The Importance of Understanding your Congregations

By Tirtharaja Dasa

When we meet people we need to understand that, for example, in Poland people identify themselves as Catholic. So the two just go together. If you’re Polish, you must be Catholic. You can not be Polish and not be Catholic.

In South America, they have a certain way of looking at things that may be different to the Chinese people. First of all, the devotees need to be aware of that cultural upbringing. I think it is very important so that we don’t disturb people.

I don’t think the contribution of the congregation is any less than what devotees in the temple make. Rather, I think that the two groups complement each other. According to peoples’ past lives and their present situations, we need to learn to integrate with the congregation, and in that way spread Krsna consciousness through all different spheres of our society. Basically, people are conditioned by the culture of their upbringing.

TO BE CONTINUED.

(Excerpt from the book The Nectar of Congregational Preaching by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry)

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