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Transcription of TOPMOST URGENCY Letter.

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

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. 

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 “. 

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.

 However, in 1975 Srila Prabhupada warned us, about these disobedient leaders, in his Purport to Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 1.218:

“Vaisnavas are not envious. If a Vaisnava, by the mercy of the Lord, is empowered by Him to distribute the Lord’s holy name all over the world, other Vaisnavas become very joyful—that is, if they are truly Vaisnavas. One who is envious of the success of a Vaisnava, is certainly not a Vaisnava himself but is an ordinary, mundane man. Envy and jealousy are manifested by mundane people, not by Vaisnavas. Why should a Vaisnava be envious of another Vaisnava who is successful in spreading the holy name of the Lord? An actual Vaisnava is very pleased to accept another Vaisnava who is bestowing the Lord’s mercy. A mundane person in the dress of a Vaisnava should not be respected but rejected. This is enjoined in the sastra (upeksa). The word upeksa means neglect. One should neglect an envious person. A preacher’s duty is to love the Supreme Personality of Godhead, make friendships with Vaisnavas, show mercy to the innocent and reject or neglect those who are envious or jealous. There are many jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas in this Krishna consciousness movement, and they should be completely neglected. There is no need to serve a jealous person who is in the dress of a Vaisnava. When Naratama dasa Thakura says ‘chadiya vaisnava seva nistara peyeche keba’, he is indicating an actual Vaisnava, not an envious or jealous person in the dress of a Vaisnava.”

 This purport is very significant, and thus requires a careful study and some decipherment, if you will.

Srila Prabhupada first says, “Vaisnavas are not envious.”  Therefore, from this phrase we can understand that if someone is “envious”, then they are not a Vaisnava.

Then Srila Prabhupada says,

“If a Vaisnava, by the mercy of the Lord, is empowered by Him to distribute the Lord’s holy name all over the world.”

It is a no-brainer, that the Vaisnava being referred to here, is Srila Prabhupada himself, or someone like him.

Then he writes,

“There are many jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas in this Krishna consciousness movement, and they should be completely neglected.”

Here in 1976, he directly states, that in his Krishna-consciousness movement, there are many jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas.  He is specifying that they are jealous of him.  So, who are these jealous people in the dress of Vaisnavas who he says “there are many”? 

Prabhupada has written this to guide us. He expects us to discriminate on the basis of his instructions, and to follow his advice and practice upeksa. He expects us to neglect those persons who display the symptoms of being jealous or envious, even though in the dress of Vaisnava, in the Krishna consciousness movement. These “jealous people, in the dress of Vaisnavas, in this Krishna consciousness movement”, cannot be the “pot washers”, in other words, “rank-and-file” devotees.  

The only reason to be a jealous person, and remain in the Krishna consciousness movement, is because one has vested interests in keeping their position.

An envious non-Vaisnava, who is not exploiting their role, has no motive to remain in the Krishna consciousness movement.

To remain, he must have a vested interest. Naturally, such a person will be very careful to do his utmost to maintain his guise of being a Vaisnava. He will protect it at all costs. After all, it is his means of livelihood. Nevertheless, try as he might, he will not be able to hide his envy. When his character is studied, one will find that this person, instead of being non-envious, has a proclivity for controlling things. He will be unable to cooperate with anyone; rather others must cooperate with him. For him, cooperation is not a two-way street. He will be like a childishly sulky or bad-tempered. child, needing to have his way, or be miserable. He will be unabashed about making politics, diplomacy, and intrigue, in his attempt to sway the universe to his fancy. All of these are non-Vaisnava symptoms. They are symptoms of envy and jealousy.

Srila Prabhupada’s instructions about such persons in our midst is,

“That they should be neglected.”

That is his recommendation, provided one discriminates enough to detect those symptoms. He says that there is no need to serve such an envious person in the dress of a Vaisnava. Rather he says,

“When Naratama dasa Thakura says chadiya vaisnava seva nistara payeche keba, he is indicating an actual Vaisnava, not an envious or jealous person in the dress of a Vaisnava.”

To neglect such persons, we first of all must spot them. We have to identify them. However, if we are afraid or too crippled to apply critical thinking, we will never be able to make sense of this instruction, and will be victimized by the disguised mundane person.

Many of us can remember our failure to apply critical thinking in the past. We have experienced how men in our midst openly behaved in ways unbecoming of a Vaisnava, and were not only tolerated long past the point of reasonable doubt about their motives, but were hailed as great Vaisnavas. The reason: they were clever enough to hold up some symbols of success, i.e., books distributed, devotees made, and temples opened, which we allowed to obscure their questionable character. It is such an obvious strategy.

It would be prudent to understand how Srila Prabhupada defined “Vaisnava”.

Letter to: Sudama—Bombay 10 December, 1973:

“Regarding what is a Vaisnava, Vaisnava means that when others see him, they will also chant Hare Krishna.

The ramifications of the disobedience of the 1970 Direction of Management order, are complex, and at the root of all ISKCON activities of a questionable nature, that have transpired from its inception, to the present day.  

This Web-Site, is created by a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, in order to reveal, to the public, “The Direction of Management” letter of 1970, and its reinstatement, in the “TOPMOST URGENCY” letter of 1974.  The goal in presenting this information is to create a surge of interest, throughout ISKCON, leading to public advocacy for the establishment of the Direction of Management, and all other orders of ISKCON’s Founder-acharya Srila Prabhupada, into the incorporation papers, charters, and legal contracts of all ISKCON temples.

Every written order of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada is to be followed “As It Is”, just as His Bhagavad-gita presents Lord Krishna’s Krishna Orders “As It Is’.  Srila Prabhupada exists and speaks on the same exact platform as Sri Krishna, and therefore can be known and understood as the “Person bhagavata”. 

Srila Prabhupada said in a lecture on Bhagavad-gita 13.4—Miami, February 27, 1975:

And bhagavata means the book Bhagavata and the person bhagavata. The person bhagavata is spiritual master or any exalted devotee. He is bhagavata-Maha-bhagavata, bhagavata. So bhagavata-sevaya means not only reading Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavatam, but we have to study from the person bhagavata. That is required. Caitanya Mahaprabhu advised,  

“If you want to learn Bhagavata, then go to the person bhagavata who is realized soul.”

As such, we can consider Srila Prabhupada’s words to be equal to, and as substantive as scripture.  For this reason, His Direction of Management of 1970 must be considered to be equal to revealed scripture itself.  Disobedience of the direct order of Srila Prabhupada is not in any way different from direct and deliberate disobedience of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna Himself.

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