Indian ISKCON leaders appear thrilled by the opportunities offered by Sraddha-kutir and Damodar programs.

April 22, 2008 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

April 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (MON) – About eighty ISKCON leaders from all over India—including GBCs, regional secretaries, temple presidents, and other administrators and preachers—converged on Mayapur for the Indian Continental Committee meetings of April 19–20. These meetings offer leaders the chance to discuss and share on relevant topics and breakthroughs.

The Congregational Development Ministry introduced two initiatives, which are becoming its focus for this year. The first is the Sraddha-kutir campaign: the recognition of singles, couples, or families that successfully obtain a certain standard of spirituality in their home. The program aims at building a better, deeper relationship between the temple and its community members by acknowledging the latter’s efforts in purifying their life and living environment. HH Jayapataka Maharaja showed a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the purposes of the initiative, the means for putting it into practice, and the benefits that temples and communities would accrue by implementing it.

The second part of the presentation focused on the Damodara Program—the engaging of as many people as possible in offering a lamp to Lord Damodara during the Damodara month. This was pioneered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2001, with humble results (five hundred persons offered lamps). Yet by developing their approach, in 2007 the organizers of the program reached their milestone result of seventy thousand people offering a lamp to Lord Krishna!

HG Visnu Caitanya Prabhu, one of the most committed and effective forces behind the program in Malaysia, was the dynamic guest speaker at the presentation. He showed a sample of the foldable, free altar/calendar distributed to homes, the explanatory brochure, and the Damodara fridge-magnet that they donate to whoever hosts the program at their home.

The Indian leaders appearad enthused by the idea and unanimously agreed to seriously consider doing it in their cities.

The Ministry distributed to all participants the latest Congregational Development Journal, stickers advertising namahatta.org, promotional book markers, a four-page introduction on the Sraddha-kutir program—with guidelines for implementation–and, for the Damodara Program, a foldable Damodara cardboard altar and two explanatory leafleats.

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