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BEING SRILA PRABHUPADA-ANUGAS

Following in Srila Prabhupada’s Footsteps


Srila Prabhupada’s Quotes on Leadership Themes

Contents
FOREWORD v
PREFACE vii
INTRODUCTION 1
SELF-LEADERSHIP 5
Exemplary Personal Sadhana and Behavior ....................................... 7
Time Management .............................................................................. 13
Prioritizing ones activities using 80-20 rule 15
Multi-Tasking 16
Emotional Stability/ Cool Brain ......................................................... 19
Balanced Approach: Not Going towards Extremes .......................... 24
Preaching or Management 24
Book Distribution or Deity Worship 25
Travelling for expanding or staying at one place for cultivating 25
Case study on GBC & TP Relationship 26
Prioritizing Duty Over Emotion ......................................................... 28
Great Ambition and Determination to Do Something Great for
Krishna against All Odds .................................................................... 30
No Personal Ambition ......................................................................... 33
PEOPLE LEADERSHIP 35
Team-Work and Co-operation ........................................................... 36

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People Involvement in Decision Making ........................................... 55
Creating Culture of Respect ................................................................ 63
Giving Credit to Others ....................................................................... 67
Devotee Care/ Sensitivity to Others’ Needs....................................... 70
Training Devotees ............................................................................... 80
Engaging Devotees: Giving Them Challenges and Engaging as
per Ability & Inclination ..................................................................... 90
Delegating Responsibilities: Investing Faith in Capabilities of
Subordinates and Empowering Them ............................................. 110
Succession .......................................................................................... 121
Coaching/ Counselling ...................................................................... 124
Supervising and Correcting Discrepancies ...................................... 126
Conflict Resolution ............................................................................ 154
Confidentiality ................................................................................... 157
Being Available .................................................................................. 159
ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 162
Job Description of GBC..................................................................... 163
ISKCON Organization Structure ...................................................... 204
Creating a Clear and Inspiring Vision.............................................. 231
Planning ............................................................................................. 235
Creating Systems and Policies Aligned to the Overall Vision ........ 238
Project Management (Connecting the Right People and
Resources for Executing Projects) ................................................... 253
Respecting Lines of Authority and Organizational Protocols ........ 259

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Creating Independently Thoughtful Leaders and Self-Sufficient
Temples .............................................................................................. 263
Travelling Extensively for Expansion .............................................. 271
Networking with Outside Forces ...................................................... 277
Risk Management.............................................................................. 281
Secrets of Expansion/ Growth.......................................................... 284
Emphasis on Purity/ Quality with Quantity .................................... 288
Having a Global Outlook, Not Just My Temple, Area or Zone ...... 293
Productive and Well Directed Meetings .......................................... 297
System of Vigilance through Regular Reports (Management by
Exception) .......................................................................................... 301
Being Judicious in Spending Krishna’s Resources ......................... 306
No Changes to be Made Whimsically Without Due Consultation
& Authorization ................................................................................. 308
Without Spiritual Aspect Management would Remain Show-
Bottle .................................................................................................. 311
Dependence on Krishna While Managing ....................................... 319
Acting As Per Time, Place & Circumstances.................................... 322
Leadership means Responsibility .................................................... 328
Expertise as Hallmark Of Leadership .............................................. 336
Definition of Leadership/ Management .......................................... 340
Being Prabhupadanugas ................................................................... 345
MISCELLANEOUS 351
Deity Worship .................................................................................... 351
Finance/ Property/ Legal ................................................................. 354

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Temple Cleanliness ........................................................................... 365
CONCLUDING WORDS 367

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FOREWORD

Dear Readers,

I was requested by the GBC College for Leadership Development to


give a seminar to the inaugural batch in March 2015 at Govardhan
Ecovillage, Wada, Mumbai.

I was sent a compilation of Srila Prabhupada’s quotations on various


aspects of Leadership and Management.

My first impression of that was a sense of relief that I wouldn’t really


have to collate the materials for the course to prepare for my
presentation. And as I started to read it, I was extremely impressed
with the meticulous research that went behind this compilation. His
Grace Rasika Raman Prabhu from ISKCON Chowpatty has indeed
done an excellent job.

While going through it, I felt that this should not be used just as course
material or even something meant only for the students of this course –
rather, that every leader of ISKCON should have it and read it. And
not only read it, but study it.

And therefore, I decided to publish it as a book. It was a big challenge,


because I had only three weeks to get it ready. I immediately got in
touch with Mayapur BBT and told them about the urgency and they
assured me that not only would the books be printed, but that they
would also deliver it to Govardhan Ecovillage before the start of the
course. For their huge effort under such time pressure, I thank Mayapur
BBT profusely.

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Being Srila Prabhupada-Anugas means to follow in His Divine
Grace’s footsteps. Being loyal to his teachings. But to achieve this, we
need to study and understand his writings and instructions. Everything
we need is contained herein.

This handbook is designed as an easy reference manual to refer on any


given topic within leadership of Self, Others and Organisations.
Nowadays, we hear about so many “Management Gurus” – and we
have the best in Srila Prabhupada and the teachings of the Gita.

But this book is not only for Leaders in our movement, it is easily
accessible for every devotee, because it is simply a compilation of His
Divine Grace’s quotations.

I strongly recommend that all devotees take time to understand what


Srila Prabhupada taught us about leadership and management by
reading this structured topic-by-topic compilation.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada

Bhakti Charu Swami

New Delhi

January 2016

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PREFACE

When the Edinburgh’s temple in Scotland, U.K. was closed without


consulting Srila Prabhupada, three GBC representatives wrote in a
memo to their GBC godbrothers, “No GBC man can whimsically do
anything without consulting Srila Prabhupada… We must be the strict
prototypes of Srila Prabhupada.” The memo was approved by Srila
Prabhupada in Vrindaban, September 14, 1974.

Fortunate were those who had access to His Divine Grace and his
counsel. The misgivings and mistakes of Srila Prabhupada’s direct
disciples have in fact proved to be a blessing in disguise. For if it
weren’t for them, Srila Prabhupada would not have left behind such
detailed instructions in the form of his letters and conversations dealing
with myriad of issues—issues of personal sadhana and behavior; issues
arising from working with others; and issues related to organizational
effectiveness; among others.

This book is an attempt to make Srila Prabhupada’s invaluable


instructions available to all leaders, especially the students of the GBC
College for Leadership Development—ISKCON’s official leadership
college that trains potential candidates for top leadership positions in
ISKCON. For ease of reference, the instructions are categorized in over
40 themes, such as Time Management, Devotee Care, Delegation,
Expansion, etc.

The first compilation of the book was in a digital format, but when His
Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, a trustee and instructor of the GBC
College, got a copy of it, he immediately offered to print it as a
hardbound book. The book in your hand, also printed by His Holiness,

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is the second and improved edition for which I have been instructed to
write this preface.

It is an honor to acknowledge the excellent work behind this


compilation by the students of Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha at the
Govardhan Eco-Village in Maharashtra, India, with Rasika Raman
Prabhu—a humble and very competent disciple of His Holiness
Radhanath Swami—as their team leader. They built on the initial set
of quotes provided by Kaunteya Prabhu—a trustee and instructor of the
GBC College—through additional research of Siksamrita and other
sources.

The result is this amazing set of instructions sorted by themes and


presented in a chronological order, as far as possible. The bolded text
directly corresponds to the theme, but the entire paragraph, and in some
cases the entire letter, is reproduced so the reader knows the context in
which the instruction was imparted.

Srila Prabhupada wanted the leaders in ISKCON to lead through


good organization and by exemplary behavior. This book provides
plentiful instructions by way of Srila Prabhupada’s direct dealings in
specific situations that would help the leaders for many generations to
come.

Your servant,

Rupanuga Dasa, President

GBC College for Leadership Development

January 6, 2016

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INTRODUCTION

Leadership has always been a topic of interest and discussion not


only amongst modern political and corporate circles, but even
amongst great sages and emperors of yore. Leadership permeates all
spheres of human life—one can be a leader for a family, community,
society, nation, and, of course, one’s own mind and senses. Despite
critical research and sociological experiments in universities and
corporates throughout the world, leadership and its development still
remains a mystery for most. ISKCON, being a spiritual society, runs
within a worldwide organizational framework, which necessitates
good leadership and management. We understand this from Srila
Prabhupada’s own words:

“We want a good administration—that is one side of our


propaganda work.” Letter to Umapati, July 19th, 1970

“But where are so many expert managers? All of us should become


expert managers and preachers.” Letter to: Karandhara -- Bombay 22
December, 1972
We are daunted with the challenge of expertly managing the
operations of a worldwide organization and simultaneously
preserving and presenting the pristine message of the Paramapara.

Srila Prabhupada has very mercifully given us the way by which we


can stand upto this challenge:

“Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple and easy
if you simply do as I am doing.” Letter to: Hrdayananda -- New York
9 July, 1972
“Whatever little I have taught you, follow that, and nobody will be
aggrieved. No māyā will touch you... Even if I die suddenly, you’ll

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be able to manage. That’s all. That I want. Manage nicely and let
the movement go forward.” Room Conversation -- April 22, 1977,
Bombay

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport to BG 3.21 (yad yad ācarati


śreṣṭhas) that, “People in general always require a leader who can
teach the public by practical behavior.”
That ideal leader for us is Srila Prabhupada. If we just try to
understand and emulate his thoughts, words and actions, and
faithfully follow in his footsteps, we would be assured of complete
success. But in order to be able to follow those divine footsteps, to do
what he did and say what he said, we need to know what he did and
said.

We need to backtrace those footsteps by trying to observe how Srila


Prabhupada simultaneously expanded Krishna consciousness
throughout the world, inspired and trained his fledgling disciples in

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culture and philosophy of Krishna consciousness, taught them to
cooperate and surrender, invigilated the spiritual standards of his
centers throughout the world, stood upto and fought with challenges
& threats—both external and internal—and, at the same time, wrote
spotless literatures, which would form the basis of the movement for
next 10,000 years. Keeping this need in mind, a humble attempt has
been made to compile this book, which is a collection of relevant
quotes of Srila Prabhupada on more than 40 leadership themes. The
quotes presented here are excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s letters,
conversations, lectures, biographies, etc., where he is either
personally demonstrating or teaching the highest standards of
Krishna conscious leadership. Also, the collection contains excerpts
from almost all recorded letters and conversations, which Srila
Prabhupada exchanged with, or in relation with, the GBC. When
carefully studied, these quotes reveal a very striking model and
pattern of leadership that Srila Prabhupada demonstrates with respect
to each of these leadership themes.
Some of these quotes might be found to be repeating in multiple
themes, which could be perceived as a monotonous recurrence, but it
actually reveals how Srila Prabhupada exhibited multiple facets of
leadership in one single interaction or incident. Also, it gives us the
opportunity to look at a pastime from different angles of vision,
which was often emphasized by Srila Prabhupada as an important
practice for deeply understanding ideas and philosophy of Krishna
consciousness.

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These Leadership themes have been divided into three sections:

Organizational
Leadership

People Leadership

Self Leadership

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SELF-LEADERSHIP

Self Leadership is about being effective in managing ones own


spiritual practice, time, physical and mental wellness etc., so that one
is then fully equipped to serve others and the organization.

Srila Rupa Goswami describes that a self-disciplined person who has


control over his/ her speech, mind, anger, eating and sex life is
eligible to be a leader or Guru for the mankind.

vāco vegaṁmanasaḥ krodha-vegaṁ


jihvā-vegam udaropastha-vegam
etān vegān yo viṣaheta dhī raḥ
sarvām apī māṁpṛthivī ṁsa śiṣyāt
NOI 1

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TRANSLATION

A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind’s
demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and
genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world.

Srila Prabhupada is an ideal example of such a self-disciplined


personality, who took disciples all over the world.

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Exemplary Personal Sadhana and Behavior

One should try to see


how much taste he has
developed for chanting,
so that one can remain
alone simply being
engaged in chanting. If
one can remain alone
simply being engaged in
chanting, that is very
good, but it is difficult
also. For a conditioned
soul in conditioned life, it
is very difficult to
concentrate the mind on
chanting absolutely. Better
to be engaged in preaching
work, that will make one gradually successful. Besides that, when we
are actually engaged with the preaching work, we gradually acquire
our spiritual strength without failure.

Letter to Sivananda, 11th November, 1968

Yes, as GBC member your task is very responsible. You must always
keep yourself pure and in this way your preaching work will take
effect.

Letter to: Krsna dasa -- Surat 18 December, 1970

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So as president, now you will be forced to advance in Krsna
consciousness because you must always set the highest example
yourself, and I think that this is Krsna’s special favoring you. Try to
always see the highest purity is maintained in all respects, become
yourself very convinced of this Krsna philosophy, be always
preaching and trying to understand some basic points from different
angle of vision, keep the devotees in your temple always satisfied and
jolly, and that will be your success.

Letter to Hrdayananda, February 4th, 1972

Simply become more concerned with increasing the spiritual


content of our lives, and in this way all other problems like
management will be easily solved, not that they can be solved by
making some legal formula and having big big meeting and talks.
The politicians have been holding such meetings and talks for some
time now and the world is no better place for it, and they have only
made things worse. We should not follow their example.

Letter to Jagadisa, May 2nd, 1972

Therefore, as a rigid principle, in every temple there should be class


for hearing and chanting. Without hearing and chanting, to become
leader it is impossible. You can, you can become leader in the
material world, but not in the spiritual world. Śravaṇa-kīrtana
kare...

SB 1.8.22 Lec- LA April 14 1973

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You are setting a very good example in that you yourself are going
with the travelling party. The Vedic concept of the commander is
that he must be in front in the fight, not that he sits back behind
the lines.

Letter to Jagadisa, 23rd July, 1973

As GBC you should see the standard is perfectly maintained, and that
deity worship is perfectly done. Then Krishna will give us all
protection. Neglecting the principles means neglecting Krishna’s
order. So you are one of the chief men of this Institution, kindly
maintain your behavior to the standard so that others will follow
and the whole thing may go on nicely. It was said about Lord
Caitanya: APANI ACARI PRABHU JIVERE SIKHAYA, that is, He
personally used to practice Himself the injunctions and then He
used to teach others. That is our principle: Unless one is perfectly
behaved person, he cannot teach others. My only request is that all
the GBC members should be strictly to the standard of life, and see
that others are also following them. Then our centers will be well-
managed. Kindly do that and advise your co-workers to do that.
Letter to: Hayagriva -- Madras 13 February, 1972

So you are very determined and intelligent boy, you have got a cool
head, so I am very much confident that you will be able to render
more and more the best service to Krsna and to your spiritual master.
That means that you will simply introduce our Krsna Consciousness
program anywhere and everywhere, without any compromise or
deviation from the highest standard of devotional practice, as
chalked out for us by our great predecessors. If you yourself
remain always pure, then your preaching will have effect. As soon

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as there is little impurity, the whole thing will deteriorate and go to
hell. So we shall not like to take the credit in that case, therefore I am
praying simply that all of you, my advanced disciples, GBC men,
sannyasis, temple officers, like that, that all of you will become sober-
minded and feeling always very much responsible how the things will
go on as I have given them. If you simply do as I am doing, not
avoiding anything which may have to be done for pushing on Krsna’s
movement, remaining always stuck up very tightly to the footsteps of
Rupa Gosvami, then without any doubt you will remain always fresh
and enthusiastic for working very energetically on Krsna’s behalf,
without any falldown.

Letter to: Pusta Krsna -- Bombay 29 December, 1972

The GBC must be vigilant by following the regulative principles


and teach by ideal character the presidents of the centers, and the
presidents by their ideal character must teach the others then
automatically all members of the whole institution will be ideal to
the human society. Then we can dictate to administrators or
sometimes take hold of the administration. In the absence of
competent leaders we may take the post. But we must be very
careful in the flow of the political movement we may not forget our
ideal life. For example, Parasaram was a Brahmin but when he found
the ksatriyas were mismanaging he killed them twenty one times and
some of them fled to European countries. This is the history. So far
we are concerned we shall keep ourselves in ideal brahminical
position and if need be if no ksatriya or Vaisya is here we can take up
their work as emergency. Our business is to create ideal ksatriyas and
vaisyas but beyond that our real business is to keep ourselves as ideal
Brahmins. If we are not ideal we cannot create others as ideal.
Training is required for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes of social

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constitution... So our business is to keep fit as brahmanas and to train
others to be ideal ksatriyas and vaisyas for advancing the whole
society.
Letter to: Rupanuga -- Tirupati 28 April, 1974

So far as being leader is concerned, leader means spiritually, not


materially. This you should understand very clearly. If spiritual
potency and strength is there, then material intelligence will
automatically follow. We must have a solid foundation of chanting
and following the regulative principles. Then one is fit to lead
others. I hope you will understand this point.

Letter to Jagajivana dasa, 6th September, 1974

GBC means to be a practical example to all residents of temples and


devotees.

Letter to: Kirtanananda -- Mayapur 5 October, 1974

Regarding the GBC meeting to be held in Mayapur 1975, the meeting


should be held five days before the actual festival is to begin and it
will be held in my presence. As far as your proposals are concerned
the real thing is that we must make broader constitution of the
management by GBC. But the difficulty is that our GBC men are
falling victim to maya. Today I trust this GBC and tomorrow he
will fall down. That is the difficulty. If the GBC men are so
flickering then what to speak of the others. Unless this problem is
solved whatever we may resolve it will not be very useful.
Letter to: Jayatirtha -- Bombay 16 December, 1974

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I know that Hamsaduta is very expert in selling books but books
are not only for selling but also for reading. Now has the GBC
become more than Guru Maharaja? As if simply GBC is meant for
looking after pounds, shilling, pence. The GBC does not look after
spiritual life. That is a defect. All of our students will have to become
guru, but they are not qualified. This is the difficulty.
Letter to: Alanatha -- Bombay 10 November, 1975

Yes, as a Sannyasi and GBC your first duty is to read my books.


Otherwise how will you preach? . . . Shortly we shall be introducing
the system of examinations for those students who are ready for
second initiation as well as sannyasa. According to the degree,
devotees will be expected to read and assimilate our different books.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Nellore 5 January, 1976

Prabhupāda: Now you try to manage the whole world organization


and all GBC men. Suppose I am not there. Manage very nicely.
Independently. Not to create havoc. But really to manage. I am still
present; I will give you direction. Don’t spoil it. We are in very good,
prestigious position. That is sure. Don’t spoil it. So much hard labor.
I started with very humble condition. Now it has come to this, such
exalted position. You don’t spoil it. That is my request. Increase.
That will depend on your character, behavior, preaching.

Room Conversation -- April 10, 1977, Bombay

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Time Management

You have asked me how many hours you should work. Our life is
dedicated to Krsna, and you should work for Him twenty-four hours.
We have different varieties of service. For you, you should work on

your painting as long as you think yourself fit; don’t overwork. The
balance time should be spent for chanting and reading Srimad-
Bhagavatam. So far remembering me and Krsna, it should be
simultaneous. I am your spiritual father and Krsna is your spiritual
husband. A girl can never forget either her father or husband. In the
sastras it is said that spiritual advancement of life is achieved through
the combined mercy of the spiritual master and Krsna. Those who are
sincere souls, Krsna helps them to have a bona fide spiritual master,
and the bona fide spiritual master helps the disciple to approach
Krsna. This is the process. I know you are a sincere devotee of Krsna

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and He will give you proper intelligence how to prosecute your
present activities. I can simply pray to Krsna that He may bless you
all with energy for serving Him. I am very much appreciative of your
work which you are doing for the Society, and I wish you may
continue to do like that.

Letter to Jadurani, July 1967

I asked you to work four hours just to give you not very much
strain because I found you weaker than I saw you before. On the
whole, you can work conscientiously so that you may not feel tired
due to your weakness. So sometimes if you go with sankirtana party
that will be a nice relaxation. So for each and every time you do not
write to me, but use your best discretion and do everything easily and
without strain. That is my advice.

Letter to Jadurani, January 14th, 1970

So the program which you have listed for the students and your daily
schedule are very nice, and your schedule is fully approved. Just see
that everything—arati, bhoga, offering, etc.—is done strictly on
time. “When every moment one is engaged, it is called: avyartha
kalatvam, which means not to spoil even a single moment of life
without Krsna consciousness.

Letter to Yamuna, 17th May, 1970

I think that if you go on in this way and spend your whole time
preaching and engaging others to hear you and become themselves
engaged in Krsna’s service, that will cure you of all misgivings and

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miserable conditions. Follow this simple formula of chanting
regularly with full attention, reading at least one hour, and balance
time preaching, and speaking and managing one center, and then
everything will be all right.

Letter to Krsna dasa, February 24th, 1972

Prioritizing ones activities using 80-20 rule


I want now that all of my GBC secretaries do my work. Let me sit
tight in Los Angeles and write my books. Now you be always
travelling here and there, visiting the centers in your zone, seeing
how things are going on and how the students are making spiritual
progress.
Letter to: Bhagavan -- Honolulu 12 May, 1972

You have asked many questions, but for this question-answering I


have created 12 GBC men. The GBC man in your zone is Karandhara.
So you may please consult with him, and whatever he decides, that is
all right. I am now desiring to utilize my time only for translating
these books like Srimad-Bhagavatam so that I can give them to you,
my disciples. So if the management is taken over by the GBC, in
cooperation with the temple presidents and the other devotees,
then I will be free for this purpose, and I shall be very much
indebted to you all.

