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  • Day Three of GBC Meetings: Education and Expansion

    Zonal Supervisors, an important leadership role created by the Governing Body Commission (GBC) to improve management in ISKCON around the world, was the first topic of today’s GBC meeting. Working directly under an individual GBC member, a Zonal Supervisor assists that GBC member by supervising a number of temples and projects within a particular geographical zone. 

  • Second Day of GBC Meetings Explores Improved Means of Decision Making

    Members were presented with a 94-page document or “Meetings Manual,” and a second 23-page guide on “Decision Making.” Both texts were drawn from research conducted by the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT). In preparing the manuals the SPT underwent a detailed analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings on management as well as a review 40 professional studies and books on meetings and decision-making. 

  • ISKCON Governing Body Commission Opens Mid-Term Meetings

    ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) began its “Mid-Term Meeting” this morning in Ujjain, India. Approximately thirty GBC members, and fifteen other leaders and guests will be meeting in this historic and holy city for nine days, until October 17.

  • GBC Opposes Brooklyn Temple Sale

    On Monday May 15th ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission hosted a Town Hall Meeting to explain why it is opposing the pending sale of Brooklyn’s Radha Govinda Mandir, and what it plans to do about it.

  • GBC Completes Three-Day Special Session on Vaishnavi Diksa Gurus

    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. 

  • ISKCON’s Governing Body Meetings Continue in Tirupati

    The local ISKCON temple, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, a picturesque project shaped in the form a temple on top of a lotus is the host for this year’s meetings. More than seventy ISKCON devotees from different parts of the world were greeted upon arrival with flower garlands and rapturous kirtan by the resident devotees. The GBC Strategic Planning Network (SPN) meetings continue upto October 18th.

  • GBC Organizational Development Meetings Continue in Tirupati

    The arrival of devotees from around the world - among them senior devotees like Niranjana Swami, Radhanath Swami and Malati devi dasi has added to the already spiritually sweet, enlivening atmosphere of ISKCON Tirupati. ISKCON News readers able to read the highlights of initiatives adopted through these meetings over the next few days.

  • GBC Organizational Development Meetings in Tirupati - Day 1

    ISKCON has seen considerable global expansion since its birth in 1966. To ensure that as ISKCON grows, its organizational systems and process remain relevant to a growing ISKCON, the Organizational Development Committee  was established and mandated to thoroughly review ISKCON’s current leadership model.

  • Spiritual Leadership Course in Mayapura

    “Spiritual Leadership: Being a Guru in ISKCON” seminar wiill be offered once in 2015, at Mayapura from February 22-25. Per ISKCON Law this Seminar is mandatory for devotees who take up the service of diksha guru and for sannyasa candidates. The GBC also “highly recommends” it for siksa gurus, senior managers and other ISKCON leaders.

  • GBC Leadership Project Looking for Curriculum Developers & Teachers

    The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has recently increased its focus on succession; on the need to identify and develop new leaders. As a result the GBC has asked three of its committees  to focus on ways to speed up the selection and development process without compromising the quality of the training.

  • ISKCON Strategic Planning Team Needs Help

    ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC) began its strategic planning work to help ISKCON grow into a healthy, sustainable, world-class organization. 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.

  • Updated Report by ISKCON GBC Chairman on Tragic Death of Russian Devotees in India

    On Thursday, June 12th at 12.30 PM EST ISKCON Communications Minister and Governing Body Commission Chairman has released an updated report about the tragic bus accident that claimed at least two lives of Russian ISKCON devotees who were visiting holy places in Northern India. In the meantime, ISKCON Russia has confirmed the names of the deceased devotees. 

  • GBC Releases Book On Srila Prabhupada’s Position

    “Srila Prabhupada: The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON,” was written by ISKCON scholar Ravindra Svarupa Das and published by ISKCON GBC Press. “Our main concern [in writing this book] was that, in the very near future, our movement faces a time when all the devotees who had direct experience of Srila Prabhupada will no longer be on the planet,” says Ravindra Svarupa. “And I know from the history of religions that this is always a critical time.”

  • Gratitude at the ISKCON Leadership Sanga

    The final plenary was scheduled for two hours, but went on for three, with devotees longing for more. As a perfect ending, the very last plenary for the ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2014 ended as the first one started – with a very sweet and loving Guru puja for the founder acarya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  Throughout the entire ILS, Srila Prabhupada and his teachings were at the center. 

