“Moving Forward”

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

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Segment 36.1

Relationship between the GBC and Temple Management; And the Election of Temple Presidents. Part 1

Morning Walk—December 16, 1973, Los Angeles:

Svarupa Damodara:

“Because they need law and order.”


“Yes, there must be. In our organization… Just like in each temple we elect a president. Then we get GBC. Then above all, I am. So that is needed. It is not conventional. It is needed. Therefore, above everything, there must be God.”

Letter to: Jayananda — Delhi 29 September, 1967 67-09-29:

I congratulate you on your being elected as president of ISKCON San Francisco branch. Your election as president is a recognition by Krishna and therefore, I have got full support for you. Mukunda and other members have rightly selected you as president.”

Letter to: Mukunda — Los Angeles 28 July, 1969:

I understand from a letter from Gurudasa that you have elections for officers for your temple, and the men filling the posts are all very well suited for their position. Now all of you please make quickly the march towards the goal of Krishna Consciousness Movement being very successful.”

Letter to: Jagadisa — Los Angeles 27 February, 1970 Toronto:

“I am glad to learn that after deliberation between Jayapataka and Raktaka, you have been asked to become the president of Toronto temple. The idea is that whoever is competent to manage affairs will accept the post of president by mutual consent. Our main business is to be fixed up in Krishna Consciousness by keeping steady in the prescribed duties of devotional service. So, I have got all approval for your being elected president; that is nice.”

Letter to: Gurudasa — Los Angeles 2 March, 1970 London:

I am so glad to learn that you have been elected president for this year. In India, when there was congress election among the executive members, each year a person was elected president. I think this system may be followed in our institutions also. Of course, it will depend on the local situation, but in a round if each person is given the chance of managing the whole affairs, that means everyone becomes responsible officer”.

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