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About Cell groups or Bhakti-Vriksha

What is a cell group or a bhakti-vriksha group ?

A cell group is a small group of spiritual seekers that meet weekly in someone's home. A cell group is facilitated by a “servant-leader” who knows about each member’s difficulties and abilities and can guide them in their spiritual advancement. Bhakti-vriksha translates as “Tree of devotion” where the emphasis is placed on nurturing the relationship between the participants and the facilitator. This is much akin to the notion of the leaf that derives its nourishment from the twig that is attached to the branch of the tree.

Why home cell groups ?

Since cell groups are limited to a few members, an intimate relationship between the participants is possible. The environment is informal and relaxed and allows members to explore subjects more deeply. Small groups offer a safe opportunity to form strong, lasting friendships. These groups help us to open our hearts, begin to share honestly and learn to trust one other.

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 meeting - the members act as friends, keep in touch with each other, and participate in other programs.

The group is led by experienced facilitators who can personally guide new members in their spiritual development. The servant-leader of the group knows about each member’s difficulties and abilities and can guide them in their quest for spiritual advancement.

Groups are typically closer to one’s home than our temple and makes meeting much easier. 

What happens at a meeting ?

The meetings are relaxed and are structured to the needs of the members. Typically a meeting involves mantra meditation, a short introduction by the facilitator, discussion and a yummy snack. Instead of having a formal lecture, the group discusses a particular aspect of the Vedic philosophy. Everyone participates and is encouraged to share his or her experiences 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. 

How do I get involved?

Please contact us at info@iskconcape.org.za

 

 
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