How to bring more people for your Krishna Conscious House Programs?
This is the trend of this world. Most of the devotees are feeling like you only. Take ISKCON. In my view, only ISKCON is emphasizing such strict spiritual practices (in this cruel kaliyuga) that can make even a serious sinner as devotee. ISKCON advices us to be disciplined. It advices us to chant 16 rounds a day. Offer food to Lord and then honour it. Attend sathsangha instead of cinema theatre.
If we follow the advices given by Srila prabhupada/ ISKCON, it will definitely make us pure and eligible to go back to Lord. But, how many people come to these temples? If you see the theatres, there are policemen to control the crowd. But, In our temples, only 100-200 (in small temples, even less, say, 30-60) devotees attend serious classes eventhough we offer free prasadam. Why? Because, they want IMMEDIATE PLEASURE for all senses. They want to satisfy their senses materially.
If they drink alcohol, they immediately go to the unconscious state and forget the pains. So, they drink. But, they do not realize that once the intoxication effect goes, the same worries will multiply and stand in front of them. And, in due course of time, their liver will be affected and finally they die.
If they enjoy illicit relations more and more, they get immediate relaxation. But, when they have relation with a clever girl/ boy and when that clever person blackmails him/ her, this enjoyer will lose the respect in the society, will have to leave his/ her family and will have to feel for his actions from jail.
So, all material enjoyments will give happiness for a few minutes or hours, but, they end in pains.
They do not know the real happiness in life. If they allow their senses to enjoy the bliss of Krishna Consciousness, they will start to refuse material enjoyments.
If there are heavy concepts in a preaching service as in our page, they can get followers just in small numbers. But, if you take cinema/ entertainment pages, they will have the fan base of even crore/ millions.
So, people run behind sense enjoyments. But, there is nothing to worry. Krishna Himself has said that ONLY ONE IN 1000s WILL THINK OF HIM. So, such sathsanghas that have serious preachings with strict rules can not gain plenty of patronage. Only those who are FORTUNATE will come to such groupings.
If you get even 10 people for your class, it is not bad. Because, if you cultivate these 10, atleast 5 will become serious devotees. On seeing these 5, their surroundings/ relatives will come. Thus, the group will increase.
Eventhough you FORCIBLY bring some people to your class, a part of them will discontinue in the middle that I am seeing in my long association with ISKCON. The preacher will be sincerely preaching in class. Some women will be discussing about the mundane things. Some people come to temples as if they are going to some clubs. We can not change such people. Only time & experience will change them.
So, if you want more quorum, you have to give information about your class to atleast 1000 people. If you invite 1000 people, atleast 50 will come. Others will go to clubs, cinema, TV Sunday movies, etc.
Krishna does not see the numbers. Eventhough you make a single person as a serious devotee, He becomes happy. I too am crying in this media to bring more and more people to this page that is supplying NECTAR every day. Some of our devotees are tirelessly sharing the posts, but, only a few decide to commit themselves as a fan of this page. The reason is that, they want to hide their identity of devotee. They like to show as modern people and “Up to date” like many other people. That is why, I started to supply K.C in small quantities every day to avoid overdose. But, you need not stop the service or get dejected. If all students leave you, just chant and be happy.
So, just go on motivating your students to bring more students. Let them try. You too try your best. Help whoever comes. If they are interested, spend more hours for them. If they are casual, spend less hours, otherwise, these 5-6 people will also leave you. But, do not stop your classes. Because, direct preaching is very effective. Krishna devotees will not have much material friends. Some people will doubt even that devotee whether he is genuine or a pretender. So, these things are natural in our spiritual / devotional service. We have to serve the Lord from this atmosphere only.
So, just proceed with your service. Though the whole world deserts you, Krishna will be with you. He will never leave His innocent devotee who is neglected by others for speaking about Him.