Visiting the members in their homes during the week will enthuse them greatly and make them appreciate your gesture of concern and good will for them. In most cases, it encourages them to become more committed to Krsna consciousness. You will also know what actual progress they are making in their spiritual lives and can gently help them overcome their obstacles. Friendship and love are the magical weapons to draw them closer to Krsna consciousness.
Satsanga : 15 minutes
Then from one person to the next, you request them to share what they have read. Normally people enjoy this process of sharing their realizations so much, that they will start to look forward to these moments when the whole group is all ears to them.
The regular members should have learnt the kirtan tune by now. You can add more simple tunes for your kirtan, and teach the members to play the karatala, mridanga , etc.
Distribute the sheet containing the pranama mantras and the Hare Krsna mantra as well as the glorifications at the end of the kirtana to the newer members.
Continue with the offering of incense by every member to the Alter Deities or Deity pictures.
Read out first, the following passage from:
You can suggest to them that the easiest way to increase the number of rounds of chanting without even feeling the difference much is to increase by one round every few days, at least one a week. So by the next week they would all have increased their commitment by one more round! But of course this has to be gently encouraged and not pushed too hard, so that they do not feel that they are being forced.
Then continue with chanting together one mala on beads the Hare Krsna mantra loudly with them. If there are any new visitors, then explain to them how to hold the beads and chant.
Even children enjoy chanting, so if there are any children around, make sure that they too take part in Japa as well as Kirtan together.
Spirtiual 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
From Bhagavad-Gita As it is
BY HIS DIVINE GRACE A.C BHAKTIVENDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
kanksantah karmanam siddhim
yajanta iha devatah
ksipram hi manuse loke
siddhir bhavati karma-ja
Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from fruitive work in this world.
There is a great misconception about the gods or demigods of this material world, and men of less intelligence, although passing as great scholars, take these demigods to be various forms of the Supreme Lord.
Actually, the demigods are not different forms of God, but they are God’s different parts and parcels. God is one, and the parts and parcels are many. The Vedas say, nityo nityanam: God is one. Isvarah paramah krsnah. The Supreme God is one—Krsna—and the demigods are delegated with powers to manage this material world.
These demigods are all living entities (nityanam) with different grades of material power. They cannot be equal to the Supreme God—Narayana, Visnu, or Krsna. Anyone who thinks that God and the demigods are on the same level is called an atheist, or pasandi. Even the great demigods like Brahma and Siva cannot be compared to the Supreme Lord. In fact, the Lord is worshiped by demigods such as Brahma and Siva (siva-virinci-nutam).
Yet curiously enough there are many human leaders who are worshiped by foolish men under the misunderstanding of anthropomorphism or zoomorphism. Iha devatah denotes a powerful man or demigod of this material world. But Narayana, Visnu, or Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, does not belong to this world. He is above, or transcendental to, material creation. Even Sripada Sankaracarya, the leader of the impersonalists, maintains that Narayana, or Krsna, is beyond this material creation. However, foolish people (hrta-jnana) worship the demigods because they want immediate results. They get the results, but do not know that results so obtained are temporary and are meant for less intelligent persons.
The intelligent person is in Krsna consciousness, and he has no need to worship the paltry demigods for some immediate, temporary benefit. The demigods of this material world, as well as their worshipers, will vanish with the annihilation of this material world. The boons of the demigods are material and temporary. Both the material worlds and their inhabitants, including the demigods and their worshipers, are bubbles in the cosmic ocean. In this world, however, human society is mad after temporary things such as the material opulence of possessing land, family and enjoyable paraphernalia. To achieve such temporary things, people worship the demigods or powerful men in human society. If a man gets some ministership in the government by worshiping a political leader, he considers that he has achieved a great boon. All of them are therefore kowtowing to the so-called leaders or “big guns” in order to achieve temporary boons, and they indeed achieve such things. Such foolish men are not interested in Krsna consciousness for the permanent solution to the hardships of material existence. They are all after sense enjoyment, and to get a little facility for sense enjoyment they are attracted to worship empowered living entities known as demigods. This verse indicates that people are rarely interested in Krsna consciousness. They are mostly interested in material enjoyment, and therefore they worship some powerful living entity.
For the intelligent person, it is essential to be in Krsna consciousness, engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, in order to achieve a permanent, blissful abode for eternal happiness. The process of achieving such a marvelous result is very easy and can be attempted even by the poorest of the poor, without any kind of qualification. The only qualification required in this connection is to be a pure devotee of the Lord. It does not matter what one is or where one is situated. The process is so easy that even a leaf or a little water or fruit can be offered to the Supreme Lord in genuine love and Lord will be pleased to accept it. No one, therefore, can be barred form Krsna consciousness, because it is so easy and universal. Who is such a fool that he does not want to be Krsna conscious by this simple method and thus attain the highest perfectional life of eternity, bliss and knowledge.
1) Why do people worship the demigods or devatas normally?
2) What is the general misconception about the position of the demigods?
3) Who is God? What is the relationship of the demigods with Him?
1) Mention some of the scriptural evidences to show the supremacy of Krsna.
2) Why is it foolish to worship anyone other than Krsna?
3) What are the benefits of being Krsna conscious?
1) Have you been attached to worship of different demigods? Discuss how we can respect them while accepting the principles of Krsna consciousness now.
Preaching Session: 15 minutes
Read out the following passage:
Share your preaching for the week. Ask the members to also account one by one their preaching efforts and accomplishments for the week. Set targets for them for the next week. If they have any doubts, or require guidance as to how to answer some questions from different people, you may discuss them for the benefit of everyone.
Ask them their realizations on what they are experiencing while preaching to others.
The younger members of your group, the children can lead the prasadam honoring prayers. This will be enlivening for everyone and make everyone listen to the prayers more carefully. You can also read out the translation of this prayer for some weeks, till the meaning of the verse is well understood by all the members.
Share some easy to prepare, but popular recipes with them. This will encourage them to try out cooking for Krsna at home.
Immediately after all the devotees have left the program, kindly fill in the following form:
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