press your appreciation. hese are bi! milestones in their spiritual
advancement. each them ho$ to do the offerin! to the 'eity pictures if ou have not already done .+lso
tell them the rules to follo$ $hile cookin! for the -ord and the consciousness in $hich it must be
prepared. ?ive them some ve!etarian, non onion and !arlic recipes to follo$.,ou can also ask each of
them to share a recipe they kno$. ,ou can ask one of the members $ho volunteer to compile the various
recipes, type them out for distribution to all
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %9&)
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3hanting of the hol' names delivers one from the effects of sins and of lo*er-caste +irth!
WSuta ?osvami to the sa!es at BaimisaranyaXH Sri Suta ?osvami saidH C ?od, althou!h $e are born in a
mi#ed caste, $r are still promoted in birthri!ht simply by servin! and follo$in! the !reat $ho are
advanced in kno$led!e. 5ven by conversin! $ith such !reat souls, one can $ithout delay cleanse oneself
of all disqualifications resultin! from lo$er births, and $hat to speak of those $ho are uder the direction
of the !reat devotees, chantin! the holy name of the Anlimited, Who has unlimted potencyF he
(ersonality of ?odhead, unlimited in potency and transcendental by attributes, is called the +nanta
WunlimitedX. he dvi.a@bandhu, or the less intelli!ent, uncultured men born of hi!her castes, put for$ard
many ar!uments a!ainst the lo$er@caste men becomin! brahmanas in this life. hey ar!ue that birth is
due to previous sinful acts and that one therefore has to complete the terms of disadvanta!es due to
lo$er birth. +nd to ans$er these false lo!icians, Srimad :1ha!avatam asserts that one $ho chants the
holy name of the -ord under the direction of a pure devotee can at once !et free from the disadvanta!es
due to lo$er :caste birth>. Cffenseless chantin! indicates that one has fully understood the
transcendental nature of the holy name and has thus surrendered unto the -ord. ranscendentally the
holy name of the -ord and the -ord *imself are identical, bein! absolute. he holy name of the -ord is as
po$erful as the -ord. he -ord is the all@po$erful (ersonality of ?odhead, and *e has innumerable
names, $hich are all nondifferent from *im and are equally po$erful also. In the last $ord of the
1ha!avad@!ita the -ord asserts that one $ho surrenders fully unto *im is protected from all sins by the
!race of the -ord. Since *is name and *e *imself are identical, the holy name of the -ord can protect
the devotee from all effects of sins.
he chantin! of the holy name of the -ord can undoubtedly deliver one from the disadvanta!es of lo$er@
caste birth. he -ords unlimited po$er is e#tended on and on by the unlimited e#pansion of the
devotees and incarnations, and thus every devotee of the -ord and *is incarnations also can be equally
surchar!ed $orth the potency of the -ord. Since the devotee is surchar!ed $ith this potency of the -ord,
even fractionally the disqualification due to lo$er birth cannot stand in the $ay. Srimad-(hagavatam
1.1C.1C
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he Krsna consciousness movement has +een set up to distri+ute kno*ledge!
Kno$led!e is meant for distribution. +lthou!h there is already much scientific kno$led!e, $henever
scientists or philosophers a$aken to a particular type of kno$led!e, they try to distribute it throu!hout
the $orld, for other$ise the kno$led!e !radually dries up and no one benefits from it. India has the
kno$led!e of 1ha!avad ?ita, but unfortunately, for some reason or the other, this sublime kno$led!e of
the science of ?od $as not distributed throu!hout the $orld, althou!h it is meant for all of human
society. herefore Krsna *imself appeared as Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu and ordered all Indians to take
up the cause of distributin! 1ha!avad ?ita throu!hout the entire $orld.
Yare Dekha tare kaha 6Krsna7upadesh amara ajnaya !uru hana tara ei desa
IInstruct everyone to follo$ the orders of the -ord Sri Krsna as they are !iven in the 1ha!a$ad ?ita and
Srimad 1ha!avatam. In this $ay become a spiritual master and try to liberate everyone in this land.J
("c. )adhya K.%/=) +lthou!h India has the sublime kno$led!e of the 1ha!avad ?ita, Indians have not
done their proper duty of distributin! it. Bo$, therefore, the Krsna consciousness movement has been
set up to distribute this kno$led!e as it is, $ithout distortion. +lthou!h previously there $ere attempts
to distribute the kno$led!e of the 1ha!avad ?ita, these involved distortion and compromise $ith
mundane kno$led!e. 1ut no$ the Krsna consciousness movement, $ithout mundane compromises is
distributin! 1ha!avad ?ita +s it is, and people are derivin! the benefits of a$akenin! to Krsna
consciousness and becomin! devotees of -ord Krsna. herefore the proper distribution of kno$led!e has
be!un by $hich not only $ill the $hole $orld benefit, but Indias !lory $ill be ma!nified in human
society. (hag. 1#.".1D
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
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(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
brahmarpanam brahma havir brahma!nau brahmana hutam
brahmaiva tena !antavyam brahma@karma@samadhina
0 person *ho is full' a+sor+ed in Krsna consciousness is sure to attain the spiritual kingdom
+ecause of his full contri+ution to spiritual activities) in *hich the consummation is a+solute
and that *hich is offered is of the same spiritual nature. (: 4."4
*o$ activities in Krsna consciousness can lead one ultimately to the spiritual !oal is described here.
here are various activities in Krsna consciousness, and all of them $ill be described in the follo$in!
verses. 1ut, for the present, .ust the principle of Krsna consciousness is described. + conditioned soul,
entan!led in material contamination, is sure to act in the material atmosphere, and yet he has to !et out
of such an environment.
he process by $hich the conditioned soul can !et out of the material atmosphere is Krsna
consciousness. Dor e#ample, a patient $ho is sufferin! from a disorder of the bo$els due to
overindul!ence in milk products is cured by another milk product, namely curds. he materially absorbed
conditioned soul can be cured by Krsna consciousness as set forth here in the &ita+ his process is
!enerally kno$n as yajna" or activities (sacrifices) simply meant for the satisfaction of 2isnu, or Krsna.
he more the activities of the material $orld are performed in Krsna consciousness or for 2isnu only, the
more the atmosphere becomes spirituali4ed by complete absorption.
he $ord brahma (1rahman) means Ispiritual.J he -ord is spiritual, and the rays of *is transcendental
body are called brahmajyoti" *is spiritual efful!ence. 5verythin! that e#ists is situated in that
brahmajyoti" but $hen the jyoti is covered by illusion (maya) or sense !ratification, it is called
material. his material veil can be removed at once by Krsna consciousnessG thus the offerin! for the
sake of Krsna consciousness, the consumin! a!ent of such an offerin! or contribution, the process of
consumption, the contributor, and the result areUall combined to!etherU1rahman, or the +bsolute
ruth.
he +bsolute ruth covered by maya is called matter. )atter dovetailed for the cause of the +bsolute
ruth re!ains its spiritual quality. Krsna consciousness is the process of convertin! the illusory
consciousness into 1rahman, or the Supreme. When the mind is fully absorbed in Krsna consciousness, it
is said to be in samadhi" or trance. +nythin! done in such transcendental consciousness is called yajna"
or sacrifice for the +bsolute. In that condition of spiritual consciousness, the contributor, the contribution,
the consumption, the performer or leader of the performance, and the result or ultimate !ainU
everythin!Ubecomes one in the +bsolute, the Supreme 1rahman. hat is the method of Krsna
consciousness.
1iscover'!
%) What is the qualification needed to !o back to the spiritual $orldF
/nderstanding!
%) 'escribe material consciousness.
/) 'escribe ho$ this material veil is removed, $ith an e#ample.
<) *o$ do activities in Krsna consciousness become absolute in natureF
9) *o$ is perfect ya!na performed for the +bsoluteF
0pplication!
%) *o$ can $e improve our Krsna consciousness, so that our activities become more and more
spiritual in natureF
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Cr!ani4in! picnics or !et togethers on certain $eek@ends is a $onderful $ay of creatin! a family feelin!
amon! the members. It $ill also !radually make them associate more $ith one another for
close inter personal relationships, rather than $ith their materialistic friends. It is also ideal
for the children of the !roup to feel comfortable and happy in the association. Cr!ani4in!
$ill not be a strain for any one individual if you let everyone take part and volunteer their
services. +t the end of the day, you $ill be happy you undertook it as you find all the
members blissful and happy. ,ou can make the outin!s 7 !et togethers Krsna conscious, by
includin! Kirtan, Krsna conscious !ames or qui4 and sharin! personal reali4ations etc. We
$ill !ive you a list of su!!estions for these outin!s as a separate sheet after this $eeks
lesson.
-atsan!a ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books
durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to
the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH IWhat do you like
most of !oin! to the empleFJ
Kirtana! 15 minutes
If any of your members have started to chant %; rounds of .apa, then you can encoura!e
them by askin! them to lead the kirtan. Cf course you should do so after !ivin! them
sufficient trainin! and have tested that they are able to do so effectively. his $ill also
enthuse the other members by !ivin! them hope to make further pro!ress and feel a
sense of achievement.
Japa. 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times
to!ether. 5nquire from the members after the .apa, ho$ they feel no$ after chantin! =
minimum rounds at home everyday. ,ou could ask one or t$o members to share their
reali4ations. he others you could ask in the subsequent $eeks.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to
!ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you
can facilitate a discussion bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the
other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out
belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake
sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and
ne$ members in them.'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup
spokesman7$oman.he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader
take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin!
sessions. +fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out
the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions. +fter this,
you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one.,ou can then
sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the
topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current
topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching -ession 1 15 minutes
With more devotees no$ on the Krsna sadhak level, you can start entrustin! more
preachin! responsibilities to them. )akin! phone calls to remind the ne$ members of the
1hakti 2rksha pro!rams, enquirin! the $ell bein! of the ne$er members durin! the $eek
and slo$ly encoura!in! them to start chantin!, visitin! ne$ members in their homes to
!ive them some association and encoura!ement etc. can all be distributed to the senior
members of the !roup. he .uniors could try to !et their collea!ues at $ork, their
nei!hbors, friends, relatives, etc to brin! them to the pro!ram.So after you share your
preachin! $ork done for the $eek, entrust all the members $ith their respective
responsibilities for the $eek, and note it do$n. ,ou should ask them for the report the
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subsequent $eek and !ive them further tasks to do.'iscuss any doubts or queries they
may have about their preachin! services. ,ou can also en!a!e all of them in book
distribution to their friends and acquaintances.
*rasadam1 23 minutes
-et the entire distribution of the prasadam, includin! the cleanin! up be or!ani4ed by the
members themselves. hey can take turns every $eek in doin! the services. ,ou can
ensure that no one is burdened and at the same time every body !ets a chance to share in
the services.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame 9(a!e %9;)
(' chanting the hol' name) even a lo*+orn person5s +od' is changed into that of +rahmana!
WSukadeva ?osvami to Kin! (ariksitXH )y dear Kin! a devotee $ho has taken shelter of the dust from
the lotus feet of the -ord can transcend the influence of the si# material $hips@namely hun!er, thirst,
lamentation, illusion, old a!e and death@ and he can conquer the mind and five senses. *o$ever, this is
not very $onderful for a pure devotee of the -ord because even a person beyond the .urisdiction of the
four castes@in the other $ords, an untouchable :is immediately relieved of bonda!e to material e#istence
if he utters the name of the -ord even once. Bot to speak of a sanctified devotee, even a candala, an
outcaste, $ho is untouchable, is immediately freed from material bonda!e if he utters the holy name of
the -ord even once. Sometimes caste 1rahmanas ar!ue that unless one chan!es his body $hich is
obtained as a result of past actions, one $ho has in the past acted as a brahamana takes birth in a
brahmana family. herefore, they contain, $ith such a brahminical body, one connot be accepted as
brahmana. *erein it is said, ho$ever, that even vidura@vi!ata, a candalaUa fifth@class untouchable:@is
freed if he utters the holy name even once. 1ein! freed means that he immediately chan!es has body.
Santanana ?osvami confirms thisH
Yatha kancanatam Kams'am rasa-vidhanatah
"atha diksa-vidhanena Dvijatvam jayate nrnam
When a person, even thou!h a candala, is initiated by a pure devotee into chantin! the holy name of the
-ord, his body chan!es as he follo$s the instructions of the spiritual master. +lthou!h one cannot see
ho$ his body has chan!ed, $e must accept, on the !rounds of the authoritative statements of the
sastra, that he chan!es his body. his is to be understood $ithout ar!uments. his verse clearly says, sa
jahati bandhamH I*e !ives up his material bonda!eJ he body is a symbolic representation of material
bonda!e accordin! to ones karma. +lthou!h sometimes $e cannot see the !ross body chan!in!,
chantin! the holy name of the Supreme -ord immediately chan!es the subtle body, and because the
subtle body chan!es, the livin! entity is immediately freed from material bonda!e. +fter all, chan!es of
the !ross body are conducted by the subtle body. +fter the destruction of the !ross body, the subtle body
takes the livin! entity from the present !ross body to another. In the subtly body, the mind is
predominant, and therefore if ones mind is al$ays absorbed in rememberin! the activities or the louts
feet of the -ord, he is to be understood have already chan!ed the present body and become purified.
reaching is the essence9age 88;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
reaching Krsna consciousness is the highest *elfare 9the ,ord is pleased *ith one *ho
preaches;! It is said that !reat personalities almost al$ays accept voluntary sufferin! because of the
sufferin! of the people in !eneral. his is considered the hi!hest method of $orshippin! the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead, $ho is present in everyones heart. *ere is an e#planation of ho$ those en!a!ed
in activities for the $elfare of others are very quickly reco!ni4ed by the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
he -ord says in the 1ha!avad ?ita(%=@.;=@;8), ya idam paramam guhyam mad bhaktesv abhidasyati++++
na a tasman manusyeasu kascin me priya*krttamahH ICne $ho preaches the messa!e of 1ha!a$ad ?ita
to my devotees is most dear to )e. Bo one can e#cel him in satisfyin! )e by $orship.J here are
different kinds of $elfare activities in this material $orld, but the supreme $elfare activity is the
spreadin! of Krsna consciousness. Cther $elfare activities cannot be effective, for the la$s of nature and
the results of karma cannot be checked> If one tries to spread Krsna consciousness all over the $orld,
he should be understood to be performin! the best $elfare activity. he -ord is automatically very
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pleased $ith him. If the -ord is pleased $ith him, $hat is left for him to achieveF If one has been
reco!ni4ed by the -ord, even if he does not ask the -ord for anythin!, the -ord $ho is $ithin everyone,
supplies him $hatever he $ants> he best $elfare activity is raisin! people to the platform of Krsna
consciousness, since the conditioned souls are sufferin! for only $ant of Krsna consciousness>.+ll the
sastras conclude therefore, that spreadin! the Krsna consciousness movement is the best $elfare activity
in the $orld. 1ecause of the ultimate benefit this besto$s upon the people in !eneral, the -ord very
quickly reco!ni4es such service performed by a devotee. (hag. C.B.44
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
sa niscayena yoktavyo
yo!o nirvinna@cetasa
sankalpa@prabhavan kamams
tyaktva sarvan asesatah
manasaivendriya@!ramam
viniyamya samantlatah
Cne should en!a!e oneself in the practice of yo!a $ith determination and faith and not be deviated from
the path. Cne should abandon, $ithout e#ception, all material desires born of mental speculation and
thus control all the senses on all sides by the mind. 1? ;H/9
he yoga practitioner should be determined and should patiently prosecute the practice $ithout
deviation. Cne should be sure of success at the end and pursue this course $ith !reat perseverance, not
becomin! discoura!ed if there is any delay in the attainment of success. Success is sure for the ri!id
practitioner. 3e!ardin! bhakti*yoga" 3upa ?osvami saysH
utsahan nisca'ad dhair'at
tat-tat-karma-pravartanat
sanga-t'agat sato vrtteh
sad+hir +haktih prasidh'ati
ICne can e#ecute the process of bhakti*yoga successfully $ith full@hearted enthusiasm, perseverance,
and determination, by follo$in! the prescribed duties in the association of devotees and by en!a!in!
completely in activities of !oodness.J (8padesamrta <)
+s for determination, one should follo$ the e#ample of the sparro$ $ho lost her e!!s in the $aves of
the ocean. + sparro$ laid her e!!s on the shore of the ocean, but the bi! ocean carried a$ay the e!!s
on its $aves. he sparro$ became very upset and asked the ocean to return her e!!s. he ocean did not
even consider her appeal. So the sparro$ decided to dry up the ocean. She be!an to pick out the $ater
in her small beak, and everyone lau!hed at her for her impossible determination. he ne$s of her
activity spread, and at last ?aruda, the !i!antic bird carrier of -ord 2isnu, heard it. *e became
compassionate to$ard his small sister bird, and so he came to see the sparro$. ?aruda $as very pleased
by the determination of the small sparro$, and he promised to help. hus ?aruda at once asked the
ocean to return her e!!s lest he himself take up the $ork of the sparro$. he ocean $as fri!htened at
this, and returned the e!!s. hus the sparro$ became happy by the !race of ?aruda. Similarly, the
practice of yoga" especially bhakti*yoga in Krsna consciousness, may appear to be a very difficult .ob.
1ut if anyone follo$s the principles $ith !reat determination, the -ord $ill surely help, for ?od helps
those $ho help themselves.
1iscover'!
%) What are the in!redients neccessary for succeedin! in our spiritual lifeF
/nderstanding!
%) 5#plain ho$ $e should be determined to continue $ith our spiritual life in spite of all obstacles, $ith
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the e#ample of the sparro$ .
/) Why is it !uaranteed that $e $ill succeed in our spiritual path if $e persist F
0pplication!
%) Share some of the obstacles you encountered in practicin! Krsna consciousness, and ho$ you
overcame them. If you have not already overcome them, mention those too.
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here are various practical aspects of devotional service that you need to teach the devotees in your
!roup. *o$ to set up the altar, ho$ to perform the +rathi, ho$ to lead a kirtan, play the karatala and
mridan!a (if possible),to sin! the various son!s durin! the +rathi, ho$ to offer the 1ho!a to the -ord,
ho$ to apply tilaka on all the %/ parts of the body, ho$ to tie a dhoti or even sari, etc, etc>+ll these
aspects cannot be covered durin! a re!ular 2rinda pro!ram, and so durin! the half an hour set aside
durin! the study classes, make sure that the devotees !et $ell trained in all these aspects. If need be
you can also invite them to come and learn these thin!s separately on another day from you.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are
someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH When someone tells you that you are doin!
somethin! $ron!, $hat is your usual reactionF
Kirtana! 15 minutes
he re!ular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by no$. ,ou can add more simple tunes for your
kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridan!a , etc. 'istribute the sheet containin! the
pranama mantras and the *are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana to the
ne$er members. "ontinue $ith the offerin! of incense by every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity
pictures.
Japa. 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times to!ether. 5nquire
from the members after the .apa, ho$ they feel no$ after chantin! = minimum rounds at home
everyday. ,ou could ask one or t$o members to share their reali4ations. he others you could ask in the
subsequent $eeks.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups
and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of
senior, .unior and ne$ members in them.'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader
of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the
question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the
'iscovery and understandin! sessions.+fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the
leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions. +fter
this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one.,ou can then sum up
the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include
interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session ! 15 minutes
With more devotees no$ on the Krsna sadhak level, you can start entrustin! more preachin!
responsibilities to them. )akin! phone calls to remind the ne$ members of the 1hakti 2rksha pro!rams,
enquirin! the $ell bein! of the ne$er members durin! the $eek and slo$ly encoura!in! them to start
chantin!, visitin! ne$ members in their homes to !ive them some association and encoura!ement etc..
can all be distributed to the senior members of the !roup. he .uniors could try to !et their collea!ues at
$ork, their nei!hbors, friends, relatives, etc to brin! them to the pro!ram.So after you share your
preachin! $ork done for the $eek, entrust all the members $ith their respective responsibilities for the
$eek, and note it do$n. ,ou should ask them for the report the subsequent $eek and !ive them further
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tasks to do. 'iscuss any doubts or queries they may have about their preachin! services. ,ou can also
en!a!e all of them in book distribution to their friends and acquaintances.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e %&%)
2allabha 1hattacarya admitted that those $ho chant the holy name are qualified as 1rahmans and
2aisnavasH
herefore, 2allabha 1hatta invited Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu for lunch, and the -ord introduced the
brothers 3upa and 2allabha to him. Drom a distance, the brothers 3upa ?osvami and Sri Sanantana fell
on the !round and offered obeisances to 2allabha 1hatta $ith !reat humility. When 2allabha 1hattacarya
$alked to$ards them, they ran a$ay to a more distant place. 3upa ?osvami said, II am untouchable and
most sinful. (lease do not touch me.J 2allabha 1hattacarya $as very surprised to at this.
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu, ho$ever, $as very pleased, and *e therefore spoke to him this
description of 3upa ?osvami. Sri "aitany )ahaprabha said, I'ont touch him, for he belon!s to a very
lo$ caste. ,ou are a follo$er of 2edic principles and are an e#perienced performer of many sacrifices.
,ou also belon! to the aristocracy.J
*earin! the holy name constantly vibrated by the t$o brothers, 2allabha 1hattacarya could
understand the hints of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu. 2allabha 1hattacarya admitted, ISince these t$o are
constantly chantin! the holy name of Krsna, ho$ can they he untouchableF Cn the contnry, they are
most e#alted.J
2allabha 1hattacaryas admission of the brothers e#alted position should serve as a lesson to one
$ho is falsely proud of his position as a 1rahmana. Sometimes so@called brahmanas do not reco!nise our
5uropean and +merican disciples as devotees or brahmanas, and some brahmanas are so proud that
they do not allo$ them to enter temples. Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu herein !ives a !reat lesson. +lthou!h
2allabha 1hattacarya $as a !reat authority on brahmanism and a learned scholar, he admitted that those
$ho chant the -ords holy name are bona fide brahmanas and 2aisnavas and are therefore e#alted.
Sri 3aitan'a-caritamrta =adh'a-lila 1D.A5
reaching is the essence9g . 84;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
1evotee preachers are engaged in the highest *elfare *ork!
he self efful!ent 2aikunta planets, by $hose illumination alone all the illuminatin! planets $ithin this
material $orld !ive off reflected li!ht, cannot be reached by those $ho are not merciful to other livin!
entities. Cnly persons $ho constantly en!a!e in $elfare activities for other livin! entities can reach the
2aikuntha planets.
Drom this material $orld> people can be transferred to the 2aikunthaloka, if they incessantly en!a!e in
$elfare activities for all other livin! entities. Such incessant $elfare activities can really be performed
only in Krsna consciousness. here is no other philanthropic $ork $ithin this material $orld but Krsna
consciousness, $hich can en!a!e a person t$enty four hours a day. + Krsna conscious bein! is al$ays
en!a!ed in plannin! ho$ to take all the sufferin! humanity back home, back to ?odhead. 5ven if one is
not successful in reclaimin! all the fallen souls back to ?odhead, still, because he is Krsna conscious, his
path to 2aikunthaloka is open. *e personally becomes qualified to enter the 2aikunthalokas, and if
anyone follo$s such a devotee, he also enters into 2aikunthaloka. Cthers $ho en!a!e in envious
activities, are kno$n as Karmis. Karmis are envious of one anotherC Dnanis are not as sinful as Karmis,
but they do not try to reclaim others back to ?odhead. hey perform austerities for their o$n liberation.
,o!is are also en!a!ed in self@ a!!randi4ement by tryin! to attain mystic po$ers. 1ut devotees,
2aishnavas, $ho are servants of the -ord, come for$ard in the actual field of $ork in Krsna
consciousness to reclaim fallen souls> the -ord says that there is no one dearer to *im than those $ho
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preach the !ospel of Bhagavad*gita to the $orld.
1ha!. 9.%/.<; (I2H/, pp &/8@&<0)
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
cancalam hi manah krsna pramathi balavad drdham
tasyaham ni!raham manye vayor iva su@duskaram
Dor the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very stron!, C Krsna, and to subdue it, I think, is more
difficult than controllin! the $ind. 1? ;.<9
he mind is so stron! and obstinate that it sometimes overcomes the intelli!ence, althou!h the mind is
supposed to be subservient to the intelli!ence. Dor a man in the practical $orld $ho has to fi!ht so many
opposin! elements, it is certainly very difficult to control the mind. +rtificially, one may establish a
mental equilibrium to$ard both friend and enemy, but ultimately no $orldly man can do so, for this is
more difficult than controllin! the ra!in! $ind. In the 2edic literature (Katha 8panisad %.<.<:9) it is
saidH
atmanam rathinam viddhi sariram ratham eva ca
buddhim tu sarathim viddhi manah pragraham eva ca
indriyani hayan ahur visayams tesu gocaran
atmendriya*mano*yuktam bhoktety ahur manisinah
Ihe individual is the passen!er in the car of the material body, and intelli!ence is the driver. )ind is the
drivin! instrument, and the senses are the horses. he self is thus the en.oyer or sufferer in the
association of the mind and senses. So it is understood by !reat thinkers.J Intelli!ence is supposed to
direct the mind, but the mind is so stron! and obstinate that it often overcomes even ones o$n
intelli!ence, as an acute infection may surpass the efficacy of medicine. Such a stron! mind is supposed
to be controlled by the practice of yoga" but such practice is never practical for a $orldly person like
+r.una. +nd $hat can $e say of modern manF he simile used here is appropriateH one cannot capture
the blo$in! $ind. +nd it is even more difficult to capture the turbulent mind. he easiest $ay to control
the mind, as su!!ested by -ord "aitanya, is chantin! I*are Krsna,J the !reat mantra for deliverance, in
all humility. he method prescribed is sa vai manah krsna*padaravindayoh% one must en!a!e ones mind
fully in Krsna. Cnly then $ill there remain no other en!a!ements to a!itate the mind.
1iscover'!
%) 'escribe the analo!y of the chariot and the driver $ith our body and ourselves.
/nderstanding!
%) What is supposed to control our mindsF
/) Why is it so difficult to control the mindF
<) 'escribe ho$ $e can easily control our minds as su!!ested by -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu.
0pplication!
%) Share your reali4ations on ho$ the process of Krsna consciousness is helpin! you to control your
mind.
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he preachin! session from this $eek on$ards $ill endeavor to make plans for home visits and to revie$
the last $eeks visits. *ome visits are an inte!ral and very effective method of cultivatin! people at
different levels.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are
someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH ell us somethin! you learned about yourself this
year.
Kirtana! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana. +lso the offerin! of incense by
every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity pictures can be done.
Japa. 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times to!ether. 5nquire
from the members after the .apa, ho$ they feel no$ after chantin! = minimum rounds at home
everyday. ,ou could ask one or t$o members to share their reali4ations. he others you could ask in the
subsequent $eeks.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups
and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of
senior, .unior and ne$ members in them.'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup spokesman7$oman.he leader
of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the
question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the
'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the
leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions. +fter
this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one.,ou can then sum up
the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include
interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
,ou have to start trainin! them up to take on more responsibilities in the spiritual advancement of the
members. "ate!ori4e the !roup into senior devotees, .unior devotees and ne$ comers. + senior devotee
$ould be one $ho is chantin! at least = rounds and follo$in! all the siksha commitments of his level
carefully, and is keen to be !uided further in his spiritual pro!ress. + .unior devotee $ill be some one
$ho is chantin! 9 rounds, re!ular in his attendance of the $eekly pro!ram and is ve!etarian. Dirst of all
train the senior devotees by takin! them $ith you $hile makin! your visits to ne$ contacts, as $ell as
the .unior devotees homes. +fter a fe$ visits, they can make the visits to the .unior devotees homes to
!ive them association, and also take the .unior devotees alon! $ith them $hen they !o to see the ne$
members as $ell as the ne$ contacts. hese visits have to be discussed every $eek in this preachin!
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session, so everyone sees the impact this has on the people , as $ell learn about ho$ to deal $ith
different people effectively in order to inspire them to become a devotee.
*rasadam1 23 minutes
5nquire from the members if they are cookin! food for the -ord and offerin! it to *im
before honorin! the prasadam. 5ncoura!e them to cook and offer to the -ord. If someone
is doin! it re!ularly, e#press your appreciation. hese are bi! milestones in their spiritual
advancement. each them ho$ to do the offerin! to the 'eity pictures if you have not
already done .+lso tell them the rules to follo$ $hile cookin! for the -ord and the
consciousness in $hich it must be prepared. ?ive them some ve!etarian, non onion and
!arlic recipes to foll.,ou can also ask each of them to share a recipe they kno$. ,ou can
ask one of the members $ho volunteer to compile the various recipes, type them out for
distribution to all.
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Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e %&<)
0ll living entities) moving and nonmoving) *ere li+erated +' Sri 3aitan'a =ahapra+hu5s loud
chanting of the hol' name!
(-ord "aitanya to *aridasa hakuraXH ICn this earth there are many livin! entities,J the -ord said, Isome
movin! and some not movin!. What $ill happen to the trees, plants, insects and other livin! entitiesF
*o$ $ill they be delivered from material bonda!eFJ
*aridasa hakura replied, I)y dear -ord, the deliverance of all movin! and nonmovin! livin! entities
takes place only by ,our mercy. ,ou have already !ranted this mercy and delivered them. ,ou have
loudly chanted the *are Krsna mantra, and everyone, movin! or not movin!, has benefited by hearin! it.
)y -ord, the movin! entities $ho have heard ,our loud sankirtana have already been delivered from
bonda!e to the material $orld, and after the nonmovin! livin! entities like trees hear it, there is an echo.
+ctually, ho$ever, it is not an echoG it is the Kirtana of the nonmovin! livin! entities. +ll this, althou!h
inconceivable, is possible by ,our mercy .
When loud chantin! of the *are Krsna mantra is performed all over the $orld by those $ho
follo$ in ,our footsteps, all livin! entities, movin! and nonmovin!, dance in ecstatic devotional love.
)y dear -ord, all the incidents that took place $hile ,ou $ere !oin! to 2rndavan throu!h the
forest kno$n as Nharikhanda have been related to me by ,our servant 1alabhadra 1hattarcarya. When
,our devotee 2asudeva 'atta submitted his plea at ,our lotus feet for the deliverance of all livin!
entities, ,ou accepted that request. )y dear -ord, ,ou have accepted the form of a devotee .ust to
deliver all the fallen souls of this $orld. ,ou have preached the loud chantin! of the *are Krsna maha@
mantra and in this $ay freed all movin! and nonmovin! livin! entities from material bonda!e>>> 1y
descendin! as and incarnation at Bavadvipa, ,ou, .ust like Krsna, have already delivered all the livin!
entities of the universe.J
Sri 3aitan'a-caritamrta 0nt'a-lila 8.AB-BA)CA
reaching is the essence9age 85;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
1istri+ution of transcendental kno*ledge is the highest *elfare *ork!
rthu maharaFa continued! &o* can such persons) *ho have rendered unlimited service +'
eHplaining the path of self reali>ation to the Supreme ersonalit' of :odhead) and *hose
eHplanations are given for our enlightenment *ith complete conviction and @edic evidence) +e
repaid eHcept +' folded palms containing *ater for their satisfactionP Such great personalities
can +e satisfied onl' +' their o*n activities) *hich are distri+uted amongst human societ' out
of their unlimited merc'.
?reat personalities of the material $orld are very ea!er to render $elfare service to human society, but
actually no one can render better service than one $ho distributes the kno$led!e of spiritual reali4ation
in relation $ith the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. +ll livin! entities are $ithin the clutches of the
illusory ener!y. Dor!ettin! their real identity, they hover in material e#istence, transmi!ratin! from one
body to another in search of a peaceful life.
Since these livin! entities have very little kno$led!e of self@reali4ation, they are not !ettin! any
relief, althou!h they are very an#ious to attain peace of mind and some substantial happiness.
Saintly persons like the Kumaras, Barada, (rahlada, Nanaka, Sukhadeva ?os$ami, Kapiladeva, as
$ell as the follo$ers of such authorities as the 2aishnava acharyas and their servants can render a
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valuable service to humanity by disseminatin! kno$led!e of the relationship bet$een the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead and the livin! entity. Such kno$led!e is the perfect benediction for humanity.
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? &-S 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
apareyam itas tv anyam prakrtim viddhi me param
.iva@bhutam maha@baho yayedam dharyate .a!at
(esides these) 4 might'-armed 0rFuna) there is another) superior energ' of =ine) *hich
comprises the living entities *ho are eHploiting the resources of this material) inferior nature.
(: KH&
*ere it is clearly mentioned that livin! entities belon! to the superior nature (or ener!y) of the Supreme
-ord. he inferior ener!y is matter manifested in different elements, namely earth, $ater, fire, air, ether,
mind, intelli!ence and false e!o. 1oth forms of material nature, namely !ross (earth, etc.) and subtle
(mind, etc.), are products of the inferior ener!y. he livin! entities, $ho are e#ploitin! these inferior
ener!ies for different purposes, are the superior ener!y of the Supreme -ord, and it is due to this ener!y
that the entire material $orld functions. he cosmic manifestation has no po$er to act unless it is moved
by the superior ener!y, the livin! entity. 5ner!ies are al$ays controlled by the ener!etic, and therefore
the livin! entities are al$ays controlled by the -ordUthey have no independent e#istence. hey are
never equally po$erful, as unintelli!ent men think. he distinction bet$een the livin! entities and the
-ord is described in -B (%0.=K.<0) as follo$sH
aparimita dhruvas tanu*bhrto yadi sarva*gatas
tarhi na sasyateti niyamo dhruva netaratha
ajani ca yan*mayam tad avimucya niyantr bhavet
samam anujanatam yad amatam mata*dustataya
IC Supreme 5ternalL If the embodied livin! entities $ere eternal and all@pervadin! like ,ou, then they
$ould not be under ,our control. 1ut if the livin! entities are accepted as minute ener!ies of ,our
-ordship, then they are at once sub.ect to ,our supreme control. herefore real liberation entails
surrender by the livin! entities to ,our control, and that surrender $ill make them happy. In that
constitutional position only can they be controllers. herefore, men $ith limited kno$led!e $ho advocate
the monistic theory that ?od and the livin! entities are equal in all respects are actually !uided by a
faulty and polluted opinion.J
he Supreme -ord, Krsna, is the only controller, and all livin! entities are controlled by *im.
hese livin! entities are *is superior ener!y because the quality of their e#istence is one and the same
$ith the Supreme, but they are never equal to the -ord in quantity of po$er. While e#ploitin! the !ross
and subtle inferior ener!y (matter), the superior ener!y (the livin! entity) for!ets his real spiritual mind
and intelli!ence. his for!etfulness is due to the influence of matter upon the livin! entity. 1ut $hen the
livin! entity becomes free from the influence of the illusory material ener!y, he attains the sta!e called
mukti" or liberation. he false e!o, under the influence of material illusion, thinks, II am matter, and
material acquisitions are mine.J *is actual position is reali4ed $hen he is liberated from all material
ideas, includin! the conception of his becomin! one in all respects $ith ?od. herefore one may conclude
that the &ita confirms the livin! entity to be only one of the multi@ener!ies of KrsnaG and $hen this
ener!y is freed from material contamination, it becomes fully Krsna conscious, or liberated.
1iscover'! What t$o ener!ies are the livin! entities made up ofF Bame $hich aspects of the livin!
entity belon! to each of the ener!ies .
/nderstanding!
%) Why is the livin! entity al$ays controlled, and not independent F
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/) Why do the livin! entities for!et that they are controlled by the -ord F
<) When can $e be called liberated or fully Krsna conscious F
0pplication! 'o you e#perience that you are !radually becomin! liberated from the influence of the
material ener!yF Share in $hat $ays this is happenin!.
Week 85
5ven thou!h the ma.ority of the members should be makin! pro!ress in their devotional commitments
alon! e#pected lines, there are still a fe$ $ho may opt to it at a slo$er or faster pace. So rather than
make them $ait for the siksha ceremonies mentioned after every fe$ months, you can !ive a$ay the
certificates to them as they are pro!ressin! , at the $eekly Sunday7 Saturday7 Driday pro!rams of your
yatra. his $ill cater to the speed of each individual and ma#imi4e the speed in $hich they advance
spiritually.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. 3equest them to start readin! Srila (rabhupadas -ilamrta,
and share points from it. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin!
yet, you could ask the questionH What makes you lau!h moreF
Kirtana! 15 minutes
"ontinue as in the previous $eeks by distributin! the sheet containin! the pranama mantras and the
*are Krsna mantra as $ell as the !lorifications at the end of the kirtana. +lso the offerin! of incense by
every member to the +lter 'eities or 'eity pictures can be done.
