Session 5: It’s All About Collaboration

Session 5: It’s All About Collaboration

What can we accomplish collectively that we cannot as individual mandirs? How can we organize for success? Quite often devotee groups in mandirs develop differences over period of time and end up starting mandirs of their own. This process repeats again and again; dividing us in to smaller and smaller groups based on narrow beliefs, religious practices, and linguistic grounds; and makes us ponder why we are not united. Operating in isolation with no regular connections to the other Hindu temples in the region, mandirs tend to focus only on specific elements of worship practices. Going beyond these aspects and placing more emphasis on spirituality can benefit the entire Hindu community in the region. Benefits include sharing of resources and participation in major events, coordination of visits from Gurus and Swamis,and assistance from other temples during times of need.

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