How to bring more people for your Krishna Conscious House Programs?
A woman devotee whose name I myself have hidden asked like this:
“i have 1 doubt prabhu, why good thing become late, bad things comes quickly. this is all happen because maya, if we chanting rounds also, not able to go to temple, to do puja at home, some thing is there to stop goodthings, how to overcome it?
and we are keeping bhatki vriksha classes, before 15 to 20 peoples came, now hardly not more than 3 to 4. what happened is in my same apartment anothor batch is doing parties(buying non veg and drinks and sharing the money) all our class peoples are attending that party. we kept classes only for our friends, all friends are here, they learn about krishna and be happy. but they are not coming, what can we do prabhu?
i have here 5 friends prabhu, im talking with them nicely, i like them very much, but slowly some of friends talking some thing behind on me, my mind is disturbing its making very bad, i know krishna is only our best friend, still i dont know how to come of that, i m feeling they are thinking bad out me, what mistakes i did, why there are doing, these are running in my mind always, please help me prabhu how to ovErcome.?
thanks alot prabhu , ur really krishna messenger, krishna likes u alot prabhu, ur solving so many peoples problems and giving counselling, great prabhu. thanks alotttttt prabhu. hare krishna”
I just like this innocence. This is the character of a devotee. Krishna likes innocent people much because He is also innocent.
This is what 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 a devotee. ISKCON advice us to be disciplined. It advice us to chant 16 rounds a day. Offer food to Lord and then honour it. Attend sathsangha instead of cinema theatre.
(Why some devotees fear to attend ISKCON and follow strict rules? READ HERE!)
If we follow the advice 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 Cinema theaters, policemen have to control the crowd. But, In our temples, only 100-200 (in small temples, even less, say, 30-60) devotees attend the serious classes though the temples offer free prasadam. Why? Because, the people want IMMEDIATE RESULTS for all senses. They want to satisfy their senses materially. That is why it is difficult to bring more people for your Krishna Conscious House Programs
In drink parties, 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 sex more and more, they get immediate pleasure and relaxation. But, when they have sex with a clever girl/ boy and when that clever person blackmails him/ her, this enjoyer will lose the image/ respect in the society, leave his/ her family and feel for his actions from jail.
So, all the 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.
(Wisdom or Emotion in devotion- Which ensures honest devotion? READ HERE!)
Krishna related media get the patronage of a very few lakhs. But, if there is heavy concepts like our page/ site, they can get just in 1000s. But, if you take cinema/ adult pages, they will have the fan base of even crores or millions.
So, people run behind sense enjoyments. So, I am able to understand your feelings in this matter. But, there is nothing to worry. Krishna Himself has said that ONLY ONE IN 1000’s WILL EVEN THINK OF HIM. So, such sathsanghas that are preaching strict disciplinary rules can not gain plenty of patronage. Only those who are FORTUNATE will come to such groups and media.
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, his surroundings will come. Thus, the group will increase. So, do not worry why Less Crowd in Devotional House Programs.
Though you FORCIBLY bring some people to your class, a part of them will discontinue in the middle that I am seeing in my decades of 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 20-30 will come. Others will go to clubs, cinema, TV movies, etc.
Krishna does not see the numbers. Though you convert a single person as a serious devotee through Krishna Conscious house programs, He becomes happy.
I have seen many drop outs who were once very serious in our media. I can not find the cause. Some might have gone expecting my extra time with them without understanding my time constraints; I have never hurted anyone willfully so far. Still, we can see some dropouts. This is natural in any media. We should proceed as usual with a duty mindset. Some of our devotees are tirelessly sharing the posts. Many are not. How else can we motivate them? If I say that they will get something from the sky if they share the posts, many may share. But, we are preaching Pure devotion and hence we should not encourage expecting material benefits for devotion.
So, just go on motivating your students to bring more students. Let them try. You too try your best. Guide 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.
Your another problem of having less number of friends. Yes… Krishna devotees will not have much material friends. Some people will doubt even that devotee whether he is genuine or a pretender. Since I am preaching ananymously to avoid unmanageable “direct crowds and praises”, during the initial days, they doubted me too who is a Life patron of ISKCON, humble disciple of a Guru and being in the devotional service for three decades!!! So, these things are natural in our devotional service. We have to serve Lord from this atmosphere only. We should be honest for our heart and conscience. Enough.
So, just neglect their actions and 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.
Krishna loves you. Be happy over that. Why do you worry about how to bring more people for your Krishna Conscious House Programs
(How women preachers of Krishna are successful and how should they manage the preaching? READ HERE!)