Japa. 15 minutes
"hant a mala of .apa to!ether loudly after chantin! the (anca tattva mantra < times to!ether. ,ou could
ask one or t$o members to share their reali4ations on ho$ they are pro!ressin! in their .apa, both in the
number of malas as $ell in the quality of their chantin!. he others you could ask in the subsequent
$eeks.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups
and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of
senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader
of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the
question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the
'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the
leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions. +fter
this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one. ,ou can then sum up
the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include
interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
rasadam! "# minutes
+l$ays announce the members names that have sponsored for the prasadam, especially if it is for some
special occasion. 5ncoura!e them also to make offerin!s of simple s$eets in their homes and distribute it
to their friends or acquaintances. It $ill be a very fulfillin! service for them and $ill enable them to
appreciate and understand the !lories of prasadam even further.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
'iscuss your visit to a ne$ contacts house alon! $ith one of your 1hakti 2rksha senior members. +sk
the senior member also for his7her feed back on ho$ the meetin! $ent and $hat he learned from the
visit. ,ou can ask another senior member to accompany you for the follo$in! $eek. If each of the senior
members !ets to come a fe$ times to these visits, they $ill !ain confidence and the e#perience ho$ to
deal $ith the ne$ people. hey can then be entrusted to do the visits themselves takin! alon! $ith them
a .unior member for trainin! them as $ell. 3i!ht no$ you can ask the .unior members for their reports
on $hom they contacted for the $eek and $hat they mana!ed to achieve by their effort (invited them
for the pro!ram, sold them a book or .ust started to cultivate them in Krsna consciousness, etc). ?ive
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them further assi!nments for the $eek. If they carry some prasadam alon! $ith them $hile they make
these preachin! efforts, it is bound to be more effective.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e %&9)
Sri 3aitan'a =ahapra+hu5s pastime of causing the animals of Jharikhanda forest to chant and
dance!When the -ord passed throu!h the solitary forest chantin! the holy name of Krsna, the ti!ers and
elephants, seein! *im, !ave $ay. When the -ord passed throu!h the .un!le in !reat ecstasy, packs of
ti!ers, elephants, rhinoceros and boars came, and the -ord passed ri!ht throu!h them. 1alabhadra
1hattacarya $as very much afraid to see the animals, but by Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus influence, all the
animals stood to one side. Cne day a ti!er $as lyin! on the path, and Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu, $alkin!
alon! the path in ecstatic love, touched the ti!er $ith *is feet. he -ord said, I"hant the holy name of
KrsnaJ. he ti!er immediately !ot up and be!an to dance and chant, 6KrsnaJ KrsnaJ7+nother day,
$hile Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu $as bathin! in a river, a herd of maddened elephant came there to drink
$ater. While the -ord $as bathin! and murmurin! the ?ayatri mantra, the elephants came before *im.
he -ord immediately splashed some $ater on the elephants and asked them to chant the name of
Krsna. he elephants $hose bodies $ere touched by the $ater splashed by the -ord be!an to chant)
6KrsnaJ KrsnaJ7 and dance and sin! in ecstasy, Some of the elephants fell to the !round, and some
screamed in ecstasy, Seein! this, 1alabhadra 1hattacarya $as completely astonished. Sometimes Sri
"aitanaya )ahaprabhu chanted very loudly $hile passin! throu!h the .un!le. *earin! *is s$eet voice, all
the does came near *im. *earin! the -ords !reat vibration, all the does follo$ed *im left and ri!ht.
While recitin! a verse $ith !reat curiosity, the -ord patted them. I1lessed are all these foolish deer
because they have approached the son of )ahara.a Banda, $ho is !or!eously dressed and is playin! on
*is flute. Indeed, both the does and the bucks $orship the -ord $ith looks of love and affection.J While
Sri "haitanya )ahaprabhu $as passin! throu!h the .un!le, five or seven ti!ers came. Noinin! the deer
the ti!ers be!an to follo$ the -ord. Seein! the tin!ers and deer follo$in! *im, Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu
immediately remembered the land of 2rndavan. *e then be!an to recite a verse describin! the
transcendental quality of 2rndavana. I2rndavana is the transcendental abode of the lord. here is no
hun!er, an!er or thirst there. hou!h naturally inimical, both human bein!s and fierce animals live
to!ether there in transcendental friendship.J When Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu said, 63hant KrsnaJ
KrsnaJ7 the ti!ers and deer be!an to dance and chant 6KrsnaJ7 When all the ti!ers and does danced
and .umped, 1alabhadra 1hattacarya sa$ them and $as struck $ith $onder. Indeed, the ti!ers and deer
be!an to embrace one another, and, touchin! mouths, they be!an to kiss. When Sri "aitanya
)ahaprabhu sa$ all this fun, *e be!an to smile. Dinally *e left the animals and continued on *is
$ay. 2arious birds, includin! the peacock, sa$ Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu and be!an to follo$ *im,
chantin! and dancin!. hey $ere all maddened by the holy name of Krsn. When the -ord loudly chanted
6&ari +olJ7 the trees and creepers became .ubilant to hear *im. hus all livin! entities@@@@some movin!
and some standin! still in the forest of Nharikhand@@@@@became maddened by hearin! the holy name of
-ord Krsna vibrated by Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu. Sri 3aitan'a-caritamrta =adh'a-lila 1B."5
reaching is the essence9age "D;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
1evotees must preach all over the *orld) as ordered +' the spiritual master !Sri "aitanya
)ahaprabhus devotional cult teaches one not to sit do$n in one place but to spread the devotional cult
all over the $orld. he -ord dispatched Sanatan ?osvami and 3upa ?osvami to 2rndavana to e#cavate
and renovate the holy places and from there establish the cult of bhakti. herefore 2rndavana $as !iven
to Sanatan ?osvami and 3upa ?osvami as their place to residence. Similarly, everyone in the line of Sri
"aitanya )ahaprabhus devotional cult should accept the $ords of the spiritual master and thus spread
the Krsna consciousness movement. hey should !o every$here, to all parts of the $orld, acceptin!
those places as prabhu*datta desa, the places of residence !iven by the spiritual master or -ord Krsna.
he spiritual master is the representative of -ord KrsnaG therefore one $ho has carried out the orders of
the spiritual master is understood to have carried out the orders of Krsna or Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu.
Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu $anted to spread the bhakti cult all over the $orld Wprthivite ache yata
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na!aradi !ramaX. herefore devotees in the line of Krsna consciousness must !o to different parts of the
$orld and preach, as ordered by the spiritual master. hat $ill satisfy Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu. 3c.
0nt'a 4.144
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
sahasra@yu!a@paryantam ahar yad brahmano viduh
ratrim yu!a@sahasrantam te ho@ratra@vido .anah
(' human calculation) a thousand ages taken together form the duration of (rahma5s one da'.
0nd such also is the duration of his night. (: C!1B
he duration of the material universe is limited. It is manifested in cycles of kalpas% + kalpa is a
day of 1rahma, and one day of 1rahma consists of a thousand cycles of four yu!as, or a!esH Satya,
%reta, 1vapara and Kali.
he cycle of Satya is characteri4ed by virtue, $isdom and reli!ion, there bein! practically no
i!norance and vice, and the yu!a lasts %,K/=,000 years. In the %reta@yu!a vice is introduced, and this
yu!a lasts %,/8;,000 years. In the 1vapara@yu!a there is an even !reater decline in virtue and reli!ion,
vice increasin!, and this yu!a lasts =;9,000 years. +nd finally in Kali@yu!a (the yu!a $e have no$ been
e#periencin! over the past &,000 years) there is an a+undance of strife, i!norance, irreli!ion and vice,
true virtue bein! practically none#istent, and this yu!a lasts 9</,000 years .
In Kali@yu!a vice increases to such a point that at the termination of the yu!a the Supreme -ord
*imself appears as the Kalki avatara, vanquishes the demons, saves *is devotees, and commences
another Satya@yu!a. hen the process is set rollin! a!ain. hese four yu!as, rotatin! a thousand times,
comprise one day of 1rahma, and the same number comprise one ni!ht. 1rahma lives one hundred of
such IyearsJ and then dies. hese Ihundred yearsJ by earth calculations total to <%% trillion and 90
billion earth years.
1y these calculations the life of 1rahma seems fantastic and interminable, but from the vie$point
of eternity it is as brief as a li!htnin! flash. In the "ausal Ccean there are innumerable 1rahmas risin!
and disappearin! like bubbles in the +tlantic. 1rahma and his creation are all part of the material
universe, and therefore they are in constant flu# .
In the material universe not even 1rahma is free from the process of birth, old a!e, disease and
death. 1rahma, ho$ever, is directly en!a!ed in the service of the Supreme -ord in the mana!ement of
this universeUtherefore he at once attains liberation .
5levated sannyasis are promoted to 1rahmas particular planet, (rahmaloka, $hich is the
hi!hest planet in the material universe and $hich survives all the heavenly planets in the upper strata of
the planetary system, but in due course 1rahma and all the inhabitants of (rahmaloka are sub.ect to
death, accordin! to the la$ of material nature.
1iscover'!
%) What is a kalpaF What is its durationF
/) What are the 9 yu!asF What are their characteristicsF *o$ lon! does each yu!a lastF
<) *o$ many years totally does -ord Brahma liveF
4- *o$ is $athya yu!a re@established after the dark a!e of Kali yuga<
/nderstanding!
%) Why is even the e#traordinary life of a Brahma insi!nificant ultimatelyF
/) *o$ does -ord Brahma attain his liberationF
<) What is special about Brahma lokaF Who attains to Brahma lokaF
9) Why is attainin! Brahmaloka too insi!nificant ultimatelyF
0pplication!'iscuss about $here you $ould like to !o at the end of life. Why do you $ant to !o thereF
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Week 8A
Invitin! your members to the Sunday pro!rams of your yatra $ill !ive them the e#posure to the bi!!er
pro!rams, more devotees association as $ell as senior devotees association. hey $ill flourish and
pro!ress by attendin! them. )ake sure you are there to receive them, or take them alon!, introduce
them to everyone and see that they are comfortable. It is also a sense of .oy and achievement to you to
see your members become accepted in the lar!er community of devotees. his brin!s !reat
transcendental .oy to everyone.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. 3equest them to start readin! Srila (rabhupadas lilamrta ,
and share points from it. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin!
yet, you could ask the questionH What do you feel about old peopleF What does bein! old mean to youF
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
,ou could ask someone chantin! %; rounds already to lead the Kirtana. ,ou could first ensure that they
kno$ ho$ to lead, and then you can encourage them to do so. #his !ill enthuse them as $ell as the other
members, $ho $ill then feel confident to also make pro!ress in their commitments. +lso this is part of
their trainin! to become !ood Kirtana sin!ers as $ell.
Japa. 15 minutes
+s most of the members are approachin! the completion of 8 months of re!ularly attendin! the 1hakti
2rksha and are all attendin! the study classes, they are no$ comin! close to takin! up the commitment
of takin! Srila (rabhupada +sraya. Dind out ho$ many of them are chantin! %; rounds of .apa and
encoura!e them to start doin! so.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups
and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of
senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup spokesman7$oman.he leader
of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the
question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the
'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the
leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions.+fter
this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one.,ou can then sum up
the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include
interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
'iscuss your visit to a ne$ contacts house alon! $ith one of your 1hakti 2rksha senior members. +sk
the senior member also for his7her feed back on ho$ the meetin! $ent and $hat he learned from the
visit. ,ou can ask another senior member to accompany you for the follo$in! $eek. If each of the senior
members !ets to come a fe$ times to these visits, they $ill !ain confidence and the e#perience ho$ to
deal $ith the ne$ people. hey can then be entrusted to do the visits themselves takin! alon! $ith them
a .unior member for trainin! them as $ell. 3i!ht no$ you can ask the .unior members for their reports
on $hom they contacted for the $eek and $hat they mana!ed to achieve by their effort (invited them
for the pro!ram, sold them a book or .ust started to cultivate them in Krsna consciousness, etc). ?ive
them further assi!nments for the $eek. If they carry some prasadam alon! $ith them $hile they make
these preachin! efforts, it is bound to be more effective. Bote do$n in a book the preachin! efforts of
everyone. his $ill help you plan better to cover all the people that need to be visited, and also to train
all the members $ho need trainin! to do the visitin! themselves.
rasadam! "# minutes
+l$ays announce the members names that have sponsored for the prasadam, especially if it is for some
special occasion. 5ncoura!e them also to make offerin!s of simple s$eets in their homes.
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Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e %&K)
%he loud chanting of the hol' name +enefits even lo*er species of life!
hose $ho are actually servants of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu must seriously distribute this movement all
over the $orld to render the !reatest benefit to human society, Cf course, animals and other lo$er
species are not capable of understandin! this movement, but if even a small number of livin! bein!s take
it seriously, by their chantin! loudly, all livin! entities, includin! even trees, animals and other lo$er
species, $ill be benefited.
When Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu inquired from *aridasa hakura ho$ he $as to benefit livin! entities
other than humans, Srila *aridasa hakura replied that the *are Krsna mah@mantra is so potent that if it
is chanted loudly, everyone $ill benefit, includin! the lo$er species of life.
Sri 3aitan'a-caritamrta 0di
reaching is the essence9age 88;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
reaching Krsna consciousness is the highest *elfare activit' 9the ,ord is pleased *ith one
*ho preaches;!
-t is said that great personalities almost al*a's accept voluntar' suffering +ecause of the
suffering of people in general. %his is considered the highest method of *orshiping the
Supreme ersonalit' of :odhead) Who is present in ever'one5s heart.
*ere is an e#planation of ho$ those en!a!ed in activities for the $elfare of others are very quickly
reco!ni4ed by the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. he -ord says in 1ha!avad@?ita (%=.;=@;8), yaidam
paramam guhyam mad*bhaktesv abhidhasyatiCC++ na ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya*krttamah%
I Cne $ho preaches the messa!e of 1ha!abad@!ita to )y devotees is most dear to )e. Bo one can e#cel
him in satisfyin! )e by $orship.J
here are different kinds of $elfare activities in this material $orld, but the supreme $elfare acivity is
the spreadin! of Krsna consciousness. Cther $elfare activities cannot be effective, for the la$s of nature
and the results of karma cannot be checked>.. If one tries to spread Krsna consciousness all over the
$orld, he should be understood to be performin! the best $elfare activity. he -ord is automatically very
pleased $ith him. If the -ord is pleased $ith him, $hat is left for him to achieveF If one has been
reco!ni4ed by the -ord, even if he does not ask the -ord for anythin!, the -ord, $ho is $ithin everyone,
supplies him $hatever he $ants>.. he best $elfare activity is raisin! people to the platform of Krsna
consciousness, since the conditioned souls are sufferin! only for $ant of Krsna consciousness>..+ll the
sastras conclude, therefore, that spreadin! the Krsna consciousness movement is the best $elfare
activity in the $orld. 1ecause of the ultimate benefit this besto$s upon people in !eneral, the -ord very
quickly reco!ni4es such service performed by a devotee.
(hag. C.B.44 9@---!1) pp. "C#-"C1;
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Spiritual Edification-
2rom (hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
ra.a@vidya ra.a@!uhyam pavitram idam uttamam
pratyaksava!amam dharmyam su@sukham kartum avyayam
%his kno*ledge is the king of education) the most secret of all secrets. -t is the purest
kno*ledge) and +ecause it gives direct perception of the self +' reali>ation) it is the perfection
of religion. -t is everlasting) and it is Fo'full' performed. (: D."
his chapter of Bhagavad*gita is called the kin! of education because it is the essence of all doctrines
and philosophies e#plained before. +mon! the principal philosophers in India are ?autama, Kanada,
Kapila, ,a.navalkya, Sandilya and 2aisvanara. +nd finally there is 2yasadeva, the author of the =edanta*
sutra+ So there is no dearth of kno$led!e in the field of philosophy or transcendental kno$led!e. Bo$
the -ord says that this Binth "hapter is the kin! of all such kno$led!e, the essence of all kno$led!e that
can be derived from the study of the =edas and different kinds of philosophy. It is the most confidential
because confidential or transcendental kno$led!e involves understandin! the difference bet$een the
soul and the body. +nd the kin! of all confidential kno$led!e culminates in devotional service. ?enerally,
people are not educated in this confidential kno$led!eG they are educated in e#ternal kno$led!e. +s far
as ordinary education is concerned, people are involved $ith so many departmentsH politics, sociolo!y,
physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, en!ineerin!, etc. here are so many departments of
kno$led!e all over the $orld and many hu!e universities, but there is, unfortunately, no university or
educational institution $here the science of the spirit soul is instructed. ,et the soul is the most
important part of the bodyG $ithout the presence of the soul, the body has no value. Still people are
placin! !reat stress on the bodily necessities of life, not carin! for the vital soul. he Bhagavad*gita"
especially from the Second "hapter on, stresses the importance of the soul. In the very be!innin!, the
-ord says that this body is perishable and that the soul is not perishable (antavanta ime deha
nityasyoktah saririnah). hat is a confidential part of kno$led!eH simply kno$in! that the spirit soul is
different from this body and that its nature is immutable, indestructible and eternal. 1ut that !ives no
positive information about the soul. Sometimes people are under the impression that the soul is different
from the body and that $hen the body is finished, or one is liberated from the body, the soul remains in
a void and becomes impersonal. 1ut actually that is not the fact. *o$ can the soul, $hich is so active
$ithin this body, be inactive after bein! liberated from the bodyF It is al$ays active. If it is eternal, then
it is eternally active, and its activities in the spiritual kin!dom are the most confidential part of spiritual
kno$led!e. hese activities of the spirit soul are therefore indicated here as constitutin! the kin! of all
kno$led!e, the most confidential part of all kno$led!e.
his kno$led!e is the purest form of all activities, as e#plained in 2edic literature. In the Padma Purana"
mans sinful activities have been analy4ed and are sho$n to be the results of sin after sin. hose $ho are
en!a!ed in fruitive activities are entan!led in different sta!es and forms of sinful reactions. Dor instance,
$hen the seed of a particular tree is so$n, the tree does not appear immediately to !ro$G it takes some
time. It is first a small, sproutin! plant, then it assumes the form of a tree, then it flo$ers and bears
fruit, and, $hen it is complete, the flo$ers and fruits are en.oyed by persons $ho have so$n the seed of
the tree. Similarly, a man performs a sinful act, and like a seed it takes time to fructify. here are
different sta!es. he sinful action may have already stopped $ithin the individual, but the results or the
fruit of that sinful action are still to be en.oyed. here are sins $hich are still in the form of a seed, and
there are others $hich are already fructified and are !ivin! us fruit, $hich $e are en.oyin! as distress
and pain.
+s e#plained in the t$enty@ei!hth verse of the Seventh "hapter, a person $ho has completely ended the
reactions of all sinful activities and $ho is fully en!a!ed in pious activities, bein! freed from the duality of
this material $orld, becomes en!a!ed in devotional service to the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead,
Krsna. In other $ords, those $ho are actually en!a!ed in the devotional service of the Supreme -ord are
already freed from all reactions. his statement is confirmed in the Padma Purana%
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aprarabdha*phalam papam kutam bijam phalonmukham
kramenaiva praliyeta visnu*bhakti*ratatmanam
Dor those $ho are en!a!ed in the devotional service of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, all sinful
reactions, $hether fructified, in the stock, or in the form of a seed, !radually vanish. herefore the
purifyin! potency of devotional service is very stron!, and it is called pavitram uttamam" the purest.
6ttama means transcendental. Tamas means this material $orld or darkness, and uttama means that
$hich is transcendental to material activities.
'evotional activities are never to be considered material, althou!h sometimes it appears that devotees
are en!a!ed .ust like ordinary men. Cne $ho can see and is familiar $ith devotional service $ill kno$
that they are not material activities. hey are all spiritual and devotional, uncontaminated by the
material modes of nature.
It is said that the e#ecution of devotional service is so perfect that one can perceive the results directly.
his direct result is actually perceived, and $e have practical e#perience that any person $ho is chantin!
the holy names of Krsna (*are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are 3ama, *are 3ama,
3ama 3ama, *are *are) in course of chantin! $ithout offenses feels some transcendental pleasure and
very quickly becomes purified of all material contamination. his is actually seen. Durthermore, if one
en!a!es not only in hearin! but in tryin! to broadcast the messa!e of devotional activities as $ell, or if
he en!a!es himself in helpin! the missionary activities of Krsna consciousness, he !radually feels
spiritual pro!ress. his advancement in spiritual life does not depend on any kind of previous education
or qualification. he method itself is so pure that by simply en!a!in! in it one becomes pure.
1iscover'!
%) What is referred to as the kin! of all educationF What are its chief qualitiesF
/nderstanding!
%) What kno$led!e is considered very confidentialF Why are people !enerally una$are of itF
/) What is even more confidential than that to kno$F WhyF
<) Why is this kno$led!e the purestF
9) Why is this kno$led!e mentioned to be transcendentalF
5; 'escribe ho$ $e can see the result of this kno$led!eF
0pplication!
%) 'escribe the chan!es you have e#perienced in yourself after takin! up Krsna consciousness.
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Week 8B
,our 1hakti 2rksha should be a hub of enthusiastic activities no$ as the members are slo$ly meetin!
more days than one to!ether. hey should be attendin! the study classes, and at least a fe$ of them
must be attendin! the Sunday classes of the yatra. ?ivin! them e#posure to servin! and participatin! in
the bi!!er festivals of the yatra is also very essential. hey should have also started to come alon! $ith
you, even if only one at a time to your visits to the ne$ contacts. +part from that picnics etc on certain
$eek@ends at least once in a month or t$o months $ill !reatly enthuse them. +ll these activities and
influence $ill $ork miracles in brin!in! the members to!ether in spiritual consciousness. here are deep
lastin! spiritual relationships bein! built. +t the same time, since preachin! is very much emphasi4ed in
the 1hakti 2rksha, the members $ill be al$ays ready and lookin! for$ard to bein! e#pert preachers
themselves, so they could !ive the mercy to more and more people. Without this preachin! ur!e, the
relationships could .ust become stumblin! blocks in ones spiritual advancement. Cne may develop a
closed mentality and display symptoms of e#clusivity about the membership of the !roup and have a
discriminative attitude to$ards non@ members, etc.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. 3equest them to start readin! Srila (rabhupadas -ilamrta,
and share points from it. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin!
yet, you could ask the questionH ell us somethin! that you learned about yourself this year.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
,ou could ask someone chantin! %; rounds already to lead the Kirtana. ,ou could first ensure that they
kno$ ho$ to lead, and then you can encoura!e them to do so. his $ill enthuse them as $ell as the
other members, $ho $ill then feel confident to also make pro!ress in their commitments. +lso this is
part of their trainin! to become !ood Kirtana sin!ers as $ell. ,ou can !ive every $eek a different
devotee to lead the kirtana.
Japa. 15 minutes
+s most of the members are approachin! the completion of 8 months of re!ularly attendin! the 1hakti
2rksha and are all attendin! the study classes, they are no$ comin! close to takin! up the commitment
of takin! Srila (rabhupada +sraya. Dind out ho$ many of them are chantin! %; rounds of .apa and
encoura!e the others to start doin! so.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them.'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman.he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one.,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points
relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current
topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session ! 15 minutes
'iscuss your visit to a ne$ contacts house alon! $ith one of your 1hakti 2rksha senior members. +sk
the senior member also for his7her feed back on ho$ the meetin! $ent and $hat he learned from the
visit. ,ou can ask another senior member to accompany you for the follo$in! $eek. If each of the senior
members !ets to come a fe$ times to these visits, they $ill !ain confidence and the e#perience ho$ to
deal $ith the ne$ people. hey can then be entrusted to do the visits themselves takin! alon! $ith them
a .unior member for trainin! them as $ell. 3i!ht no$ you can ask the .unior members for their reports
on $hom they contacted for the $eek and $hat they mana!ed to achieve by their effort (invited them
for the pro!ram, sold them a book or .ust started to cultivate them in Krsna consciousness, etc). ?ive
them further assi!nments for the $eek. If they carry some prasadam alon! $ith them $hile they make
these preachin! efforts, it is bound to be more effective. Bote do$n in a book the preachin! efforts of
everyone. his $ill help you plan better to cover all the people that need to be visited, and also to train
all the members $ho need trainin! to do the visitin! themselves.
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Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e %;<)
%. he -ord *as Innumerable Bames Wto Indicate 'ifferent Dunctions and 'ealin!sX
Krsna e#pands *imself into many different namesH W-ord "aitanya to Svarupa 'amodara and
3amananda 3ayaXH I)y -ord, C Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, in ,our holy name there is all !ood
fortune for the livin! entity, and therefore ,ou have many names, such as Krsna and ?ovinda, by $hich
,ou e#pand ,ourself>.J Sri 3aitan'a-caritamrta 0nt'a-lila "#.1A.
/. I KrsnaJ Is the (rincipal Bame of ?od
In his prayer, the author of Srimad@1ha!avatam first proposes that -ord Sri Krsna is the primeval -ord
and that if any transcendental nomenclature for the +bsolute (ersonality of ?odhead is to be accepted, it
should be the name Krsna, the all attractive>. In (adma (urana it is also stated that of the innumerable
names of the -ord, the name of Krsna is the principal one. %eaching of ,ord 3aitan'a.
reaching is the essence9age 84;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
1evotee-preachers are engaged in the highest *elfare *ork!
%he self-effulgent @aikuntha planets) +' *hose illumination alone all the illuminating planets
*ithin this material *orld give off reflected light) cannot +e reached +' those *ho are not
merciful to other living entities. 4nl' persons *ho constantl' engaged in *elfare activities for
other living entities can reach the @aikuntha planets.
Drom this material $orld>.people can be transferred to the =aikuntha loka, if they incessantly en!a!e in
$elfare activities for all other livin! entities. Such incessant $elfare activities can really be performed
only in Krsna consciousness. here is no other philanthropic $ork $ithin this material $orld but Krsna
consciousness, $hich can en!a!e a person t$enty@four hours a day.
+ Krsna conscious bein! is al$ays en!a!ed in plannin! ho$ to take all the sufferin! humanity back
home, back to ?odhead. 5ven if one is not successful in reclaimin! all the fallen souls back to ?odhead,
still, because he is Krsna conscious, his path to 2aikunthaloka is open. *e personally becomes qualified
to enter the 2aikunthalokas, and if anyone follo$s such a devotee, he also enters into 2aikunthaloka.
Cthers, $ho en!a!e in envious of one another>,. Dnanis are not as sinful as Karmis+ Karmis" but they do
not try to reclaim others back to ?odhead. hey perform austerities for their o$n liberation. ,o!is are
also en!a!ed in self@a!!randi4ement by tryin! to attain mystic po$ers. 1ut devotees, 2aisnavas, $ho are
servants of the -ord, come for$ard in the actual field of $ork in Krsna consciousness to reclaim fallen
souls>. the -ord says that there is no one dearer to *im than those $ho preach the !ospel of 1ha!avad@
!ita to the $orld.
(hag. 4.1".8A 9-@!") pp.5"D;
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2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
(: D." contd..
In the 5edanta-sutra (<././;) this is also described in the follo$in! $ordsH prakasas ca karmany
abhyasat+ I'evotional service is so potent that simply by en!a!in! in the activities of devotional service
one becomes enli!htened $ithout a doubt.J + practical e#ample of this can be seen in the previous life of
Barada, $ho in that life happened to be the son of a maidservant. *e had no education, nor $as he born
into a hi!h family. 1ut $hen his mother $as en!a!ed in servin! !reat devotees, Barada also became
en!a!ed, and sometimes, in the absence of his mother, he $ould serve the !reat devotees himself.
Barada personally says,
ucchista*lepan anumodito dvijaih sakrt sma bhunje tad*apasta*kilbisah
evam pravrttasya visuddha*cetasas tad*dharma evatma*rucih prajayate
In this verse from -rimad-Bha!avatam (%.&./&) Barada describes his previous life to his disciple
2yasadeva. *e says that $hile en!a!ed as a boy servant for those purified devotees durin! the four
months of their stay, he $as intimately associatin! $ith them. Sometimes those sa!es left remnants of
food on their dishes, and the boy, $ho $ould $ash their dishes, $anted to taste the remnants. So he
asked the !reat devotees for their permission, and $hen they !ave it Barada ate those remnants and
consequently became freed from all sinful reactions. +s he $ent on eatin!, he !radually became as pure@
hearted as the sa!es. he !reat devotees relished the taste of unceasin! devotional service to the -ord
by hearin! and chantin!, and Barada !radually developed the same taste. Barada says further,
tatranvaham krsna*kathah pragayatam anugrahenasrnavam manoharah
tah sraddhaya me :nupadam visrnvatah priyasravasy anga mamabhavad rucih
1y associatin! $ith the sa!es, Barada !ot the taste for hearin! and chantin! the !lories of the -ord, and
he developed a !reat desire for devotional service. herefore, as described in the =edanta*sutra"
prakasas ca karmany abhyasat% if one is en!a!ed simply in the acts of devotional service, everythin! is
revealed to him automatically, and he can understand. his is called pratyaksa" directly perceived.
he $ord dharmyam means Ithe path of reli!ion.J Barada $as actually a son of a maidservant. *e had
no opportunity to !o to school. *e $as simply assistin! his mother, and fortunately his mother rendered
some service to the devotees. he child Barada also !ot the opportunity and simply by association
achieved the hi!hest !oal of all reli!ion. he hi!hest !oal of all reli!ion is devotional service, as stated in
$rimad*Bhagavatam (sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje). 3eli!ious people !enerally
do not kno$ that the hi!hest perfection of reli!ion is the attainment of devotional service. +s $e have
already discussed in re!ard to the last verse of "hapter 5i!ht (vedesu yajnesu tapahsu caiva), !enerally
2edic kno$led!e is required for self@reali4ation. 1ut here, althou!h Barada never $ent to the school of
the spiritual master and $as not educated in the 2edic principles, he acquired the hi!hest results of 2edic
study. his process is so potent that even $ithout performin! the reli!ious process re!ularly, one can be
raised to the hi!hest perfection. *o$ is this possibleF his is also confirmed in 2edic literatureH
acaryavan puruso veda+ Cne $ho is in association $ith !reat acaryas" even if he is not educated or has
never studied the =edas" can become familiar $ith all the kno$led!e necessary for reali4ation.
he process of devotional service is a very happy one (susukham). WhyF 'evotional service consists of
sravanam kirtanam visnoh SS1 K.&./<R" so one can simply hear the chantin! of the !lories of the -ord or
can attend philosophical lectures on transcendental kno$led!e !iven by authori4ed acaryas+ Simply by
sittin!, one can learnG then one can eat the remnants of the food offered to ?od, nice palatable dishes.
In every state devotional service is .oyful. Cne can e#ecute devotional service even in the most poverty@
stricken condition. he -ord says, patram puspam phalam toyam% *e is ready to accept from the devotee
any kind of offerin!, never mind $hat. 5ven a leaf, a flo$er, a bit of fruit, or a little $ater, $hich are all
available in every part of the $orld, can be offered by any person, re!ardless of social position, and $ill
be accepted if offered $ith love. here are many instances in history. Simply by tastin! the tulasi leaves
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offered to the lotus feet of the -ord, !reat sa!es like Sanat@kumara became !reat devotees. herefore
the devotional process is very nice, and it can be e#ecuted in a happy mood. ?od accepts only the love
$ith $hich thin!s are offered to *im.
It is said here that this devotional service is eternally e#istin!. It is not as the )ayavadi philosophers
claim. +lthou!h they sometimes take to so@called devotional service, their idea is that as lon! as they are
not liberated they $ill continue their devotional service, but at the end, $hen they become liberated,
they $ill Ibecome one $ith ?od.J Such temporary time@servin! devotional service is not accepted as pure
devotional service. +ctual devotional service continues even after liberation. When the devotee !oes to
the spiritual planet in the kin!dom of ?od, he is also en!a!ed there in servin! the Supreme -ord. *e
does not try to become one $ith the Supreme -ord.
+s $ill be seen in Bhagavad*gita" actual devotional service be!ins after liberation. +fter one is liberated,
$hen one is situated in the 1rahman position (brahma*bhuta), ones devotional service be!ins (samah
sarvesu bhutesu mad*bhaktim labhate param). Bo one can understand the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead by e#ecutin! karma*yoga" jnana*yoga" astanga*yoga or any other yoga independently. 1y
these yo!ic methods one may make a little pro!ress to$ard bhakti*yoga" but $ithout comin! to the
sta!e of devotional service one cannot understand $hat is the (ersonality of ?odhead. In the $rimad*
Bhagavatam it is also confirmed that $hen one becomes purified by e#ecutin! the process of devotional
service, especially by hearin! $rimad*Bhagavatam or Bhagavad*gita from reali4ed souls, then he can
understand the science of Krsna, or the science of ?od. Evam prasanna*manaso bhagavad*bhakti
yogatah+ When ones heart is cleared of all nonsense, then one can understand $hat ?od is. hus the
process of devotional service, of Krsna consciousness, is the kin! of all education and the kin! of all
confidential kno$led!e. It is the purest form of reli!ion, and it can be e#ecuted .oyfully $ithout difficulty.
herefore one should adopt it.
1iscover'!
%) Which is the most potent $ay to !ain enli!htenmentF
/nderstandingH
%) hrou!h the e#ample of Barada, e#plain ho$ $e can !ain spiritual enli!htenment.
"; *o$ is devotional service .oyful to performF
<) *o$ is devotional service o the -ord eternalF
4;Why is performin! devotional service so pureF
0pplication!
%) Which aspect7aspects of devotional service to you en.oy doin! the mostF 'o you find any
difficulty in renderin! any part of devotional serviceF
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hrou!h readin! Srila (rabhupadas books the members must be feelin! close to Srila (rabhupada and
must be developin! faith in him. ,ou can make them kno$ him better by sho$in! a video of Srila
(rabhupada. 5ither +charya %, /, <, 9, & or any of the I2 productions of Srila (rabhupadas recordin!s
available as video cassettes, 2"'s and '2's. Cr you can also play some of his lectures durin! prasadam
time. +lso it is very important that they read Srila (rabhupadas -ilamrta. If they can read at least the
abrid!ed version, they $ill come to kno$ more about *is 'ivine ?race and the history of ISK"CB. )ake
an announcement about the siksha seminar on takin! up ISrila (rabhupada +shrayaJ, durin! the
follo$in! $eek.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the
$eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. 3equest them to start readin! Srila (rabhupadas -ilamrta,
and share points from it.Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet,
you could ask the questionH Share about the day of your life that you consider most important.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes!
,ou could ask someone chantin! %; rounds already to lead the Kirtana. ,ou could first ensure that they
kno$ ho$ to lead, and then you can encoura!e them to do so. his $ill enthuse them as $ell as the
other members, $ho $ill then feel confident to also make pro!ress in their commitments. +lso this is
part of their trainin! to become !ood Kirtana sin!ers as $ell.
Japa. 15 minutes
+s most of the members are approachin! the completion of 8 months of re!ularly attendin! the 1hakti
2rksha and are all attendin! the study classes, they are no$ comin! close to takin! up the commitment
of takin! Srila (rabhupada +sraya. Dind out ho$ many of them are chantin! %; rounds of .apa and
encoura!e them to start doin! so.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna
consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first
$eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can facilitate a discussion
bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be
discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H ,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups
and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of
senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the
members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the !roup spokesman7$oman.he leader
of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the
question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his procedure is only for the
'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the
leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the questions.+fter
this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one.,ou can then sum up
the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include
interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
'iscuss your visit to a ne$ contacts house alon! $ith one of your 1hakti 2rksha senior members. +sk
the senior member also for his7her feed back on ho$ the meetin! $ent and $hat he learned from the
visit. ,ou can ask another senior member to accompany you for the follo$in! $eek. If each of the senior
members !ets to come a fe$ times to these visits, they $ill !ain confidence and the e#perience ho$ to
deal $ith the ne$ people. hey can then be entrusted to do the visits themselves takin! alon! $ith them
a .unior member for trainin! them as $ell. 3i!ht no$ you can ask the .unior members for their reports
on $hom they contacted for the $eek and $hat they mana!ed to achieve by their effort (invited them
for the pro!ram, sold them a book or .ust started to cultivate them in Krsna consciousness, etc). ?ive
them further assi!nments for the $eek. If they carry some prasadam alon! $ith them to !ive them,
$hile they make these preachin! efforts, it is bound to be more effective.Bote do$n in a book the
preachin! efforts of everyone. his $ill help you plan better to cover all the people that need to be
visited, and also to train all the members $ho need trainin! to do the visitin! themselves.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e %;9)
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4f all the hol' names of the Supreme ersonalit' of :odhead) the name 6Krsna7 is the most
po*erful!