Letter to: Thakura Haridasa -- Calcutta 28 January, 1973

Thank you for distributing my books there very nicely. Try to


increase it more and more. You mentioned in your letter that you are

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doing a lot of deity worship and cooking due to lack of sufficient
brahmanas. So why don’t you ask your GBC man for some
brahmanas (at least one) to come and relieve you of this service so
that you can spend more of your time preaching and distributing
books. A temple president should have more time for preaching.
That is important.

Letter to: Ravindra Svarupa -- Honolulu 2 February, 1975

Multi-Tasking
I understand that there are only three persons at Boston, but each
of you can work for three hundred persons, so it is not the
numerical strength that works, but it is the Krsna consciousness that
works. A Krsna conscious person never tires of working, and the
symptoms I can see in you as you want to be overloaded with work.
This is the test of how one is advancing in Krsna consciousness.
Nobody becomes more tired but wants to work more and more. Your
Godbrother Satsvarupa told me the same thing that he may be
overloaded with typewriting work. Similarly, Govinda dasi and
Gaurasundara also want to be overloaded with work. So your
examples are great encouragement for an old man like me. I have got
the same spirit of being overloaded with Krsna conscious work, but
physically I am not as strong as you are all young boys and girls. You
can pray to Krsna that I may get your strength to serve the cause of
Krsna consciousness.
Letter to Jadurani, 16th December, 1967

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated


Dec. 20, 1968, and with great pleasure I have noted the contents.

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Both you and Aniruddha are sincere devotees with good talents, so
anything you do by combined consultation has my 100% approval.
The idea of distribution of Prasadam is long standing, and I suggested
this from the very beginning of my missionary activities, both in New
York, and in San Francisco. But it has never come to any practical
shape till now... If we have Prasadam distribution program it is to be
done in the temple premises, not separately. Separate attempt will
require separate energy diverted from the temple management.
Therefore if you do at all start Prasadam distribution, try to do it in
the temple itself. In the temple also if you keep some Indian goods
for sale, that is also very nice. But don’t attempt two at a time. First
of all start the Prasadam distribution and make it successful, then
try to do business in Indian goods.
Letter to: Cidananda—Los Angeles, 24 December, 1968

Tell Brahmananda that press at New Vrndavana is most impractical at


the present moment, because there is transport difficulty. For the
time being first of all organize the Boston center very nicely and
then we shall divert our attention elsewhere. We cannot diffuse our
attention in many things all at a time.
Letter to Satsvarupa, 19th August, 1969

There are many things to be done in our missionary activities but the
GBC is not yet very strong to take up all the things and do them
nicely. There is a big project in Mayapur also. So consult seriously
the GBC whether all these things can be taken in hand
simultaneously. It requires a very cool brain and expert
management.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Nairobi 26 September, 1971

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My only point is that simultaneously we must increase our literature
production and build Mayapur temple. But it is not that we have to
stop everything else for one thing. The art of managing is to do all
things at once in a nice manner, and the guiding principle is to do
whatever is practical for preaching Krsna consciousness and at the
same time maintaining our high standards of routine Krsna
conscious practices for making ourselves progress on the spiritual
path.

Letter to Rudra dasa and Radhika devi dasa, February 20th, 1972

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Emotional Stability/ Cool Brain

There are many things to be done in our missionary activities but the
GBC is not yet very strong to take up all the things and do them
nicely. There is a big project in Mayapur also. So consult seriously

the GBC whether all these things can be taken in hand


simultaneously. It requires a very cool brain and expert
management.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Nairobi 26 September, 1971

Practically the leadership of this Krsna consciousness Society is now


in the hands of you my older disciples and I am very pleased that you
are taking such huge responsibility very seriously. In this way
remain very sober and cool-headed and always think of Krsna

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somehow or other, and there is no doubt this movement will one day
conquer all over the world.
Letter to Makhanlal, January 10th, 1972

I can very well appreciate your preaching work on European


continent, having received very favorable reports from other big
leaders there. That is wanted, that all of you will take upon
yourselves the responsibility of preaching widely everywhere the
message of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. By that responsible
commitment to your spiritual master, that is your qualification for
getting Krsna’s blessing upon you. And only in this way will you be
able to make your spiritual progress rapidly. So you are very
determined and intelligent boy, you have got a cool head, so I am
very much confident that you will be able to render more and more
the best service to Krsna and to your spiritual master.

Letter to: Pusta Krsna -- Bombay 29 December, 1972

So now you have taken great responsibility to plant the seed of


Krishna Consciousness in Cardiff, Wales, so I think that if you take
the matter very seriously and remain cool-headed, that you will
attract the attention of Krishna who will give you all opportunity.
In this way, because you are responsible leader, Krishna will force
you to advance in Krishna Consciousness. So you may know it that
you are very much favored by Krishna. –

Letter to Kulashekhara – Bombay 10th January, 1972

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I am so glad to understand from you your concern about the
managing of our Krsna Consciousness movement. Yes, you are my
elder disciple, you are one of the leaders of our Society; therefore, it
is your duty to feel always this responsibility for seeing that the
things go on properly. So I am very glad to hear that you are taking
so many steps for improving things and spreading Krsna
Consciousness more and more to the citizens at large. Main thing is
to somehow or other create first quality preachers on Krsna’s behalf.
So many boys and girls are simply wasting their time in so many
frivolous ways, but if we are sincere and serious to attract them to
Krsna’s fold, very easily we shall be able to persuade them to join us.
That means simply let them get a taste of something higher than their
present-day sense pleasure. Of course, that will not be so easily done,
and that will be your credit for doing it. You have got now good
experience, and you are mature, cool-headed and sincere devotee,
therefore, I shall expect a very good result from your activity in
this way. –
Letter to: Damodar—Bombay, Jan 9, 1973

One evening in Bhaktivedanta Manor in London, Srila Prabhupada


was sitting in his room with his disciples and a few guests, including
a woman reporter who had come to interview Srila Prabhupada.
Despite the chilly English summer weather, the reporter was dressed
in a scanty mini skirt. Her first few questions revealed her skeptical
and almost cynical attitude toward the Hare Krsna movement. As
usual, Srila Prabhupada coolly and expertly answered her questions.
Somewhat exasperated and in a challenging mood, she brought up
the old question, "Why do you people have bald heads?" Srila
Prabhupada immediately retorted, "Why do you have bare legs?" She

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was speechless. Srila Prabhupada then offered, "Better to have warm
legs and a cool head." Everyone, including the reporter, laughed
with delight. Prabhupada added, "You must have a cool head to
understand this Krsna consciousness philosophy" Srila Prabhupada
said.

Srila Prabhupada Nectar - Bald Heads vs. Bare Legs–Satsvarupa dasa


Goswami

Many times Prabhupada told me, “Being jolly is a sign of spiritual


advancement.” Though Srila Prabhupada displayed discipline and
gravity when the time and circumstances called for them, his joy,
humor, and quick wit transformed many situations. Whenever there
was a chance to add levity, transcendentally tease, or make a joke,
Prabhupada would oversee the fun. Sometimes he directed the fun
toward me or my godbrothers and -sisters, and at other times even
toward himself. Sometimes he made fun of silly acts (e.g., a man
sawing a tree limb while sitting outside the cut), and sometimes he
made fun of scientists who have “seen” proof by using instruments
geared to imperfect senses. Prabhupada often jokingly referred to the
wrangling scientists with their “perhaps’s” and “maybe’s.”

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He was an excellent mimic, punctuating his stories with imitations of
character types or animal sounds. He joked: “The scientist claims that
such-and-such poison is odorless and tasteless. How do they know
that the poison is tasteless?” Laughing, he imitated the scientist
whose final words are “It’s tasteless!” - BY HIS EXAMPLE-GURUDAS
PRABHU

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Balanced Approach: Not Going towards Extremes

Preaching or Management
Preaching is our real business, preaching and distributing books. If
your preaching work is strong, then your management of temple
affairs will also become automatically very strong. Just like if the
head wills it, the hand will move. Preaching is like the head of our
Krsna consciousness Societyif the head is removed, the whole body
dies. Managing is the hands, which work nicely if the head is
healthy. If the hands are removed, the body will not die, but it will be
crippled. So preaching is more important than management, but
both must be there if the whole body is to operate nicely.
Letter to Patita Uddharana, December 8th, 1971

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Book Distribution or Deity Worship
The thing is, we should have a little common sense in all activities.
The example can be given that women by nature do not forget to
dress very nicely although always engaged in household affairs. Deity
worship or lecturing in the colleges is just as important as book
distribution. So, these things must be done very nicely and at the
same time, book distribution should be done. Not that we should
do one thing at the sacrifice of another. That requires a little
common sense. Factually, we should be engaged 24 hours in Krsna’s
service and everything should be done very nicely and perfectly.
Letter to Adi Kesava dasa, 2nd January, 1975

Travelling for expanding or staying at one place for cultivating


I think it is best thing if the GBC members always travel on
Sankirtana Party in their zone and go from one village to another and
visit the temples to see how the students are learning and do my
work. In this way, they will avoid the propensity to sit down and plot
and scheme how to eat and sleep. So you can advise them all to travel
extensively on Sankirtana all over their zone.
Letter to: Karandhara -- Tokyo 4 May, 1972

I am more impressed if someone has opened one centre and that he


has stayed there tightly and developed nicely, not going away
whimsically. So you have been leader at New Orleans temple for long
time, you are the pioneer there, so why you should be whimsically
discharged? Only the GBC man shall be able to make these changes,
not any so-called secret meeting of devotees.

Letter to: Nityananda -- Bombay 25 November, 1972

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Case study on GBC & TP Relationship
So far your question, how far should the orders of my duly
appointed officers like GBC, etc., be obeyed and followed, the
answer is that they must always be followed exactly as he says.
Have you not heard me on this point? Why these questions are
repeated again and again? . . . Of course, my authorities and so-called
officers, they sometimes also order in such a way that everything
becomes topsy-turvy. So you may write to me your grievance -- what
can I do? -- but meanwhile you must follow him exactly whatever he
says. If there is complaint, I can make adjustment later. But first of all
you must without hesitation obey. It is something like the appealing
to the higher court if one is not satisfied by decision of the lower
court.
Letter to: Jayadharma -- Ahmedabad 13 December, 1972

So as GBC you must see to it that the highest standards of routine


work are maintained throughout all the centers, and that chanting,
rising early, cleansing, and all other aspects of our regular program
may not be neglected. That is our first business. GBC men should
not dictate very much, simply supervise and see that the standards
are maintained. The individual presidents should be more
managerial, more individual, and you can supervise, and if some
defect is detected, you can make suggestions how to correct it. But
if we lose individuality and simply become mechanical, what is the
point? . . . Regarding that house, I think it may be a little idealistic,
but if you think it is suitable why not purchase it? There is need for a
centralized European continent headquarters, just like our Bombay
branch is the headquarters for India zone, so if you think this place
may be suitable, and if the owner is very friendly with us and offers
us very good terms, then all the European centres may cooperate to
try for it.

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Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Madras 14 February, 1972

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Prioritizing Duty Over Emotion

Now you appear little restless, I know that is your nature, you like to
do big things and you are very capable and intelligent young man for
executing
tremendous tasks
on behalf of
Krsna. But I
think that you
have got a huge
field of endeavor
in the German
speaking
countries and
other countries of Scandinavia, Communist countries and other
places like that. Now work very vigorously to develop these places,
that is your great task at hand. You needn’t look further to find some
big challenge. The challenge is very near at hand. That means
developing and expanding along the lines as you have begun. Of
course we are not ever very much anxious to repeat the same
activity many times, that is the nature of the living entity, that he
seeks to enjoy varieties of flavors. But mature understanding of
activity means to take it as our occupational duty. That is to say,
suppose I am established as good carpenter, then it will be foolish if
after some time I am thinking, "Oh, I have done this cutting of woods
so many times, now it is becoming boring and uninteresting,
therefore let me become a doctor,’’ no. That is not recommended by
Krsna, neither is it common sense. Occupational duty means to stick
with one type of occupation which is just suitable for me,
considering that it is my duty, therefore I am throughout my life
obligated to perform it to the best of my ability. This is mature
understanding of occupation. That means I must not leave it even for

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so-called good cause, just like Arjuna wanted to stop his fighting
activity just to avoid killing so many of his kinsmen, cousin brothers,
and other friends. So we are preachers on behalf of Lord Krsna, that
is our occupational duty, we haven’t got to search any further some
new challenge or change our engagement. No, that has been already
settled up. Now best thing will be to develop more and more what we
have begun. I have built the skeleton of the building, but there is so
much more work remaining before us. The GBC men are there, the
world is divided into 12 zones for gradual development by these, my
chosen right hand men.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Bombay 2 January, 1973

One must also be careful that in the name of preaching one does not
become inconsiderate. The suggestion to sell the car used by Śrīla
Prabhupāda in order to raise funds for Ratha-yātrā is a vivid example
in this regard. The personal service and convenience of the spiritual
master is no less important than assisting him in his preaching
mission. There must be proper balance between the two. Prahlāda
Mahārāja, while describing the duties of a disciple, instructs that "he
should behave like the menial servant of the spiritual master and be
very affectionate toward him." - Servant of Servant by His Holiness
Tamala Krishna Goswami

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Great Ambition and Determination to Do
Something Great for Krishna against All Odds

I am glad to see how you are so much enthusiastic for making our
plan of a daily world newspaper a success. It is a very large task.

To publish a daily newspaper requires a huge establishment and the


editor must be very well-versed so that he can comment on all fields.
Letter to Bhagavān dāsa, January 21st, 1971

Yes, the cooperative spirit of working together without any argument


is especially prominent in Mayapur, more than other places in India.
Therefore you are successful, and the work is going on quickly to
completion. That is because all of you working there have become

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very much attached to the dust from Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet, and
because you have got such deep personal interest with that
engagement of work, you want to see that it is done nicely without
any hindrance of selfish motivation, never mind all kinds of
conditions of the material nature. That idea has become prominent
for all of you, it is bigger than maya’s idea, therefore maya cannot
interfere to make you quarrel or other things. But you especially are
to take the credit. From the very beginning you wanted that place,
and you got the land, got money from me, and now you have built
the place by your concentration of energy. That is wanted. If there is
some discrepancy anywhere, some non-cooperation, fighting, or if
the work is slow or not to the standard, it is to be supposed that
the person or persons in charge are not very much attached to
Krishna. That means they will discriminate: my engagement is not
good, other’s engagement is good, like that. They do not know the
secret of surrendering to Krishna. Such surrendered devotee sees
that everything is part of Krishna’s plan, that whatever is meant to be,
I am doing that, so let me do it with my full attention to every detail,
let me become absorbed in such service, never mind what it is, but let
all other considerations be forgotten and only my desire to do the
thing best for Krishna’s pleasure alone be my motive.”

Letter to: Jaya Pataka Swami -- 1972

Prabhupāda: Protest meeting must be there. How to organize? At


least, a protest meeting should be done in such a way that the whole
world may know that the British Government stopped the yearly
Ratha-yatra ceremony of the Hindus. That should be organized. What
can be done? You are not very strong GBC’s. There must be
vehement protest meeting.

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Morning Walk at Marine del Rey -- July 13, 1974, Los Angeles

My dear President,

Please accept my blessings. Recently in Germany, the Government


police and church have started heavy persecution against our
movement by arrests, investigation, and blocking our monies in the
bank. By unfair and slanderous newspaper and television
propaganda, they have ruined our reputation and turned the general
public against our movement. We cannot sit down and be idle. Even
killing of our devotees has been attempted in Berlin by shooting.
Haṁsadūta Prabhu has formulated a plan for protesting at all German
Embassies all over the world. This plan has my sanction. He will be
contacting you in this connection. Please cooperate with him fully."
Letter to all Temple Presidents, 6th February, 1975

As a child when I was going to the neighboring Mallik temple, I was


thinking then when will I have such a nice Deity to worship and now
Krsna is so kind that I am establishing so many nice temples all over
the world. Now I want that there should be established 108 temples
before my death, so you think how to do it. Make some program,
train up devotees. All temples in Melbourne, London, Paris, Bombay,
all are very nice. Everything is very bright and brilliant. The Deity is
proof of the sincere service. It is the duty of the GBC now to maintain
this. Their duty is how to enthuse them and maintain.

Letter to: Madhudvisa -- Bombay 10 November, 1975

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No Personal Ambition

This whole institution


was started single-
handedly without any
capital. I went to your
country with only Rs.
40/- and 200 sets of
books. So if we take the
capital of the whole
business, it was the books
and the Rs. 40/-. The Rs.
40/- was not even
touched because Indian
rupees currency could
not be spent in your country. In 1967 when I came back to India the
Rs. 40/- was paid for the taxi cab. The 200 sets of books was sold, and
I was maintaining myself with great difficulty. Now by the grace of
Krsna, book sales have increased tremendously, and whatever money
we are spending it is from the book sales; or whatever money is also
being squandered that is also from the book sales.
Now by the grace of Krsna we have got sufficient properties all over
the world, so there cannot be any diplomacy or conspiracy by any
sane man. All these properties and opulences, whatever we have got,
this will not go with me when I go away from this world. It will
remain here. I am training some of my experienced disciples how to
manage after my departure. So if instead of taking the training, if in
my lifetime you people say I am the Lord of all I survey, that is
dangerous conspiracy.
As alleged by you I have received complaints against Bali Mardan and
his wife, so seriously, and so much so, that the girl has declared that
Bali Mardan is an incarnation of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
on my name. In India some of the important members they have

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collected huge amounts in the name of the Society and spent it
luxuriously. I wanted you all my experienced disciples should
manage the whole institution very cleverly without any personal
ambition like ordinary materialistic men. The Gaudiya Matha
institution has become smashed, at least stopped its program of
preaching work on account of personal ambitions.
So whatever is done is done. I shall request you all not to be
personally ambitious. I shall do everything in my power to fulfill
your personal ambitions, but that will be done in due course of
time when you are fully trained up and following the regulative
principles and chanting sixteen rounds.

Letter to Karandhara dasa, 7th October, 1974

All my disciples they are good boys, intelligent, and hard working. I
pray to Krsna that you all may use your intelligence for Krsna’s
service and not for any personal ambition. We have worked very
hard and established a great institution, but if we think for our
personal benefit then it will become ruined. This is my only
concern.

Letter to Cyavana Swami, 1st November, 1974

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PEOPLE LEADERSHIP

People Leadership is about being effective in one’s dealings with


others. This would include:
1. Ability to build and maintain lasting relationships with
devotees at all levels;
2. Being capable of inspiring, engaging, training and nourishing
devotees under one’s care;
3. Being effective at using appropriate communication styles
based on time, place and audience;
4. Being adaptable to work with teams;
5. Ability to deal with and resolve negativities like conflicts,
deviations, falldowns, etc.

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Team-Work and Co-operation

I am glad that you are training Jagadananda to become my personal


secretary as well as you are training Mr. Phil to translate our thoughts
to German. Please keep this boy with great care because Krishna has
sent him to help us. It is a good combination. Janardana is well
acquainted with French, Hayagriva & you with English & Mr. Phil
is well acquainted with German. So combinedly you can perform
great blitz for bombarding the Western World with Krishna
philosophy. This I wanted & Krishna is sending my good
lieutenants. –

Letter to Rayarama – Delhi 4th October, 1967

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Our Society is like one big family and our relationships should be
based on love and trust. We must give up the fighting spirit and use
our intelligence to push ahead. You should accept help from your
Godbrothers.
Now I have set up the Governing Body Commission to handle
management, questions of philosophy, and personal problems. These
things are too much botheration for me, I simply want time to write
books to satisfy my Guru Maharaja. If Balimardan Prabhu has gone to
open still another Temple that is certainly good news. Kindly remain
there and teach Upananda das by nice example and work together
with the devotees there. If we work hard for Krsna without personal
consideration or ambition, then we are assured of success.
Letter to: Upendra—Los Angeles, 6 August, 1970

..Or you may follow your other plan, but however you do it, do it
jointly by combined consultation. If you do it jointly in this way,
you will get strength to decide the right thing.

Letter to Haṁsadūta (July 11, 1970)

I’m glad that you and Bali Mardan Prabhu have had a chance to be
together and have planned jointly one center in Hong Kong. That is
what I wish to see from the GBC members; that they work
combinedly to open as many centers as possible all over the world. I
am very hopeful for this GBC that you will work in such a way that I
may be completely relieved from all management of this society. Now
I want to simply begin translating.

Letter to: Sudama -- Bombay 4 November, 1970

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I’ve received a GBC report of the Pittsburgh meeting and it is very
nice. Please go on working cooperatively in this way and always
keep in touch with the other GBC members. Such communication
will give you spiritual strength to make the right decisions for
pushing this Sankirtana movement.

