Nov 13 2011 GBC Zonal Configuration Marches Forward

By Kaisori dasi

It is the mandate of the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) to assist the Governing Body Commission in building a better future for ISKCON. In practice this requires solid visionary planning, the establishment of systems for the effective execution of those plans, and support of the GBC's desire to offer both better leadership and clearer global coordination based on sound organizational principles


Oct 22 2011 GBC Fills Newly Created Leadership Positions: First Steps of ISKCON`s International Strategic Plans Put in Place

By Anuttama Das

ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission , during its international meetings this past week in Mumbai, selected personnel to fill four new and historically important positions as part of gradual unfolding of the GBC Strategic Development Plan. Other progress on the GBC Strategic Plans are expected to be put in place during the Annual General Meeting of the GBC at ISKCON’s international headquarters in Mayapura next February


Sep 19 2011 His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu

By The GBC Executive Committee

Dear Devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. It was with great sadness that we heard of the tragic passing away of His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu. He was a leading disciple of Srila Prabhupada who served him faithfully since joining ISKCON in the early 1970's. Whatever service he did in Srila Prabhupada's movement he gave his whole heart to, although he is best known for his translating and commenting on different Vedic scriptures following in the footsteps of his Guru Maharaja


Jun 23 2011 What do we know?

By Praghosa Dasa

As stated by Bhismadeva in the SB 1.9.16 na hy asya karichid rajan – no one can know the plan of the Lord – still we are all advised to roll with it and have faith in it, understanding at all times that everything is for our ultimate benefit. With that in mind and after decades of hard work and many struggles, we have now begun constructing the extraordinary place of worship that will be the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. However if we didn’t accept the plan of the Lord not only would this project have likely never got to this point but we would surely also wonder why the Lord indeed chose to appear in rural West Bengal!


May 2 2011 2011 GBC Resolutions and Zonal Assignments

By the GBC Secretary

Iskcon Governing Body Commission Society. Minutes Of The Annual General Meeting. Sri Mayapur Dham, February 20 – March 3, 2011. 2011 Zonal Assignments. GBC Deputies. Sannyasa Waiting List. Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees. Memorial for Jayananda Prabhu. Kirtan Standards – Instruments. Statement Regarding Umapati Das. Letter of Censure to Bir Krishna Das Goswami


Apr 4 2011 Report from the GBC’s Strategic Planning Temple Development Committee

By Kaisori dasi

A devotee friend asked me recently about the rationale behind creating a strategic plan for a spiritual organization. He understood the need for strategic planning in the corporate world where you have to anticipate market changes and consumer interests, but he suspected its relevance to our confederation of devotees who, after all, are ultimately interested in transcendence. Doesn't it go against the spontaneous nature of performing devotional service and spoil the devotees' spirit a little if everything has to be so mapped out?


Mar 15 2011 Report from the GBC Strategic Planning Meeting Part Two

By Kaisori dasi

A number of the GBC's Strategic Planning Committees have broad international mandates. The mandate of the Outreach Committee, for example, covers all aspects of preaching - from how to encourage book distribution to congregational preaching to how to effectively present Krishna consciousness in university settings to all other aspects of outreach


Mar 13 2011 GBC AGM- Final Day of 2011 AGM

By Sraddhadevi dasi

Friday, March 3rd marked the final day of the 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Along with discussing sannyasa candidates, the day involved a presentation on the Midday Meal project in India and a special visit by the students of the Sri Mayapur International School


Mar 7 2011 GBC AGM Report- Oath of Allegiance

By Sraddhadevi dasi

Every year during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC), GBC members reaffirm their Oath of Allegiance. This year GBC members gathered in Srila Prabhupada’s samadhi in Sridham Mayapur for the event, and Bhakti Marga Swami led the recitation of the Oath. The following is the Oath of Allegiance and photos of the occasion


Mar 3 2011 GBC Meeting Report 3—February 26th-27th

By Sraddhadevi dasi

ISKCON’s 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) continued February 26th and 27th with GBC members separating into committees to discussion specific topics. Some of the committees were Guru Services, GBC-BBT Relations, Parallel Lines of Authority, and the Sannyasa Committee. Regional Governing Bodies, such as the Latin Governing Body and the North American GBCs also convened to discuss issues particular to their geographic area of service


Feb 28 2011 GBC Meeting Report 2

By Sraddhadevi dasi

After concluding four days of strategic planning, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ (ISKCON) Governing Body Commission (GBC) resumed their regular Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mayapur, West Bengal. Friday, February 25th was entirely dedicated to reviewing proposals submitted to the GBC by various ISKCON members and committees. Proposal topics have a wide range- from adjusting temple standards, to refining the role of particular committees, to establishing new offices and services in ISKCON


Feb 28 2011 Report from the GBC Strategic Planning Meeting Part One

By Kaisori dasi

The Strategic Planning portion of the GBC's 2011 Annual General Meeting has just ended. The four-day meeting was well attended by the full GBC, many GBC deputies, and about forty devotees from around the world. During my own attendance as a member of the Strategic Planning Team facilitating the meeting, I moved between the various committees, initiatives, and breakout sessions and was left with an overwhelming impression of synergy. The dictionary defines synergy as "a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct elements or participants


Feb 23 2011 GBC AGM Report- February 20th, 2011

By Sraddhadevi dasi

The 2011 Governing Body Commission (GBC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) commenced on February 20th in the Society’s world headquarters, Mayapur, West Bengal. Madhusevita dasa, this year’s GBC chairman, welcomed the GBC body, appreciating that thirty-one out of thirty-three voting GBC members were present at this session


Feb 5 2011 GBC Thoughts On… Euthanasia

While the teachings of our acaryas and the scriptural precedents to which we aspire teach us compassion for every living entity and mercy to all, it is understood by Vaisnavas that these two qualities are based on the tenets of transcendental knowledge that require conscious intelligence to understand. When applying these qualities to the subject of euthanasia, therefore, it is understood that this seemingly kind act does not, in fact, end anyone's suffering, nor does it embody the spirit of compassion or mercy. That one is suffering a painful death is understood by Vaisnavas to be the result of past activities, karma, and elimination of one's present suffering does not eliminate the root cause but only postpones [it] to a later date. While compassion and mercy are required when one is observing another's pain, suffering, or death, it is humility that is the key to understanding that pain and suffering in context

Nov 7 2010 More GBC Thoughts On……

ORGAN DONORS/RECEIVERS: The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes Maharaja Sibi, who was known as the greatest protector of surrendered souls and donor of charity. He selflessly gave his own flesh to Indra and Agni, who disguised themselves to test him, and was thus glorified by Narada Muni. When Maharaja Pariksit was born, it was foretold that he would be "a second Maharaja Sibi in charity and protection."


Oct 19 2010 Latest GBC Thoughts On…..

While our acaryas glorify the exemplary personalities from scripture famed for their successful or failed attempt---Junior Haridasa's suicide after disappointing Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sati's suicide due to the dishonor shown her husband, and Raghunatha Dasa Goswami's repeated attempts at suicide due to being unable to bear the pain of separation from Lord Caitanya---they are rare and exceptionally advanced personalities whose behavior is not to be mimicked by those who are emotionally and mentally disturbed by the pangs of material life

Sep 4 2010 GBC Thoughts on….

While the sastric conclusions about homosexuality are eternal truths and the ultimate source of our knowledge, it is clear that some have difficulty applying this knowledge to their daily lives, and others also experience difficulty understanding it in a practical and compassionate way. The GBC recognizes these challenges, and suggests that rather than trying to adjust sastric teachings or Srila Prabhupada's definition of those teachings, we should simply endeavour to purify ourselves of all our various inebriety's that are obstacles in achieving the ultimate goal of human life

Aug 11 2010 Service Opportunity: Divisional Directors to the GBC Executive Director

GBC Strategic Planning announcement

The times call for both dynamic, visionary planning as well as the effective execution of those plans. The GBC has concluded that to best serve ISKCON, it needs to strengthen its executive strategies by establishing an Executive Director, who will serve the GBC by ensuring that GBC members fulfill the fundamental assignments Srila Prabhupada gave them, implement the GBC’s resolutions, and make progress in activities related to strategic planning


Jul 12 2010 Invisible Chains

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 revolutionary views on how society should be structured in a God-centered way, where slaves are conspicuous by their absence


Jul 1 2010 European Brahmacari Convention 2010

By Sutapa Dasa

Think of the Hare Krishna movement, and one of the first images that comes to mind is a group of bright-faced young men with freshly shaven heads, swaying in saffron robes to the sounds of drums and hand cymbals. It's hard to forget. In the late 1960s and '70s, inspired by the dedication and devotion of Srila Prabhupada, thousands of young men dedicated themselves to the brahmacari asrama, a monastic life of selfless service