Srila Sukadeva ?osvami has concluded the Bineteenth "hapter of the enth "anto of Srimad@
1ha!avatam by pointin! out five particular 5#cellencies of -ord Krsna>..he fourth e#cellence of -ord
Krsnas appearance concerns the !lories of *is name. It is stated in the 2edic literature that by chantin!
the different names of -ord 2isnu a thousand times, one may be besto$ed $ith the same benefits as by
thrice chantin! the holy name of -ord 3ama. +nd by chantin! the holy name of -ord Krsna only once,
one receives the same benefit. In other $ords, of all the holy names of the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead, includin! 2isnu and 3ama, the holy name of Krsna is the most po$erful.
he 2edic literature therefore specifically stresses the chantin! of the holy name of KrsnaH &are Krsna)
&are Krsna) Krsna) Krsna) &are &areE &are .ama) &are .ama) .ama .ama) &are &are. -ord
"aitanya introduced this chantin! of the
holy name of Krsna in this a!e, thus makin! liberation more easily obtainable than in other a!es. In
other $ords, -ord Krsna is more e#cellent than *is other incarnations, althou!h all of them are equally
the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
Krsna) the Supreme ersonalit' of :odhead.
reaching is the essence 9age 8C;
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
Spreadin! Krsna consciousness is hi!hest benefit for the societyH
)y dear +r.una, one $ho is en!a!ed in my pure devotional service, free from the contaminations of
previous activities and from mental speculation, $ho is friendly to every livin! entity, certainly comes to
me.
+ devotee of Krsna is friendly to everyone. herefore it is said here that he has no enemy. *o$ is thisF +
devotee situated in Krsna consciousness kno$s that only devotional service to Krsna can relieve a person
from all the problems of life. *e has personal e#perience of this, and therefore he $ants to introduce
this system, Krsna consciousness, into human society. here are many e#amples in history of devotees
of -ord riskin! their lives for spreadin! of ?od consciousness. he favorite e#ample is Nesus "hrist. *e
$as crucified by the nondevotees, but *e sacrificed *is life for spreadin! ?od "onsciousness> Similarly,
in India also there are many e#amples, such as hakura *aridasa. Why such riskF 1ecause they $anted
to spread Krsna consciousness, and it is difficult. + Krsna conscious person kno$s that if a man is
sufferin!, it is due to his for!etfulness of his eternal relationship $ith Krsna. herefore, the hi!hest
benefit one can render to human society is relievin! ones nei!hbor from all material problems. In such a
$ay, a pure devotee is en!a!ed in the service of the -ord.
Spiritual Edification
2rom 6(hagavad-gita 0s it is 9(g. 3h-D %eHt-14;
(? 1-@-$E :.03E 0.3. (&0K%-@E10$%0 SW0=- .0(&/010
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satatam kirtayanto mam yatantas ca drdha*vratah
namasyantas ca mam bhaktya nitya*yukta upasate+
0l*a's chanting =' glories) endeavoring *ith great determination) +o*ing do*n +efore =e)
these great souls perpetuall' *orship =e *ith devotion.
he mahatma cannot be manufactured by rubber@stampin! an ordinary man. *is symptoms are
described hereH a mahatma is al$ays en!a!ed in chantin! the !lories of the Supreme -ord Krsna, the
(ersonality of ?odhead. *e has no other business. *e is al$ays en!a!ed in the !lorification of the -ord.
In other $ords, he is not an impersonalist. When the question of !lorification is there, one has to !lorify
the Supreme -ord, praisin! *is holy name, *is eternal form, *is transcendental qualities and *is
uncommon pastimes. Cne has to !lorify all these thin!sG therefore a mahatma is attached to the
Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead.
Cne $ho is attached to the impersonal feature of the Supreme -ord, the brahmajyoti" is not described
as mahatma in the Bhagavad*gita+ *e is described in a different $ay in the ne#t verse. he mahatma is
al$ays en!a!ed in different activities of devotional service, as described in the $rimad*Bhagavatam"
hearin! and chantin! about 2isnu, not a demi!od or human bein!. hat is devotionH sravanam kirtanam
visnoh and smaranam" rememberin! *im. Such a mahatma has firm determination to achieve at the
ultimate end the association of the Supreme -ord in any one of the five transcendental rasas+ o achieve
that success, he en!a!es all activitiesUmental, bodily and vocal, everythin!Uin the service of the
Supreme -ord, Sri Krsna. hat is called full Krsna consciousness.
In devotional service there are certain activities $hich are called determined, such as fastin! on certain
days, like the eleventh day of the moon, 5kadasi, and on the appearance day of the -ord. +ll these rules
and re!ulations are offered by the !reat acaryas for those $ho are actually interested in !ettin!
admission into the association of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead in the transcendental $orld. he
mahatmas" !reat souls, strictly observe all these rules and re!ulations, and therefore they are sure to
achieve the desired result.
+s described in the second verse of this chapter, not only is this devotional service easy, but it can be
performed in a happy mood. Cne does not need to under!o any severe penance and austerity. *e can
live this life in devotional service, !uided by an e#pert spiritual master, and in any position, either as a
householder or a sannyasi or a brahmacariF in any position and any$here in the $orld, he can perform
this devotional service to the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead and thus become actually mahatma" a
!reat soul.
1iscover'!
%) What are the symptoms of a true mahatmaF
/nderstanding!
%) "an the $orshipper of a demi!od, or an impersonalist be considered a mahatmaF
/) 'escribe $hat the aspirations and activities of the mahatma are.
<) Why are the mahatmas sure to achieve their desired resultF
9) *o$ can one become a mahatmaF
0pplication!
%) Would you like to become a mahatmaF Why or $hy notF
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Week 8D
Welcome all the members and !uests. )ake a chan!e in the seatin! arran!ement, as today they $ould
all have to sit in a cro$d facin! the speaker, rather than in a circle. *ave the black board7 $hite board
ready $ith chalk or marker as the case may be, for the seminar. *ave a chair and table arran!ed for the
speaker. 'iscuss $ith your senior leader about $ho could possibly enact the short skit $hich is part of
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the seminar !iven belo$. +lso sho$ him7her the seminar material $ell in advance, so that they can be
$ell prepared. (repare the handouts to be !iven at the end of the class.
Kirtana! "# minutes! 3equest the senior to lead a kirtana for t$enty minutes.
Seminar! D# minutes -esson )oduleH Dor (3+1*A(+'+ +S*3+,+
0im!
o motivate members to take shelter of Srila (rabhupada
o inspire them to start performin! the )an!ala +rathi re!ularly.
o help them accept the re!ulative priciples in !reater detail( havin! only prasadam, avoidin! onion ,
!arlic, tea, coffee etc and avoidin! frivolous sports).
o start chantin! %; rounds
o attend the Driday 1ha!avatam class7 attend the 1ha!avad ?ita study !roups.
o start readin! the 1ha!avad ?ita systematically.
4+Fectives ! +t the end of the lesson the participants $ill be able toH
Will !ive at least four reasons $hy one should take shelter of Srila (rabhupada
Will a!ree to perform the )an!ala daily and $ill learn it from a senior devotee, in case they dont kno$ it
already.
Will commit themselves to observin! all the finer details of the four re!ulative principles, namely@ no
onion 6 !arlic, tea and coffee and avoidin! frivolous sports.
Will start offerin! all the food preparations to the -ord and only eat (rasadam.
Will a!ree to attend the Driday 1ha!avatam class re!ularly
Will a!ree to attend the study !roups for 1? as $ell as S1.
3onditionsH hey $ill volunteer to commit these thin!s.
3riteria! +tleast K&P of the members attendin! the pro!ram $ill a!ree to take up the (rabhupada
+shraya certificate immediately.
0ssessmentH 1y orally askin! them at the end of the class.
,essson lan!
%) Sho$ them the part % of the video cassette I+charya %6/J
/) -ecture onH
a) Srila (rabhupadas achievementsH
%) 1rin!in! the authentic 2edic reli!ion to the notice of the $hole $orld .
/) "onvertin! even mlecchas into first class brahmanas .
<) "onvincin! all kinds of people about the e#istence of ?od .
9) 3emovin! the misery of the people by !ivin! the mahamantra .
&) ?ivin! *is transcendental association to everyone and thus upliftin! them spiritually
;) 5n!a!in! everyone in the service of Krsna .
K) ?ivin! initiation to tens of thousands of devotees all over the $orld so that they may be connected
to Krsna and can !o back to ?odhead .
=) ranslated 6 $rote as $ell as published so many books for our spiritual kno$led!e and upliftment
8) ?ave us the simple process to achieve the hi!hest perfection .
%0) ?ave us emples, farm communities, ?urukuls, ?ovinda 3estarants, 3atha ,atras and numerous
festival celebrations, cultural festivals for our benefit and !ave us his o$n disciples, so that $e may learn
and follo$ his instructions and thus please Krsna. +lso lecture on the need to take the shelter of Srila
(rabhupada7 the benefits one !ets by takin! shelter of Srila (rabhupadaH
%) Cne feels more committed to follo$in! Srila (rabhupada.
/) Cne !ets spiritual stren!th from Srila (rabhupada.
<) Srila (rabhupada is a pure devote of the -ordG so by pleasin! *'? and servin! him, $e are easily
able to please Krsna.
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9) Srila (rabhupada is our Siksa ?uru and the Dounder +charya of ISK"CB, and so one has to take
shelter of his lotus feet, if one $ants to make further spiritual pro!ress.
&) "an understand the mysteries of the 1ha!avad ?ita only by his mercy.
Qui> !
%) Which year did Srila (rabhupada !o to the Anited StatesF
/) What $as the real reason for his successful preachin! $orld $ideF
<) What $as his missionF
9) What $as his relationship $ith his disciplesF
&) )ention at least ; of his achievements.
-ecture on the importance and si!nificance of performin! )an!ala +rathi, Napa, 3eadin! Srila
(rabhupadas books and maintainin! strict standards $ith re!ard to (rasadam, 'eity $orship, etc. Dlip
charts can have the pictures of the above mentioned processes $ith also the follo$in! points in the
respective charts.
(enefits 4f =angala 0rathi!
%) ?ives a very !ood spiritual start to the day.
/) 5arly hours are 1rahma )uhurta and are most suited for prayers.
<) Will !ive us !reat spiritual stren!th.
9) 2ery essential to advance in Krishna "onsciousness.
(enefits of chanting 1A rounds!
%) ?ives us !reat spiritual stren!th
/) Keeps our mind in Krsna consciousness throu!hout the day
<) his is the minimum recommended by Srila (rabhupada to be a Ihuman bein!J. Cther$ise our
consciousness is animalistic
9) ?ives us more taste in chantin!.
&) ?ives rapid advancement and the desire to render devotional service.
;) ?ives us !reat protection in our spiritual and material lives.
K) "an !et a deeper understandin! of the Krsna conscious philosophy.
4nion and :arlic
%) oo 3a.asic and amasic respectively in nature.
/) Cnion and !arlic not used in emples and reli!ious functions.
<) he (uranas estimonyH onion and !arlic $ere first produced $hen after co$ slau!hter, drops of
blood fell on the !round. he drops of the co$s blood transformed themselves and !re$ as onion and
!arlic. So the result of eatin! them is .ust as bad as eatin! beef.
&) 5asy substitutes available in cookin!
3offee and %ea
+ddictive
+cidic and so bad for the health.
ea consumption produces aluminum in the brain
Keep us dependent on them and thus on the bodily platform.
(enefits of taking onl' rasadam
%) It is Y)ercy of the -ordY .
/) 'estroys sins .
<) (urifies our consciousness .
9) We taste Krsna, and so the prasadam is e#tremely tasty L
&) )akes us re!ulated in our eatin! habits .
;) Is healthy, as $e only use foods in the mode of !oodness .
K) )akes us blissful, since it connects us to ?od .
=) ?ives us love of ?od .
8) 5asy and practical to follo$ the principle.
Skit for taking up s'stematic stud' of the (hagavad :ita .9 -n case 'ou are not a+le to get
people to enact it) Fust ask t*o people to read out the characters.;
'evotee to his friendH 3amesh, you must take up chantin! the *are Krishna mantra. It $ill really !ive
you so much bliss and happiness .
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3ameshH Why should I chant only *are KrsnaF here are so many !ods you kno$. I can chant any of
those mantras.
'evoteeH Bo, but Krsna is the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead .
3ameshH Says $hoF
'evotee H the scriptures .
3ameshH Well, I kno$ some scriptures $hich talk of -ord Siva as the supreme. "an you refute that $ith
any quotesF
'evoteeH Scratches his head. Well, you must have faith you kno$ .
3ameshH 1ut you talked of scripture. Where in the scriptures does it say that Krsna is the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odheadF
'evoteeH Well, er, I have for!otten. I $ill look it up and tell you.
3amesh H +nd can you tell me $hy $e must offer Krsna only ve!etarian foods. Kali mata accepts non
ve!etarian food you kno$. Where has ?od said that *e $ill only accept certain kinds of foods. I f *e has
created everythin!, everythin! must be !ood to eat.
'evoteeH (aside) )y 1hakti 2rksa leader told me to do it and I did it. Bo$ $here does it say all thisF)
-ooks dumb.
3ameshH +nd I also cannot understand $hy you are so fanatic about your reli!ious activities. Bo$, does
?od ever say that you must not $atch the cinemas once in a $hileF ,ou never take part in any of our
social functions. + little bit of drinkin! and $omani4in! is $hat !ives spice to life, you kno$. ,ou .ust
dont kno$ ho$ to en.oy life>
'evotee (aside) )aybe $hat he says is true. )aybe Krsna did not $ant us to be so fanatic after all>.
(-ooks be$ildered)
3ameshH Dor all the pu.a and $orship that you are doin! $hy are you sufferin! so much. ,ou are
constantly harassed by your boss, and your family members ill@treat you, and you are al$ays short of
money. What is the use of your $orshippin! *imF ,ou see me, I am moderate and balanced in my
reli!ious beliefs and I have no ma.or problem !oin! for me. ,ou should become smart in your material
dealin!s. ,ou should $ork hard like me>
'evoteeH but I do $ork hard... as much as is necessary. It is .ust my bad karma that I !et these
sufferin!s.
3ameshH hen, is there no hope for youF What a defeatist philosophyL Bo I $ould rather en.oy lifeL ,ou
become a sannyasi if you $ant>. (Walks out) .
'evoteeH Ch KrsnaL Why do I feel so confusedF> What do I doF Why dont I have any ans$ers for all his
questionsF *o$ can I reveal my defeat to my 1hakti 2rksa leaderF *e keeps scoldin! me for not readin!
the 1ha!avad !ita> (thou!htfully)>.. Ch yes> no$ I understand.. I must read the 1ha!avad ?ita
systematically and thorou!hly as my 2rinda leader has done.. hen I can be so stron! and preach
stron!lyL Ch yesL I am !oin! to start readin! the 1ha!avad !ita from todayL
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)any of the devotees $ho attended your seminar on Srila (rabhupada +sraya should have committed
themselves to that level. ,ou can ask them to fill in the siksha forms (the format is available in this
book). ,ou can apply for a certificate $ith the emple presidents si!nature for them from the yatra for
takin! on the commitment. ,ou can request for the certificates to be handed out durin! the
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Sunday7Sat7Dri $eekly pro!rams in the yatra, so the members $ill feel the !ravity of their commitment
and $ill feel enthused by the cheerin! of so many devotees. If for some reason this is not possible, you
could hand it out at the 2yuha pro!ram $hich $ill follo$ in / $eeks time. ,ou could invite a senior
devotee to come, attend the pro!ram and also address them for a $hile. he senior devotees can also
participate in the other interactive pro!rams, so that the members !et his7 her personal association too.
imely handin! out of the certificates is very important if you $ant to keep up the pace of their spiritual
advancement, our complacency can delay their spiritual !ro$thL
Satsanga! 15 minutes! Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH What makes 'ou most
angr'P What do 'ou do *ith the angerP
Kirtana! 15 minutes! ,ou could ask someone chantin! %; rounds already to lead the Kirtana. ,ou could
first ensure that they kno$ ho$ to lead, and then you can encoura!e them to do so. his $ill enthuse
them as $ell as the other members, $ho $ill then feel confident to also make pro!ress in their
commitments. +lso this is part of their trainin! to become !ood Kirtana sin!ers as $ell.
Japa. 15 minutes! +s many of the devotees of your !roup have committed to chantin! %; malas, you
can ask their reali4ations on chantin! and ho$ they make the time to chant everyday. ,ou can !uide
them to do better, and also those $ho are chantin! less rounds $ill feel inspired to keep improvin! their
chantin!. 5ncoura!e them to chant in the early mornin! hours of the day (1rahma muhurtha hour) $hen
their minds $ill also be fresh and calm after a !ood ni!hts rest. o be!in $ith they should chant at least
= rounds before they start the days $ork. hey should !radually come up to the level of chantin! all
their rounds in the mornin!. *elp them to schedule their day, so that they can fit in .apa, )an!ala +rathi
as $ell as readin! of the 1ha!avad ?ita, as $ell as Sandhya +rathi (if possible) daily.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a
brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better
to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one member, you can
facilitate a discussion bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes! +fter sharin! your preachin! activities for the $eek, you can make
plans for the forth comin! $eek in this $ayH
o take alon! $ith you one of the senior preachers $ho $ere accompanyin! you in the past fe$ $eeks
for visitin! ne$ contacts. Cnly this time, let them do all the talkin! $hile you support them in their
service, and later on you can !ive an assessment of ho$ $ell they did. In this $ay, they $ill be quickly
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trained and !ain the confidence to !o out on visits on their o$n and take alon! the .unior devotees in the
!roup alon! $ith them. ,ou can ask the .unior members for their reports on $ho they contacted for the
$eek and $hat they mana!ed to achieve by their effort (invited them for the pro!ram, sold them a book
or .ust started to cultivate them in Krsna consciousness, etc). ?ive them further assi!nments for the
$eek. If they carry some prasadam alon! $ith them to !ive them, $hile they make these preachin!
efforts, it is bound to be more effective. Bote do$n in a book the preachin! efforts of everyone. his $ill
help you plan better to cover all the people that need to be visited, and also to train all the members
$ho need trainin! to do the visitin! themselves.
rasadam! "# minutes! +l$ays announce the members names that have sponsored for the prasadam,
especially if it is for some special occasion. 5ncoura!e them also to make offerin!s of simple s$eets in
their homes and distribute it to their friends or acquaintances. It $ill be a very fulfillin! service for them
and $ill enable them to appreciate and understand the !lories of prasadam even further. ,ou can play a
video of Srila (rabhupadas from the +charya series or any other, or you can play one of his lecture tapes
$hile the devotees are honorin! their prasadam
.eRuest them to start reading Srila ra+hupada5s ,ilamrta) and share points from it.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e /%8)
"he Holy (ame Revives 9nes Dormant, :ternal Krsna &onsciousness1 +s a
snake-bitten man is brou!ht back to consciousness by the chantin!
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o# certain mantras, so one in the unconscious state o# material li#e
can be revived by hearin! the maha-mantra1
In the ?aruda purana the stress on hearin! is e#pressed very nicely. It is said thereH
Ihe state of conditioned life in the material $orld is .ust like a man lyin! unconscious, havin! been
bitten by a snake. his is because both such unconscious states can be ended by the sound of a mantra.J
When a man is snake@bitten he does not die immediately, but first becomes unconscious and remains in
a comatose condition. +nyone $ho is in the material $orld is also sleepin!, as he is i!norant of his actual
self or his actual duty and his relationship $ith ?od. So materialistic life means that one is bitten by the
snake of maya, illusion, and thus, $ithout any Krsna consciousness, he is almost dead.
Bo$, the so@called dead man bitten by a snake can be brou!ht back a!ain to life by the chantin! of some
mantra. here are e#pert chanters of these mantras $ho can perform this feat. Similarly, one can be
brou!ht back into Krsna consciousness from the deadly unconscious state of material life by hearin! of
the maha@mantraH &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are &areE &are .ama) &are .ama)
.ama .ama) &are &are. "he (ectar o#
Devotion
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he reachers approach ever'one impartiall'!
C++vedanta vadis" or the bhakti* vedantas, are impartial in distributin! the transcendental kno$led!e of
devotional service. o them no one is enemy or friendH and no one is educated or uneducated. Bo one is
especially favorable, and no one is unfavorable. he bhakti*vedantas see that the people in !eneral are
$astin! time in false sensuous thin!s, their business is to !et the i!norant mass of people to reestablish
the lost relationship $ith the (ersonality of ?odhead. 1y such endeavor, even the most for!otten soul is
roused up to the sense of spiritual life, and thus bein! initiated by the bhakti*vedantas" the people in
!eneral !radually pro!ress on the path of transcendental reali4ation.
Bha!% /%;%2.
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BY #5=58E &)/.E /+.+ B(/KT5=E#/8T/ $I/'5 P)/B(6P/#/
tad viddhi pranipatena
pariprasnena seva'S
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upadeks'anti te Fnanam
Fnaninas tattva-darsinah
%.0$S,0%-4$
Just tr' to learn the truth +' approaching a spiritual master. -nRuire from him su+missivel'
and render service unto him. %he self-reali>ed souls can impart kno*ledge unto 'ou +ecause
the' have seen the truth. - (: 4!84
/.4.%
he path of spiritual reali4ation is undoubtedly difficult. he -ord therefore advises us to approach a bona
fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession from the -ord *imself. Bo one can be a bona fide
spiritual master $ithout follo$in! this principle of disciplic succession. he -ord is the ori!inal spiritual
master, and a person in the disciplic succession can convey the messa!e of the -ord as it is to his
disciple. Bo one can be spiritually reali4ed by manufacturin! his o$n process, as is the fashion of the
foolish pretenders. he Bha!avatam (;.<.%8) says, dharmam tu saksad bhagavat*pranitam% the path of
reli!ion is directly enunciated by the -ord. herefore, mental speculation or dry ar!uments cannot help
lead one to the ri!ht path. Bor by independent study of books of kno$led!e can one pro!ress in spiritual
life.
Cne has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the kno$led!e. Such a spiritual master
should be accepted in full surrender, and one should serve the spiritual master like a menial servant,
$ithout false presti!e. Satisfaction of the self@reali4ed spiritual master is the secret of advancement in
spiritual life. Inquiries and submission constitute the proper combination for spiritual understandin!.
Anless there is submission and service, inquiries from the learned spiritual master $ill not be effective.
Cne must be able to pass the test of the spiritual master, and $hen he sees the !enuine desire of the
disciple, he automatically blesses the disciple $ith !enuine spiritual understandin!.
In this verse, both blind follo$in! and absurd inquiries are condemned. Bot only should one hear
submissively from the spiritual master, but one must also !et a clear understandin! from him, in
submission and service and inquiries. + bona fide spiritual master is by nature very kind to$ard the
disciple. herefore $hen the student is submissive and is al$ays ready to render service, the
reciprocation of kno$led!e and inquiries becomes perfect.
1iscover'!
%) What is the -ords advice on $ho $e can choose as our spiritual masterF
/nderstanding!
%) Why is it so important to accept a ?uru $ho belon!s to a proper disciplic successionF
/) 'escribe ho$ $e must approach a spiritual master and ho$ $e must enquire the truth from himF
<) *o$ do $e advance in spiritual reali4ationF
9) What t$o thin!s are condemned in our relationship $ith the spiritual masterF
&) Why is it important to please the ?uruF
0pplication!
What are your thou!hts about acceptin! a livin! ?uru in order to further pro!ress in your spiritual lifeF
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he devotees $ho are pro!ressin! as per schedule need to be !iven trainin! on ho$ to preach
confidently and e#pertly to ne$ people. he idea is that by the end of ;9 $eeks, quite a fe$ of them $ill
be ready and $ill a!ree to lead 1hakti 2rksha on their o$n, thou!h under the supervision and direction
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of you $ho $ill then be actin! in the role of a sector leader. ,ou have to en!a!e them from no$ on in
conductin! different parts of the pro!ram, and you can $itness ho$ they perform and must correct them
$herever they !o $ron!.,ou can ask one devotee to lead the Satsan!a, another devotee the kirtana, a
third, the spiritual edification session, etc. +fter a fe$ more $eeks you can also ask them to lead the
preachin! sessions. In the subsequent $eeks, you can shuffle the names of all the eli!ible candidates for
receivin! the trainin!, and in this $ay develop the communication and leadership skills in them. *ave a
meetin! $ith all the possible trainees and !ive them a briefin! on ho$ each part of the pro!ram is
conducted. hey can !o throu!h the instructions that are there in the modules. Since they are doin! it
ri!ht before you, they $ill not be too diffident about makin! mistakes, as you are there to correct them.
+lso the other members $ill feel comfortable due to your presence, and $ill not mind them conductin!
it.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point
that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in
turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the
questionH 'escribe an episode in $hich you lied to someone or someone lied to you. *o$ did you feel
afterF
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be
responsible for the Kirtana session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the
mantras bein! sun!, and that they offer the incense to the 'eities, etc.
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and
then conduct the .apa session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the
devotees .apa and their reali4ations on their pro!ress. +sk some of the devotees to share about their
.apa and ho$ they feel about it. ,ou can cover a fe$ devotees every $eek, so that everybody is covered
and at the same time, it does not !o beyond the japa session.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! +sk one of the most serious devotees to conduct this session.
5veryone $ill !et their turns, but a serious devotee $ill set the ri!ht precedent for the other trainees to
follo$. +lso the !roup $ill en.oy the e#perience. hey mi!ht be apprehensive to be led by someone other
than $hom they are used to. )ake sure that you are also present durin! the discussion and take part in
it as a re!ular member. ,ou can also correct the trainee leader $herever he !oes $ron! very discreetly,
so that he does not feel too embarrassed. Since the trainee leader is $ith his fello$ students, he $ill not
mind bein! openly corrected. Cnce they become leaders of ne$ !roups your correction $ill have to be in
private. (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in
advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. (lease read out the
passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them.) -et the people assembled find out
the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o, three
people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them sufficient time to
think. ,ou could ask leadin! questions for them to !o deeper and clearer in understandin! the sub.ect
matter and in !ivin! relevant replies. he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone. his is
the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least %& to /0
minutes for it. ,ou should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that you have. he 1hakti
2rksha leader should at last sum up all the points and !ive more points that he has. If there are ne$
comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a
summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o
throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have
a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin!
in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
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members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session ! 15 minutes! 'iscuss ho$ the different senior devotees felt after conductin! the
different features of the 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram. he other members $ill also appreciate $hat is !oin! on
and $hat is also in store for them as they pro!ress alon!. here $ill be a lot of cooperation amon! all of
them due to this. 'ra$ up a roaster of $hich devotee $ill conduct $hich aspect of the pro!ram for the
comin! $eeks. +s for the home visits, you can entrust some of the senior devotees $ho have been
accompanyin! you in the last fe$ $eeks, to take alon! the .unior devotees (chantin! 9 rounds at least
and are re!ularly attendin! the 1hakti 2rksha) for the visits, so that the .unior devotees $ill also !et
trained in this aspect of preachin!. ,ou can start takin! the senior devotees no$, one by one $ith you as
you make the home visits to the members of your !roup startin! $ith the .unior most. his $ill create a
lot of bondin!, $ill help remove anarthas faster and make them inspired to pro!ress faster in their
Krishna consciousness. ,ou can also encoura!e them in their book distribution, prasadam distribution,
street Sankirtan etc, $herever possible. hese $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and
!ainin! contacts for invitin! for festivals, etc, and also for their ne$ prospective 1hakti 2rksha.
rasadam! "# minutes! ,ou can also entrust the plannin! and or!ani4in! of the prasadam $ith the
senior members. hey should consult $ith you before finali4in! the menu etc, so they !et trained to
or!ani4e prasadam as $ell. Cther$ise they mi!ht consider a difficult task to do if they $ere to start a
1hakti 2rksha of their o$n. +nd such a !lorious service as conductin! a 1hakti 2rksha may be stopped
due to apprehensions about prasadam. If they are e#perienced $ith mana!in! prasadam, they $ill not
hesitate to enthusiastically start a 1hakti 2rksha of their o$n. )ake sure the menu is as simple and
uncomplicated as possible, so that it is easy for everyone to follo$.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9age ""#;
he spiritual consciousness of the sleepin! conditioned soul can be relieved by the transcendental sound
of the maha@mantra. Spiritual e#istence is eternal, $hereas the body is not. It is said that the spiritual
atmosphere is avyakta, uumanifest. *o$, then, can it be manifest for usF )akin! the unmanifest
manifest is this very process, of Krsna consciousness. +ccordin! to (adma (urana,
atah sri-krisna-namadi na bhaved !rahyam indriyaih
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sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah
IBo one can understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Sri Krsna
throu!h his materially contaminated senses. Cnly $hen one becomes spiritually saturated by
transcendental service to the -ord are the transcendental name, form quality and pastimes of the lord
revealed to him.J (1hakti@rasamtra@sindhu %././<9)
IBo one can understand Krsna as *e is by the blunt material senses. 1ut *e reveals *imself to the
devotees, bein! pleased $ith them for their transcendental lovin! service unto *im. In this verse, the
$ord indriyaaih means Ithe senses.J We have five senses for !atherin! kno$led!e (eyes, ears, nose,
ton!ue, and skin), and five senses for $orkin! (voice, hands le!s, !enitals, and anus). hese ten senses
are under the control of the mind. It is stated in this verse that $ith these dull material senses, $e
cannot understand Krsnas name, form, and so forth. Why is thisF Krsna is completely spiritual, and *e is
also absolute. herefore *is name, form, qualities, and paraphernalia are also spiritual .'ue to material
conditionin!, or material bonda!e, $e cannot presently understand $hat is spiritual, but this i!norance
can be removed by chantin! *are Krsna. If a man is sleepin!, he can be a$akened by sound vibration.
,ou can call him, I"ome on, its time to !et upLJ +lthou!h the person in unconscious, hearin! is so
prominent that even a sleepin! man can be a$akened by sound vibration. Similarly, overpo$ered by this
material conditionin!, our spiritual consciousness is presently sleepin!, but it can be revived by this
transcendental vibration of &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are &areE &are .ama) &are
.ama) .ama .ama) &are &are. "he *ath o#
*er#ection
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
Krsna consciousness should +e distri+uted to ever'one) *ithout discrimination!
With !reat respect, Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu requested +dvaita +carya, I?ive Krsna consciousness,
devotion to Krsna, even to the lo$est of men ScandalasR.J his is Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus order to all
*is devotees. Krsn*bhakti" devotion to Krsna, is open to everyone, even lo$@class men like candalas+
Cne should follo$ this order in the disciplic succession stemmin! from Sri +dvaita and Bityananda (rabhu
and distribute Krsna consciousness $ithout discrimination throu!hout the $orld. here are different kinds
of men, be!innin! $ith the brahmana and !oin! do$n to the lo$est platform kno$n as candala+
Whatever ones position, everyone in this a!e of Kali needs to be enli!htened in Krsna consciousness.
hat is the !reatest need of the day. 5veryone is acutely feelin! the pan!s material e#istence>. 5veryone
is feelin! the resultant pinpricks of Kali@yu!a brou!ht about by human societys indul!in! in illicit se#,
meat@eatin!, !amblin! and into#ication. Bo$ is the time for the members of the International Society for
Krishna "onsciousness to distribute Krsna@bhakti all over the $orld and thus follo$ the orders of Sri
"aitanya )ahaprabhu. he -ord has ordered everyone to become a !uru ,.c+ 'adhya 0+13?-C+ 5veryone
in every to$n and villa!e should be enli!htened by the instructions of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu. Krsna
consciousness should be distributed to everyone discriminately. In this $ay, the entire $orld $ill be
peaceful and happy, and everyone $ill !lorify Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu, as *e desires. he $ord candala
actually refers to a do!@eater, $ho is considered the lo$est of men. 5ven candala can be enli!htened in
Krsna consciousness due to Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus benedictions. Krsna*bhakti is not the monopoly of
a certain caste. 5veryone is eli!ible to receive this !reat benediction !iven by 7Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu.
5veryone should be !iven a chance to receive it and be happy. &c% 'adhaya /;%./
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BY #5=58E &)/.E /+.+ B(/KT5=E#/8T/ $I/'5 P)/B(6P/#/
yaj jnatva na punar moham
evam yasyasi pandava
yena bhutany asesani
draksyasy atmany atho mayi
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&aving o+tained real kno*ledge from a self-reali>ed soul) 'ou *ill never fall again into such
illusion) for +' this kno*ledge 'ou *ill see that all living +eings are +ut part of the Supreme)
or) in other *ords) that the' are =ine. (: 4!85
/.4.%
he result of receivin! kno$led!e from a self@reali4ed soul, or one $ho kno$s thin!s as they are, is
learnin! that all livin! bein!s are parts and parcels of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, -ord Sri
Krsna. he sense of an e#istence separate from Krsna is called maya (maUnot, yaUthis). Some think
that $e have nothin! to do $ith Krsna, that Krsna is only a !reat historical personality and that the
+bsolute is the impersonal 1rahman. Dactually, as it is stated in the Bha!avad-!ita, this impersonal
1rahman is the personal efful!ence of Krsna. Krsna, as the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, is the
cause of everythin!. In the Brahma-samhita it is clearly stated that Krsna is the Supreme (ersonality
of ?odhead, the cause of all causes. 5ven the millions of incarnations are only *is different e#pansions.
Similarly, the livin! entities are also e#pansions of Krsna. he )ayavadi philosophers $ron!ly think that
Krsna loses *is o$n separate e#istence in *is many e#pansions. his thou!ht is material in nature. We
have e#perience in the material $orld that a thin!, $hen fra!mentally distributed, loses its o$n ori!inal
identity. 1ut the )ayavadi philosophers fail to understand that absolute means that one plus one is
equal to one, and that one minus one is also equal to one. his is the case in the absolute $orld. Dor
$ant of sufficient kno$led!e in the absolute science, $e are no$ covered $ith illusion, and therefore $e
think that $e are separate from Krsna. +lthou!h $e are separated parts of Krsna, $e are nevertheless
not different from *im. he bodily difference of the livin! entities is maya, or not actual fact. We are all
meant to satisfy Krsna. 1y maya alone +r.una thou!ht that the temporary bodily relationship $ith his
kinsmen $as more important than his eternal spiritual relationship $ith Krsna. he $hole teachin! of the
Gita is tar!eted to$ard this endH that a livin! bein!, as Krsnas eternal servitor, cannot be separated
from Krsna, and his sense of bein! an identity apart from Krsna is called maya%he livin! entities, as
separate parts and parcels of the Supreme, have a purpose to fulfill. *avin! for!otten that purpose since
time immemorial, they are situated in different bodies, as men, animals, demi!ods, etc. Such bodily
differences arise from for!etfulness of the transcendental service of the -ord. 1ut $hen one is en!a!ed
in transcendental service throu!h Krsna consciousness, one becomes at once liberated from this illusion.
Cne can acquire such pure kno$led!e only from the bona fide spiritual master and thereby avoid the
delusion that the livin! entity is equal to Krsna. (erfect kno$led!e is that the Supreme Soul, Krsna, is
the supreme shelter for all livin! entities, and !ivin! up such shelter, the livin! entities are deluded by
the material ener!y, ima!inin! themselves to have a separate identity. hus, under different standards of
material identity, they become for!etful of Krsna. When, ho$ever, such deluded livin! entities become
situated in Krsna consciousness, it is to be understood that they are on the path of liberation, as
confirmed in the Bhagavatam (/.%0.;)H muktir hitvanyatha-rupam svarupena vyavasthitih%
-iberation means to be situated in ones constitutional position as an eternal servitor of Krsna (Krsna
consciousness).
1iscover'!
%) What kno$led!e can $e !et from a self reali4ed soulF
/nderstanding!
%) What do some people $ron!ly say about KrishnaF What is the absolute truth accordin! to themF
/) What is Brahma -amhitas e#planation of the +bsolute truthF
<) Why do the =a'avadis think that Krishna becomes fra!mented $hen *e e#pands *imself into
various e#pansionsF 5#plain $ith an e#ample.
