PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT

Personal Mission Statement can be a very effective tool for spiritual advancement and conributing to the preaching mission. Here's an ex...

Personal Mission Statement can be a very effective tool for spiritual advancement and conributing to the preaching mission. Here's an example of an excellent PMS, by Mukunda Goswami:

Mission Statement, Updated 7 April 1996, Queensland, Australia

1. I am a loyal son to Srila Prabhupada so that he can be proud of me. I endeavor to be everything he could hope for me to be. I will increase my meditation on Srila Prabhupada (“Let me meditate on him being enthused as he enthused us”), trying to inculcate the vision that he is personally standing, sitting, walking, or riding (figuratively swimming or running) beside me at all times. I endeavor to always keep my mind filled with thoughts of Krsna and Srila Prabhupada and their teachings.

2. My devotional service is primarily manifested through the art of writing, since my spiritual master instructed and ordered me to write as my “business.” I will endeavor to become as humble as possible.

3. I will always chant at least sixteen rounds daily, strictly follow the four regulative principles, and read the Vedic literature regularly. I will endeavor to develop the twenty-six qualifications of a devotee. I will endeavor to constantly remember Krsna and never forget Him and to attain pure love for Radha-Krsna. I will act according to Vaisnava etiquette and follow as far as possible all the other detailed ritualistic devotional activities taught by our sampradaya.

4. I will endeavor with all the strength and knowledge at my command to present Krsna consciousness to the major publics of the world to help them realize Srila Prabhupada and His movement as practical, philosophically stimulating, fascinating, and beneficial, so that they will be disposed to change their behavior in accordance with these realizations.

5. I will do my utmost to help lead and manage (organize and administer) ISKCON Communications (IC) to the best of my ability, drawing primarily on the wisdom from Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, but also sometimes on worldly knowledge if and when applicable. I will apply such “secular” knowledge strictly according to the spiritual principle of yukta-vairagya. For preaching work, I will work with effective teams whose members will get significant results, who will continuously strive for superexcellent, “cutting edge” quality, and who make a full commitment to “make a positive difference” for Srila Prabhupada’s mission. These teams will produce mission statements, goals, policies, procedures, project and job descriptions, and action plans.

6. I will deal with Godbrothers and Godsisters as peers (like fellow “faculty” members). I will treat disciples, prospective disciples, and new uninitiated devotees as my younger brothers and sisters (“students” in the school metaphor) or as my children. I will endeavor to relate with them as an “older brother,” an “enlightened parent,” a guide, leader, coach, cheerleader, and facilitator. Wherever and whenever possible, I will assist them in their specific engagement in devotional service.
It is my solemn duty to clearly educate all my disciples to realize that I am a servant of ISKCON and the GBC body and that they are the authorities to whom I am accountable and responsible. I direct my disciples to generally regard and honor my Godbrothers with the same genuine level of respect they have for me (“One should respect one’s spiritual master’s Godbrothers as one respects one’s spiritual master.”—Srila Prabhupada in the purport to Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi 5.147).

7. I will try to always be personally interesting to all people who see or come into contact with me. I want to radiate peace and happiness, and therefore my demeanor will also include dressing and behaving at all times according to this vision of myself. This must be so because I represent Lord Krsna, and I want my existence to attract as many people as possible to Him and His movement (ISKCON). This will also help me remember that I am first and foremost a servant of Lord Krsna. I will endeavor at every opportunity to strengthen ISKCON.

8. I will look after the physical side of my life in order to maintain the bodily and mental strength I need to help execute Srila Prabhupada’s mission and to follow Srila Prabhupada’s daily example of enacting fitness principles and techniques.

9. I will teach one or more persons as much as possible what I have learned, realized, and believe in regarding the effective realization and spreading of Krsna consciousness so that whatever my contribution to society and the disciplic succession may be, it may not be lost but will continue through the agency of other devotees after I leave my body. I will produce and develop teaching materials (including written manuals and instructions, video and audiovisual presentations like CD ROMS, etc.) as necessary to help achieve this aim.

10. My “successes” will be determined in large part by systematic and periodic review and accountability to superiors, subordinates, experts, and others, and to the principles of success and effectiveness that I have established for myself.

11. I will increasingly endeavor to realize that the holy name is nondifferent from Lord Krsna himself and that offenseless, attentive chanting brings direct realization of Krsna Himself. I will also continuously endeavor to realize that constant and pure chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, both in japa and sankirtana, is the highest benediction for all living beings, including myself.

12. I am committed to do whatever is necessary to help make ISKCON Potomac more than just an “ideal” Krsna conscious ISKCON center and community. It must be one that truly “makes a difference” for Srila Prabhupada’s movement, a center devotees will want to join above all others in the United States, and one that neighbors and others who live outside the community will want to visit as often as possible and stay for as long as possible. It must be an ISKCON center that other temples seek to emulate. Since the location is Washington, D.C., and since it is the site of the IC Global and IC North America headquarters, I must do whatever is necessary to help make it THE “cutting edge,” premier, showcase ISKCON temple community in the United States.

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