2016 MATERIALS FOR SEMINARS #10 TO #33

OUTREACH COMMITTEE

#1

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR IMPLEMENTING DEVOTEE CARE – Gauranga Das

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Devotee Care in essence means Vaishnava Seva which is a very sacred principle of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. To serve a Vaishnava means to serve his body, mind and soul. The traditional way of taking care of these physical and meta-physical needs of an individual was through the two-fold system of Varnashram and Guru Parampara. In the absence of the traditional Varnashram setup, ISKCON as a society needs to create eco-systems of care based on the principles of care in the Varnashram system which are:
• IDENTIFY: Identifying the needs and nature of the individual devotee
• GUIDE: Providing guidance and counseling accordingly
• TRAIN: Training in the fields of Ashram, Lifestyle, Behavior, Philosophy, Skills etc.
• ENGAGE: Engaging in suitable occupation duty/ services
• NOURISH: Creating ambience and opportunities for emotional and spiritual nourishment through association
• SUPPORT: Creating support systems for physical and social security

 

Following Eco-systems of care can be established in order to implement all-round care:
• Families of Care: e.g. Counselor/ Mentor system
• Academies of Training: e.g. Bhakti Shastri and Bhakti Vaibhava Academies, Culture & Education Academy, Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha
• Departments of Service: e.g. Media Services, Crowd Care, Green Temple Committee, Sunday Feast Coordination
• Forums of Association: e.g. Gopal Fun School for children, ISKCON Youth forum for youth, Varishtha Vaishnava Sabha for elderly, Yatras & Counselee Meetings for one and all
• Committees of Social Support: e.g. Marriage Board, Credit Organization, Health Care etc.

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HOW CAN WE EMBED KRISHNA CONSCIOUS VIRTUES WITHIN ISKCON? – Rasamandala Das

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The main purpose is to suggest that ISKCON Leadership give more explicit attention to ethics and to purposefully identify, cultivate and embed appropriate organizational values. With reference to shastra and other theory, attendees will be able to evaluate and explain:
• The role of ethics and morality in spiritual life
• The benefits of framing success criteria in terms of values and virtues
• The various ways in which values are nurtured in any society and in its members
• The corresponding responsibilities of leaders
• The legitimacy and desirability of ‘change management’
• Key practices and tools that might help promote desirable change