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9) What do $e think is our identity $hen $e are in )ayaF
&) When are $e actually liberatedF
0pplication!
%) 'o you sometimes have to battle $ith / identities that you have at present, one material and the
other spiritualF Share an e#perience of such a conflict and $hich identity prevailed at the end.
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Week 4"
,ou have to make them a$are that shortly the !roup $ill be multiplyin! and that many of them could
become 1hakti 2rksha leaders after bein! properly trained. he study classes that you are conductin!
should also have !iven them sufficient incentive to !ain more kno$led!e of the 1ha!avad ?ita as $ell as
the Srimad 1ha!avatam and other smaller books of Srila (rabhupadas more systematically.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
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(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the question! Iell us of a time $hen
you felt blessed by the -ord.J
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be responsible for the Kirtana
session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein! sun!, and that they offer
the incense to the 'eities, etc.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and then conduct the .apa
session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the devotees .apa and their
reali4ations on their pro!ress.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
+sk one of the most serious devotees in the !roup to conduct this session. +ll the senior devotees $ill
!et their turns, but a serious devotee $ill set the ri!ht precedent for the other trainees to follo$. +lso the
!roup $ill en.oy the e#perience. hey $ill as it is be a little apprehensive to be led by someone other
than $hom they are used to. )ake sure that you are also present durin! the discussion and take part in
it as a re!ular member. ,ou can also correct the trainee leader $herever he !oes $ron! very discreetly,
so that he does not feel too embarrassed. Since the trainee leader is $ith his fello$ students, he $ill not
mind bein! openly corrected. Cnce they become leaders of ne$ !roups your correction $ill have to be in
private. (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in
advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. (lease read out the
passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them) -et the people assembled find out
the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o,
three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them sufficient time
to think. he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone. he 1hakti 2rksa leader should at
last sum up all the points and !ive more points that he has. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then
you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been
doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one
member, you can facilitate a discussion bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other
members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
+sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2riksha no$, to share their reali4ations
on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees
performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other
hand it can be very helpful in boostin! the confidence as $ell as !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$
effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. Cf course your .ud!ment of their performance has
to be also said so that they understand the correct standards for evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not
necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is. +sk
for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes.
"ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. ,ou can enquire
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from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtana etc,
hese $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! for festivals,
etc, and also for the ne$ prospective 1hakti 2rksha by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
,ou can also entrust the plannin! and or!ani4in! of the prasadam $ith the senior members. hey should
consult $ith you before finali4in! the menu etc, so they !et trained to or!ani4e prasadam as $ell.
Cther$ise they mi!ht consider a difficult task to do if they $ere to start a 1hakti 2rksha of their o$n.
+nd such a !lorious service as conductin! a 1hakti 2rksha may be stopped due to apprehensions about
prasadam. If they are e#perienced $ith mana!in! prasadam, they $ill not hesitate to enthusiastically
start a 1hakti 2rksha of their o$n. )ake sure the menu is as simple and uncomplicated as possible, so
that it is easy for everyone to follo$.
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bhoktaram yajna*tapasam
sarva*loka*mahesvaram
suhrdam sarva*bhutanam
jnatva mam santim rcchati
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/ person in ull consciousness o 'e" kno>ing 'e to be the ultimate beneiciary o all sacriices and
austerities" the $upreme !ord o all planets and demigods" and the beneactor and >ell*
>isher o all living entities" attains peace rom the pangs o material miseries+ Bg+ .h*1 TeJt*
3K
/.4.%
he conditioned souls $ithin the clutches of illusory ener!y are all an#ious to attain peace in the material
$orld. 1ut they do not kno$ the formula for peace, $hich is e#plained in this part of the Bhagavad*gita+
he !reatest peace formula is simply thisH -ord Krsna is the beneficiary in all human activities. )en
should offer everythin! to the transcendental service of the -ord because *e is the proprietor of all
planets and the demi!ods thereon. Bo one is !reater than *e. *e is !reater than the !reatest of the
demi!ods, -ord Siva and -ord 1rahma. In the =edas (-vetasvatara 8panisad ;.K) the Supreme -ord is
described as tam isvaranam paramam mahesvaram+ Ander the spell of illusion, livin! entities are tryin!
to be lords of all they survey, but actually they are dominated by the material ener!y of the -ord. he
-ord is the master of material nature, and the conditioned souls are under the strin!ent rules of material
nature. Anless one understands these bare facts, it is not possible to achieve peace in the $orld either
individually or collectively. his is the sense of Krsna consciousnessH -ord Krsna is the supreme
predominator, and all livin! entities, includin! the !reat demi!ods, are *is subordinates. Cne can attain
perfect peace only in complete Krsna consciousness.
his Difth "hapter is a practical e#planation of Krsna consciousness, !enerally kno$n as karma*yoga+
he question of mental speculation as to ho$ karma*yoga can !ive liberation is ans$ered here$ith. o
$ork in Krsna consciousness is to $ork $ith the complete kno$led!e of the -ord as the predominator.
Such $ork is not different from transcendental kno$led!e. 'irect Krsna consciousness is bhakti*yoga"
and jnana*yoga is a path leadin! to bhakti*yoga+ Krsna consciousness means to $ork in full kno$led!e of
ones relationship $ith the Supreme +bsolute, and the perfection of this consciousness is full kno$led!e
of Krsna, or the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. + pure soul is the eternal servant of ?od as *is
fra!mental part and parcel. *e comes into contact $ith maya (illusion) due to the desire to lord it over
maya" and that is the cause of his many sufferin!s. +s lon! as he is in contact $ith matter, he has to
e#ecute $ork in terms of material necessities. Krsna consciousness, ho$ever, brin!s one into spiritual life
even $hile one is $ithin the .urisdiction of matter, for it is an arousin! of spiritual e#istence by practice in
the material $orld. he more one is advanced, the more he is freed from the clutches of matter.
he -ord is not partial to$ard anyone. 5verythin! depends on ones practical performance of duties in
Krsna consciousness, $hich helps one control the senses in every respect and conquer the influence of
desire and an!er. +nd one $ho stands fast in Krsna consciousness, controllin! the abovementioned
passions, remains factually in the transcendental sta!e, or brahma*nirvana+ he ei!htfold yoga
mysticism is automatically practiced in Krsna consciousness because the ultimate purpose is served.
here is a !radual process of elevation in the practice of yama" niyama" asana" pranayama" pratyahara"
dharana" dhyana and samadhi+ 1ut these only preface perfection by devotional service, $hich alone can
a$ard peace to the human bein!. It is the hi!hest perfection of life.
1iscover'!
%) What < thin!s do $e need to kno$ for attainin! peace from material an#ietiesF
/nderstanding!
%) Why should -ord Krishna be the beneficiary in all our activitiesF
/) Why do livin! entities in the material $orld serve )aya insteadF
<) What happens $hen they are under )ayaF
9) *o$ can one come out of )ayas controlF
&) Why is action in Krsna consciousness considered to be the hi!hest perfection of lifeF
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0pplication!
%) Share your reali4ations on the times you feel an#ious or depressed. "an you think of ho$ you can
preach to yourself in those momentsF
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e //%)
(' chanting the hol' name) one5s heart is purified and one5s original Krsna consciousness is
a*akened!
Anderstandin! of Krsna consciousness is innate in every livin! entity, and it is already developed to some
e#tent $hen the livin! entity takes a human body. It is said in "aitanya@caritamrta ()adhaya@lila
//.%0K)H
nitya-siddha Krsna-prema < sadhya Kabhu naya
sravanadi-suddha-citte Karaye udaya
I(ure love for Krsna is eternally established in the hearts of livin! entities. It is not somethin! to be
!ained from another source. When the heart is purified by hearin! and chantin!, the livin! entity
naturally a$akens.J Since Krsna consciousness is inherent in every livin! entity, everyone should be
!iven a chance to hear about Krsna. Simply by hearin! and chantin!U$ravanam KirtanamUones heart
is directly purified, and ones ori!inal Krsna consciousness is immediately a$akened. Krsna
consciousness is not artificially imposed upon the heart, it is already there. When one chants the holy
name of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, the heart is cleaned of all material contamination.
"he (ectar o# ,nstruction "e=t-.
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he Krsna consciousness movement should +e spread ever'*here) to ever'one) *ithout
restriction!
In distributin! love of ?odhead, "aitanya )ahaprabhu and *is associates did not consider $ho $as a fit
candidate and $ho $as not, nor $here such distribution should or should not take place. hey made no
conditions. Wherever they !ot the opportunity the members of the (anca@ttava distributed love of
?odhead.>>>here is an authoritative statement that in distributin! love of ?odhead one should not
consider $hether the recipients are 5uropeans, +mericans, *indus, )uslims, etc,. he Krsna
consciousness movement should be spread $herever possible>.Sri "aitnaya )ahaprabhu desired that *is
name be spread in each and every to$n and villa!e on the surface of the !lobe. @ &c% +di >%2?
Week 48
+ttendin! the $eekly 1hakti 2rksha no$ must be very e#citin! for the members as there are so many
prospective leaders bein! trained to lead. his must have already sparked a sense of responsibility and
adventure in them. )ake an announcement about the 2yuha pro!ram that is to be conducted in the
follo$in! $eek. 'iscuss and allot responsibilities and services. ,ou can make a team to discuss the
various services to be performed. ,ou can .ust check up in the end if every detail $as covered. ,ou can
then co@ordinate $ith the other 2rinda leaders for havin! the .oint pro!ram.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
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instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the question! IIf you $ere to ask
Krishna to chan!e one thin! in the $orld today, $hat $ould that beF.J
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be responsible for the Kirtana
session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein! sun!, and that they offer
the incense to the 'eities, etc
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and then conduct the .apa
session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the devotees .apa. and their
reali4ations on their pro!ress.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
+sk one of the most serious devotees in the !roup to conduct this session. +ll the senior devotees $ill
!et their turns, but a serious devotee $ill set the ri!ht precedent for the other trainees to follo$. +lso the
!roup $ill en.oy the e#perience. hey $ill as it is be a little apprehensive to be led by someone other
than $hom they are used to. )ake sure that you are also present durin! the discussion and take part in
it as a re!ular member. ,ou can also correct the trainee leader $herever he !oes $ron! very discreetly,
so that he does not feel too embarrassed. Since the trainee leader is $ith his fello$ students, he $ill not
mind bein! openly corrected. Cnce they become leaders of ne$ !roups your correction $ill have to be in
private. (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in
advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. (lease read out the
passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them) -et the people assembled find out
the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o,
three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them sufficient time
to think. he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone. he 1hakti 2rksha leader should at
last sum up all the points and !ive more points that he has. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then
you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been
doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there are more than
one member, you can facilitate a discussion bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the
other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
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reaching Session! 15 minutes
+sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations
on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees
performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other
hand it can be very helpful in boostin! the confidence as $ell as !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$
effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. Cf course your .ud!ment of their performance has
to be also said so that they understand the correct standards for evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not
necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is. +sk
for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes.
"ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. ,ou can enquire
from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan etc,
hese $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! for festivals,
etc, and also for the ne$ prospective 1hakti 2rksha by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
,ou can also entrust the plannin! and or!ani4in! of the prasadam $ith the senior members. hey should
consult $ith you before finali4in! the menu etc, so they !et trained to or!ani4e prasadam as $ell.
Cther$ise they mi!ht consider a difficult task to do if they $ere to start a 1hakti 2rksha of their o$n.
+nd such a !lorious service as conductin! a 1hakti 2rksha may be stopped due to apprehensions about
prasadam. If they are e#perienced $ith mana!in! prasadam, they $ill not hesitate to enthusiastically
start a 1hakti 2rksha of their o$n. )ake sure the menu is as simple and uncomplicated as possible, so
that it is easy for everyone to follo$.
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Yada viniyatam cittam atmany evavatisthate
nisprhah sarva-kamebhyo yukta ity ucyate tada
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@hen the yo!i, by practice o# yo!a, disciplines his mental activities and becomes situated in
transcendenceAdevoid o# all material desiresAhe is said to be 4ell established in
yo!a% BG B%/0
/.4.%
he activities of the yogi are distin!uished from those of an ordinary person by his characteristic
cessation from all kinds of material desiresUof $hich se# is the chief. + perfect yogi is so $ell disciplined
in the activities of the mind that he can no lon!er be disturbed by any kind of material desire. his
perfectional sta!e can automatically be attained by persons in Krsna consciousness, as stated in the
-rimad-Bha!avatam (8.9.%=:/0)H
sa vai manah krsna*padaravindayor
vacamsi vaikuntha*gunanuvarnane
karau harer mandira*marjanadisu
srutim cakaracyuta*sat*kathodaye
mukunda*lingalaya*darsane drsau
tad*bhrtya*gatra*sparse :nga*sangamam
ghranam ca tat*pada*saroja*saurabhe
srimat*tulasya rasanam tad*arpite
padau hareh ksetra*padanusarpane
siro hrsikesa*padabhivandane
kamam ca dasye na tu kama*kamyaya
yathottama*sloka*janasraya ratih
IKin! +mbarisa first of all en!a!ed his mind on the lotus feet of -ord KrsnaG then, one after another, he
en!a!ed his $ords in describin! the transcendental qualities of the -ord, his hands in moppin! the
temple of the -ord, his ears in hearin! of the activities of the -ord, his eyes in seein! the transcendental
forms of the -ord, his body in touchin! the bodies of the devotees, his sense of smell in smellin! the
scents of the lotus flo$ers offered to the -ord, his ton!ue in tastin! the tulasi leaf offered at the lotus
feet of the -ord, his le!s in !oin! to places of pil!rima!e and the temple of the -ord, his head in offerin!
obeisances unto the -ord, and his desires in e#ecutin! the mission of the -ord. +ll these transcendental
activities are quite befittin! a pure devotee.J his transcendental sta!e may be ine#pressible
sub.ectively by the follo$ers of the impersonalist path, but it becomes very easy and practical for a
person in Krsna consciousness, as is apparent in the above description of the en!a!ements of )ahara.a
+mbarisa. Anless the mind is fi#ed on the lotus feet of the -ord by constant remembrance, such
transcendental en!a!ements are not practical. In the devotional service of the -ord, therefore, these
prescribed activities are called arcana" or en!a!in! all the senses in the service of the -ord. he senses
and the mind require en!a!ements. Simple abne!ation is not practical. herefore, for people in !eneralU
especially those $ho are not in the renounced order of lifeUtranscendental en!a!ement of the senses
and the mind as described above is the perfect process for transcendental achievement, $hich is called
yukta in the Bhagavad*gita+
1iscover'!
%) When is a person said to be situated in perfect yo!aF
/nderstanding!
%) *o$ do persons in Krishna consciousness achieve this perfection automaticallyF 5#plain $ith the
e#ample of kin! +mbarisa.
/) When is it possible for us to be al$ays en!a!ed in transcendental en!a!ementsF
<) Why is it much easier for devotees to achieve the transcendental state than the impersonalistsF
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0pplication!
-ist all your activities in Krishna consciousness durin! the day. What are the times that you remember
KrishnaF
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e ///)
3hanting of the &are Krsna mantra revives one5s dormant) eternal Krsna consciousness!
he transcendental vibration established by the chantin! of &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsan Krsan)
&are &areE&are .ama) &are .ama) .ama .ama) &are &are is the sublime method for revivin! our
transcendental consciousness. +s livin! spiritual souls, $e are all ori!inally Krsna conscious entities, but
due to out association, $ith matter from time immemorial, our consciousness is no$ adulterated by the
material atmosphere. he material atmosphere, in $hich $e are no$ livin!, is called maya, or illusion.
)aya means Ithat $hich is not.J +nd $hat is this illusionF he illusion is that $e are all tryin! to be lords
of material nature, $hile actually $e are under the !rip of her strin!ent la$s. When a servant artificially
tries to imitate the all@po$erful master, he is said to be in illusion. We are tryin! to e#ploit the resources
of material nature, but actually $e are becomin! more and more entan!led in her comple#ities.
herefore, althou!h $e are en!a!ed in a hand stru!!le to conquer nature, $e are ever more
dependent on her. his illusory stru!!le a!ainst material nature can be stopped at once by revival of our
eternal Krsna consciousness. &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are &are is the treancendental
process for revivin! this ori!inal, pure consciousness. 1y chantin! this transcendental vibration, $e can
cleanse a$ay all such mis!ivin!s $ithin our hearts. he basic principle of all such mis!ivin!s is the false
consciousness that I am the lord of all I survey. Krsna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the
mind. his consciousness is the ori!inal, natural ener!y of the livin! entity. When $e hear this
transcendental vibration, this consciousness is reivied. his simplest method of mediation is
recommended for this a!e>> Bo other means of spiritual reali4ation is as effective in this a!e of quarrel
and hypocrisy as the chantin! of the maha@mantraH &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are
&areE&are .ama) &are .ama) .ama .ama) &are &are.
%he Science of Self <.eali>ation
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he preacher is recogni>ed +' Krsna!
If one !ives the conditioned souls a chance to become Krsna conscious, all his activities are approved by
the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, $ho is e#tremely pleased>. Dollo$in! the e#amples of the previous
acaryas, all the members of the Krsna consciousness movement should try to benefit the conditioned
souls by inducin! them to become Krsna conscious and !ivin! them all facilities to do so> 1y such
activities, a preacher or anyone $ho endeavors to spread Krsna consciousness is reco!ni4ed by the
Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. +s the -ord *imself confirms in Bhagavad*gitaC+ IDor one $ho e#plains
the supreme secret to the devotees, devotional service is !uaranteed, and at the end he $ill come back
to )e. here is no servant in this $orld more dear to )e than he, nor $ill there ever be one more
dear.J Bha!% B%.%..
@'uha program
+ vyuha pro!ram involves the participation of t$o or three 1hakti 2rksha !roups to!ether in a combined
pro!ram. It is a break from the re!ular 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram and has a different format. + senior
leader is invited to !ive a discourse7 lecture. 1efore $e start describin! to you ho$ the 2yuha pro!ram is
conducted, let us see the reasons for conductin! it.
%) It is a break in format from the re!ular 1hakti 2rksha meetin!s. he members need to have
somethin! different and rela#in! periodically, so that a kind of complacency or monotony does not set in,
and their spirits are uplifted. his $ill also enthuse them to be more participative and involved in the
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1hakti 2rksha meetin!s.
/) It is a chance for them to come in touch $ith more senior devotees. If they have a sector leader7
circle leader 7!reater circle leader, then it is an opportunity to listen to their lecture and to associate
closely $ith them.
<) It is an opportunity for the senior leaders to come and observe the pro!ress of the 1hakti 2rksha
and to !et to kno$ the ne$ devotees personally.
9) he members !et to associate $ith other 1hakti 2rksha members and their leaders , and this is
very encoura!in!, inspirin!, educative and en.oyable for them. +s they feel that they are part of a lar!er
family and have common e#periences, this reinforces their stren!th and commitment to Krsna
consciousness.
&) he members !et to help in or!ani4in! the pro!ram, and so this is a !reat opportunity for them to
utili4e their talents in servin! Krsna. his also trains them in or!ani4in! pro!rams.
;) he cultural part of the pro!ram is entertainin! as $ell. he audience is enlivened and so are the
participants. )embers talents can be reco!ni4ed and appreciated. he (arents are very enthusiastic if
their children participate in a skit7son!7 dance7 sloka recitation7 etc. his can reinforce their interest in
the 1hakti 2rksha pro!ram further.
K) It is a !ood opportunity for the members to invite their friends and acquaintances for the pro!ram,
as it is not a re!ular one. It $ould be an en.oyable evenin! for them, as lon! kirtans, !ames, qui4,
cultural pro!rams, lecture, feast etc. $ould be included in the pro!ram. he 1hakti 2rksha members $ill
!et a $onderful opportunity to render different services $hile or!ani4in! the pro!ram. his increases
their service attitude, co@operation $ith other devotees 6 an opportunity to learn different skills Krsnas
service.
@'uha program 9" hours and 15 minutes; ?ou can adFust the time to suit 'our convenience.
%) *ave a re!ular +rathi and kirtan >> 8# minutes.
/) When everyone is seated, introduce the !uest of honor to the membersG $elcome him7her as $ell as
the audience. +ny of the 1hakti 2rksha leaders7 sector leader(if he is not the special !uest himself) can
do this. Introduce the different 1hakti 2rksha leaders to the audience. -et the leaders introduce their
members to the audience. hey can invite a fe$ of the volunteers $ithin the !roup to come and speak
about their e#periences of attendin! their 1hakti 2rksha. Nust / or < from each !roup $ould suffice. he
rest can be allo$ed to speak in future 2yuha pro!rams. his sets the mood for the cro$d to be a little
familiar $ith each other and thus rela#>>>>>..15 minutes
<) Invite the senior devotee to speak to the !uests>> 8# minutes
9) *ave a qui4 on the !eneral information they have learnt in Krsna consciousness. ,ou can qui4 them
from the modules you have covered for them so far. ,ou can divide them into different 1hakti 2rksha
teams>."# minutes
&) *ave a cultural presentation of a skit , 2aisnava son!, dance, sloka recitation etc. (you can include
one or more of them) >>>"# minutes
;) If you have any siksha certificates to be handed out, you could request the senior leader do so at
this .uncture.(If you have planned to distribute it else $here, then skip this.)
K) Serve prasadam to the !uests. >>>.."# minutes
=) 'o not for!et to take the ne$ visitors contact numbers and e@mail ids. If you have any pro!rams
for children, this could also be announced. Since this is already the 99
th
$eek, it $ill be difficult to absorb
them in the 1hakti 2rksha. ,ou can start an outreach pro!ram for them if there are quite a fe$
interested to attend. Cther$ise, you can invite them for special functions till you have completed the &/
nd
$eek in / months. hen they can be invited to attend the ne$ bhakti 2rksha $hich $ill start after the
current 1hakti 2rksha are divided.
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Week 45
,ou should have been creatin! a family feelin! amon! your 1hakti 2rksha members by havin! periodic
vyuha pro!rams, picnics, !et to!ethers etc as has been mentioned in the modules. his !oes a lon! $ay
in buildin! up close spiritual relationships $hich is the chief impetus for devotees to commit themselves
more and more to Krishna consciousness.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
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ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the question!
Iell us one thin! that you learned in your childhood that is no$ useful in your spiritual life..J
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be responsible for the Kirtana
session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein! sun!, and that they offer
the incense to the 'eities.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their pro!ress
in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
+sk one of the most serious devotees to conduct this session. 5veryone $ill !et their turns, but a serious
devotee $ill set the ri!ht precedent for the other trainees to follo$. +lso the !roup $ill en.oy the
e#perience. hey mi!ht be apprehensive to be led by someone other than $hom they are used to. )ake
sure that you are also present durin! the discussion and take part in it as a re!ular member. ,ou can
also correct the trainee leader $herever he !oes $ron! very discreetly, so that he does not feel too
embarrassed. Since the trainee leader is $ith his fello$ students, he $ill not mind bein! openly
corrected. Cnce they become leaders of ne$ !roups your correction $ill have to be in private. (lease ask
the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss
$ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then
you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been
doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a
discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him.
his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as
you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
+sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations
on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees
performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other
hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on
ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very
important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary
that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for
the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes.
"ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich
devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their
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book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them
e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams,
especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
,ou can entrust the plannin! and or!ani4in! of cookin! and servin! prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up
$ith the trainee leaders. hey should consult $ith you before finali4in! the menu so that they are trained
to or!ani4e the prasadam $ell. Cther$ise they mi!ht consider it a difficult task to start a vrinda of their
o$n. If they !ain e#perience in mana!in! prasadam, they $ill not hesitate to enthusiastically start one.
)ake sure the menu is simple and easy to be prepared by themselves.
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-ri-bha!avan uvaca
*artha naiveha namutra 5inasas tasya vidyate
na hi kalyana-krt kascid dur!atim tata !acchati
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%he Supreme ersonalit' of :odhead said! 4 Son of rtha) a transcendentalist engaged in
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auspicious activities does not meet *ith destruction either in this *orld or in the spiritual
*orldI one *ho does good) =' friend) is never overcome +' evil. (: A.4#
/.4.%
-n the -rimad-Bha!avatam 91.5.1B; Sri $arada =uni instructs @'asadeva as follo*s!
t'aktva sva-dharmam caranam+uFam harer +haFann apakvo 5tha patet tato 'adi
'atra kva va+hadram a+hud amus'a kim ko vartha apto 5+haFatam sva-dharmatah
IIf someone !ives up all material prospects and takes complete shelter of the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead, there is no loss or de!radation in any $ay. Cn the other hand a non@devotee may fully en!a!e in his
occupational duties and yet not !ain anythin!.J Dor material prospects there are many activities, both
scriptural and customary. + transcendentalist is supposed to !ive up all material activities for the sake of
spiritual advancement in life, Krsna consciousness. Cne may ar!ue that by Krsna consciousness one may
attain the hi!hest perfection if it is completed, but if one does not attain such a perfectional sta!e, then he
loses both materially and spiritually. It is en.oined in the scriptures that one has to suffer the reaction for not
e#ecutin! prescribed dutiesG therefore one $ho fails to dischar!e transcendental activities properly becomes
sub.ected to these reactions. he Bhagavatam assures the unsuccessful transcendentalist that there need be
no $orries. 5ven thou!h he may be sub.ected to the reaction for not perfectly e#ecutin! prescribed duties, he
is still not a loser, because auspicious Krsna consciousness is never for!otten, and one so en!a!ed $ill
continue to be so even if he is lo$born in the ne#t life. Cn the other hand, one $ho simply follo$s strictly the
prescribed duties need not necessarily attain auspicious results if he is lackin! in Krsna consciousness. he
purport may be understood as follo$s. *umanity may be divided into t$o sections, namely, the re!ulated and
the non@re!ulated. hose $ho are en!a!ed simply in bestial sense !ratifications $ithout kno$led!e of their
ne#t life or spiritual salvation belon! to the non@re!ulated section. +nd those $ho follo$ the principles of
prescribed duties in the scriptures are classified amon!st the re!ulated section. he non@re!ulated section,
civili4ed and non@civili4ed, educated and non@educated, stron! and $eak, are full of animal propensities. heir
activities are never auspicious, because $hile en.oyin! the animal propensities of eatin!, sleepin!, defendin!
and matin!, they perpetually remain in material e#istence, $hich is al$ays miserable. Cn the other hand,
those $ho are re!ulated by scriptural in.unctions, and $ho thus rise !radually to Krsna consciousness,
certainly pro!ress in life. hose $ho are follo$in! the path of auspiciousness can be divided into three
sections, namely (%) the follo$ers of scriptural rules and re!ulations $ho are en.oyin! material prosperity, (/)
those $ho are tryin! to find ultimate liberation from material e#istence, and (<) those $ho are devotees in
Krsna consciousness. hose $ho are follo$in! the rules and re!ulations of the scriptures for material
happiness may be further divided into t$o classesH those $ho are fruitive $orkers and those $ho desire no
fruit for sense !ratification. hose $ho are after fruitive results for sense !ratification may be elevated to a
hi!her standard of lifeUeven to the hi!her planetsUbut still, because they are not free from material
e#istence, they are not follo$in! the truly auspicious path. he only auspicious activities are those $hich lead
one to liberation. +ny activity $hich is not aimed at ultimate self@reali4ation or liberation from the material
bodily concept of life is not at all auspicious. +ctivity in Krsna consciousness is the only auspicious activity, and
anyone $ho voluntarily accepts all bodily discomforts for the sake of makin! pro!ress on the path of Krsna
consciousness can be called a perfect transcendentalist under severe austerity. +nd because the ei!htfold yoga
system is directed to$ard the ultimate reali4ation of Krsna consciousness, such practice is also auspicious, and
no one $ho is tryin! his best in this matter need fear de!radation.
1iscover'!
%) What is Krishnas assurance to those en!a!ed in spiritual activitiesF
/nderstanding!
%) Why is takin! up the path of devotional service the most important thin!F *o$ does Srila Barada e#plain
this fact in comparison to doin! ones occupational dutiesF
/) What $ill happen materially in his ne#t birth to a person $ho !ives up material duties for a spiritual life, but
is unable to attain perfection in his spiritual life eitherF
<) What happens to his spiritual life in his ne#t birthF
9) What happens to a person performin! his material duties properly, but no devotional service to the -ordF
&) Why is it bad to lead an unre!ulated lifeF
;) 5#plain the < kinds of people leadin! a re!ulated life of follo$in! scriptural in.unctions.
K) Which cate!ories of people amon! these re!ulated people are actually follo$in! the auspicious pathF WhyF
=) Which is the most auspicious !oalF Why can $e be fearless if $e have such a !oalF
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0pplication!
*o$ important is Krishna consciousness to youF (lease share your vie$s.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9age ""A;
Simpl' +' chanting one +ecomes free from sinful life) Stead' in devotional service) and elevated to
the platform of mahatma!
o cultivate kno$led!e for $orshipin! Krsna culminates after many, many births and deaths $hen one actually
becomes $ise. Where one becomes $ise in this $ay, he surrenders to Krsna, reco!ni4in! *im at last to be the
cause of all causes and all that is. hat sort of !reat soul is very rare. So those $ho have surrendered to Krsna
life and soul are rare sudurlabha mahatmas. hey are not ordinary mahatmas. 1y the !race of -ord "aitanya
that hi!hest perfectional status of life is bein! distributed very freely. he effect is also very encoura!in!,
other$ise, ho$ are boys and !irls $ithout any back!round of 2edic culture quickly occupyin! the posts rare
mahatmas simply by vibratin! this transcendental sound. *are KrsnaF +nd simply on the basis of this chantin!
the ma.ority of them (those $ho are very sincere) are steady in devotional service and are not fallin! do$n to
the four principles of material sinful life, namely (%) meat@eatin! (/) illicit se#ual connection, (<) takin! of
into#icants, includin! coffee, tea, and tobacco, and (9) !amblin!, +nd that is the least sutra of the 2edanta@
sutra, i.e., anavrttih Sabdat SI1y sound vibration one becomes liberatedJR. Cne has to learn by the result
((halena (ariciyate). Cur students are ordered to act like this, and they are not fallin! do$n. hat they are
remain! on the platform of pure spiritual life $ithout hankerin! to culture the above principles of avidya, or
sense !ratification, is the test of their proper understandin! of the 2edas. hey do not come back to the
material platform, because they are relishin! the nectarean fruit of love of ?od.
"he science o# sel# -realiCation
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
0 preacher in (rahma5s part' 9(rahma-samprada'a; is ver' dear to the ,ord!
he creation of the material $orld is not blind or accidental. he livin! entities, $ho are ever conditioned, or
nitay-baddha, are thus !iven a chance for liberation under the !uidance of *is WKrsnasX o$n representative
like 1rahma. he -ord instructs 1rahma in 2edic kno$led!e in order to diffuse this kno$led!e to the
conditioned souls. he conditioned souls are for!etful souls in their relationship $ith the -ord, and thus a
period of creation and the process of dissemination of 2edic kno$led!e are necessary activities of the -ord.
-ord 1rahma has a !reat responsibility in deliverin! the conditioned souls, and therefore he is very dear to the
-ord. 1rahma also does his duty very perfectly, not only by !eneratin! the livin! entities but also by spreadin!
his party for reclaimin! the fallen souls. he party is called the 1raham@Sampradaya, and any member of this
party to date is naturally en!a!ed in reclaimin! the fallen souls back to ?odhead, back home. he -ord is very
much an#ious to !et back *is parts and parcels, as stated in the Bha!avad-!ita+ Bo one is dear than the one
$ho takes the task of reclaimin! the fallen souls back to ?odhead. +nyone>>>. (reachin! the mission of the
-ord in the line of the 1rahma@sampradaya is al$ays dear to the -ord, and the -ord, bein! satisfied $ith such
a preacher of the authori4ed bhakti cult, shakes hands $ith him in !reat satisfaction.
Bha!1 2,D%/D
Week 4A
It is very important to train the devotees in their sadhana practices, as $ell as in renderin! practical
services properly. ,ou $ill have to have a fe$ sessions separately $ith them to check up on their
re!ularity of performin! the )an!ala +rathi, ?uru (u.a, Sandhya +rathi, etc, that they kno$ the e#act
procedures of conductin! the +rathis, the different mantras for offerin! bho!a to the -ord, honorin!
prasadam, etc,. hey should also be tau!ht the tilaka mantras and asked to $ear them everyday (they
could apply $ith $ater on the forehead $hen they !o out for $ork, they should $ear the ulasi neck
beads (could be hidden if they $ish), but must $ear it for their protection). ,ou should also ensure that
all of them kno$ the different +rathi son!s that they kno$ to play at least the karatala $ell, and kno$
ho$ to set up the altar.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
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instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the question! Iell us one thin! that
you learned in your childhood that is no$ useful in your spiritual life..J
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be responsible for the Kirtana
session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein! sun!, and that they offer
the incense to the 'eities.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their pro!ress
in their daily chantin!. .
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
+sk one of the most serious devotees to conduct this session. 5veryone $ill !et their turns, but a serious
devotee $ill set the ri!ht precedent for the other trainees to follo$. +lso the !roup $ill en.oy the
e#perience. hey mi!ht be apprehensive to be led by someone other than $hom they are used to. )ake
sure that you are also present durin! the discussion and take part in it as a re!ular member. ,ou can
also correct the trainee leader $herever he !oes $ron! very discreetly, so that he does not feel too
embarrassed. Since the trainee leader is $ith his fello$ students, he $ill not mind bein! openly
corrected. Cnce they become leaders of ne$ !roups your correction $ill have to be in private. (lease ask
the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss
$ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h
the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the
topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief
introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to
!ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If
there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the
other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
+sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations
on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees
performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other
hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on
ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very
important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary
that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for
the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes.
"ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich
devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their
book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them
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e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams,
especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
,ou can entrust the plannin! and or!ani4in! of the prasadam $ith the senior members. hey should
consult $ith you before finali4in! the menu so that they !et trained to or!ani4e the prasadam $ell.
Cther$ise they mi!ht consider it a difficult task to do $hen they start a vrinda of their o$n. +nd such a
!lorious service as conductin! a vrinda may be stopped due to apprehensions about prasadam. If they
are e#perienced $ith mana!in! prasadam, they $ill not hesitate to enthusiastically start a vrinda of their
o$n. )ake sure the menu is as simple and uncomplicated as possible, so that it is easy for everyone to
follo$ it.
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BY #5=58E &)/.E /+.+ B(/KT5=E#/8T/ $I/'5 P)/B(6P/#/
mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam sutre mani-!ana iva
%.0$S,0%-4$! H conLueror o >ealth" there is no truth superior to 'e+ Everything rests upon 'e" as
pearls are strung on a thread+ B& 0+0
/.4.%! here is a common controversy over $hether the Supreme +bsolute ruth is personal or
impersonal. +s far as Bha!avad-!ita is concerned, the +bsolute ruth is the (ersonality of ?odhead, Sri
Krsna, and this is confirmed in every step. In this verse, in particular, it is stressed that the +bsolute
ruth is a person. hat the (ersonality of ?odhead is the Supreme +bsolute ruth is also the affirmation
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of the Brahma-samhita1 isvarah paramah krsnah sac-cid-ananda-vi!rahahE that is, the Supreme
+bsolute ruth (ersonality of ?odhead is -ord Krsna, $ho is the primeval -ord, the reservoir of all
pleasure, ?ovinda, and the eternal form of complete bliss and kno$led!e. hese authorities leave no
doubt that the +bsolute ruth is the Supreme (erson, the cause of all causes. he impersonalist,
ho$ever, ar!ues on the stren!th of the 2edic version !iven in the $vetasvatara 8panisad (<.%0)H tato
yad uttarataram tad arupam anamayam/ ya etad vidur amrtas te bhavanti athetare duhkham
evapiyanti% IIn the material $orld 1rahma, the primeval livin! entity $ithin the universe, is understood
to be the supreme amon!st the demi!ods, human bein!s and lo$er animals. 1ut beyond 1rahma there is
the ranscendence, $ho has no material form and is free from all material contaminations. +nyone $ho
can kno$ *im also becomes transcendental, but those $ho do not kno$ *im suffer the miseries of the
material $orld.J he impersonalist puts more stress on the $ord arupam% 1ut this arupam is not
impersonal. It indicates the transcendental form of eternity, bliss and kno$led!e as described in the
Brahma-samhita quoted above. Cther verses in the $vetasvatara 8panisad (<.=:8) substantiate this
as follo$sH
vedaham etam purusam mahantam aditya*varnam tamasah parastat
tam eva viditvati mrtyum eti nanyah pantha vidyate :yanaya
yasmat param naparam asti kincid yasman naniyo no jyayo :sti kincit
vrksa iva stabdho divi tisthaty ekas tenedam purnam purusena sarvam
II kno$ that Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead $ho is transcendental to all material conceptions of
darkness. Cnly he $ho kno$s *im can transcend the bonds of birth and death. here is no $ay for
liberation other than this kno$led!e of that Supreme (erson. Ihere is no truth superior to that Supreme
(erson, because *e is the supermost. *e is smaller than the smallest, and *e is !reater than the
!reatest. *e is situated as a silent tree, and *e illumines the transcendental sky, and as a tree spreads
its roots, *e spreads *is e#tensive ener!ies.J Drom these verses one concludes that the Supreme
+bsolute ruth is the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, $ho is all@pervadin! by *is multi@ener!ies, both
material and spiritual.
