The weekly meeting has six parts: association, kirtan, Japa, discussion, preaching reports and plans, and Prasadam. But belonging to a group doesn’t simply mean to attend the weekly meeting. Being part of the Bhakti-vriksha program is a lifestyle. Even after the weekly get-together the members act as friends, keep in touch with each other, and participate in outreach programs and preaching excursions. In the weekly meeting, instead of having a formal lecture, the group discusses a particular aspect of the Vaisnava philosophy.
Everyone participates and is encouraged to share his or her realizations of the subject and how the teachings can be applied in one’s life. The discussion involves everyone and makes the meetings highly interactive and engaging. Another characteristic of the weekly meeting is the preaching section, during which the group discusses the preaching activities of the past week and plans for future outreach engagements.
(Excerpt from the book ‘The Nectar of Congregational Preaching’ by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry)
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