SELECTED QUOTES ON DEVOTEE CARE - VISION

(Adopted from the student handbook of Devotee Care Course)

The following are quotes supporting the foundational principles behind the Devotee Care initiative, as articulated in its ‘Mandate’ document. They also support or qualify the twenty-one identified reasons undergirding any perceived deficiency in the provision of Devotee Care. We have tried to show how quotes are relevant to specific issues or questions, rather than merely listing them. This list is not exhaustive. The student may enhance it based on his or her own research

Section A: The Devotee Care Vision
Every devotee is spiritually happy and materially well-situated, positively identifying with ISKCON as a caring Society.
Each devotee (a) responsibly looks after his or her diverse needs
(b) can easily and successfully seek qualified help within the Society, and (c) wholeheartedly extends that care to others.

Spiritually happy:
“A devotee is always happy in possessing the devotional service of the Lord.” (SB 4.31.21 pur)

“Everyone should follow [Krishna] only or His orders, and that will make all happy, both materially and spiritually.” (SB 1.8.4 pur)

Materially well-situated:
“The soldiers in this Krishna consciousness movement must always possess physical strength, enthusiasm and sensual power. To keep themselves fit, they must therefore place themselves in a normal condition of life. What constitutes a normal condition will not be the same for everyone, and therefore there are divisions of Varnashrama - brahmana, kshatriya, vaishya, shudra, brahmacharya, grihastha, vanaprashtha
and sannyasa.” (SB 8.2.30 pur)

“…but actual devotees and saintly persons are always anxious to see how the people can be made happy both materially and spiritually.” (SB 4.14.07 pur)

Self-reliance:
“…overdependence on another's mercy… sap[s] the very vitality of human energy.” (SB 1.1. 10 pur)

Seek help when needed:
“For absolute protection from all sorts of fear, as well as for all our needs of life, we must take shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord…” (SB 2.6.7 pur)

“Asking for help reveals strength, not weakness.” (Margie Warrell, Forbes columnist)

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Bible, Mathew 7.7)

Extending caring to others:
Sarve sukhino bhavantu. This is Vedic civilization. "Let everyone be happy." That is Vedic civilization. And the demonic civilization, they're [thinking]: "Let everyone suffer; I [will] become happy.“ (Shrila Prabhupada, Morning Walk, Vrindavana, 15/03/1974)