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(Mayapur, India) - February 13, 2001: The straw voting is done. Today the
GBC will hear a presentation on the Mayapur Project by Abhirama Prabhu.
what was discussed during the straw voting?
lot of topics came up which had been milled over by the subcommittees. The
main topics seem to center around GBC restructuring and guru reform.
Should the GBC completely reorganize itself yet again, or merely work on
existing structures to improve itself? Should gurus and sannyasis be on
the GBC? Should gurus and sannyasis be involved in any management at all?
Should all guru-daksina over $20,000 be turned over to an ISKCON
topics included: Should the devotees in Spain be allowed to sell the farm?
Is it okay for the Paris temple to move nearer to the center of the city?
Because no cow reports were submitted in Mayapur or Vrindavan, should the
breeding of cows be stopped there or are there other remedial measures
that could be taken?
of these topics, and many others, were discussed in detail in the two days
of plenary meetings yesterday and the day before. Committee facilitators
presented the topics that were in their subcommittees, took questions and
heard comments from GBC members and guests. Then a straw vote was taken by
results of the straw votes and any comments that may have been noted will
go back to the subcommittees for further consideration and refinement of
the proposals before they are submitted again for a final vote. CHAKRA
does not know the results of the straw votes for each topic, but we will
report the final resolutions as soon as they are available.
phone lines are not working in the GBC building, so I was unable to send
be a report yesterday. I have heard the phone lines are not working there
again today, making it extra difficult to send this report.
was the appearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura and the
disappearance day of Srila Gour Govinda Swami. Devotees observed a half
day fast, and the morning session of the GBC adjourned early to facilitate
devotees attending the festival and pushpanjali.
© CHAKRA 13 February 2001
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