Everyone brings their individual strengths to the table. These mid-term meetings have drawn leaders of the Hare Krishna movement together. Psychoanalysts, psychiatrists and people in the field of human behaviour have identified nine different human types from perfectionists to peace-makers. Among the monks and family men and women who lead our society, we actually have all types participating, and it is very much wanted.
Now when it comes to meetings, not all participants are very active in vocalizing themselves. Listening? Yes. But speaking their minds or opinions—well, a few dominate. I’m one of the quieter ones.
I do, however, have the service of opening the sessions with a kirtan and then a reading from sastra (scripture) or a past letter from our guru, Srila Prabhupada, which addresses an important issue.
Also, among the leaders, some are well-established in popularity with thousands of followers. Some attendees, although talented and intelligent, are fairly reserved and not well known, but no less important. What happens at the meetings is you see everyone as very much equal. That is the beauty of the forum; all who sit at the conference table take the position of humble servants of Krishna. The approach is very egalitarian.
May the Source be with you!