Direction Of Management For An Elected GBC
Direction Of Management For An Elected GBC
BY: URDHVAGA DAS (ACBSP)
USA September 18, 2000 VNN6260 — PETITION
To all Iskcon devotees world wide temple-presidents, Sannyasis!
Dear maharajas, prabhus, matas and didis. Please accept my respectful obeisances. All Glories To Srila Prabhupada.
As an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and as a member of the International Society for Krishna consciousness, I herewith call upon all devotees world wide to reject Iskcons bogus GBC/Guru leadership and elect a new Governing Body Commission as outlined by Srila Prabhupada in his DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT FOR AN ELECTED GB.
GBC was to be
body of temple presidents."
He created the DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT, which was signed, witnessed and notarized.
This document created the GBC, and gave the EXACT DIRECTION AS TO HOW THE GBC
SHOULD ACT ...Importanly, the GBC was to be ELECTED FROM THE BODY OF TEMPLE PRESIDENTS.
The Temple presidents were instructed to hold elections every three years, and
either re-elect existing GBC members, or elect new ones from a ballot of candidates
chosen from the body of Temple Presidents.
Srila Prabhupada also wrote several letters stating that the temple presidents
were to be elected by vote by the congregations of the individual temples, and
that the GBC would have practically no AUTHORITY over the individual temples.
The devotees who live in ISKCON temples should be educated so that they understand
the full extent of their constitutional powers. By the constitution of the ISKCON
temple corporations, the members have the legal right to elect a new leadership.
This is a little-known fact, but it is a law.
They also have the right to vote to impeach that leadership if they lose their
qualification as leaders. Legally, they have voted to accept the appointed leaders
by failing to vote them out. That is, unless the members assert their right to
vote it is assumed they wish to follow the appointed system.
Because the GBC assumed dictatorial powers NOT PROVIDED in the DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT,
they were in a position to "cover up" crimes committed by each other, and to terrorize
the temple presidents by threatening to "kick them out" for insubordination. Since
they were not authorized to do either of the above, we can see that their pattern
of abuse followed the typical pattern of abuse in "rogue states" and other dictatorships
and oligarchies that ARE NOT ANSWERABLE TO THE PUBLIC. It would have been almost
impossible for the molestations of the children in the Gurukulas to have taken
place if Srila Prabhupada's DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT had been followed.
The only thing that can be said in our (congregational member's) favour is that
the GBC VERY CAREFULLY HID THE TEXT OF THE DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT UNTIL THE 1990'S.
(Over twenty years!) So that NO CONGREGATIONAL MEMBER OF ISKCON REALIZED TO WHAT
DEGREE THEY WERE (AND SITLL ARE) BEING RIPPED OFF!
The devotees should assert their rights under the law, at least in the United
States, and immediately hold elections to force the GBC to resign as managers
and trustees of all ISKCON properties. This is the only chance to save Srila Prabhupada's
legacy from total destruction. If after the prosecution and defense presentations
in the court, where all the details of the GBCs' intransigence will become public
knowledge, the jury finds the defendants culpable, and if they did not resign
when the case first began, this arrogant attitude will influence the judge and
jury to increase the penalty.
A similar thing happened in the case the Turley firm recently won against the
Catholic Church. None of the church leaders who covered up the abuse resigned,
and partly because of this insolence the damages were in the tens of millions
of dollars for only two victims. The ISKCON case may ultimately have over 1,000
victims. The GBC resignations will save ISKCON millions of dollars and win support
from the court and all right-thinking people.
Srila Prabhupada: "Yes. This was the system, that one must retire. Just like at
the present moment, although people are asking the president that 'You retire,
you resign,' he is not resigning, obstinate. Because he knows, 'This is the first
and last chance. I am not going to be elected again. So stick to the post and
take as much money as possible.' That's all." [Lecture, 12/17/73 LA]
The GBC will not resign, they will stick to their posts and take money from Srila
Prabhupada as long as they possibly can. Now the consequences of their actions
threaten to destroy the entire ISKCON society.
