This work, "Srila Prabhupada: The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON", authored by Ravindra Svarupa Dasa, is officially endorsed by ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC). The GBC requests all devotees and friends of ISKCON to give deep and careful attention to this work. To do so will broaden our collective understanding of, and appreciation for, the position of Srila Prabhupada and his unique role in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of January
Welcome to all of the members of the ILS festival that is taking place. This a leadership seminar and I have been asked to give class on a theme that I am not so versed on. Not that I am versed on many things but not on leadership. And this was the verse that was given to us, a very well-known verse from the Fifth Canto. I remember when the Fifth Canto came out, this Fifth Chapter was one of the ones that the devotees were very fond of learning and memorizing.
Feb 8 2014 âHe Was a Great Saintly Personâ
âVictory! Victory! Victory! I behold something wonderful! All the inauspiciousness of the living entities is destroyed. No one is going to hell. Yamaraja has no more work to do and the effects of Kali-yuga have ceased to exist. This is because all over the world an increasing number of Lord Visnuâs devotees are singing His names while dancing and playing musical instruments.â
Jan 30 2014 Where Do Our Departed Vaisnavas Go?
At a recent farewell gathering for a departed Vaisnava, God brothers spoke. One sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone Back To Godhead. Another sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone to take another birth in Krishna or Gaura-lila, which seemed to put a dampener on things. Are they saying two different things?
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of December
It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding the purchase of Srila Prabhupada's books for mass distribution. It is the policy of ISKCON, clarified by Srila Prabhupada in the accompanying letter, that all ISKCON temples purchase the books of His Divine Grace from the BBT exclusively. "If temples print independently it will be at the cost of the books I am myself printing, and could eventually cause the financial ruin of the BBT, meaning I could not order new books from the printer or have sufficient funds for construction of temple projects."
Dec 29 2013 November 2013 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this page contains the following results for the month of November 2013
Dec 28 2013 Making an Impact
A valuable member of the Strategic Planning Initiatives, he is a part of the Succession Committee. Hear what HH Devamrita Swami has to say about how the strategic planning meetings are "making an impact"
Dec 24 2013 Using our Intelligence
A valuable member of the Strategic Planning Initiatives, he is a part of the Lines of Authority Committee. Hear what HG Badrinarayan Prabhu has to say about how members of the strategic planning network are "using their intelligence" to plan and organize for a better ISKCON of today and the future
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of November
Dec 20 2013 Leadership for the Future (2 min video)
Dina Sharana Devi Dasi has been a member of ISKCONâs Governing Body Commission (GBC) since 2010. She joined ISKCON in 1974, and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada the same year at the Schloss Rettershof Castle temple, the headquarters of ISKCON Germany at the time. Her focus is on training and engaging qualified persons to assist in communications, succession as well as education and training. She is also committed to increasing BBT book distribution
Dec 17 2013 Addressing Real Issues (2 min video)
A valuable member of the Strategic Planning Initiatives, he is a part of the Devotee Care Committee. Hear what HH Radhanath Swami has to say about the Strategic Planning Meetings and how it brings leaders together from around the world to come up with solutions for real issues in our society
Dec 13 2013 Writeup/Video on Strategic Planning Meetings
HG Anuttama Dasa has been a member of ISKCONâs Governing Body Commission (GBC) since 2000 and is also the Minister for ISKCON Communications. His vision for the future of ISKCON is that it will mature and grow to be a respected and influential culture and religion around the world
The next question, about the living entities falling down in this material world are not from the impersonal brahman. Existence in the impersonal brahma is also within the category of non-Krsna consciousness. Those who are in the brahman effulgence they are also in the fallen condition, so there is no question of falling down from a fallen condition. When fall takes place, it means falling down from the non-fallen condition
Dec 10 2013 Why All This Attention For Nelson Mandela?
By now, devotees might be wondering why ISKCON, particularly here in South Africa is going to great lengths to acknowledge Madiba, as he is affectionately known. Did he not appeal to many other people of religion besides us? Was he an ally of our cause?
Dec 3 2013 Rethinking Our Institutional Guru-tattva?
How to become a guru within ISKCON? Many say that our understanding of guru-tattva is undeveloped. Others opine that we are far from enabling traditional guru/disciple roles. Should the question even be asked, âHow to become guru of disciples?â Are we missing something?
Are all of Srila Prabhupadaâs relative quotes and observations absolute? If perhaps, some of these opinions do not match up precisely to observable reality, would that compromise his status as a perfect pure devotee? Or are our expectations of this perfection distorted to suit our dogma?
