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By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

The GBC Prabhupada Position Committee has released an enlightening and detailed book explaining the pre-eminent position of Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON as its Founder-Acarya. The Prabhupada Position Committee, consisting of sixteen senior devotees including Bhakti Charu Swami, Gopal Krishna Goswami, Hari Sauri Das and Ravindra Svarupa Das is one of the many initiatives created by the GBC Strategic Planning Team, which aims to secure the future of ISKCON. “This GBC Statem...

December 19, 2014 -- 4,159 views
By Praghosa Dasa

This Krsna consciousness movement is the solution and we have been given the responsibility of organizing it in such a way that it becomes the solution. Specifically in relation to exploitation and modern slaves, there is nothing that worries the powers that be more than a system such as varnasrama. The varnasrama system by its very nature creates a society that is not only independent of ugra karma needs and their suppliers but it also creates independent thinkers with revolutiona...

October 9, 2014 -- 5,748 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 -- 8,651 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa dasa

I recently read a letter which was eloquently penned by Bhakti Charu Maharaja which really struck me, so much so, I became inspired to write a few words about it. It struck me for a couple reasons, one the simple essence of Maharaja's letter being the glorification of other devotees, which is always an inspirational meditation to see in action, one devotee glorifying other devotees. The other aspect that I found equally, if not more eye-catching, was an analogy t...

August 19, 2014 -- 5,446 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 -- 4,507 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 -- 2,879 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 -- 4,143 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 -- 3,684 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 -- 3,167 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 -- 3,150 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 -- 3,935 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 -- 3,288 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 -- 4,652 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 -- 1,558 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 -- 1,720 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 -- 1,250 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 -- 2,987 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 -- 2,306 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 -- 4,683 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 -- 2,275 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 -- 4,559 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 -- 1,966 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 -- 2,121 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 -- 2,930 views
By Srila Prabhupada

Generally, we work for our sense gratification. "I have got this money. I must use for my sense gratification or for my relative's sense gratification or for my country's sense gratification, for my society's sense gratification." So this is materialism. But when the same thing is turned for Krishna's sense gratification, that is spiritual. That is the difference between prema and kama.

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April 1, 2014 -- 1,748 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.

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January 12, 2014 -- 3,184 views
By HDG ACBS Srila Prabhupada

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

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December 12, 2013 -- 2,928 views
By By HDG ACBS Srila Prabhupada

Sannyasis should not be given any money. They should manage themselves and maintain themselves by taking small alms from different persons-not a lump sum from one person

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November 23, 2013 -- 3,349 views
By HDG ACBS Srila Prabhupada

The warning is already there, and responsible leaders of religious sects must meet together and form a common platform of a league of devotees of the Lord. There is no need for self-realized souls to live in a secluded place. Perfect self-realized souls, engaged in the service of the Lord, are unafraid of maya, just as law-abiding citizens of a state never fear the police

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November 12, 2013 -- 2,457 views
By HDG ACBS Srila Prabhupada

My Guru Maharaja used to say... He had so many temples all over India, and he used to say sometimes that "If by selling all these properties, temples, if I could turn one man to Krishna consciousness, then my mission will be successful."

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November 10, 2013 -- 1,963 views
Letter by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Regarding the MacMillan Company's printing Srimad-Bhagavatam, we may note herewith that the MacMillan's publication of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and our publication of Teachings of Lord Caitanya is the difference between heaven and hell. In the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, we have cut short the pages under the instruction of the MacMillan Company, without explaining many important verses.

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October 13, 2013 -- 2,601 views
By Srila Prabhupada

"Ekaki amara nahi paya bol". Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself wanted our cooperation. He is God, Krsna. Therefore cooperation is very important thing. Nobody should think that 'I have got so great ability. I can do.' No. It is simply by cooperation we can do very big thing. 'United we stand; divided we fall.' So be strong in pushing on Krsna consciousness, and Krsna will help. He is the strongest.

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August 12, 2013 -- 4,458 views
By the Executive Committee of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission

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 warn...

August 3, 2013 -- 12,518 views
By A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Vaisesika Dasa, Vijaya Dasa, Navina Nirada Dasa: Dear faithful follower of Srila Prabhupada, Please accept our obeisances and best wishes. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.Here for your thoughtful attention is a letter from Srila Prabhupada, dated 14 March 1974, in which His Divine Grace expresses his clear directions regarding the publishing of his books. Srila Prabhupada sent this letter to all ISKCON centers throughout the world

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July 26, 2013 -- 3,520 views
By the GBC

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 “Harmonizing ISKCON’s Lines of Authority” shall be required reading for all prospective harinama initiates before the initiation. This should be verified both by the ISKCON ...

July 7, 2013 -- 2,977 views
By the GBC

RESOLVED: (a) that ISKCON Law 7.2.1.1.6 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 “Harmonizing ISKCON’s Lines of Authority”? 16. What have you understood as the most important points of the “Harmonizing ISKCON’s Lines of Authority” paper? And (b), ...

June 30, 2013 -- 2,632 views
By the GBC

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’s teachings, sastra, and historical precedents. The committee may enlist the service of other devotees including current members of the Sastric Advisory Council

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June 23, 2013 -- 2,510 views
By the GBC

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.

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June 16, 2013 -- 2,622 views
By the GBC

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

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June 9, 2013 -- 1,748 views
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