Our Seminars

The seminars will be guided by these questions.

You’ll get to learn in many fields from well experienced-expert devotees on variety of subject matters.

ISKCON's Culture

What culture and values will guide ISKCON’s decisions and maintain its purity?

Systems

What existing and new systems should be in place to “keep the wheels moving?”

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Improvement

What lessons can we glean from our past mistakes and successes?

Future Leadership

What training can be offered to its future leadership?

Books & Sadhana

How can devotees become inspired to maintain strong sadhana and study Srila Prabhupada’s books?

Building Relationships

How can we build a society that has healthy guru/disciple, family/social and organizational interactions?

Mission

How will we fulfil Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya’s desire to spread Krsna Consciousness throughout the world?

Trust

How can ISKCON’s leaders inspire and maintain the trust of the Vaishnava community?

There will be a total of 60+ Seminars

Varnasrama without Gurukula? Just a Hobby.

Although Srila Prabhupada consistently stressed the importance of Gurukula and personally endeavored to establish it, today the Gurukula system is neglected and even feared. Learn about the reasons for this “rejection.” Hear about Srila Prabhupada’s original recipe for making the Gurukula a success. This seminar is essential for those wishing the long-term success of ISKCON, for those concerned about the future of our children and for those eager to see varnasrama becoming a reality.

Kaunteya das joined ISKCON in 1980. At present he serves as co-minister, with Jayapataka Maharaja, of the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry; as co-chairman, with Gopal Bhatta Prabhu, of the GBC Organizational Development Committee; as a member of the GBC Strategic Planning Team and as trustee and faculty member of the GBC College for Leadership Development. He wrote several books and has a PhD in Indovedic Psychology.

Youth Programs to Train Our Future Hope

“What existing and new systems should be in place to ‘keep the wheels moving?’ and “What training can be offered to our future leadership?”, “Culture and values that will maintain ISKCON’s purity,” and in a broader sense, “How will we fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s and Lord Caitanya’s desire to spread Krsna consciousness throughout the world?”

Srila Prabhupada referred to our youth as “Our Future Hope” and “Vaikuntha Children.” Sociologists predict that the success of our movement depends on how well we retain our children. To ensure the wheels of ISKCON keep on moving, it is of paramount importance for temples to begin implementing youth programs for teenagers to train, engage, inspire and empower them in Krishna consciousness so they can become our future preachers, managers, and leaders. Learn how to start and maintain programs for youth growing up in your community, based on programs like Pandava Sena and the Youth Ministry Bhagavad-Gita Study groups and bus tours. Get ideas for weekly, monthly and yearly activities and best practices to transmit our culture and values to our next generation.

Manorama das currently serves as the GBC’s ISKCON Youth Minister. He was raised in ISKCON, attending Vrindavan and New Mayapur (France) Gurukulas in the 1980s and is a disciple of Sacinandana Swami. Together with his wife, Jaya Sri Radhe d.d., they run bi-annual youth ministry bus tours and mission trips during summer and winter school holidays, for youth of all ages, as well as weekly Bhagavad-gita study groups for youth in the New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida. When he’s not traveling, Manorama also manages the Krishna.com website project for the BBT.

Why it’s Important to Study Srila Prabhupada’s Books More Deeply Now than Ever Before

We will be looking on how to preserve and propagate the knowledge, understanding and practice of Krsna consciousness of all Srila Prabhupada gave through his books lectures, conversations, general instructions, letters.

Four categories for study:

Issues: Problems that may arise or significant decisions that need to be made.

Instructions: The information given by our founder acarya to resolve issues.

Context: The relevant situations which inspired that instruction and which shaped the particular instruction.

Intention: The goal which Srila Prabhupada was trying to achieve in giving a particular instruction.

Candramauli Swami came in contact with the ISKCON in Denver, Colorado at the age of 25. In 1973 he began practicing Krsna consciousness in New York City and shortly thereafter began serving at New Vrindavan farm community in West Virginia. He received initiation in 1973 from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 1986, accepted the sannyasa order and began traveling and preaching throughout North America. In the early 1990’s became involved with ISKCON Prison Ministry, administering Krsna Consciousness to inmates via books, letters and programs. He mainly preaches in America, India, Western Europe and the United Kingdom. He is an initiating spiritual master in ISKCON.