Nov 27 2013 WSN October 2013 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
Krsna descended to the transcendental land of Vrndavana to engage in His pleasure pastimes and please His devotees. I'm sure He is pleased to see that five thousand years later, Vrndavana is the No. 1 temple in the world in book distribution in October, with 26,149 book points, a 72% increase
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this post contains the following North American results for the month of October
Nov 1 2013 EC Statement on Mahanidhi Swami
At its recent meetings in Mumbai, India, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON passed a resolution regarding Mahanidhi Swami. That resolution is found below followed by a brief excerpt of the GBC Executive Committee's letter to Mahanidhi Swami's disciples and followers
Oct 28 2013 WSN September 2013 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
September was a good month for Brisbane, Australia. The temple had a 874% increase, with 4,535 book points. Does anyone remember Brisbane ever having such a big score? I don't. I wonder what's happening "down under."
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of September
Oct 18 2013 Urja-vrata
Wherever one resides, one should daily offer a lamp to the Lord and sing the Damodara astakam. One should also increase one's other devotional activities, especially hearing and chanting the names and pastimes of the Lord. All these practices will be quickly effective during Kartika
Sep 29 2013 How Could Sri Rama Do That To His Pregnant Wife?
How many devotees will answer the question of how Mother Sita was banished by Sri Rama to Valmikiâs hermitage? âRama was righteousâŠ He set an example for allâŠ?â Or is there a deeper reason? Such an answer can take the âcontroversyâ out of it
Sep 22 2013 WSN August 2013 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this page contains the following results for the month of August 2013
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of August
Sep 14 2013 Surrender Of The Fewest
Are the historical differences between Iskcon members living during the nineteen sixties, seventies and eighties with the twenty first century Iskcon members so pronounced, as to be of little comparison? Comparison with what? If Srila Prabhupada has a universal Siksa presence, is there a gulf of difference in his accessibility to all, past and present?
Aug 22 2013 WSN July 2013 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
July was a great month for book distribution. So many temples had huge increases. In Russia, the number-two temple, Habarovsk, increased by 999% with 11,168 book points. I can't remember ever seeing that name before. Welcome to the transcendental competition!
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of July
Aug 13 2013 What Does Automatically Revealed Mean?
Somehow, some of us might secretly feel the need to add (over-intelligent) to what Srila Prabhupada has already given us. Our thoughts could be, âThis process requires too much patienceâŠ there must be a quicker wayâŠâ which subtracts from our Founder Acarya. How can we acknowledge the fullness of his teachings and what does it mean to have implicit faith in the spiritual master?
We regret to inform you that the GBC Executive Committee has received a letter from Mahanidhi Swami, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada since 1975, announcing that he has "decided to resign from the glorious preaching mission of ISKCON". In a prayerful mood, we would like to comment briefly on this situation. As Vaishnavas, we understand that the obstacles of this material world are very difficult to overcome. Srila Prabhupada warned us that many stalwarts may fall from the path of Krishna consciousness if we are not cautious in the execution of our devotional service.
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of June
We may read or hear some gurus say that Sri Vrndavana Dhama is the land of Sambhoga, or meeting with Lord Krishna. Devotees might think this is at odds with what Srila Prabhupada taught us in Krishna Book and Srimad Bhagavatam tenth canto. Does not Vipralambha occur in Vrndavana?
Whereas harmony between various authorities in ISKCON is required; Whereas while initiating gurus are important spiritual authorities in the lives of devotees, other ISKCON authorities also play an important role; RESOLVED: That the official GBC paper entitled âHarmonizing ISKCONâs Lines of Authorityâ shall be required reading for all prospective harinama initiates before the initiation. This should be verified both by the ISKCON authority who gives the recommendation for harinama initiation as well as by the initiating guru
RESOLVED: (a) that ISKCON Law 22.214.171.124.6 be amended to include the following three questions in the test that all harinama initiation candidates must take before initiation: 14. Have you read the GBC Statement on the Position of Srila Prabhupada? 15. Have you read the paper âHarmonizing ISKCONâs Lines of Authorityâ? 16. What have you understood as the most important points of the âHarmonizing ISKCONâs Lines of Authorityâ paper? And (b), that the Guru Services Committee shall update the Initiation Exam accordingly for all GBCs and gurus to distribute.
Jun 23 2013 Female Diksa Guru Research Paper
RESOLVED: A GBC committee consisting of Bir Krishna Das Goswami (convenor), Bhanu Swami, Badrinarayan Das and Praghosa Das shall research and write a paper on the subject of female diksa gurus based on Srila Prabhupadaâs teachings, sastra, and historical precedents. The committee may enlist the service of other devotees including current members of the Sastric Advisory Council
Jun 23 2013 WSN May 2013 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this page contains the following results for the month of May 2013
Those who accept the service of diksha or siksha guru within ISKCON are mandated to be strict followers of the instructions of Srila Prabhupada, and, as long as they follow, they are acting on the liberated platform. Thus they may serve, as Srila Prabhupada ordered, as bonafide representatives of the Lord and the Guru Parampara and be a via medium of Their mercy
Jun 16 2013 Bhaktivedanta Institute
RESOLVED: The GBC Body hereby commends the important and time-critical nature of the work of Rasaraja Das and Bhaktivedanta Institute Berkeley/Mumbai. The GBC members offer their heartfelt blessings to them for their continued excellence in devotional service.