ILS 2018

#2 Weakened Standards Weaken ISKCON

A summary look at core values and instructions imparted by Srila Prabhupada directly or through his books, disciples and other media. The glue of ISKCON, if you will. From a list of ten, three will be selected, scrutinized in terms of origin, how they were understood and followed then but currently seemed to have drifted into something different from that which was originally intended. There are devotees who have no clue that such shifts in structure, values and practices have occurred. This includes guru’s, sannyasis and GBC figures, but mainly it is those who arrived following the departure of Srila Prabhupada. In order to keep ISKCON cohesive and authentic, these changes must be acknowledged, documented and in some cases, corrected.

Malati Devi was initiated in January 1967 by Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco. In 1968, along with her husband Shyamasundar Das and 6 month old daughter, Saraswati, she went to London to establish Krsna consciousness. There were two other couples that went as well. They met the Beatles and through George Harrison recorded the Radha Krishna Temple album which included the Govindam prayers, played daily worldwide in every ISKCON center at Deity Greeting. In 1970 she was sent to India to begin the World Sankirtan Party and establish ISKCON there. She was voted onto the GBC in 1998 and later became co Minister for the ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry.

HG Malati Devi Dasi

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