Therefore the only chance to protect Srila Prabhupada's reputation is a general
rebellion by vote of the members of ISKCON against the bogus GBC. They have frustrated
Srila Prabhupada's orders by mismanagement, by changing his books, by preaching
bogus philosophy, and in countless other ways. They have driven away thousands
of Srila Prabhupada's disciples and they have failed to maintain his institution.
Now they deserve to be impeached.
As explained by Dasanudas, the member ship of any nonprofit religious corporation
has the legal right to remove its leaders because nonprofit corporations are institutions
meant to serve the needs of the community.
Therefore, a constituent assembly consisting of the current members of ISKCON
(past and present Srila Prabhupada's disciples) should now come forward and do
the needful, even another lawsuit if necessary, for electing a new GBC body.
There should be an organized petition presented to the GBC stating our demands
for attaining the goal of an elected GBC as Srila Prabhupada outlined in his Direction
of Management for the GBC.
Please contact Harinam das at: [email no longer valid] He
will send you the PETITION FOR CARRYING OUT SRILA PRABHUPADA'S DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT
FOR AN ELECTED GBC (GOVERNING BOARD COMMISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR
in the service of Srila Prabhupada
For the Petition and SRILA PRABHUPADA'S DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT please write to: [email no longer valid]
PETITION FOR CARRYING OUT SRILA PRABHUPADA'S
DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT FOR THE GOVERNING BOARD COMMISSION (GBC)
OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
WHEREAS, on July 28, 1970, the founder-acarya of the International
Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada put into a signed managerial directive for ISKCON called
the Direction of Management for the GBC (see attachment) ordering the creation
of an ad hoc committee from among 12 of his disciples to write the constitution
of an elected GBC;
WHEREAS, since then this committee has not yet fulfilled this
important institutional directive, which allowed the GBC managers to assume
a dictatorial control over ISKCON members and ISKCON property from immediately
after the physical disappearance of Srila Prabhupada in November 1977;
WHEREAS, this negligence of the founder-acharya/spiritual master
by his GBC disciples fostered severe deviations from the founding principles
of ISKCON and the teachings of its founder-acharya; which caused the alienation
and suffering of many of its original members and their dependents;
WHEREAS, the direct order of Srila Prabhupada in his Direction
of Management for the GBC is a fundamental institutional directive necessary
for the future wellbeing of ISKCON and all of its past, present, and future
BE IT RESOLVED, that the undersigned petitioners, who are disciples
of ISKCON's founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada or his grand-disciples, or bhaktas
hereby petition the ad-hoc committee and the GBC for the immediate implementation
of Srila Prabhupada's July 28, 1970 Direction of Management for the GBC and
writing the constitution for a regularly elected GBC ordered therein;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the constitution of the GBC will
not be subject to any change from what Srila Prabhupada ordered in his July
28, 1970 Direction of Management for the GBC nor subject to any approval by
the GBC and it will be put into effect immediately in all ISKCON temples by
the GBC with regular elections to be held no more than 1 year thereafter.
NAME BEFORE INITIATION
TEMPLE LOCATION OF INITIATION
DATE OF INITIATION
NAME OF GURU
(If not formally initiated, write "bhakta" in initiated name and state present temple location.)
(All info is strictly confidential.)
Note: Those wanting to sign this petition must first printout
fill in the bio data,
then sign and send it to:
- Address not valid anymore -
If no printer available email us at: (email
not valid anymore) stating your snail-mail or fax address and we
will send you the petition for signing and returning to us. (Note: Mailboxes
Etc. and PostNet has these facilities.) This procedure is for maximum credibility
as all petitioners will be verified for duplications and authenticity.
Print out the DOM and the petition and gather as many disciple/bhakta
signatures as you can in your area, as they are the actual members of ISKCON
for which it was founded. We have about a year to do this important task.
Book mark this page for progress reports and pertinent info.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Srila Prabhupada's "Direction of Management"
Srila Prabhupada's "Direction of Management"
From: Nara Narayan Vishwakarma das [Nathan Zakheim]
Date: Sunday, August 14, 2005
Aug 10, USA (SUN) -- Presented at Gathering for Apologies to Gurukulies,
New Dwarka, August 5, 2005.