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Five: "Celebrating Innovation"

    Devamrita Swami took to the stage to deliver a powerfully relevant class on Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur and the topic of innovation. Maharaja spoke as to the numerous ways by which Saraswati Thakur utilized the technology and resources of his time to spread Krishna-consciousness.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Four: "Feeling Supported"

    The ILS serves as a forum for devotes to not only learn about the work being done to push forward the ISKCON’s Governing Commission’s (GBC) strategic plan, but provides leaders with the tools to help implement it in their own communities. 

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Three: "Dare to Care"

    Day 3 of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur, India, was dedicated as Devotee Care Day.The day was filled with presentations where devotees had the opportunity to attend five seminar slots and choose between forty-eight presentations!  As the day was devoted to Devotee Care the majority of presentations focused on this important topic.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga - Day Two

    Devotees had the opportunity to attend talks such as Unity in Diversity, Being Trusting and Trustworthy, Harmonizing Lines of Authority, Srila Prabhupada: The Living Bhagavatam, The Avanti Schools Model or a Theatre Arts Workshop (VANDE) which were among the twenty two seminars offered in the morning.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2014 Begins

    The 2014 ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) was inaugurated on February 16 in Sridham Mayapur. Day 1 consisted of three sessions during which at least ten seminars would run in parallel per session. Seminars such as Effective Outreach, How to Implement the 5 Steps of Succession and Identify Future Leaders, Devotee Care Through Cow Care, Invest in the Future, and To Love is to Cooperate were just a handful of the numerous seminars devotees had the opportunity to attend.

  • ISKCON Leadership Sanga 2012 Testimonials

    GBC Stategic Planning ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur, Feburary 2012.

  • Leaders to Find Nourishment and Support at Second ILS

    Nearly 1,000 ISKCON leaders from around the world are confirmed to attend the second ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) in Mayapur, West Bengal from February 16th to 23rd. The event was created by ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) to provide leaders with a forum where they could share best practices and learn from each other.

  • Making an Impact by Devamrta Swami
  • Bhadrinarayan Das on Strategic Planning

    Badrinarayan Dasa has been a member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) since 1987.  He became a member of ISKCON in 1970, and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada the following year in Los Angeles.  An eloquent speaker, he is noted for his discourses which link current affairs with spiritual matters in a very relevant and practical way. 

  • ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards in 2013

    Every year, ISKCON's European Governing Commission choses and awards the best performing devotees in many different fields, including book distribution, outreach, pujari service end event organizing.

  • Addressing Real Issues: Radhanath Swami on Strategic Planning

    Radhanath Swami has been a member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) since 1996.  For the past twenty-five years, besides guiding the development of the ISKCON Chowpatty community in Mumbai, Radhanath Swami has directed a number of acclaimed social action projects including Midday Meals, daily serving over 250,000 plates of pure vegetarian food to the children in the slums of Mumbai. He has also worked to establish missionary hospitals and eye camps, eco-friendly farms, schools and ashrams, an orphanage, and a number of emergency relief programs throughout India. A valuable member of the Strategic Planning Initiatives, he is a part of the Devotee Care Committee. Hear what Radhanath Swami has to say about the Strategic Planning Meetings and how it brings leaders together from around the world to come up with solutions for real issues in our society.

  • Importance of the ISKCON Strategic Planning Meetings: Anuttama Dasa

    Anuttama Dasa has been a member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) since 2000 and is also the Minister for ISKCON Communications. His vision for the future of ISKCON is that it will mature and grow to be a respected and influential culture and religion around the world. A valuable member of the Strategic Planning Initiatives, he is involved in both the Communications and Succession Committees

  • Euro GBC: To Please Srila Prabhupada!
  • Success Achieved To Date Through GBC Strategic Planning

    Inspiring and thought-provoking presentations were given on a variety of topics, including book distribution, communications, education, and creating effective temple management systems.  

  • GBC Strategic Planning Meetings Taking Place in Juhu, Mumbai

    Between October 14 and 19 in Juhu, Mumbai, India, ISKCON's Governing Commission holds its Strategic Planning Team meetings. Their task is to anticipate and address present and future concerns on relevant issues within ISKCON, such as the need for increased devotee care, improved and innovative outreach activities and succession planning by identifying young leaders.

  • ISKCON GBC Executive Committee on Mahanidhi Swami

    A Letter to All Devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness from the Executive Committee of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC).

