Content areas for units to be taught to acaryas

Part A – spiritual training

Philosophy

Spiritual philosophy

Spiritual development

Development of a devotional core

Deeper understanding of sadhana, the lessons

Bengali

Slokas

Sutras

Acarya Rules

Part B – Socio training

Philosophy

Comparative spiritual philosophy

Prout

Microvita

Neo humanism

Sexuality

Celibacy

The erotic

Child abuse

Pornography

Dealing with personal sexual trauma

Homosexuality

Personal management

Goal setting and resistance

Time management

Contacts

Managing travel

Managing personal finances

Balancing education, work, leisure & spirituality

Health

Counselling

Basic skills

Dealing with group dynamics

Understanding professional limits

Interpersonal skills

Preventing, and working with, Religious Wounding

Utilitarian versus existential value

Personal awareness

Understanding emotions

Understanding the influence of family context and the development of personal style

Authenticity and responsibility

Penetrating exploration of what it means to live ethically

Part C – Missionary training

Computers

Typing skills

Research skills

Management of one’s computer

Email management

Webpage construction and management

Business

Operating a small business

Bookeeping and accounting

Management

Retreat management

Margii community management

Community development

Records management

Working with a board

Leadership development

Project management

Meeting management

Quality management

Strategic planning

Thinking skills – lateral, post-logical etc

Understanding and facilitating action learning processes

Relations with margiis

Staying with margiis

Managing multiple roles with margiis

Role as spiritual advisor to margiis

Role as acarya to initiates

Issues related to jagrti management

Relations with other acaryas

Peers

Higher authorities

Lower authorities

Career as an acarya

Areas of confidence and skill

Areas targeted for development

The importance of support

Lifelong learning

Acarya role

Initiation

Conduct rules

Setting an example

The real dangers of dogma

The uses and abuses of power

Managing conflicting role priorities

Burnout and leaving

Pastoral care

Pitfalls of the ‘priest’ mantle

Pracar

Using social media

Other forms of networking

Keys to successfully inspiring people

Managing contacts

Teaching

Public speaking

DC talks

Teaching & learning processes

Avoiding dogma in teaching

Teaching asana classes

Teaching meditation classes

Running seminars for margiis

Culture and society

Encountering a new culture

Awareness of own cultural filters

Awareness of own prejudices/sentiments

Understanding of patriarchy and sexism

Tips about working in specific cultures

♣ India

♣ China

♣ Taiwan

♣ Korea

♣ Japan

♣ Africa

♣ European cultures

♣ Russia

♣ The middle East

♣ USA

♣ Australia

♣ UK

♣ South America

etc

Counselling

Basic skills

Understanding professional limits

Dealing with crises and extreme conditions

Interpersonal skills

Expressive skills

Listening skills

Dealing with shame

Dealing with different types of conflict

Negotiation skills

Utilitarian versus existential value

Managing group dynamics

Preventing, and working with, Religious Wounding

Personal awareness

Understanding emotions

Understanding the influence of family context

Understanding personal style

Authenticity and responsibliity

Penetrating exploration of what it means to live ethically

Sexuality

Celibacy

Flirting and seduction

Child abuse

Pornography

Dealing with infatuation

Understanding the nature of the erotic in relationships in general

Dealing with sexual trauma

Understanding the connection between sexuality and spirituality

Personal management

Goal setting

Time management

Record keeping

Personal resistance/sabotage

Managing travel

Managing personal finances

Balancing education, work and leisure

Boundaries and limits

Rest and recreation

Spiritual nourishment and development

Intellectual development and further education

Self care

Health

Knowledge of nutrition

Physical fitness

Dealing with sickness

Staying healthy

Emotional health and sickness

Philosophy

AM Spiritual philosophy

Prout

Neo humanism

Comparative philosophy

Spiritual development

Development of a devotional core

Deeper understanding of sadhana, the lessons

Structure of AM

Margii-wholetimer relationships

Knowledge of the structural design of AM

Boards and their operation

Dealing with the splitting within AM

Knowledge of the functions of departments of AM

AMURT/EL

ERAWS

Prout/GV

PR

Legal affairs

Commerce

(etc)

Running a school

Administration

Child psychology

Discipline

Teaching and learning

Attachment theory

Funding

Grant writing

Working with funding bodies

Accountability

English

Language comprehension and expression

Written comprehension and expression

Practical skills

Growing vegetables

First aid

Medical

Homeopathic

OH&S

Vehicles

Premises

Projects

Children

Events

Specific learning for male acarays

Power sharing

Specific learning for female acaryas

Assertiveness

Self defence

Empowerment of women

guarding 

Contact

emailI am happy to chat with anyone about how this could happen. I don't have a particular position or direct power in Ananda Marga (or any sub or splinter groups)' my role is to provoke discussion, introduce ideas, and be part of the change I want to see. If you want to contact me about this, email: vinay@sat.org.au