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 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
Dec 20 2013 Leadership for the Future (2 min video)
Dina Sharana Devi Dasi has been a member of ISKCON‚Äôs 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 ISKCON‚Äôs 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
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
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.
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 ‚ÄúHarmonizing ISKCON‚Äôs Lines of Authority‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúHarmonizing ISKCON‚Äôs Lines of Authority‚ÄĚ? 16. What have you understood as the most important points of the ‚ÄúHarmonizing ISKCON‚Äôs Lines of Authority‚ÄĚ 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 Prabhupada‚Äôs teachings, sastra, and historical precedents. The committee may enlist the service of other devotees including current members of the Sastric Advisory Council
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.
RESOLVED: That the Executive Secretariat (ES) receives its mandate from the Governing Body Commission (GBC); the Secretariat reports and is accountable to the GBC. Throughout the year the ES works with the GBC Executive Committee (EC) in its role as representative of the GBC, to ensure and assist the ES to perform as mandated
Jun 3 2013 Licensing GCal Software
The ISKCON Governing Body Commission Society hereby agrees that its copyrighted software package ‚ÄúGaurabda Calendar (GCal)‚ÄĚ authored by Gopalapriya Das may be licensed to members of the general public under a suitable open-source licensing agreement. The GBC Vaisnava Calendar Committee, presently constituted with members Bhanu Swami, Gopalapriya Das, Sadasivananda Das, and Bhaktarupa Das, are authorized, in consultation with legal advisors, to finalize the terms of such licensing agreements and devise policies and procedures whereby such agreements may be executed
The Anniversary Committee shall create a service description and appropriate goals for the Coordinator and support his or her seva up to and during the Anniversary. The Anniversary Committee and Anniversary Coordinator shall work with the GBC, Regional Governing Bodies, ISKCON Ministries, Temples, and other ISKCON communities and projects to encourage them in planning the celebration of the 50th Anniversary through multiple events. The Coordinator shall work closely with the Communications Ministry to promote internationally consistent messages, themes and event ideas
May 16 2013 Child Protection Policy Manual
In 1998 the GBC Body adopted resolution 305, which accepted in total the recommendations of the Child Protection Task Force ‚Äúoutlining a justice system, central office, and various guidelines for GBC Members, Regional Secretaries and Temple Presidents to assure enforcement and implementation‚ÄĚ
May 9 2013 Zonal Configuration
Whereas the GBC Zonal Secretaries of many areas of the world together with other leaders of those areas have identified the zones that they wish to formally establish: RESOLVED: That the following zones have been identified. It is to be noted that the full implementation of these zones shall take place gradually, and that this process of identification does not affect or modify existing continental, regional or national bodies
ISKCON center officials shall be responsible to ensure that any and all web sites published by the center prominently feature a picture of Srila Prabhupada on the introductory page. This picture should be larger than any other individual‚Äôs photo (such as the GBC, center President, or guru). Srila Prabhupada should be addressed by his formal name and title: ‚ÄúHis Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness,‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada‚ÄĚ, or an equivalent translation.
The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) offers its deepest appreciation to the members and leaders of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai for their excellent service and dedication to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and his ISKCON society
Apr 22 2013 Harmonizing ISKCON’s Lines of Authority
This paper has been voted on by the GBC and is now an official GBC policy paper. The following offers more about the paper‚Äôs purpose and scope
Apr 15 2013 Being a Guru in ISKCON / GBC Resolution 307/2013
Whereas the ISKCON Spiritual Leadership Seminar, ‚ÄúBeing a Guru in ISKCON‚ÄĚ, given under the auspices of the GBC Guru Services Committee, gives valuable information and instruction on how to serve as a diksa or siksa guru within ISKCON...
HH Bhaktivinoda Swami sharing his thoughts during the SGGS 2013 in Mayapur, India
Mar 11 2013 GBC Statement on Srila Prabhupada’s position
As the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the preeminent teacher and ultimate authority within our society, Srila Prabhupada has a unique relationship with every ISKCON devotee
Badrinarayana Prabhu gave the second presentation of the day addressing the paper produced by the GBC‚Äôs Lines of Authority committee. The paper addresses issues of multiple lines of authority existing in ISKCON, specifically the line between guru and disciple and the line between devotees and their local managing authorities
Mar 7 2013 What was the SGGS about?
