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

"Moving Forward"
Section "Two"

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

Segment 34.4
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 since 1972, this disciple who left ISKCON in June of 1974, and renounced his duties; he was most definitely the most powerful leader in all of ISKCON, and Srila Prabhupada knew that.

(Comment: I, the writer of this Treatise, personally knew this God brother well; so much so that he gave me his resignation letter addressed to Srila Prabhupada, for me to deliver it personally.  At that time, Karandhara sent me to India, with the mandate that I was to organize the BBT in India.  At that time I did not know that it was a resignation letter to Srila Prabhupada; I just assumed it was the fastest way to get a letter to Prabhupada in India.. If he would have posted it by mail, it would have taken up to 2 weeks to arrive.  As you might surmise, I was somewhat disturbed to find out, when I delivered this letter to Satsvarupa Goswami, Prabhupada’s secretary at that time, when I arrived in Bombay. 

 I was picked up at the airport by another God brother, who at that time was Sridhara-dasa bramachari.  As we made our way to the Juhu-beach property, we picked up Satsvarupa.  I gave the letter to him, and he immediately opened it.  And the following is the God Honest Truth, an image that still remains in my mind to this day,

As he read it, he started to smile, and this smile slowly turned into a giggle, and then a soft laughter.”

I then asked him,

“What is so “funny”? 

And he replied,

“Do not worry, its none of your business”.

This story, after that moment, gets more interesting, and you can read about it in my auto-biography of my time in ISKCON.  END of Comment).

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.

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