“A preacher’s duty is to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead, make friendships with Vaishnavas, show mercy to the innocent and reject or neglect those who are envious or jealous.” –Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami, CC, Madhya 1.218

This Math’s Preaching Manifesto

  • We must always expect success in the form of grace from the Lord and His devotees.


  • We should not approach strangers with any preconceived notion as to who may be “fit or unfit” to hear the message of our Divine Master.


  • We should not approach the preaching field with the expectation of any personal or material gain or fear of personal loss.


  • We must be ever mindful that the Lord is our only protector and that we are always under the watchful eye of Sri Gurudeva who is our “ever well-wisher” and eternal guide.


  • At all times remember, the material world is a place of misery and all are suffering regardless of pretense to the contrary.


  • I am not my body, I am not part of the material world, I am an eternal spiritual being.


  • I believe myself to be non-different from my body, mind, senses and intellect due to maya (illusion).


  • I have accepted the subjugation of maya (illusion) willingly to attempt to fulfill my exploitative desires.


  • There is no end to exploitative desires which are never fulfilled. As such I am never happy.


  • The material world is an unnatural, unceasingly destructive environment for the conditioned soul.


  • The only means for deliverance is Hari Nama Sankirtan (congregational chanting of the Lord’s Holy Names).


  • The best kirtan is preaching the precepts of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga.


  • The best preaching method is the brhat mrdanga. Brhat mrdanga means the distribution of something tangible which enables the kirtan to continue beyond the control of the originator. Including: printed matter, hard media containing audio and video files, soft media such as broadcasting via radio, television or the internet.


  • The preacher should be sympathetic towards the sufferings of the conditioned souls being mindful of his own suffering.


  • Promotion of Indian or Vedic culture and traditions and welfare work done by the method of applying salve on the wounds of those afflicted by material sufferings is not preaching.


  • The most valued member of society is the preacher of Krishna consciousness.


  • Those not directly engaged in preaching must support those who are by all means possible.


  • Those who lend their support will gain the favor of the Lord and His devotees.


  • The preacher, having gained such support should not be diverted to other matters except as emergency dictates.


  • Hari nama must be received by transcendental conveyance via the pure devotees of Sri Sri Guru Gauranga through a process authorized by Them.


  • The only authorized process to receive the Holy Name is the diksha that occurs when a sincere seeker is acknowledged as such and accepted as a disciple by a guru in the line of the siksha guru parampara authorized by Srila Saraswati Thakur.


  • After receiving the Holy Name one becomes a practitioner of Krishna consciousness.


  • The only means of progress for the practitioner is devotional service conducted under the guidance of a higher Vaishnava.