Think Succession: Planning for Leadership Transition

“One who is now the disciple is the next spiritual master.”- Srila Prabhupada. (SB 2.9.43) Strong leadership is an integral aspect for the sustainability of any organization. Whether a change occurs due to an unexpected vacancy or the anticipated move of a long tenured leader, planning for a smooth and thoughtful transition of leadership is crucial for better managing the challenges that arise. This seminar is an overview on the need for succession planning and its implementation even for a not-for-profit organization like ISKCON. It will deal with key issues faced in leadership transition, and how best to overcome them within zones, temples and congregations. This seminar is thus relevant to all levels of leadership within ISKCON for the purpose of improving succession planning and management.

Rasa Krida Parayana das came in contact with ISKCON in 1986 in Vrindavan and took initiation from Jayapataka Swami in 1993. He has been a congregational leader and preacher along with his wife Apurva Shakti Devi Dasi, expanding the Nama Hatta preaching programs in the Persian Gulf region since 1990. He joined the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) in 2009, and at present is the Chairman of the GBC Succession Committee. He currently works as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for a business conglomerate in Oman, where his family resides.

Negotiating Uncertainties in Leadership Situations with Resilience and Restraint

Change and uncertainty are constant features of the leadership landscape. Where there is no uncertainty, there is no longer much need for leadership as things can go on in an auto-pilot mode. The greater the uncertainty in a situation, the greater the need for leadership to invoke clarity and inspiration for the team to navigate the situation.  Doubts, fear and anxiety are caused not as much by outer uncertainty as by inner instability. When things are constantly changing around us, it is of paramount importance for the leadership to take shelter and inspire their team members to take shelter of things which don’t change. Dealing with uncertainty requires scientific exploration, artistic navigation and prayerful meditation. In this seminar we shall take a look at some of the principles and practices which can help the leadership in dealing with uncertainties with resilience and restraint.

Gauranga das is a B.Tech graduate of IIT Bombay and has been serving at ISKCON Chowpatty since 1993. Currently he is serving as a Presidential Board Member of ISKCON Chowpatty and Govardhan Ecovillage, an award winning farm community. He is also serving in various capacities at a national and global scale in ISKCON such as a Global Duty Officer for the GBC, trustee of the GBC College, member of the GBC Org Dev and Nominations Committees, Divisional Director of Devotee Care and Temple Development, Systems & Administration departments of the GBC strategic planning committee, member of the Sastric Advisory Council, member of the ISKCON India Advisory Committee and several others. He is also the Director of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha, a school offering a two-year full time study program of the Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita in seven cities across India. He is also serving as a Trustee and Administrative Director for the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre (BRC), Kolkata.

Devotional Service: Explore, Encourage, Engage and Enhance

ISKCON centers and temples have expanded manifold but the institutional framework has not been able to keep pace with this rapid expansion; it is akin to a tree with a thin trunk and several heavy branches. What would be the fate of such a tree? In addition to expansion ISKCON’s demographics have changed too. It now has amongst its Vaishnava communities – businessmen, computer professionals, investors, marketers. These are sincere devotees who have the skills to improve the emaciated institutional framework. Would Srila Prabhupada not consider their professional inputs to strengthen ISKCON, devotional service? Think yukta-vairagya.

A system to garner help from volunteers may be an answer to connect qualified devotees to appropriate services. Please join us for an interactive seminar to explore this idea.

Tapana Misra das started associating with ISKCON in 1997 while studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Over the following twenty years he experienced Krishna consciousness in different environments – university programs, temple resident, congregation member and a yatra leader. He held senior positions in the secular world and represented sovereign entities on the board of billion dollar enterprises. His current services in ISKCON are – Global Duty Officer (GDO), Org Dev member, Executive Director – Ministry of Education, Mayapur Master Plan Coordination Committee and more. He has traveled to over 50 countries and resides in Mayapur with his family.

Where is the Ahimsa Dairy Equation Leading Us?     

