Aspects of Vaisnava Theory & Practice
Making a "Case" for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada's "Mission"
Rasing Our Spiritual Standards

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Chapter 6
Srila Prabhupada’s Warning and The Lessons of History

Part 9

“Be Must be Proactive”

Of course, the question is:

“Do these observations include ISKCON as it presently functions, or are we exempt from these established patterns of organizational flux?

The safe view is that it is never safe to assume that there are any exceptions. The historical fact of ISKCON being derailed immediately after Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance by the Zonal Acarya blunder is proof that we cannot assume that we are an exception to the rule in group dynamics. 

The safest approach, therefore, is to learn the lesson from history, and have mechanisms in place to help us eliminate this danger.

That means we must have a dynamic, proactive attitude towards the elements of problem-solving, which are, delaying gratification, responsibility, dedication to the truth, and openness to challenge. We must hear criticism, and only after careful scrutiny, ascertain whether it is true or not. Then we can decide how to react to it. This attitude promotes health and growth in an organization.

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