Posted April 16, 2007
Dear Members of ISKCON,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Above you will find the resolutions from our recently completed GBC meetings help in Sri Dhama Mayapura. Please excuse us for the delay. We will try to avoid it for next year.
For the second year in a row, we are including the "Whereas" section of the resolutions for you to read. The Whereas's are meant to give the reasons for the resolutions. Hopefully they will give you a better idea of some of the rationale behind the decisions.
You will find there are much fewer resolutions this year than in the past. There are only fourteen, and even some of those are routine decisions, such as when the next meeting will be in Mayapura. Devotees (including GBC members) have been telling us for years that rather than coming out with numerous resolutions that many don't even read, better to concentrate on key areas to best serve Srila Prabhupada's society.
We have to weigh that consideration with another important principle: that any member of ISKCON can, with the support of a GBC sponsor, submit a proposal for consideration at the GBC meetings. We want to be open to devotee's suggestions, while at the same time concentrate our time on key areas that need attention in our society.
In that regards, this year, as reported on Dandavats and elsewhere, we spent three days discussing plans for ISKCON's future. This is an on-going task, and will be the main topic of discussion in our upcoming June meeting in New Vrindavan. We understand that while the preliminary work of this planning may entail discussions amongst GBC members, we will need to hear from all the varieties of members of our society. There are devotees senior to most GBC members, direct disciples of Srila Prabhupada's, second generation and third generation members, congregation members as well as those living in our ashramas. And there is such variety in terms of locale. While we share the same basic tenets of Krishna Consciousness as per Srila Prabhupada's instructions, there is tremendous diversity in the details of ISKCON practices in such a global community as ours. In the upcoming months and years we will want to work with all such devotees to help create an ISKCON Srila Prabhupada will be pleased with.
Being the GBC chairman is no doubt a challenging service. I hope I can serve the needs of our society properly this year.