  • Harmonizing ISKCON’s Lines of Authority

    The topic of “Lines of Authority” is a heritage or legacy issue. By “heritage” or “legacy” issues we mean those topics that are of core importance to the future of ISKCON. These are the issues that are going to be relevant for generations to come. How to address them in a way that reflects Srila Prabhupada’s intent and purpose will be expressed in papers like this one.

  • GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis Connect at Mayapur Gathering
    Approximately seventy-four gurus, sannyasis (renunciants) and members of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission—the society’s highest ecclesiastical body—gathered in Mayapur, West Bengal this spring for the first annual Sanga for Gurus, GBCs and Sannyasis (SGGS).
  • GBC Statement on Srila Prabhupada's Preeminent Position

    GBC Statement on Srila Prabhupada's Preeminent Position

  • GBC Releases Statement on Founder’s “Preeminent Position”
    During its Annual General Meeting, the GBC released an official statement regarding the “preeminent position” of ISKCON's Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
  • ISKCON Governing Body Commission Mid-year Meetings in Tirupati, India

    The 2012 Governing Body Commission and Strategic Planning midterm meetings for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) were held from October 21–26 in Tirupati, India. The GBC mid-year meeting reports and podcasts are now available on the GBC website.

  • A Message from the GBC Chairman

    Bhakti Caitanya Swami, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission Chairman for 2012, addresses the community from Sridham Mayapur, March 2012.

  • 2012 Annual General Meeting for ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission
    The annual meetings of ISKCON`s Governing Body Commission in Mayapur proved to be highly productive and inspiring, due in large part to the International Leadership Sanga. This year, more than any other year, the magnificent scope of qualified, dedicated, and enthusiastic ISKCON leaders worldwide was clearly shown.
  • ISKCON Leadership Meeting in Mayapur
    ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS), in Sridham Mayapur, was held from February 10th to 17th, 2012. The ILS provides an opportunity for GBC members to share with ISKCON’s initiating gurus, sannyasis, temple presidents and other leaders the process of strategic planning they have undergone and the progress they have achieved.
  • Governing Body Commission Launches Its Own Website
    ISKCON’s top managing authority, the Governing Body Commission, continues its efforts to put a face on itself and connect more with the general devotee public with a new website,, launched at 1pm Mayapur time on Friday February 10th.
  • ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards In 2011
    ISKCON`s European Regional Governing Body Commission has announced the list of ISKCON members who have been awarded for excelling in their service to ISKCON in 2011.
  • New Executive Director Speaks Out on Major Changes in GBC Structure
    The Governing Body Commission (GBC), ISKCON’s top management authority, has recently introduced a completely new Executive Structure to increase its productivity and transparency.
  • GBC Zonal Configuration Marches Forward
    It is the mandate of the GBC Strategic Planning Team 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.
  • GBC Fills Newly Created Leadership Positions

    ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC), 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.

  • North American Leader’s Meetings – New Vrindavan,USA

    On May 13-15th, ISKCON`s North American leaders held their by-annual meeting at New Vrindaban. They have discussed various strategies to increase book distribution, attracting new devotees, and enhancing the experience and mood of the existing members of the organization.

