Dear Devotees and Friends,
Please accept our dandavats pranams, all glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga and all glories to Sri Sri Radha Vinode Bihariji.
Srila Gurudeva has been requesting that his society is properly established and structured since some years. He has preached for last 65 years, out of which world-wide for fourteen years, since 1996, providing shelter and instruction to so many Prabhupada and ISKCON disciples, as well as new disciples.
Much thought has gone into how we carry out the above request. We are mindful of the fact that on previous occasions when a great Acarya and Guru has disappeared, schisms and fighting have ensued. While none of us like to think about when Srila Gurudeva is no longer on the planet, it is his desire that preparations are made to continue his legacy so that we will continue to serve his mission effectively for the rest of our lives, and future generations will be able to do the same.
Srila Gurudeva has repeatedly instructed that we “stay together”. This is something he often emphasizes.
When embarking on this process we have been mindful of the following principles.
First, that the world-wide sanga is actively included in formulating the design of the society. Nothing should be imposed. The structure will benefit from the legitimacy earned by airing it amongst the sanga first and incorporating valuable feedback.
Second, the purpose of the structure is to facilitate the flow and growth of our bhakti. If something does not do this or risks impeding bhakti, then it is not included.
Thirdly, we have a special respect for local initiative and service. We wish to avoid overly centralized or authoritarian set ups. Seva is rendered by inspired devotees who come together as like-minded souls to serve Radha-Krsna and Srila Gurudeva. Genuine seva is not inspired through hands on management and control.
With the above in mind we have produced a first draft of the proposed structure. It needs to be read with today in mind but also within the context of a day, hopefully in many, many years, when Srila Gurudeva is no longer with us in his physical form.
Your comments or suggestions are important!
There is nothing final about this draft. It is for your feedback, both positive and negative. You are also invited to ask questions in case something is not clear or you want to understand why we have proposed this or that.
Take part in the discussion by submitting your comments on www.backtobhakti.com in the comments box below this post. (Feel free to speak your mind but please refrain from any Vaisnava aparadha and observe Vaisnava etiquette for a Krishna conscious outcome.)
As your feedback comes in, by mid September we will try to adjust and update the draft structure; once more we will ask for your feedback and thus hope to present a somewhat final draft when we are at Kartik time.
We humbly offer this as our service to Srila Gurudeva. We appreciate that we are very imperfect and ask you to forgive our faults in this endeavor.
With love and affection.
Your aspiring servants,
Brajanath das & Yasodananda das
FIRST AND FOREMOST LIMB OF THE SOCIETY:
The Presiding Board, consisting of:
- Srila Gurudeva
- Sripad BV Tirtha Maharaja & Sripad Premananda das Brahmacari
- Sripad BV Madhava Maharaja & Sripad BV Vana Maharaja &
- Sripad Rasananda das Brahmacari
Consisting primarily of our respected Sannyasis and Senior Preachers.
- Teaching and Demonstrating Ideal Vaisnava Behaviour
- Look After Publication and Distribution of Transcendental Literatures and Hari-katha in Organized Ways
- Continuation of Kartik, Vraja Mandala Parikrama & Gaura Mandala Parikrama as well as Yearly Festivals
(THIS IS THE HEART OF THE SOCIETY)
SECOND LIMB OF THE SOCIETY:
Consisting of all Types of Transcendental Seva Teams Including:
- Book Publishing Seva Team
- Math and Preaching Center Seva Team
- Regional Seva Team
- Ombuds Seva Team
- Book Distribution Seva Team
- Communication Seva Team
- Education Seva Team
- Co-ordination Seva Team
- Finance Seva Team
- Trust Seva Team, Etc.
THIRD LIMB OF THE SOCIETY:
Consisting of Srila Gurudeva, Respected Sannyasis, Senior Vaisnavis and Vaisnavas, as well as Representatives of the Different Seva Teams
- Approve Methods and Guidelines to Nourish the Transcendental Life of the Society’s Members
- Schedule and Conduct Official Meetings at the time of Kartika and Gaura Purnima
PLEASE TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION.
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