Letter to: Jagadisa -- Bombay 26 November, 1970

Worldwide means worldwide distribution of literatures. That is the


business of ISKCON Press. Now you are again in charge, so please
see that everything gets done with the cooperation of GBC.
Everything must be done cooperatively.
Letter to: Advaita -- Allahabad 21 January, 1971

I am also glad to note that a meeting of all the presidents was held
just recently in order to unify the temples. That is the process.
Unless we work cooperatively, how this movement will go on? So
my request to you all is that you maintain that spirit of cooperation
always and help me to deliver Lord Caitanya’s message all over the
globe.

Letter to Tribhuvanatha, July 17th, 1971

I have appointed Giriraja to be the GBC zonal secretary for India


zone, and I am sure that he meets your requirements of being
equipoised and considerate of all the needs of all the branches under
his control or jurisdiction. Simply all you leaders there in India

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must cooperate with him nicely and give him confidence and advice
how to manage the things in the best manner. So I suggest you
address your ideas for managing to Giriraja and cooperatively make
arrangements. Bombay should be the headquarters for India. You
send all money there and when you require you take and they sould
keep all accounts nicely. Whatever you need, they will supply.

Letter to: Jayapataka -- Los Angeles 16 June, 1972

Yes, Giriraja is to be regarded as the absolute authority in all matters.


Why do you disobey? Of course, everything should be
departmentally managed, but unless there is discipline, how will
anything get done? If you are in disagreement at every point, how it
will be possible to finish this important work? Anyway, please
cooperate with Giriraja and the others, and if this is impossible then
I will have to take other steps. If you want to go to Jaipur and
Vrndavana for a little while, I have no objection, do it immediately.
Letter to Cyavana, 28th June, 1972

Prabhupäda: The basic principle is that yenätmä suprasédati. Social...


Yat kåtaù kåñëa-sampraçno yenätmä suprasédati. Every householder...
Everyone is dissatisfied. There is no peaceful atmosphere between the
husband and the wife, the son and the father. We remain, of course,
together. But everyone is of different opinion. In your country it is
very practically experienced. Nobody agrees with nobody. Everyone
has got his own opinions. So if Kåñëa's center... Even in Kåñëa's
center, we are having different opinions, because we are
accustomed to live like that. But actually, if we are serious about
serving Kåñëa, then there cannot be two opinions. One opinion,
how to serve Kåñëa.

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Çrémad-Bhägavatam 1.2.5 -- July 17, 1972, Glasgow

The GBC authority must be accepted under all circumstances, not


that there will be fighting amongst you. This fighting spirit will
destroy everything, but what can I do, you American and European
boys are trained up in this fighting attitude. Now put it aside and
simply work cooperatively for spreading this movement all over the
world.

Letter to: Bali-mardana, Pusta Krsna -- Los Angeles 18 September,


1972

There are so many places to go, so why there should be business


competition sankirtana parties in New York? This problem should be
adjusted between the GBC men.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Los Angeles 30 September, 1972

Yes, the cooperative spirit of working together without any argument


is especially prominent in Mayapur, more than other places in India.
Therefore you are successful, and the work is going on quickly to
completion. That is because all of you working there have become
very much attached to the dust from Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet, and
because you have got such deep personal interest with that
engagement of work, you want to see that it is done nicely without
any hindrance of selfish motivation, never mind all kinds of
conditions of the material nature. That idea has become prominent
for all of you, it is bigger than maya’s idea, therefore maya cannot

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interfere to make you quarrel or other things. But you especially are
to take the credit. From the very beginning you wanted that place,
and you got the land, got money from me, and now you have built
the place by your concentration of energy. That is wanted. If there is
some discrepancy anywhere, some non-cooperation, fighting, or if
the work is slow or not to the standard, it is to be supposed that
the person or persons in charge are not very much attached to
Krishna. That means they will discriminate: my engagement is not
good, other’s engagement is good, like that. They do not know the
secret of surrendering to Krishna. Such surrendered devotee sees
that everything is part of Krishna’s plan, that whatever is meant to be,
I am doing that, so let me do it with my full attention to every detail,
let me become absorbed in such service, never mind what it is, but let
all other considerations be forgotten and only my desire to do the
thing best for Krishna’s pleasure alone be my motive.”

Letter to: Jaya Pataka Swami -- 1972

So Kåñëa is not alone. Kåñëa is not niräkära. Kåñëa is not impersonal,


because He has got so many personal associates. Nityo nityänäm. All
these personal associates, they're individual persons. We are all
person. You are person, I am person. We are all individual. I have
got my individual opinion; you have got your individual opinion.
Oneness means when these individual opinions are coincided in
the matter of surrendering to Kåñëa; that is oneness. Oneness does
not mean that all these individuals become one, homogeneous. No.
They keep their individuality, but they become one in the service of
Kåñëa. That is oneness. Now everyone is working for his sense
gratification, personal. When everyone becomes agreed that "We
shall satisfy Kåñëa," that is oneness. That is oneness. One nation. We
can understand: one family. One family means they're individual
persons, but they're working for the interest of the family—all of

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them combinedly, conjointly, working. Similarly, they're working
conjointly for the society, or they're working conjointly for the
community, or conjointly working for the nation. That is oneness.
When we speak, "We are Indian nation, oneness," that oneness does
not mean that every individual Indian has become homogeneous
with other Indians. No. Every Indian is an individual person, but he
has sacrificed his individuality and engaged himself for the service
of the country. That is national consciousness. Similarly, Kåñëa
consciousness. As there is national consciousness, community
consciousness, family consciousness, so many other consciousness,
similarly, Kåñëa consciousness means all persons agree to work for
the satisfaction of Kåñëa. That is Kåñëa consciousness. That is
oneness. Oneness does not mean we lose our individuality.
Sometimes, individually we fight. Just like in the legislative assembly,
our representative, M.P.'s, they go and fight. There is a deliberation.
But that purpose is to serve the country. Therefore, instead of the
difference of opinions, they agree to work in this way. That is
legislative assembly. Similarly, individuality there must be always,
but when we find out a one means to satisfy Kåñëa, Kåñëa
consciousness, to satisfy Kåñëa, that is oneness. Ekatvam anupaçyataù
[Éço 7]. Eka. That is ekatvam.

The Nectar of Devotion -- October 31, 1972, Våndävana

The thing is, our main business is to distribute the books, either here
or there it doesn’t matter. So if there is transcendental competition
for increasing sale of books, that is good. If he buys one book his life
may be turned, that is best preaching work. But everything must be
done in the spirit of cooperation, without any irritation. If one
party wants to travel into another zone, that is all right, but there
must be prior agreement between the GBC men and mutual

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consent. If by going there the book sales will be increased, what is
the harm? But supposing if there is any harm, that is to be judged by
the local president, and if he has good reason to think that another
will be unfavorable to his temple’s operations, then he may order
them to leave, that’s all. So local temple officers should be the final
judge to allow or disallow from anyone outside to sell their books
there. And if some outside party comes, they must sell books only, no
collecting without selling books. They must live in the local temple
and not separately, and they must follow faithfully the instructions
and directions of the local president. They can purchase books from
the temple at regular wholesale price and sell, and whatever profit
there is above wholesale price they must give at least 50% to the local
temple out of good will. That will be nice. So we shall not think that
this is my zone, that is his zone, just like the Indian and Pakistan
nation are thinking, and then there is war, no. Lord Caitanya has
given us the task to preach His message all over the world, and any
process which may be useful for facilitating this business, that we
shall gladly adopt, never mind his zone or my zone, that is material
designation. But we shall always do everything in cooperative spirit
and avoid any fighting amongst us, that is Vaisnava attitude, to
others, especially to devotees of the Lord.

Letter to: Jagadisha -- 18 November, 1972

The materialist without being able to adjust the varieties and the
disagreements makes everything zero. They cannot come into
agreement with varieties, but if we keep Krsna in the center, then
there will be agreement in varieties. This is called unity in
diversity. I am therefore suggesting that all our men meet in
Mayapur every year during the birth anniversary of Lord Caitanya
Mahaprabhu. With all GBC and senior men present we should
discuss how to make unity in diversity. But, if we fight on account of

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diversity, then it is simply the material platform. Please try to
maintain the philosophy of unity in diversity. That will make our
movement successful. One section of men have already gone out,
therefore we must be very careful to maintain unity in diversity, and
remember the story in Aesop’s Fables of the father of many children
with the bundle of sticks. When the father asked his children to
break the bundle of sticks wrapped in a bag, none of them could do
it. But, when they removed the sticks from the bag, and tried one
by one, the sticks were easily broken. So this is the strength in
unity. If we are bunched up, we can never be broken, but when
divided, then we can become broken very easily.

Letter to: Kirtanananda -- Bombay 18 October, 1973

So kindly take my word and do not leave our society. If you cannot
agree with the GBC, I can take up your matter personally and do
the needful. I love you all very much, and if you go away and stay
independently that will be a great shock for me. I want to meet you
all together. Let me know where I shall go to meet you. Just now I
have received the news that in Hawaii the tulsi plants are drying for
want of watering. How has Govinda dasi left the tulsi plants which
she nourished so lovingly? Please therefore all of you go to your
respective positions and revive your devotional activities without any
further delay, and if you cannot cope with the GBC men, which I
suppose there must have been some disagreement, I shall deal with
you directly. But, do not leave the Krsna consciousness movement, at
any cost.

Letter to: Tusta Krsna : -- New Delhi 7 November, 1973

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Regarding your trip to U.S.A. you say that you will be tactful and
respectful in your dealings. That should be the motto of all GBC.
Be tolerant, and if there is any deficiency, rectify it. All our men
have volunteered good service, so the background is good will. So
everything should be done on the basis of good will.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Vrindaban 7 September, 1974

Personally I wish all the existing GBC may be trained up so perfectly


that in the future in my absence they can manage the whole Society
very nicely and strongly. That is my desire. At least in this stage of
my life it is not at all desirable that there be any factions amongst
yourselves. Try to settle up amicably and correct yourself. One man
is trained up with great difficulty especially in spiritual life.
Everyone has got some weakness and deficiency. It is better to
correct or mend it than to break it. It will be best to discuss this in
an open meeting of the GBC and then do the needful.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Mayapur 29 September, 1974

I am prepared to give you fair chance, but you cannot criticize


Hamsaduta. Let there be re-election in the presence of two GBC men.
We should utilize our talents without being envious of others.
Letter to: Madhavananda: -- Mayapur 6 October, 1974

My request to you is that you try to follow the authorities there,


the temple president, the GBC, etc.—co-operated nicely with them.
Our movement is based on love and trust, so if we do not co-
operate, then how is that love and trust? Follow all of the rules and

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regulations very strictly without deviation, chant 16 rounds, attend
class and mangala arati and then everything will be alright.
Letter to: Krsnavesa -- Bombay 16 January, 1975

Why Bhagavan should interfere with Stockholm. I appoint GBC for


peaceful management of affairs and now you are creating
disturbances amongst yourselves. So how can I be peaceful to
translate my work. So all these things should be kept in abeyance for
the time being and when we meet in Mayapur we can discuss
amongst the entire GBC. If Stockholm is in your charge why
Bhagavan and Jayatirtha should dictate, and why Ajita should join
with them. On the whole why there should be difference of opinion
amongst the GBC? If there is some difference of opinion how is it
that it can not be adjusted amongst you? The Spiritual Sky questions
and all other questions of this nature will simply have to wait until
we discuss it in Mayapur.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Johannesburg 16 October, 1975

You write to describe me as a loving servant of the Lord. If you


believe me so, then kindly help me in my service. That will help both
of us. I want your cooperation fully. Lord Caitanya, although Krishna
Himself, appealed to His friends and helpers to help Him in His
mission and what to speak of me; I am just an ordinary human being.
So I need your help. I have just received a very favorable report from
Mandali Bhadra. He is a very nice boy, so work cooperatively with
him and let us all serve Krishna. Very soon I shall see you all and give
you further instructions.
Letter to: Yogesvara—Bombay, 12 June, 1971.

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The purport of the verse is that even Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu—He
is God himself, Kṛṣṇa Himself—He felt, alone, unable to do this task.
He felt. So this is the position. You are cooperating; therefore I am
getting the credit. Otherwise, alone what could I do? Ekākī āmāra
nāhi pāya bolo. Caitanya Mahāprabhu Himself wanted our
cooperation. He is God, Kṛṣṇa. And therefore cooperation is very
important thing. Nobody should think that "I have got so great
ability. I can do." No. It is simply by cooperation we can do very big
thing. "United we stand; divided we fall." This is our... So be strong
in pushing on Kṛṣṇa consciousness, and Kṛṣṇa will help. He is the
strongest. Still, we must be combined together. Saṅkīrtana.
Saṅkīrtana means many men combined together chanting. That is
saṅkīrtana. Otherwise kīrtana. Saṅkīrtana. Bahubhir militvā kīrtayeti
saṅkīrtana.[?] Bahu. Bahu means many; many combined together.
That is Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s mission: combined together. All
nations, all persons, they should combine together. There is hope in
our Society, combination. There are Hindus; there are Muslims; there
are Christians; there are black, white. Combine them. That looks very
beautiful, just like combination of many flowers. There is black
flower also. It looks nice, very nice. Each and every flower take alone,
it is not beautiful, but when they are combined together, it looks very
beautiful. It is attractive. And that is wanted. Because from the
spiritual platform we are all working. Paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ [Bg.
5.18]. Spiritual platform, every one of us, we are servant of Kṛṣṇa. So
where is the competition between one servant with another? There
is... Even there is competition, the center is Kṛṣṇa—"Who can serve
more?" Therefore that competition is very welcome, because there is
no personal interest. Everyone is trying how to serve Kṛṣṇa more.
That is wanted. The competition is there in his real form and
perverted form. In the real form Kṛṣṇa is the center, and the

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perverted form, I am the center. I compete with you to satisfy my
senses more. What is called? Heliocentric or...?

Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Egocentric.

Prabhupāda: Egocentric, yes. This is egocentric.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: It should be Kṛṣṇa-centric.

Prabhupāda: Yes, then it is perfect. The competition must remain.


The others, they say, "Why competition? Make it zero." That is
imperfect. But competition to satisfy Kṛṣṇa, that is reality. - Room
Conversation With Radha-Damodar Sankirtan Party—March 16,
1976, Mayapur

Śrīla Prabhupāda had created transcendental competition among his


disciples. In 1971 he had observed with pleasure Keśava in San
Francisco leading the society in Kṛṣṇa book distribution. Prabhupāda
had promised that he would leave Los Angeles and stay in San
Francisco if Keśava outdistributed his brother, Karandhara. And over
the years he had continued to instigate such competition, fanning the
fires of book distribution. He would encourage the leaders to send
him reports, and then he would respond with letters, raising the book
distribution fever even higher.

The whole of ISKCON waited to hear the latest quote from


Prabhupāda, inspiring them to go on and on. When Śrīla Prabhupāda
had given the lecture in January 1974 stressing, "Distribute books,
distribute books, distribute books," several devotees in the audience
had vowed on the spot to dedicate their lives to that instruction. And
when Prabhupāda had sent the handwritten note down from his
room in Los Angeles-"Everyone should go with the Sankirtan Party
as soon as possible"-that one line had created a spirit of sacrifice and

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dedication in the hearts of many disciples, who felt themselves
destined to take up that order as their life and soul.
Although Rāmeśvara had been caught up by the waves of the
saṅkīrtana ocean from the beginning, Śrīla Prabhupāda cast
Rāmeśvara’s service when he wrote,
Make program to distribute our books all over the world. Our books
are being appreciated by learned circles, so we should take advantage.
Whatever progress we have made is simply due to distributing these
books. So go on and do not divert your mind for a moment from this.

When devotees in London reported to Śrīla Prabhupāda their


increase in book and magazine sales, he responded by inviting them
to compete.

I have heard that in San Francisco they are selling daily not less than
75 Kṛṣṇa Books. So I am very much encouraged to hear this. Now
take this spirit of transcendental rivalry and consult with Dayananda
and the others there in England to become the first-rate book-sellers.

When writing to a sannyāsī disciple preaching in Scotland, where the


devotees were perhaps not fully aware of the scope of book
distribution in the U.S., Śrīla Prabhupāda mentioned the latest book
scores from New York and commented, "New York is leading the
list."

Śrīla Prabhupāda also inspired the Society as a whole to compete


with its previous years’ efforts: "Somehow the book distribution must
be doubled and tripled as far as possible. Do it." As soon as the BBT
library party had been formed, Prabhupāda had told the members to
get fifty thousand orders. And he had asked the Rādhā-Dāmodara
party to expand to one hundred buses. The competition was
particularly high between Los Angeles, the Rādhā-Dāmodara party,

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and Australia, and Śrīla Prabhupāda encouraged them all, like a
maestro calling for a fortissimo from the orchestra.
Śrīla Prabhupāda was not giving careless, boastful instructions. The
determination and sacrifice required to achieve these seemingly
unattainable goals he knew well, and he wanted his devotees to work
as he worked, with total dedication. He wanted them to try their
utmost. His was the logic of "hunting for the rhinoceros," he said. If a
man attempting to shoot a rhinoceros failed, no one would criticize
him. But if he succeeded, it would be considered wonderful.
Prabhupāda wrote to Rūpānuga,

Your sankirtana reports are very encouraging, especially that one girl,
Gauri dāsī, has set an all ISKCON women’s record of 108 big books.
This is very wonderful. Formerly this would have been considered
impossible, but now by Kṛṣṇa’s grace everything is becoming
possible. Encourage them all to increase more and more.

Some devotees became confused by their Godbrothers’ and God


sisters’ rousing calls for competition and rivalry. This seemed like the
rivalry of the material world, which they had hoped to leave forever.
Śrīla Prabhupāda, however, explained the proper attitude of
transcendental competition.
Competition and profiteering spirit are always there in the living
entity. It is not that they can be artificially removed in some matter.
Factually we saw in Russia that by removing competition and profit
calculation from society the people were not at all happy, and still
these things are going on. So we shall not expect that we are any
different. Only difference is, that our profit is for Krishna’s pleasure,
and our competition is how to please Krishna more than someone
else. Even amongst the Gopis there is competition to please Krishna,
and there is envy also. But this envy is not material, it is
transcendental. They are thinking, Oh, she has done something more

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wonderful than me, that is very nice, but now let me do something
even more wonderful, like that. So I am pleased that you desire for
competition with your Godbrothers to spread Krishna Consciousness
Movement all over the world by printing our books.

When a traveling saṅkīrtana party from one temple intensively


distributed books in another city, the authorities at the local temple
would often be disturbed. This problem came before Śrīla
Prabhupāda, who was inevitably called in to judge and to cool down
the fires of competition. Prabhupāda wrote to Keśava and Bhūtātmā,
who had traveled all the way from San Francisco to London to
distribute books but had disturbed the devotees there by their fervor.

Ultimately, it shall be up to the local temple president if the presence


of your party is favorable or not. Everything considered, if he agrees,
you may stay; otherwise, if he judges it is unfavorable at the time, he
may order you to go out. But just to avoid these things, better to
arrange in advance with the G.B.C. men concerned. Ours is a
cooperative movement, with Kṛṣṇa and the advancement of the
Kṛṣṇa movement at the center, and we must continue to sell as many
books as possible. But discuss everything amongst yourselves and do
it nicely without irritating anyone; that is the art.

Seeing the mighty efforts of the top book distributors, some devotees
became envious, or at least dispirited, thinking themselves useless
and unable to please Śrīla Prabhupāda. This problem also came
before Śrīla Prabhupāda, who replied, "There must always be
competition. That gives life. That cannot be separated from life... The
perfect society does not eliminate competition, but it eliminates envy,
because everyone is weak before Kṛṣṇa."

But competition had its limit, as Prabhupāda explained to a doubting


brahmacārī in Florida.

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It is not so much important the quantity of books that we distribute,
but that we serve Kṛṣṇa as best we can and depend on Him for the
result. But it should not come to the point of making us lose our
Kṛṣṇa Consciousness. When you have these feelings, do not mistake
it for enviousness, but take it to be an indirect appreciation of the
service done by your other Godbrothers. This is spiritual. In the
material world, when someone surpasses us in some way we become
angry and plan how to stop him, but in the spiritual world when
someone does some better service, we think, "Oh, he has done so
nicely. Let me help him to execute his service."
Competition might have been a catalyst, but by steadfastly
distributing Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books, the members of the Kṛṣṇa
consciousness movement were experiencing the essence of loving
service to Kṛṣṇa in separation, which is the highest spiritual ecstasy.
"Don’t try to see God," Śrīla Prabhupāda’s spiritual master had often
said, "but act in such a way that God sees you." In other words, by
submissively acting on the order of the servant of the servant of the
servant of Kṛṣṇa, Prabhupāda’s disciples were sure to attract Kṛṣṇa’s
loving attention.

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta- Vol 6, SPL 45, Please Distribute Books

çré-bhagavän uväca

varaà våëédhvaà bhadraà vo

yüyaà me nåpa-nandanäù

sauhärdenäpåthag-dharmäs
tuñöo 'haà sauhådena vaù

TRANSLATION

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The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear sons of the King,
I am very much pleased by the friendly relationships among you. All
of you are engaged in one occupation—devotional service. I am so
pleased with your mutual friendship that I wish you all good fortune.
Now you may ask a benediction of Me.

