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ISKCON Governing Body Commission Society
Under the Societies Registration Act, West Bengal
Registration Number: S/74662
Regd. Office: Sri Mayapur Dist. Nadia, West Bengal, INDIA 741313
EC@pamho.net

Official Statement of the Governing Body Commission Regarding Abuse in Mayapur and the CPO Decision Against (the former) Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, aka Anirdesya Vapu dasa

November 24, 2022

Dear ISKCON Devotees and Friends,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The ISKC

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CPO NA Restrictions on BVP

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The ISKCON North American Council (NAC), headed by five members of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) with geographical responsibility in the United States and Canada, fully endorses and will comply with the 28th October 2022 ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP) restrictions on ISKCON’s relationship with Alan Ross Wexler, also known as Bhaktividya Purna, previously Swami, and as Anirdesya Vapu dasa (first initiated name).

The NAC condemns in the strongest possible terms both child

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GBC Proposals, AGM 2023

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Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The Annual General Meeting of the ISKCON GBC Society will begin in February 2023. Following the ISKCON GBC Society’s Rules of Order, the GBC Secretariat requests proposals, duly sponsored by two GBC members, to be submitted by *November* 15, 2022. Note that no proposals will be entertained after this date.

Please follow the format for GBC Proposals. The PDF is found here:

https://gbc.iskcon.org/wp-content/upload

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GBC Proposals, AGM 2023

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Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The Annual General Meeting of the ISKCON GBC Society will begin in February 2023. Following the ISKCON GBC Society’s Rules of Order, the GBC Secretariat requests proposals, duly sponsored by two GBC members, to be submitted by *November* 15, 2022. Note that no proposals will be entertained after this date.

Please follow the format for GBC Proposals. The PDF is found here:

https://gbc.iskcon.org/wp-content/upload

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Hare Krishna Dear Devotees.

Please accept my humble obeisances, All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

We have reached that auspicious time of the year after the Bhadra Purnima festival when we will celebrate the 3rd edition of the annual Book Are The Basis Week. 11th to 17th September this year is dedicated on the ISKCON calendar to encourage Srila Prabhupada’s followers to read the Bhaktivedanta purports everyday. The GBC Executive Committee Chairman, His Holiness Bhanu Maharaja, has kindly offered

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10811791682?profile=RESIZE_584xOn September 7th, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), released its final decision regarding the 30-year case on the status of Lokanatha Swami in ISKCON. Their final decision is: that his status as initiating guru continues. The decision, however, is three-fold: firstly, the panel created in 2021 to decide on the proper handling of the case, decided against ever re-opening the case or sending it to the Child Protection Office (CPO) for re-examination. Second, the GBC decided that any regi

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GBC Releases Decision on Lokanath Swami

10809447482?profile=RESIZE_584xFrom the ISKCON Communications Ministry
September 7, 2022

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) today released its decision regarding the status of Lokanatha Swami. That resolution is attached below along with other relevant documents.

The GBC also released two other documents. One is the 73+ page report and recommendations of the 5-member Panel appointed by the GBC to review Lokanath Swami’s situation.

The

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ISKCON’s Code of Ethical Behavior

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One year ago this month, the GBC ratified and voted into law the attached ISKCON Code of Ethical Behavior. Here is a brief description of accomplishments this first year.
 

ADOPTED BY ISKCON AGENCIES

This first year, the Code was made an active part of proceedings in many ISKCON initiatives including the International Child Protection Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Sannyasa Ministry, ISKCON Resolve, and the Dispute Resolution Department.
 

ADOPTED BY TEMPLES

Several temples have made the

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GBC EC statement on Ukraine 26 Feb 2022

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Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

As conflict heightens in Ukraine, we understand that your hearts are filled with concern about our dear devotees in the region and offer you a brief report on their situation.

The devotees wake up to a changed reality — tanks rolling through the streets in some places, explosions in their neighborhoods in others, and thesound of gunshots in the distance. While the tendency for a living entity in such a situatio

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Addendum to GBC Resolutions 2021

10119917078?profile=RESIZE_584xDear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

One resolution was inadvertently not included in the 2021 GBC Resolution file. This has now been corrected:

https://gbc.iskcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2021GBCRES.pdf

The title of the missing resolution is “Increasing the Number of Diksa-gurus” and is on page 25.