  • 2011 GBC Resolutions and Zonal Assignments
    Between February 20 and March 3, 2011, in Mayapur Dham, India, ISKCON`s governing body commission held its annual meeting. They have recently published the minutes and the resolutions.
  • Dina Sharana Dasi Becomes Second-Ever Female GBC Member
    At this year’s meetings of the Governing Body Commission—ISKCON’s ultimate managing authority—in Mayapur, India, German Srila Prabhupada disciple Dina Sharana Dasi became only the second-ever woman to accept the position of full-voting GBC member.
  • Report from the GBC Strategic Planning Meeting
    ISKCON is primarily an educational institution. In his incorporation papers, Srila Prabhupada listed ISKCON's seven purposes, five of which directly refer to the propagation of knowledge. So with such a huge mandate the Education Committee has divided into three teams: Primary and Secondary Education, Devotional Adult Education, and University Education.
  • GBC Annual General Meetings- Final Day
    Friday, March 3rd marked the final day of the 2011 Annual General Meeting for the Governing Body Commission of 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.
  • GBC Members Renew Oath of Loyalty
    Every year during the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission, GBC members reaffirm their Oath of Loyalty. 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.
  • Synergy at the GBC Strategic Planning Meetings
    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.
  • GBC Meeting Report- February 25-27th, 2011
    Friday, February 25th was entirely dedicated to reviewing proposals submitted to the GBC by various ISKCON members and committees. The next two days there were committee discussions on specific topics, such as Guru Services, GBC-BBT Relations, Parallel Lines of Authority, and the Sannyasa Committee.
  • GBC Annual General Meeting Report- February 20th, 2011
    The 2011 Governing Body Commission (GBC) Annual General Meeting of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) commenced on February 20th in the Society’s world headquarters, Mayapur, West Bengal.
  • GBC Strategic Planning Meeting To Be Held in Mayapur, February 20-24
    Strategic planning has been on the minds of GBC members for some years now. What was clear then is even clearer today: there is unlimited work to be done to nurture ISKCON toward a future that serves Srila Prabhupada's vision for a vibrant, spiritually dynamic movement.
  • GBC Plans for ISKCON’s Future at Mumbai Meetings
    Thirty-five members and ministers of the Governing Body Commission attended their second annual meetings from October 31st through November 4th at the ISKCON Juhu temple in Mumbai, India, where they discussed plans to cement ISKCON’s future.
  • ISKCON Leadership Course Completes Its Trial Run
    An international leadership training course for ISKCON devotees has just wrapped its two-year trial run in Washington D.C., North America.
  • Service Opportunity: Divisional Directors to the GBC Executive Director
    Srila Prabhupada established the GBC to provide leadership and governance for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In turn, the GBC develops global policies and strategies to ensure that ISKCON moves smoothly and sustainably into the future. The times call for both dynamic, visionary planning as well as the effective execution of those plans.
  • Tuition Sponsorship for US Devotees at Bhaktivedanta College-Radhadesh

    The North American GBC is looking for future leaders, intelligent and devotionally-inclined young men and women who would like serve Lord Chaitanya’s sankirtan movement by making a career of full time service in ISKCON USA America. To help fulfill this aim, the North American GBC is offering a two-year scholarship to Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesa, Belgium.

  • ISKCON Leads On With All-India Training Program
    Now at the end of its first year of three, ISKCON LEADS’ mission is to systematically train and educate dynamic, cultured, and effective spiritual leaders who will inspire devotees to take ISKCON to the position of world prominence that Srila Prabhupada envisioned.
  • GBC Assignments for 2010

    Zonal assignments for all secretaries.

  • ISKCON GBC Releases 2010 Resolutions
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Days 10-12
    During the last three days of the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission, GBC members gave presentations on new publications and the status of various projects.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 9
    Attendees witness the inauguration of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 8
    The Child Protection Office has a new director.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 6
    Leaders ponder what it means to be a member of ISKCON.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 5
    Leaders relish the poetry of Rupa Goswami while working to secure ISKCON's future.
  • Zonal Reconfiguration Hot Topic at ISKCON Leadership Meeting
    ISKCON leaders in North America gathered together from January 14th to January 17th for annual meetings, fellowship, and the sharing of best practices.
  • Mayapur GBC Meetings: Days 3-4
    Bhaktivaibhava Maharaja announced his latest film, “The Lost Village.”
  • ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission to Meet in Mayapur
    ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission will gather for its Annual General Meetings from February 6th to 17th this year in Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal.
  • ISKCON Leaders to Gather for North American Meetings

    ISKCON leaders and temple presidents will gather in Dallas, Texas this weekend for the annual North American leaders meetings.

  • ISKCON Leaders Grapple to Define "Who Is A Member?"
    Surprisingly, after forty-plus years of existence, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness is still not clear on what it means to be one of its "members."
  • ISKCON GBC Representatives Meet With B.V. Narayana Maharaja

    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. The meeting, which had been planned for several months, was held at Narayana Maharaja's Sri Sri Gauranga Radha Giridhari temple at Giridhari Gaudiya Math.