PURPORT

Since the sons of King Präcénabarhiñat were all united in Kåñëa


consciousness, the Lord was very pleased with them. Each and every
one of the sons of King Präcénabarhiñat was an individual soul, but
they were united in offering transcendental service to the Lord. The
unity of the individual souls attempting to satisfy the Supreme Lord
or rendering service to the Lord is real unity. In the material world
such unity is not possible. Even though people may officially unite,
they all have different interests. In the United Nations, for instance,
all the nations have their particular national ambitions, and
consequently they cannot be united. Disunity between individual
souls is so strong within this material world that even in a society
of Kåñëa consciousness, members sometimes appear disunited due
to their having different opinions and leaning toward material
things. Actually, in Kåñëa consciousness there cannot be two
opinions. There is only one goal: to serve Kåñëa to one's best
ability. If there is some disagreement over service, such
disagreement is to be taken as spiritual. Those who are actually
engaged in the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead
cannot be disunited in any circumstance. This makes the Supreme
Personality of Godhead very happy and willing to award all kinds
of benediction to His devotees, as indicated in this verse. We can
see that the Lord is immediately prepared to award all benedictions
to the sons of King Präcénabarhiñat.

SB 4.30.9 Purport

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People Involvement in Decision Making

Please accept my blessings. Enclosed you will find the copy of a letter
received by me from the draft board. Please read over it and decide
what is to be done. You can consult together on this matter and get

whatever information is required by them. And let me know in your


next letter about the matter. Hope this meets you in good health. –
Letter to Brahmananda, Hayagriva, Tamal Krishna, Wooma-pati,
Dayananda, Kaaawa, Hawaii, March 21. 1969

Prabhupäda: ...Kali-yuga, everything should be managed by society.


In Bhägavata also. Yes.
Hayagréva: Oh, democracy. In Kali-yuga, democracy.

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Prabhupäda: Yes. Society. Body.
Hayagréva: This is not best. This is not best. You mention that in the
books, that this is not very good.
Prabhupäda: This is not very good in this sense... But at that time
one man was so advanced that his order was perfect. Actually these
kings like Mahäräja Parékñit and others, they were consulting
learned brähmaëas, not that they were actually autocrat. No. They
used to consult how the government should be conducted.
Kértanänanda: They had a council of brähmaëas.
Prabhupäda: Yes, council of brähmaëas. Yes. The brähmaëas, they
are not politicians, but they would give from direction, "You
are a king. You do like this." -- Meeting with Devotees, New
Vrindavan, June 9, 1969

Sometimes he would even ask me for advice. Then, after coming to


a solution together, our Jagat Guru of the universe would humbly
ask me, “Is that all right?” Sometimes Prabhupada would confide in
me in a soft voice, and I would reveal my inner thoughts, while he
allowed our elbows to touch. I drank in the fragrance of saffron,
sandalwood, mustard oil, and champa flowers that signified his
presence. – By His Example - by Gurudas Prabhu

I am glad to learn that you are trying to work out things with
Hayagriva. I have advised him that he may come also as co-editor. In
your previous letter you wanted that the final words in the
management of Back to Godhead will rest on one person, either on
you or Hayagriva. I think that for management it is better to have
two heads than one. But even there will be two heads, I still wish
that you shall continue as the managing editor as you are doing now.
Naturally, the final decisions will rest upon you. And if there is

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actually any controversy, I think there will not be, then I am always
at your service.
Letter to Rayarama, 2nd April, 1969

If you and Tamala both are present at the opening of a new center
that will be nice. Or you may follow your other plan, but however
you do it, do it jointly by combined consultation. If you do it
jointly in this way you will get strength to decide the right thing.
Another thing is that before opening a branch we must have able men
also to conduct, otherwise how we can open branches?

Letter to Hamsaduta, July 11th, 1970

I’ve received a GBC report of the Pittsburgh meeting and it is very


nice. Please go on working cooperatively in this way and always keep
in touch with the other GBC members. Such communication will
give you spiritual strength to make the right decisions for pushing
this Sankirtana movement.
Letter to: Jagadisa -- Bombay 26 November, 1970

I am glad to learn that after deliberation between Jayapataka and


Raktaka, you have been asked to become the president of Toronto
temple. The idea is that whoever is competent to manage affairs
will accept the post of president by mutual consent. Our main
business is to be fixed up in Krsna consciousness by keeping steady
in the prescribed duties of devotional service. So I have got all
approval for your being elected president; that is nice.”
Letter to Jagadisa, 27th February, 1970

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I have received the report of Pittsburgh GBC meeting. I am happy to
see you all so active and serious about carrying on the work which I
have started. Now I want that all administration may be done by all
of you 12 GBC members all over the world. Always keep in touch
and consult matters all together for practical execution.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Bombay 30 November, 1970

You happen to be a member of the GBC. So whatever you want to do


or whatever ideas you want to introduce in the management of our
society, please write in a letter and distribute the copies to all the
GBC members along with one copy to me also. Then collect the
opinions of each and every GBC member and if the majority supports
the idea then it should be taken as a fact for being carried out in
our society. The majority vote and my opinion should be taken.
When the majority opinion is present, my opinion will be yes or no.
In most cases it will be yes unless it is grievously against our
principles.
Letter to: Bhagavan -- London 20 August, 1971

Regarding your proposal to accommodate more indoor engagements


for Sankirtana, and thus to avoid the severe cold of wintertime, is a
nice proposal, and I am encouraged to hear that you are always
thinking of how to improve the program of your St. Louis temple.
We should always be thinking of how to spread this Sankirtana
Movement by applying our basic principles according to time and
place, and I especially want that my students enter into the schools
and colleges and present our Krishna philosophy and sell our books.

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So you may do this in consultation with Brhaspati das and other
temple officers, and whenever such questions arise in future, do
not hesitate to refer all matters of temple management to your GBC
Zonal Secretary, Bhagavan das, for his help.

Letter to: Badarinarayana -- Delhi 18 November, 1971

I have already asked you to consult with the GBC members before
purchasing the boat. So do not purchase this boat unless all the
GBC members agree. I understand that some of the GBC members
are not favorably disposed to this proposal of purchasing a boat. . . .
So in this regards do not purchase this boat without unanimous
consent of the GBC members.

Letter to: Abhirama -- Mombassa, Kenya 9 September, 1971

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to ask your older


godbrothers and sisters or GBC man, but if they cannot answer then
I shall be glad to answer.

Letter to: Mohanananda -- Delhi 6 December, 1971

I am very pleased that you have acquired some more cows. In


Mayapur also we have some cows now. So you are the manager there,
and in cooperation with the GBC men it is up to you to see that
everything is developed very very nicely and that all the land is
utilized properly, not that it is sitting going to waste. So once you are
utilizing everything very nicely, then you may increase more and
more as you like. So consult with the GBC and you may decide
whether it is worthwhile to purchase more land at this time.

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Letter to: Kirtanananda -- Calcutta 28 January, 1973

Regarding your proposal for having Ratha Yatra in New Orleans I


request that you consult with the GBC in your zone, Satsvarupa
das Goswami and ask him to discuss this matter with the other
GBC men there in America. But one thing is very important. If you
decide to do it, then you must do it very opulently, as they are doing
in San Francisco. This is very important.

Letter to: Nityananda -- Sydney 18 February, 1973

So you have a very wide range of area to cover and many things to
look after, please do it very soberly, consulting when necessary
with your GBC Godbrothers. Our progress is slow but sure, when
walking down the street, we first place one foot down and when it is
firm we take another step. We want to firmly establish centers in
South America.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Geneva 4 June, 1974

Regarding your dealings with Bhagavan dasa, when two GBC’s are
concerned, the whole GBC must consider. What can I do? I have
appointed the GBC not to fight amongst yourselves but to manage. If
there is fighting then how will you manage? So the whole GBC
committee must decide if there is fighting.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Ahmedabad 29 September, 1975

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There is no question of removal at the present moment. We shall sit
together in Mayapur if there is any complaint against one another.
At the Mayapur meeting, whatever we have decided that is good for
one year. So if anything has to be done it will be decided by
majority decision of the GBC. I do not wish to give any decision
without the GBC’s verdict. My only grievance is that I appointed
GBC to give me relief from the management but, on the contrary,
complaints and counter-complaints are coming to me. Then how my
brain can be peaceful. Naturally, I want to see that all of my centres
are going nicely, so is it not possible to mitigate the differences of
opinion and work smoothly, conjointly. So best thing is that we wait
for the Mayapur meeting and decide there combinedly what to do.
The local management has to be done by temple president, GBC
should see whether management is going on nicely, and if there are
any discrepancies that will be discussed at the GBC meeting in
Mayapur. That is the process. Sannyasis are meant for preaching
only. That is the principle. But, contrary to the principle if things are
being embezzled then how can I save them. How one man can
manage the whole world affairs? This is my concern.
Letter to: Jayatirtha -- Johannesburg 16 October, 1975

Prabhupada: And now Mr. Punja, has he written any letter?


Pusta Krsna: Mr. Punjasai? He wrote a letter recently. He mentioned
the business about the books, that Guru-krpa said he was supposed
to some give books from Australia, and he wasn’t getting them.

Prabhupada: So you can write him -- note down -- that "We are
managing our Krsna consciousness movement by GBC. We have got
about twenty GBC’s for looking after the whole world affair, and
above the GBC, I am there, and under the GBC’s there are presidents,

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treasurers, secretaries in each and every center. So the president is
responsible to the GBC. GBC is responsible to me. In this way we are
managing. But why you are proposing a separate trustee for Fiji? We
have no separate trustee till now, but if for security, if it is required,
you can adopt it. So this is our management going on. Now, if you
have got some new idea, so please explain to me how you want to
manage. But I think Fiji temple cannot be managed in a separate
idea. But still, I shall entertain if you have got some idea to
manage. The deed should be given to the founder-acarya, in the
name of founder-acarya like ‘A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-
Acarya International Society.’ Room Conversation After Film -- June
28, 1976, New Vrindaban

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Creating Culture of Respect

Your appreciation for the service of your God brothers is very


much laudable. This is
actually a devotee’s
business that everyone
should appreciate the
value of other devotees.
Nobody should criticize
anyone. Because
everyone is engaged in
the service of the Lord,
according to one’s
capacity, and the thing
is, Krsna wants to see how much one is sincere in rendering Him
service.
Materially we may think that his service is greater than his, that is
our material vision. Actually on the spiritual platform, the service
rendered by a calf to Krsna and service rendered by Radharani and
Her Associates, to Krsna, there is no difference. Krsna is so kind
and liberal that everyone’s service, when it is sincerely offered to
Krsna, He accepts. This is the statement in the Bhagavad-Gita. That
He accepts a little bit of flower, fruit, and water, offered to Him in
devotion and love. He wants our love and devotion, otherwise, He is
the Proprietor of everything, what can we give Him? This position of
our subordination should always be maintained and we should
always give respect to our pure devotees who are engaged in
devotional service, that will make us able to make a progressive
march in the devotional line.” - SPL to Tamala Krsna, August 19th,
1968 - Servant of the Servant – SOS2 – Becoming Prabhupada’s man

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I beg to thank you very much for your letter pointing out some of the
discrepancies of many of the devotees in New York. You are correct
regarding the items which you have stated, such as sleeping in front
of the deities, taking of unoffered foodstuffs, drinking water from the
bathroom, and non-chanting of rounds. But the thing is discipline
can not be observed unless there is obedience. As you are obedient
to me, you should be similarly obedient to my representative. Your
statement about Brahmananda that he is a wonderful devotee is 100
percent agreed by me. He is in charge of the New York center, and
therefore, if proper obedience is not given to him, it will be
impossible for him to manage affairs of the temple. Under the
circumstances, the discrepancies you have observed in the temple
may be referred to him, and he is quite reasonable, and will handle
the matter with the respective devotees. –

SP letter to Nara-Nārāyaṇa, February 7, 1969

So tathāpi śocasi. Tathāpi:. "Still you are morose. After doing all these
things, you are still morose." Tathāpi śocasy ātmānam akṛtārtha iva
prabho. Prabho.

Now, here you see. We are teaching our disciples to address


amongst themselves "prabhu." This is not new thing. This is very
old. Now Nārada is addressing Vyāsadeva, "prabhu," his disciple.
His disciple, he’s addressing prabhu. So we should give respect.
Just like we address, "Kīrtanānanda Mahārāja." Although he’s my
disciple, but the respect should be given. Here, see, Nārada is
addressing Vyāsadeva: "Prabhu." "My dear prabhu, still you are
lamenting. You have done so nice, wonderful things and you are
learned, you have asked about the transcendental subject matter, you
have compiled so many nice books. Why? Why you are?" This

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question must be there just to apprehend that "What is the reason?" -
SB 1.5.1-4 – May 22, 1969, New Vrindavan

So far your question, how far should the orders of my duly appointed
officers like GBC, etc., be obeyed and followed, the answer is that
they must always be followed exactly as he says. Have you not heard
me on this point? Why these questions are repeated again and again?
. . . Of course, my authorities and so-called officers, they sometimes
also order in such a way that everything becomes topsy-turvy. So you
may write to me your grievance -- what can I do? -- but meanwhile
you must follow him exactly whatever he says. If there is
complaint, I can make adjustment later. But first of all you must
without hesitation obey. It is something like the appealing to the
higher court if one is not satisfied by decision of the lower court.
Letter to: Jayadharma -- Ahmedabad 13 December, 1972

I am prepared to give you fair chance, but you cannot criticize


Hamsaduta. Let there be re-election in the presence of two GBC men.
We should utilize our talents without being envious of others.

Letter to: Madhavananda: -- Mayapur 6 October, 1974

I have spoken with Sukadeva das Adhikari, the Honolulu Temple


President. It appears that because you had made some derogatory
racial remarks against him in the presence of other devotees here in
the temple, it has become difficult to manage and win the respect of
this devotees. If the GBC undermines the efforts of the temple
presidents how will things go on smoothly. This situation could have
been avoided by sober dealings in a Krsna Conscious manner.

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I do not want that Sukadeva be removed from his position as I can
see that he is sincerely following the principles at present. The GBC
can not whimsically change the temple president, there is a
resolution to this effect. Why have you threatened to remove him and
unnecessarily created this situation? Please be very sober in your
dealings with these temple presidents, they are undoubtedly
rendering a valuable service and are worthy of respect and
encouragement.

Letter to: Gurukrpa -- Honolulu 18 May, 1976

My dear GBC disciples,

I have chosen my best men to be GBC and I do not want that the
GBC should be disrespectful to the temple presidents. You can
naturally consult me, but if the basic principle is weak, how will
things go on? So please assist me in the management so that I can be
free to finish the Srimad-Bhagavatam which will be our lasting
contribution to the world.

Letter to: All Governing Board Commissioners -- Honolulu 19 May,


1976

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Giving Credit to Others

There is nothing of my personal contribution and I ask all your


mercy so that I may be able to
distribute Krishna’s message as it
is without any deviation… It is
my duty to help you always in the
matter of understanding Krishna
Consciousness and whatever I am
trying to bestow upon you all is
the gift of Lord Krishna directly—
I am just doing the work of a
bearer. There is nothing of my
personal contribution and I ask all
your mercy so that I may be able
to distribute Krishna’s message as
it is without any deviation. That
will make Krishna, myself, and all
others eternally happy. It is so
nice, sublime and easy to perform. –

Letter to: Himavati—Montreal, 14 June, 1968

Practically speaking, it appears my work in America and the Western


countries has been now successful and everything is now going on
very nicely there. Because by Krishna’s Grace I have got good
assistants like yourself, therefore I am successful. Now I have built
the skyscraper framework, you fill it in nicely.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Delhi 10 December, 1971

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Dhṛṣṭadyumna: On behalf of all the bhaktas and Rādhā Dāmodara,
we’d like to offer you this dakṣiṇā.

Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. Thank you very much.

Devotees: Jaya.

Prabhupāda: You know, if Kṛṣṇa is virāḍ-rūpa—so big mouth, so big


belly—that, whatever you give, that is not sufficient. [chuckles] So
here we are spreading Kṛṣṇa’s mouth very widespread. Here is the
plan for Māyāpur temple. This is the... This is only residential
quarter. Real temple is not yet constructed. It will occupy 350 acres
of land. So you are the pillars of this construction work. We are
doing all your construction work on your contribution. So go on
preaching and distributing books.

- Room Conversation with Radha-Damodar Sankirtan Party—March


16, 1976, Mayapur

Gargamuni: The lift doesn’t go up to the roof, though.

Prabhupāda: It doesn’t matter. One...

Girirāja: We can take by palanquin.

Prabhupāda: No, one story I can go. Not now, but I can go. So you
are trying so much for my comfort. I do not know whether I shall
be able to repay you. Then I shall try my best. It is not possible to
repay your debts, that so kind. So I can simply pray to Kṛṣṇa to
give His blessings to you so that you may remain very steady in
devotional service and preach this cult all over the world.
Otherwise, I have no other means. Without your help I could not
do anything. So you are very much kind. Kindly continue your
cooperation. Paropakāra. This is the movement for paropakāra.

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- Room Conversation—March 31, 1977, Bombay

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Devotee Care/ Sensitivity to Others’ Needs

I am glad to know that you are comfortable in Boston and that you
are engaging your energy there in making nice Krsna prasada. I am
also pleased to know that Himavati is definitely going to have a baby.
It is a very wonderful thing and surely Krsna will bless your home
with His presence as both you and your wife are His sincere servants.
The best preparation for the coming of the baby is just for the parents
to remain perfectly Krsna conscious and of course the best means for
that is by chanting the holy name and listening to the Bhagavad-Gita

and Srimad-Bhagavatam. I very much appreciate that you enjoy


helping to open various centers, and that is certainly laudable on
your part. You must fully consider however, your wife and child;
your first duty now as a householder is to provide nicely for your
wife and child. [TEXT MISSING] Lord to give up fighting; rather he

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was encouraged in his occupation but at the same time, he was to do
it for Krsna.
That is the secret of Krsna consciousness—not that we have to all
become preachers but that we all dedicate our lives or our
consciousness (no matter in what capacity) to Lord Krsna. If things
can be worked out nicely within the temple that’s all right. But
family life requires a certain amount of privacy and convenience,
which may not always be available. I am simply concerned that you
be happy and contented, so you can prosecute the most important
thing, Krsna consciousness, without being disturbed. Rupanuga and
Damodara are both doing nicely in this regard and I wish the same
for you.

Letter to Hamsaduta, 29th August, 1967

I am very concerned that due to your sincerity and service mood you
have improved in Krsna consciousness excellently. Whatever
allocation of duty there may be, if we try to execute such specific
duty sincerely, that alone can make us much more advanced in Krsna
consciousness. In the Bhagavad-Gita it is stated that for the fixed-up
devotee there is one duty. The duty is understood through the
transparent via media of the spiritual master. It is better service to
Krsna and the spiritual master in a feeling of separation; sometimes
there is risk in the matter of direct service. For example,
Kīrtanānanda was giving me direct service by massaging, cooking for
me and so many other things; but later on by dictation of maya he
became puffed up, so much so that he thought his spiritual master a
common man, and was existing only on account of his service. This
mentality at once pushed him down. Of course, those who are
sincere devotees take direct service as an opportunity, but the
illusory energy is so strong that it acts on this doctrine of familiarity

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breeds contempt. Kīrtanānanda was thinking I was existing on his
service, instead of realizing I was giving him the opportunity to do
me some service.
Letter to Madhusudana, December 1967

I understand that there are only three persons at Boston, but each
of you can work for three hundred persons, so it is not the
numerical strength that works, but it is the Krsna consciousness that
works. A Krsna conscious person never tires of working, and the
symptoms I can see in you as you want to be overloaded with work.
This is the test of how one is advancing in Krsna consciousness.
Nobody becomes more tired but wants to work more and more. Your
Godbrother Satsvarupa told me the same thing that he may be
overloaded with typewriting work. Similarly, Govinda dasi and
Gaurasundara also want to be overloaded with work. So your
examples are great encouragement for an old man like me. I have got
the same spirit of being overloaded with Krsna conscious work, but
physically I am not as strong as you are all young boys and girls. You
can pray to Krsna that I may get your strength to serve the cause of
Krsna consciousness.
Letter to Jadurani, 16th December, 1967

I am very much concerned about you, that you have been injured by
working. I do not know what sort of ugra-karma you were
performing, but whatever you do, you must be careful. Your body is
dedicated to Krishna, therefore you should not be neglectful

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about it. You should always think that your body is no more your
body, but it is Krishna’s body. Therefore you should take care of it.
Letter to Jayapataka, 6 October 1968

I have seen the agenda of your president’s meeting. This is nice. One
thing should be followed, however, as your countrymen are more or
less independent spirited and lovers of democracy. So everything
should be done very carefully so that their sentiments may not be
hurt. According to Sanskrit moral principles, everything has to be
acted, taking consideration of the place, audience and time. As far
as possible the centers should act freely, but conjointly. They must
look forward to the common development. That should be the
principle.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Tittenhurst 13 October, 1969

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated


July 19, 1972, and I am simply surprised that you want to give up
your child to some other persons, even they are also devotees. For
you, child-worship is more important than deity-worship. If you
cannot spend time with him, then stop the duties of pujari. At least
you must take good care of your son until he is four years old, and
if after that time you are unable any more to take care of him then I
shall take care. These children are given to us by Krishna, they are
Vaisnavas and we must be very careful to protect them. These are
not ordinary children, they are Vaikuntha children, and we are very
fortunate we can give them chance to advance further in Krishna
Consciousness. That is very great responsibility, do not neglect it or
be confused. Your duty is very clear. –
Letter to Arundhati – Amsterdam 30th July, 1967

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I am also glad to learn that you have a child within your womb, and
please accept all my blessings for the newcomer for whom we shall be
very glad to receive just after a few months. Please take care of your
health so that the child may grow very healthy and become Krishna
Conscious. –

Letter to Nandarani – New York 9 June, 1967

Regarding Prasadam: It should be cooked in the temple, and nowhere


else, and both the Brahmacaris and the Brahmacarinis shall partake of
the Prasadam in the temple. I understand that you are working also
very hard, so I request you to take care of your health also. –
Letter to Satsvarupa – Montreal 8 August, 1968

Please accept my blessings. I am so glad to receive your handwriting


letter after so long a time, and from your handwriting I can
understand that Krishna is keeping you in good health. You must
take care of your health, and under the direction of your good
husband. I have especially entrusted you in his hand so that he
may take proper care of your health, and everyone is pleased about
your nice combination. –
Letter to Satsvarupa, Jadurani – Los Angeles 1 November, 1968

So continue to execute Krishna Consciousness very seriously and


sincerely and take care of your child, Moyuradwaja. I have a great
hope for Moyuradwaja. He is very intelligent with signs of a great

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devotee. My special request to you is that you take care of this child
very nicely, and he will be a great son to glorify his parents. I have
noticed that he has all the instincts of devotional life, and it is up to
the guardians to take care of him. –
Letter to Vrndavanesvari – Los Angeles 28 July, 1969

I asked you to work four hours just to give you not very much
strain because I found you weaker than I saw you before. On the
whole, you can work conscientiously so that you may not feel tired
due to your weakness. So sometimes if you go with sankirtana party
that will be a nice relaxation. So for each and every time you do not
write to me, but use your best discretion and do everything easily and
without strain. That is my advice.
Letter to Jadurani, January 14th, 1970

Girirāja’s fund-raising work was going well. He had donations


solicited from businessmen and had printed a souvenir pamphlet. But
he was feeling a strain, and he came to Prabhupāda for solace. "Can
we use force in Kṛṣṇa consciousness?" he asked.