1iscover'!
%)What are the pearls compared toF What is the thread compared toF
/nderstanding!
%) )ention all the scriptural evidences !iven here to prove that ?od is a person and that *e is the
supreme controller of both the material and spiritual $orlds.
/) What are the benefits of kno$in! these facts about the supreme -ordF
<) What are the disadvanta!es of not kno$in! or understandin! thee facts about the supreme -ordF
9) *o$ do the impersonalists interpret the scriptures to prove that ?od is impersonalF
&) *o$ can $e e#plain to them their mistaken understandin!F
0pplication!
he absolute truth is ultimately impersonal. 3efute this statement $ith scriptural evidences, lo!ic and
reali4ations of !reat devotees.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e //K)
3hanting the &are Krsna mantra +rings one to the point of full surrender to the lotus feet of
krsna.
S*aridasa hakura to the reformed prostituteRH I"hant the *are Krsna mantra continuously and render
service to the tulasi plant by $aterin! her and offerin! prayers to her. In this $ay you $ill soon !et the
opportunity to be sheltered at the lotus feet of Krsna.J +t least five thousand years a!o, -ord Sri Krsna
e#pressed *is desire that everyone surrender to *im ($arva*dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam
vraja S1!.%=.;;R. Why is it that people cannot do thisF Krsna assures us, aham tvam sarva*papebhyo
moksayisyamima sucahH II shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. 'o not fear.J 5veryone is sufferin!
from the results of sinful activities, but Krsna says that if one surrenders unto *im, *e $ill protect one
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from sinful reactions. )odern civili4ation, ho$ever, is interested neither in Krsna nor in !ettin! relief from
sinful acts. herefore men are sufferin!. Surrender is the ultimate instruction of Bhagavad*gita" but for
one $ho cannot surrender to the lotus feet of Krsna, it is better to chant the *are Krsna mantra
constantly, under the instruction of *aridas hakuara>>. althou!h Krsna $ants everyone to surrender
to *is louts feet, because of peoples sinful activities they cannot do this. 8a mam duskrtino mudhah
prapadyante naradhamah% M(g. B.15N rascals and fools, the lo$est of men, $ho en!a!e in sinful
activities, cannot suddenly surrender to the lotus feet of Krsna. Bevertheless, if they be!in chantin! the
*are Krsna mantra and renderin! service unto the tulasi plant, they $ill very soon be able to surrender.
Cnes real duty is to surrender to the lotus feet of Krsna, but if one is unable to do so he should adopt
this process, as introduced by Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu and *is most confidential servant. Bamacarya
Srila *aridasa hakura. his is the $ay to achieve success in Krsna consciousness. -ri &aitanya-
&aritamrta +ntya-lila ?%/?>
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%he preacher is ver' dear to the lord!
Iherefore, my dear youn! friends>.. Sho$ mercy to all livin! entities by enli!htenin! them in devotional
service, thus becomin! their $ell@$ishers.J he -ord says in Bha!avad-!ita F/0%;;G, bhaktya mam
abhijanti yavan yas casmi tattvatahH ICne can understand the Supreme (ersonality as *e is only by
devotional service.J (rahlada )ahara.a ultimately instructed his class friends, the sons of the demons, to
accept the process of devotional service by preachin! the science of Krsna consciousness to everyone.
(reachin! is the best service to the -ord. he -ord $ill immediately be e#tremely satisfied $ith one $ho
en!a!es in this service of preachin! Krsna consciousness. his is confirmed by the -ord *imself in
Bha!avad-!ita F/0%BDG% 8a ca tasman manusyesu kascin me priya@krttamahHJ here is no servant in
this $orld more dear to )e than he, nor $ill there ever be one more dear.J If one sincerely tries his best
to spread Krsna consciousness by preachin! the !lories of the -ord and *is supremacy, even if he is
imperfectly educated, he becomes the dearmost servant of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. his is
bhakti% +s one performs this service for humanity, $ithout discrimination bet$een friends and enemies,
the -ord becomes satisfied, and the mission of ones life is fulfilled. Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu therefore
advised everyone to become a !uru@devotee and preach Krsna consciousness (yare dekha"tare kaha
9krsna:*upadesa). hat is the easiest $ay to reali4e the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead. Bha!% >%B%2.
Week 4B
hese last fe$ $eeks of the vrinda are crucial in trainin! and !ettin! the members into the ri!ht mood. +
lot has to be achieved in a short time and it is definitely possible if you make them understand the value
of the trainin! you are !ivin! them. his happens due to close personal relationships that you are
continuin! to nurture on them. )ost devotees are especially enthusiastic in the first < years of their
spiritual life (accordin! to a survey conducted by the "hristian cell !roups). his is the best time to foster
in them unlimited enthusiasm to do devotional service in a humble mood $ithout e#pectin! anythin! in
return. 5#ample is better than precept and .ust as children accept their parents as role models in their
early years and are deeply influenced by them for life, your e#ample as a devotee and preacher is the
most valuable asset you are bequeathin! them. Cn the ;9th $eek, $e $ill consider ho$ the 1hakti
2rksha can be multiplied and $hat $ill happen $ith the members $ho are not ready yet to be leaders .
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a.-et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it.Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
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ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the questionH I'o you speak to others
about your past mistakesF Why or $hy notFJ
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be responsible for the
Kirtana session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein! sun!, and
that they offer the incense to the 1eities .

Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their
pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance
and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the
!roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat
you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can
have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith
him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups
as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
+sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations
on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees
performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other
hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on
ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very
important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary
that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for
the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes.
"ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich
devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their
book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them
e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams,
especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
,ou can entrust the plannin! and or!ani4in! of cookin! and servin! prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up
$ith the trainee leaders. hey should consult $ith you before finali4in! the menu so that they are trained
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to or!ani4e the prasadam $ell. Cther$ise they mi!ht consider it a difficult task to start a vrinda of their
o$n. If they !ain e#perience in mana!in! prasadam, they $ill not hesitate to enthusiastically start one.
)ake sure the menu is simple, easy to be prepared by themselves.

$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * G)H' B(/&/=/#*G,"+ +s 5t 5s
BY #5=58E &)/.E /+.+ B(/KT5=E#/8T/ $I/'5 P)/B(6P/#/
daivi hy esa !una-mayi
mama maya duratyaya
mam eva ye prapadyante
mayam etam taranti te
%.0$S,0%-4$
This divine energy o 'ine" consisting o the three modes o material nature" is diicult to overcome+ But
those >ho have surrendered unto 'e can easily cross beyond it+ B& 0+14
/.4.%
he Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead has innumerable ener!ies, and all these ener!ies are divine.
+lthou!h the livin! entities are part of *is ener!ies and are therefore divine, due to contact $ith material
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ener!y their ori!inal superior po$er is covered. 1ein! thus covered by material ener!y, one cannot
possibly overcome its influence. +s previously stated, both the material and spiritual natures, bein!
emanations from the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, are eternal. he livin! entities belon! to the
eternal superior nature of the -ord, but due to contamination by the inferior nature, matter, their illusion
is also eternal. he conditioned soul is therefore called nitya*baddha" or eternally conditioned. Bo one
can trace out the history of his becomin! conditioned at a certain date in material history. "onsequently,
his release from the clutches of material nature is very difficult, even thou!h that material nature is an
inferior ener!y, because material ener!y is ultimately conducted by the supreme $ill, $hich the livin!
entity cannot overcome. Inferior, material nature is defined herein as divine nature due to its divine
connection and movement by the divine $ill. 1ein! conducted by divine $ill, material nature, althou!h
inferior, acts so $onderfully in the construction and destruction of the cosmic manifestation. he =edas
confirm this as follo$sH mayam tu prakrtim vidyan mayinam tu mahesvaram+ I+lthou!h maya SillusionR
is false or temporary, the back!round of maya is the supreme ma!ician, the (ersonality of ?odhead, $ho
is )ahesvara, the supreme controller.J (-vetasvatara 8panisad 9.%0)
+nother meanin! of guna is ropeG it is to be understood that the conditioned soul is ti!htly tied by the
ropes of illusion. + man bound by the hands and feet cannot free himselfUhe must be helped by a
person $ho is unbound. 1ecause the bound cannot help the bound, the rescuer must be liberated.
herefore, only -ord Krsna, or *is bona fide representative the spiritual master, can release the
conditioned soul. Without such superior help, one cannot be freed from the bonda!e of material
nature. 'evotional service, or Krsna consciousness, can help one !ain such release. Krsna, bein! the
-ord of illusory ener!y, can order this insurmountable ener!y to release the conditioned soul. *e orders
this release out of *is causeless mercy on the surrendered soul and out of *is paternal affection for the
livin! entity, $ho is ori!inally a beloved son of the -ord. herefore surrender unto the lotus feet of the
-ord is the only means to !et free from the clutches of the strin!ent material nature. he $ords mam
eva are also si!nificant. 'am means unto Krsna (2isnu) only, and not 1rahma or Siva. +lthou!h 1rahma
and Siva are !reatly elevated and are almost on the level of 2isnu, it is not possible for such incarnations
of rajo*guna (passion) and tamo*guna (i!norance) to release the conditioned soul from the clutches of
maya+ In other $ords, both 1rahma and Siva are also under the influence of maya+ Cnly 2isnu is the
master of mayaF therefore *e alone can !ive release to the conditioned soul. he =edas (-vetasvatara
8panisad <.=) confirm this in the phrase tam eva viditva+ or IDreedom is possible only by understandin!
Krsna.J 5ven -ord Siva affirms that liberation can be achieved only by the mercy of 2isnu. -ord Siva
says, mukti*pradata sarvesam visnur eva na samsayah% Ihere is no doubt that 2isnu is the deliverer of
liberation for everyone.J
1iscover'!
%) What does the material nature consist ofF
/nderstanding!
%) Why is it difficult to overcome the influence of the material ener!yF
/) Why is the conditioned soul called IBitya baddhaJF
<) Who can help us out of this illusionF WhyF *o$ does this happenF
9) Why are -ord 1rahma and -ord Shiva not able to help us be liberatedF
0pplication!
What anarthas have you been able to overcome throu!h devotional serviceF Kindly share your
reali4ations.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e /<9)
(' al*a's chanting the maha-mantra) Krsna *ill protect us from sinful reactions!
Cne cannot commit sinful activities and at the same time advance in Krsna consciousness. 1ut Krsna
saya, aham tvam sarvpapebhyo moksayisyani% ISurrender unto )e, and I shall rescue you by !ivin!
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you liberation from all kinds of sinful reactions.J 5very one of us, life after life, is kno$in!ly or
unkno$in!ly committin! sinful activities. I may kno$in!ly kill an animal, and that is certainly sinful,
but even if I do it unkno$in!ly, it is also sinful. While $alkin! on the street $e unkno$in!ly kill so
many ants, and in the course of our other ordinary dealin!s@@@$hile cookin!, $hile takin! $ater, $hile
usin! a mortar and pestle to crush spices@@@$e kill so many livin! bein!s. Anless $e remain Krsna
conscious, $e are liable to be punished for all these unkno$in!ly committed sinful acts. If a child
unkno$in!ly touches fire, does it mean that the fire $ill e#cuse the child and not burnF Bo. Batures
la$ is so strict, so strin!ent, that there is no question of an e#cuse. 5ven in ordinary la$, i!norance is
no e#cuse. If $e !o to court and say, II did not kno$ that this action $as criminal.J this plea does not
mean that $e shall be e#cused. Similarly, i!norance is no e#cuse for trans!ressin! natures la$s.
herefore, if $e actually $ant to be free from the reactions of sinful life, $e must be Krsna conscious,
for then Krsna $ill free us from all sinful reactions. It is therefore recommended, kirtaniyah sada
harih S"c. +di %K@<%RH one should al$ays chant &are Krsna) &are Krsna) Krsna Krsna) &are &are
E &are .ama) &are .ama) .ama .ama) &are &are so that Krsna $ill save us.
"eachin!s o# $ueen Kunti
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
Krsna is merciful to the preacher! &e takes him +ack home) +ack to :odhead!
)y dear +r.una, one $ho is en!a!ed in )y pure devotional service, free from the contaminations of
previous activities and from mental speculation, $ho is friendly to every livin! entity, certainly come to
)e. + devotee situated in Krsna consciousness kno$s that only devotional service to Krsna can relieve a
person from all the problems of life. *e has personal e#perience of this, and therefore he $ants to
introduce this system, Krsna consciousness, into human society. here are many e#amples in history of
devotees of the -ord riskin! their lives for the spreadin! of ?od consciousness>..Why such riskF 1ecause
they $anted to spread Krsna consciousness, and it is difficult>.Bo$, $e can ima!ine ho$ merciful Krsna
is to those en!a!ed in *is service, riskin! everythin! for him. herefore it is certain that such persons
must reach the supreme planet after leavin! the body. BG //%;;
Week 4C
5ven from earlier $eeks, it $as su!!ested that if some of your members ever requested you that they
host the 1hakti 2rksha for a $eek or fe$ $eeks in their homes, it $ould be a !ood idea to do so. It
$ould !ive them blessin!s and happiness and the opportunity to attract their nei!hbors, friends and
relatives to attend the pro!ram. his $ay you can !radually increase your contacts for cultivatin! them
into re!ular members. Bo$ it is even more relevant to rotate the pro!ram in the trainee leaders homes,
so that they !et into the habit of hostin! pro!rams.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point that you have learnt from Srila
(rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are still a little
ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the question! Iell us about one thin!
that you learned the hard $ay, throu!h direct e#perienceFJ
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be responsible for the Kirtana
session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein! sun!, and that they offer
the incense to the 'eities.

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Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their pro!ress
in their daily chantin!. .
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance
and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the
!roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat
you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can
have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith
him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups
as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues, etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
+sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations
on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees
performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other
hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feedback on
ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very
important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary
that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for
the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes.
"ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich
devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their
book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them
e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams,
especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
)ake sure that the devotees preparin! prasadam are the ones $ho are chantin! %; rounds and follo$in!
the 9 re!ulative principles. If an initiated devotee can supervise them, it $ould be ideal. 1ut in the
absence or unavailability of such a person to do the service, persons $ho have taken Srila (rabhupada
+shraya can be en!a!ed in the service. 1ut please be very strict about the standards they follo$ $hile
cookin!H standards of cleanliness, standards of ho$ they maintain their Krishna consciousness devotion
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$hile cookin! (can be chantin! or listenin! to Krishna conscious kirtans and lectures from the
tapes7"'s), and standards of offerin! bho!a to the -ord.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9age "5B;
-f one can control the tongue +' engaging it in tasting prasada and chanting &are Krsna) all
the other senses can +e controlled!
Self@control means that one should not accept anythin! $hich is detrimental to the path of spiritual
pro!ress. Cne should become accustomed to this and re.ect anythin! $hich is a!ainst the path of
spiritual pro!ress. his is real renunciation. he senses are so stron! that they are al$ays an#ious to
have sense !ratification. Cne should not cater to these demands, $hich are not necessary. he senses
should only be !ratified to keep the body fit so that one can dischar!e his duty in advancin! in spiritual
life. he most important and uncontrollable sense is the ton!ue. If one can control the ton!ue, then
there is every possibility of controllin! the senses. he function of the ton!ue is to taste and to vibrate.
herefore, by systematic re!ulation, the ton!ue should al$ays be en!a!ed in tastin! the remnants of
foodstuffs offered to Krsna and chantin! &are Krsna. Bha!avad-!ita +s ,t ,s /?%0-/2
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
=em+ers of -SK34$ should +e assured of the ,ord5s protection and preach!
In all kinds of dan!er, they (the members of the Krsna consciousness society) should be confident of
their protection by the 2isnudutas or the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, as confirmed it Bhagavad*
gita (kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati). )aterial dan!er is not meant for devotees. his is
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also confirmed in $rimad*Bhagavatam+ *adam padam yad vipadam na tesam% in this material $orld
there are dan!ers at every step, but they are not meant for devotees $ho have fully surrendered unto
the lotus feet of the -ord. he pure devotees of -ord 2isnu may rest assured of the -ords protection, and
as lon! as they are in this material $orld they should fully en!a!e in devotional service by preachin! the
cult of Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu 6 -ord Krsna, namely the *are Krsna movement of Krsna
consciousness.Bh!% B%?%/0
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avyakto ksara ity uktas
tam ahuh paramam !atim
yam prapya na nivartante
tad dhama paramam mama
%.0$S,0%-4$
hat $hich the @edantists describe as unmanifest and infallible, that $hich is kno$n as the supreme
destination, that place from $hich, havin! attained it, one never returnsUthat is )y supreme
abode. 1? =./%
/.4.%
he supreme abode of the (ersonality of ?odhead, Krsna, is described in the Brahma*samhita as
cintamani*dhama" a place $here all desires are fulfilled. he supreme abode of -ord Krsna, kno$n as
?oloka 2rndavan, is full of palaces made of touchstone. here are also trees, called Idesire trees,J that
supply any type of eatable upon demand, and there are co$s, kno$n as surabhi co$s, $hich supply a
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limitless supply of milk. In this abode, the -ord is served by hundreds of thousands of !oddesses of
fortune (-aksmis), and *e is called ?ovinda, the primal -ord and the cause of all causes.
he -ord is accustomed to blo$ *is flute (venum kvanantam). *is transcendental form is the most
attractive in all the $orldsU*is eyes are like lotus petals, and the color of *is body is like the color of
clouds. *e is so attractive that *is beauty e#cels that of thousands of "upids. *e $ears saffron cloth, a
!arland around *is neck and a peacock feather in *is hair. In the Bhagavad*gita -ord Krsna !ives only a
small hint of *is personal abode, ?oloka 2rndavana, $hich is the supermost planet in the spiritual
kin!dom. + vivid description is !iven in the Brahma*samhita+ 2edic literatures (Katha 8panisad %.<.%%)
state that there is nothin! superior to the abode of the Supreme ?odhead, and that that abode is the
ultimate destination (purusan na param kincit sa kastha parama gatih). When one attains to it, he never
returns to the material $orld. Krsnas supreme abode and Krsna *imself are non@different, bein! of the
same quality. Cn this earth, 2rndavan, ninety miles southeast of 'elhi, is a replica of that supreme
?oloka 2rndavan located in the spiritual sky. When Krsna descended on this earth, *e sported on that
particular tract of land kno$n as 2rndavan, comprisin! about ei!hty@four square miles in the district of
)athura, India.
1iscover'!
%) 'escribe ?oloka 2rndavan or the spiritual $orld as !iven in the Brahma samhita
/) 'escribe -ord Krishnas form as !iven in the Brahma samhita.+
/nderstanding!
%) What is very si!nificant about the nature of the spiritual $orldF
/) Why is the land kno$n as 2rindavan 80 miles south east of 'elhi situated on this earth, equally
important and $orshipable as the ori!inal ?oloka 2rndavanF
0pplication!
%) *ave you read the pastimes in the book IKrishna he Supreme (ersonality of ?odheadJ by *'? Srila
(rabhupadaF Share a pastime of Krishnas from that book. If you have not read the book, then share all
that you kno$ about -ord Krishna from any of Srila (rabhupadas books.
Week 4D
If you have been encoura!in! all your vrinda members to be attendin! the temple or the centrally
coordinated pro!rams of the Bama *atta 'irectorate, they $ould have benefited a lot by the hi!her
standards of the pro!ram, e#posure to senior devotees, as $ell as devotees from other vrindas. his is
very important for their development. +s a !ood parent is al$ays concerned about the all round
development of his children, you have to ensure that they benefit in the best possible $ay.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point
that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in
turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the
question! Iell us of a time you felt .oy of servin! someone else.J
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be
responsible for the Kirtana session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras
bein! sun!, and that they offer the incense to the 'eities.

Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct
the .apa session by leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to
share their pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
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Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues, etc to substantiate the topic.
rasadam! "# minutes! (rasadam time has to be totally rela#ed and a happy one. 'o not discuss any
serious or disturbin! topics at that time, lest there be ar!uments, etc. It must be a time for sociali4in!,
for cultivatin! relationships and also for learnin! or sharin! thin!s very informally. It is also the only
activity durin! $hich all the a!e !roups and se#es can be to!ether e#chan!in! a lot of affection, concern
and service. It !ives everyone unlimited opportunity to e#press love. Share the importance of prasadam
time $ith all your 12 members.
reaching Session! 15 minutes! +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti
2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups
evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this
kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in
!ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our
.ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to understand the correct standards of
evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho
facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon!
$ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more
.unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire
from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc.
hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin!
them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the
trainee leaders shortly.
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Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9age "5C;
%hose *ho have tasted the nectar of chanting the hol' name do not care for an' other
spiritual +liss or for material comforts!
he personified 2edas saidHR Ihe most intelli!ent devotees do not take to any means of self@reali4ation
e#cept devotional service and constant en!a!ement in the nine different processes of devotional life,
especially hearin! and chantin!. When hearin! and chantin! about your transcendental pastimes, ,our
devotees do not care even for the transcendental bliss derived from liberation or from mer!in! into the
e#istence of the Supreme. Such devotees are not interested even in so@called liberation, and certainly
they have no interested in material activities for elevation to the heavenly planets for sense !ratification.
(ure devotees seek only the association of paramahamsas, or !reat@liberated devotees, so that they can
continually hear and chant about ,our !lories. Dor this purpose the pure devotees are prepared to
sacrifice all comforts of life, even !ivin! up the material comforts of family life and so called society,
friendship and love. hose $ho have tasted the nectar of devotion by relishin! the transcendental
vibration of chantin! ,our !lories. *are Krsna, *are Krsna, Krsna Krsna, *are *are7 *are 3ama, *are
3ama, 3ama 3ama, *are *are, do not care for any other spiritual bliss or for material comforts, $hich
appear to the pure devotee to be less important than the stra$ in the street.J Krsna, the -upreme
*ersonality o# Godhead
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reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
Servants of :od preach and thus +ecome dear to the ,ord!
>asuras are !radually rectified to ?od consciousness by the mercy of the -ords liberated servitors in
different countries accordin! to the Supreme $ill. Such devotees of ?od are very confidential associates
of the -ord, and $hen they come to save human society from the dan!ers of !odlessness, they are
kno$n as the po$erful incarnations of the -ord, as sons of the -ord, as servants of the -ord or as
associates of the -ord> Such servants of ?od are called mahatmas, or tirthas, and they preach
accordin! to particular time and place. he servants of ?od ur!e people to become devotees of the
-ord>>. he servants of ?od come to propa!ate ?od consciousness, and intelli!ent people shlould
cooperate $ith them in every respect. 1y servin! the servant of ?od, one can please ?od more than by
directly servin! the -ord. he -ord is more pleased $hen *e sees that *is servants are properly
respected because such servants risk everythin! for the service of the -ord and so are very dear to the
-ord. he -ord declares in the Bha!avad-!ita F /0%BDG that no one is dearer to *im than one $ho risks
everythin! to preach *is !lory. Bha!% /%2%/B
$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * G)H' B(/&/=/#*&5T/ /s 5t 5s
BY #5=58E &)/.E /+.+ B(/KT5=E#/8T/ $I/'5 P)/B(6P/#/
mahatmanas tu mam partha
daivim prakrtim asritah
bhajanty ananya*manaso
jnatva bhutadim avyayam
%.0$S,0%-4$
H son o *rtha" those >ho are not deluded" the great souls" are under the protection o the divine
nature+ They are ully engaged in devotional service because they kno> 'e as the $upreme
Personality o &odhead" original and ineJhaustible+ B& K+13
/.4.%
In this verse the description of the mahatma is clearly !iven. he first si!n of the mahatma is that he is
already situated in the divine nature. *e is not under the control of material nature. +nd ho$ is this
effectedF hat is e#plained in the Seventh "hapterH one $ho surrenders unto the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead, Sri Krsna, at once becomes freed from the control of material nature. hat is the qualification.
Cne can become free from the control of material nature as soon as he surrenders his soul to the
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Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. hat is the preliminary formula. 1ein! mar!inal potency, as soon as
the livin! entity is freed from the control of material nature, he is put under the !uidance of the spiritual
nature. he !uidance of the spiritual nature is called daivi prakrti" divine nature. So $hen one is
promoted in that $ayUby surrenderin! to the Supreme (ersonality of ?odheadUone attains to the sta!e
of !reat soul, mahatma+ he mahatma does not divert his attention to anythin! outside Krsna, because
he kno$s perfectly $ell that Krsna is the ori!inal Supreme (erson, the cause of all causes. here is no
doubt about it. Such a mahatma" or !reat soul, develops throu!h association $ith other mahatmas" pure
devotees. (ure devotees are not even attracted by Krsnas other features, such as the four@armed )aha@
2isnu. hey are simply attracted by the t$o@armed form of Krsna. hey are not attracted to other
features of Krsna, nor are they concerned $ith any form of a demi!od or of a human bein!. hey
meditate only upon Krsna in Krsna consciousness. hey are al$ays en!a!ed in the uns$ervin! service of
the -ord in Krsna consciousness.
1iscover'!
%) What are the symptoms of a !reat soul or mahatmaF
/nderstandingH
%) *o$ can one become freed from the control of material natureF
/) What happens to one $ho is freed from the clutches of the material eneryF
<) Why does a mahatma not divert his attention to anythin! other than KrishnaF
9) *o$ does a person become a )ahatmaF
&) *o$ is a mahatma absorbed in Krishna consciousnessF
0pplicationH
%) Would you like to become a )ahatmaF Why or $hy notF
Week 5#
+s the days are nearin! for the vrinda to divide, and for devotees to make solid commitments in siksha of
takin! ?uru +shraya as $ell as in takin! up services of responsibility, the air must be full of mi#ed feelin!s of
e#citement, anticipation, nervousness and the pain of separation. Anderstand $hat they are !oin! throu!h
and empathi4e $ith them in their sharin! of emotions. ,ou can encoura!e, inspire, and cheer them up to meet
the challen!es successfully. Since the preachin! mood has been instilled in them throu!h trainin!, they $ill be
stron! to face the demands made on them.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o
throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point that you have
learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in turn. Dor those $ho are
still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the question! 6%ell us a+out
one thing that 'ou learned the hard *a') through direct eHperience.
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be
responsible for the Kirtana session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras bein!
sun!, and that they offer the incense to the 'eities .
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the
.apa session by leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share
their pro!ress in their daily chantin!. .
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and
the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there
are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a
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summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o
throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a
discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in
smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the sheets
containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup to be the
!roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the members,
encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n their points. his
procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole !roup can sit in a circle.
,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective !roups for each of the
questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application question one by one. ,ou can
then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also
include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees, current issues, etc to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes! +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha
no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the
various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn
the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back
on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very
important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a
!ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of
the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a
senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to
accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$
people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the
ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
%o +ecome an empo*ered preacher) one must +e favored +' ,ord 3aitan'a or the spiritual
master!
Whoever heard -ord "aitanya )ahaprabhu chant, I*ari, *ariJ also chanted the holy name of -ord *are
and Krsna. In this $ay, they all follo$ed the -ord, very ea!er to see *im. +fter some time, the -ord
$ould embrace these people and bid them to return home, after investin! them $ith spiritual potency.
1ein! thus empo$ered, they $ould return to their o$n villa!es, al$ays chantin! the holy name of Krsna
snd sometimes lau!hin!, cryin! and dancin!. hese empo$ered people used to request everyone and
anyone@$homever they sa$@to chant the holy name of krsna. In this $ay all the villa!ers $ould also
become devotees of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead. Simply by seein! such empo$ered individuals,
people from different villa!es $ould become like them by the mercy of their !lance. When these
individuals returned to their villa!es, they also converted others into devotees. When others came to see
them, they $ere also converted. In this $ay, as these men $ent from one villa!e to another, all the
people of South India became devotees. his spiritual potency is the essence of the pleasure potency and
the eternity potency. 1y these t$o potencies, one is empo$ered $ith devotional service. -ord Krsna
*imself, or *is representative, the unalloyed devotee, can mercifully besto$ these combined potencies
upon any man. 1ein! thus endo$ed $ith such potencies, one can become an unalloyed devotee of the
lord. +nyone favored by -ord Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu $as empo$ered $ith this bhakti-sakti. hus the
-ords follo$ers $ere able to preach Krsna consciousness by divine !race. In order to become an
empo$ered preacher, one must be favored by -ord Sri "aitany )ahaprabhu or *is devotee, the spiritual
master. Cne must also request everyone to chant the maha@mantra. In this $ay, such a person can
convert others to 2aisnavism, sho$in! them ho$ to become pure devotees of the Supreme (ersonality
?odhead. &c% 'adhaya >%D0-/3.
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datav'am iti 'ad danam di'ate 5nupakarine
dese kale ca patre ca tad danam sattvikam smrtam
%.0$S,0%-4$! 3harit' given out of dut') *ithout eHpectation of return) at the proper time
and place) and to a *orth' person is considered to +e in the mode of goodness.
/.4.%! In the 2edic literature, charity !iven to a person en!a!ed in spiritual activities is
recommended. here is no recommendation for !ivin! charity indiscriminately. Spiritual perfection is
al$ays a consideration. herefore charity is recommended to be !iven at a place of pil!rima!e and at
lunar or solar eclipses or at the end of the month or to a qualified brahmana or a 2aisnava (devotee) or
in temples. Such charities should be !iven $ithout any consideration of return. "harity to the poor is
sometimes !iven out of compassion, but if a poor man is not $orth !ivin! charity to, then there is no
spiritual advancement. In other $ords, indiscriminate charity is not recommended in the 2edic literature.
'at tu prat'upakarartham phalam uddis'a va punah
di'ate ca pariklistam tad danam raFasam smrtam
%.0$S,0%-4$! (ut charit' performed *ith the eHpectation of some return) or *ith a desire
for fruitive results) or in a grudging mood) is said to +e charit' in the mode of passion.
/.4.%!"harity is sometimes performed for elevation to the heavenly kin!dom and sometimes $ith
!reat trouble and $ith repentance after$ardsH IWhy have I spent so much in this $ayFJ "harity is also
sometimes !iven under some obli!ation, at the request of a superior. hese kinds of charity are said to
be !iven in the mode of passion. here are many charitable foundations $hich offer their !ifts to
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institutions $here sense !ratification !oes on. Such charities are not recommended in the 2edic
scripture. Cnly charity in the mode of !oodness is recommended.
adesa-kale 'ad danam apatre+h'as ca di'ate
asat-krtam avaFnatam tat tamasam udahrtam
%.0$S,0%-4$! 0nd charit' performed at an impure place) at an improper time) to un*orth'
persons) or *ithout proper attention and respect is said to +e in the mode of ignorance.
/.4.%!"ontributions for indul!ence in into#ication and !amblin! are not encoura!ed here. hat sort
of contribution is in the mode of i!norance. Such charity is not beneficialG rather, sinful persons are
encoura!ed. Similarly, if a person !ives charity to a suitable person but $ithout respect and $ithout
attention, that sort of charity is also said to be in the mode of darkness.
1iscover'!
%) 'escribe charity in the modes of !oodness, passion and i!norance.
/nderstanding!
%) What is the purpose of !ivin! charityF
/) Who is $orth !ivin! charity toF
<) What kinds of charities are forbidden in the scripturesF
0pplication!
%) 'iscuss some charities that devotees can perform. +sk everyone to !ive su!!estions. +sk them to
share $ith everyone the charities they are already performin!, or those they $ould like to !ive.
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Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. Share an interestin! and useful point
that you have learnt from Srila (rabhupadas books durin! the $eek, and ask others also to do so in
turn. Dor those $ho are still a little ne$ to the !roup or are someho$ not readin! yet, you could ask the
questionH IWhat do you like most about sharin! Krsna consciousness $ith othersFJ
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them be
responsible for the Kirtana session by ensurin! that the ne$ members !et the copies of the mantras
bein! sun!, and that they offer the incense to the 'eities.
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct
the .apa session by leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to
share their pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
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current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session ! 15 minutes! +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti
2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups
evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this
kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in
!ivin! the necessary feedback on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our
.ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to understand the correct standards of
evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho
facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon!
$ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more
.unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire
from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc.
hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin!
them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the
trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes!+l$ays announce the names of the devotees $ho have helped in sponsorin!,
purchasin!, cookin!,offerin!, distributin! the prasadam and in cleanin! up Bormally thou!h everyone
benefits !reatly by these services, they tend to be left unnoticed or unappreciated and taken for
!ranted. +ppreciation can enthuse the devotees to serve Krsna better, inspire more people to .oin in the
services, and taste the nectar $hile performin! their services. he ones $ho ackno$led!e others
services also feel !ood for havin! done so.
Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9(a!e &<<)
Even if one is highl' elevated in Krsna consciousness) if he stops chanting) his devotional
creeper *ill dr' up.
Krsna is $ithin you, and as soon as Krsna sees that you are very sincere, that you are seekin!. *e sends
a bona fide spiritual master. his combination of Krishna and the spiritual master is the cause of ones
receivin! the seed of Krsna consciousness. he seed is there. If you have a very nice seed of a rose
bush, $hat is your dutyF If you have a seed of any nice plant, it is your duty not to lock it up in the
safety vault of a bank. ,our duty is to so$ it in the !round. Where shlould you so$ that seedF If you
have information of Krsna consciousness, you .ust so$ it in your heart. Bot in this earth, but in the
earth $ithin yourself. +nd after so$in! a seed you have to pour a little $ater on it, so that $ater is
hearin! and chantin!. Cnce the seed is so$n in the heart, .ust pour on a little $ater, and it $ill !ro$.
his process should not be stopped by the thou!ht that because one is initiated there is no need of
hearin! and chantin!. It should !o on continuously. If you stop pourin! $ater on a plant, it $ill dry upG it
$ill not produce any fruit. Similarly, even if you are hi!hly elevated in Krsna consciousness, you cannot
stop this process of hearin! and chantin! because maya is so stron!, so po$erful, that as soon as she
sees, I+h, here is an opportunity,J at once you $ill dry up. 1y the process of pourin! $ater, that plant of
Krsna consciousness !ro$s>>.. If you continue this chantin! and hearin! process, you $ill !ro$ and
!ro$ and actually reach Krsnas lotus feet and there relish *is association. Krsna
&onsciousness1 "he "opmost Yo!a -ystem%
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
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@asudeva 1atta5s pra'er to save all living entities 9eHemplif'ing @aisnava compassion;!
