Śikṣā outside ISKCON?

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PART THREE - Doubts and Answers
Doubt 12

Doubt 12: There may be many details of Vaiṣṇava etiquette, but the essence is to do the needful. In such troubled days, ISKCON should accept help from its well-wishers.

Answer: I agree that ISKCON should correct itself — but without help from outside. The first step of rectification should be to identify those factors contributing to ISKCON’s departure from the ideal.

Instead, solutions to ISKCON’s problems should be consistent with, not contrary to, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s instructions. Śrīla Prabhupāda encouraged devotees to work together(58) under the direction of the GBC,(59) following the abundant guidelines he had given,(60) while receiving further inspiration from his books.(61) These are the ingredients for solving the problems that afflict ISKCON — not the śīkṣā of outsiders.

One such factor, ironically, is the influence on ISKCON’s members from Vaiṣṇavas outside. How then, no matter how well-intentioned, can that which is part of the problem be part of the solution?


58Prabhupāda writes, “All of you are sincere devotees pledged to the missionary activities, so you should sit together and decide what to do and what not to do.” (Letter, Los Angeles, February 23, 1969)
59Prabhupāda writes, “... this must be decided by the GBC and not myself. If they cannot solve this problem, then what is the meaning of GBC?” (Letter, Bombay, November 1, 1974) And in an official letter, “I have appointed 12 direct representatives to manage different sectors of the world, and they are known as Governing Board Commissioners ... M is my sole agent, my official representative, and he has supreme authority there in all matters.” (Letter, Bombay, November 26, 1974)
60In a letter Prabhupāda writes, “... please try to follow my instructions & you shall never be unhappy.” (Letter, Navadvipa, October 29, 1967)
61“Maintain your activities and increase gradually. I have instructed everything in my books.” (Letter, Māyāpura, February 25, 1976)
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