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1) Silent Observation (Internal Dialogue): We encourage members of each community to enter into Silent Observation (Internal Dialogue) with the other community by visiting places of worship and attending formal discourses. It is good to do this at a certain rhythmic frequency over a period of time. A daily, weekly or monthly schedule is encouraged.

2) External Hindu-Christian Dialogue:
· Small groups of approximately 10 Hindus and 10 Christians could meet at a time.
· Small group format is encouraged.
· The sitting arrangement should be such that a cordial interaction among differing opinions is facilitated.
· A facilitator from each side would give a formal presentation (30 minutes each) on a pre-decided topic of interest, which would be followed by question & answer session (30 minutes) and a group discussion (30 minutes).
· A facilitator should be practicing the faith being presented. The participants may or may not be practicing any faith.
· We encourage presenting the Hindu and Christian view on topics of interests to either communities.
· There could be varying degrees of differences of opinions. We encourage listening to both the point of views.
· During the course of several of these discussion sessions, we want the participants to arrive at a personal choice either to accept or reject or be agnostic towards or continue to think on the views that are expressed.
· We enter into a Hindu-Christian dialogue with the hope that one day a personal dialogue between the participants and God would be established.
· We encourage Hindus and Christians develop deep and sincere family friendships in spite of the possible differences of opinion.
· Personal interactions are encouraged as it would also allow the participants to see how religious, social and political ideas are expressed in real life.
· This forum is not to understand Christianity in isolation or Hinduism in isolation, but rather a comparative study of both.
· The anticipated end-result is communal harmony and best possible personal choices.
· The participants are encouraged to be tolerant towards the views of others. Be genuinely friendly. Provide information and references for important issues. During the general discussion the participants are free to present their views bluntly; also they should be gentle and cordial in all communication.

3) Formal Contextualized Christocentric Discourse: As this group was initiated and continues to be directed by Yesu-Bhakths, we encourage contextualized Christocentric Sadbhavana Satsangs, where formal discourses (Yesu-Katha) can be presented in a story format. We encourage a weekly rhythm for Satsangs.


Because this group was initiated and continues to be directed by Yesu-Bhakths, Adhyathma Vatika promotes only Christocentric Satsangs at the above mentioned level of “Formal Contextualized Christocentric Discourse”. However, the “External Hindu-Christian Dialogue” mentioned above is not a platform where any form of worship service, either Christian or Hindu, would take place.

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