2asudeva 'atta told "aitanya )ahaprabhu, I)y dear -ord, ,ou incarnate .ust to deliver all conditioned
souls. I have no$ one petition, $hich I $ish ,ou $ould accept>> )y -ord, my heart breaks to see the
sufferin! of all conditioned soulsG therefore I request ,ou to transfer the Karma of their sinful lives upon
my head. )y dear -ord, let me suffer perpetually in a hellish condition, acceptin! all the sinful reactions
of all livin! entities. (lease finish their diseased material life.J When Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu heard
2asudeva 'attas statement, *is heart became very soft. ears flo$ed from *is 5yes, and *e be!an to
tremble>>.. + 2aisnava is so liberal that he is prepared to risk everythin! to rescue conditioned souls
from material e#istence>.. *e S2asudeva 'attaR $as a most e#alted personality $ho $anted to sho$
mercy upon conditioned souls>.. *e $as a 5aisnava-para-duhkha-duhkhi-very much a!!rieved to
see others suffer>>. Cne $ho e#ecutes Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhus mission must be considered to be
eternally liberated. *e is a transcendental person and does not belon! to this material $orld. Such a
devotee en!a!in! in the deliverance of the total population is as ma!nanimous as Sri "aitanya
)ahaprabhu *imself>.. Such a personality factually represents Sri "aitanya )ahaprabhu because his
heart is al$ays filled $ith compassion for conditioned souls. &c% 'adhaya
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sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah
%.0$S,0%-4$
+bandon all varieties o# reli!ion and just surrender unto 'e% , shall deliver you #rom all sin#ul
reactions% Do not #ear% BG /0%BB
/.4.%!he -ord has described various kinds of kno$led!e and processes of reli!ionUkno$led!e of
the Supreme 1rahman, kno$led!e of the Supersoul, kno$led!e of the different types of orders and
statuses of social life, kno$led!e of the renounced order of life, kno$led!e of non@attachment, sense and
mind control, meditation, etc. *e has described in so many $ays different types of reli!ion. Bo$, in
summari4in! Bha!avad-!ita, the -ord says that +r.una should !ive up all the processes that have been
e#plained to himG he should simply surrender to Krsna. hat surrender $ill save him from all kinds of
sinful reactions, for the -ord personally promises to protect him. In the Seventh "hapter it $as said that
only one $ho has become free from all sinful reactions can take to the $orship of -ord Krsna. hus one
may think that unless he is free from all sinful reactions he cannot take to the surrenderin! process. o
such doubts it is here said that even if one is not free from all sinful reactions, simply by the process of
surrenderin! to Sri Krsna he is automatically freed. here is no need of strenuous effort to free oneself
from sinful reactions. Cne should unhesitatin!ly accept Krsna as the supreme savior of all livin! entities.
With faith and love, one should surrender unto *im. he process of surrender to Krsna is described in the
(ari*bhakti*vilasa (%%.;K;)H
anukul'as'a sankalpah pratikul'as'a varFanam
raksis'atiti visvaso goptrtve varanam tatha
atma-niksepa-karpan'e sad-vidha saranagatih
+ccordin! to the devotional process, one should simply accept such reli!ious principles that $ill lead
ultimately to the devotional service of the -ord. Cne may perform a particular occupational duty
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accordin! to his position in the social order, but if by e#ecutin! his duty one does not come to the point
of Krsna consciousness, all his activities are in vain. +nythin! that does not lead to the perfectional
sta!e of Krsna consciousness should be avoided. Cne should be confident that in all circumstances Krsna
$ill protect him from all difficulties. here is no need of thinkin! ho$ one should keep the body and soul
to!ether. Krsna $ill see to that. Cne should al$ays think himself helpless and should consider Krsna the
only basis for his pro!ress in life. +s soon as one seriously en!a!es himself in devotional service to the
-ord in full Krsna consciousness, at once he becomes freed from all contamination of material nature.
here are different processes of reli!ion and purificator' processes by cultivation of kno$led!e,
meditation in the mystic yo!a system, etc., but one $ho surrenders unto Krsna does not have to
e#ecute so many methods. hat simple surrender unto Krsna $ill save him from unnecessarily $astin!
time. Cne can thus make all pro!ress at once and be freed from all sinful reactions. Cne should be
attracted by the beautiful vision of Krsna. *is name is Krsna because *e is all@attractive. Cne $ho
becomes attracted by the beautiful, all@po$erful, omnipotent vision of Krsna is fortunate. here are
different kinds of transcendentalistsUsome of them are attached to the impersonal 1rahman vision,
some of them are attracted by the Supersoul feature, etc., but one $ho is attracted to the personal
feature of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, and, above all, one $ho is attracted by the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odhead as Krsna *imself, is the most perfect transcendentalist. In other $ords,
devotional service to Krsna, in full consciousness, is the most confidential part of kno$led!e, and this is
the essence of the $hole Bha!avad-!ita% Karma-yo!is, empiric philosophers, mystics and devotees
are all called transcendentalists, but one $ho is a pure devotee is the best of all. he particular $ords
used here, ma sucah, I'ont fear, dont hesitate, dont $orry,J are very si!nificant. Cne may be
perple#ed as to ho$ one can !ive up all kinds of reli!ious forms and simply surrender unto Krsna, but
such $orry is useless.
1iscover'!
%) What are the different kinds of kno$led!e and reli!ions described by -ord Krsna in the 1ha!avad
?itaF
/) What does Krsna say that $e must do $ith all this kno$led!eF What is *is final instruction to usF
/nderstanding!
%) In $hat $ays does Krsna help *is surrendered devoteesF
/) Who is the best transcendentalistF WhyF
<) *o$ can $e become the best transcendentalistF
9) Why do $e hesitate to follo$ Krsnas final instructionF
0pplication!
%) Share $ith everyone $hat surrenderin! to Krishna means to you. *o$ has it helped youF
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Week 5"
1y no$ all the members of the 1hakti 2rksha must be attendin! the study classes and so must also be
quite re!ular in readin! Srila (rabhupadas books and in discussin! their understandin! and reali4ations
in the study classes. *ence the ice@ breaker sessions are no$ mostly !oin! to deal $ith the devotees
reali4ations, e#periences about their spiritual development as $ell as of the other members, challen!es
they faced, $hat they learnt from the 1hakti 2rksha, and from each other, etc>as no$ the devotees $ill
have some reali4ed kno$led!e and e#periences to share $ith the members $ith $hom they also have
!ro$n closer to.
Satsanga ! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it.,ou can ask every one this question, IShare a moment in the life of this
1hakti 2rksha !roup that had a bi! impact on your personal lifeJ. (lease proceed from one devotee to the
ne#t !ivin! each one a minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request
them to share their e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice to sin! different tunes
of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the mridanga if possible.
"heck in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin! to sin!. ,ou can
teach him some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in sin!in! the
*are Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood to$ards the
holy names. It $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their
pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
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Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance
and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the
!roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat
you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can
have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith
him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups
as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8
"he seven purposes o# the ,nternational -ociety #or Krsna consciousness
2ounder 0char'a &1: 0.3. (haktivedanta S*ami ra+hupada
1; a;%o s'stematicall' propagate spiritual kno*ledge to societ' at large and
+; to educate all peoples in the techniRues of spiritual life)
c; in order to check the im+alance of values in life and
d; to achieve real unit' and peace in the *orld.
"; %o propagate a consciousness of Krsna) as it is revealed in the (hagavad :ita and the
Srimad (hagavatam.
8; %o +ring the mem+ers of the societ' together *ith each other nearer to Krishna) the
prime entit') thus to develop the idea *ithin the mem+ers) and humanit' at large) that each
soul is part and parcel of the Rualit' of :odhead 9Krsna;)
4; %o teach and encourage the Sankirtana movement) congregational chanting of the hol'
names of :od as revealed in the teachings of Sri 3haitan'a =ahapra+hu.
5; %o erect for the mem+ers and for societ' at large) a hol' place of transcendental
pastimes) dedicated to the personalit' of Krsna.
A; %o +ring the mem+ers closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more
natural *a' of life.
B; With the vie* to*ards achieving the aforementioned purposes) to pu+lish and distri+ute
periodicals) maga>ines) +ooks and other *ritings.
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1iscover'!
%) What is the very first purpose of Srila (rabhupadas in formin! ISK"CBF
/) )ention all the purposes of ISK"CB one by one.
/nderstanding!
%) In $hat $ays do you think that the first purpose of ISK"CB can and have been to a certain e#tent
achievedF
/) What do you think is the primary motive of Srila (rabhupadas for formin! ISK"CBF
<) What aspects of this le!al charter are an inte!ral part of the 1hakti 2rksha preachin! or in other
$ords, ho$ does the 1hakti 2rksha system of preachin! fulfill the purposes of ISK"CBF
0pplication!
%) *o$ do you think you can help in fulfillin! these purposes of ISK"CBF
/) (lease have these purposes framed and mounted on a $all in your home or on a desk. Seein! and
readin! it everyday $ill make these purposes firmly fi#ed in your mind and $ill inspire you to fulfill your
commitments to Srila (rabhupada.
reaching Session ! 15 minutes
,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most enthusiastic and qualified, to start
outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for them and then they $ould easily
able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan,
readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout havin! a discussion ("an !ive a
short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita $ith a short e#planation of the
meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the people durin! prasadam time. Napa
can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look receptive. ?radually after 9 or &
$eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter about = $eeks, you
could think of makin! the !roup into a re!ular vrinda. +lternatively, you can have a permanent out reach
pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the members. +ll the members $ho sho$
some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti 2rksha $hich are likely to be started
shortly by the trainee leaders. ,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most
enthusiastic and qualified, to start outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for
them and then they $ould easily able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he
format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive. ?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$
questions. +fter about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup.
+lternatively, you can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and
interaction $ith the members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend
the ne$ 1hakti 2rksha $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho
conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$
e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all
of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful
in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and
$here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to
understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is
the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home
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visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior
devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to
accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith
ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach
pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly
rasadam! "# minutes
+l$ays announce the names of the devotees $ho have helped in sponsorin!, purchasin!,
cookin!,offerin!, distributin! the prasadam and in cleanin! up Bormally thou!h everyone benefits !reatly
by these services, they tend to be left unnoticed or unappreciated and taken for !ranted. +ppreciation
can enthuse the devotees to serve Krsna better, inspire more people to .oin in the services, and taste the
nectar $hile performin! their services.. he ones $ho ackno$led!e others services also feel !ood for
havin! done so.
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5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rinda are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rinda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rinda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rinda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question,
6What has +een the +iggest challenge or difficult' for 'ou in this group c'cle of the @rindaP7
(lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a minute to ans$er this question. If
someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as
others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice
to sin! different tunes of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the
mridan!a if possible. "heck in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin!
to sin!. ,ou can teach him some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in
sin!in! the *are Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood
to$ards the holy names. It $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct
the .apa session by leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to
share their pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes!(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
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,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes! ,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most
enthusiastic and qualified, to start outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for
them and then they $ould easily able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he
format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive. ?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$
questions. +fter about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup.
+lternatively, you can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and
interaction $ith the members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend
the ne$ 1hakti 2rikshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho
conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$
e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all
of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful
in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and
$here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to
understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is
the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home
visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior
devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to
accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith
ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach
pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
+ssi!n a sin!le trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek. hey could take the
help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the or!ani4ation and distribution of
prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
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Sri $amamrta - %he $ectar of the &ol' $ame9age 88C;
(' chanting the hol' name) one achieves li+eration from material eHistence and direct
engagement in the service of the ,ord!
(Isvara (uri to -ord "aitanya) ISimply by chantin! the holy name of krsna one can obtain freedom from
material e#istence. Indeed, simply by chantin! the *are Krsna mantra one $ill be able to see the lotus
feet of the -ord.J
In the +nubhasya, Sri 1haktisiddhanta Saras$avti ?os$ami says that actual effect that $ill be visible as
soon as one achieves transcendental kno$led!e is that he $ill immediately become free from the
clutches of maya, and fully en!a!e in the service of the -ord. Anless one serves the Supreme (ersonality
of ?odhead, )ukunda, one cannot become free from fruitive activities under the e#ternal ener!y.
*o$ever, $hen one chants the holy name of the -ord offenselessly, he can reali4e a transcendental
position $hich is completely aloof from the material conception of life. 3enderin! service to the -ord, a
devotee relates to the Supreme personality of ?odhead in one of five relationships@ namely, santa)
das'a) sakh'a) vatsal'a and madhur'a@and thus the relishes transcendental bliss in that relationship.
Such a relationship certainly transcends the body and mind. When one reali4es that the holy name of the
-ord is identical $ith the Supreme (erson, he becomes completely eli!ible to chant the holy name of the
-ord. Such an ecstatic chanter and dancer must be considered to have a direct relationship $ith the
-ord. +ccordin! to the 2edic principles, there are three sta!es of spiritual advancement, namely,
sam+andha-Fnana) a+hidhe'a and pra'oFana. Sambandha@.nana refers to establishin! ones ori!inal
relationship $ith the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, abhidheya refers to actin! accordin! to the
constitutional relationship and prayo.ana is the ultimate !oal of life, $hich is to develop love of ?odhead
(prema, pum@artho mahan). If one adheres to the re!ulative principles under the order of the spiritual
master, he very easily achieves the ultimate !oal of his life. + person $ho is addicted to the chantin! of
the *are Krsna mantra very easily !ets the opportunity to serve the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead
directly. here is no need for such a person to understand the !rammatical .u!!lery in $hich )ayavadi
sannyasis !enerally indual!e. Sri Sankaracarya also stressed this point, 8o hi na hi raksati dukrn*
karane% ISimply by .u!!lin! !rammatical suffi#es and prefi#es one cannot save himself from the clutches
of death.J he !rammatical $ord .u!!lers cannot be$ilder a devotee $ho en!a!es in chantin! the *are
Krsna maha@mantra. Simply addressin! the ener!y of the Supreme -ord as *are and the -ord *imself as
Krsna very soon situates the lord $ithin the heart of the devotee. 1y the addressin! 3adha and Krsna
one directly en!a!es in *is -ordships service. he essence of all revealed scriptures and all kno$led!e is
present $hen one address the -ord and his ener!y by the *are Krsna mantra, for this transcendental
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vibration can completely liberate a conditioned soul and directly en!a!e him int the service of the -ord.
Sri 3aitan'a-caritamarta 0di-lila BB8
reaching is the essence
&is 1ivine :race 0.3. (hakti @edanta S*ami ra+hupada
reachers are ver') ver' dear to ,ord KrsnaI their salvation is assured!
In the Bha!avad-!ita, 5i!hteenth "hapter, the -ord also states that one $ho is en!a!ed in preachin!
Krsna consciousness is very dear to *im. + preacher has to face many difficulties in his stru!!le to
preach pure Krsna consciousness. Sometimes he has to suffer bodily in.uries, and sometimes he has to
meet death also. +ll this is taken as a !reat austerity on behalf of Krsna. Krsna therefore has said that
such a preacher is very, very dear to him. If Krsnas enemies can e#pect salvation simply by
concentratin! their minds on *im, then $hat to speak of persons $ho are so dear to KrsnaF he
conclusion should be that the salvation of those $ho are en!a!ed in preachin! Krsna consciousness in
the $orld is !uaranteed in all circumstances. 1ut such preachers never care of salvation, because
factually one $ho is en!a!ed in Krsna consciousness, devotional service, has already achieved salvation.
Krsna) 3h."D
$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * Preaching and Behavior
5aishnava Behavior" the 3@ Lualities o a devotee
1y ** -atsvarupa 'as ?osvami
1et$een preachin! and behavior there e#ista a dynamic tension. his is e#pressed in Sanatana
?osvamis praise of *aridas hakura. ISome behave $ell but do not preach the cult of Krsna
consciousness, $hereas others preach but do not behave properly. ,ou simultaneously perform both
duties in relation to the holy name by your personal behavior and your preachin!. herefore you are the
spiritual master of the entire $orld, for you are the most advanced devotee in the $orldJ. Srila
(rabhupada confirms that his o$n follo$ers also must preach and behave in an e#emplary $ay. Ihe
qualifications e#pressed in this connection are that one must act accordin! to the scriptural in.unctions
and at the same time preach> the members of the *are Krsna movement chant a minimum %; rounds a
day, $hich can be done $ithout difficulty, and at the same time they must preach the cult of "haitanya
)ahaprabhu accordin! to the !ospel of Bhagavad &ita as it is+ Cne $ho does so is quite fit to become the
spiritual master for the entire $orld. 3c. +ntya 4.1#"-1#8 + devotee should not retire to the forest in
search of the ideal place for e#ecutin! 2aisnava behavior. 3ather, he should stay in the cities and offer
people the chance to !o back home back to ?odhead. he Srimad 1ha!avtam states that that if a
brahmana ne!lects those $ho are in $ant of Krsna consciousness, that brahmana:s spiritual kno$led!e
$ill diminish, .ust as $ater kept in a cracked pot, leaks out.J If a devotee tries to avoid preachin!, he
cannot become spiritually advanced. Indeed, Srila 1haktivinod hakura has said that a position of a
2aisnava can be tested by seein! ho$ !ood a touchstone he is@ that is by seein! ho$ many 2aishnavas
he has made durin! his life. Ihe first preachin! $orkJ, Srila (rabhupada $rote in a letter, Iis that you
yourself should become an ideal devoteeJ. (+pril /<
rd
to Biran.an das) Cnly an immature preacher thinks
that he can maintain enthusiasm for his out!oin! service $hile at the same time not pay strict attention
to the rules and re!ulations. 1y keepin! all activities Krsna conscious, a preacher $ill not allo$ 'aya to
enter. o think that a 2aisnava can preach and yet remain i!norant of the 2aisnava philosophy or
disre!ard the standard principles of 2aisnava behavior is ludicrous.
(ehavior in preaching! When a television intervie$er asked Srila (rabhupada by $hat behavior one
could reco!ni4e a true follo$er of Krsna consciousness,, Srila (rabhupada replied, I*ed be a perfect
!entleman, thats all.J Srila (rabhupada, Ione should himself become a perfect !entleman and learn to
!ive proper respect to others.J (g 18.C-1" +lthou!h in ordinary usa!e, the $ord !entleman may refer
to a man of $ealth and aristocracy, $e use it here to describe a devotees hi!h standard of honorable
and considerate behavior. he polite and humble behavior can be appreciated even by a non@ devotee. +
devotee is not arro!ant, boorish or inconsiderate of others. When -ord "haitanya came into the company
of )ayavadi sannyasis at 1enares, *e sat do$n humbly at the door$ay until the chief Sannyasi,
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(rakasananda Saras$ati, personally came to invite *im inside. +s a youth -ord "haitanya soundly
defeated a Kashmiri (andita in debate. 1ut $hen -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhus students be!an to lau!h
at the (andita, -ord "haitanya silenced them and treated *is opponent $ith honor. When -ord "haitanya
)ahaprabhu started a civil disobedience kirtana a!ainst the ka4is order in Bavadvipa, *e certainly defied
the la$, but non@violently. +lthou!h -ord "haitanya led %00,000 men in kirtan to the Ka4is residence, on
arrivin! there, *e discussed peacefully $ith the Ka4i, treatin! him like an honorable leader. he
scriptures advise satyam bruyat priyam bruyat. In the material $orld only palatable truths should be
spoken and unpalatable truths should be carefully avoided. 1ut (rabhupada $rote in a letter, I'evotees
al$ays humbly offer respect to everyone, but $hen there is discussion on a point of sastra, they do not
observe the usual etiquette, satyam bruyat priyam bruyat. hey speak only the satyam, althou!h it may
not necessarily be priyamJ. +u!ust 8, %8K; to Sumati )orar.ee
+ll thin!s considered, a devotee should try his best to act as a 2aisnava lady or !entleman and behave
politely, as did -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu. If in the course of sincerely deliverin! the absolute truth, the
non@devotees re!ard us as unimpressive, then that $ill not disturb us. + devotee has to please his
spiritual master and Krsna, and then everythin! is complete, even if the $orld finds him lackin!.
1iscover'!
%) Why $as *aridas hakura considered to be the most advanced 2aisnavaF
/) Who is fit to become a spiritual masterF
<) What is our first preachin! $ork accordin! to Srila (rabhupadaF
/nderstandingH
%) Why is it essential for devotees to preachF
/) *o$ can devotees qualify themselves to preachF
<) What does Srila (rabhupada mean $hen he said that devotees are perfect !entle menF
9) 5#plain ho$ Sri "haitanya )ahaprabhu demonstrated the e#emplary behavior of a 2aisnavaF
&) *o$ should $e speak the truth to othersF
0pplication!
%) Share your e#periences in preachin! to others. *o$ have your dealin!s beenF
/) What responses from the people have you encounteredF
<) In $hat $ays do you $ant to improve your preachin! and 2aisnava behaviorF
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Week 54
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rinda are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rinda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rinda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rinda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question,
IShare somethin! you learnt from a member of the !roup durin! this cycleFJ (lease proceed from one
devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you
can request them to share their e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice
to sin! different tunes of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the
mridan!a if possible. "heck in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin!
to sin!. ,ou can teach him some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in
sin!in! the *are Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood
to$ards the holy names. It $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct
the .apa session by leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to
share their pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
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to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
rasadam! "# minutes! +ssi!n another trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin!
$eek. hey could take the help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the
or!ani4ation and distribution of prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram
reaching Session! 15 minutes!,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most
enthusiastic and qualified, to start outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for
them and then they $ould easily able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he
format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive.
?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter
about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup. +lternatively, you
can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the
members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti
2rkshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various
parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for
the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one
$ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! the confidence as
$ell as !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. Cf
course your .ud!ment of their performance has to be also said so that they understand the correct
standards for evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that
one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees
alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit
more .unior devotees homes. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtana etc, hese $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people
and !ainin! contacts for invitin! for festivals, etc, and also for the ne$ prospective 1hakti 2rkshas by the
trainee leaders shortly.
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$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * =aisnava behavior in #ierent relationships
=aisnava Behavior" the 3@ Lualities o a devotee
By (( -atsvarupa #as &osvami
Serving the Spiritual =aster
-ove of ?od be!ins by hearin! about *im from *is authori4ed representative, the 2aisnava spiritual
master. his is called sravana. + devotees relationship $ith ?od therefore be!ins $ith ?ods
representative, the spiritual master. he disciple understands his spiritual master to be sent by Krsna to
save him. +ll the 2aisnava scriptures emphasi4e that ones relationship $ith Krsna is reali4ed throu!h
ones relationship $ith the ?uru. In the be!innin!, the disciple may have an inklin! of the identity of his
eternal spiritual master. 1ut $hen that inklin! becomes his hearts conviction, he understands that his
spiritual master has come from Krsna, the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, and that his spiritual master
can save him from the ocean of repeated birth and death. It is the ?uru himself $ho has to teach this to
us. -ord "haitanya e#plained to 3upa ?osvami that the eternal souls are $anderin! throu!h out the
universe, birth after birth. Cnly by the mercy of the spiritual master, sent by Krsna, do $e !et the chance
of eternal life in devotional service. he spiritual master offers his !reat blessin!s to us, and $e have to
bear it $ith faith. Cnly as $e understand our relationship $ith our spiritual master $ill $e understand
our real self and our relationship $ith ?od. +ll the kno$led!e available carried by the entire disciplic
succession is available to us throu!h our spiritual master. herefore, Srila 2ish$anatha "hakravarti
hakura says in his ?urvashtakam that $e should offer our respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of
our spiritual master.
Srila (rabhupada $rites in a letter,J> Dor offerin! prasadam, present everythin! before the spiritual
master Whose picture is also in the altar, means that the spiritual master $ill take care of offerin! the
food stuff to the -ord. herefore simply by chantin! the prayer to the Spiritual )aster, everythin! $ill
be complete. 1efore meetin! the spiritual )aster, $e are so covered by illusion that $e dont even
kno$ $ere sufferin! the pan!s of birth and death. 1ut he opens our eyes. Cnce $e understand from
him that $e are in the ocean of samsara, of repeated birth and death, $e desire to !et out, so $e
turn sincerely to him. *e is the representative of KrsnaG if he accepts our service, then $e are safe.
1y Krsnas !race the spiritual master is an ecstatic devoteeG he is al$ays en!laddened by the
Sankirtana movement. Baturally he en!a!es his disciple in chantin! the holy name, dancin!, sin!in!,
and playin! musical instruments. he spiritual master is like a touchstone. *e !ives us the holy
name, and if $e chant the name $ith devotion, $e reali4e our relationship $ith Krsna. Sometimes
the spiritual master is $ith us in his personal form (vapuh), but more often not. ,et, in either case,
as $e chant and dance in kirtana under his instructions, our relationship $ill !ro$ and improve>.$e
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can e#perience his presence and approval. +s $e chant the holy name under the order of the spiritual
master, $e are al$ays united $ith our -ord and *is pure devotee.
he spiritual master introduces us to our relationship $ith the 'eity. *e invites 3adha and Krsna to
descend and he bathes and dresses heir forms before the eyes of his disciples. *e demonstrates the
principle of utsaha, enthusiasm, because $ithout enthusiasm, the $orship becomes like idol $orship.
I>he spiritual master teaches the neophyte devotees all these kindly and personally to help him
!radually in the reali4ation of the transcendental name, quality, form, etc., of the -ord. Worship of the
'eity in the temple or any service to the spiritual master must be done $ith an abidin! sense of
obedience. In the early sta!es of devotion, obedience is important in our lovin! relationship $ith ?od,
and it is formed in our relationship to the !uru. 1y his order, $e bathe, $e sit do$n to chant the
maha mantra, and then enter the temple room to a$aken the 'eity and perform )an!ala +rati. +
sense of obedience is the primary motivatin! force $hen $e are servin! in the sadhana sta!e. Srila
(rabhupada, Ihe disciple should accept the $ords of his spiritual master $ithout hesitation.
Whatever the father or the spiritual master or orders should be taken $ithout ar!ument. I,es.J here
should be no instance in $hich the disciple or son says, Ihis is not correct. I cannot carry it out.J
When he says that, he is fallen.J
1ut if a disciple treats his relationship $ith the spiritual master as a mere formality, then he cannot
advance or reali4e Krsna consciousness. he !uru is not like a family priest for performin! ritual
ceremonies, nor is he fi!urehead appointed by the institution, $ithout real presence in the heart and
mind of the disciple. 3ather the spiritual master is the center of the disciples very bein!. I*e is my
lord, birth after birth.J he spiritual master becomes pleased $hen his disciples take 1ha!avat
prasadam. 1e cause he has !reat faith that prasadam is not material, the spiritual master is confident
that $hen his disciples offer prasadam, their !oin! back to ?odhead is assured. hus both he and his
disciples become happy simply by sharin! the palatable maha:prasadam. he !uru introduces us to
this merciful form of Krsna as prasadam. +nd he teaches us that $hile takin! prasadam, $e should
call upon -ord "aitanya and Bityananda to please help us in devotional service.
1iscover'!
%) *o$ can $e cultivate our relationship $ith KrsnaF
/nderstanding!
%) 'escribe all the $ays in $hich the spiritual master helps us to reali4e Krsna.
/) What are the attitudes that the disciple should develop to$ards his !uru in order to advance in
Krsna consciousnessF
<) *o$ can $e al$ays stay united $ith our !uruF
0pplication
%) Share your reali4ations on the need for acceptin! a !uru. 'o you think you need to take a shelter
of a !uru no$F Why or $hy notF
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Week 55
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rinda they are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question,
IWhat did you learn about cultivatin! ne$ people durin! this cycle of the !roupFJ (lease proceed from
one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er,
you can request them to share their e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to
speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice
to sin! different tunes of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the
mridan!a if possible. "heck in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin!
to sin!. ,ou can teach him some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in
sin!in! the *are Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood
to$ards the holy names. It $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct
the .apa session by leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to
share their pro!ress in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
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points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
rasadam! "# minutes! +ssi!n a trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek.
hey could take the help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the or!ani4ation
and distribution of prasadam, as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
reaching Session ! 15 minutes! ,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most
enthusiastic and qualified, to start outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for
them and then they $ould easily able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he
format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive. ?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$
questions. +fter about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup.
+lternatively, you can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and
interaction $ith the members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend
the ne$ 1hakti 2rkshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho
conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$
e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all
of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful
in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and
$here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to
understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is
the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home
visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior
devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to
accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith
ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach
pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
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S-.-%/0, E1-2-30%-4$ - @aisnava +ehavior in 1ifferent relationships
@aisnava (ehavior) the "A Rualities of a devotee
(' && Satsvarupa 1as :osvami
Serving the Spiritual =aster
he 2aisnava !uru is re!ularly servin! 3adha and Krsna. *e arran!es for heir s$in! for Nhulana
yatra, and he helps to decorate Srimati 3adharani, -alita, and 2isakha in the !roves of 2rndavan. *e
directly takes part in these pastimes and encoura!es his disciples to .oin him. In another $ay : as a
preacher, arran!in! for sankirtana@the spiritual master is attemptin! to brin! the fallen souls back
into their constitutional position, and he ur!es them to enter their relationship $ith devotees of
3adha and Krsna in 2rndavan. his is especially accomplished $hen the spiritual master en!a!es
devotees in chantin! the *are Krsna mantraHJ Ch, 3adharaniL Ch, KrsnaL (lease en!a!e me in ,our
service.J When the disciples assist the spiritual master in these activities, they are also actin! as
assistants of the !opis. he spiritual master has the responsibility of directly assistin! the intimate
servants of the -ord, and the disciples participate, under his direction, as servants.
he hi!her reali4ations about the devotees eternal relationships $ith Krsna in the spiritual $orld $ill
be fully revealed in the course of time, and one should patiently $ait $hile laboriously servin! the
!uru in many different $ays. "ertainly the spiritual master is servin! 3adha and Krsna, and certainly
his sincere disciples are assistin! himG but too many questions about the particular rasas $ill only
serve as mental distractions and $ill not be beneficial or even comprehensible. he disciples main
$ork is to assist the spiritual master in rescuin! the fallen souls, $ho in most cases have not the
sli!htest spiritual understandin!. 1y directly assistin! the spiritual master in preachin!, the disciple
$ill become eli!ible to understand more and more about Krsna. he sastras and the sadhu affirm that
the spiritual master should be honored as much as ?od, and therefore $e accept. If $e accept that
?od should be honored as ?od, the !reatest, then $e should not have ant difficulty in acceptin! his
Iviceroy.J +s lon! as he is !enuine, the citi4ens must accept his $ords as comin! directly comin! from
the kin!. Similarly, the spiritual master must be accepted on the stren!th of his symptoms and
credentials. *e must be in disciplic succession from a bona fide spiritual master, and he must act and
speak al$ays as the representative of Krsna. o such a !enuine representative of -ord Krsna $e
should offer our obeisances.
I+nyone therefore, $ho takes shelter of the lotus feet of a pure devotee by acceptin! the pure
devotee as his spiritual master can be at once purified. Such devotees of the -ord are honored
equally $ith the -ord because they are en!a!ed in the most confidential service of the -ord, for they
deliver out of the material $orld the fallen souls $hom the -ord $ants to return home back to
?odhead. Such pure devotees are better kno$n as vice@lords accordin! to revealed scriptures. he
sincere disciple of the pure devotee considers the spiritual master equal to the -ord, but al$ays
considers himself to be a humble servant of the servant of the -ord. his is the pure devotional path.
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It is true that in kali yu!a the li!ht of kno$led!e is covered by clouds of fraudulent practice, but it is
also true that !enuine representatives of the li!ht of the 1ha!avatam are streamin! forth as the
sincere and ardent follo$ers of Srila (rabhupada. When $e hear about and see for ourselves the
!enuine symptoms and credentials of a real spiritual master, $e should !ladly accept him and honor
him as the most respectable personality. +nd $e should appreciate his transcendental identity. his
vie$ is upheld Iin all revealed scriptures and follo$ed by all authorities.J
+t least < times a day the formal prayers should be offered, but the remembrance and praise of the
spiritual master should be continual. 5specially after receivin! his orders, the disciple should think
about these orders constantly and not be disturbed by anythin! else. +ccordin! to 2ish$anatha
"hakravarthi hakura, the order of the spiritual master is the life and soul of the disciple. )editation
on his order is the perfection of meditation, and sincere attempts to carry out that order are the
perfection of human society. When the spiritual master is pleased, then the disciples hi!hest
ob.ectives are achieved and he becomes more encoura!ed to !o on carryin! out the orders of the
spiritual master. *e $ants to please his spiritual master more and more, and there is no limit to the
e#chan!e. 1y this reciprocal ener!y, the preachin! of Krsna consciousness is !oin! on. + disciples
satisfaction to please the previous spiritual masters in disciplic succession is secured $hen he
faithfully practices and preaches. o the de!ree a disciple carries out the spiritual masters order he
can satisfy !uru and Krsna and subsequently satisfy himself. If the spiritual master is displeased $ith
a disciple, then that disciples pro!ress is blocked. he secret of success in devotional service is to
follo$ the order of the !uru. Cther$ise, a devotee becomes asara, or useless. Cne should mold his
life so that all his thou!hts and actions are directed to$ard carryin! out the orders of the spiritual
master. In this $ay, one reali4es directly his eternal relationship $ith Krsna. his is the essence of
2aisnava behavior.
1iscover'!
%) In $hat $ays is the 2aisnava !uru en!a!ed in servin! 3adha and KrsnaF
/) *o$ does the 2aisnava !uru en!a!e devotees in the service of Sri 3adha and KrsnaF
/nderstanding!
%) What is the benefit of servin! and assistin! the !uru in his various services to 3adha and KrsnaF
/) Why should $e $orship the 2aisnava !uru as !ood as ?od *imselfF
<) Why should $e try to please the spiritual masterF
9) *o$ can $e please the spiritual master and all the previous +charyasF
0pplication!
%) Cn the basis of the previous $eeks spiritual edification as $ell as this $eeks, list out the
qualifications of an ideal 2aisnava !uru and an ideal disciple. Share your plans about takin! shelter
from a bona fide 2aisnava ?uru.
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Week 5A
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rnda they are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question, IWhat has been the most difficult
thin! to learn or to do durin! this cycle of the !roupFJ (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t
!ivin! each one a minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to
share their e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice to sin! different tunes
of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the mridan!a if possible. "heck
in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin! to sin!.. ,ou can teach him
some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in sin!in! the *are Krsna maha
mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood to$ards the holy names. It $ould be
appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their
pro!ress in their daily chantin!. .
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance
and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the
!roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat
you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can
have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith
him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups
as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
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members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most enthusiastic and qualified, to start
outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for them and then they $ould easily
able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes.
he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive.
?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter
about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup. +lternatively, you
can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the
members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti
2rkshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various
parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for
the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one
$ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as
$ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve.
,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to understand the correct standards of
evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho
facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon!
$ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more
.unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire
from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc.
hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin!
them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrndas to be started by the
trainee leaders shortly
rasadam! "# minutes
+ssi!n a sin!le devotee to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek. hey could take the help of
the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the or!ani4ation and distribution of prasadam
as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
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$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * =aisnava behavior in #ierent relationships
5aishnava Behavior" the 3@ Lualities o a devotee
By (( -atsvarupa #as &osvami
2aisnava scholars have analy4ed that there are different cate!ories of devotees and different attitudes of
!eneral behavior to be follo$ed in devotional interactions. ICne should mentally honor any devotee $ho
chants the holy names of -ord ,J states 3upa ?os$ami (Apadeshamrta Q&) hus 3upa ?osvami
describes in brief the kanishta adhikari, or be!innin! devotee. he kanishta adhikari has the
disqualifications of not properly respectin! advanced devotees and not perceivin! -ord Krsna $ithin the
hearts of all livin! bein!s. )ostly he reco!ni4es Krsnas presence only in the 'eity $ithin the emple. ,et
the kanishta adhikari is far !reater than all the non@ devotees $ho are classified as either karmis (!ross
materialists,) or as yo!is and jnanis(impersonal transcendentalists). 1ecause he is a devotee of the
Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, the kanishta adhikari is also sometimes called a materialistic devotee,
because he has a tendency to be interested in material benefits. herefore a devotee must strive to
make pro!ress to come to the second class position, the madhyama adhikari. Ihe madhyama adhikari,
$rites Srila (rabhupada, Ihas received spiritual initiation from the spiritual master and has been fully
en!a!ed by him in the transcendental service of the -ord.J Srila (rabhupada also describes the hi!hest
sta!e or 6ttama adhikari, ICut of many such 2aisnavas, one may be found to be very seriously en!a!ed
in the service of the -ord and strictly follo$in! all the re!ulative principles, chantin! the prescribed
number of rounds on .apa beads, and al$ays thinkin! of ho$ to e#pand the Krsna conscious movement.
