Chakra Discussions

Improving the G.B.C.

by Vivasvan Das

Posted May 21, 2009

Haribol,All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,

I wish to thank Chakra for their continuous preaching work.ISKCON is presently entering a serious turning point to ignore this would be foolish,after 31 years of heavy handed rule the G.B.C. is losing its preaching fields due to the ever increasing rise of splinter groups.The recent loss of the Bangalore court case is monumental .The fact that the G.B.C would spend 10 years in battle with devotees of Krsna over politics is a tragedy.To use a mundane expression Srila Prabhupada is turning over in his samadhi.The amount of Laxmi that the G.B.C. lost in this aggressive lawsuit is mind boggling.Laxmi that should have been spent 50% for books and 50% for building and repairing temples.When we tally up the bill all this Laxmi on top of the ten million dollar fine the G.B.C. is now paying of for mistreatment of devotees,the one million dollars lost in a frivolous lawsuit with the BBT suing Hansadutta for printing and DISTRIBUTING Srila Prabhupadas books.this some reckless management.

Shrila Prabhupada compared ISKCON to his body,the BBT to his heart,and Laxmi to his blood.Devotees fighting amongst each other he compared to violent massage of the Guru.We are spilling his blood His last words were "dont fight each other" I hope this present behavior on the part of the G.B.C. doesn't cause them to fall into maya.

Where is that advanced,intelligent devotee,G.B.C. ,Guru,Sanyasi who will step up and correct this situationāSrila Prabhupada hoped that at least one person step forward in ISKCON and be a great leader in ISKCON.

Srila Prabhupada wrote documents requesting the temple presidents to vote G.B.C. members in or out every 3 years.The G.B.C. has rejected this.The temple presidents and grass roots movements requested a an ISKCON constitution to improve management,once again the G.B.C. rejected something that would have helped bring stability to these issues.The 09 resolutions instead give us 11 pages of punishments for devotees that disagree with the G.B.C.,this is less than encouraging.

Time is running out,we are witnessing the breakup of ISKCON.The Bangalore devotees are in the process of forming their own G.B.C. so that Srila Prabhupadas preaching mission can continue world wide.They invite people to come and be disciples of Srila Prabhupada.What devotee doesn't want to be a disciple of Srila PrabhupadaāHow are the G.B.C. going to defeat this with their special list of gurus and history of fallen gurusāWhat attracts people to the world wide preaching of Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswamiā It's the simplicity of blissful service to a powerful Acarya and his institution and getting results.No matter how much the G.B.C. try to present him as a bad ,evil person the vine bears good fruit .This attempt at vilification makes the G.B.C.appear cruel and unkind .

Whatever the disagreements between these groups and the G.B.C. is not the real issue. The real issue is the G.B.C. as the powerful representatives of His Divine Grace Founder -Acarya A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada have seriously stumbled in their duty to create unity in diversity worldwide.Instead we get painful mundane political wrangling in a sad attempt to control everything.

What could have been is lamentable for us and all the great vaisnavas who have passed away over these thirty-three years having not seen the full blossom of ISKCON as Srila Prabhupada wanted.Lets hope for some enlightment real soon.

HARE KRSNA!!!!!!! Vivasvan Das Tampa Fl.