MISCELLANEOUS QUOTES ON DEVOTEE CARE - PART 1

(Adopted from the student handbook of Devotee Care Course)

1. “We want all the devotees to feel that they belong and are important. To feel that the leaders love them and care for them, as individuals, not just what service they can do. Srila Prabhupada did that and inspired great results.” (Kavichandra Goswami in Devotee Care: Carry on the Care Legacy, p.4)

2. Many devotees have already left Krishna consciousness because they feel physically, emotionally, socially, and even spiritually starved. But all these needs could be provided for if we had communities of care. (HH Sacinandana Swami, DC Journal Caring Leadership, p16)

3. “… Srila Prabhupada also said that, ‘if a devotee leaves it is 50% his/her fault, and 50% the senior devotees’ fault, if not the managers’ fault.” (Devaki Devi Dasi, DC Journal #2, p.9)

4. The examples Narada gives illustrate the difference between jnana (theoretical knowledge) and vijnana (realized knowledge). It is especially important to hear from a spiritual master who has vijnana. We will have to experience vijnana for ourselves, but if the spiritual master is not self-realized, how can he guide us? (Narada Bhakti Sutra, 31-31 pur)

5. Maharaja looked into my eyes and answered: “Do you know the real reason people turn to Krishna consciousness?” Keeping my many conversations with devotees in mind, I said, “Well, the devotees I asked said that said they been convinced by the philosophy”. Radhanatha Maharaja smiled, “They are wrong,” he said, “philosophy came after. For people to open their hearts to the philosophy they need to see an association that works, a community of spiritual people who support each other.” (Sacinandana Swami, in DC Leadership ‘Caring Leadership’, p.14).

6. The four leaders of the human society, namely the sannyasis, the brahmana, the king and the public leader, must be tested crucially by their character and qualification. Before one can be accepted as a spiritual or material master of society, he must be tested by the above-mentioned criteria of character. (SB 1.17.41 pur)

7. If one is president or king, it should be understood that this opportunity has been given to him by the Supreme Lord. (SB 4.21.22)

8. “Dharma (religiosity), integrity, right action, and morality are the watch words of a king.” (Bhishmadeva, Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva)

9. “He should guard them as a mother guards a child.... A leader should know his or her constituents as much or better than a mother knows her children.”

10. Before installing his beloved son Dhruva on the throne of the empire of the world, he consulted his ministerial officers, considered the opinion of the public, and also personally examined Dhruva's character. (SB 4.9.66) 

11. One requirement is what has to be done today. We need money today, go out and get money. We need to cook today, go and cook. We need to clean, currently. We need puja, go and do puja. What has to be done today, has to be done today. The problem is that if someone just does what has to be done today, after 10 years he realises, “I have no future.” We should think of the future of each devotee.” (Radhanatha Swami)

12. “Protection does not mean negligence, no. Protection means to give him (her) all facilities. That is protection. Just like father gives protection to the [children]... That does not mean neglecting. Similarly, a woman should be protected. It is not that neglecting. They misunderstand.”(SP Lecture, SB. 3.28.18, Nairobi 27/10/1975)