Prabhupāda frowned. "No. We cannot use force."

"But what if we see one of the workers is lazy on the job and not
doing what he is supposed to?"

"No," Prabhupāda replied. "We can never use force."

"Well, what about in making life members?"

"Force we cannot use," Prabhupāda repeated. "But we can trick


them." He told a story about a boy who didn’t want to do arithmetic;
as soon as the teacher wrote one plus one on the board, the boy

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would balk. So the teacher drew a picture of a cow on the board and
asked the boy, "If a man has one cow and then he buys another cow,
how many cows will he have?" The boy answered, "Two." Thus the
teacher began teaching him arithmetic, even though he was unwilling
to learn.

"So people may be averse to serving Kṛṣṇa," Prabhupāda explained,


"but we can trick them and get them to serve without their knowing
it. But we can never use force. These people are all businessmen.
They are always calculating profit and loss. But they are also pious,
and they want to go to Kṛṣṇa. So you have to convince them that by
giving this money they will gain so much by coming closer to
Kṛṣṇa. And that is the truth. When they are convinced, then they will
give." Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 4, Ch 33: ‘A lot of ground to be
covered’

I am very much disturbed to hear from you that you have become
disturbed in your mind. Do not be disturbed. There is no cause for
anxiety. You are doing your best to serve Krsna, that is very much
appreciated. So do not lose enthusiasm out of frustration,that will
spoil everything. Krsna consciousness means we should always be
satisfied and happy, not that we must work something impossible,
becoming overburdened, and then because we are unhappy by so
much trouble we lose enthusiasm altogether and give up all hope.
No, if too much endeavor is there, that is to be avoided. By all means
we must preserve our spiritual status, that is the point, not that we
are mad after big buildings, many devotees, life members, this,
that—no, these are only ways to engage the devotees so that they
may apply the principles of devotional living to some kind of work
for practical realization of these principles. It is not the result of
the work we want. If only one person daily, if we sincerely preach to

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such one person in a day, that is sufficient, never mind big, big
programs.
So my request to you is that you do not be bothered by these things,
and I have instructed Tamala Krsna and Syamasundara to send you
men, so they will do it, rest assured. Krsna does not like to see His
sincere devotee suffer or become frustrated or depressed.

Letter to Tejyas, 19th December, 1972

Regarding Sriman Hayagriva Dasa; it is our duty to rectify him. To


create a devotee takes much labor and to reject him in a minute is
not to our credit so please try to do the needful in this regard.
Consult the other GBC men there, then make a proposal to Hayagriva
and if still he is incorrigible then you take the necessary steps.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Auckland 21 February, 1973

I have spoken with Sukadeva das Adhikari, the Honolulu Temple


President. It appears that because you had made some derogatory
racial remarks against him in the presence of other devotees here in
the temple, it has become difficult to manage and win the respect
of this devotees. If the GBC undermines the efforts of the temple
presidents how will things go on smoothly. This situation could have
been avoided by sober dealings in a Krsna Conscious manner.
I do not want that Sukadeva be removed from his position as I can
see that he is sincerely following the principles at present. The GBC
can not whimsically change the temple president, there is a
resolution to this effect. Why have you threatened to remove him and
unnecessarily created this situation? Please be very sober in your
dealings with these temple presidents, they are undoubtedly

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rendering a valuable service and are worthy of respect and
encouragement.
Letter to: Gurukrpa -- Honolulu 18 May, 1976

Your description of how you are managing is nice. This is


management. The British government was conducting the
management of 600 million people with just 200 Britishers. We
cannot expect all foreigners to come and manage Mayapur affairs.
The best management is to turn the local men into devotees. Make
the management perfect in this way. Things should be developed in
such a way, based on devotional service, that there may not be any
racial feelings. This is Kaliyuga. Very easily racial feelings are
awakened on the material platform, but on the spiritual platform
there is no such thing.
SPL to Jayapataka, 23rd October, 1976

Bhakta dāsa, as the host of the festival, spoke up first, introducing the
devotees of his temple who had worked especially hard throughout
the year. Śrīla Prabhupāda smiled, personally acknowledging the
record of each of his disciples’ devotion. This individual
recognition by the Lord’s pure devotee was so deeply satisfying
that within his heart each disciple dedicated and rededicated his
life to the lotus feet of his spiritual master. The room was
surcharged with loving emotions never to be found in any material
dealings. These exchanges of love were only possible in such a
spiritual relationship and were neither available nor comprehensible
to those in mundane consciousness…

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Śrīla Prabhupāda was always concerned that proper arrangements be
made to keep the devotees protected from falling into māyā’s grip.
Once, when one of the initiated brahmacārīs left to go back to
māyā, it caused Śrīla Prabhupāda great pain, and for days he
inquired from me whether the brahmacārī had returned. When a
disciple is taken away by māyā, the spiritual master laments that he
failed to successfully deliver him back to Kṛṣṇa. The Lord entrusts
the conditioned soul into the care of his devotee, and if the devotee is
unable to make good this trust, he feels himself unworthy of the
Lord’s confidence. Prabhupāda explained that only with the greatest
difficulty were we able to rescue a fallen conditioned soul from the
hands of māyā. We must take great care, otherwise within a moment
māyā could easily snatch the soul back into her grasp…

Whatever love we may have felt for him, our spiritual master’s loving
concern for us was far deeper. His pure devotion to Kṛṣṇa included
compassion for all Kṛṣṇa’s parts and parcels, and especially for those
who had surrendered their lives in His service. – Servant of Servant
by His Holiness Tamala Krishna Goswami

He cared for me when I was sick, as I cared for him when he was ill.
His divine lotus hands even bandaged my wounded foot one night in
Vrindavan. - BY HIS EXAMPLE – GURUDAS PRABHU

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Training Devotees

So far as him taking over


the management of
Boston temple, that is all
right. All department
heads should train an
assistant so that in their
absence, work may not
suffer but go on
continuously.

Letter to Satsvarupa,
March 13th, 1971

I want it that one GBC man will come to live with me for one
month in rotation, and so I have asked Hayagriva to come first and
stay with me for one month, and after he goes, then perhaps you can
come next, we shall see.
Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Tokyo 26 April, 1972

He used jokes or stories to illustrate very important spiritual points.


He did this with such ease that we absorbed his message and changed
without knowing it. For example, he told me a story once about
teaching math to students who claimed they couldn’t learn the
subject. As he told the story, he assumed the voices and faces of both
the teacher and the students:

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“How many feet are at the rear of the cow?” Swamiji said, taking on
the authoritative teacher’s voice.
“Two,” the students replied innocently.

“And how many are in the front?” the teacher continued.

“Two,” the students answered.

Teacher: “So how many feet are on the cow?”

Students: “Four.”

Teacher: “Now you know math.”

But the students didn’t realize that they had learned and exclaimed,
“No, we don’t!”

At this, Prabhupada laughed and laughed and laughed, and then I


laughed and laughed.

In such a manner, Prabhupada taught us everything about Krishna


consciousness, without our being aware of it. - BY HIS EXAMPLE –
GURUDAS PRABHU

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You mention you like to speak now very often, but the first
business should be to preach to the devotees. It is better to
maintain a devotee than to try to convince others to become
devotees. It is the duty of the GBC to maintain the devotees, keep
them in the highest standard of Krishna Consciousness, and give

them all good instruction, and let them go out and preach for
making more devotees. Your first job should be to make sure that
every one of the devotees in your zone of management is reading
regularly our literatures and discussing the subject matter seriously
from different angles of seeing, and that they are somehow or other
absorbing the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness philosophy. If
they are fully educated in our philosophy and if they can get all of the
knowledge and study it from every viewpoint, then very easily they
will perform tapasya or renunciation and that will be their
advancement in Krishna Consciousness. So first thing is to instruct
all of your temple presidents and the other devotees to read daily,

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just as we have done in our morning class in Los Angeles. You may
remember that we were reading one sloka each morning in Sanskrit
and reciting it altogether and then discussing it thoroughly by seeing
different new things. So you introduce this system and train the
devotees first. Don’t be too much concerned for the time being with
nondevotees, now we must fix-up what devotees we have got in the
knowledge of Krishna Consciousness, then we will succeed. What
good are many, many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable?
Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 16 June, 1972

I am very pleased to see the things are going on, and that new centers
are opening many in Germany. Now I am feeling very much inclined
for retiring behind the scenes to translate my Srimad-Bhagavatam.
This means that now you all leaders, especially the GBC members,
must become very much responsible and do the work that I am doing
to the same standard. So I want you leaders especially to become very
much absorbed in the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-
Bhagavatam, and become yourselves completely convinced and free
from all doubt. On this platform you shall be able to carry on the
work satisfactorily, but if there is lack of knowledge, or if there is
forgetfulness, everything will be spoiled in time. So especially you
must encourage the students to read our books throughout the day
as much as possible, and give them all good advice how to
understand the books, and inspire them to study the things from
every point of view. In this way, by constantly engaging our tongues
in the service of the Lord, either by discussing His philosophy or by
chanting Hare Krishna, the truth is that Krishna Himself will reveal
Himself to us and we shall understand how to do everything
properly. Now we have got so many students and so many temples
but I am fearful that if we expand too much in this way that we shall
become weakened and gradually the whole thing will become lost.
Just like milk. We may thin it more and more with water for

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cheating the customer, but in the end it will cease to be any longer
milk. Better to boil the milk now very vigorously and make it thick
and sweet, that is the best process. So let us concentrate on
training our devotees very thoroughly in the knowledge of Krishna
Consciousness from our books, from tapes, by discussing always,
and in so many ways instruct them in the right propositions.
Letter to Hamsaduta -- Los Angeles 22 June, 1972

Regarding the several smaller temples being dependent upon the


central temple of Washington D.C., that is up to you to decide, but so
far I am concerned, I have not got much stock in such centralized
management or organization. I never wanted that any of my temples
shall be dependent upon the other temples. Rather, our main
business is to train up men to be self sufficient and competent in
many ways to carry on the preaching work, not to make them into
specialists or to minimize their responsibility by centralizing
everything. If each center must rely upon its own strength to stand,
that will be better training ground for the devotees. We must learn
how to do all kinds of varieties of engagements on Krsna’s service,
not that we shall expect anyone else to act for us and thus avoid
something ourselves. But for reasons of spreading Krsna
Consciousness movement, we may sometimes centralize, just like the
books and money for BBT are managed by Karandhara in Los Angles.
In that case, for more than one man to be dealing with Dai Nippon,
overseeing the general production and financial condition of the
books, if that were left for each temple to manage, there would be
great difficulty and the books would get neither printed nor paid for
nor distributed widely. So in that case, centralized management is
preferable. But in the case of new temples, it is better if they must
have to struggle a little while to establish themselves in their cities,

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become familiar with the local city officials and leading citizens, elicit
support from all quarters of the city, like that, otherwise these things
will be neglected and there will be false dependency upon the outside
supplies. This will deteriorate everything. Our purpose of Krsna
consciousness movement is to create first class servants of Krsna,
that means they know how to do everything. –
Letter to: Damodar—Bombay, Jan 9, 1973

Upon your recommendation, I have agreed to accept Axel and John


as my duly initiated disciples, and also to give a second initiation to
Suvrata. I am sending a separate letter for them. So far going to Dallas
for the fire yajna, better you should learn how to perform it and do
it there. Every temple president must be very expert in all these
things, so you can consult our Krsna Consciousness Handbook for
the procedure and if there are any further questions, you can consult
with Satsvarupa and he will give you instruction.

Letter to Nityananda, May 10th, 1972

So you GBC men now decide how to manage things so nicely so that
I may spend my time solely for translating my books. This I desire.
Each GBC man can act as my secretary for one month at a time as I
originally planned. In this way you will all be trained up nicely.
Letter to: Karandhara -- Melbourne 10 February, 1973

Regarding the International Trust Board, we are now expanding and


so our interests should be carefully guarded. Certainly the 12 GBC
members are being trained up strictly under my guidance so that

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they will protect the interest of the society very, very carefully.
Letter to: Bali-mardana: -- Vrindaban 5 September, 1974

Personally I wish all the existing GBC may be trained up so


perfectly that in the future in my absence they can manage the
whole Society very nicely and strongly. That is my desire. At least
in this stage of my life it is not at all desirable that there be any
factions amongst yourselves. Try to settle up amicably and correct
yourself. One man is trained up with great difficulty especially in
spiritual life. Everyone has got some weakness and deficiency. It is
better to correct or mend it than to break it. It will be best to discuss
this in an open meeting of the GBC and then do the needful.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Mayapur 29 September, 1974

Yes, as a Sannyasi and GBC your first duty is to read my books.


Otherwise how will you preach? . . . Shortly we shall be introducing
the system of examinations for those students who are ready for
second initiation as well as sannyasa. According to the degree,
devotees will be expected to read and assimilate our different books.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Nellore 5 January, 1976

To

All Governing Body Commissioners

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Re: Examinations for awarding titles of Bhakti-sastri, Bhakti-
vaibhava, Bhaktivedanta and Bhakti-sarvabhauma. Your response is
requested immediately by Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. Srila Prabhupada has


requested me to write you in regard to the above examinations which
he wishes to institute. Here in India many persons often criticize our
sannyasis and brahmanas as being unqualified due to insufficient
knowledge of the scriptures. Factually, there are numerous instances
when our sannyasis and brahmanas have fallen down often due to
insufficient understanding of the philosophy. This should not be a
point of criticism nor a reason for falldown, since Srila Prabhupada
has mercifully made the most essential scriptures available to us in
his books. The problem is that not all the devotees are carefully
studying the books, the result being a fall down or at least
unsteadiness.

His Divine Grace therefore wishes to institute examinations to be


given to all prospective candidates for sannyasa and brahmana
initiation. In addition he wishes that all present sannyasis and
brahmanas also pass the examination. Awarding of these titles will be
based upon the following books:
Bhakti-sastri - Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of
Instruction, Isopanisad, Easy Journey To Other Planets, and all other
small paperbacks, as well as Arcana-paddhati (a book to be compiled
by Nitai Prabhu based on Hari-bhakti-vilasa on Deity worship)

Bhakti-vaibhava - All of the above plus the first six cantos of Srimad-
Bhagavatam

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Bhaktivedanta - All of the above plus cantos 7 through 12 of Srimad-
Bhagavatam
Bhakti-sarvabhauma - All the above plus the entire Caitanya-
caritamrta

Anyone wishing to be initiated as a brahmana will have to pass the


Bhaktisastri exam and anyone wishing to take sannyasa will have to
pass the Bhaktivaibhava examination as well. This will prevent our
Society from degrading to the level of so many other institutions
where, in order to maintain the Temple, they accept all third class
men as brahmanas. Any sannyasis or brahmanas already initiated
who fail to pass the exams will be considered low class or less
qualified. Anyone wishing to be 2nd initiated will sit for examination
once a year at Mayapur. Answers will be in essay form and
authoritative quotations will be given a bigger score. During the
exams books may not be consulted.

Srila Prabhupada wishes to begin this program at this year’s Mayapur


meeting. He requests that you all send your opinions and comments
here immediately so that everything may be prepared in time.

Hoping this meets you in the best of health and Krsna


Consciousness.

Approved:
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Your servant,

Tamala Krsna Goswami

Personal Secretary

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Letter to: All Governing Body Commissioners -- Nellore, South
India 6 January, 1976

Reporter: Is there anyone who is designated to succeed you as the


primary teacher of the movement?

Prabhupāda: I am training some, I mean to say, advanced students


so that they may be very easily take up the charge. I have made
them GBC. They are under my direct training, and I think they will
be able to conduct this movement.

Room Conversation with Reporter -- June 4, 1976, Los Angeles

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Engaging Devotees: Giving Them Challenges and
Engaging as per Ability & Inclination

You have asked me how many hours you should work. Our life is
dedicated to Krsna, and you should work for Him twenty-four hours.
We have different varieties of service. For you, you should work on
your painting as long as you think yourself fit; don’t overwork. The
balance time should be spent for chanting and reading Srimad-
Bhagavatam. So far remembering me and Krsna, it should be
simultaneous. I am your spiritual father and Krsna is your spiritual
husband. A girl can never forget either her father or husband. In the
sastras it is said that spiritual advancement of life is achieved through
the combined mercy of the spiritual master and Krsna. Those who are

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sincere souls, Krsna helps them to have a bona fide spiritual master,
and the bona fide spiritual master helps the disciple to approach
Krsna. This is the process. I know you are a sincere devotee of
Krsna and He will give you proper intelligence how to prosecute
your present activities. I can simply pray to Krsna that He may bless
you all with energy for serving Him. I am very much appreciative of
your work which you are doing for the Society, and I wish you may
continue to do like that.

Letter to Jadurani, July 1967

Please continue your very good service and do not feel any feeling of
uselessness. It is true that Krsna has given some the opportunity to
serve Him by nice writing, some by good business ability, some by
nice cooking, and so on, but these various services are all accepted
equally by Krsna. On the transcendental plane, one service is as good
as another. There is no question of higher or lower. We are very tiny
and so we cannot really do very much. Simply we can engage our
time and energy, and that is all Krsna sees. He sees ‘This boy or girl
is spending his time in My service’ and He is pleased. I hope you
are both well.

Letter to Hamsaduta and Himavati, 3rd March, 1968

If you are not satisfied with your cooking engagement, tell


Brahmananda to give you some other engagement. But it doesn’t
look well if you change from one center to another for some
convenience. Everywhere service to Krsna is the same, but if you
are feeling some inconvenience, then you may get some relaxation
by change of duty.
Letter to Devananda, 18th March, 1968

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I am very glad that Janaki is busy decorating the temple; this is what
I want, that every disciple should always remain busy in some
work for Krsna. We shall not allow our mind to remain vacant

Letter to Mukunda, 6th May, 1968

Your judgment that because you think that you cannot take part in
the translation work, therefore you have decided to contribute for
its publication. This dictation from within your heart from Krsna is
quite in order. For serving the Lord we require to sacrifice our life,
our wealth, our intelligence and our words. One can serve the Lord
with these four possessions; if not, with three, if not then with two or
even one, and that is sufficient to please the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. I wish that you can utilize your best talents in business
organization and the result utilize for Krsna’s satisfaction is on the
absolute platform. To make the idea more clear, if I am translating
Srimad-Bhagavatam, and if you are contributing for its publication
and helping for its distribution, this means there is no different
between your service and my service. In the absolute platform there
is no such distinction. And service is always on the absolute platform.
One has to make the best use of his talent for the service of Krsna.
That is wanted. Best example is Arjuna, that he utilized his talents,
military science, in the service of Krsna.

