Article By:Upendranath Dasa
Analysis of Srila Prabhupada's “Direction of Management”, the DOM
Segment 7
"Srila Prabhupada on Temple President Is Elected"

“Regarding Madhavananda being the president, if he received the vote, why you have opposed? You must be impartial. My recommendation is that he must be the president. He has been chosen by the vote, and I am giving the casting vote for him.”

“Regarding the election at Bhaktivedanta Manor, as you have suggested an election of all members present should be held to make a final selection. I have already suggested this to Mukunda. Another meeting should be held, and I have already asked Bhagavan das to be present, so there will be two GBC’s and all members present. Out of the two candidates whoever is elected by the majority vote, may be the president.”

“If it was decided by vote that Hamsaduta would select the president then Hamsaduta is right. Without authority Hamsaduta cannot change the election. If the vote was in favor of Madhavananda, then Hamsaduta cannot whimsically change the vote. But, if by vote he was authorized to select the president, then whomever he selects is right.”

“I have called for a re-election in the presence of all members and two GBC men. You can have a written ballot, and whoever receives the majority vote, he shall be the president.”

“I understand from a letter from Gurudasa that you have elections for officers for your temple, and the men filling the posts are all very well suited for their position.”

“I congratulate you on your being elected as president of ISKCON San Francisco branch. Your election as president is a recognition by Krishna and therefore, I have got full support for you. Mukunda and other members have rightly selected you as president.”

“The idea is that whoever is competent to manage affairs will accept the post of president by mutual consent””

“… each year a person was elected president.  I think this system may be followed in our institutions also.  Of course, it will depend on the local situation, but in a round if each person is given the chance of managing the whole affairs, that means everyone becomes responsible officer.”

“The president, secretary and treasurer elected by the members of the center cannot be changed at least for one year; better to continue it for three years.”

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