A Treatise; Making a “Case” for the Reconstitution of Srila Prabhupada’s “Mission”
Comments on the Direction of Management. Part 6
Removal of a Temple president by the GBC requires support by the local Temple members.
The instruction has never been followed. If Srila Prabhupada is saying that removal of a Temple president by the GBC of that Temple, requires support by the local Temple members, therefore, by inference; a Temple president is selected by the members of that Temple as well. This inference, is established by other letters and conversations by Srila Prabhupada, which will be presented later.
After 1974 there was communications that indicated changes were made to the Direction of Management. See below in heading “Segment 36: Srila Prabhupada Instructions on Management”.
The GBC has no jurisdiction in the publication of manuscripts, which will be handled by a separate committee; profits to be returned to Srila Prabhupada.
The first part of this instruction is not followed. Currently “publication of manuscripts” has to have the approval of the GBC; regardless of the fact that Srila Prabhupada wrote, “The GBC has no jurisdiction in the publication of manuscripts, which will be handled by a separate committee. For this function, Srila Prabhupada established an independent entity from the GBC, as you will see in the next instruction.
So far, my books are concerned, I am setting up a different body of management known as the BHAKTIVEDANTA BOOK TRUST (BBT). The trustees of this body are also members of the GBC, but their function is not dependent on the GBC.
This protocol has been shredded, and stomped on. The incorporation documents for the BBT were made in the USA in the state of California. Srila Prabhupada appointed two of his GBC members to be the Trustees of the BBT. So, after Srila Prabhupada’s departure, in order to trash the charter and the organizational, intent and purpose of the BBT, they abandoned the “BBT”, which does not exist anymore, and has been replaced by “BBT International”, BBTI, in Sweden, with a different logo, charter, intent, and purpose. The money is controlled by the one director and he does what he wishes with it as long as the GBC body does not agree. In other words, “BBT International” is controlled by the GBC body.
ISKCON Press was created for the exclusive publication of my books and literatures and should be continued in that way.
[ISKCON Press does not exist anymore. It was revived, only for a moment, in 1996, as “ISKCON GBC Press”, for the sole purpose of publishing a book to refute, a book entitled “In Vaikuntha Not Even the Leaves Fall”, on the origin of the jiva. This book by a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and a grand-disciple was published in India in 1996, and in the same year was banned by the GBC. Why is there a need to refute a banned book? If there is a refutation of a book, then it is not justice to allow the book’s authors due process, and the ISKCON community to read the book being refuted. More interesting is the fact that when the book was banned, none of GBCs had read it. The Srila Prabhupada disciple who co-authored this book, also wrote several small books, prior to 1996, who’s subject matter was, “Why ISKCON had become corrupt, and what ISKCON can do, to correct itself”. These books were also banned. These two authors and an assistant, the writer of this Treaties, were kicked-out from ISKCON in 1996 because of all these books. In “SECTION THREE – FINAL WORDS” these controversial issues will be discussed further.
During my absence no one shall live in my apartment.
This protocol is of no consequence in controlling ISKCON, so we are lucky that they have made Prabhupada’s apartments museums, so that all can see how simple he lived. Prabhupada never lived in the New Delhi temple or the Bombay Temple or any temples build after that. My understanding is that he objected to the planned apartments for him in those temples. His quarters in Mayapura and Vrindhavan, and other ISKCON temple in India and in west were all very much simple and quaint.