Letter to Gargamuni, 7th June, 1968

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated


Dec. 20, 1968, and with great pleasure I have noted the contents.
Both you and Aniruddha are sincere devotees with good talents, so

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anything you do by combined consultation has my 100% approval.
The idea of distribution of Prasadam is long standing, and I suggested
this from the very beginning of my missionary activities, both in New
York, and in San Francisco. But it has never come to any practical
shape till now. Therefore, if you can actually start a Prasadam
distribution program, it will be very very nice. But to start a separate
restaurant for this purpose does not appeal to me. If we have
Prasadam distribution program it is to be done in the temple
premises, not separately. Separate attempt will require separate
energy diverted from the temple management. Therefore if you do at
all start Prasadam distribution, try to do it in the temple itself. In the
temple also if you keep some Indian goods for sale, that is also very
nice. But don’t attempt two at a time. First of all start the Prasadam
distribution and make it successful, then try to do business in
Indian goods. –

Letter to: Cidananda—Los Angeles, 24 December, 1968

Yes, it is your good fortune that you can serve Krsna in so many
ways—to work, to write, to speak, to paint, to build. All of these
talents must be employed in Krsna’s service. That will make you
perfect. We are so fortunate to be in this human form of life and to
have the opportunity to serve Krsna and as there is very little time,
we must do as much as we possibly can to serve Krsna, and to
become always engaged in thoughts and activities of Krsna.
Letter to Syamasundara, 12th November, 1968

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your


letter dated Nov. 12, 1968, and I thank you very much for it. Now
you are in good opportunity to do the transliteration work and in

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cooperation with your professors and Hayagriva, make the Srimad-
Bhagavatam revised edition in such a nice way that it may be
accepted in any scholarly society. In the last editions, because the
transcription was not there, some of the universities in the western
countries refused to stock them. Of course, the American Congress
library purchasing department in India are pleased to purchase 18
copies of my Srimad-Bhagavatam, as soon as it is published and they
have open order for it. Still we want it to be done so nicely that it
may not be refused by any scholarly section. So the transliteration
and divisions should be so nicely done that it will go to your credit
when they are accepted everywhere. I think by Krishna’s Grace
Hayagriva’s attempt to revise it nicely and your attempt to fix up
transliteration perfectly will make the next edition as perfect as
possible. Do it very sincerely, and also pray Krishna to help you, and
I am sure it will come out successful. –

Letter to: Pradyumna—Los Angeles, 18 November, 1968

I think that the troubles you describe in your letter are due simply to
misunderstanding. Do not worry because next week Garry shall
return to you and Krishna will certainly help you in your endeavors.
Jivananda shall remain with the Sankirtana Party and similarly
Harsarani shall stay with him in Los Angeles. We must always
remember that the leader in charge of a temple must learn to
successfully deal with the other persons there. No one is working as
a paid servant so if the dealings are not friendly everyone will
decide to leave. The leader of the temple must try always to be
sober and tolerant and at the same time manage everything nicely.
Please continue to try and cultivate this talent and I know you will be
given all intelligence to do this. –
Letter to Upendra—Los Angeles, 26 Nov, 1968

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You have tried to explain the reasons for your recent traveling
excursions, but there is no need to explain; the reason is that you
are restless. I wanted you to concentrate your mind on painting
and utilizing your talents for Krsna’s service, but you do not hear
me. Any place that you want to live, that is all right, but why don’t
you use your talents? That you cannot do, and it is your misfortune.
Here are listed some suggestions for you to begin making beautiful
paintings with. If you can prosecute all five of these suggestions
without wasting your valuable time it will be very satisfactory. So
when I return to New York, probably some time in April, I will be
pleased to see these pictures nicely painted. When you have finished
with this assignment, please inform me so that I may assign you
further. Hope that this finds you in good health.
Letter to Madhavi Lata, 13th January, 1969

I asked you to work four hours just to give you not very much
strain because I found you weaker than I saw you before. On the
whole, you can work conscientiously so that you may not feel tired
due to your weakness. So sometimes if you go with sankirtana party
that will be a nice relaxation. So for each and every time you do not
write to me, but use your best discretion and do everything easily and
without strain. That is my advice.

Letter to Jadurani, January 14th, 1970

Regarding your opening a branch in Hong Kong, I have got all my


blessings upon you. Do it immediately. So far your remaining on the
Governing Body Commission, I do not think that is a great burden.
Do your best to serve in the Commission by correspondence, but I

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prefer to see you a great preacher and if possible you may be
relieved from the responsibility of remaining a member of the
Governing Body Commission.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Calcutta 17 September, 1970

It is for your daring and active nature that I have chosen you to
represent me as GBC man for the southeast Asia zone, and I can see
from your latest words that my choice has not been wrong.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Bombay 4 November, 1970

Please maintain the program of Temple worship, distribution of


Prasadam, Sankirtana Party, distribution of literatures, study and
Krsna work all in order and make everything as nice as possible.
The school college and university students are very receptive to this
Movement, so we must present them with an excellent example.
They are very intelligent and bad experience has taught them to be
cautious, so if you keep all your programs to the standard as I have
already instructed in so many ways, then they will easily become
satisfied that this is the real way of life for any intelligent person—
Krsna Consciousness. –
Letter to: Tirthapada—Bombay, 13 November, 1970

As Kṛṣṇa was unlimited, Śrīla Prabhupāda, Kṛṣṇa’s dearmost friend,


was entitled to demand unlimited service on Kṛṣṇa’s behalf. In the
service of Kṛṣṇa, no project was impossible. Impossible,
Prabhupāda said, was a word in a fool’s dictionary. But as
Prabhupāda unfolded his plans for the paṇḍāl festival, the devotees

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doubted: How could they ever raise the money? How could they erect
such a huge tent? Where would they get so much food? And who
would cook it? Prabhupāda seemed amused at their doubts. "You
are all Americans," he said. "So what is the use of being American
unless you do something wonderful?"...

Prabhupāda divided the work, assigning Śyāmasundara to


publicity, Tamāla Kṛṣṇa to the paṇḍāl arrangements, Girirāja to
fund-raising, and Madhudviṣa to the scheduled programs onstage.
Catching Prabhupāda’s spirit of "shooting the rhinoceros,"
Śyāmasundara organized a massive publicity campaign, with giant
posters and banners strung across the streets, announcing "His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda will speak in
English language about the science of God. Prasādam distribution
and bhajan singing will be led by his American and European
bhaktas-Hare Krishna Festival at Cross Maidan-March 25 to April 4."

Inspired by Śyāmasundara’s lead and taking up a spirit of


competition, the other devotees worked at their projects with great
enthusiasm. When Prabhupāda called a meeting of the local ISKCON
life members and supporters, the turnout was disappointing-only
about a dozen. And even those, on hearing the proportions of
Prabhupāda’s plan, became hesitant. The festival would cost more
than one hundred thousand rupees! Although some life members
doubted whether the devotees could actually execute such a large
production, a handful of stalwarts-Sadajiwatlal, Chandulal Bahl,
Kartikeya Mahadevia, Kailash Seksaria, Ramchand Chabria, G. D.
Somani, and others-vowed they would do their best to help raise the
funds.

Prabhupāda remained actively involved, and he warned his


disciples to be wary of cheaters during their business transactions.
Every night the devotees would report to him, and he would ask
about many details. He wanted the best location, the best work,

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and the best price. He wanted to know everything: What about the
cooking area? Are all the devotees working to their full capacity? Is
the mailing list complete? Have the invitations been sent? What
about the latrines? What was the cost for the sound system? He
scrutinized every detail with sharp, critical intelligence.

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 4, Ch 33: ‘A lot of ground to be


covered’

And who has been appointed treasurer and secretary? The president,
secretary and treasurer elected by the members of the center
cannot be changed at least for one year; better to continue it for
three years. All combined together should be responsible for keeping
correct accounts. Giriraja is responsible and he should be made the
treasurer. You should remain as president and Acyutananda Swami as
secretary. So make arrangements in that way.

Letter to Jayapataka Maharaja, August 24th, 1971

Upon your recommendation, I am gladly accepting them as my duly


initiated disciples and their letter follows. Now you must take the full
responsibility to give them all guidance and facility for perfecting
their lives in Krishna Consciousness. The trick is to keep everyone
always engaged happily in Krishna’s service, then they will advance
rapidly. Just you become very serious and thoughtful and learn this
art how to engage everyone very nicely. –

Letter to Bhakta dasa – Bombay 16th January, 1972

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Actually, most of my best managers are grhasthas, because they
have a natural propensity to manage.
Letter to Amogha, February 15th, 1972

As you requested me, I have sent many men from USA to help you,
now you engage them properly, utilize them. That is leadership,
how to engage everyone in their respective duties and properly
utilize their energy.

Letter to Tamala Krsna, May 11th, 1972

Also I have got complaint from Nara Narayana that he is not being
allowed to work on his gardening as I instructed him to do it. So you
let him go on with that work of gardening; sometimes he may be
difficult to live with, but good manager means he is able to satisfy
everyone and live in cooperative manner with all the devotees, so if
you manage things nicely he can do tremendous work. Practically
no one has more energy than Visvakarma. So let him do gardening
work and if Bhavananda needs his help to build Rathayatra car he can
go to Calcutta for some time to work there.
Letter to Giriraja, May 2nd, 1972

We have got so much to do. We have to deal with so many men


with different personalities. So kindly utilize their energies and at
the same time keep them satisfied. That is leadership. If one man is
appointed as leader, all must follow him and be obedient. ‘Obedience
is the first law of discipline.’ They are pointing out irregularities, but
they themselves are not doing there duty, so they are pointing out the
irregularities in others. They came to serve, now they don’t want to

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serve so there is some excuse. ‘Oh! Irregularity, let me go away.’ The
workers should not suggest irregularities.”
Letter to Giriraja, May 15th, 1972

I am very much disturbed to hear from you that you have become
disturbed in your mind. Do not be disturbed. There is no cause for
anxiety. You are doing your best to serve Krsna, that is very much
appreciated. So do not lose enthusiasm out of frustration,that will
spoil everything. Krsna consciousness means we should always be
satisfied and happy, not that we must work something impossible,
becoming overburdened, and then because we are unhappy by so
much trouble we lose enthusiasm altogether and give up all hope.
No, if too much endeavor is there, that is to be avoided. By all
means we must preserve our spiritual status, that is the point, not
that we are mad after big buildings, many devotees, life members,
this, that—no, these are only ways to engage the devotees so that
they may apply the principles of devotional living to some kind of
work for practical realization of these principles. It is not the result
of the work we want. If only one person daily, if we sincerely preach
to such one person in a day, that is sufficient, never mind big, big
programs.

So my request to you is that you do not be bothered by these things,


and I have instructed Tamala Krsna and Syamasundara to send you
men, so they will do it, rest assured. Krsna does not like to see His
sincere devotee suffer or become frustrated or depressed. He will not
stand idly by in any such case, so do not fear on that account. Krsna
has got some plan for you, always think in that way, and very soon
He will provide everything to your heart’s desire.

Letter to Tejyas, 19th December, 1972

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I am so much happy to hear from you all the good news of our
Mayapur center. No, your liking of engagement there is not at all an
inappropriate attachment; rather it is your qualification for
pleasing your spiritual master. Attachment must be there, for Krsna
or for maya. So you have become attached to developing the Mayapur
center, that is Krsna’s work, so Krsna appreciates very much when
His devotee becomes attached to Him in this way.

Letter to Jayapataka, 19th December, 1972

I am most pleased to learn from you that the work in Vrndavana is


going on very nicely, and that you are both happy in Krsna
consciousness. That is the main thing. Of course I know that you are
not trained-up for being construction manager, neither that job
must be very much tasteful to you, but because you are sincere
devotees of Krsna He is giving you all strength and intelligence
how to do it. That is wanted, that is advancement in Krsna
consciousness. Not that I must have a very nice place, I must serve
like this or like that, otherwise I shall go away. No, Vaisnava
devotee means give me simply a place to lay down, little prasadam,
whatever little service you have got please give me, that’s all. Thank
you very much for taking up this difficult work to help me in this
way.

Letter to Gurudasa and Yamuna, 19th December, 1972

So my point is that the regulative principles must be followed by


everyone. Otherwise their enthusiasm dwindles and they again
think of sex and become restless, and so many problems are there.
There is some symptom of missing the point. The point is to be

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engaged in doing something for Krishna, never mind what is that job,
but being so engaged in doing something very much satisfying to the
devotee that he remains always enthusiastic. He will automatically
follow the regulative principles because they are part of his
occupational duty—by applying them practically as his occupational
duty, he realizes the happy result of regulative principles. So the
future of this Krishna Consciousness movement is very bright, so
long the managers remain vigilant that 16 rounds are being chanted
by everyone without fail, that they are all rising before four morning,
attending mangal arati—our leaders shall be careful not to kill the
spirit of enthusiastic service, which is individual and spontaneous
and voluntary. They should try always to generate some
atmosphere of fresh challenge to the devotees, so that they will
agree enthusiastically to rise and meet it. That is the art of
management: to draw out spontaneous loving spirit of sacrificing
some energy for Krishna. But where are so many expert managers?
All of us should become expert managers and preachers. We should
not be very much after comforts and become complacent or self-
contented. There must be always some tapasya, strictly observing the
regulative principles—Krishna Consciousness movement must be
always a challenge, a great achievement to be gained by voluntary
desire to do it, and that will keep it healthy. So you big managers
now try to train up more and more some competent preachers and
managers like yourselves. Forget this centralizing and bureaucracy.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Bombay 22 December, 1972

Now you appear little restless, I know that is your nature, you like to
do big things and you are very capable and intelligent young man for
executing tremendous tasks on behalf of Krsna. But I think that you
have got a huge field of endeavor in the German speaking countries

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and other countries of Scandinavia, Communist countries and other
places like that. Now work very vigorously to develop these places,
that is your great task at hand. You needn’t look further to find some
big challenge. The challenge is very near at hand. That means
developing and expanding along the lines as you have begun. Of
course we are not ever very much anxious to repeat the same
activity many times, that is the nature of the living entity, that he
seeks to enjoy varieties of flavors. But mature understanding of
activity means to take it as our occupational duty. That is to say,
suppose I am established as good carpenter, then it will be foolish if
after some time I am thinking, "Oh, I have done this cutting of woods
so many times, now it is becoming boring and uninteresting,
therefore let me become a doctor,’’ no. That is not recommended by
Krsna, neither is it common sense. Occupational duty means to stick
with one type of occupation which is just suitable for me,
considering that it is my duty, therefore I am throughout my life
obligated to perform it to the best of my ability. This is mature
understanding of occupation. That means I must not leave it even for
so-called good cause, just like Arjuna wanted to stop his fighting
activity just to avoid killing so many of his kinsmen, cousin brothers,
and other friends. So we are preachers on behalf of Lord Krsna, that
is our occupational duty, we haven’t got to search any further some
new challenge or change our engagement. No, that has been already
settled up. Now best thing will be to develop more and more what we
have begun. I have built the skeleton of the building, but there is so
much more work remaining before us. The GBC men are there, the
world is divided into 12 zones for gradual development by these, my
chosen right hand men.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Bombay 2 January, 1973

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Devotees should not be in India on their own business or on a whim,
they should have our GBC approval. Everyone must be favorably
engaged.

Letter to: Tejiyas -- Calcutta 15 March, 1973

Prabhupāda: Everyone should be engaged. That is management. So


all GBC members must see that in every temple, everyone is
engaged.

Morning Walk -- March 12, 1974, Vṛndāvana

Regarding your trip to U.S.A. you say that you will be tactful and
respectful in your dealings. That should be the motto of all GBC.
Be tolerant, and if there is any deficiency, rectify it. All our men
have volunteered good service, so the background is good will. So
everything should be done on the basis of good will.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Vrindaban 7 September, 1974

Thank you for distributing my books there very nicely. Try to


increase it more and more. You mentioned in your letter that you are
doing a lot of deity worship and cooking due to lack of sufficient
brahmanas. So why don’t you ask your GBC man for some
brahmanas (at least one) to come and relieve you of this service so
that you can spend more of your time preaching and distributing
books. A temple president should have more time for preaching.
That is important.
Letter to: Ravindra Svarupa -- Honolulu 2 February, 1975

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What happened to Jagat Purusa in Bombay? He is an experienced
man in Bombay so why he should be changed to Delhi? This
change of Presidents is to be made in the GBC meeting. In the
middle of the year there is no question of change. Tejyas can
continue as President. Three times changing president is not good.
It should first be conjointly considered by the GBC.
Letter to: Gopala Krsna -- New York 11 July, 1976

Those who are serving, the... One should learn from him how he’s
serving twenty-four hours; then our joining this institution will be
successful. And if we take it that “Here is an institution where we
can have free hotel, free living and free sense gratification,” then the
whole institution will be spoiled. Be careful. All the GBC’s, they
should be careful that this mentality may not increase. Everyone
should be very eager to serve, to learn how to serve.

Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.9.24 -- Māyāpur, March 2, 1976

Regarding the editorial policy of BTG, if the editorial board is not


expert enough they should be changed. . . . If experienced editors
are not there it will be unpopular magazine. These things are to be
seen to immediately by the GBC.
Letter to: Rupanuga -- Vrindaban 23 September, 1976

In the last year you have changed your engagement so many times, it
is not good. Better to stick to something and complete it than
constantly changing. If you can carry out your original plan of

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collecting from Indians in different parts of the world and sending to
India, that would be good. Why not stick with Nitai Gaura TWSKP
and make this successful?”.
SPL to Jagat Guru, 16th October, 1976

Rādhā-vallabha: Do you want to hear Rāmeśvara’s newsletter? This is


the book distribution. First place Rādhā-Dāmodara, as usual. And
second place, Los Angeles. Third place, Germany. Fourth…

Prabhupāda: Tamāla Kṛṣṇa you cannot beat.

Rādhā-vallabha: No.
Prabhupāda: He has some magic power.

Rādhā-vallabha: One thing is interesting though…

Prabhupāda: In the very beginning, practically largest printing was


done, inspired by Tamāla Kṛṣṇa. When I was in San Francisco, I
saw that this boy was selling, so I talked with him. Then I first
attempted Back to Godhead from five thousand to twenty
thousand, Japanese. So I saw that he was selling more—1967.
Rādhā-vallabha: Sixty-seven.

Prabhupāda: He was selling more. So that inspired me.…

Rādhā-vallabha: You want the rest of the book scores?

Prabhupāda: Hmm.

Rādhā-vallabha: We can split it up later. I am doing all the reading.


So it’s Rādhā-Dāmodara, Los Angeles, Germany, then Berkeley.

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Prabhupāda: Germany is third?

Rādhā-vallabha: Yes. Germany, third.

Prabhupāda: This is being done by...?

Rādhā-vallabha: Just one temple. Just the German temple. Jayatīrtha


Prabhu was there. There are these two men that come in first place in
the entire movement for big book distribution every month.

Prabhupāda: The third German business is finished. [laughter]


Kṛṣṇa says, "No, no, it is increased." [laughter]

Rādhā-vallabha: So then Berkeley, then Australia traveling


saṅkīrtana…

Conversation with Radha Vallabha – Bombay, Dec 20, 1976

Rāmeśvara: For the year 1976. It lists... The first section lists all the
Caitanya-caritāmṛtas title by title, all seventeen volumes. So last year
we sold 55,000 copies of Caitanya-caritāmṛta.

Prabhupāda: All parts.


Rāmeśvara: Yes. Then it lists the Bhāgavatams. We sold 7,000 volume
one, First Canto; 46,000 First Canto, volume two; 41,000 First
Canto, volume three; 6,000 …

Prabhupāda: This is the largest sale. [chuckling]

Rāmeśvara: So the next thing is the entire year—the ratings for the
whole year. So number one for zones is Tamāla Kṛṣṇa—$1,000,000
for the whole year. Number two was the area that I have: Los
Angeles, Denver and San Diego—$762,000. Number three was

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Balavanta—$476,000. New York temple is number one among
temples, and his zone is number one among zones. So he has set the
whole standard for the whole movement in book distribution.
Prabhupāda: All brahmacārī and sannyāsī

Rāmeśvara: My zone is all gṛhasthas, [laughs] with a few


brahmacārīs. Anyway, next year we can beat Tamāla Kṛṣṇa.
[Prabhupāda chuckles] He has only beaten us by a few hundred
thousand dollars.

Prabhupāda: [laughs] But don’t tell now.


Rāmeśvara: Or it may be ruined.

Prabhupāda: He may be very careful.

Rāmeśvara: I think we should send him a congratulations letter.


Prabhupāda: [laughing] Yes. You send.

Rāmeśvara: I’ll send him.

Prabhupāda: [laughing] Yes. To entice him.

Rāmeśvara: Because he is... This is his main...

Prabhupāda: Actually, in the beginning, for increasing the sale,


Tamāla Kṛṣṇa gave the impetus. He was selling best in San Francisco
Room Conversation on Book Scores– Jan 16, 1977, Calcutta

Prabhupāda: Yes, sannyāsī, brahmacārī, means preaching. They are


not meant for material management. They have dedicated their life
for spiritual—although this material service is also spiritual—but
they are not doing much [indistinct]. You cannot expect a very

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expertly at management and... But they act. Simply ask them to do
the needful.
Mr. Myer: That’s right.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yeah, out of desire to serve you, they carry out
whatever you ask.

