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Bhakti Vriksha Manual Download Report. Published on Dec View 15 Download 3. He is constantly empowering people to take up preaching and give out Lord Nityanandas mercy to all the fallen souls. These modules are a very small attempt at developing this mood of compassion and selflessness in disseminating Krsna bhakti in an organized way. This tool is called a Bhakti Vriksa Module.
Basically, it is an aid for the Bhakti Vriksa Servant Leader A Group Leader is called a “Servant Leader” since he serves the Group and its members to conduct the group meetings in a systematic manner.
This Bhakti Vriksa Module is recommended for a group which is serious about their spiritual progress. The modules have been developed after seven to eight years of Bhakti Vriksa preaching. It has already been tried in Mathuradesh as well as other parts of the world and the initial reports are very positive. It seems that the needs of the devotees have been adequately addressed. It has also been tested in several places all over the world with very good results particularly in the Middle East countries, a few cities in India, Canada, USA, S.
It makes it easy for new Bhakti Vriksa Group Servant leaders to conduct meetings in a very dynamic and systematic way. These modules have already incorporated suggestions from different people and the organizers express their keen desire to receive your suggestions and feedback in order to keep the modules updated and relevant. I am told that the curriculum includes all the basic knowledge in Krishna Consciousness which a person needs to have in order to practice the same seriously and also to preach it to others.
This has been done in a graded way so that the lessons take one through the Spiritual Achievers Club or “Siksa” levels from Shraddhavan to Krishna Sevaka to Krishna Sadhaka, etc.
The curriculum gradually provides training for the members to become leaders themselves. The publishers have informed me that: There is also a chapter dealing with solving potential problems that one could encounter while conducting a Bhakti Vriksha group.
So, even complete beginners can easily conduct a Bhakti Vriksha successfully if they follow the week by week guidance given in the modules. Buakti also provide guidance bjakti how to arrange for prasadam, how to keep reports, how to keep records of the progress in sadhana of the advanced members with the help of the sadhana charts that are provided along with.
There are separate checklists for each module to see if your Bhakti Vriksha is doing well and how to keep in touch with the members through the telephone, home visits etc. We hope that the Mathuradesh Bhakti Vriksa Modules will be something from which you can mnual some good help. We are eager to get your feedback and find out about the results. The publishers are even more eager for this. Bhaktl inform me that using the modules in many places have produced serious devotees so fast that many of them are ready to accept leadership responsibilities fairly early in their devotional career.
I will let the publishers explain about this in their own introduction. Yours in devotional service,Jayapataka SwamiAcknowledgementsWe are grateful to HH Sacinandan Swami for allowing us to take points on improving our chanting from his book The nectarean ocean of the holy nameWe are grateful to HH Manul Swami for allowing us to take points from his explanation of the Sikshashtakam from his book Art of Chanting Hare Krsna.
We also thank them for their inspiration and example for developing our Sadhana chart for monitoring the sadhana of devotees. We are very grateful to the Mathuradesh devotees who have selflessly and tirelessly been trying to implement the principles of this module not only in Mathuradesh but in also many parts of the world.
We are also grateful to them for all bhaktti help we have received in producing this module. We are also grateful to all the other preachers world wide who continue to use these modules. Their sharing of practical experiences helps us in making these modules as relevant mnual possible. Your servants,Vijaya Venugopala dasPrema Padmini dd Bhakti Vriksha, an introductionBhakti Vriksha, the tree of devotional service is the name for small groups of people meeting weekly for about two to three hours.
It is very interactive and helps the participants to discuss the Krishna Conscious philosophy, develop close and friendly relationships with devotees, and progress very happily in Krishna Consciousness. It also trains them to become competent preachers. It takes care of the social, psychological, intellectual and emotional needs manuxl a devotee to firmly establish himself in his spiritual need of bhakti and his eternal service to Krishna.
It is, bhkati, a holistic approach to training a devotee, laying a firm foundation nhakti his devotional service maual will keep growing unlimitedly throughout his entire life. Since proper understanding and faith is established in his heart through studying Srila Prabhupadas instructions in a systematic way, where practical application of those principles are stressed, the devotee progresses undisturbed by various onslaughts of Kali, with a firm faith in the Krishna Conscious process and instructions.
vfiksha It consists of an ice- breaker or Satsanga session, kirtan, japa, spiritual edification or the discussion of some Krishna Conscious topic, preaching session and prasadam. In a gradual and systematic way, the members are helped to advance in Krishna Consciousness.
Members are given certificates to acknowledge each level of advancement. These are simple to follow and help in conducting the programmes very well. The study classes conducted for the members on a different day of the week, after a few months of starting the group programme, will further ensure that the members are well versed in Srila Prabhupadas books. When the group has completed the modules in 64 weeks, normally they should be ready to multiply.
This involves the trained and qualified members of the group to become leaders themselves. Those who rviksha not yet ready to be leaders could be regrouped to attend these new leaders programmes and they can act as senior devotees assisting viksha leaders in preaching and taking care of the new members, while making further advancement themselves. When they make the required progress, they could be encouraged to lead new Bhakti Vrikshas themselves. Mood and method of the Bhakti Vriksha: Bhakti is the goal of the Bhakti Vriksha and Bhakti involves applying practically the Krishna Conscious principles not a dry discussion of philosophy alone.
