A fter concluding the three-day Sanga for GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission began its Annual General Meetings (AGM) on 6th February, in Mayapur, India. Arriving participants were greeted with garlands by Anuttama Dasa, the chairman of the GBC. Next, they performed a Guru Puja of Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON.

The meeting began with a presentation on the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) by HH Badrinarayan Swami. He congratulated the devotees for best book distribution year since 1996. He emphasized the importance of distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books and shared encouraging reports of book distribution including second-generation devotees and devotees in conflict regions.

The GBC body then spent major part of the day reviewing submitted proposals and casting straw votes. Several weeks before the GBC AGM began, GBC Deputies organized and reviewed all proposals sent to the GBC by the members of ISKCON. These proposals were then presented to the GBC for an initial discussion and a straw vote. Later in the AGM, the proposals with any necessary modifications would be again presented to the GBC body for a final vote. The proposals that shall receive a majority vote would become official GBC resolutions, guidelines or laws.

After four days of Strategic Planning Networks (SPN) meetings which commenced on 7th February, the GBC members will reconvene on 11th February. During SPN meetings, the GBC members who are part of various committees such as Devotee Care, Srila Prabhupada’s Position Committee, Outreach, Rural Development, will focus on a number of areas to help the Society move forward progressively into the future.


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