Prabhupāda: They cannot be expert, these men, managers. They are


not... They are giving up everything. But as soon as there is big
establishment, we require a top manager.

Mr. Myer: Sometimes there are so many different areas. There is


temple management. There is book distribution. There is guesthouse.
Now the gurukula is coming.

Prabhupāda: Therefore we want some expert manager to see to this.


When they cannot manage, it is not their fault, because they are not
meant for this.

Mr. Myer: Quite right.

Prabhupāda: So if you kindly take up the general management, you


are welcome. Money is being squandered. I know that. If you can
save some money, that is your great success. - Conversation – July 1,
1977 Vrndavana

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Delegating Responsibilities: Investing Faith in
Capabilities of Subordinates and Empowering
Them

I am glad that you are training Jagadananda to become my personal


secretary as well as you are training Mr. Phil to translate our thoughts
to German. Please keep this boy with great care because Krishna has
sent him to help us. It is a good combination. Janardana is well
acquainted with French, Hayagriva & you with English & Mr. Phil
is well acquainted with German. So combinedly you can perform
great blitz for bombarding the Western World with Krishna
philosophy. This I wanted & Krishna is sending my good
lieutenants. –
Letter to Rayarama – Delhi 4th October, 1967

I am enclosing a letter
herewith from Krsna devi
which speaks for itself. Please
reply her that she cannot take
charge of one of our centers
because she has violated the
regulations of our Society. In
spite of having her duly
married husband, she indulged
in illicit sex life, so this is a
willful violation of our rules
and regulations. So far her
Krsna consciousness activities
are concerned, she can execute
nicely wherever she lives, and I

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have all blessings for her, because the door of Krsna consciousness is
open for everyone. But when one has to take charge of a center, he
has to become completely above suspicion.
Letter to Brahmananda, 12th March, 1968

“Ahh, this is really preaching!" Śrīla Prabhupāda gave me a look of


complete satisfaction. "This is the right field for you. Keep at this and
make hundreds and hundreds of such devotees," Prabhupāda
blessed. "Now you are all very fortunate to have taken up Kṛṣṇa
consciousness. You follow Tamal Krishna Mahārāja. He is my
senior disciple, and I have trained him in all respects, so learn
everything from him." Prabhupāda was completely blissful, I was
blissful, and so were all of the men. My spiritual master had
somehow agreed to my request by taking everything as an indication
of Kṛṣṇa’s supreme will. I felt ecstatic.

Puruṣottama had shown me a list of leading devotees’ names which


Prabhupāda had personally written in his own hand under the
heading G.B. At the time, Puruṣottama had speculated that G.B. must
have meant that these devotees were "Going Back" to Godhead. Of
course, later on it became obvious that G.B. was short for Governing
Body, and that Prabhupāda was thinking of which devotees to select
to sit on the Governing Body Commission. He expressed his
confidence in me by writing, "I have got full faith in you," and "Now
the West Coast management is practically on you." I had written
him, suggesting what I thought to be suitable activities for several
devotees which required, in certain cases, that they move to different
temples. Prabhupāda replied that I could manage such matters
without first consulting him. I naturally felt very satisfied to note
my spiritual master’s confidence in me. Such confidence in a
particular disciple depends on how successfully the disciple is able

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to dovetail his desires with those of his guru. As a father cautiously
entrusts the business to his sons, gradually giving them
responsibility according to their submissiveness to his instructions,
so the spiritual master is eager to hand the mission of Lord
Caitanya to his sincere disciples. But because it is the most valuable
treasure, the rarest of medicines, brought personally by Lord
Caitanya for saving the world, great care must be taken in to whom it
is delivered, lest the medicine be lost or spoiled. SPL Allston, Mass.,
April 26, 1969 – Servant of Servant by His holiness Tamala Krishna
Goswami.

Regarding movement of the members from one temple to another, I


think the local president’s permission is sufficient. Don’t take too
much load of individual administration. That will be unmanageable
in the near future. I have also instructed Brahmananda to ask for
monthly reports, and similarly you may ask for monthly reports.
That will be easier.

Letter to Tamala Krsna, October 18th, 1969

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your two letters dated 20 and 26


February, respectively, and I am so glad to learn that you have been
elected president for this year. In India, when there was a congress
election among the executive members, each year a person was
elected president. I think this system may be followed in our
institutions also. Of course it will depend on the local situation, but
in a round if each person is given the chance of managing the whole
affairs, that means everyone becomes responsible officer.

Letter to Gurudasa, 2nd March, 1970

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Up to date, actually I am the only superior controller, but as the boys
are getting experienced I shall very soon transfer the
administration to them, simply keeping myself as an overseer
guide.
Letter to Nevatiaji, July 16th, 1970

Now I have invested the GBC for maintaining the standard of our
Krsna Consciousness Society, so keep the GBC very vigilant. I have
already given you full directions in my books. Please counteract this
contamination which has been spread throughout our Society.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Calcutta 13 September, 1970

It is a great encouragement to me also that the GBC is carefully


revising the program of our temples in view of the recent attacks
upon our Society. I am very much counting upon you all to keep the
standard of Krsna Consciousness as I have already instructed you
both orally and in my literatures.
Letter to: Karandhara -- Calcutta 13 September, 1970

I am very glad to know that the GBC is actively working to rectify the
subversive situation which has been weakening the very foundation
of our Society. All you members of the GBC please always remain
very vigilant in this connection so that our society’s growth may go
on unimpeded by such poisonous elements. Your preaching in New
Vrndavana as well as intensified study of our literatures with
seriousness is very much encouraging. Please continue this program

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with vigor and reestablish the solidity of our movement. From the
very beginning I was strongly against the impersonalists and all my
books are stressed on this point. So my oral instruction as well as
my books are all at your service. Now you GBC consult them and
get clear and strong idea, then there will be no disturbance.
Disturbance is caused by ignorance; where there is no ignorance,
there is no disturbance.

Letter to: Hayagriva -- Calcutta 14 September, 1970

It is for your daring and active nature that I have chosen you to
represent me as GBC man for the southeast Asia zone, and I can see
from your latest words that my choice has not been wrong.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Bombay 4 November, 1970

I am very glad that at least one cottage is set up in Mayapur in our


own land so that when I go back again I shall be able to stay there at
your care. Mayapur construction will be of grand scale and Tamala
wishes that the matter be given to a big contractor, but I think we
should do the construction ourselves. Just like my Godbrothers have
also constructed big, big temples but did not appoint big contractors
so far I know. If required I can send somebody expert in
construction work to supervise the work there nicely. You are now
acquainted with the local market. So I think that if we supervise the
building construction work that will save great amount of money.
You consider on these points and let me know your views by return
mail.

Letter to Acyutananda Maharaja, 7th August, 1971

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Practically the leadership of this Krsna consciousness Society is
now in the hands of you my older disciples and I am very pleased
that you are taking such huge responsibility very seriously. In this
way remain very sober and cool-headed and always think of Krsna
somehow or other, and there is no doubt this movement will one day
conquer all over the world.

Letter to Makhanlal, January 10th, 1972

Upon your recommendation, I am gladly accepting them as my duly


initiated disciples and their letter follows. Now you must take the
full responsibility to give them all guidance and facility for
perfecting their lives in Krishna Consciousness. The trick is to keep
everyone always engaged happily in Krishna’s service, then they will
advance rapidly. Just you become very serious and thoughtful and
learn this art how to engage everyone very nicely. –

Letter to Bhakta dasa – Bombay 16th January, 1972

I want now that all of my GBC secretaries do my work. Let me sit


tight in Los Angeles and write my books. Now you be always
travelling here and there, visiting the centers in your zone, seeing
how things are going on and how the students are making spiritual
progress. That is our real concern, the spiritual progress of life. That
is duty of GBC. Practically, this ISKCON organization is there
because I have been always travelling. I never sat down in my old
age, no. So you follow my example and preach widely all over the
world, that is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s version. We are re-
apportioning the GBC zones, so now I may ask you to go to some

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other part of the world to see how the things are going on, that I
shall settle up very soon. Will you have any objection?
Letter to: Bhagavan -- Honolulu 12 May, 1972

I have noted that you have returned to gurukula to take over the
managing because Stoka Krsna has left to go to Los Angeles at his
whim. This is not good, this unsteady position. I have never been
in favor of this practice of many times changing the responsible
officers, three times in one week changing presidents. This will
ruin the whole thing. From now on if someone takes the leading
post, he must agree to stick and not go away just because it is
difficult from time to time. That is ideal leader. He is responsible
and he knows his duty. Just like I did that. My Guru Maharaja gave
me a task and always I was discouraged by my Godbrothers, but I did
not forget him even for a moment, and I was determined to follow
my duty, even though sometimes I did not like to do it. But this
always changing means no sense. If he is leader, he must be fixed-
up. Otherwise, if he has no real interest, why he takes that post? He
must be responsible. He must stick and develop the highest
standard of Krsna consciousness practice in that area of
management. But if he is sometimes thinking, ‘Oh, I do not like to
do this, let me go away at first opportunity: then how will things go
on? That is just like democratic system in your government: every
four, five years changing all the leaders. In this way, each man is
thinking he shall not try to do very much. No one is interested in
the real welfare of the citizens, simply because the post is
temporary. That is not our process.

Real meaning of duty is just like Arjuna; he did not like to be


responsible, he wanted to leave the scene, but Krsna convinced him
‘This is your duty, to fight: so he did it for Krsna, and he fought until

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the last man was killed from the opposing side. That is leadership.
He is determined to stick to his position because he has understood
Krsna. But best thing is to discuss with Karandhara and other GBC
men to find a permanent manager of Dallas school, who will not
suddenly go away.

Letter to Satsvarupa, 5th November, 1972

This constantly changing managers is not good. We shall develop


more progressively by sticking in one place and working, not that
one week we have three presidents, that is not good. Our managers
should be very responsible for developing their center to the topmost
standard. Why this restlessness? It is just like one man is holding
government post by getting votes, so today or tomorrow or next day,
but he will have to go out, then another man comes, then another,
another-in this way, democratic system, no one becomes responsible
for the welfare of the citizens, only they want to take for themselves
as much as they can before they have to get out, so they do not take
real interest in their duty. It is a little like that. My idea is that the
leaders must agree to stick at one place, even they may have to
remain their life-long, that is the ideal leader, one who is conscious of
his duty.

Letter to Hrdayananda, 5th November, 1972

Your plan for rotating the chief man at Nairobi center is nice,
provided the sense of authority and continuity is not weakened by so
much switching of head men. As long as you are recognized to be
the leader of Nairobi center with full authority in all matters, that
is the point. This constantly changing the head man and
whimsically dividing the attention is not good. Someone must be

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there who will stick tightly to the temple and develop it gradually
to the highest standard.
Letter to Cyavana, 9th January, 1973

Prabhupāda: ...your American Congress Library, they placed a


standing order, eighteen books, whatever I published, each book. So I
have tried so many, what is called, GBC. They are not very expert to
organize in India. So if you think you can do it... Now we have got
sufficient place in Bombay. So if you take charge of this distribution
of book not only in India but neighboring countries, just like Hong
Kong, Singapore, if you think you can do that, that will be nice. You
have got experience how to distribute books. So you think over.
Now we have got very nice place in Bombay. We have got place for at
least fifty men very comfortably. Is it not?
Brahmānanda: Oh, yes. And there’s go-downs and office space,
everything.

Prabhupāda: Everything, we have got enough facility. We are not


going to rent anyone, anyway, any room. We shall utilize it for our
purpose only, receiving guest, organizing this book sale. That is my
idea. [japa]
Brahmānanda: Thank you very, very much for asking me. I will go
immediately.

Prabhupāda: You are capable. I know that. He is very capable. You


know how to do business. –

Morning Walk – Los Angeles June 27, 1975

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Upon your recommendation I am accepting the following two
brahmacaris as my initiated disciples. And their names are Malcolm
Perey is Yamunapata dasa and Monte Flynn is Kalatita dasa. It is
your responsibility since you are recommending them that they
follow strictly rules and regulations and remain strong in Krsna
consciousness. They must attend the mangala-arati and the Srimad-
Bhagavatam class and Bhagavad-Gita class and chant sixteen rounds
minimum daily and also follow the four rules and regulations Letter
to Nalinikanta dasa, 21st November, 1975

Yes, the management must be very first-class. If required we can


keep some paid men. Amateur management is not always efficient.
I approve of your ideas for management. We shall get it passed by
resolution meeting. I like the ideas.

Letter to Surabhi, 23rd December, 1976

My health is not good. I am old man. It is not surprising. Now you

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GBC, young boys, all, American, expert, you have got all
intelligence, resources, so don’t spoil. Let the movements go
forward more and more. Now you have got nice places, filled with
devotees. Don’t be anxious for me. That, Kṛṣṇa will take. And even if
I go, where is the harm? Old man. I have given my ideas and
direction in my books.
Morning Conversation -- April 29, 1977, Bombay

Once on a visit to Boston, Śrīla Prabhupāda had a meeting with his


ISKCON Press workers. Satsvarūpa dāsa complained to Prabhupāda
that he had so many duties in the temple that he was distracted in
trying to do all of them and at the same time also do press work.
Prabhupāda said, “Real management means to delegate it to others.
You have so many responsible devotees there, so you can delegate
it to them.” - Śrīla Prabhupāda Nectar - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī:
Chapter 2

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Succession

Reporter: Is there anyone who is designated to succeed you as the

primary teacher of the movement?

Prabhupāda: I am training some, I mean to say, advanced students


so that they may be very easily take up the charge. I have made
them GBC. They are under my direct training, and I think they will
be able to conduct this movement.
Reporter: Do you expect to name one person as your successor or
have you already?

Prabhupāda: That I am not contemplating now. But there is no need


of one person. As other things are managed, but by committee, so
this can also be managed, and the committee may elect one person as
chief. As, just like in the democracy there are senators and there is
president, so it may be I may nominate or they can nominate.

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Room Conversation with Reporter -- June 4, 1976, Los Angeles

Interviewer: What happens when that inevitable time comes when a


successor is needed?

Rāmeśvara: He is asking about the future, who will guide the


movement in the future.
Prabhupāda: They will guide. I am training them.

Interviewer: Will there be one spiritual leader, though?


Prabhupāda: No, I am training GBC, eighteen all over the world.

Magazine Interview -- June 10, 1976, Los Angeles

When asked who would succeed him as the leader of the Krsna
consciousness movement, Srila Prabhupada replied: “All of my
disciples will take the legacy. If you want, you can also take it.
Sacrifice everything. I –one– may soon pass away. But they are
hundreds, and this movement will increase. It’s not that I’ll give an
order: ‘Here is the next leader.’ Anyone who follows the previous
leadership is a leader. I don’t make any distinction between Indian
and European. All my disciples are leaders... as much as they
follow purely. If you want to follow, then you can also lead. But you
don’t want to follow. ‘Leader’ means one who is a first-class disciple.
Evam parampara-praptam. One who is perfectly following. Our
instruction is, guru-mukha-padma-vakya. Do you know this? Ara na
kariha mane asa [‘My only wish is to have my consciousness purified
by the words emanating from the lotus mouth of my spiritual
master’]. To become a leader is not very difficult, provided one is

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prepared to follow the instructions of the bona fide guru.” BTG
Vol.13, No.1-2, 1978

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Coaching/ Counselling

Now you appear little restless, I know that is your nature, you like to
do big things and you are very capable and intelligent young man for
executing tremendous tasks on behalf of Krsna. But I think that you
have got a huge field of endeavor in the German speaking countries
and other countries of Scandinavia, Communist countries and other
places like that. Now work very vigorously to develop these places,
that is your great task at hand. You needn’t look further to find some
big challenge. The challenge is very near at hand. That means
developing and expanding along the lines as you have begun. Of
course we are not ever very much anxious to repeat the same activity
many times, that is the nature of the living entity, that he seeks to
enjoy varieties of flavors. But mature understanding of activity means
to take it as our occupational duty. That is to say, suppose I am
established as good carpenter, then it will be foolish if after some
time I am thinking, "Oh, I have done this cutting of woods so many
times, now it is becoming boring and uninteresting, therefore let me
become a doctor,’’ no. That is not recommended by Krsna, neither is
it common sense. Occupational duty means to stick with one type of
occupation which is just suitable for me, considering that it is my
duty, therefore I am throughout my life obligated to perform it to the
best of my ability. This is mature understanding of occupation. That
means I must not leave it even for so-called good cause, just like
Arjuna wanted to stop his fighting activity just to avoid killing so
many of his kinsmen, cousin brothers, and other friends. So we are
preachers on behalf of Lord Krsna, that is our occupational duty, we
haven’t got to search any further some new challenge or change our
engagement. No, that has been already settled up. Now best thing
will be to develop more and more what we have begun. I have built
the skeleton of the building, but there is so much more work
remaining before us. The GBC men are there, the world is divided

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into 12 zones for gradual development by these, my chosen right
hand men.
Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Bombay 2 January, 1973

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Supervising and Correcting Discrepancies

I beg to thank you very much for your letter pointing out some of the
discrepancies of many of the devotees in New York. You are correct
regarding the items which you have stated, such as sleeping in front
of the deities, taking of unoffered foodstuffs, drinking water from the
bathroom, and non-chanting of rounds. But the thing is discipline
can not be observed unless there is obedience. As you are obedient
to me, you should be similarly obedient to my representative. Your
statement about Brahmananda that he is a wonderful devotee is 100
percent agreed by me. He is in charge of the New York center, and
therefore, if proper obedience is not given to him, it will be
impossible for him to manage affairs of the temple. Under the
circumstances, the discrepancies you have observed in the temple
may be referred to him, and he is quite reasonable, and will handle
the matter with the respective devotees. –

SP letter to Nara-Nārāyaṇa, February 7, 1969

If all problems come to me, even personal problems, then it


becomes a
heavy task for
me. I received
your letter, full
of problems;
Rayarama’s,
full of
problems;
Gargamuni’s,
full of
problems and

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similarly, ISKCON media’s full of problems. If everyone’s problems
are sent to me then who will solve my problems? I have divided
these departments to solve the problems but if in the end they are
all sent to me and I have to tackle, then just imagine what is my
position. The best thing would be to stop all activities and simply
chant Hare Krsna.
Letter to Brahmananda, 15th May, 1969

One should have unflinching faith in Krsna and similarly in the


Spiritual Master. That is the way of understanding the secret of Krsna
Consciousness. Unfortunately, attempt has been made lately in our
Society to shake this formula. This mischievous attempt has done a
great harm, but if you the members of the Governing Body
Commission can rectify this mischievous attempt, then still there is
hope of making our progress uninterruptedly. . . . in this institution
if there is a bad disciple he can burn the whole institution into
ashes. The Governing Body Commission’s duty is therefore to see
that every member is following the rules and regulations and
chanting sixteen round regularly on the beads. I hope the GBC in
cooperation with the Sannyasis in their touring program will be able
to keep vigilance systematically in order to keep the Society as pure
as possible.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Tokyo 25 August, 1970

I am very glad to know that the GBC is actively working to rectify the
subversive situation which has been weakening the very foundation
of our Society. All you members of the GBC please always remain
very vigilant in this connection so that our society’s growth may go
on unimpeded by such poisonous elements. Your preaching in New

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Vrndavana as well as intensified study of our literatures with
seriousness is very much encouraging. Please continue this program
with vigor and reestablish the solidity of our movement.From the
very beginning I was strongly against the impersonalists and all my
books are stressed on this point. So my oral instruction as well as
my books are all at your service. Now you GBC consult them and
get clear and strong idea, then there will be no disturbance.
Disturbance is caused by ignorance; where there is no ignorance,
there is no disturbance.

Letter to: Hayagriva -- Calcutta 14 September, 1970

I am glad that you have admitted about the GBC members not very
appropriately discharging their duty. I do not mind this discrepancy
but you should be alert; you and all GBC members. We are now
growing in volume all over the world dealing with public money.
People have respect for our movement. Now it is time for GBC
members to be very very careful so that people may not point out
any black spot in the behavior of our society. I have issued a letter
to all the GBC members only for this purpose that each one of you
should always think how to improve the cause and advance our
society and as soon as there is some good point you can
communicate with your colleagues and give some decision and put it
before me so that I can give my final approval. So you should not
remain for a moment without thought of improving ISKCON activity.
So far you are concerned, being the zonal secretary of that quarter of
the world, your duty is to see that all our different centers within
your jurisdiction must be going very accurately. The accounts are not
being kept very scientifically and if there is extravagant spending that
should be changed. We should simply accept the bare necessities of

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life. The balance money and energy should be employed for pushing
forward Krishna’s mission.
Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- London 1 September, 1971

I have just now received one letter which has described your GBC
meeting of nine men in New York, and I have cabled Rupanuga the
following message: ``GBC Meeting irregular. My strong disapproval,
Make no changes. Inform others. Letter follows.’’ So you can
understand that I am very much perplexed why you have done these
things without consulting me in the matter. If every time someone
feels something they call for changing everything, then all that I have
done will very quickly be lost. so for the time being there shall be no
such changes as you have arranged, until I study the matter
thoroughly.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Sydney 2 April, 1972

P.S. Prabhupada just received Rupanuga’s letter about changes made


in GBC zonal management. His comments: "I do not favor these
changes. Tell them to stop everything. Why they have done this
without consulting(?)