Ideally, anyone who has firm faith in Srila Prabhupada and is practicing all the principles of chanting 16 rounds, following the four regulative principles and is observing Mangala Arathi, reading Srila Prabhupadas books, observing Ekadasi and has a basic understanding of the Krishna Conscious philosophy can become a Bhakti Vriksha group leader.
One does not have to be a scholar to be able to answer all the questions. One can always refer back to the seniors or to Srila Prabhupadas books and get back to the members if one is not able to answer some difficult questions. The members will be made aware of the family of devotees in different levels of advancement who are there to back the leader.
The Bhakti Vriksha leaders main qualification is his sincerity in desiring the spiritual advancement of his members. Building up relationships in a very close and personal way is most bhkti, as it helps people to surrender to Krishna due to devotee association.
Developing service attitude and humility are the primary requirements of a successful Bhakti Vriksha leader who can convince his members to commit themselves more and more to Krishna Consciousness. Love and trust is built up if vfiksha leader acts as a facilitator and not as a controller. This will also lead to the empowerment of the members to quickly advance and preach.
The art of listening is required in the leader to encourage and facilitate a lively discussion in which every one takes part and benefits. The goal is the spiritual advancement of everyone, including the leader. So by catering to the spiritual growth of others, the leader becomes more and more selfless and progresses quickly and wonderfully in Krishna Consciousness. This gives him a higher taste and he enjoys the nectar of devotional service.
Regular meetings with the other leaders as well as with the programme coordinator are very essential. It enables each one to learn from one anothers successes, sort out problems, and co-operate together for the overall success of the Bhakti Vriksha programme. Advantages of conducting a Bhakti Vriksha: Vrikzha, it helps people to retain what they have learnt.
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We have dealt with this in greater detail in the next chapter. You can discuss your problems with those who have learnt to conduct it successfully.
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has said that if even one percent of the population becomes devotees, the golden age will set in! Bhakti Vriksha has the potency to accomplish this. Introduction to the Bhakti Vriksa ModulesDear devotees,The Bhakti Vriksha programme material is intended to facilitate your application of the Bhakti Vriksha principles very systematically.
It is simple and easy to follow. After seven to eight years of experience in conducting the Bhakti Vriksha programme successfully in Mathuradesh, in the Middle East, we have designed these modules. To give you an idea about the congregation of Mathuradesh, here, most of the devotees are of Indian, Bangladeshi origin and are expatriates. They are, here, only to work for their livelihood and their jobs are renewed every two years.
So it is a highly changing population, as almost everyone is not a permanent resident of the country. Many devotees who have been trained in this system here have left and started it in other places. We would also like to share with you that these modules have been implemented in many countries all over the world as well, and have brought about outstanding results.
In Bangladesh, where they are following these modules, it has led to a rapid growth of Bhakti Vrikshas with many devotees being able to conduct them successfully. In Toronto, in Winnipeg, in Johannesburg, in Northern Virginia, USA, in a few other middle east countries, also a few cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore in India, they have proved very successful in generating the enthusiasm and desire for progress in the members while systematically training them in the philosophy, practice and preaching the Krishna Conscious principles, as well as in interacting with people very effectively and very quickly.
We have also included the experiences of some of these preachers in the book. We will be discussing some additional points of consideration for the cultivation of the people; also common difficulties and doubts that preachers normally encounter. We will be dividing the entire course into 5 modules according to the level of progress a group goes through. At the end of each module, there will be some questions for you in the form of a check list, which will help you gauge which level your group is at.
The topics for discussion in the different modules have been designed according to the knowledge required for the members to commit themselves to the next higher level.
The levels are determined by the commitments they make in Krishna Consciousness. For example, one who is regularly attending an ISKCON programme at least once a week and is chanting one mala of japa will be acknowledged as a Shraddhavan. This could be awarded to the participants either at a public gathering at the local ISKCON temple or during the special programmes like the Vyuha programmes held for the Bhakti Vriksha groups. The siksha application forms as well as a sample siksha certificate are available at the back of this book.
At the end of every module we have assigned the succeeding week for presenting a seminar to motivate the participants to commit themselves to the next siksha level. We have included the seminar material in the texts. These are very inter-active sessions and have proved very effective in enlightening and inspiring the members to move to the next level.
One important mqnual to note is that the focus of the regular weekly programme of the Bhakti Vriksha is to instill faith in Krishna in the members and give them the basic understanding of Krishna Conscious philosophy in order that they can be engaged in pure devotional service. The emphasis is thus on the practical application of Krishna Consciousness and the development of bhakti or vvriksha.
The Discussion sessions are geared towards understanding the goal of Krishna Consciousness and to engage oneself in realizing that goal, which necessitates a lot of participation from the members. For learning shastra in a more systematic way, we have advised that the members attend a study group on another day of the week.
We have also described the format of the study group. We have recommended that vrikdha be done by the sixth month of starting the group. In actual practice, members become very enthusiastic even before the fourth month to attend the study classes!