Such a 2aisnava should be accepted as an uttama adhikari, a hi!hly advanced devotee, and his
association should al$ays be sou!ht.J 3upa ?osvami e#plains that one should mentally honor the
be!inner, or materialistic devotee, one should offer humble obeisances to the madhyama devotee, and
associate $ith and faithfully serve the pure devotee, I$ho is advanced in undeviated devotional service
and $hose heart is completely devoid of the propensity to critici4e others.J(Apadeshamrta Q&)
+lthou!h all devotees should receive our honor, there are clear !uidelines for dealin! $ith different
classes of devotees. 5very devotee $ill find himself in a situation $here some devotees are more
advanced than he, some are his peers, and some are ne$comers or less advanced. +ccordin! to
2aisnava behavior, one should inquire from and render service to the more advanced devotees, one
should make lovin! friendships $ith equal devotees, and one should !ive merciful !uidance to those $ho
are more neophyte than oneself. Whenever a devotee !ets an opportunity to hear from or serve an
advanced 2aisnava, he should remember the shastric in.unction and !o for$ard $ith !reat ea!erness to
honor the devotee. If there is an imbalance bet$een t$o disciples, a devotee should not be envious. Srila
(rabhupada $rites, IIf a ?od brother is more enli!htened and advanced in Krsna consciousness, one
should accept him as almost equal to the spiritual master, and one should be happy to see such
?odbrothers advance in Krsna consciousness.(1ha!@ <.</.9/)
1ut ho$ one may $ell ask, do $e kno$ $ho is an advanced devoteeF Is every ?odbrother of the spiritual
master really deservin! to be accepted as almost equal to ones !uruF Is every sannyasi or senior
devotee to be considered advancedF If a senior devotees or sannyasis behavior does not correspond
$ith the symptoms for proper 2aisnava behavior, then one has to .ud!e for oneselfG but even if one does
not see symptoms of advancement, he should continue to observe the etiquette befittin! senior devotees
and sannyasis. his manner of behavior $as demonstrated by -ord "haitanya $ho continued to honor a
senior sannyasi, 3amachandra (uri, even thou!h 3amachandra (uri behaved offensively in many $ays.
When individual cases become e#tremely subtle, one should consult respectable devotees for !uidance
on ho$ to behave. With $hom are $e equal in devotional serviceF + humble devotee tends to think that
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he is less than others, and he $ill hesitate to consider $ith $hom he is spiritually equal. Immature
devotees ho$ever may make too many social distinctions, as if a !rhastha could never be spiritually
equal to a sannyasi, or as if a devotee of t$elve years standin! could not be equal to a devotee of
si#teen years standin!. ,et IequalsJ really means equal@minded friends. herefore equals in devotional
services on behalf of the spiritual master for friendships. Cf course no t$o individuals can be e#actly
equal in everythin!. Driendships are therefore !ive and take. + basis for the lovin! spiritual e#chan!e
bet$een devotees is !iven by 3upa ?osvami in Apadeshamrta. Cfferin! !ifts in charity, acceptin!
charitable !ifts, revealin! ones mind in confidence, inquirin! confidentially, acceptin! prasadam, and
offerin! prasadam are the si# symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another. Spiritual friendship
is distinct from material friendship in that material friendship is based on sense !ratification, $hereas
spiritual friendship is based on Krsna consciousness. + person endeavorin! for Krsna consciousness
should not seek out a friend for any material reasonG a devotee has nothin! to !ain from a rich man or a
political ally. Since $e are no lon!er on the path of material pro!ress, $e should not be interested in
bodily beauty, aristocratic birth, material $ealth, or material education. +ll our friendships should
intensify devotional service.
Givin! mercy to less advanced devotees1 he most obvious kind of less advanced devotee is the
ne$comer. *e does not kno$ the 2aisnava philosophy $ell and is yet uncertain in his commitment Clder
devotees should help such a neophyte in any $ay possible. (ersons $ho have spent years in the Krsna
consciousness movement but $ho have remained materially attached may also be less advanced
devotees. + 2aisnava sho$s mercy by takin! time to counsel and !ive relevant instructions and by
makin! plans $hereby the lesser devotees may en!a!e in devotional service, thereby tastin! the nectar
of Krsna consciousness. Sho$in! mercy to others is sometimes not an easy thin!. If $e !ive a thief the
mercy of !ood moral instructions, he may become an!ry $ith us. +nd one must be competent to
Itactfully and intelli!entlyJ e#tend mercy to lesser devotees. ?ivin! mercy cannot be someones
concoction and cannot be done $ith a motivation to become praised and $orshipped by lesser devotees.
+ devotee should remain humble and fi#ed in Krsna conscious principles, and then he $ill be competent
to !ive the mercy of his !ood e#ample to others. If one behaves ideally, he $ill !ive mercy to everyone,
$ithout any e#traneous effort.
Relationship to the innocent non devotees1 + pure devotee has a naturally friendly disposition. *e is
not prone to cause anyone an#iety by $ords or even by ill thou!hts. *e for!ives the $ron!s of others.
When this mood is combined $ith the understandin! that the non devotees are sufferin! and preparin!
themselves for more sufferin!, the devotees compassion is activated, and he $ants to render service to
the fallen souls. Cut of compassion, the preacher approaches and tries to deliver all sinful persons. he
devotee is not satisfied $ith his o$n salvation.G he is an#ious for the $elfare of others. his attitude is
inspired by Krsna *imself, $ho, as the $ell@$ishin! Dather of all livin! entities, $ants everyone to !ive up
their sufferin! and return to *im.
+voidin! the association o# the atheists1 When -ord "haitanya $as asked by a house holder devotee
$hat the behavior of a devotee should be, he immediately repliedH Iasat sanga tyaga" *ei vaisnav
acara+stri sangi eka asadhu" krsna bhakta araB + 2aisnava should al$ays avoid the association of
ordinary people. "ommon people are very much materially attached, especially to $omen. 2aishnavas
should also avoid the company of those $ho are not devotees of the -ord. < 3c . =adh'a "".CB.
+ssociation is all important. +s the company of the mahatmas can open the door to liberation, so the
company of de!raded materialists can dra! an aspirin! devotee into i!norance. (ersons fond of en.oyin!
illicit se# and persons opposed to ?od consciousness destroy by their association the purity of 2aisnava
behavior. It is no $onder therefore, that a devotee does not en.oy such association.
1iscover'!
%) Bame the < levels of devotees. 'escribe the characteristics of each sta!e.
/nderstanding!
%) 'escribe ho$ $e should relate $ith each of these types of devoteesF
/) Who are the less advanced devoteesF *o$ should $e deal $ith themF
<) *o$ should $e relate $ith the innocent non@ devoteesF
9) Whom should $e avoid close association $ithF WhyF
0pplication! %) Share your e#periences of relatin! $ith the different types of devotees. 'id you
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observe the proper 2aisnava etiquetteF Were you seekin! a spiritual relationship $ith themF What $ent
ri!ht or $ron! $ith your approachF
Week 5B
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rinda they are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question, IIs
there anythin! that the -ord has done for you throu!h a member of this !roupF What and throu!h
$homFJ (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a minute to ans$er this question.
If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as
others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice
to sin! different tunes of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the
mridan!a if possible. "heck in advance $ith the devotee $hat tunes he is !oin! to sin!,so that you can
!uide him7her suitably. ,ou can teach them some tunes too if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as
stressed in sin!in! the *are Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper
mood to$ards the holy names. Bo$ it $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! it attractively.
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and
then conduct the .apa session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the
devotees .apa and their reali4ations on their pro!ress
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching is the essence! ,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most
enthusiastic and qualified, to start outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for
them and then they $ould easily able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he
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format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive. ?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$
questions. +fter about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup.
+lternatively, you can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and
interaction $ith the members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend
the ne$ 1hakti 2rkshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho
conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$
e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all
of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful
in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and
$here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to
understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is
the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home
visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior
devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to
accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith
ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach
pro!rams and the ne$ vrndas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly
rasadam! "# minutes! +ssi!n another trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin!
$eek. hey could take the help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the
or!ani4ation and distribution of prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
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$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * =aisnava behavior in #ierent relationships
5aishnava Behavior" the 3@ Lualities o a devotee
By (( -atsvarupa #as &osvami
While teachin! Sanatana ?osvami, -ord "aitanya described t$enty@si# qualities of the 2aishnavaH
devotees are al$ays merciful, truthfulG, equal to all, faultless, ma!nanimous, mild and clean. hey are
$ithout material possessions, and they perform devotional $ork for everyone. hey are peaceful,
surrendered to Krsna and desire@less. hey are indifferent to material acquisitionsH lust, an!er, !reed and
so forth. hey are respectful, !rave, compassionate and $ithout false presti!e. hey are friendly, poetic,
e#pert and silent. It is not, ho$ever, that a devotee must $ork separately to achieve each of these
qualities. +s Sukadeva ?osvami e#plains in Srimad 1ha!avatam (;.%.%&)H Cnly a rare person $ho has
adopted complete, unalloyed devotional service to Krsna can uproot the $eeds of sinful actions $ith no
possibility that they $ill revive. *e can do this by simply dischar!in! devotional service, .ust as the sun
can immediately dissipate fo! by its rays.
+lthou!h the t$enty@ si# qualities are not independent of devotional service, $e may nevertheless strive
to behave in devotional service so as to fulfill them all. o be a devotee means many thin!s. Dor
e#ample, althou!h it is important to preach, if ones behavior is not e#emplary his preachin! $ill be
ineffective. Cne may be very careful about cleanliness but not chant *are Krsna. here are many thin!s
a devotee must be accomplished in. +ll his qualities are sublimeG no one can find any fault in him.
1; 0 devotee is merciful) krpalu1 We may think, I,es, -ord "haitanya and Srila (rabhupada can
be merciful, but ho$ can I be mercifulFJ he ans$er is that by servin! a merciful !reat soul and by
servin! his cause, $e can act mercifully on his order. We can distribute Krsna consciousness under the
authori4ation of the merciful and compassionate !reat soul, and thus $e also become merciful $orkers.
he principles of 1ha!avat dharma are merciful, and anyone $ho follo$s them automatically !ives up all
kinds of unkindness and its resultant karma+ If $e follo$ the 2edic codes of reli!ion, then by obedience
alone $e $ill act on the platform of mercifulness to all livin! entities. We $ill not kill the innocent
animals, and $e $ill !ive the human bein!s Krsna consciousness.
"; 0 devotee is not defiant) akrta-droha! In his 1ha!avad@!ita +s It Is, Srila (rabhupada $ritesH
I*umility means that one should not be an#ious to have the satisfaction of bein! honored by others.J
+nd -ord "aitanya in Siksastaka !ives the ultimate e#pressions of humilityH ICne should chant the holy
name of the -ord in a humble state of mind, thinkin! oneself lo$er than the stra$ in the streetG one
should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false presti!e, and ready to offer all respect to
others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the -ord constantly.J *umility is !lorious
and is one of the prime qualities of a transcendentally situated person. Srila (rabhupada says, Ihe
qualities of humbleness and meekness lead very quickly to spiritual reali4ation.J Bo one is fit to approach
Krsnas lotus feet unless he is humble. *umility before Krsna is natural, of course, because *e is the
supreme. Similarly, humility before the 2aisnava is also natural, because he is the servant of the
!reatest. When Krsna dasa Kavira.a said, II am so sinful that if you simply remember my name you $ill
lose all the credit for your pious activitiesJ, he actually meant it. Such humility is not so cheap that one
can obtain it simply by $ritin! I*umbly yoursJ before si!nin! his name. It cannot be imitatedG it must
develop !radually. If one sincerely desires to be a devotee and faces facts honestly, then he must drop
all arro!ance and pride. Dollo$in! in the path of the previous acharyas, he $ill note ho$ -ord "haitanya
sho$ed humility by acceptin! himself as a fool before his spiritual master, Isvara (uri. +n honest devotee
$ill conclude, IWhat am I compared to -ord "haitanyaF )y place is humble. I have very stupidly entered
the cycle of birth and death. So $hat do I have to be proud ofFJ
8;0 devotee is truthful. Sath'a sara! Cf the four principles of reli!ion@ austerity, cleanliness,
mercifulness and truthfulness@ only truthfulness remains in Kali@ yu!a. When )ahara.a (arikshit found
the bull of reli!ion after it had been attacked by the personified Kali, only one of the bulls le!s, that
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representin! truthfulness, remained. his means that althou!h people are livin! sinful, hedonistic lives,
still in this a!e a $illin!ness to hear about Krsna remains. When Srila (rabhupada $ent to +merica, he
found everyone more or less everyone en!a!ed in sinful activitiesG but $hen he e#posed these activities
as sinful, and $hen he revealed the truth of Krsna, the hedonists reformed. hose devotees follo$in!
(rabhupada should be very truthful, like real brahmanas. his certainly means in their o$n behavior they
should not cheat. he first truthfulness of a disciple is to keep his promise to avoid sinful acts and
al$ays chant si#teen rounds of .apa on his beads. Bor should a devotee en!a!e in ille!al activities.
+lthou!h Krsna consciousness is transcendental to mundane la$, that mundane la$ is to be rarely
violated. +nd even an ordinary person can appreciate such truthfulness. Society must reco!ni4e the
members of the Krsna consciousness movement as reli!ious persons. 1ut $e must be truthful in the
ultimate sense, actin! not for our o$n interests but for Krsnas interests. *o$ever, $e must first
understand $ho is Krsna . *e is the supreme ruth, and satyam param dhimahi@ $e have to meditate on
the supreme ruth by chantin! *are Krsna. hen $e can render pure devotional service and be effective
in our distribution of the +bsolute ruth, $hich can alone serve mankind in this disastrous a!e.
4; 0 devotee is eRual to ever'one) sama! he devotee sees all creatures from the perspective of
kno$led!e. Wherever he sees a livin! creature displayin! the si# symptoms of life, namely birth, !ro$th,
duration, producin! by@ products and d$indlin!, and death, he kno$s a spirit soul inhabits that form,
$hether a human bein! , an animal, an insect, a bird or plant. In addition to perceivin! the presence of
the individual soul, the learned devotee kno$s the Supreme Soul is also there $ithin the heart of every
livin! entity. Seein! $ith equal vision , ho$ever , does not mean that $e treat each person e#actly the
same. 1ut our intention to be the sameH to share Krsna consciousness $ith one and all. he quality of
bein! equal to everyone is reali4ed amon! the servants of the -ord. Srila (rabhupada $rote in one letterH
5veryone should be friendly for the service of the -ord. 5veryone should praise anothers service to the
-ord and not be proud of his o$n service. his is the $ay of 2aisnava thinkin!. 2aikuntha thinkin!.
here may be rivalries and apparent competitions bet$een servants in performin! service, but in the
2aikuntha planets the service of another servant is appreciated, not condemned. his is 2aikuntha
competition. here is no question of enmity bet$een servants. 5veryone should be allo$ed to render
service to the -ord to the best of his ability, and everyone should appreciate the services of others. Such
are the activities of 2aikuntha. Since everyone is a servant, everyone is on the same platform and is
allo$ed to serve the -ord accordin! to his ability.
1iscover'!
%) )ention the /; qualities of devotees. *o$ does one acquire these qualitiesF *o$ can one e#ercise
these qualities F
/nderstanding!
%) *o$ can $e be mercifulF
/) What does bein! humble meanF Why is it important to be humbleF *o$ can $e acquire humilityF
<) What is special about the quality of truthfulness in Kali yu!aF ?ive an e#ample to sho$ ho$ there is
truthfulness still in the present day $orld.
9) What is the first truth that a disciple keepsF *o$ does he deal $ith re!ard to follo$in! the principle of
truth in the material $orldF
&) *o$ does the devotee behave to$ards all livin! entities in the material $orld. *o$ does he deal
equally $ith the other devoteesF
0pplication!
%) 'escribe any of these qualities that you may have seen in devotees.
/) +lso share $ith everyone ho$ you are plannin! in practical terms to live accordin! to these qualities.
Dor e#ample a person $ho $ants to be more merciful may decide that I $ill !ive more time to preach
Krsna consciousness to everyone.
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Week 5C
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rinda they are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes! 5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et
them !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question,
IWhat !ives you .oy in the fact of multiplyin!FJ (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each
one a minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their
e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.

Kirtana! 15 minutes! +ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice
to sin! different tunes of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the
mridan!a if possible. "heck in advance $ith the devotee $hat tunes he is !oin! to sin!, so that you can
!uide him7her suitably. ,ou can teach them some tunes too if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as
stressed in sin!in! the *are Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper
mood to$ards the holy names. Bo$ it $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! it attractively.
Japa. 15 minutes! ,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and
then conduct the .apa session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the
devotees .apa and their reali4ations on their pro!ress
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes! ,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most
enthusiastic and qualified, to start outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for
them and then they $ould easily able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes.
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he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive. ?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$
questions. +fter about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup.
+lternatively, you can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and
interaction $ith the members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend
the ne$ 1hakti 2rkshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho
conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$
e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all
of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful
in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and
$here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to
understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is
the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home
visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior
devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to
accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith
ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach
pro!rams and the ne$ 2rndas to be started by the trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes! +ssi!n another trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin!
$eek. hey could take the help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the
or!ani4ation and distribution of prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
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$P5)5T6/! E#5G5./T5H8 * =aisnava Behavior" the 3@ Lualities o a devotee
By (( -atsvarupa #as &osvami
5; 0 devotee is faultless! *o$ could anyone claim to be $ithout faultF 1ut a devotee $ho is
surrendered in body, mind and $ords to Krsna is al$ays e#ecutin! Krsnas $ill and repeatin! Krsnas
messa!eG so as Krsna, the Supreme (erfect is faultless, so the fully surrendered devotee is faultless.
hose thin!s that appear as faults in the devotees do not mar his faultlessness. It is possible for a rascal
to masquerade as a faultless pure devotee, to try to sho$ himself as an advanced spiritual leader .and to
cheat people for his o$n profit. 1ut an intelli!ent devotee can detect such a fraud. + pure heated
devotee, or someone sincerely follo$in! his orders, $ill not act to harm or abuse anyone. 'espite the
presence of rascals, $e should !o ahead $hole heartedly honorin! and follo$in! the instructions of the
pure devotee. In the !uise of holy men and devotees, imposters have come, but that does not mean that
there is no real devotee. he real devotee is kno$n by his acts strictly in accordance $ith parampara. *e
$ill never abuse the honor, service, or money he receives on behalf of KrsnaG $e can trust him $ith our
life. *e $ill do !ood for all humanity, because he $ill live and preach the messa!e of Krsna.
A; 0 devotee is magnanimous) vadan'a! Without endeavorin! for anythin! else, one should mer!e
all his desires into the service of Krsna by the standard process of devotional service, be!innin! $ith
hearin! and chantin!, under the !uidance of an e#pert spiritual master. he science of surrender is a
blissful process and as a result, the devotee becomes a lover of Krsna. he !ivers of this devotional
process are indeed ma!nanimous. 1ecause $e are livin! in the material $orld, a $orld of difficulty, a
$orld !overned by the forces of illusion and evil, there are al$ays difficulties in distributin! the
ma!nanimous !ifts of -ord "haitanya. 1ut the devotees desire to distribute -ord "aitanyas !ifts,
$hatever the difficulties, is another indication of the nature of their ma!nanimity. -ord "haitanya and *is
follo$ers kno$ that love of ?od is the !reatest of all thin!s, and they !o on distributin! it $ithout self@
motivation, $ithout disappointment, and $ithout bein! checked. heir ma!nanimity kno$s no bounds,
and the !ood fortune of those $ho receive their !ifts is unparalleled.
B; 0 devotee is mild) mrdu1 he devotee avoids the chase after illusory material pleasure and its
resultant sufferin!. *e remains peaceful because he is satisfied in Krsna consciousness. + man $ho
already has a million dollars does not become frantic tryin! to obtain or en.oy the pleasures of a
thousand dollars. *is temperament is mild because he has nothin! to !ain and no one can deprive him of
his Krsna consciousness. + devotee is also mild in his dealin!s $ith others. Cf course there is a sayin! I+
2aisnava is as soft as a rose and as hard as a thunderbolt..J So sometimes, $hen respondin! to
blasphemous person, for e#ample, he is not mild. -ord "aitanya $as not mild $hen *e ran $ith the
Sudarsana cakra to kill Na!ai and )adhai. 1ut the devotee is !enerally mild in his responses, especially
$hen there is a question of toleratin! some $ron! doin! a!ainst himself. *is mild disposition is to$ard
events is also compatible $ith the quality of meekness, or humility. *e does not !et into a !reat huff if
personally inconvenienced but tends to react mildly, like *aridasa hakura in relation to the men $ho
$ere ordered to cane him in t$enty@ t$o market places. hat mildness comes a!ain not from timidity but
from deep self@ satisfaction. -ike the !reat ocean, he is (acific. Cthers !et a!itated and rant over $orldly
happenin!s, personal frustrations, and mis!ivin!s, but the devotee depends upon Krsna and tries to
carry out *is order. hus a non@ violent, undisturbed, transcendental mildness is another attractive
feature of the devotee.
C; 0 devotee is clean) suci1 Cf course, this means clean inside and outside. he devotees mind, heart,
intelli!ence, body, clothes, livin! place, place of $ork, place of $orship, his personal and business
dealin!s@ all should be suci, clean. I"leanliness is ne#t to ?odlinessJ may be a homely proverb, but it has
$isdom for those interested in spiritual life. 5#ternal cleanliness is important, but it has to be done in
connection to Krsna. he hi!h standard of cleanliness in $orshippin! the 'eity in the emple indicates
the devotees devotion. >.Cut of pure devotion, the devotee $ants to make the best and cleanest
offerin! of $orship to the -ord. "ultivation of kno$led!e other than pure devotional service, as $ell as
the desire to !ain material re$ard even from reli!ious endeavors, are considered impurities and oppose
the conclusion of pure bhakti. Srimad 1ha!avatam (%./.%K) praises the process of chantin! and hearin!
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as quickly cleansin! the heart of all un$anted, dirty thin!s. When Barada )uni $as tryin! to re!ain the
vision of the -ord Krsna in his meditation, the -ord spoke to him and told him that a devotee ha to be
completely Ifree from all material taintsJ before he could e#pect to see *im. In this a!e -ord "aitanyas
ma!nanimous distribution of the chantin! of *are Krsna provides us $ith the most effective method for
cleanin! the dirty mind and heart and thereby !ives us a pure vision of Krsna.
1iscover'!
%) *o$ can a devotee be faultlessF
/) What are the symptoms and activities of such a pure devoteeF
/nderstanding!
%) Why do $e say that -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu and *is devotees are the most ma!nanimousF
/) *o$ is the pure devotee able to be al$ays mild and undisturbedF *o$ are his dealin!s $ith
othersF
<) When is he not mildF
9) In $hat areas of our lives must $e e#ercise cleanlinessF WhyF
0pplication!
Share your reali4ations on the 2aisnava qualities discussed and ho$ it has inspired you to follo$ them in
your life.
Week 5D
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5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rnda they are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question, IWhat did you learn from your
servant leader that most impressed youFJ (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one
a minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their
e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana ! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice to sin! different tunes
of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the mridan!a if possible. "heck
in advance $ith the devotee $hat tunes he is !oin! to sin!, so that you can !uide him7her suitably. ,ou
can teach them some tunes too if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed in sin!in! the *are
Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood to$ards the holy names.
Bo$ it $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! it attractively.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and then conduct the .apa
session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the devotees .apa and their
reali4ations on their pro!ress
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance
and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the
!roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat
you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can
have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith
him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups
as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
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,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most enthusiastic and qualified, to start
outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for them and then they $ould easily
able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes.
he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan, readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout
havin! a discussion ("an !ive a short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita
$ith a short e#planation of the meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the
people durin! prasadam time. Napa can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look
receptive.
?radually after 9 or & $eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter
about = $eeks, you could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup. +lternatively, you
can have a permanent out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the
members. +ll the members $ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti
2rkshas $hich $ill be started shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various
parts of the 1hakti 2rksha no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for
the !roups evaluation of the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one
$ill mind this kind of evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as
$ell as in !ivin! the necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve.
,our .ud!ment of their performance is very important for them to understand the correct standards of
evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho
facilitates $ell is the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon!
$ith .uniors to some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more
.unior devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire
from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc.
hese e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin!
them to different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ 2rndas to be started by the
trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
+ssi!n another trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek. hey could take the
help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the or!ani4ation and distribution of
prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
S-.-%/0, E1-2-30%-4$ - @aisnava (ehavior) the "A Rualities of a devotee
(' && Satsvarupa 1as :osvami
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D; 0 devotee is *ithout material possessions) +kincana1 he si# ?osvamis of 2rndavan are classic
e#amples of renunciation in Krsna consciousness. 3upa ?osvami and Sanatana ?osvami $ere hi!hly
placed !overnment ministers, and 3a!hunatha dasa $as the son of a very $ealthy land o$ner. hey
!ave up all their material possessions as insi!nificant and lived in 2rndavan $earin! only loin cloths and
subsistin! as mendicants. It $as 3upa ?osvami, ho$ever $ho enunciated the principle of renunciation
throu!h usin! thin!s in the service of Krsna. When one is not attached to anythin!, but at the same time
accepts everythin! in relation to Krsna, one is ri!htly situated above material possessiveness. Cn the
other hand, one $ho re.ects everythin! $ithout kno$led!e of its relationship to Krsna is not as complete
in his reali4ation. he underlyin! a#iomatic truth is that Krsna is the Supreme (roprietor. +nyones claim
to o$n possessions, therefore, is a kind of madness or thievery.
+s stated in the Isopanishad, )antra %, I5verythin! in the universe is controlled and o$ned by the
Supreme -ord. Cne should therefore, accept those thin!s that are assi!ned to him as his quota.J
1ut $hat is that IquotaJF +lthou!h the scriptures allo$ for limited sense !ratification and material
possessions, that sanction does not constitute pure devotional service. Altimately Krsnas last instruction
is to !ive up even those reli!ious concessions. H I+bandon all varieties of reli!ion and .ust surrender to
)e. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. 'o not fear.J 1! %=.;;. he hi!hest reali4ation is to see
everythin! as Krsnas. he darin!, inspired, and compassionate devotee, is not satisfied to see that it
belon!s to Krsna , but he $orks to use all thin!s in the service of the -ord@ so that the $hole $orld can
benefit.
1#;0 devotee performs *elfare *ork for ever'one) sarvopakaraka1 Srimad 1ha!avatam
(%0.//.<&) en.oinsH IIt is the duty of every livin! bein! to perform $elfare activities for the benefit of
others $ith his life, $ealth, intelli!ence and $ords.J he 2ishnu (urana (<.%/.9&) statesH I1y his $ork,
thou!hts and $ords, an intelli!ent man must perform actions $hich $ill be beneficial for all livin! entities
in this life and the ne#t.J he devotee distributes Krsna consciousness to everyone, thus provin! its
universality. -ord "haitanya has !iven this duty of !ivin! Krsna consciousness to everyoneH
Bbharata bhumite haila manusya*janma yara
Danma sarthaka kari kara para upakara
ICne $ho has taken his birth as a human bein! in the land of India (1harata@varsa) should make his life
successful and $ork for the benefit of all the people.. I *is 'ivine ?race +." 1hakti 2edanta S$ami
(rabhupada is, $ithout e#a!!eration, a transcendental $orker $ho stands supreme in the application of
I(ara@upakara.J Dor thousands of years the most valuable kno$led!e of bhakti@yo!a remained $ithin
India. 5ven -ord "aitanya traveled only $ithin India. (eople outside of 1harata:varsa $ere considered
uncivili4ed mlecchas even persons $ho considered themselves 2aishnavas did not think it possible to
deliver these fallen mlecchas. he !ood $ishes, prayers, intentions, and self@sacrificin! activities of the
devotees brin! about immense !ood for all persons in the material $orld.
11;0 devotee is peaceful) santa1 Srila (rabhupada calls the verse IBhoktarama yagna tapasamJ from
1? &./8, the peace formula.. he < reali4ations about ?odH
%) Whatever $ork $e do is actually meant to be offered to *im. We have to !ive up once and for all the
ridiculous pretense of bein! the supreme en.oyer and reco!ni4e the reality of the almi!hty ?odhead. o
come to this a$akened state of reco!ni4in! that $e are part and parcel of ?od and that $e should serve
*im brin!s peace.
/) he Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead is the o$ner and controller of all the planets, and men and
nations should not claim they are proprietors. o claim o$nership $ithout any reference to the supreme
proprietor Krsna, is a fraud.
<) Krishna is the friend of all livin! bein!s. Cne $ho ackno$led!es these < attributes of Krsna and also
serves and $orships *im, Iattains peace from the pan!s of material miseries.
Cnce $e make peace $ith ?od , then $e can also be peaceful $ith ourselves. So peaceful does not refer
to a physically idyllic settin! that may in fact be shattered at any moment. (eaceful is the condition of
that soul at peace $ith Krsna, and it is possible for the devotee $ho sees Krsna as everythin!. Srila
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(rabhupada $rites in 1ha!avad ?ita, I3eali4ation that there is no e#istence besides Krsna is the platform
of peace and fearlessness.J Krsna consciousness means that a devotee can al$ays think of Krsna and
chant *are Krsna $hether he is in heaven or hell. his rare peacefulness is the blessin! of Krsna for
$hoever enters *is devotional service and !ives up the unpeaceful $orld of material desires.
1"; 0 devotee is surrendered to Krsna, KrishnaikaHsarana1 Sarvabhauma 1hattacharya describes
that -ord "haitanya came to teach renunciation, kno$led!e of *imself, and the science of surrender,
1hakti yo!a.. "hantin! *are Krsna is to surrender the speakin!, the hearin!, and the mind in the ya.na
of the holy name. -ord "haitanya tau!ht that $e should avoid the %0 offenses in chantin! and dedicate
our lives to the instructions of the spiritual master. Surrender is not $himsical but authori4ed and
scientific. If $e practice, $e $ill learn ho$ to surrender. + devotee en!a!ed in a life of full surrender to
Krsna has many thin!s to do and does not $aste a moment. *is !oal is to completely surrender to Krsna
so that he can be rid of all material desires and serve Krsna more and more in the footsteps of the
servant of the servant of the servant of the !opis.
1iscover'!
%) *o$ did the Si# ?osvamis set an e#ample of renunciationF
/nderstanding!
%) *o$ does Srila 3upa ?osvami recommend renunciation throu!h usin! thin!s for KrsnaF Why did
he call this real renunciationF
/) Why is doin! $elfare $ork for others importantF
<) What kind of $elfare $ork are $e supposed to doF WhyF
9) *o$ did Srila (rabhupada e#hibit this qualityF
&) *o$ is a devotee able to be peacefulF
;) *o$ can $e surrender to KrsnaF What is the !oal of a fully surrendered devoteeF
0pplication!
%) )ention any devotee7s that you kno$ $ho have any of these 2aisnava qualities. 'iscuss ho$ you plan
to acquire these qualities.
Week A#
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rnda are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
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proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question, IIs there somethin! you fear
about multiplyin!F Why or $hy notFJ (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a
minute to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their
e#periences durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice to sin! different tunes
of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the mridan!a if possible. "heck
in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin! to sin!. ,ou can teach him
some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in sin!in! the *are Krsna maha
mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood to$ards the holy names. It $ould be
appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their pro!ress
in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes! (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before
the session. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on
Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the
first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one
ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith him. his should not be difficult as the other members are
also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most enthusiastic and qualified, to start
outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for them and then they $ould easily
241
able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan,
readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout havin! a discussion ("an !ive a
short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita $ith a hort e#planation of the
meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the people durin! prasadam time. Napa
can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look receptive. ?radually after 9 or &
$eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter about = $eeks, you
could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup. +lternatively, you can have a permanent
out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the members. +ll the members
$ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti 2rkshas $hich $ill be started
shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha
no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of
the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of
evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the
necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of
their performance is very important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor
e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is
the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to
some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior
devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from
the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese
e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to
different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ vrindas to be started by the trainee
leaders shortly
rasadam! "# minutes
+ssi!n another trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek. hey could take the
help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the or!ani4ation and distribution of
prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
S-.-%/0, E1-2-30%-4$ - @aisnava (ehavior) the "A Rualities of a devotee
(' && Satsvarupa 1as :osvami
/?G + devotee is desireless, akama1 he real !oal of desirelessness is revealed in the literal meanin!
of akama, I$ithout lustJ. $o $ords $e should consider here are kama and prema. Kama means lust or
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material desire and prema means love. -ove is reserved for Krsna. +ffection and attachments for thin!s
other than Krsna are al$ays some kind of kama. Cnly $hen one attains prema, love of Krsna, can he
come to the platform of desirelessness. 'esirin! only to please Krsna is akama. -ord Krsna advises that
kama cannot be !iven up artificially. Ihe embodied soul maybe restricted from sense en.oyment, thou!h
the taste for sense ob.ect remains. 1ut, ceasin! such en!a!ements by e#periencin! a hi!her taste, he is
fi#ed in Krsna consciousness.J
If one sincerely follo$s the process of Krsna consciousness under the !uidance of !uru, sastra, and
sadhu, he $ill e#perience the hi!her taste and !ive up material desires even $hile still on the neophyte
sta!e of devotional service. +dmittedly, until a devotee reaches unalloyed devotional service, he $ill still
sometimes consider the possibility of becomin! happy by material desires. *o$ does a devotee persist in
resistin! )aterial desires even before he has fully e#perienced the hi!her taste of spontaneous Krsna
consciousnessF he ans$er is tapasya, austerity. here are t$o kinds of happiness% preyah" immediate,
and sreyah, ultimate. + mature human bein! $ill fore!o preyah to achieve sreyah. + youn! adult at
colle!e sometimes fore!oes the immediate pleasure of sociali4in! in the evenin! to study and advance
his education. +usterity is like that. + devotee therefore does not be!rud!e austerityG he $illin!ly
stru!!les to overcome his lo$er nature. Bothin! valuable is achieved $ithout endeavor, and Krsna
consciousness is the most valuable thin!. he devotee receives immense help from the spiritual master
and from Krsna in the heart. he -ord also helps the reluctant devotee by force. If a devotee is sincerely
desirous of attainin! love of ?od and yet at the same time has stron! material desires, -ord Krsna
sometimes intervenes. IWhen I feel especially mercifully disposed to$ards someone, I !radually take
a$ay all his material possessions. *is friends and relatives then re.ect this poverty stricken and most
$retched fello$.J (1ha!. %0.==.=)
14 ; 0 devotee is indifferent to material acRuisitions) aniha1 he quality of aniha, indifference to
material acquisitions, is another part of the 2aisnavas opulence. *e doesnt have to acquire thin!s
because he is already situated in devotional service. + devotee may use material thin!s in the service of
Krsna, but he does not become attached or dependent on them. *e may serve Krsna $ith millions of
dollars, construct buildin!s, and profusely publish Krsna conscious literatures, but even if he has nothin!
material to use, he can serve Krsna .ust by chantin! *are Krsna. + devotee does the compassionate
$ork of stayin! $ithin materialistic society, rather than hidin! in seclusion to save himselfG he moves
amid material attractions and disturbances. *e therefore must have the quality of aniha. +nd sometimes
approaches persons $ho are fully absorbed in material life. Sometimes he sits $ith the karmi and tells
him of Krsna consciousness, and sometimes he is offered material attractions and material troubles. 1ut
he remains al$ays aniha and also dra$s the sense !ratifier a$ay from material acquisition.
15; 0 devotee is fiHed) sthira! +n unsteady neophyte devotee, althou!h able to prosecute devotional
practices under favorable circumstances, deviates in the face of stron! allurements. he 2edic histories
tell of meditatin! sa!es distracted by beautiful $omen. +nd a devotee also, in the neophyte sta!e, may
fall victim to the attraction of the opposite se#. Cr a situation of distress may unfi# a $eaker devotee.
Cften devotees are harassed and their preachin! disrupted by the non devotees. If a devotee is fi#ed,
ho$ever he $ill not abandon chantin! *are Krsna, even at the cost of his life. Sometimes devotees
quarrel amon! themselves, and this is another discoura!ement that mi!ht s$ay a $eak devotee from
follo$in! the spiritual masters order. Dirm faith in the spiritual master is paramount. Cne $ho displeases
his spiritual master loses his fi#ed course and $anders aimlessly like a ship $ithout rudder. Without firm
faith in the spiritual master, one cannot be sthira. (rahlada )ahara.a, considerin! his debt to his spiritual
master, says, II $as fallin! into the $ays of the common man, and my spiritual master Barada saved
me. *o$ could I ever leave himFJ
+ devotee is fi#ed in the philosophy of the +bsolute truth, not only intellectually but out of love. +nd as
the devotee is fi#ed on Krsna and no one else, so is Krsna fi#ed on *is devotee. We should proceed
scrupulously in our chantin! and hearin! and servin! the order of the spiritual master as our lifes duty.
