M O V I N G F O R W A R D
Anyone is Legally Free to Incorporate, Another Religious Organization, Under the Name ISKCON, and Run it Independently From the GBC
The original ISKCON incorporation that Prabhupada formed in 1966 is legally against the GBC, and is run by Ritviks. Thus, any argument by the GBC that the name ISKCON is owned by Prabhupada’s original ISKCON organization incorporated in New York in 1966, automatically removes themselves from any control over the name ISKCON. In other words, the GBC has absolutely no legal claim to the name ISKCON, other than through their recently fabricated umbrella corporation. Moreover, legally, this corporation cannot be traced to the original ISKCON incorporated by Srila Prabhupada.
Thus, anyone is legally free to incorporate, another religious organization, under the name ISKCON, and run it independently from the GBC, and this has been the very way that all ISKCON temples have been incorporated till date. There is no mother organization that authorizes someone to use the name ISKCON, and there has never been any such organization.
In the following excepts, from a letter to a then GBC, and BBT Trustee, Srila Prabhupada makes it unequivocally, and explicitly, a fact that he wanted independent and self-sufficient Temples. At that time and until 1997, when this disciple left ISKCON, and renounced his duties; he was most definitely the most powerful leader in all of ISKCON, and Srila Prabhupada knew that.
Letter to: Karandhara—Bombay 22 December, 1972 Los Angeles:
“Regarding your points about taxation, corporate status, etc., I have heard from Jayatirtha you want to make big plan for centralization of management, taxes, monies, corporate status, bookkeeping, credit, like that. I do not at all approve of such plan. Do not centralize anything. Each temple must remain independent and self-sufficient. …Krishna Consciousness Movement is for training men to be independently thoughtful and competent in all types of departments of knowledge and action, not for making bureaucracy. Once there is bureaucracy the whole thing will be spoiled. … Never mind there may be botheration to register each center, take tax certificate each, become separate corporations in each state. … Forget this centralizing and bureaucracy.”