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As I first started to read the text I had hopes of reading the all important words:  varnasrama-dharma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What positive reforms of management can be expected if the GBC is going to rely upon social management systems not recommended by the Lord and Guru?

 

No Reform Without Varnasrama
from Janesvara dasa


I found the recent article entitled "Message from the GBC to the Devotees of ISKCON" as a small step in the right direction towards correcting some of the past mistakes made by the "leaders" of ISKCON and the GBC. The apologetic attitude expressed therein actually seemed genuine regarding the Zonal Acarya System. Such apologies are always welcome and help soothe many deep-rooted feelings of betrayal and abandonment by some of our Godbrothers.

Unfortunately, the apparent majority of GBC-member opinions is to move forward in a direction which does not promise much practical change or success in solving the root problems of the society. As I first started to read the text I had hopes of reading the all important words — varnasrama-dharma. But alas, once again, the GBC has found in their infinite wisdom a way of putting hundreds of nice words together about social and spiritual reforms within the society without mentioning the Lord's and Srila Prabhupada's advice on how to achieve these nice goals.

When Srila Prabhupada left this world he told us what he felt remained "unfinished" in his movement— to establish varnasrama-dharma. How can such a clear and bold statement by our Guru Maharaja go unheeded for almost 25 years? We are continuing to belabor at so many things which by Srila Prabhupada's statement are "finished." Certainly it doesn't mean we stop all of the things which he started and encouraged for preaching, but more certainly it would seem logical that the majority of our efforts would be put toward fulfilling that which was left "unfinished."

How many times has Srila Prabhupada prescribed varnasrama-dharma as the social cure for the ills of the human race? (The BBT is publishing a book of more than a thousand of Srila Prabhupada's quotes regarding this.) We are the human race aren't we? I do not believe any of us has transcended that yet, especially in light of the recent realizations of the GBC and the many mistakes made which leads them to the sincere desire for reforms.

Honestly, for the first time in more than 20 years I felt a little confidence in wanting to participate in the activities of ISKCON when I read my email of the recent Project Status report from the Mayapura project wherein Abhirama Prabhu discussed the revised plans and goals for the project. Within that report Abhirama Prabhu, whom I regard and I presume the GBC also regards as a very competent and sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada, having placed him in such an important position, mentioned the words varnasrama-dharma many times and with great import as to varnasrama-dharma's role in the planning, development and goals of ISKCON's most important project.

Why didn't the GBC also include many mentions of varnasrama-dharma in their letter to the devotees? Do they not believe that Srila Prabhupada recommended its implementation within the society of devotees? If so, are the sannyasis going to discard their dandas and sannyasa garb, too?

What positive reforms of management can be expected if the GBC is going to rely upon social management systems not recommended by the Lord and Guru? If they are not going to manage according to varnasrama-dharma what management plan are they going to utilize to cure the ills of this society? Is there a system which the Lord forgot to mention in the Bhagavad-gita which they are aware of and we are not? This should be interesting.

Janesvara dasa

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