In this day and age when cow protection is not appreciated, it is very difficult to find someone who is willing to protect cows for life. Before starting a farm, or increasing the size of an existing herd, we must consider first and foremost the fundamentals necessary for the lifetime protection of cows and bulls. In the past we found shortcomings in our cow protection endeavor. This presentation shows that when the proper equation is taken into consideration cow protection can happen on a larger scale and prove to be very relevant to the present age where animal protection is so much required and in the spotlight.

Kalakantha das has been the ISKCON minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture since 2015. He has worked as an SPN member since 2013. Born in Brazil from a family of farmers and agriculture teachers, he has worked with farm communities for the last 23 years. He has been visiting ISKCON farms around the world and is working on an ethical dairy equation for ISKCON. Kalakantha das has been running the ISKCON Continental Farm Conferences which are already established in Europe, North and South America and he plans to reach other continents in the next two years. He is based in Sri Mayapur with his family.

Building a Globally Respected & Influential ISKCON

In this workshop, we will examine an oft forgotten duty of ISKCON leaders: To interact with and influence the thought leaders of our cities, nations, and regions. As leaders we have great facilities to influence the world around us. If we avoid or ignore those opportunities for change we miss this chance to push forward the Lord’s mission in historic ways. This workshop will examine the vision and the means to be part of that change, and enhance your skills to carry it forward, by building win-win relationships that enhance ISKCON’s impact on the world. As Srila Prabhupada taught, “because we are in the material world, sometimes we need help…. therefore make them sympathizers.”

Anuttama das serves as ISKCON’s Minister of Communications. He joined ISKCON in 1975 in Denver, Colorado, USA, where he later served as Temple President. He has been a GBC member since 1999 and was GBC Chairman in 2014. Anuttama dasa also serves on the Executive Board of Religions for Peace USA and the Advisory Board of the Religious Freedom Institute. He is convener of the Vaishnava-Christian Dialogues in USA and India, and the Vaishnava-Muslim Dialogue in USA. He teaches globally, and is a frequent interviewee for various media outlets. He and his wife, Rukmini, live near Washington, D.C.

Enhanced Speaking Skills for Leaders

All ISKCON leaders speak publicly, yet some of us are more effective than others. This workshop provides comprehensive, simple tools to increase your public speaking skills, effectiveness and ability to motivate an audience. We’ll look at 4 questions to ask when preparing your talk; essential components of a well-organized speech; and key tips to improve your delivery. We’ll also practice short speeches and critique the same to learn how to analyze our own speech making ability.  Fun, practical, and guaranteed to improve your speaking and thus leadership skills.

Anuttama das serves as ISKCON’s Minister of Communications. He joined ISKCON in 1975 in Denver, Colorado, USA, where he later served as Temple President. He has been a GBC member since 1999 and was GBC Chairman in 2014. Anuttama dasa also serves on the Executive Board of Religions for Peace USA and the Advisory Board of the Religious Freedom Institute. He is convener of the Vaishnava-Christian Dialogues in USA and India, and the Vaishnava-Muslim Dialogue in USA. He teaches globally, and is a frequent interviewee for various media outlets. He and his wife, Rukmini, live near Washington, D.C.

Lead Your Temple, Project or Region with a Plan for Tomorrow

How can we structure our Krsna conscious plans so that we’ll have the greatest impact on the world around us?  Strategic planning is a simple, powerful and spiritually rewarding tool. In keeping with the ILS 2018 themes, it helps you to achieve your desired impact in a systematic, consistent and sustainable manner. It is the method by which any organization defines how it will move into the future. Partake in simple practical workshops and learn the following:

Steps for creating a strategic plan for your region, temple, project or yourself.

How to stick to plans so that they bear fruit?

How to create a favourable culture to improving your life and the life of your projects?

Tips and tricks to keep your plans dynamic and make the difference between wishful thinking and effective strategic planning.

You will leave this seminar with a draft high-level plan for your project, easy-to-use skills and handouts to review at your leisure and with your team back home.

Subhananda das, a disciple of Partha Sarathi Das Goswami, joined ISKCON in 1993. He serves as a member of the GBC Strategic Planning Team and the GBC Organizational Development Committee since 2013. He is the convener of the Strategic Planning Support Team.  He has served as a member of the Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple Management Board (Durban, SA), and a director of Food for Life South Africa. In the secular world he has experience across a spectrum of industries, in part, assisting companies to stabilize, improve and grow their businesses to meet their vision. He is a post graduate in the field of Engineering, Construction IT and Strategy Management.

