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Report on the 2001 GBC Meetings
accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
minutes from this year's GBC meeting have been compiled and, as usual, are
being reviewed by an attorney before public release. They should be out
within a week. However, several inaccurate reports have already been
circulating, so here for your information is a short, unofficial summary
of some key points from the meeting secretary.
year the GBC agenda includes 50 to 100 proposals, suggestions,
philosophical issues and unresolved conflicts. This year one of the major
topics involved restructuring the GBC. A sub-committee of twelve senior
devotees representing different regions, ashrams and viewpoints considered
several related proposals. Among their conclusions that were accepted by
the GBC body:
Membership on the GBC body should not be limited by ashram or external
consideration but should be open to any qualified devotee.
The GBC body needs to give more attention to issues of global relevance
and also to the training and assessment of its own members.
To that end the GBC requires more responsible help from the GBC Deputies,
including assigned administrative regions of ISKCON in which the Deputies
can assist the GBC.
demonstrating its commitment to conclusion #1, the GBC confirmed the full
voting membership of Malati devi dasi. The GBC also added to the body one
grhastha man (Pragosh dasa of Ireland, candidate for co-GBC in France),
one grhastha couple (Srutikirti and Kusa, GBC Grhastha Ministers) as well
as a additional sannyasi (Devamrta Swami, candidate for GBC in South
conclusion #2, the GBC assigned a committee to research various assessment
models, Vedic and Western, as well as other relevant training
opportunities. The committee met in Mayapur and has already generated a
number of interesting possibilities.
addressing conclusion #3 the GBC sharpened the Deputies' mandate to help
develop ISKCON legislation and asked them to help round out their
membership geographically for better administration. The Deputies met in
Mayapur and enthusiastically agreed to work with the GBC to fulfill these
1995, while preparing for the Srila Prabhupada Centennial, the GBC for the
first time brought a significant number of new devotees to the annual GBC
meeting. The next year the GBC created the GBC Deputies body, and since
then a core group of these non-GBC members has participated in the GBC
meetings. The GBC now feels comfortable with this group and wants to
expand their membership and responsibilities.
addition, the GBC body favorably considered the concept of an independent
"Brahminical Advisory Council" that could help the GBC in
various ways. They assigned a committee of senior brahmanas to study the
concept and make a concrete proposal for next year's meetings. They also
assigned Braja Bihari Prabhu to research methods of Conflict Resolution
and make such information available to the devotees in our Society.
summarizes some of the meeting's significant resolutions involving the
operation of the GBC. More details about these resolutions, as well as the
many other issues addressed, will be forthcoming in the GBC minutes.
servant, Kalakantha dasa, GBC Secretariat
© CHAKRA 25 February 2001
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