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Dedication of Time to Guru-Related Research

Friday, 30 March 2018 / Published in GBC / 1,526 views

Resolution 308

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Whereas GBC Resolution 310 of 2015 states:

Guru Related Research

[Statement] Based on the sacred siddhanta of guru-tattva, and with a positive and enthusiastic spirit, the GBC undertakes the responsibility to provide for present and future generations of devotees, a comprehensive and inclusive understanding that delineates how diksa- and siksa-gurus unitedly work within the framework of ISKCON.

In the meantime the existing resolutions and proposals concerning (a) Vaisnavi diksa-gurus and (b) disciples initiating in the physical presence of their initiating guru, are held in abeyance until these roles are defined within the above-mentioned comprehensive research. The progress of that effort as regards these resolutions will be reviewed annually until its conclusion, to which the GBC is steadfastly dedicated to accomplish.

Whereas the issues of implementation of Vaishnavi dikṣa-gurus and disciples initiating in the presence of their initiating guru in ISKCON remain unresolved;

Whereas there is a critical need for many more devotees to serve as diksa-guru in ISKCON;

Whereas there are at least 9 million congregational members in ISKCON;

Whereas ISKCON has less than 80 devotees available to give diksa to potentially 9 million people;

Whereas if every congregational member sought initiation each ISKCON guru would have to accept approximately 112,500 disciples;

Whereas the moratorium on both Vaishnavi and second-generation devotees serving as diksa-guru remains until the GBC concludes its research on guru-tattva in ISKCON;

Whereas the GBC Body previously committed to that research and to annually review, until its conclusion, a comprehensive and inclusive understanding that delineates how diksa- and siksa-gurus unitedly work within the framework of ISKCON;

Whereas the GBC stated it “is steadfastly dedicated” to accomplish the above;

The GBC recommits to its statement of 310/2015, and begins by dedicating at least two days at either every Annual General Meeting or Midterm General Meeting to this subject until the relevant aspects of this topic are resolved satisfactorily.

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One Response to “Dedication of Time to Guru-Related Research”

  1. gaurakeshavadas says :

    Really? After 40+ years the leaders of ISKCON don't understand Guru Tattva and have to discuss it more. Really?

    The word FARCE comes to mind. :(