“In this modern age, it is most practical to apply the Nama Hatta form of preaching – cultivating people through small groups formed of the congregation. Nama Hatta groups can begin anywhere, without restrictions, whereas in a temple there are so many restrictions, not only spiritual but also material, in the sense that so many expenses must be met.
The Nama Hatta system start first with a small group, and then later, when the congregation grows, it is quite natural to establish a temple. In this way things can develop naturally. By that process, many of Bhaktivinod Thukura’s Nama Hattas later developed into temples. Although the social situation has since changed – for instance, now people drive in cars whereas in those days they used horse buggies – the aspect of people working outside and practicing Krishna Consciousness from their home has not changed.
Today we have different kinds of Nama Hatta programs, such as Counsellor Groups, Bhakti-Vrksas, and various other groups, all of which are included in the broad category of the Nama Hatta.”HH Jayapataka Swami From the book: Sri Godruma Kalpatavi (Introduction)
Courtesy: ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry