November 28, 2017
By Shyama Mohini devi dasi on behalf of the BBT Marketing, Communications and Innovations Department
At the annual meeting of the global BBT in June, HH Jayadvaita Swami resigned as a trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Since 1988, he has served as a trustee of the original BBT Trust, or as a director of the BBT International, or both (The two organizations work together). His resignation, which the BBT trustees have accepted, means that he no longer holds a post with either. His letter below gives his reasons for resigning. The BBT Trustees and Directors would like to thank HH Jayadvaita Swami for his years of dedicated service to the BBT and are grateful that he continues to serve the BBT as a friend and advisor.
HH Jayadvaita Swami’s Letter:
I hereby submit my resignation as a trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, a California trust.
I am aging. And though (as far as I am aware) no mortal disease has yet laid claim on me, I have reached the years where my powers are dwindling, not growing. And I would prefer to leave my “lifetime post” timely, and with a minimum of fuss.
As a member of an older generation, I also welcome the opportunity to move aside in favor of those who are younger.
I will be happy to continue to serve the BBT, mainly as an advisor, for however long my service may be useful. But for this I need not hold a post. From what I understand of trust law, to resign from a trust one does not need approval from one’s fellow trustees. Nonetheless, I request my fellow trustees, and the directors of the BBT International, to give my resignation their blessings.
Finally, my gratitude to my fellow directors and trustees for the pleasure of serving in your midst.