  • Krishna Lunch, The ISKCON Constitution and the Apostrophe
    You don’t have to read Stillson Judah’s 1974 study, “Hare Krishna and the Counter Culture,” cover to cover to have some idea of the place in American society occupied by the Hare Krishnas in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Hare Krishna Movement was then self-promoted as, “The Positive Alternative.” An alternative to the drug culture prominent among the young, yes, and perhaps an even more far out alternative to the mainstream world of their parents.
  • Bangalore Splinter Group Proposes Truce, GBC Responds
    Bangalore, INDIA – Is the longstanding feud between the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and a breakaway group of devotees who took over the prominent ISKCON temple here finally nearing a resolution? A recent exchange between the leader of the splinter group and ISKCON leadership opens the door to such a possibility—although significant conditions, including the withdrawal of all pending litigation, the acceptance of GBC authority, and a thorough hashing out of doctrinal disagreements, would first have to be met.
  • GBC EC Response to Madhu Pandit Dasa’s Peace Proposal

    The following statement was issued in response to a proposal submitted earlier by Madhu Pandit Dasa. For an explanation of the background and underlying issues it discusses, please read Bangalore Splinter Group Proposes Truce, GBC Responds.

  • GBC Elect Second Ever Female Member

    ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission have added a new member to their ranks. Dina Sarana Dasi joined the GBC by unanimous vote on February 21 -- day 10 of the ISKCON management entity’s Annual General Meetings in Mayapur, India.

  • GBC Succession Committee Launches Leadership Program

    The GBC North American Leadership Succession Committee announced the launch of the Leadership Development Program, an extensive course of study and practice for current and upcoming ISKCON leaders. Beginning in March, North America will be the first region to open this newly developed path for preparation and further training of the movement’s leaders worldwide.

  • The Home of the Original GBC Meetings
    This is not about the history of ISKCON’s GBC meetings, but of the original GBC that was created way back in the days of Queen Victoria. The acronym GBC stands for ‘Governing Body Commission’ and was a term created by the British for its top executive body of the Indian Railways. The British-run railways were one of the miracles of Victorian India.
  • ISKCON's Governing Body Commission Meet in Mayapur

    The 2009 Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission commenced with arati and guru-puja kirtana to Srila Prabhupada, who is present in murti form in the meeting hall. Apart from the large murti, this year there is a small murti of Srila Prabhupada fixed on a beautiful altar near the Chairman's seat. After the reading of Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.16, Ramai Swami, Chairman, began the proceedings by explaining the absence of several members, mostly due to health issues. He also gave a brief summary of the Executive Committee's work during the year.

  • ISKCON's Future: Could a Bi-cameral GBC Help?

    It may be that instituting a bicameral system for the GBC could help to continue a healthy and dynamic managerial process for ISKCON into the future; allowing for the preservation of ISKCON's strength and traditions, while facilitating the next generation to take responsibility for expanding the mission.

  • New Generation to Take Over From GBC in Brazil

    Members of the Brazilian Governing Council of ISKCON (Conselho Governamental do Brasil, or CGB) met this November 29 - 30 at the Vrajabhumi temple near Rio de Janeiro to plan a revolutionary new management strategy. Until now, Brazil has been overseen by two international members of ISKCON’s Governing Body Comission (GBC), Param Gati Swami and Hridayananda Dasa Goswami. Four other sannyasis who reside in Brazil – all initiating gurus – acted as representatives of the GBCs and managed different geographical areas of the country.

  • ISKCON GBC Statement on Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

    It is with great shock, outrage, and sorrow that members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, (ISKCON), have learned of the horrific terrorists attacks in Mumbai, India, against hundreds of innocent people.

  • GBC Strategic Planning Meetings Held in Mumbai

    The 2008 GBC Meetings dedicated to strategic planning are underway at ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai, India until the 23rd of October.

    ISKCON’s GBC (Governing Body Commission) was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1970 to manage the movement. The main GBC meetings are held annually in Mayapur, India during the Gaura Purnima festival.

  • GBC Statement Reaffirms Vaishnava Respect for Women

    Today we live in a world that is full of war, strife, hatred and exploitation between people. It is a world based on a bodily conception of life that categorizes and then mistreats living beings on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion, etc. The Krishna consciousness movement teaches a higher guiding principle based upon the soul.

  • GBC Resolution 311: Annotation Sets a Risky Precedent
    GBC Resolution 311 is a watershed in ISKCON history. The resolution — to annotate and "explain" Srila Prabhupada's books — is an attempt to redefine the constitutional structure of ISKCON. Whether intended or not, Resolution 311 changes the established relationships and power balance between individuals, managerial authorities (such as temple presidents and the GBC), the Founder Acarya Srila Prabhupada, and his teachings.
  • Bhakti Charu Swami Hospitalized for Heart Condition

    GBC member and ISKCON guru Bhakti Charu Swami suffered a mild heart attack recently, but is now in a stable condition at Apollo Hospital in Indore, India. Dr. Sujata Bhargav, who cared for him at the hospital, allowed devotees to visit his room when appropriate. Despite his condition, the Swami spoke to various disciples and students, saying that he was “tired of taking rest,” and that talking to devotees enlivened him.