My dear Gurukul alumni, fellow parents, and GBC representatives.
I feel deep appreciation for the opportunity to address a subject
of such great importance to the healthy continuation of our Krishna Conscious
Society. The subject at hand is the "Direction of Management", introduced
by Srila Prabhupada in 1970, with the first GBC meeting held in the spring of
1971 at New Vrindaban. This vital document, virtually unknown to the Temple Presidents
and Congregations of our Iskcon society, was meant by Srila Prabhupada to be the
Constitution of Iskcon for the next ten thousand years. Its absence has created
a great chasm in this movement; and its introduction, after a lapse of thirty
five years, will help to heal the wounds suffered by one and all during that exact
same span of time.
Today, the GBC is appearing before us to deliver a formal Court
ordered apology to you, the abused victims of a Gurukula created by Srila Prabhupada
to bring you to the highest order of Brahminical training. And what was this Brahminical
training supposed to do?
You were meant to not only take up the management of the world
wide Iskcon Movement, but to lead the Humanity at large Back to Home Back to Godhead
in His name.
This Brahminical training was effectively crushed by those who
wished to remain in perpetual power in non-elected positions that guaranteed two
No accountability to your mothers and fathers for how you were
being treated in the Gurukula.
A virtual guarantee that the unelected GBC's would cover
up (to protect Iskcon!) any crimes committed against you.
Did Srila Prabhupada provide a protective "safe place"
for you, your parents and your families?
YES HE DID!
What was this called?
It was called "THE DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT" (DOM),
and although well known by the GBC and the leaders of Iskcon, your parents and
temple leaders were never shown a copy of it or told you and your families that
the Direction of Management GUARANTEED YOU CERTAIN PROTECTIONS AND "GOD GIVEN
RIGHTS" that were kept secret over the last thirty five years.
It may surprise some of you to learn that after a 1970 attempt
by four sanyassis to overthrow Srila Prabhupada and declare themselves to be Acharya,
Srila Prabhupada, together with the remaining loyal Iskcon leaders created a document
which He named "THE DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT" by which He created the
the same GBC that covered up your molestations and abuse two or three
years after this sacred document was created by Srila Prabhupada.
So, What is the "Direction of Management" and why should
we be interested in this neglected Order of the Spiritual Master thirty-five years
The Direction of Management does two things:
The Direction of Management creates a democratically elected
GBC to represent the Iskcon Temples, just as the US Senate represents the 50 states
of the United States. The GBC is to be elected every three years from a slate
of candidates nominated by the Temple Presidents. Far from having "Absolute
Powers" the GBC is meant to be the SERVANT of the interests of the Iskcon
Temples and their Congregations.
The Direction of management PROTECTS the individual temples and
congregations from potential abuses by the GBC. If the GBC were not subject to
"checks and balances" from the Temple Presidents and Congregations,
abuses would inevitably occur. The very significance of the meeting in which we
find ourselves today rests on the fact that THESE ABUSESDID INDEED OCCUR!
I attended a 1971 meeting in New Vrindaban where the Direction
of Management was introduced to the GBC and the first GBC meeting took place there
with Rupanuga prabhu as the chair of the meeting. He showed me the DOM and proudly
stated that it was the "new constitution for Iskcon". I read it, and
remembered many important passages. I particularly read the part about the GBC
being an elected body.
So what happened to the Direction of Management (DOM) ?
After 1971 I tried to find a copy, but there were none nor were
the GBC of 1975 willing to let me see a copy.
Even to this day, I do not know of anyone who had ever seen the
Constitution of Iskcon (DOM) at that time. (Surely, each and every Iskcon member
would be given a copy of it before taking initiation
1n 1972, a secret GBC meeting (referred by Srila Prabhupada as
a "conspiracy") effectively replaced the DOM with a centralized corporate
structure. Srila Prabhupada was neither informed of the meeting nor invited to
it. When Srila Prabhupada learned of the meeting, He disbanded the GBC and ordered
all temples to ignore any directives generated by the GBC until further notice.