Smara-hari das joined ISKCON in SA in 1977 and since then attended regular family Namahatta under the expert guidance of Partha Sarathi Das Goswami. Since 2016, he served as a member of the SPS team under the GBC Strategic Planning Team. He also served the ISKCON BBTI Executive Management as Special Projects manager. For many years, he planned and rolled out major festivals at ISKCONs temple in Durban, SA. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Engineering. In industry, he has almost 20 years of experience in technology management, change management and the development and implementation of strategies.

Keys for Effective Temple Leadership: Values & Tools for Inreach, Outreach & Administration

Srila Prabhupada instituted temples and communities as the basic building blocks of ISKCON movement. The leadership of a temple or a community has paramount responsibility to create a closely-knit fabric of devotees, a well-oiled machinery of administration and a widely-spread tree of outreach. A lot of these dynamics depend the choices, communication and conduct of leadership. In this seminar, we will shall try to explore certain values and tools for effective inreach, outreach and administration.

Gauranga das is a B.Tech graduate of IIT Bombay and has been serving at ISKCON Chowpatty since 1993. Currently he is serving as a Presidential Board Member of ISKCON Chowpatty and Govardhan Ecovillage, an award winning farm community. He is also serving in various capacities at a national and global scale in ISKCON such as a Global Duty Officer for the GBC, trustee of the GBC College, member of the GBC OrgDev and Nominations Committees, Divisional Director of Devotee Care and Temple Development, Systems & Administration departments of the GBC strategic planning committee, member of the Sastric Advisory Council, member of the ISKCON India Advisory Committee and several others. He is also the Director of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha, a school offering a two year full time study program of the Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita in seven cities across India. He is also serving as a Trustee and Administrative Director for the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre (BRC), Kolkata.

How to Utilize Your Expanded Congregation?

  1. Expanding the congregation
  2. Refining the devotional service of the congregation
  3. Empowering the congregation to do outreach
  4. Furthering training and integration
  5. Focusing them into various areas

Jayapataka Swami received initiation from Srila Prabhupada in Montreal, Canada in 1968 and two weeks later took over the post of president of ISKCON Montreal center. He helped open an ISKCON center in Toronto, then with Bhagavan Dasa helped open ISKCON’s center in Detroit. In 1970, Srila Prabhupada sent him to India where he served as president of the ISKCON Kolkata center. About a year and half later Srila Prabhupada sent him to Mayapur where he received sannyasa initiation. He and the other foundational team members were entrusted with the responsibility of developing Mayapur with Srila Prabhupada’s words “I have given you the kingdom of God. Now develop it and enjoy it.” At the time of his departure from this mortal world in 1977, Srila Prabhupada requested Jayapataka Swami to take up the responsibility of being an initiating spiritual master and to act as one of ISKCON’s governing body commissioners. Since then Jayapataka Swami has been executing these responsibilities. Jayapataka Swami also serves on the following GBC committees: Organizational Development, Devotee Care, Outreach, Mayapur Festival, Deity worship handbook and Puri Development Committee. He is the co-minister of Congregational Development Ministry along with Kaunteya Dasa.

Spreading Krsna-bhakti in the Modern World – A Marketing Tool

What does marketing have to do with spiritual life? Are we selling something? As the scriptures teach us, that which determines the material or spiritual quality of anything, is the result of its use or application, so the use of marketing techniques, although apparently incompatible with Krishna consciousness, can increase an extremely useful cultural status. Marketing comes from the English word “market” and signifies the launching of a new product on the market. The marketing revolution occurred when attention was moved from the product to the consumer and his/her needs and from sales to profit. If we translate this simple concept and the successive ones into something useful for devotees we realize how useful they can be for us; putting people at the center of our attention and concentrating on revealing the aspects of Krishna consciousness that are closest to their needs.

