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To say that Srila Prabhupada's clause restricting a GBC from removing a temple president unless the local members agree is the same thing as saying that temple presidents should be elected is really misrepresenting what the purpose of that particular clause is.
ISKCON NY Temple President
The debate: Should Temple Presidents be Elected?
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Did Prabhupada want temple presidents
elected: Response to Narottama das
By Ramabhadra das, Temple President ISKCON New York
article he accuses me of: a) wanting to make everyone believe
Srila Prabhupada didn't want temple president's appointed by the electoral
process, and b) feeling threatened as a temple president by such a
a point of information for Narottama das I was elected as temple president
of New York ISKCON ten years ago by an eight member temple council and
that was later ratified by a nine member corporate Board of Directors. The
local GBC at that time gave his approval also.
ISKCON temples that operate legally are doing it that way. That doesn't
mean that every member of the temple has a vote or every congregation
member either and it doesn't mean that every ISKCON temple follows such a
system . Generally a small group of temple devotees come to a consensus on
a fit candidate and they give their vote, approval, blessings, please use
whatever term you like. If the temple has a legal Board of Directors
acting as corporate officers they cast the final and legally binding vote
in conjunction with the local GBC giving his blessings.
I have no problem with this type of appointment for temple presidents and GBCs also.
the Direction of Management, what I presented is the Direction of
Management in its entirety with the deletion of only the names and address
of the thirty-six ISKCON temples existing at that time, so there is no
information I am holding back for self serving purposes.
To say that Srila Prabhupada's clause restricting a GBC from removing a temple president unless the local members agree is the same thing as saying that temple presidents should be elected is really misrepresenting what the purpose of that particular clause is. Srila Prabhupada wants to protect the temple president's against unfair treatment by a new and superior ISKCON authority, the GBC. That particular clause is there only to allow others into the process in the case of a proposed temple president removal, to balance the scales of justice. Remember Srila Prabhupada stated the "the temple president is in charge of the center." He didn't state the GBC is in charge of the center.
According to corporate law the temple president and Chairman of the Board of Directors are the top officers. Srila Prabhupada wanted to protect the corporate office of Temple president, the legal corporate head.
I challenge Narottama das to quote from my letter to Chaitanya Chandra prabhu where I say that I don't accept what Srila Prabhupada established as a standard. I was only pointing out the inaccuracy in defining that clause to be evidence that temple presidents should be elected.
I am presenting an important quote from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada
on the length of term he expected from a disciple once appointed (elected
if you choose) as a temple president.
constantly changing managers is not good. We shall develop more
progressively by sticking in one place and working, not that one-week we
have three presidents, that is not good. Our managers should be very
responsible for developing their center to the topmost standard, why this
restlessness? It is just like one man is holding government post by
getting votes, so today or tomorrow or next day, but he will have to go
out, then another man comes, then another, another--in this way,
democratic system, no one becomes responsible for the welfare of the
citizens, only they want to take for themselves as much as they can before
they have to get out, so they do not take real interest in their duty. It
is a little like that. My idea is that the leaders must agree to stick at
one place, even they may have to remain their life-long, that is the ideal
leader, one who is conscious of his duty." SPL to Hrdayananda Goswami
Nov. 5, 1972
hope this meets you in the best of health in this election year.
insignificant servant, Ramabhadra das New York ISKCON President
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