My apologies for the omission.

Your servant,

Ananda Tirtha das (GBC Corresponding Secretary)

Source: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=96713

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GBC Resolutions 2021 by Ananda Tirtha das

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Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The 2021 GBC Resolutions have finally been released. Due to the global pandemic, it was not possible for the GBC Body to conduct in-person meetings and therefore the AGM 2021 was conducted online. Similarly, the 2022 AGM will also be conducted online.

To ensure online resolutions become final and binding, two resolutions were passed to change the GBC’s Rules of Order. These are included in the Resolution file.

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Message from the GBC Executive Committee

9996543858?profile=RESIZE_710xDear Devotees of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It seems that this horrible Covid disease is attacking quite a number of our devotees again. We sincerely hope you are all taking precautions to prevent falling ill. There is the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and particularly under these circumstances this is very much true.

For those of you who are not ill, please stay safe and be careful, and for tho

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9941592058?profile=RESIZE_584xDecember 22, 2021—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON today passed a resolution amending a 2019 law affirming that qualified Vaisnavis, or women devotees, may under certain conditions, initiate disciples (give diksa) within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Of the 28 voting GBC members present for the tally, the vote was 18 in favor, 2 opposed, and 8 abstentions. In other words, 64% of GBC members voted in favor of the proposal.

The earlier 2019 Law resolved that “Va

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9863458855?profile=RESIZE_400xGBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) invites you to discover the holy land of Vrindavan outside the real Vrindavan in our 4 day special series. Jagattarini Devi has joined us on Day 4 to talk about the hidden Vrindavan and its glories.

About Jagattarini Devi

Her Grace Jagattarini Mataji joined ISKCON and first met Srila Prabhupada in America in 1970 (many of you may have heard of this famous story of a successful actress becoming a devotee). Through her connections with the Movement, Jagattarini m

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9844191700?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Madhava Smullen

The South African National Council (SANC), which has served as the overarching management structure for ISKCON in South Africa since the late 1980s, is undergoing sweeping changes in its structure and approach. The aim of the transformation is to “more fully realize Srila Prabhupada’s vision for Krishna Consciousness in South Africa and to present Krishna Consciousness in a very dynamic and relevant way to all people of our country.”

The effort began about a year ago when the

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9718106074?profile=RESIZE_584xDear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Many of you are aware of the atrocious attack against our temple and many Hindu temples in Bangladesh that occurred between October 13 and 15.

We offer heartfelt prayers that Lord Nrsimhadeva, the protector of the devotees, may offer his divine protection to the Vaisnava community in Bangladesh, and particularly offer his mercy to the two devotees who were brutally murdered in these attacks, Pranta Chandra das a

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Statement from the ISKCON North America Council

October 16, 2021

A North American legal case that has lasted almost two decades took a decisive turn in favor of ISKCON this past week. This long-running case, known in ISKCON as the Long Island Court Case,  began in 2004 in Freeport, New York. At that time, a group of “ritviks” opposed to the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) from outside Long Island, through deception and subterfuge, took control of the Long Island ISKCON Temple and the Boa

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By Kamala Radha Devi Dasi

After two years of research, writing, and debate, the GBC recently ratified and voted into ISKCON law a Code of Ethical Behavior. We spoke with the Code’s author, Yogesvara dasa, about the background to the Code and what changes he hopes to see in Srila Prabhupada’s movement thanks to its passage. The full official Code can be found through the GBC website here:  https://gbc.iskcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/CODE_8-21-21_FINAL_COPY.pdf

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At its meeting on Wednesday, May 5th, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) discussed the urgent need for stricter implementation of health safety protocols at its international headquarters in Mayapur, India. At the meeting, GBC members expressed their exasperation and worry that videos and other reports from Mayapur showed that some devotees were disregarding ISKCON's health policies regarding the Covid crisis, and were thus placin

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8895184663?profile=RESIZE_710xThe Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, in conjunction with ISKCON leaders in South Asia, has launched a Covid Relief Appeal to provide funds to aid devotees and others in need in the Mayapur region and Bangladesh. Below is an appeal letter from the GBC, as well as PDF and PPT files with more specific information about the relief efforts and where to send your donations.
 
ISKCON News humbly requests our readers and friends to also contribute to this important and urgent cause.
 
May 1, 2021

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