Parabhakti das of Italy joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1978, at the age of 16. After several years as a brahmacari, he married in 1985 and took on professional responsibilities to provide for his family.  He has managed commercial companies and founded two national associations in Italy focused on environmental protection. He has trained and coached professionals for over twenty years. As an international traveler he encountered many cultures and peoples across the globe. This travel enriched his vision of the world and his insights into the varied ways Vaishnavas can contribute to society. For the last 15 years he has served exclusively in ISKCON and currently is: a Global Duty Officer, President of Villa Vrindavan, in Florence, ISKCON Communication for Italy, and a member of the strategic board for ISKCON Communications International.

Studying Srimad Bhagavatam with Children: An Interactive Approach

Srila Prabhupada wanted a Bhagavata-based education for our children, and he specifically asked that our children should study his books. The seminar will provide a comprehensive guide to making Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad Bhagavatam the centerpiece of our children’s education, whether they are attending gurukula, Sunday school, secular schools, or homeschool. As leaders in ISKCON, we need to cultivate the children of our movement, for they are our future leaders. This seminar will teach a practical method for leaders to inspire our children, from an early age, to engage directly with Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavatam, while also developing strong critical thinking, language, and communication skills—all using a fun and interactive approach. This method is applicable for school teachers, Sunday School teachers, and parents.

Aruddha Devi dasi is the author of three books—published by the BBT and Torchlight—on Krishna conscious parenting and education. She frequently delivers seminars on these topics and counsels parents and teachers. She and her husband, Anantarupa dasa, began practicing Krishna consciousness in Chicago in the early 1980’s, and started the ISKCON Temple in Boise, USA, in 1986 as a small weekly program in their home. Now, thirty years later there is a beautiful temple for Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari. Aruddha and Anantarupa also home-schooled their two sons, Radhika Ramana dasa and Gopal Hari dasa.

Inside ISKCON’s Economy: Faith, Governance, and Money

Informed by findings from the 2016 ISKCON Economy Study (IES), commissioned by the GBC, this seminar will examine the complex interrelationship between ISKCON’s money circulation and how it is accounted for within ISKCON. We will share IES results based on questionnaire responses we received from both institutional representatives (temple presidents and project leaders) and individuals (gurus and sannyasis).

During this seminar, we will propose ways to build confidence in ISKCON’s financial management system to maintain integrity and enhance donor support. Furthermore, we will discuss governance and disclosures, risk identification and mitigation, sustainable financial thinking, and financial planning for deity worship. While the thrust of the presentation will be to quantify ISKCON’s economy, it will also share best practices and propose a vision for ISKCON’s financial future.

This seminar should especially benefit servants of the sankirtana movement endowed with the sacred duty and responsibility of handling of Krishna’s money and assets.

Govardhana das was introduced to Krishna consciousness in 1982 and is a disciple of Bhakti Caitanya Swami. Govardhana has served as Temple President, Regional Secretary, and Co-Executive Secretary for the GBC and is currently Co-National Secretary for South Africa and a BBT Trustee. In addition, he is the chairman of the Board of Directors of Back to Godhead Magazine and serves as a Global Duty Officer. Govardhana Dasa is a Business Science academic and has served on over thirty company boards in both the public and private sector.

Life after Initiation – Staying Alive, Vibrant and Blissful

Tired of hibernating in a survival mode like a floating device? Look for a game-changer and aspire for excellence. This seminar, designed for initiated devotees and those planning on taking initiation, covers the following:

A new beginning; clarify realistic expectations; cultivate meaningful relationships; practice open communication, which leads to cooperation and love and trust; dive deeper into the mission; be more relevant by having a mature service attitude.

Explore service in separation by understanding vani and vapu. Balancing the advice of siksa-gurus, diksa-guru, and mentors. Imbibe, instead of imitating Srila Prabhupada’s mood.

Find out about different types of best and worst disciples.

Choppy waters: Never waste a good crisis — learn to grow from difficulties.

Experience a lifetime of transformation by keeping the connection alive.

Navina Nirada das joined ISKCON in 1984 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a disciple of Radhanath Swami and has over thirty years of experience as a coach and teacher in the fields of outreach and leadership. As ISKCON’s former Book Distribution Minister, he traveled the globe a dozen times or more, teaching seminars and conducting workshops. He currently serves in Mayapur and San Francisco.

