Basic Theory of the Project

The above mentioned factors have several sub-qualifiers derived from explicit mentions in Srimad Bhagvatam verses and Srila Prabhupada purports. Putting these factors together has given shape to a model for our speech and our attitude of dealing with other devotees and potential devotees.

E+R=O

Our model is based on simple hypothesis that an Event plus a response leads to an outcome. The model we have created is encompassing different features of tryst that an individual may come across; this determines external factors for the situation. Second is the internal universe of the different parties involved in the exchange. Most important is the Divine factor or dependency on Krishna which a potential devotee may address as luck, randomness, chance etc. After permutation and combination we placed all the Qualifiers as four main blocks:-

  • Disposition
  • Communication
  • Conventional reality
  • Divine intervention

Need for the Project

änandamayo ‘bhyäsät, as stated in Vedanta sutra, living entity is full of pleasure and it is seeking pleasure everywhere. Thus, we see every person in this world endeavoring hard to enjoy some pleasure in their life day after day. As they are striving hard and trying newer things their hankering for this pleasure in never satiated.

Even devotees consider something other than Krishna consciousness is more practical. In essence, everyone is looking for the solution in a wrong place. With the understanding that Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita contains the solutions for all our concerns and problems, this paper is an attempt to explore and enlist different types of preaching and behavioral attitudes from Srimad Bhagavatam exhibited by different devotees in different situations.

There is a need for adaptive preaching according to time, place, circumstance, person and different parameters involved. However the beauty of Vedic culture and especially of Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita is that of its transparency, inclusiveness and maturity at which these principles are presented. Anyone can find solutions for his social, physical, emotional and spiritual concerns directly as well as indirectly, especially if one approaches it sincerely and humbly and explores in a scrutinizing manner.

Moreover, we neither observed that not one method was universal nor are all the techniques monotonous in their respective regards. Every solution was specific to the situation, yet the principle can be used in a similar situation in respect to the available parameters in concern. We tried to reconfirm our observation with scriptural references and guidance of seniors.

Approach / Work

To derive some guidelines we have studied all the conversations from Srimad Bhagvatam with the frame of compassionate or empathetic dealings and how they can be adopted in our live as Sadhakas. We looked for direct references related to the mood of being adaptive and accommodative, definition of preaching, and defining attitude from Srimad Bhagvatam and related literature. We have systematically categorized the conversations according to some common qualifiers – the mood in which these conversations happened, the use of language, the convention that was followed and the dependency on Krishna.

Conclusion / Results

We have compiled a report and presentation explaining in detail the above mentioned four components with examples from Srimad Bhagvatam and Srila Prabhupada’s life. We are trying to create a workshop to share the model for devotees and people in general.

 

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