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The discussion on how we should elect must also contain who are the most qualified candidates and who shall be participating in the elections.
The debate: Should Temple Presidents be Elected?
CHAKRA wants to thank all the devotees who have contributed their time and thoughts to this debate. The debate is now over on CHAKRA, but we hope it has stimulated discussion and improved communication about these important issues in your local communities.
Did Prabhupada want temple presidents
in Square Holes?
By Krsnacandra dasa
Dear CHAKRA readers,
accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
have been reading the articles on the election of temple presidents and
would like to make a few comments.
it is important that we have a forum for this type of discussion and would
like to thank CHAKRA for providing us with one.
reading the various letters I still always come back to the "Square
peg in the square hole" principle.
is a fundamental principle of the Vedic culture. That is individuals must
accept and/or be placed in positions or services that are in accord with
their natural qualities/characteristics (varna).
know we can argue that a Brahmana can perform all the tasks of the other varnas
but are we in fact all Brahmanas?
believe that unless we look seriously into this then how can we have a
The set of problems that we are presently facing may in fact alter considerably when we first organize our society under this principle.
would mean an extensive focus being placed on astrology and Ayurvedic
studies as well as selection criteria and job descriptions in order to be
able to understand a individuals varna and service options.
would also have to look at the methodologies and philosophies of our
training and education system as well, as this is where we can really make
posit that if we seriously looked into this it would produce results far
outreaching the systems and methodologies that we are presently utilizing.
discussion on how we should elect must also contain who are the most
qualified candidates and who shall be participating in the elections.
we do have many instructions by Srila Prabhupada on this matter (and many
other matters). However, unless we see his instructions from an objective
perspective (Vedic) rather than a subjective (in accordance with our own
desires and understandings), then how can we accurately interpret these
most enlightened and priceless instructions?
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