  • The Logistics of Multi-ISKCON Centres in the Same City
    The 2008 Mayapur GBC annual meeting ratified as official ISKCON policy the presence of multiple ISKCON centres in the same city. Conceived in New Vrindavan, June 2007, at the special GBC meeting for strategic planning, the “urban proliferation proposal” earned unanimous support from the brainstorming GBCs, hungry for greater ISKCON effectiveness.
  • GBC Meetings 2008 - Day 7: Youth Fund, Mayapur Temple and Bhaktivedanta Institute
    On March 1st, the seventh day of the meetings, the morning presentations focused on the Youth Fund and Mayapur Temple of Vedic Planetarium, while the afternoon session consisted of a presentation by Bhaktivedanta Institute (Kolkata) and straw voting on proposals.
  • GBC Breaks Meetings for Day of Retreat

    A mock debate between GBC members on the topic of “Unity in Diversity Across the Continents” ended in intriguing circumstances during the annual GBC Retreat day on March 2. The debate was one of various activities on a day devoted to kirtana and krsna-katha in novel forms in the tranquil setting of the Jagannath Mandir.

  • GBC Meetings 2008 - Days 4-6: Heated Discussion Almost Comes to Blows

    Tension was in the air as GBC member Praghosa Das traded insults and criticisms with ISKCONResolve Director and meeting facilitator Braja Bihari Das during a presentation by Praghosa. As the debate got uglier and began to resemble a “Daksa-yajna”, worried attendees looked to the Chairman to pacify the situation. Some considered leaving. Some were considering removing the two antagonists before the situation got out of control.

  • GBC Meetings 2008 - Day 3: Constitution, ISKCON Resolve, Parthasarathi Dasa in Iraq and Child Protection

    Sesa Dasa presented the reason ISKCON needs a constitution: ISKCON is a complex international society with many projects and people bound by a grand mission given by Srila Prabhupada. To give shape to that, a constitution is necessary. Srila Prabhupada has also talked about a constitution for ISKCON. The present paper is not intended to be a legal document; but is rather more inspirational and foundational.

  • GBC Meetings 2008 - Day 2: ISKCON Guru Seminar, Scientific Preaching and Mayapur Academy Graduation

    Anuttama Das, a member of the Guru Services Committee, reported that the committee had been studying how to help prepare devotees to serve Srila Prabhupada as initiating and instructing spiritual masters. The committee also considered how to offer support and peer association for devotees currently serving as gurus.

  • GBC Meetings 2008 - Day 1: Inauguration, Hungary and Bhaktivedanta Archives
    The first day of the 2008 Governing Body Commission’s Annual General Meeting began on the 25th of February at 10:00 am with chanting lead by Madhu Sevita Prabhu and worship offered to Srila Prabhupada by Bhakti Charu Swami.
  • Stay on Top of This Year's GBC Meetings
    The Governing Body Commission (GBC), ISKCON's managerial authority since 1970, will hold its annual meetings at the Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur, India from February 24 until March 6 this year.



  • ISKCON Leader Stripped of Titles, Responsibility
    His Holiness Bhakti Balabh Puri Goswami, an ISKCON sannyasi (renunciant), and guru, has, by official Governing Body Commission (GBC) decree, had his status as a sannyasi and a guru removed.
  • ‘Centralization Critics Off Base,' Says GBC Leader
    Ravindra Svarupa Dasa addresses charges of 'centralization' in ISKCON in regard to the proposed new bylaws drafted for North American ISKCON temples at a meeting of ISKCON’s North American leadership on May 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. "Various areas of misunderstanding and forgetfulness," he says, mark the opposition to the proposed bylaws in regard to the workings of management of ISKCON and its structure. Drawing on facts from a 1972 attempt at centralization, Ravindra Svarupa Dasa outlines how the current proposal differs, and how it is in fact in line with the original management structure established by ISKCON's founder-acharya.
  • ISKCON: North American Leaders Explore Balance of Power, Share Best Practices
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