"ertainly bein! fi#ed $ill come about in this $ay, be re!ular practice. +s a devotee continues hearin!,
$hatever conviction he lacks $ill come to him as a !radual reali4ation. When a neophyte devotee chants
*are Krsna, he does not taste the full happiness of chantin! the holy names. 1ut as he continues, the
ori!inal s$eetness of the holy name $ill manifest.
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1A; 0 devotee completel' controls the +ad Rualities) vijita sad !una1 he si# bad qualities are
lust, kama, an!er, krodha" !reed, lobha, illusion, moha, madness, mada, and envy. + pure devotee
controls these qualities by full en!a!ement in the service of Krsna. +lthou!h the si# bad qualities are
material, they can be used in Krsnas service. his transforms them. he bad qualities are perverted
reflections of qualities e#istin! in an ori!inal pure state in the spiritual $orld.
,ust is epitomi4ed by se# desire. he !opis approached Krsna as a beautiful youn! boy, and yet $e kno$
that this is the complete opposite of mundane lust. We have been $arned not to imitate the !opis,
so ho$ can $e $ho are tryin! to practice pure devotional service, understand lust in service to
KrsnaF In 1ha!avad ?ita, K0 %%, Krsna states ) dharma viruddho bhutesu kamo smi%B I am se#
life $hich is not contrary to reli!ious principles.J When kama is controlled, it is not illicit and can be
used in Krsnas service. . In the be!innin! there may be material desires, but $hen se# is re!ulated
and used for the service of the -ord, it is transcendental.
,ust is the spirit souls ori!inal love for Krsna after becomin! contaminated by association $ith the
mode of passion. 5ven $hile in the material $orld, if by the !race of the spiritual master and the
2aishnavas a .iva establishes his relationship $ith Krsna, he can revive his pure desire. Cnce the .iva
takes up devotional service under the direction of the spiritual master, his lust is transformed into
love.We can enter Krsnas lila by hearin! from authori4ed sources. o hear of *im in an unauthori4ed
$ay, ho$ever can result in prakrita sahajiya+ Prakrita sahajiya is a perverted form of 2aisnavism in $hich
the practitioner tries to approach Krsna $hile still en!a!in! in mundane se#. *earin! about Krsnas
pastimes $ith the !opis in the rasa dance is a specific remedy for lust. 1y en!a!in! in 'eity $orship in
the temple, a devotee can also directly approach 3adha@ Krsna on the order of the spiritual master.
0nger, Krodha -ust can never be satisfied and therefore it is follo$ed by an!er. When an!er spreads,
the $hole body becomes polluted. 1ut an!er can also be used in the service of Krsna, by directin! it
a!ainst the enemies of Krsna. he famous e#ample is *anuman, -ord 3amas $arrior servitor $ho fou!ht
a!ainst the forces of 3avana. 'evotional an!er may therefore take on the form of fi!htin!. he ksatriya
devotee cannot tolerate seein! the -ords devotees or innocent persons or creatures hurt. + devotee may
also direct an!er a!ainst bo!us !urus and other misleaders of the people. When a devotee hears bad
propa!anda a!ainst devotional service, he may $rite articles a!ainst the demons or actively preach in
another $ay.
:reed, lobha% + !reedy person $ants to accumulate as much as possible for himself@ much more than
he actually needs. Cbsessed $ith takin! for himself, he conflicts $ith others and has no mercy on them.
So !reed can become a !reat evil. 1ut because a devotee is !reedy to use everythin! for the Supreme
(ersonality of ?odheads satisfaction, his !reed benefits everyone. + devotee $ants the $hole $orld at
Krsnas lotus feet.
-llusion, 'oha% he main illusion of the conditioned soul is that he thinks of his body as the self and the
material $orld as his home. his illusion $ill kill him, .ust as an animal in the desert is killed runnin!
after a mira!e of $ater. + devotee $ho has a bonafide spiritual master should kno$ and be free of
misconception. When +r.una became enli!htened by Krsnas teachin!s in 1ha!avad ?ita, he declaredH
nasto mohahH I)y illusion is no$ !one.J
=adness, madaH 1ecause of their mad acts for sense : !ratification, people have to transmi!rate , body
after body. Dor a person to accept his body as the self is cra4y, because at the time of death, everythin!
he lived for $ill vanish.
Env', matsarya% +n envious person is unhappy to see others !ood fortune, and he is happy to see
others failure. 1ut $hen one takes to devotional service, he loses his poisonous mentalityG he becomes
humble and $ants to serve Krsna. Sometimes amon! devotees there is a spirit of competition, but
ultimately they are mutual $ell@$ishers and are not disturbin! to Krsna. What does the devotee do if he
feels the ur!e for the bad qualities in the material formF When this happens, $e must use self@control.
1ein! able to control the bad qualities is the criterion of ?osvami, or a controller of the senses. +
devotee has to !ain stren!th to ri!htly say IBCLJ to desires for material thin!s. "ontrol of the senses is
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possible not by dry restraint or mechanical repression, but by transcendental kno$led!e (.nana) and
transcendental taste(vi.nana).
1iscover'!
%) What is the actual meanin! of desirelessness in Krsna consciousnessF *o$ can this be achievedF
/nderstanding!
%) *o$ can $e overcome material desires in the be!innin!F
/) *o$ can $e see practically the devotees indifference to material acquisitionsF
<) What are some of the obstacles devotees face in remainin! fi#ed in devotional serviceF
9) *o$ can $e pro!ress to becomin! very fi#ed in devotional serviceF
&) What are the si# bad qualities that a devotee controlsF 5#plain ho$ he can control each of these
bad qualities.
0pplication!
'o you feel encoura!ed to develop 2aisnava qualities by discussin! these qualities of a pure devoteeF
5#plain $hy.
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Week A1
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rnda are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
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instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question, Iell us some positive chan!es
that you $itnessed in any of the !roup members durin! this last cycle of the !roup, some !ood quality or
behavior he or she developedFJ (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a minute
to ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their e#periences
durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.

Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice to sin! different tunes
of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the mrdan!a if possible. "heck
in advance $ith the devotee $ho is !oin! to lead, $hat tunes he is plannin! to sin!. ,ou can teach him
some tunes if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed earlier in sin!in! the *are Krsna maha
mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood to$ards the holy names. It $ould be
appropriate to also train them to sin! attractively
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e. -et him conduct the .apa session by
leadin! the .apa. +fter .apa, *e should ask t$o or three devotees from the !roup to share their pro!ress
in their daily chantin!.
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
(lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in advance
and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. If there are ne$ comers to the
!roup, then you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat
you have been doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. ,ou can
have a discussion for them separately. If there is only one ne$ member, you can have a discussion $ith
him. his should not be difficult as the other members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups
as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current issues etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most enthusiastic and qualified, to start
outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for them and then they $ould easily
able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan,
readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout havin! a discussion ("an !ive a
short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita $ith a short e#planation of the
meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the people durin! prasadam time. Napa
can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look receptive. ?radually after 9 or &
$eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter about = $eeks, you
could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup. +lternatively, you can have a permanent
out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the members. +ll the members
$ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti 2rkshas $hich $ill be started
shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha
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no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of
the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of
evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! their confidence as $ell as in !ivin! the
necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. ,our .ud!ment of
their performance is very important for them to understand the correct standards of evaluation. Dor
e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho facilitates $ell is
the one $ho is !ood. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith .uniors to
some ne$ contacts homes. "ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more .unior
devotees homes. Di# up $hich devotee is !oin! to accompany you for the $eek. ,ou can enquire from
the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution, prasadam distribution, street Sankirtan, etc. hese
e#periences $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people and !ainin! contacts for invitin! them to
different pro!rams, especially the outreach pro!rams and the ne$ 2rndas to be started by the trainee
leaders shortly
rasadam! "# minutes
+ssi!n another trainee leader to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek. hey could take the
help of the other devotees, but $ould have to be responsible for the or!ani4ation and distribution of
prasadam as $ell as the cleanin! up at the end of the pro!ram.
S-.-%/0, E1-2-30%-4$ - @aisnava (ehavior) the "A Rualities of a devotee
(' && Satsvarupa 1as :osvami
1B; 0 devotee eats onl' as much as reRuired) mita bhuk ! 1ha!avad:!ita sets the standard of
eatin! for the bhakti@yo!iH ICne should not eat too little or too much.J +ccordin! to the yo!a of sense
control, the ton!ue, belly, and !enitals form a strai!ht line, and all three can be controlled if the ton!ue
is controlled. If the ton!ue is uncontrolled, then a person $ill eat too much. *is stomach $ill be
overloaded and $ill then put pressure upon his !enitals, and the result $ill be !reat demand for se#. +
devotee al$ays eats Krsna prasadam, the remnants of the offerin!s to Krsna. 1ut still the rule of mita
bhuk applies, as Srila (rabhupada notes in the Bectar of InstructionH I*o$ever if one accepts prasadam
only because of its palatable taste and thus eats too much, he also falls prey to tryin! to satisfy the
demands of the ton!ue. Sri "haitanya )ahaprabhu tau!ht us to avoid very palatable dishes even $hile
eatin! prasadam.J Sometimes -ord "haitanya )ahaprabhu $ould serve lar!e quantities of prasadam to
the devotees $ith *is o$n hand. Cn the occasion of a 2aisnavas festival Krsnas desire maybe that the
devotees Ieat up to the neckJ to satisfy the $ishes of the 2aisnava and the spiritual master. Such eatin!
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sometimes becomes a .oyful, .okin! e#chan!e and is transcendental to the rules and re!ulations. 1ut in
the normal daily course of life, the devotee should not be interested in eatin! bi! amounts. I5at
sumptuously,J Srila (rabhupada used to say, Ibut not too much.J
1C; 0 devotee is *ithout ine+riation) apramata1 +pramattah is the opposite of pramattah, $hich
means cra4y. he materialist is cra4y because he acts on the demands of the senses, forcin! himself
unnecessarily to continue his cycle of birth and death. 1ut the devotee is papramattah, sane. 1y the
standard of the absolute truth, the devotee has attained the ri!ht balance bet$een material duties and
spiritual duties. 1haktivinod hakura has e#plained that both material duties and spiritual duties should
run alon! parallel lines. 1ut if the pursuance of the material duties seriously hampers the path of spiritual
reali4ation, then the material duties should be reduced. + devotee is not inebriated. *e is not lopsided.
*e is not into#icated by material pleasure. *e reduces his material needs to a simple level and patiently
dedicates his life to the service of Krsna. *is life is therefore the real e#ample of moderation, balance,
and sanity.
1D; 0 devotee is respectful) manada1 he Sikshastaka describes ho$ the devotee offers respects to
others $ithout e#pectin! any respect for himself. *e is respectful even to the ant. WhyF 1ecause he sees
all livin! bein!s as parts and parcels of Krsna. + materialist is not deeply respectful to others because his
concern is to !et respect for himself. 1ut the devotee $ants to be the servant, not the master, and takin!
that humble position, he respects the lives of others. *e respects their ri!ht to live and doesnt $ant to
hurt or disturb anyone. *e respects that all livin! bein!s have been !iven their life by Krsna, and he
kno$s that he has no ri!ht to take it a$ay. *e sees all livin! bein!s equally and respects them equally.
he respect the devotee pays to others is in accord $ith his Krsna conscious understandin!. *is respect
is universal, yet he makes distinctions, understandin! Krsna has !iven !reater responsibility to the
demi!od and an insi!nificant life to the ant. +lthou!h the devotee resects all, he doesnt $orship anyone
e#cept Krsna or the pure devotee of Krsna. In the 1ha!avad:!ita, Krsna teaches us to distin!uish
bet$een the devotee and the non devotee and also to see all livin! entities as *is parts and parcels.
3espectin! the latent spiritual identity $ithin the heart of the materialist, the devotee encoura!es
everyone to return to their position as lovin! servants of the -ord. In preachin! Krsna consciousness, a
devotee makes distinctions amon! the different .ives. he scriptures prescribe that a devotee should
avoid the demon. + devotee also has relationships $ith various classes of devotees, and he must also
sho$ respect accordin!ly. he Bectar of Instruction states that one should offer mental respect to
anyone $ho is chantin! the names of Krsna, even if the chanter is not follo$in! re!ulative principles. If a
devotee finds another devotee $ho re!ularly chants the *are Krsna maha mantra and follo$s the
re!ulative principles, the devotee considers him his friend. 3e!ular e#chan!es of love bet$een equal
devotees are sharin! prasadam, offerin! and receivin! !ifts, and revealin! ones mind. When a devotee
meets a very advanced devotee, he should offer him full respect and treat him as a spiritual master.
'iscussin! these matters in the Bectar of Instruction, Srila (rabhupada advises us to kno$ our o$n
position and not imitate advanced devotees. he disciple offers the spiritual master the same respect as
to ?od, and $hatever the spiritual master says, the disciple should try to e#ecute ri!ht a$ay. *e should
!ive everythin! he o$ns to the !uru and serve him as a menial servant. If the spiritual master corrects
he disciple, he should take the chastisement humbly. he spiritual master $ill train a sincere disciple to
become a compassionate Krsna conscious person, so that he too can sho$ respect to all livin! bein!s by
the $elfare $ork of Krsna consciousness.
"#; 0 devotee is *ithout false prestige) amani1 Dalse presti!e can be considered in t$o $aysH %)
the ob.ects of presti!e are falsely presti!ious, and /) our claim to any presti!ious ob.ect or position is
false. + devotee is free of both kinds of false presti!e. *e is not attracted to the !litter of desirable
material possessions, and $hatever is attractive he ackno$led!es as but a reflection of Krsna, the all
attractive cause of all causes. ,ou may obtain presti!e for a time, but very soon you may also lose it.
+nd you $ill be very bitter about your loss of presti!e. he baseball hero of yesterday makes an error
and he is booed. -ast elections $innin! candidate suffers i!nominy. Krsna therefore says in the
1ha!avad@!ita that *is dear devotee Iis equipoised in honor and dishonor, fame and infamy.J +ccordin!
to 1haktisiddhanta Saras$ati, fame and material happiness are as valuable as the dun! of a boar.
+nother kind of false presti!e is to take credit for ones achievements. Krsna says in the 1ha!avad :!ita
that *e is ability in man and that intelli!ence and memory come from *im. ,et even one pursuin!
transcendental life may falsely claim to be the doer or o$ner. In the be!innin! sta!es, $hen the false
e!o is still stron!, even the transcendentalist may suffer from this impurity. *e may become proud that
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he is an ascetic, a yo!i $ith po$ers, a learned devotee scholar, a $orshipful !uru, or an ecstatic chanter
and dancer. When a devotee loses all false presti!e and becomes completely absorbed in humble service
at the lotus feet of Krsna, he becomes eli!ible to !o to Krsna and associate $ith *im in eternity, bliss,
and kno$led!e. he aspirin! devotee fi!hts hard to kick off all vesti!es of false presti!e, and he prays to
KrsnaH IC savior of the fallen, please dont kick me a$ay, but allo$ me to serve ,our servants. I am a
rascal possessed by material desires and am falsely takin! credit for thin!s $hich are ,ours, not mine.
(lease deliver me.J
"1; 0 devotee is grave) gam+hira! he Bectar of 'evotion statesH + person $ho does not e#press his
mind to everyone, or $hose mental activity and plan of actions are very difficult to understand, is called
!rave. + devotees emotions and concentration are not s$ept a$ay because the ne#t person is !iddy or
morose. *e doesnt feel obli!ed to immediately turn from his meditation on Krsna to talkin! nonsense.
+lthou!h he is not anti social, first and foremost he must al$ays remember Krsna. hat is the prime
ruleH al$ays remember Krsna and never for!et Krsna. + devotee thinks that if he is at all to help another
person, then he can only do so $hen he himself is centered on Krsna. If one hears the profound
speeches of the Supreme (ersonality of ?odhead, one becomes !rave. Similarly, if one associates $ith
serious devotees, he too becomes serious and !rave. here are many li!ht moments in Krsna
consciousness, but for the conditioned soul to !ive up his material life and to !o back to ?odhead is no
.oke. It is a very deep purpose. +nd $hen, by chantin! and hearin!, a devotee reali4es somethin! of the
holy name and Srimad 1ha!avatam, then his philosophic outlook deepens more and more.
1iscover'!
%) What are the instructions on eatin! for devoteesF
/) *o$ is it that the devotees are sane and not the othersF
/nderstanding!
%) *o$ does the devotee respect all livin! entities, devotees, nondevotees, demons, and the spiritual
masterF
/) What are the t$o types of false presti!e $e haveF Why are they useless thin!s to pursueF
<) *o$ do devotees also manifest their false e!oF Why does an aspirin! try to remove his false e!oF
*o$ does he do itF
9) Why are devotees !raveF *o$ does their behavior e#hibit their !ravityF
0pplication! -et each member mention one quality of a pure devotee that they have learnt so far and
e#plain that quality.
Week A"
5nsure that all the members $ho are leadin! different parts of the 2rnda are $ell prepared to do so
before they arrive for the pro!ram. his $ill necessitate your discussin! $ith them ho$ they are !oin! to
proceed. +lso ensure that all of them !et a chance to do different parts of the pro!ram durin! the
different $eeks so that they !et enou!h e#perience and e#pertise to conduct the entire pro!ram.
)aintain a file $ith all their names $ritten do$n. he ne#t column can be the dates on $hich the 2rnda
$as conducted. he third column can mention the particular part of the 2rnda $hich $as lead by them.
)ake sure that they !et all the parts of the 2rnda to conduct. he ne#t column can contain ratin!s for
their performanceH 2ery !ood7!ood7fair7satisfactory7poor. he last column can have your additional
comments on their performance.
Satsanga! 15 minutes
5n!a!e one of the senior devotees of your !roup to lead the Satsan!a. -et them !o throu!h the follo$in!
instructions before conductin! it. ,ou can ask every one this question, IShare your plans of $hat you are
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!oin! to do in the ne$ !roup.J (lease proceed from one devotee to the ne#t !ivin! each one a minute to
ans$er this question. If someone continues lon!er, you can request them to share their e#periences
durin! (rasadam time, as others also $ould have to speak.
Kirtana! 15 minutes
+ssi!n another senior devotee of the !roup to lead the Kirtana. -et them practice to sin! different tunes
of the *are Krsna maha mantra, to play the karatalas properly and also the mrdan!a if possible. "heck
in advance $ith the devotee $hat tunes he is !oin! to sin!,so that you can !uide him7her suitably. ,ou
can teach them some tunes too if necessary. Since the aspect of bhakti $as stressed in sin!in! the *are
Krsna maha mantra, it is to be hoped that by no$ people have the proper mood to$ards the holy names.
Bo$ it $ould be appropriate to also train them to sin! it attractively.
Japa. 15 minutes
,ou can ask another of the devotee to read out the follo$in! passa!e belo$ and then conduct the .apa
session by leadin! the .apa and later makin! the enquiries of some of the devotees .apa and their
reali4ations on their pro!ress
Spiritual Edification- 45 minutes
+sk one of the most serious devotees in the !roup to conduct this session. +ll the senior devotees $ill
!et their turns, but a serious devotee $ill set the ri!ht precedent for the other trainees to follo$. +lso the
!roup $ill en.oy the e#perience. hey $ill as it is be a little apprehensive to be led by someone other
than $hom they are used to. )ake sure that you are also present durin! the discussion and take part in
it as a re!ular member. ,ou can also correct the trainee leader $herever he !oes $ron! very discreetly,
so that he does not feel too embarrassed. Since the trainee leader is $ith his fello$ students, he $ill not
mind bein! openly corrected. Cnce they become leaders of ne$ !roups your correction $ill have to be in
private. (lease ask the trainee leader to !o throu!h the follo$in! instructions and the passa!e $ell in
advance and discuss $ith you about e#tra points on the topic before the session. (lease read out the
passa!e and start askin! the questions. ('o not e#plain it to them) -et the people assembled find out
the ans$ers from the passa!e themselves. (lease en!a!e everyone in ans$erin!. ,ou can ask t$o,
three people to add to the same ans$er. )ove from one person to the ne#t and !ive them sufficient time
to think. he application question has to be ans$ered by everyone. he 1hakti 2rksa leader should at
last sum up all the points and !ive more points that he has. If there are ne$ comers to the !roup, then
you should !ive them a brief introduction on Krsna consciousness and a summary of $hat you have been
doin! so far. It is better to !ive them the first $eeks edification to !o throu!h. If there is more than one
member, you can facilitate a discussion bet$een them separately. his should not be difficult as the other
members are also !oin! to be discussin! in smaller !roups as you $ill find out belo$H
,ou should divide the !roup into / or < !roups and make them sit in circles. )ake sure that the !roup is
evenly distributed $ith re!ard to the number of senior, .unior and ne$ members in them. 'istribute the
sheets containin! the spiritual edification to the members. ,ou could ask a senior member in each !roup
to be the !roup spokesman7$oman. he leader of each !roup has to facilitate the participation of all the
members, encoura!in! each one to ans$er the question addressed to them. -et the leader take do$n
their points. his procedure is only for the 'iscovery and understandin! sessions. +fter this the $hole
!roup can sit in a circle. ,ou can ask the leaders to read out the consolidated ans$ers of their respective
!roups for each of the questions. +fter this, you can ask each one of them to ans$er the application
question one by one. ,ou can then sum up the spiritual edification lesson once a!ain and add more
points relevant to the topic. ,ou can also include interestin! pastimes of the -ord and his devotees,
current topics etc, to substantiate the topic.
reaching Session! 15 minutes
,ou can encoura!e some of the devotees in the !roup $ho are most enthusiastic and qualified, to start
outreach pro!rams in their homes or else$here. ,ou can start it off for them and then they $ould easily
able to take it up independently after one or t$o such classes. he format can be simpleH a) Kirtan,
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readin! out some short passa!e from one of the edifications $ithout havin! a discussion ("an !ive a
short e#planation for it)G teach them a sloka from the 1ha!avad ?ita $ith a short e#planation of the
meanin! of the verse, and prasadam. hey should interact $ith the people durin! prasadam time. Napa
can be !radually introduced after / or < $eeks if the members look receptive. ?radually after 9 or &
$eeks, the classes can be made interactive by askin! them a fe$ questions. +fter about = $eeks, you
could think of makin! the !roup a re!ular 1hakti 2rksha !roup. +lternatively, you can have a permanent
out reach pro!ram $ith kirtan, lecture, prasadam and interaction $ith the members. +ll the members
$ho sho$ some seriousness could be requested to attend the ne$ 1hakti 2rkshas $hich $ill be started
shortly by the trainee leaders. +sk the devotees $ho conducted the various parts of the 1hakti 2rksha
no$, to share their reali4ations on their ne$ e#periences. ,ou can also ask for the !roups evaluation of
the various trainees performances. Since all of them are their peers, no one $ill mind this kind of
evaluation. Cn the other hand it can be very helpful in boostin! the confidence as $ell as !ivin! the
necessary feed back on ho$ effective they $ere and $here they need to improve. Cf course your
.ud!ment of their performance has to be also said so that they understand the correct standards for
evaluation. Dor e#ample, it is not necessary that a !ood speaker is the best leader, but that one $ho
facilitates $ell is the one $ho is. +sk for the report of the home visits of the senior devotees alon! $ith
.uniors to some ne$ contacts homes."ontinue takin! a senior devotee alon! $ith you to visit more
.unior devotees homes. ,ou can enquire from the !roup their pro!ress in their book distribution,
prasadam distribution, street Sankirtana etc, hese $ill !ive them e#posure to dealin! $ith ne$ people
and !ainin! contacts for invitin! for festivals, etc, and also for the ne$ prospective 1hakti 2rkshas by the
trainee leaders shortly.
rasadam! "# minutes
+ssi!n a sin!le devotee to or!ani4e the prasadam for the succeedin! $eek. hey could take the help of
others, but $ould have to take up the responsibility and or!ani4ation of the prasadam themselves
S-.-%/0, E1-2-30%-4$ - @aisnava (ehavior) the "A Rualities of a devotee
(' && Satsvarupa 1as :osvami
""; 0 devotee is compassionate) karuna1 he Bectar of 'evotion describes compassionH
+ person $ho is unable to bear anothers distress is called compassionate. Dor practically doin! the
compassionate $ork of Krsna consciousness movement, Srila (rabhupada !ave us 9 aphorismsH %)
(reachin! is the essence, /) purity is the force <) 1ooks are the basis. 9) Atility is the principle.
he essence of compassion is preachin!. 1ut the force that drives preachin! is purity. (reachin! rests on
the sincere, pure hearts and minds of the devotees. When a devotee surrenders to Krsna, Krsna blesses
his efforts. +t that time $e say a devotee is empo$ered to preach. (reachin! is not .ust a matter of
!ettin! a devotee to appear on television $ith a bi! personality or pushin! a devotee beside a $orld
famous person so the press $ill take his photo and put it in the paper. he devotee !oin! to preach must
be actually pure. When $e say Ibooks are the basisJ, $e mean Srila (rabhupadas books. Srila
(rabhupadas books are not .ust translations, they are transcendental literature to !uide the a $hole
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$orld for the ne#t ten thousand years. he best compassionate $ork is to take part in printin! and
distributin! these Krsna conscious literatures in different lan!ua!es all over the $orld. he aphorism
Iutility is the principleJ refers to usin! material thin!s in the service of Krsna. When a devotee reali4es
that he can spread Krsna consciousness in every country, ad.ustin! thin!s accordin! to time, place and
circumstance, but $ithout chan!in! the parampara@ then he becomes enlivened and enli!htened further
in ho$ to spread Krsna consciousness. +ccordin! to his devotion, Krsna !ives him intelli!ence to preach
in a practical $ay. he .urisdiction of Krsna consciousness has no boundaries and the Krsna conscious
preacher $ho reali4es this is the !reatest renunciant. Dollo$in! the spirit of Srila (rabhupadas four
aphorisms, the $orkers of the Krsna consciousness movement can become compassionate to everyone.
he quality of compassion is not reserved only for a fe$ rare saints. 3ather, sainthood is no$, by -ord
"aitanyas mercy, open to all $ho submissively hear and take up the $ankirtana movement+
/<)0 devotee is a friend) maitra1 + devotee is a friend because he directs you to Krsna. Krsna is the
best friend of all livin! entities. +lthou!h the devotee, by virtue of his pointin! us to Krsna, is a friend,
his friendly act is not merely formal, like a traffic policeman !ivin! you directions. he devotee@friend has
all the virtues of a friend in the truest sense of friendship. 'evotees live to!ether, chant, share, and
solace each other in spiritual intimacy. 1ecause there is no sense !ratification, in Krsna consciousness,
devotees dont spoil their friendship $ith ulterior motives.
Driends in Krsna consciousness help each other like pilots on the !round before take@off. hey share their
e#periences and strate!ies because $hen they are aloft in their planes one pilot cannot help another.
akin! off alone in a plane isa metaphor to describe the spirit souls solitary passa!e after death. +t that
time, each person has to face the result of his o$n individual karma. 1ut if he has spent $ell in Krsna
conscious association, he $ill have !rasped the essence of rememberin! Krsna and be able to !o home
back to ?odhead, at the time of death. Driendship in Krsna consciousness is, therefore eternal because
all pure devotees finally meet at the destination in the spiritual $orld.
/9) 0 devotee is a poet) kavi1 Krsnas qualities demand to be described in the choicest poetic $ords,
and the pure devotee is equal to the task, because Krsna empo$ers him. he compilers of the sastras
are not ordinary human bein!s, and the sastras are no their o$n $ritin!s but $ere dictated by Krsna
*imself. Bot all the 2aisnava poets in disciplic succession $rote in hi!hly literate Sanskrit mantras.
Barottama das hakura composed his son!s in simple 1en!ali lan!ua!e, but the erudite 2ish$anatha
"hakravarti hakura later approved the son!s of Barottama das to be as !ood as 2edic mantras. he
essence of 2aisnava poetry, therefore is devotion to Krsna.
+side from makin! poetic compositions, a devotee is a poet by his poetic perception. *e is not dull. *e
tastes Krsna in pure $ater and sees the sun as Krsnas eye. *e uses lan!ua!e to describe ?od. *e has in
his minds eye a vision of intense beauty, the transcendental form of Krsna, the Supreme (ersonality of
?odhead. +l$ays hearin! transcendental sounds passed do$n from !reat poets of the past, al$ays
chantin! the *are Krsna mantra, dancin! and sin!in! in ecstasy, and aspirin! to please Krsna, the
devotee lives minute to minute in ever@fresh Krsna consciousness. *e is a poet.
/&) 0 devotee is eHpert) daksa1 'evotees utili4e many skills in Krsna consciousness. Dor Krsnas
service a devotee may occasionally take courses or study a skillH ho$ to use a computer or printin!
press. 1ut more often devotees learn Ion the .obJ ho$ to become e#pert for Krsna. + skill can be learned
by practice, and more importantly, Krsna, bein! in the heart of the devotee, can teach him $hatever is
required. Krsna actually teaches everyone, because it is *e $ho supplies memory and intelli!ence, II
!ive the intelli!ence by $hich they can come to )e.J We therefore see devotees applyin! their skills in
constructin! temples, learnin! arts and crafts, dealin! in business, cookin!, paintin!, and so on. 1ut
devotees are not the only persons $ho are e#pert in these matters. In fact many non devotees are more
e#pert in these skills. + devotees bein! e#pert therefore cannot refer merely to his e#ecutin! certain
manual and intellectual skills in the service of Krsna.
he real e#pertise of the pure devotee is that he is able to e#tricate himself and others from the difficult
$eb of maya. Dor us the required e#pertise is simpleH $e have to !rasp the lotus feet of -ord "aitanyas
Krsna conscious practices. Dindin! the $ays and means to preach Krsna consciousness and thus e#tricate
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others from mayas entan!lement is another e#pertise of the devotee. he best e#pertise of the devotee
is sincere surrender. If -ord Krsna takes char!e of our affairs, then certainly $e are in e#pert hands. We
should dili!ently learn the art of surrender to Krsna and apply it purely.
Srila (rabhupada said, I+ devotee is e#pert. his means that he is $illin! to do anythin!. *e does not
say because he is a brahmana he cannot do a menial task.J +!ain this meanin! of e#pert implies
surrender. 1y this definition, Srila (rabhupada $as encoura!in! us to en!a!e in $hatever task had to be
done in Krsna consciousness. he ability to surrender and do the needful is the si!n of an e#pert
devotee. Surely Srila (rabhupada $as one of the most e#pert 2aishnavas in every sense. +nd he ur!ed
us, I1ecome e#pert.J We also must learn ho$ to deliver Krsna to the Ie#pertJ avoiders of his mercy. We
also must fi!ure out the $ays and means. here is no alternative. Krsna $ill not be pleased if $e remain
inept. We must also learn to be e#pert.
"A. 0 devotee is silent) mauni! + devotee never speaks any nonsense, this is his silence. 'auni" does
not refer to vo$s of not speakin! or becomin! incommunicado, as is practiced by some yo!is. Cf course
if a person does not kno$ Krsna, then better he is silent. Sometimes, therefore, a !uru $ill ask a
frivolous disciple $hose speech is uncontrolled to practice complete mauna+he devotee can speak the
!lories of Krsna and present the philosophy of Krsna consciousness all day lon!. + devotee $ants to
al$ays chant H
*+35 K3SB+ *+35 K3SB+ K3SB+ K3SB+ *+35 *+35 *+35 3+)+ *+35 3+)+ 3+)+ 3+)+ *+35 *+35
Wh' should he +e silentP
"ertainly he is al$ays inclined to talk about Krsna, but if for e#ample, some foolish person $ants him to
reveal the confidential pastimes of Krsna or to take advanta!e of him in some $ay, he is not obli!ed.
hat mi!ht be an occasion callin! for the devotees silence. +t other times, the devotee may be in an
ecstatic mood $here he is unable to speak. -ord "haitanya silently listened to Sarvabhauma
1hattacharya speak 2edanta philosophy for seven days. In this $ay -ord "haitanya sho$ed respect to
the !reat scholar, and dramatically sho$ed his disapproval as $ell. -ord "aitanyas silence $as also a
demonstration of his tolerance.
1iscover'!
%) *o$ does a devotee e#press his deep compassion to$ards peopleF What are the 9 principles on
$hich he e#presses this compassionF
/) -ist all the $ays mentioned $hich describe ho$ the devotee is a true or best friend.
/nderstanding!
%) In $hat $ays does a devotee e#press his poetic natureF
/) What are the different $ays in $hich the devotee is e#pertF What is his best e#pertiseF
<) What e#actly is a devotees silenceF Why is it !ood that a devotee keeps talkin! all the timeF
9) )ention different circumstances $hen devotees prefer to remain silent.
0pplication! ry to discuss these e#alted qualities from $hat you have read, heard or seen about !reat
2aishnavas. 5ach one can choose one or more of the qualities. Cr alternatively, you can share your
feelin!s on ho$ you feel after !oin! throu!h these /; qualities of a devotee> your inspirations,
determination and plans to develop them, etc.
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Week A8 9Seminar;
Welcome all the members and !uests. )ake a chan!e in the seatin! arran!ement, as today they $ould
all have to sit facin! the speaker, rather than in a circle. *ave the black board7 $hite board ready $ith
chalk or marker as the case may be, for the seminar. *ave a chair and table arran!ed for the speaker.
'iscuss $ith your senior leader about $ho could possibly enact the short skit $hich is part of the seminar
!iven belo$. +lso sho$ him7her the seminar material $ell in advance, so that they can be $ell prepared.
(repare the handouts to be !iven at the end of the class. his could be the forms that have to be filled
up as an application for receivin! the siksha certificate. + copy of the siksha application form is !iven at
the end of the book.
Kirtana! "# minutes! 3equest the senior to lead a kirtan for t$enty minutes.
Seminar! D# minutes
=odule 2or :uru 0sra'a
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o motivate members to take shelter from an initiatin! ?uru of ISK"CB.
o inspire them to commit themselves to follo$in! all the rules very scrupulously.
4+Fectives !
0t the end of the lesson the participants *ill +e a+le to!
?ive their names for takin! shelter
3onditionsH hey $ill volunteer to commit these thin!s.
3riteria! +t least K&P of the members attendin! the pro!ram $ill a!ree to take up shelter immediately.
0ssessmentH 1y orally askin! them at the end of the class.
reparation! Dor the lecture session on the !uru you can have a flip chart havin! all the points
mentioned.
,ESS4$ 4/%,-$E !
What Who 3esources ime
Skit 'evotees @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ %0 minutes
?roup 'iscussion he $hole class Small notes of paper
and pens
%& minutes
-ecture Dacilitator Dlip charts /0minutes

Summin! Ap and
Vuestion 6 +ns$er
session
Dacilitator >>>>>>>.. %& minutes
,ESS4$ ,0$ !
&ave " devotees practice the follo*ing skit and enact it +efore the audience! -n case it is not
possi+le to enact it) 'ou can ask t*o devotees to read it out slo*l' and clearl') +ut *ith
eHpression.
:uru5s =erc'
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1hruva is standing on one leg ) deep in meditation) chanting the mantra 64m namo (hagavate
@asudeva'a7.
Slo*l') he smiles in deep satisfaction.
,ord Krsna appears.
1hruva immediatel' opens his e'es. &e is ver' agitated) eHcited and falls flat pa'ing
o+eisances. %hen he raises his head and keeps drinking the +eaut' of the ,ord and then
em+races &is lotus feet.
1hruva attempts to speak something) +ut is not a+le to. %he ,ord then touches his head *ith a
conch shell.
1hruva9*ith folded hands;! =' dear ,ord) ?ou are all po*erful. 0fter entering *ithin me) ?ou
have enlivened all m' sleeping sensesLm' hands) legs) ears) touch sensation) life force and
especiall' m' po*er of speech. ,et me offer m' respectful o+eisances unto ?ou.
%he ,ord smiles and keeps looking at 1hruva.
1hruva! =' ,ord) ?ou are the supreme one. ?ou appear differentl' in the spiritual and the
material *orlds. -n the material *orld) ?ou create ever'thing +' ?our eHternal energ' =a'a.
%hen ?ou enter the material *orld as the aramatma or Super soul. ?ou create varieties of
manifestations in the material *orld) according to the 8 modes of material
eople *ho *orship ?ou simpl' for sense gratification are certainl'