May 28 2010 Editorial Comment about the GBC paper titled “The Last Conversation”

By Praghosa Dasa

What follows is an editorial comment as the editor of Dandavats. We have received some feedback about the GBC paper titled “The Last Conversation”. While most of those writing in have appreciated that paper, there have been a few who have expressed some concern. Those concerns fall into two categories: one questions the historical accuracy of the paper while the other suggests the possibility of Vaisnava aparadha


Apr 14 2010 New GBC Paper Clarifies Relationship Between Srila Prabhupada and Narayana Maharaja

By the GBC Executive Committee

You will find attached a two-part document presented by the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON. We write this letter to provide you a brief account of the events leading to the writing and publication of this document. The first part, "Conversation Between Srila Prabhupada and H. H. Narayana Maharaja: Vrindavan-October 8, 1977,"consists of a transcription of the audio recording of that conversation preserved in the BBT Archives. The second part, titled "The Last Conversation," offers a careful analysis of the meaning and significance of this conversation.


Mar 28 2010 2010 GBC Resolutions and Zonal Assignments

By the GBC Secretary

Iskcon Governing Body Commission Society. Minutes Of The Annual General Meeting. Sri Mayapur Dham, February 6 – 17, 2010. GBC Officers and Members. Zonal Assignments for GBC Members. Sannyasa Waiting List. Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees. Categories of GBC Resolutions. Minimum Standards for Guru Approval. Reestablishment of the ISKCON Interfaith Commission.


Mar 27 2010 Visit of West Bengal’s Chief Justice to Sridham Mayapur - pics

By Praghosa dasa

On Sunday the 21st of March the new Chief Justice for West Bengal visited Sridham Mayapur. Mr Justice Mohit Shantilal Shah assumed his new role on Christmas day last so he is only in the role for 3 months but none the less was eager to visit ISKCON Mayapur. He arrived along with his wife around 11am and they left after lunch around 1.30pm.


Mar 10 2010 Outer Space or Inner? - De Ville with an Aura

By Praghosa Dasa

"There should be somewhere on earth, a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of good will who have a sincere aspiration, could live freely as citizens of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme truth; a place of peace, concord and harmony" "An Aurovilian should lose the sense of personal possession. For our passage in the material world, what is indispensable to our life and to our action is put at our disposal according to the place we must occupy.


Mar 4 2010 GBC Report #7

By Sraddhadevi dasi

Anuttama Prabhu, representing the GBC's Guru Services Committee, reported on the Guru Seminars and Guru Retreats program. These programs allow devotees who are serving as initiating or instructing gurus to associate with one another and share their experiences serving Srila Prabhupada in the role of guru. The Guru Seminars and Retreats also aim to enhance skills in counseling disciples and caring for one's own physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.


Feb 19 2010 GBC Meeting Report #6

By Sraddhadevi dasi

On February 14th, all members of ISKCON’s Governing Commission attending the Annual General Meeting in Mayapur, India assembled in the center of a construction zone. It was the construction zone of the long-awaited Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), a massive and impressive temple dedicated to displaying the Vedic view of the spiritual and material worlds.


Feb 17 2010 GBC Meeting Report #5

By Sraddhadevi dasi

The GBC deputies began the eighth day of the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission with another session of voting. GBC members discussed and voted on GBC Ministry and GBC Committee member appointments, such as the Minister of Book Distribution, Minister of Education, and Guru Services Committee members.


Feb 16 2010 GBC Meeting Report #4

By Sraddhadevi dasi

At present, ISKCON not only has an international Governing Body Commission (GBC) which is responsible for the overall management of ISKCON, but in some regions there are additional lower level governing bodies such as Regional Governing Bodies (RGBs), National Councils, and Continental Committees. What was at question is how these bodies, which hold regular meetings and pass resolutions, interact with and report to the overall managerial authority, the GBC.


Feb 14 2010 GBC Meeting Report #3

By Sraddhadevi Dasi

Day five of the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission began with presentations by the Succession and Leadership Training Committee and Devotee Care Committee. Tamohara dasa, on behalf of the Succession and Leadership


Feb 13 2010 GBC Meeting Report #2

By Praghosa Dasa

Strategic Planning for ISKCON’s future was the central focus for the second through fourth days of the 2010 Annual General Meeting for ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission. In 2006, the GBC Body collectively decided to increase their attention on Strategic Planning, more specifically to spend additional energy on defining and planning ISKCON’s direction and management for Srila Prabhupada’s mission to be passed down to future generations.


