ISKCON SP-043 Prabhupada on Vyasana folded hands

Published on September 16th, 2015 | by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada | Full size image

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Srila Prabhupada’s Direction of Management

As we have increased our volume of activities, now I think a Governing Body Commission (hereinafter referred to as the GBC) should be established. I am getting old, 75 years old, therefore at any time I may be out of the scene, therefore I think it is necessary to give instruction to my disciples how they shall manage the whole institution… (PDF File — free reader available at www.adobe.com)

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  1. Rukmini-Ramana Dasa says:

    Hare Krishna,
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.My question is “why should a GBC member be elected for 3 years,whilst Temple Presidents cannot be removed by an elecion every 3 years”.This in my opinion allows temple president to become complacent after a while,and take the congregration for granted.We have a situation,where a TP is lawfully marrieD but seperateD,and has an ellict relationship with sOmeone from the outside(no problem)however,she brings this person to live in the temple,close to her house,so they can communicate everyday.She refuses to give finacial updates of donations collected by the temple.The temple’s infrastructure is falling apart(washrooms,temple hall,roof etc.).The TP is surrounded by a group of friends of her calling,who we suspect are also taking temple bhoga home; since the TP keeps all donations of bhoga at her own home,so that whenever something is short in the lord’s kitchen,transport must be found to get the bhoga.Offerings to our Lordships are given late almost on a daily basis,devotees cook without vaishnava garb-and even take “their share” of the bhoga even before it is offered,and daily because of a lack of good sadhana our congregration is dwindling.
    Despite our best efforts,the TP rfuses to go after being here for 5 years,and based on the DOM the GBC hands are tied.Why should the congregation not have the poweto remove this TP with immediate effect.And,why can’t the local consitution be changed so that a TP cannot served for more than 3 yeas after which they cn be re-elected.Even the presidents of countries worldwide cannot serve forever,save and except in dictatorships.Can you comment please?
    Your in Krishna Consiousness,
    Rukmini-Ramaa Dasa
    servant, of the servant, of the servant…

    • Satya says:

      As per the direction of management, GBC can remove the temple president with the support of the local members of the temple.

    • BD says:

      Hare Krishna Rukmini-Ramaa Dasa, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

      In cases like this we must turn to our infallible spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. We have scriptural evidence that states actual Krishna-conscious persons are rare, and even those who accept Krishna consciousness in theory (like myself) find it extremely difficult to apply practically (I beg Prabhupada’s mercy), even though the methods are simple.


      “Actually the path of bhakti is not easy. The so-called path of bhakti practiced by unauthorized persons without knowledge of bhakti may be easy, but when it is practiced factually according to the rules and regulations, the speculative scholars and philosophers fall away from the path. Srila Rupa Gosvami writes in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu:

      sruti-smrti-puranadi-pancaratra-vidhim vina
      aikantiki harer bhaktir utpatayaiva kalpate

      “Devotional service of the Lord that ignores the authorized Vedic literatures like the Upanisads, Puranas, Narada-pancaratra, etc., is simply an unnecessary disturbance in society.” (Purport on B.G. 7.3)

      All glories to Srila Prabhupada, who can deliver to us the nectar of Srila-Rupa Gosvami!

      I will admit I am by no means a devotee, I am so engrossed in maya that I struggle to chant one round a day, let alone sixteen. The pillars of sinful life surround me, and I feel like I am no more than a pretender. I know that I will not get Krsna’s mercy in this life, but perhaps I can contribute to His only devotee that everyone can trust, our most admirable and beloved Prabhupada. Without the standard that Prabhupada set forth there cannot be any progress in Krsna Consciousness–I have experienced this practically.

      My honest opinion is that ISKCON and all Temples should be dissolved, and a new organization founded with Prabhupada’s direct quotes from his unadulterated writings as the rules and regulations. Furthermore, all devotees must be re-initiated by following the regulative principles and chanting 16 rounds a day for six months before being allowed into the new organization. That is the only solution that is fair. All of the temples, who needs the temples? Sell them and distribute books. Better to have no temple than to keep one in the condition you describe. Right now the world needs book distribution. Temple worship may resume when devotees have been re-initiated, until then, what good has it done? The only real progress has been made by those who have distributed books and brought this knowledge to the world. I, a demonic karmi, am doing what little I can to help distribute this knowledge…why can’t they?


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