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Prabhupada didn't want us to get caught up in these issues at the cost of our pursuit of Krsna consciousness. But it is unfortunate that people want to change Prabhupada's message for various reasons.
Presidents Not Elected?
By Narottama dasa
response to Ramabhadra's article, I wanted to mention that the dynamic
he's using here is the same dynamic used in dealing with the jiva issue.
That is that Prabhupada clearly said that temple presidents should be
elected. Prabhupada said it in black and white as he also said that, 'no
one falls from Vaikuntha.' Yet, Ramabhadra is trying to make us believe
that Prabhupada didn't want temple presidents to be elected. The fact is
that in many cases there are many sides to the issue. Prabhupada didn't
want us to get caught up in these issues at the cost of our pursuit of
Krsna consciousness. But it is unfortunate that people want to change
Prabhupada's message for various reasons.
may be that Ramabhadra feels threatened by the concept that temple
presidents should be elected. Indeed, he offers a correction to CHAKRA to
"protect us from unnecessary anxieties caused by inaccurate claims."
Does he mean to say that Srila Prabhupada didn't say what Caitanya Candra
quotes him as saying? Srila Prabhupada clearly said something and it
appears that Ramabhadra is trying to get around it by word jugglery.
To further elaborate this point if we read the selection that Ramabhadra has provided from Srila Prabhupada’s “Direction of Management”, there is nothing that Prabhupada wrote that contradicts any of Caitanya Candra’s points, nor does it support Ramabhadra’s point. For example, in “Direction of Management” Srila Prabhupada writes, “8. Removal of a Temple president by the GBC requires support by the local Temple members.” That seems to give quite a bit of support to Caitanya Candra’s point and not conversely.
addition Ramabhadra makes it out that it is Caitanya Candra’s,
“inaccurate reference/claim.” If we re-read Caitanya Candra’s
article we’ll see that it isn’t Caitanya Candra’s personal reference
to “Direction of Management,” rather Caitanya Candra quotes a letter
wherein Prabhupada references the “Direction of Management” document.
Prabhupada himself wrote a letter that supports Caitanya Candra’s point
by referencing the “Direction of Management” document. All Caitanya
Candra is doing is asking something like this: “What happened to this
practice of voting in temple presidents? Why aren’t we doing it now if
that’s what Prabhupada wanted and which appears quite clear?”
reply seems to simply voice his disagreement with the idea, trying to
support it by something that gives more support to Caitanya Candra.
think this is an interesting dynamic and I think it is something we need
to be more aware of in ISKCON. The dynamic being that if someone brings up
something that Prabhupada wanted us to do which we aren’t doing, we
should try to incorporate that no matter how painful it is. Otherwise it
seems to be symptom of desiring nectar in the beginning, which leads to
pain in the end. Note how the reference Ramabhadra cites from Prabhupada
brings up quite a few other things Prabhupada wanted that we don’t do.
Maybe this dynamic has something to do with the state of affairs in ISKCON
hope this meets the Vaisnavas well and if anyone would like to contact me
you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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