Feb 8 2010 GBC Meeting Report #1

By Praghosa Dasa

The 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON commenced Saturday morning in Sri Mayapur Dham with Bhakti Caru Maharaja offering the traditional guru-puja ceremony to ISKCON's Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada, while Ekalavya Prabhu led an enthusiastic and inspirational kirtan. This year's GBC Chairman, Romapada Maharaja, welcomed everyone in attendance and delivered a reading from the tenth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam


Jan 28 2010 The North American GBC/Temple Presidents Meeting - Dallas 2010

hare krishnaBy The members of the NA GBC/Executive Committee

From January 14-18 the North American GBCs, Temple Presidents and Leaders met together in Dallas, Texas for the North American Leadership meeting. The following is a short summary and highlights of the meeting: The meeting started on Friday afternoon with a lively kirtan led by Bhaktimarga Swami. Vaisesikha Prabhu inspired everyone by his keynote presentation on the importance and joy of book distribution. Kuladri Prabhu followed with the NA Support Office report, including important legal issues.


Dec 9 2009 Bhaktin Lord Mayor is at it again!

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

I got a phone call from the Mayor’s office a couple of weeks ago expressing how eager she was to partake of some more prasadam and how even more eager she was to introduce her fellow 51 councillors to that prasadam experience! It was also mentioned that this would be an historic event, as never in the history of Dublin City Council has the cuisine been totally vegetarian, a Council that dates back to 1840, 80 odd years before independence from the UK


Nov 30 2009 Tamal Krishna Goswami Bench memorial

Hare KrishnaBy Varsana devi dasi and Ananda Caitanya

The inauguration ceremony for the bench took place on Wednesday 25th November 2009, and was attended by a number of his close friends and colleges from the university as well as devotees. At a somewhat emotional event, many from the local community said a few words of remembrance and appreciation for ‘Goswamiji’.


Nov 16 2009 Watch the 8-Day Celebratory Webcast of the 40th Installation Anniversary of Sri Sri Radha-Londonishvara

Hare KrishnaBy Antardwipa das

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their deities, the dynamic London devotees are hosting special guests Yamuna, Shyamasundar, Gurudas and Malati prabhus for a week beginning on Sunday 15th November, until Sunday the 22nd November.


Oct 28 2009 ISKCON GBC Representatives Meet With B.V. Narayana Maharaja

By Anuttama dasa and Jalakara dasa

Vrindavana, India - On October 17, five representatives of Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), founder-acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, forming an official delegation, met with Srila B. V. Narayana Maharaja, founder-acarya of the BHAKTI Trust Mission, near the pilgrimage site of Govardhana Hill, just a few miles from Vrindavana, India


Sep 17 2009 Bhaktin Lord Mayor

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

Arguably the highlight of the day though was the contribution of the Lord Mayor. She arrived shortly after the stage show began and took a seat reserved for her. She was curious about the drama that had just started, which was called the three modes of material nature and she followed it closely. I asked her would she like something to eat and to my surprise she said "Yes please, I've been looking forward to this all day" Usually dignitaries are a little more circumspect when offered food and generally have to be cajoled into taking prasadam, so her response was very refreshing. While her plate was being prepared, she revealed that whenever she gets the chance she likes to eat at Govindas!


Jun 1 2009 Vaisnava culture of respect and honour

By Praghosa Dasa

"Anyone who has any desire or aspiration for satisfying his senses by becoming more and more important, either in the material sense or in the spiritual sense, cannot actually relish the really sweet taste of devotional service."(NOD p. 33) As devotees we strive to uproot the desire for fame and distinction but paradoxically, as devotees, we generally take as many opportunities to serve, appreciate and indeed glorify the service of other devotees. So naturally it is important that such glorification is appropriate, in so far as who it is directed to.


May 15 2009 February 22-23, Final Days of the GBC Meetings

By Ananda Tirtha das

Every year, each GBC member's zonal areas of responsibility are reviewed and ratified for the coming year. It is interesting to note a gradual shift over the years with an increasing number of GBC members preferring to share their zonal duties with one or more "co-GBCs". This holds true not just for major projects like Mayapur, which has a six-man GBC committee, but even for smaller yatras like Latvia, Bangladesh, and Honduras. Another recent development is a number of non-GBC members holding zonal responsibilities.

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