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Hare KrishnaBy Yudhistir Govinda Das

The international committee overseeing the celebrations of ISKCON’s 50th year of incorporation in 2016 presented its report. Pancaratna Dasa and Anuttama Dasa, committee members, informed the GBC about the various events being planned in major cities of the world such as New Delhi, Kolkatta, New York, London, etc. This included a seven day mega padayatra in 2015 from Mayapur to Kolkata dock where Srila Prabhuada boarded the Jaladuta ship and began his j...

October 23, 2014 -- 775 views
Hare KrishnaBy the ISKCON Communications Ministry

Tirupati, India—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. The special session was held from October 16-18 and was...

October 21, 2014 -- 1,121 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

Srila Prabhupada wanted the GBC to lead ISKCON through good governance and to establish global policies, and he wanted an expansive, thriving movement that served both the public and those who accepted its shelter. For the past eight years, the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) has been helping the GBC explore the ways in which ISKCON needs to grow into the vibrant movement Srila Prabhupada wanted it to be. Fr...

October 18, 2014 -- 1,130 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

In honoring ISKCONs diversity, the SGGS will help us to also awaken to what unifies us – to value those things and protect them through open, clear communications. The SGGS offers a forum for all participants to hear and be heard, resolve differences, and discuss the important issues that affect the movement. Ultimately, the Sanga also facilitates moving things from dialogue to an action plan. Devotional ser...

October 15, 2014 -- 1,142 views
Hare KrishnaBy GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

To ensure that as ISKCON grows, its organizational systems and process remain relevant to a growing ISKCON, the Organizational Development Committee (or Org Dev, as we call it) was established and mandated to thoroughly review ISKCON's current leadership model. While remaining loyal to Srila Prabhupada's directions, Org Dev was tasked to study any necessary structural developments and enhancements in order to mee...

October 12, 2014 -- 1,551 views
Hare KrishnaBy The GBC

[Guideline] Whereas Srila Prabhupada should be worshiped in ISKCON in a manner befitting his status as the founder Acarya of ISKCON. Our worship of His Divine Grace is an expression of our love and respect for him;Daily change Srila Prabhupada into clean clothes. Ensure the clothes are freshly washed and ironed, without holes, stains, and odor, or in disrepair. The clothes should fit properly. Pure silk or cotton are the best fabrics to use for Srila Prabhupada’s clo...

October 2, 2014 -- 8,423 views
Hare KrishnaBy Romapada Swami

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 28, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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August 29, 2014 -- 2,403 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa and Nityananda das

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 28, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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August 28, 2014 -- 5,143 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vihari dasa and Tamohara dasa

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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August 28, 2014 -- 2,793 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaisesika dasa and Nityananda Pran das

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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August 28, 2014 -- 4,003 views
Hare KrishnaBy Malati Devi Dasi

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 26, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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August 27, 2014 -- 3,464 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa & Tamohara dasa

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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August 27, 2014 -- 1,305 views
Hare KrishnaBy Badrinarayan Swami

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 25, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago. Two prominent lines of authority. Guru is authorized by GBC to give shelter to devotees. Management is authorized by GBC to give shelter to devotees.

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August 27, 2014 -- 3,230 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON GBC Executive Committee

On behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission and the entire International Society for Krishna Consciousness we, the Executive Committee of the GBC, join the chorus of tributes from around the world to honor His Grace Madhudvisa Prabhu, who departed from this world on August 5, 2014. Madhudvisa Prabhu was one of the earliest disciples of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and immediately applied his enthusiastic nature to the Sankirtana Moveme...

August 11, 2014 -- 4,217 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Executive Committee

On behalf of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, please accept our prayers to Lord Krishna for your protection, as well as our deepest affection and concern for your well being. We are following the events in Ukraine in the media with heavy hearts. We have heard directly from Niranjana Maharaja about some of the great challenges, dangers and threats that you have undergone. By the Lord's mercy many of you have survived close encounters with bomb...

July 23, 2014 -- 2,844 views
Hare KrishnaBy the Executive Committee of the Governing Body Commission

The tragic news of the deaths of several devotee pilgrims from Russia last month who died when their bus drove off the road and into the Bhagirathi River in the mountainous Himalayan region in India has brought us great sadness. The GBC EC, concerned with the safety of our fellow Vaishnavas, announce the following Advisory Notice.

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July 15, 2014 -- 4,021 views
Hare KrishnaBy the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

North America Area - Idaho is divided along the time zone line; the Northern part remains with the North West zone while the Southern part becomes part of the Pacific/West zone. Europe – instead of being divided into seven zones, Europe shall include the following thirty-seven zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – the Eastern part shall include nine zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – South I...

July 12, 2014 -- 3,578 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees. Ministry of Communications: Minister – Anuttama Das. Ministry of Health and Welfare: Minister – Prahladananda Swami - Other member – Bir Krishna Das Goswami. Congregational Development Ministry: Co-Ministers – Jayapataka Swami, Kaunteya Das. Vaisnavi Ministry: Co-Ministers – Malati Dasi, Dina Sharana Dasi, Prasanta Dasi, Laxmimoni Dasi. ISKCON Youth ...

July 6, 2014 -- 3,065 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

FINANCES: GBC Budget. The GBC budget for 2014-15 is (in INR).

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June 30, 2014 -- 3,048 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Zonal Assignments for GBC Members. Zonal Assignments for Special Committees. Zonal Assignments for Non-GBC Members, Zonal Secretaries, Co-Zonal Secretaries, North American Executive Committee, Puri Development Committee, Vrindavan Executive Board Members and more.