In 1974, He issued a paper marked "TOPMOST URGENCY"
that ordered that the DOM be added to all Iskcon temple non-profit corporation
charters. In other words, in the Iskcon world, the DOM was once again to be introduced
as the LAW OF THE LAND" under Srila Prabhupada's order.
THAT ORDER WAS ALSO NOT OBEYED.
It was only after deep contemplation that it occurred to me that
had the Direction of Management been in place, FEW IF ANY OF THE ILLS OF ISKCON
WOULD HAVE OCCURRED! (Or at least such things would have been minimal). The molestation
and abuse of the Children of Iskcon on the part of such "absolute" leaders
as Bhavananda, Kirtanananda, Jagadish, etc. clearly led to PREVENTING THE NEW
CROP OF BRAHMINS FROM TAKING LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITHIN ISKCON, WHICH WOULD HAVE
TAKEN AWAY THE FIRST GENERATION'S POSITIONS OF POWER, DUE TO THE HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS
THAT SRILA PRABHUPADA CLEARLY STATED THAT THE PURE BRAHMIN GURUKULA GRADUATES
As a result, very few Gurukulies have taken over any positions
of power within the movement, even though they themselves are approaching middle
age; ages double those of us who started the Iskcon temples in the first place!
Simply put, if we clarify the history of Iskcon into "pre-DOM"
and "post DOM" we can see that there is no way that the GBC could have
legally or ethically take on the absolute" powers that enabled them
to "pull the wool" over your parent's eyes.
I made my "breakthrough" in the matter of understanding
what an ISKCON obedient to the Direction of Management would have been like, by
using my imagination to create a "proto-movement" that had joyfully
and obediently accepted the DOM starting with summer 1970 and continuing until
(Of course, if we had accepted the DOM in 1970, we would have
probably been observing Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day in 1988!)
I saw good GBC's elected, I saw little, if any, child abuse and
molestation, I saw no drug dealing, murders, cults illegal money rackets etc.
I saw millions and millions of books printed, and saw many thousands of temples
opened. I saw second generation Brahmins training the public in thousands of temples
to accept the principles of Krishna Consciousness. I saw 'Nagar Sankirtan"
conducted by thousands of men and women daily in all the major cities of the world!
Most importantly, I saw the movement run by second and third generation Gurukula
graduates who had learned the art of the "Rajarshi" !.. I saw the Gurukula
graduates advising current heads of state or become elected as heads of state
I saw the "Acharya in the center" in hundreds of thousands
of Iskcon temples all over the world, and I saw India rising up as a Krishna Conscious
nation. I saw whole islands such as Madagascar becoming Krishna Conscious states,
I saw the High Court Judges wearing Tilak, and I saw a reduction in war, abortion,
animal slaughter, atmospheric pollution... and many other wonderful things.
.....And then I opened my eyes, and saw what greed, sexual perversion
and plain stupidity had done to mis-represent what Srila Prabhupada offered to
us in the first place....In 1970, he wrote, "I have given you Vaikuntha,
and you have turned it into Hell"
He introduced the DOM in 1970 to counteract that "Hell"
but the document was never released to the Temple Presidents and Congregations...
to the immense loss to ourselves and the entire humanity at large.
This paper has been presented to you for your consideration.
I hope that the GBC will make part of their apology an apology for having deprived
you of your basic Rights guaranteed by Srila Prabhupada himself at a time that
would have made your Gurukula sufferings very unlikely to occur.
Both we, your parents, or those of your parent's generation
as well as the GBC must apologize to you for this!
So I beg all of you; GBC, parents, and graduates of the Gurukula
to read this Direction of Management carefully, and to let yourselves dream and
imagine a Krishna Conscious world such as Srila Prabhupada envisioned for us when
He wrote the Direction of Management; free from the type of abuses for which you
are receiving an apology today.
Your humble and eternal servant,
Nara Narayan Vishwakarma das
Read the "Direction of Management" by Srila Prabhuapda