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Corporate chaplains on the rise

Corporations in the United States are increasingly hiring chaplains for the workplace. These clergymen come into the offices maybe once a week and employees can talk to them if and when they wish. The chaplains give confidential advice on all life's problems to those people that choose to take advantage of their guidance. They don't force themselves onto anyone who doesn't want their help.

A great benefit of the corporate chaplain is that in an increasingly dog-eat-dog world the chaplain is not some good-for-nothing boss, nor a double-crossing so-called mentor who really just has his own best interest in mind. Instead, he is there for just one reason: to care. And a little care and attention is really just all everyone wants, right?

The trend in the predominantly christian USA is to hire christian chaplains, but I see no reason why there couldn't be successful vaisnava chaplains, too. This is especially so in countries were the traditional churches are mistrusted or frowned upon. However, even in the USA the demand for corporate chaplains far exceeds the supply. There are just not enough spiritually educated people around who are will and able to genuinely care for others. It's a huge growth industry.

This makes me think of Ameyatma's article on implementing Varnashra Universities. But why establish external educational institutions that people need to make an effort to visit? Instead here is the possibility of meeting and helping people directly in their workplaces and getting paid for it too.

I think members of the Krishna consciousness network are ideally suited for this kind of non-sectarian, educational, care-given work. Indeed, employees who are getting guidance from Vaisnava chaplains are more likely to be able to lead a mode of goodness lifestyle, free from so many self-degrading activities. They can be happier, more productive and make spiritual progress, all at the same time. It's a win-win situation.

Someone should try this!

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  • Sed Emihcra 10/09/2007 4:11am (10 years ago)

    I think that the greatest outcome out of this will probably be an increase in employees' hapiness. This in turn does translate into more productivity. So, this seems like a win-win situation. I think more corporations and even smaller businesses should look into this. However, I think the chaplain shouldn't even be called a chaplain and an emphasis on the 'caring' aspect of these people should be made.

  • Ekendra das 26/08/2007 8:02am (10 years ago)

    Prabhu. This is a brilliant idea. Could you write a 'news article' on it and send it to me?

  • Dhruva dasa 26/08/2007 4:30am (10 years ago)

    Best post ever, this is great.

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