By The GBC
(To read them all: http://www.dandavats.com/wp-content/uploads6/GBCRES18.pdf)
Dear Bhakti Vijnana Goswami,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Although this letter is delayed by the unforeseen change of agenda at the Midterm General Meetings in Ujjain, please accept our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the decades of service you have rendered on behalf of Srila Prabhupada’s GBC Body.
For twenty years, you have shouldered the responsibility for the Russian yatra, which is not only one of our largest yatras, but also one of the most successful under your capable leadership. Over and over again, the future of Krsna consciousness in Russia was put into jeopardy, but you heroically led the devotees in defeating all those that opposed Srila Prabhupada’s mission.
While capably managing so many challenging situations, you simultaneously maintained focus on strengthening the spiritual standards of the devotees, providing them guidance, inspiration, and practical opportunities to deepen their bhakti.
As a very hands-on GBC, you have not only participated in the Russian National Council meetings on a management level, but also used it as an opportunity for the leaders to hear and chant together.
You created the same good fortune for the Russian brahmacaris by striving to strengthen the brahmacari asrama in Moscow, thereby strengthening the brahmacari asrama throughout the country.
This emphasis on education and training has been a wonderful gift for the Russian yatra because you not only encourage the devotees to develop quality in their spiritual lives, but create and support programs that will practically assist them to this end.
For so many years, you have sacrificed everything–your time, your energy, even your health–to serve Srila Prabhupada’s mission, all the while caring for so many other senior leaders in a very personal way.
We pray that you will find the care required to rejuvenate your health so that you can continue to use your extraordinary abilities and wisdom to preserve Srila Prabhupada’s teachings through education and training. And whenever you find it possible, we would be grateful to have your participation in discussions aimed at improving the functions of the GBC Body so that we can all benefit from the years of insight and wisdom you have gained through your service.
As an expression of our deep appreciation and gratitude, we humbly offer you the title of GBC Emeritus. Please accept this honor as a valuable member of the GBC Body and Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON.
There is no doubt that His Divine Grace is showering his loving mercy upon you, but nevertheless, we pray to Srila Prabhupada that he may always engage you in serving his glorious mission. And we pray that we may always have the opportunity to serve alongside you.
Thank you very much.
Your servants on behalf of the GBC Body,
Bhakti Charu Swami
Madhu Sevita Das
(2017 GBC Executive Committee)