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Some temple presidents don't give or keep proper financial reports and many times they use temple property for personal and familial sense gratification.
The debate: Should Temple Presidents be Elected?
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Did Prabhupada want temple presidents
Comment on article by Jagannath das
I just read the article by Chaitanya Chandra Prabhu in your Chakra Website. It was very nice. I never thought that Prabhupada wanted the Temple Presidents to be elected. I always thought that we have to be stuck with whatever the GBCs send us.
If true, we should immediately implement this idea in all the temples. Devotees in the temple who are at least first initiated and the congregation who are very much involved in the temple affairs can do the voting. It is very important, because the GBCs only come to the temple once in a while. When they come they don't directly talked to the devotees about their problems, well being, etc. They come, give few lectures and go. When they come the temple president puts on a nice face, accommodation, prasadam, and lots of devotees naturally come to hear them.
And the GBCs think that it is running very nicely. But in many temples devotees are not happy or sometimes outraged about how the temple presidents manage things, deal with devotees in general etc. And the common devotees have no one to turn to and as a result they leave the temple in disgust.
they tell their gurus (who are powerless in front for the temple
presidents) or tell the GBCs their problems, usually they think that the
temple president is absolutely right and it is offence to say anything
against him. And this is why many of the devotees get frustrated. Many of
the temple presidents don't care for the general devotees, because they
know that the GBC is their personal friend and no one can therefore do
anything to them.
temple presidents don’t give or keep proper financial reports and many
times they use temple property for personal and familial sense
gratification. They buy new cars, computers, and other unnecessary
machines and use for personal benefits often. They stay in their positions
for many years without letting other devotees take over. They treat the
temple as if it is their personal house and that devotees are working for
them and are, therefore, at their mercy. Those types of temple presidents
would not get elected so this election process could solve lots and lots
of problems at our temples, including (1) abusing women, (2) abusing and
misusing general devotees, (3) lack of caring for devotees and treating
them like persons and servants of Lord Krishna, (4) lack of financial
accountability, and many other problems.
let the devotees have a discussion at your web page and share their views
on this very important subject. If Prabhupada wanted elected Temple
Presidents, many problems will be solved and all the devotees will be
happy. Please don't think I am making up these things. If you don't
believe me than you all can do the studies by yourself by interviewing
devotees personally in different temples. Usually devotees don't speak up
because they think it is offence or nothing will change anyway. So this
web page is nice because lots of devotees can share their views.
servant, Jagannath Das
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