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HH Maha Visnu Goswami Is Diksa Guru

Resolution regarding HH Maha Visnu Goswami as Diksa Guru.

Dear Maharaja's and Prabhus,

Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The GBC body recently passed the following resolution (see below) concerning HH Maha Visnu Goswami. What this means now is that an *exception* has been made in the case of HH Maha Visnu Goswami in regards to the present ISKCON law which states that 'one should not initiate in the presence of their spiritual master'.

He is hereby recognized as an official ISKCON Diksa Guru allowed to accept disciples.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Your servant,

Ramai Swami GBC Chairman

---------- RESOLVED :

That an *EXCEPTION* has been made in the case of HH Maha Visnu Goswami in regards to the present ISKCON LAW 6.3.2 (which reads as)

"No devotee shall give initiation as long as his own spiritual master is present on the planet. A devotee whose spiritual master is present must take all who approach him for initiation to his own spiritual master (or other approved initiating guru)."

Whereas HH Maha Visnu Goswami is doing dynamic preaching--attracting many to ISKCON and keeping others in ISKCON;

Whereas there are several unique features to the history of HH Maha Visnu Goswami that should be considered;

Whereas HH Maha Visnu Goswami is often asked for initiation by new devotees;

Whereas HH Maha Visnu Goswami is very elderly;

Whereas HH Maha Visnu Goswami has displayed allegiance to Srila Prabhupada's teachings;

Whereas the subject of disciple's initiating in the presence of their Guru is an ongoing discussion amongst ISKCON's leaders;

"It is hereby resolved that an exception to the present ISKCON law regarding disciples initiating in the presence of their guru has been made in the case of HH Maha Visnu Goswami.

That HH Maha Visnu Goswami is hereby granted a "no objection" to give initiation to prospective disciples.

That all such initiations should follow the standards set by ISKCON law".

end

CHAKRA 29 October 2001



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