Issues for Non-Asram Devotees
Posted July 4, 2012
I travel and preach across ex-Yugoslavian countries. On my missionary
travels I meet several devotees (both male and female) who want to
live in a temple. For various reasons, these devotees do not fit into
any of regional temples. Please do not think that there is something
wrong about the devotees under discussion. On contrary - they are very
enthusiastic, loyal to Srila Prabhupada, diligent, mentally sane, etc.
I'd rather say that there is something 'wrong' with the temples. For
example, the situation is in particular difficult for female devotees
who wish to join a temple, as there are only two temples (Zagreb and
Ljubljana) that offer ashrama for ladies. But, for some reasons (a
long story) – neither temple is suitable for female devotees I know.
For example, one of them is a single parent with a three years old
son. She is eager to dedicate her energy and time for Srila
Prabhupada's mission, but none of the regional temples has facilities
for a young mother with a child. In addition, all of eight devotees I
am talking about, have inadequate financial situation to afford
traveling far from their homes. Thus, we have the situation that there
are some sincere devotees ready for full missionary activities (unused
man/women power). Yet, on the other side we (in ISKCON) have many
temples craving for some 'fresh blood' – sincere, dedicated devotees.
If you happen to be an authority of such a temple, that can offer
devotee training, service, living facilities, basic needs and
traveling costs for a devotee (or devotees) from Bosnia, Croatia,
Serbia and Macedonia – please write to Chakra, if you have ideas, so
we could work out something. Note: none of the mentioned devotees is
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