Week 18

Since this is the last week of the second module and the goal is that most of the members should be ready to take the Krsna sevak level, there should be some excitement in the air.

Inform them of a seminar that will be held the following week. Upa chakrapati or anyone upwards can be invited to come and address them on the significance of taking the siksha of Krsna Sevaka. The seminar material is available in week-19.

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Satsanga : 15 minutes

After everyone has settled down, and brief pleasantries exchanged, ask them this question, “Did you ever get a Krsna conscious letter or phone call that inspired you? What was it? If not what kind of letter or phone call would you like to receive?” Make them give answers one by one in order and not at random.

After this ask them also to share a point that they were inspired by during the week from Srila Prabhupada’s books. Start the discussion by relating your own.

Kirtana : 15 minutes

Continue as in the previous weeks by distributing the sheet containing the pranama mantras and the Hare Krsna mantra as well as the glorifications at the end of the kirtana.

Also continue with the offering of incense by every member to the Altar Deities or Deity pictures.

Japa…. 15 minutes

Read out first, the following passage from :

 Sri Namarta - The Nectar of the Holy Name

 Page 78

In Bhagavad-gita (18.46) Sri Krsna says that every man become perfect by following his qualities of work:

 yatah pravrittir bhutanam

 yena sarvam idam tatam

 sva-karmana tam abhyarcya

 siddhim vindati manavah

“By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings and who is all pervading, man can, in the performance of his own duty, attain perfection.”

Thus if one executes his duty as a perfect ksatriya, vaisya, sudra, or whatever, Visnu will be pleased. The purpose of work is to please Visnu. Unfortunately, people have forgotten this. Varnasrama dharma, the Vedic system of society, is therefore very important in that it is meant to give human beings a chance to perfect their lives by pleasing Krsna. Unfortunately, the Varnasrama dharma has been lost in this age.

Therefore Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, just to give relief to the rotting, conditioned souls of this age of Kali-yuga, has given us the maha-mantra.

 harer nama harer nama

 harer namaiva kevalam

 kalau nasty eva nasty eva

 nasty eva gatir anyatha

 (Adi 17.21)

 “In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.) (Brhan naradiya purana.)

Although we may try to revive the perfect varnasrama system, it is not possible in this age. People are fallen, disturbed and unfortunate.

Prayenalpayusah sabhya

Kalav asmin yuge janah

Mandah sumanda matayo

Manda bhagya hy upadrutah

“O learned one, in this iron age of Kali, men have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all always disturbed.”(SB 1.3.10)

In this age there will be insufficient rainfall and food, and the government will plunder one’s income by heavy taxation. All of these characteristics of Kali-yuga are described in Srimad Bhagavatam. People will be so disgusted that that they will suddenly leave their wife and children and go to the forest. How can the peaceful varnasrama dharma be revived when people are so harassed in this age? It is virtually impossible. Therefore the system of bhakti-yoga, the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra should be adopted. The whole aim of bhakti-yoga is to satisfy Vishnu. Yajnaih sankirtana-prayaih Visnu, Krsna came Himself as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to teach us the way of sankirtana.

Teachings of Lord Kapila, the son of Devahuti

Chant loudly together one mala on the beads after chanting the Panca tattva mantra 3 times.

Since we are nearing the end of module 2, most of the members should be chanting a minimum of 4 rounds. Ask a few of the devotees to share their realizations on chanting each time… and make sure that those who have been missed out in one week are covered in the following week. This will inspire them to chant more and more.

Spiritual Edification - 45 minutes

Please read out the passage and start asking the questions.(Do not explain it to them.) Let the people assembled find out the answers from the passage themselves. Please engage everyone in answering. You can ask two, three people to add to the same answer. Move from one person to the next and give them sufficient time to think. You could ask leading questions for them to go deeper and clearer in understanding the subject matter and in giving relevant replies.

The application question has to be answered by everyone.

This is the most important part of the discussion, and so you must provide sufficient time of at least 15 to 20 minutes for it.

You should at last sum up all the points and give more points that you have

 SPIRITUAL EDIFICATION

From Bhagavad-Gita As it is

BY HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C BHAKTIVENDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA

Bg Ch 3 Text 11

devan bhavayatanena

te deva bhavayantu vah

parasparam bhavayantah

sreyah param avapsyatha

The demigods, being pleased by scarifices, will also please you, and thus, by cooperation between men and demigods, prosperity will reign for all.

The demigods are empowered administrators of material affairs. The supply of air, light, water and all other benedictions for maintaining the body and soul of every living entity is entrusted to the demigods, who are innumerable assistants in different parts of the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Their pleasures and displeasures are dependent on the performance of yajnas by the human being. Some of the yajnas are meant to satisfy particular demigods: but even in so doing. Lord Visnu is worshiped in all yajnas as the chief beneficiary, It is stated also in the Bhagavad-gita that Krsna Himself is the beneficiary of all kinds of yajnas: bhoktaram yajna-tapasam. Therefore, ultimate satisfaction of the yajna pati is the chief purpose of all yajnas. When these yajnas are perfectly performed, naturally the demigods in charge of the different departments of supply are pleased, and there is no scarcity in the supply of natural products.

 Performance of yajnas has many side benefits, ultimately leading to liberation from material bondage. By performance of yajnas, all activities become purified, as it is stated in the Vedas ahar-suddhau sattva-suddhih sattva-suddhau dhruva smrtih smrti-lambhe sarvgranthinam vipramoksah. By performance of yajna one’s eatables become sanctified., and by eating sanctified foodstuffs one’s very existance becomes purified: by the purification of existence finer tissues in the memory become sanctified , and when memory is sanctified one can think of the path of liberation, and all these combined together lead to Krsna consciousness, the great necessity of present-day society.

Discovery:

1)      What is the role of the Demigods or devatas in our lives?

Understanding:

 1) Why is the worship of Vishnu always necessary in all sacrifices?

 2) Why is it necessary to perform yagnas?

2)      What is the ultimate benefit that we get from performing yagnas?

Application:

 1) Discuss the benefits of performing the sankirtana yagna in this age. Discuss your realizations.

Preaching session : 15 minutes 

Read out the following passage:

                                       Preaching is the Essence

                   His Divine Grace A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada                 

Page 23

 “One should preach; that is real non-violence”

Nonviolence is generally taken to mean not killing or destroying the body, but actually nonviolence means not to put others into distress. People in general are trapped by ignorance in the material concept of life, and they perpetually suffer material pains. So, unless one elevates people to spiritual knowledge, one is practicing violence. One should try his best to distribute real knowledge to the people, so that they may become enlightened and leave this material entanglement. That is nonviolence.

Share your preaching for the week and start enquiring from them about how they have performed their assignments for the week.

Appreciate all their genuine efforts however “small”, since all efforts in preaching are truly glorious and will instill in them the firm faith and conviction to preach more. Little drops of water make up an ocean, and hence every small effort in training them to preach are going to help them to blossom into very fired up and experienced preachers.

Give them more tasks for the week: calling new members, visiting new members/ talking to them over phone, distributing books, etc.

Prasadam: 20 minutes

Make sure that different sets of devotees get the opportunity to serve the prasadam to everyone each week…… without forcing anyone… this will help everyone to develop a healthy attitude towards service.

You can ask them informally how they enjoy taking prasadam, what their realization about its glories are and how much of prasadam they are eating during the week etc…. so as to increase their appreciation of prasadam.

Immediately after the devotees have left the program, kindly fill in the following form:

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