Vaisnava Relationships – Listen Up and be an Effective Leader

Temples have been lost and devotees have been neglected due to brittle relationships between leaders and devotees in general. Listening skills and effective communication are extremely important for effective leadership. Come and discover what you are doing wrong in communication and transform your leadership style. Learn to connect better and be an effective and appreciated leader.

Atul Krsna das joined ISKCON’s Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir in 1985, and served as a book distributor and fundraiser from 1986 to 1996. Subsequently he preached village to village in Bangladesh from 1996 for 4 years, during which he learnt fluent Bengali. He began teaching, in both Bengali & English mediums, in the Mayapur Institute from 2000. He teaches Bhakti-sastri, Bhaktivaibhava, Teacher Training and Vaisnava Culture courses throughout India, Bangladesh, South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He currently serves as the Chairman of the ISKCON Board of Examiners, which sets standards for sastric study courses in ISKCON.

Sri Radha Govinda dasi is the president of MAPSS (​Mayapur Astrologic and Psychosomatic Sacred Sciences) and the director of Bhakti Marriage System, a division of the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry (www.bhaktimarriages.com). She’s the author of five books on Vedic astrology etc. and has given seminars in more than 20 countries, on 5 continents, in ISKCON and to the public at large.

Prevention is Better than Cure: Better Marriages in ISKCON

Families are the building blocks of society and matrimonial stability is the glue that keeps families and communities together. Many religious groups don’t celebrate marriages without previous training. We should also institute a standard premarital training program in ISKCON that can prevent false expectations and divorces. Our (ISKCON’s) record of stability is quite poor in spite of Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and guidance on this topic, with ISKCON having gone through many trials and errors in this area. What did we do right? What should we consider? Attendees will learn the premarital training system we have developed and how to take advantage of materials and courses in order to benefit their communities.

Sri Radha Govinda dasi is the president of MAPSS (​Mayapur Astrologic and Psychosomatic Sacred Sciences) and the director of Bhakti Marriage System, a division of the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry (www.bhaktimarriages.com). She’s the author of five books on Vedic astrology etc. and has given seminars in more than 20 countries, on 5 continents, in ISKCON and to the public at large.

The Secret of Servant Leadership

Lord Caitanya descended in this world to show by His personal example the ideal conduct of a devotee and especially that of one in the position of leadership. He taught that the essential virtue of a Vaishnava leader is to be in the mood of being a servant. Drawing lessons from the life & teachings of the great Vaishnava acaryas & the scriptures, this seminar is a humble attempt to present the essential characteristics of a servant-leader, especially in context of a Vaishnava community. As taught by Srila Prabhupada himself, this mood is crucial for the expansion and sustenance of this Sankirtan mission.

Radhanath Swami was born in Chicago, USA. In his teenage years, he embarked on a journey of discovery of the world and religion that ultimately led him to India where he met Srila Prabhupada in 1971 and embraced his teachings. Initially serving in India, Radhanath Swami returned to the USA where he served at a farm community and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1973. In 1979, he moved from the farming community to pioneer educational programs in colleges and universities in the United States and in 1986 he returned to India. His major efforts in India have resulted in a large community and temple in Mumbai and an eco-farm project – Govardhan Eco village. He is a member of the GBC since 1996.

Devotee Care Exercises for Inner Lives

Devotees have to be educated to be internally peaceful by proper spiritual education and engagement.  If there are peaceful and satisfied, they can turn their attention to the welfare of the society. Srila Prabhupada did this with his disciples during his time thus causing a spiritual revolution throughout the world for the first time in history. Therefore, great responsibility lies on those who are tending to the lives of others to carefully consider their own inner lives under proper guidance and to learn to withdraw consciousness from external things and undertake proper thinking, feeling and willing on the process given by Srila Prabhupada and previous acharyas. Such scientific training for preachers in culturing their inner self is the need of the hour to encourage preachers to have the courage to look at their inner lives. Such sincerely endeavoring preachers should consciously and non-duplicitously train their thinking, feeling and willing process placing themselves in the light of Krsna consciousness through the bona fide hearing process in the association of devotees who are capable of giving them needful guidance.

