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Urban farming and self-sufficiency

Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I think Lalitanatha’s idea of urban farming is very relevant in those countries that have no existing farm (yet).

Many devotees have no idea how to grow anything, and still they feel they should. If we want a farm community to manifest somehow, WE have to manifest it, and the best way to start is right here and now.

Using whatever space one has for any small agriculture will prove to oneself and to others that the person is really interested in farming. That is a good basis for bigger plans.

We can not expect that the local GBC just comes and does some trick and booom! there’s the farm. All the devotees should take responsibility. It is a sign for the GBC secretary also.

Your servant Astasakhi dd, Finland

Comment Posted By Astasakhi dd On 26.05.2009 @ 14:52

Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for your very nice article.
I have been following this topic for some time and am interested in it.

I have also been wondering how far city people have drifted from natural life. Still I believe that there is a dream living in many city devotee’s minds about more natural life. The question is how on earth to get there?!

The gap between city and countryside is big. I think your ideas and thoughts are very usable. Making one’s life more natural begins here and now, not in distant utopian future. If one thinks that ‘I have to change everything and move to a farm’ (which doesn’t even exist) , that kind of idea is sure to never come true.

Growing one’s own flowers in the balcony and herbs on the window sill is small thing, but it is a beginning of the journey to nature. Too big unrealistic plans just paralyze people. The path begins with the first step. Without first step there is no second step.

I also recommend everyone to grow sprouts. That is very economical, green and healthy thing to do. Even in the winter. These kind of green activities give confidence and help devotees to understand their realistic potential.

With best regards, your servant Astasakhi dd

Comment Posted By Astasakhi dd On 24.05.2009 @ 11:10

Interview with Chair of the Committee on Succession and Leadership

Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisances.

I would like to thank HH Bhakti Vijnana Swami for bringing this important issue out.
I would also like to add some down to earth points to this interesting subject matter:

Leadership/management is a very important thing. It should not be belittled. It should be noted if we want this Krishna movement to move. Srila Prabhupada wanted devotees to become leaders of the society. The fact is : Future leaders must be trained. Who will do that? Is it better that competent devotees do it or should it be left to professional trainers who don’t understand the devotional aspect?

The association of devotees is very inspiring. We have many skillful devotees in our movement who will give excellent training, who have leadership/management skills, psychological talent and experience in councelling others in various fields. It is a great chance for them to help the devotee community.

The world is also full of good written material on the issue. We can use that and don’t have to re-invent the wheel.

Compared to internet self-study, the academy format as suggested is personal. It is also very motivating and effective, the best way to learn. No one can learn just by reading the books. Why not just send nice cook books to every Iskcon center and expect them to soon have excellent cooks? Why to attend seminars on Srila Prabhupada’s books, is it not enough to read them by yourself? It is the same logic with leadership, and especially leadership!

Studying in an academic environment is a synergic process (ie. a synergic group achieves exponentially better results than an individual), and as such a worthy lesson itself for those who wish to learn about effective leadership.

Very many temple presidents and commanders are in the need of leadership training. How could they train others in that situation? Of course after some good training they can possibly share their knowledge in their local temple/asram.

Basically what you learn in the temple is about the sastras, puja and book distribution. This content varies a lot in different countries. The list of what you don’t get to know in the temple/asram also varies in different places: Cow protection, farming, bhaktivriksa program, cooking, yajnas… and practically devotees interested in these things do go somewhere else to study. Why to expect every temple to run a leadership program? It is utopian.

At last a comment on ‘who is chosen to go there’: I believe that those interested in the subject matter will apply for the study by themselves.

I am hoping all the good luck for the project and waiting for applying for the course!

Your servant
housewife manager
Astasakhi dd

Comment Posted By Astasakhi dd On 06.07.2007 @ 22:06

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