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June 20, 2014 -- 3,784 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Whereas both the SAC and some GBC members feel that the SAC service can benefit from adding a few more members; Whereas there should ideally be an odd number of SAC members to avoid split votes; RESOLVED: GBC Resolution 604 of 2002 is hereby amended as follows: Procedure for Selecting and Endorsing SAC Members: a. There will be an odd number of SAC core members between seven and fifteen. b. The SAC core members...

June 14, 2014 -- 3,079 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Whereas there is a need to recognize as general members those who wish to identify with the spiritual family of ISKCON, Whereas such recognition should include some basic parameters, Whereas such recognition should not involve any legal rights for the general members, RESOLVED: Whoever, regardless of gender, race, nationality, religion, etc., subscribes to the following statement, shall be considered a general ...

June 9, 2014 -- 4,548 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

RESOLVED: That the ISKCON Disciple Course, as developed by the GBC Guru Services Committee, shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first or second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami, 2015. After that date, no guru may initiate a disciple who has not first completed the Disciple Course. This is in addition to current requirements of new initiates. 1. Devotees shall be advis...

June 2, 2014 -- 1,407 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

All ISKCON entities are encouraged to ensure that all essential medical and dental expenses of its resident and fully supported devotees are supplied. The authorities of those ISKCON entities are recommended to investigate options for local insurance plans, government plans, or other reliable options to ensure as far as possible that quality health care is provided. A person choosing to become a resident or ful...

May 29, 2014 -- 1,596 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The Compliance Division is authorized to request and receive legal and financial documentation from all over the world and all managers must make every effort to provide any information the Division may request in regard to the National Councils, projects, centers, etc. under their management—subject to the discretion of the GBC Zonal Secretary/ies. Within their zones, the GBC Zonal Secretaries are responsibl...

May 24, 2014 -- 1,144 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Whereas in ISKCON men had generally been taught to see all women other than their wives as mother; Whereas in more recent times a practice has gained momentum that women should not be called "Mataji," but "Prabhu;" Whereas the word "Prabhu" is traditionally used to address men; Whereas one section of ISKCON considers addressing women as "Prabhu" to have no cultural or linguistic backing, or any evidentiary or e...

May 18, 2014 -- 2,865 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

“In our temple, strictly Hare Krishna chanting should be given more importance. There is no harm in this mantra you have heard, but it is not very important. There are many such common songs composed by common devotees out of sentiment. But our principle is to stick to the authorities, and always remember that Hare Krishna is the prime authorized mantra.” (Letter to Malati Dasi, 28 January 1969); Note: This...

May 11, 2014 -- 2,066 views
By Praghosa dasa

"So our request is. Everyone who is present here. Today is Radhastami. So pray to Radharani. And She is hare, hara. This hare, this word, is Radharani. Hara, Radharani. Radha or hara the same thing. So Hare Krsna. So we are praying to Radharani, "My Mother, Radharani, and Krsna." Hare Krsna. "O Krsna, O the Lord." Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, the same thing, repetition. "O Radharani, O Krsna." "O Radha-Krsna." "Radhe-Krsna" or "Hare Krsna," the same thing. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krs...

April 28, 2014 -- 4,473 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The GBC Body hereby encourages ISKCON managers to monitor the levels of the sound systems in use at their centers. The sound system should be adjusted so that it sounds clear, sweet and attractive as opposed to overly loud, distorted or painful. Whenever possible, the sound pressure levels should regularly be measured using sound pressure level meters to make sure that dangerous sound pressure levels are prevent...

April 26, 2014 -- 2,153 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

"Any person who is seriously desirous of achieving real happiness must seek out a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of a spiritual master is that he must have realized the conclusion of the scriptures by deliberation and arguments and thus be able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken complete shelter of the Supreme God...

April 21, 2014 -- 2,438 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

While ISKCON, the GBC, and the BBT are independent entities and thus the GBC cannot instruct the BBT trustees, the GBC humbly appeals to the BBT trustees to kindly get involved in pushing this process forward and making sure that the development of these plans actually happens. The Indian BBT and Indian GBCs are exempted from this resolution as they are already doing such powerful book distribution. Of course, ...

April 17, 2014 -- 1,838 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The subject of Vaisnavis initiating in ISKCON is further tabled until additional discussion at the 2014 GBC Midterm Meeting. In the meantime the GBC Eexecutive Committee will work on the following process: 1. Creating a committee of devotees who have no pre-determined view on this topic who will gather documents from all sources on the subject of female diksa-gurus. 2. The committee will sort, su...

April 13, 2014 -- 1,984 views
By the Governing Body Commission

2014 Zonal Assignments, GBC Officers and Members, Sannyasa Waiting List, Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees, ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary, Plans for Increasing Book Distribution, Adding New GBCs, Devotee Healthcare Guidelines, Should Women be Called “Prabhu”, “Mataji”, or “Devi”?, Sound Systems Guideline, The Hare Krsna Maha-mantra Should be the Primary Mantra in all ISKCON Kirtans, Chanting of the Holy Names of Srimati Radharani, Gender ...

April 10, 2014 -- 3,044 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Dear Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. The entire Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to you for your many years of service to the GBC. You have served as a member of the GBC with the highest standard of integrity, loyalty and dedication. This is a great credit to bot...

April 9, 2014 -- 2,812 views
By Tamohara Das

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 b...

January 12, 2014 -- 3,047 views
By Vrndavana Vinodini Devi Dasi

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"

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December 28, 2013 -- 1,571 views
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