Revati Raman das was born in a Sri Vaishnava family and studied engineering in Bangalore. The first time he came in contact with ISKCON was in 1988 through a book written by Srila Prabhupada. He immediately took to Krishna consciousness and in 1991 took initiation from Jayapataka Swami. He then resigned from his job with a multinational company to devote his life to Krishna consciousness. He served in Bangalore and has been the temple president in Tirupati since 1996. He is a member of the GBC and the Indian Bureau.

Understanding Tradition and Innovation in ISKCON Outreach

Amidst a myriad of instructions of His Divine Grace to carry forward this movement, outreach takes utmost precedence, being the arrowhead. What ails our outreach? In a fast changing world of technology, do you feel helplessly relegated to the background with an archaic method, straitjacketed in tradition? Are there ‘too preachy’ or overly ‘innovative’ projects, jeopardizing the very soul of our movement’s traditions and core teachings?  Are we in fear or sitting pretty, behind the mask of tradition, and Srila Prabhupada’s statements like “No Change” “Do as I do”? The Outreach Committee we did quite some thinking on these queries and more and we like to share it with you.

Bhakti Vinoda Swami serves as the chairman of the GBC Outreach Committee apart from being an ISKCON Zonal Secretary in South India, an ISKCON India Bureau member and an active BBT man– publishing, distributing and teaching books of Srila Prabhupada. He is involved also in studying strategic outreach in ISKCON for several years and travels widely giving seminars, workshops and talks for youth in universities, public forums, associations and to ISKCON congregations.

Etiquette in Management – Spiritual Leadership in ISKCON

Srila Prabhupada established ISKCON to effectively propagate Krishna consciousness all over the world in order to further establish the golden age inaugurated by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and enable people to achieve the ultimate goal of their existence. Thus, the leaders of ISKCON have the solemn responsibility to continue this critically important mission. They have the duty to spiritualize this material world by transforming it from a world of exploitation in to a world of service. While doing so they have to remain humble servants of all those they serve.   By becoming ideal Vaisnavas in their behavior and example, they will naturally motivate and guide the members of this illustrious institution and beyond. This seminar on “Etiquette in Management…” is designed to help the leaders of ISKCON become fully aware of their spiritual responsibility and achieve perfection in their service to Srila Prabhupada.

Bhakti Charu Swami joined ISKCON at Mayapur in 1976. During his first meeting with Srila Prabhupada, he was asked to translate his books into Bengali. Soon after that Srila Prabhupada appointed him as his secretary for Indian affairs and during the Gaura Purnima festival in Mayapur he gave him first and second initiation simultaneously. Three months after that, in Vrindavan, he gave sannyas. He had the rare good fortune of serving Srila Prabhupada very intimately until he left this planet. In 1987 he joined the GBC body and served as its chairman in 1989. He is also serving as the chairman this year. As a GBC he served in Mayapur, Calcutta, Bangladesh, France, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, South Africa, Mauritius and in some parts of the USA. By 1995 he translated all the major works of Srila Prabhupada in to Bengal and produced a 104 episode video series on the life of Srila Prabhupada that was shown in the Indian National TV channel and had a viewership of more than 25 million. By Srila Prabhupada’s mercy he also built a marble temple in Ujjain in India, built in less than ten months and inaugurated in 2006.

Gratitude Rooted in the Gift of Nama Prabhu & Srimad Bhagavatam

Opportunity to expand and further develop Krishna consciousness – today and continuing into the future – is abundant, as are corresponding challenges. Leaders of ISKCON require strength and vision to guide and inspire members towards BOTH personal and collective improvement.                                                                                                                   We all received from our Founder-acharya the means to acquire all the strength and vision we require to further the Mission. This seminar will focus on the WHY and the HOW the gift of bhakti carried within the hearts of all ISKCON leaders can be nourished.

Romapada Swami joined the movement in Boston 1970 and was initiated in 1971. He took sannyasa in 1983 and became an initiating spiritual master in 1985. In 1992 he began serving as a member of the GBC. His devotional career began with book distribution, college outreach and temple leadership. He served as president of the Manhattan temple (1977-78), then as regional secretary for New England (1979-82), and then again as president of the Brooklyn temple (1982-83). From 1996-2008, he served as Chairman of the North American Executive Committee, and was the GBC Chairman in 2009-2010. Romapada Swami’s GBC zonal assignment includes Northeast USA as well as Midwest USA.

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