Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”

"Moving Forward"
Section "Two"

The Management of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission” Issue?

Segment 31.1
TTranscription of TOPMOST URGENCY Letter
Part 1

AMENDMENTS TO BE IMMEDIATELY ADDED TO ALL OFFICIAL REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS, CONSTITUTIONS, INCORPORATION PAPERS, ETC.

1.) It is declared that His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the Founder-acharya of (ISKCON) International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He is the supreme authority in all matters of the society. His position cannot be occupied by anyone else, and his name and title must appear on all documents, letterheads, publications, and buildings of the Society.

In particular it shall be clearly understood that no real estate may be purchased or sold by any officer of the Society without the express permission of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-acharya of ISKCON.

2.) There shall be a Governing Board Committee of trustees appointed by the Founder-acharya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada according to the document Direction of Management, dated July 28, 1970. The GBC is to act as the instrument for the execution of the will of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

Dated at New York, July 22, 1974.

Approved: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Founder-acharya

Signed: Brahmananda Swami GBC, Zonal Secretary

Signed: Balimardan das Goswami GBC, Zonal Secretary

COMENTARY:

Disregard and disobedience of the GBC to implement His 1970 Direction of Management order (DOM), Srila Prabhupada issues a second order for the DOM in his “TOPMOST URGENCY” LETTER, which states very clearly:

“There shall be a Governing Board Committee of trustees appointed by the Founder-acharya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada according to the document ‘Direction of Management’ dated July 28, 1970.”

In 1974 Srila Prabhupada authored a document and gave the emphasis “TOPMOST URGENCY”. The DOM and the TUL were kept hidden for decades. His instructions were never executed nor fulfilled. Not only after his departure, but unbelievably, while he was still present with us as well. 

Just as in 1970, this second order for the Direction of Management went ignored and largely uncommunicated to the ISKCON community.  It is a fact, that these two documents are un-known to the masses of ISKCON followers today. 

Yep! It is obvious that the GBC body he first appointed, did not employ the protocol of establishing the GBC, as he specified in his DOM, both before and after his disappearance. Why this negligence by the leaders of ISKCON, is a true mystery, an enigma for sure.

ALL of Srila Prabhupada’s Followers need to study these two documents and act to see that these instructions are finally carried out.

To reconcile the ISKCON of 42 years ago with the ISKCON of today, and to restore the ISKCON intended by Srila Prabhupada; it is necessary to analyze the chain of events that took place between then and now.

On July 28th, 1970, Srila Prabhupada presented to the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), which He has formed himself, a signed order that was to function as the essential Managing Structure for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON), from that point onward, i.e., “The Direction of Management”.  

This order was ignored by the GBC, and failed to reach the thousands of individuals composing the rest of the ISKCON membership, most notably the Temple Presidents (one per temple), to whom the document was fundamentally pertinent.  

When Srila Prabhupada discovered the GBC’s rejection of His Direction of Management order in 1974, He again issued the order for the Direction of Management in a letter marked “TOPMOST URGENCY “. 

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