ISKCON GBC member HG Anuttama Dasa speaks on what the Sanga for GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis (SGGS) was about
Anuttama Prabhu presented on behalf of the second group discussing ‚ÄúBecoming a Guru in ISKCON.‚ÄĚ In summary, the group suggested that the GBC‚Äôs involvement in endorsing initiating gurus be eliminated and instead, endorsement be limited to a local ten-person review committee for candidate gurus
Mar 6 2013 ISKCON GBC Chairman speaks about the SGGS
HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami speaks on the 2013 Sanga for GBC's, Gurus, and Sannyasis (SGGS) at Sridhama Mayapur
Mar 4 2013 GBC Annual General Meeting: Day One
The majority of the day was spent reviewing submitted proposals and casting straw votes. Several weeks before the GBC AGM begins, GBC Deputies organize and review all proposals sent to the GBC by ISKCON members
Feb 9 2013 Sanga for GBC, Guru‚Äôs, and Sannyasis
This year a second Sanga will be held in Mayapur from February 26‚ÄďMarch 2, 2013. This time those serving in ISKCON as GBC members, gurus, and sannyasis will come together. The primary aim of this historic, first-time gathering is dialogue
These are the reports from the 2012 GBC and Strategic Planning midterm meetings for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) that were held from October 21‚Äď26 in Tirupati, India. At gbc.iskcon.org there have been posted also audio reports from GBC members regarding the meetings and committee work, overall impressions, and experiences in Tirupati
Oct 31 2012 GBC Proposals - AGM 2013
The Annual General Meeting of the ISKCON GBC Society will begin on February 26, 2013. Following the ISKCON GBC Society's Rules of Order, the GBC Secretariat requests proposals, duly sponsored by a GBC member, to be submitted by December 15, 2012
On behalf of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium team, Ambarisa dasa was pleased to announce that in 2016, Sri Panca-tattva and Sri Radha-Madhava and the Asta-Sakhis will be able to move into their new home in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. In addition to a massive kirtan hall, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will contain an altar 130 feet in diameter where Sri Panca-tattva will reside in the middle, Sri Radha Madhava and the Asta-sakhis on the right, and our entire parampara on the left
Mar 28 2012 GBC Chairman’s Message
Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, the ISKCON GBC Chairman for 2012, addresses the community from Sridham Mayapur, March 2012
Mar 28 2012 GBC resolutions 2012
Whereas there is a continued need to educate new devotees in ISKCON about the pre-eminent position of Srila Prabhupada as (a) Our Founder-Acarya and (b) The primary siksa-guru for all ISKCON members; Whereas it will benefit both individual devotees and the ISKCON society at large to improve the standards of discipleship within our movement; And whereas there is a lack of formal training regarding what it means to be a disciple within ISKCON and how to properly execute the duties of a disciple towards one‚Äôs diksa- and siksa-gurus as well as the mission of Srila Prabhupada: RESOLVED: 1. That the Governing Body Commission recommends that all prospective disciples and aspiring initiates attend the ISKCON Disciple Course prior to their initiation, preferably before choosing an initiating spiritual master. Other members of ISKCON are also encouraged to take the course
Mar 28 2012 With Gratitude to Russian Yatra
We are writing on behalf of the GBC Body and the worldwide community of ISKCON devotees to congratulate you on your recent victory in the Appeal Court on the Tomsk Case against the Bhagavad-gita. We would like to especially congratulate you, Maharaja, as well as Sadhu Priya Prabhu and the other devotees who worked so hard for many months to counter the attack against us
The 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for ISKCON‚Äôs Governing Body Commission (GBC) continued from February 10 through February 21 in Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal. As previously reported, from February 10-17 all GBC members participated in ISKCON‚Äôs first International Leadership Sanga (ILS)‚ÄĒan assembly of ISKCON leaders from around the world invited to participate in portions of the GBC‚Äôs Annual General Meeting, attend and discuss presentations on the last several years of GBC strategic planning efforts, and to spend time with one another in devotional sanga
Feb 29 2012 Thank You
We wish to congratulate and thank you all for the wonderful achievement of having the government of Hungary give church status to Srila Prabhupada's movement in your country. It was a great struggle, and you made sacrifices to bring about this historic achievement. If you had not done what you did it would have been a major setback for ISKCON, with potentially far reaching consequences. Because of you the movement has now become established in a strong position in Hungary
That all ISKCON temples, congregations, yatras, and devotees please; 1. Include Yamuna Maharani in their daily prayers. 2. Explain the spiritual importance of Shri Yamuna Maharani to others. 3. Organize special kirtans or dedicate existing kirtans to the Yamuna cause. 4. Organize special programs or dedicate existing programs to the Yamuna cause.
Feb 24 2012 GBC’s Host the 1st Iskcon Leadership Sanga
The GBC recognizes that good, strong leadership is key both to ISKCON‚Äôs improvement and its ongoing success. In an effort to support and encourage such leadership, the GBC invited more than 500 ISKCON leaders from 42 countries around the world to assemble in Sridham Mayapur for the ILS from February 10-17 to participate in portions of the GBC‚Äôs AGM, to attend and discuss presentations on the last several years of GBC strategic planning efforts, and to spend time with one another in devotional sanga.