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Sydney April 3, 1972

I had no intimation that you all GBC members have met and decided
such big big issues without consulting me. So I have issued one letter
in this regard to all of you and you may take note that I consider that
both the meeting and the resolution is irregular and immediately
there should be no change. Again, I am so much burdened by this
administrative work that I feel great difficulty. I was very anxious to
return to my Los Angeles home to sit down for translating work. But

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if you all, my right-hand men, are doing things without consulting
me and making such big big changes within our society without
getting my opinion and the opinion of all the GBC members then
what can I do? I am so much perplexed why you all had done this. I
have appointed originally 12 GBC members and I have given them 12
zones for their administration and management, but simply by
agreement you have changed everything, so what is this, I don’t
know. You mentioned that you are taking great help from Atreya Rsi,
but Atreya Rsi is not a member of GBC nor has he any position in
my scheme to manage the whole society. And I am wondering what
is Hamsaduta’s idea to leave Germany and take larger position of
power in the United States? I have just sent him one letter wherein I
have told him to remain permanently in Germany and the German
language countries. This is his best field, and I do not think that we
shall change any of our managers throughout the world except as I
shall direct. . . . I am considering to fill up the two GBC posts which
are now, vacant, one by the resignation of Krishna Dasa, and one by
Tamala Krishna Goswami taking Sannyas. I am considering several
persons, among them Kesava and Giriraja. I shall let you know when
I have decided on these points. Meanwhile, you many inform the
other GBC members that for the time being there shall be no change
within the society and that they shall manage as before.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Sydney 4 April, 1972

Please accept my blessings. I beg to inform you that recently some of


the Governing Body Commission members held a meeting at New
York on 25th through 28th March, 1972, and they have sent me a big
big minutes, duplicated, for my consideration and approval, but in
the meantime they have decided some appointments without

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consulting me. One of the items which struck me very much is as
follows:
"Atreya Rsi das was selected to be the Secretary for GBC and receive
all correspondence including monthly reports.’’ I never appointed
Atreya Rsi member of the GBC, and I do not know how he can be
appointed Secretary to GBC without my sanction. "He was also
appointed to be on the Management Committee. with Karandhara for
the purpose of supervising ISKCON business and implementing the
decisions reached by GBC.’’ This has very much disturbed me.

Sriman Atreya Rsi das may be very expert, but without my say he has
been given so much power and this has upset my brain.

I also understand that immediate actions are going to take place even
prior to my permission, and that, also, "without divulging to the
devotees(!)’’

I do not follow exactly what is the motive of the so-called GBC


meeting, therefore I have sent the telegram which you will find
attached herewith, and I have received the replies as well.

Under these circumstances, I AUTHORIZE YOU TO DISREGARD


FOR THE TIME BEING ANY DECISION FROM THE GBC MEN
UNTIL MY FURTHER INSTRUCTION.
You manage your affairs peacefully and independently, and try to
improve the spiritual atmosphere of the centers more carefully.

I shall be very glad to know the names of your assistants such as


Secretary, Treasurer and Accountant. Finally, I beg to repeat that ALL
GBC ORDERS ARE SUSPENDED HEREWITH BY ME UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.
Letter to: All ISKCON Temple Presidents -- Sydney 8 April, 1972

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The meeting of the GBC appeared to be very unconstitutional,
because all the men were not informed or invited. Syamasundara. was
not invited, Sudama was not invited, Krishna das was not invited,
Tamala Krishna was not invited, neither I was informed. Why? You
cannot hold meeting of 8 persons without inviting the others. Seven
may be a quorum, that’s all right, but you cannot convene without a
general announcement to all the members and myself, giving a
proposed agenda, like that, the topics to be discussed, why the
meeting is being called, etc. Then there is correspondence for
deciding these things, and if there is great necessity, then meeting
may be called, but not whimsically, only after much thought is given
and there is clear intimation of all the members plus myself.
Anything whatever is done is done, but the whole thing appeared to
be giving all power to Atreya Rsi. I cannot understand why, instead of
one GBC man, a person outside the Commission was given so much
power, and there was to be immediate action without divulging the
matter to the devotees. And I am surprised that none of the GBC
members detected the defects in the procedure. It was detected only
when it came to me. What will happen when I am not here, shall
everything be spoiled by GBC? So for the time being, let the GBC
activities be suspended until I thoroughly revise the whole
procedure. In the meantime, you do your duty as president of
Hamburg Temple, and try to improve spiritually. Our spiritual way
should strictly observe the following points especially: (1). Neatness
and cleanliness of all personal bodies. (I still see those who are
initiated as Brahmins, they do not wash their hand after eating even;
of course, there may be so many defects due to your births in non-
Brahmin families, but how long it shall go on? It is very easy thing.);
(2). Chanting 16 rounds daily. (I don’t think everyone is following
these principles.); (3) Temple worship, which should be performed
rigidly between four and ten a.m.)

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I find that the devotees are still sleeping up to six, seven o’clock. So
in the GBC Agenda I do not find any such programs for reforming
our past bad habits. So kindly as President of Hamburg center you try
to observe yourself all the regulative principles and see all the
members are following.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Sydney 11 April, 1972

I have written one letter to Rupanuga that he should take your help
how to organize the weekly inventory and payment for books
distributed, so you may see that letter from him and do the needful. I
am very much pleased that you are producing so much nice
literatures! You have done something since becoming manager of
ISKCON Press, that is your credit. But one thing, you say that
portions of Bhagavatam are missing. Pradyumna Prabhu says that he
has sent the synonyms for chapters 15-33 in Canto 3 from Australia
some time ago, but that the situation for receiving mail there in New
York temple is not very good and that often letters are neglected or
lost. Why these things are going on? I have appointed this GBC to
maintain the standards. I don’t do these things. I am always careful
about the mail and the money. This is very serious business, if we
go to so much effort to make these books available to the human
society, and then no one takes care and portions are lost, and no
money is paid by the temples to Book Fund, then what is the use?
We must have a very efficient office at each temple, with facilities for
prompt distribution of mail to the proper persons, not that the mail is
simply left in a corner for everyone to pick through and find out for
themselves. No, it should be delivered to the proper persons. And
strict accounts must be kept. . . . You are GBC, and I see by the
results of your being there that you are able to do these things, why
you do not help Rupanuga and do them?

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Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Honolulu May 9, 1972

Prabhupāda: Yes. Without love, nothing can sustain. If I do not love


Kṛṣṇa I cannot surrender. It is not possible. Just like a small child, he
is naturally surrendered to the parents because there is love. The
child loves also the parents. So without the basic principle of love,
the more you love, the more the surrender is also perfect. Just like a
small child, you slap the child, he’s crying, yet crying also with the
words, "Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy," because there is
love… Just like you are; you are, a whole society is carrying my
order, not because I am superior person. There is love. Without love
you cannot do so. You have got some bit of love for me, therefore you
carry my order. Otherwise it is not possible. And I cannot also. You
are foreigners, you are. Americans, I came from another country, I
have no account. I cannot also order you: "You must do it, otherwise
I will chastise you." Because there is love. It is a connection of love. I
can also become bold enough to chastise you, but you also, what, in
whatever condition, you carry my order due to the basic principle
is love. And our whole philosophy is love. We are just trying to
learn how to love Kṛṣṇa, that’s all. So without the basic principle of
love, these things cannot be conceived. -- Discussions with
Shyamasundara dasa

So far the presidents are concerned, they should not be abruptly


changed in future. If there is any complaint they should be first of all
informed to me. One thing we should always remember is that all of
our devotees picked up here are accustomed to all of these bad habits
in their past life, so if sometimes they reveal their old characteristics,
instead of rejecting them, it is up to us to rectify them as far as
possible. So try to reform Mohananandan there. What he will do by

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coming here? Amogha has indicated he has already shaved his sikha
and has left everything. do you think U.S.A. is a magic place, simply
by coming here he will become reformed? If possible you can send to
the U.S.A., but it is better to correct him to the standard point by
friendly gestures. We can reject anyone, that is very easy, but to
reform him that requires great skill and tact and if you can reform
him there by kind words and dealings, that is best. When I was
there in Sydney, I observed that Mohananandan is very, very good
boy and he has great intelligence and talent, simply it has become
little bit misguided due to circumstances. Now you both big leaders
in Australia, along with the others, you make a very concerted
attempt to help Mohananandan over his difficulties and persuade him
that everything is all right; that I am not angry or displeased in any
way. These things will sometimes happen even with the best
devotees, and in this way try and persuade him to become engaged
with his previous enthusiasm for becoming once again a great
devotee. He is young boy, so we should not take his actions too
seriously, better to forget the past and try to reform him. His service
can be once again very much valuable there in Australia, I know he is
very good boy. Do not drive him away, that will be the discredit to
all of you leaders. But if there is great difficulty, he may come and
live with me here in Los Angeles for the time being, I have no
objection. But he has done very nicely in Sydney up to the present
time, so if you can utilize his experience and talents there, that is the
best plan.

Letter to Madudvisa, Amogha- Los Angeles, 24 Aug 1972

Regarding general state of affairs at Amsterdam temple, I can


understand there is some disturbance among you, but that is not to
be taken very seriously. Real business is preaching work. And if there
is full attention on this matter only, all other businesses will be

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automatically successful. Fighting amongst ourselves is not at all
good, but if our preaching work is neglected, or if we fall down in
following the regulative principles-such as rising before four,
chanting 16 rounds, like that-if these things are not strictly observed,
then Maya will enter and spoil everything. So my best advice to you
is to strictly observe these things yourself and be the example so
that all others may follow. We should not criticize each other as
Vaiṣṇavas, because there is fault in everyone and we may be
ourselves subject to criticism. Best thing is to be above suspicion
ourselves, then if we see discrepancies and make suggestions, the
others will automatically respect and take action to rectify the
matters. That is cooperation. And we must exist on such
cooperation, otherwise the whole thing is doomed if we simply go on
fighting over some small thing. So try to organize things and preach
together in this spirit and that will please me very very much. –

SP letter to Madhu-maṅgala (November 18, 1972)

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your


letter dated November 30th, 1972, wherein I am so shocked to hear
from you that you have left your good wife for some time to have
sex-life with another girl, who is also a devotee, and that she is now
pregnant with your child. That is most disturbing to me. But I know
that all big leaders are falling victim to sex-life. So let her live in New
York and you live in Paris with your wife, what can be done? But
you should not ever see or correspond in any way with her again.
That will be the worst example. If you are leader, how you can do
these things? If someone will have her, she may get herself married
and be happy in Krsna consciousness—I do not want that she shall
go away from shame. But you must have nothing more to do with
her. Just like [another devotee] has done. He was like the sifter, full

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of holes, and he was finding fault only in others: Oh, just see that
needle, he has got a hole. Now he has made one girl pregnant and
they were found out, so he has left me as my personal servant. That is
the common practice: full of holes, yet they are accusing others,
"Oh! He has got one hole!

Our business is to raise ourselves to the highest status of life as


preachers of Krsna’s message, and one should behave himself rigidly,
then he should instruct others. Two things: Be himself exemplary,
then teach others to be exemplary. If one has not come to that high
standard, he cannot judge or criticize others. There is one saying
from Bible: ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.’ So how we can preach
unless we are able to make judgements? That will not be possible.
Only those who are above suspicion can judge others. One must
himself act in such a way that he is always above suspicion. Then he
can judge, then he can preach. But now you have no power to
instruct. One who is not following himself, how he can instruct
others?

If you are repentant, that’s all right. You have got your wife, so if
you are sexually inclined therefore you should always be with your
wife. You are repenting, so Krsna will excuse you. But never do this
again. Rather you should stop sex-life altogether, make this your
austerity. Do not eat nicely, chant always sixteen rounds, and pray
to Krsna to excuse you for your great offense. You are one of the
senior devotees, therefore if you behave like that then the whole
Society will be at risk. By their nature, gestures, dress, women are
lusty—that is their habit. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam it is stated that
when a woman comes to serve you, you must be very careful,
especially for sannyasis and brahmacaries." -

Letter to Name withheld -- 17 December, 1972

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Regarding Sriman Hayagriva Dasa; it is our duty to rectify him. To
create a devotee takes much labor and to reject him in a minute is
not to our credit so please try to do the needful in this regard.
Consult the other GBC men there, then make a proposal to Hayagriva
and if still he is incorrigible then you take the necessary steps.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Auckland 21 February, 1973

So kindly take my word and do not leave our society. If you cannot
agree with the GBC, I can take up your matter personally and do
the needful. I love you all very much, and if you go away and stay
independently that will be a great shock for me. I want to meet you
all together. Let me know where I shall go to meet you. Just now I
have received the news that in Hawaii the tulsi plants are drying for
want of watering. How has Govinda dasi left the tulsi plants which
she nourished so lovingly? Please therefore all of you go to your
respective positions and revive your devotional activities without any
further delay, and if you cannot cope with the GBC men, which I
suppose there must have been some disagreement, I shall deal with
you directly. But, do not leave the Krsna consciousness movement, at
any cost.
Letter to: Tusta Krsna : -- New Delhi 7 November, 1973

Dear GBC Godbrothers:

Please accept our humble obeisances. Srila Prabhupada has become


very disturbed at the news that Hamsaduta Prabhu has closed the
Edinburgh temple without consulting Srila Prabhupada and has
asked us to issue the following memo.

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No GBC man can whimsically do anything without consulting Srila
Prabhupada, especially in the matter of opening a new temple and
closing an old one. Such activities must be absolutely regulated and
cannot be done without consultation of Srila Prabhupada and other
GBC. In the annual meeting in Mayapur the activities of the whole
year should be resolved, and the GBC cannot do more or less than
that.

In addition Srila Prabhupada reiterates that all GBC must strictly


follow the rules and regulations and do what Srila Prabhupada does.
We must be the strict prototypes of Srila Prabhupada. We must be
pure by preaching and chanting.
To close a temple is a very serious business, as well as opening one. It
means that we are calling Krsna to come and reside there. Once
Krsna is there, we cannot tell Him to now leave. Whimsically closing
a temple means we do not understand what is devotional service and
violates bhakti. Only under very extraordinary conditions can a
temple be closed when there is consultation. Even then a temple is
not to be eliminated but moved to an other place.
Letter to: GBC Godbrothers -- Vrindaban 14 September, 1974

Approved A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Signed Brahmananda Swami, Bali Mardan das and Bhagavan das

Regarding Bali Mardan we have decided to review the complaints and


do the needful at the next GBC meeting. Bali Mardan came to me
when I was in Vrndaban and he showed a tendency for retirement,
because he knows there are so many complaints against him. Three
or four times he said he would like to live in Vrindaban. So anyway
he has given service to the Society, but when there are all GBC
present they may consider the complaints and do the needful. But,

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so far I have studied, if all the GBC so desire, he can retire. Personally
I wish all the existing GBC may be trained up so perfectly that in the
future in my absence they can manage the whole Society very nicely
and strongly. That is my desire. At least in this stage of my life it is
not at all desirable that there be any factions amongst yourselves. Try
to settle up amicably and correct yourself. One man is trained up
with great difficulty especially in spiritual life. Everyone has got
some weakness and deficiency. It is better to correct or mend it
than to break it.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Mayapur 29 September, 1974

Now by the grace of Krsna we have got sufficient properties all over
the world, so there cannot be any diplomacy or conspiracy by any
sane man. All these properties and opulences, whatever we have got,
this will not go with me when I go away from this world. It will
remain here. I am training some of my experienced disciples how to
manage after my departure. So if instead of taking the training, if in
my lifetime you people say I am the Lord of all I survey, that is
dangerous conspiracy.
As alleged by you I have received complaints against Bali Mardan
and his wife, so seriously, and so much so, that the girl has
declared that Bali Mardan is an incarnation of Bhaktisiddhanta
Sarasvati Thakura on my name. In India some of the important
members they have collected huge amounts in the name of the
Society and spent it luxuriously. I wanted you all my experienced
disciples should manage the whole institution very cleverly without
any personal ambition like ordinary materialistic men. The Gaudiya
Matha institution has become smashed, at least stopped its program
of preaching work on account of personal ambitions.

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So whatever is done is done. I shall request you all not to be
personally ambitious. I shall do everything in my power to fulfill
your personal ambitions, but that will be done in due course of
time when you are fully trained up and following the regulative
principles and chanting sixteen rounds.
Letter to Karandhara dasa, 7th October, 1974

Regarding Manasvi you immediately inform the police that he has


misappropriated so much money. He must give the account or we
shall prosecute. Yes, Srutakirti he is a good boy, so he can be made
the President as you suggest.

You are GBC so you must stop all this from going on. The best
procedure is that the Treasurer takes all money collected and
immediately writes it in the book and then daily deposits
everything in the bank. None of the collection should be used for
spending. All expenditures should be done by check as far as
possible. Check means two signatures, so in this way this nonsense
will be stopped. Please see that all temples are following this
system.

Letter to: Gurukrpa: -- Vrindaban 26 August, 1975

Those who are serving, the... One should learn from him how he’s
serving twenty-four hours; then our joining this institution will be
successful. And if we take it that “Here is an institution where we
can have free hotel, free living and free sense gratification,” then
the whole institution will be spoiled. Be careful. All the GBC’s,
they should be careful that this mentality may not increase.
Everyone should be very eager to serve, to learn how to serve.

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Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.9.24 -- Māyāpur, March 2, 1976

It has come to His Divine Grace’s attention that many members of


our society are engaged in the same business that Rsabhdeva (ex-
President Laguna Beach) and devotees of Laguna Beach Temple were
engaged in. These devotees were recently in Delhi and Calcutta.
Some of them also met one of our GBC men in Hongkong. The list of
devotees doing this business includes some senior devotees.
Furthermore, it was discovered that some GBC members were
backing these projects. Exact details on how these activities are
carried out were revealed by a participant and His Divine Grace is
thoroughly aware of the entire operation now.

His Divine Grace is very very unhappy about this. He said that under
no circumstances can any GBC or Temple President accept any
money from these devotees. This business has to be stopped at once
immediately. His Divine Grace wants all of you to refer to the
instruction of 3rd verse of Upadesamrta. First and foremost our
profession must be very honest--above all suspicion. His Divine
Grace said "I am trying to retire from management to translate but if
these things come then how can I translate. I have set up the
framework and everything should be done within the framework.
Kindly see that this business is stopped at once."

Letter to: All GBC Secretaries -- Unknown Place 19 August, 1976

Śrī Seth Bisan Chand, a retired politician who lives on the parikramā
marg the next block over from the temple, invited Śrīla Prabhupāda
and some of the devotees for lunch today. So just at massage time
Prabhupāda told me that a car should be arranged. Knowing that it

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would take some time and not wanting to delay his massage, I went
to the front office and told Jagadīṣa to please arrange for a car and
then went to do Prabhupāda’s massage.

After Prabhupāda took his bath he sat at his desk, applied his tilaka,
chanted his noon gayatri, and waited for us to come and tell him
when the car was ready. To my great disappointment, however,
Jagadīṣa had not understood the urgency or succeeded in getting a
car. I had to run around frantically trying to arrange something. All
the while, Prabhupāda sat in his room becoming more and more
agitated with the delay.
Raman Reti is not exactly the center of town. There is no question of
hiring a car; it’s hard enough just to get a rickshaw most days. Just
when I was at a complete loss, suddenly, by Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement, the
temple saṅkīrtana car returned from a preaching trip to Agra. Greatly
relieved, I was just about to inform Prabhupāda that he could go
when, as the car stood there in the lane at the side entrance to the
temple, the back nearside tire went as Flat as a chapati. Fortunately
they had a spare; unfortunately the jack slot in the bodywork of the
car crumpled like a tin can as soon as we tried to raise it, and the car
slipped back to the ground. When we managed to lift it by hand up
onto some bricks, we found, much to our dismay and anxiety, that
the wheel nuts were locked solid and couldn’t be moved. The whole
thing took on an element of farce as we struggled desperately to
remedy the situation. It was now almost twenty minutes past the time
of our scheduled arrival at Seth’s house.
In the midst of our struggles, Prabhupāda marched out of his
quarters to see what was going on. He was very annoyed. Standing at
the top of the steps in the gateway gripping his cane, his face
Flushed, he exploded with anger at our incompetence."You are all
a set of rascals!" he yelled. And me especially he berated most
heavily. "I told you two hours ago to arrange for a car, rascal!" It

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was useless to try to ‘pass the buck.’ I had asked Jagadīśa to take care
of it while I did the massage, but it was me whom Śrīla Prabhupāda
had specifically entrusted with the task. I buttoned my lip, having
been with him long enough to know that offering an excuse by
blaming someone else would have made him even angrier. He hates
the bureaucratic mentality whereby a person is told to do
something but then passes it on to someone else and forgets about
it and then when it is not done disclaims any responsibility and
blames the other person. Prabhupāda always holds the original
recipient of the instruction responsible, even if they had to engage
someone else in the task at hand. He knows that unless the
individual concerned takes full accountability nothing gets done.
He was perfectly right, and all I could do was simply hang my head
with remorse. Then, there being no alternative, without further ado
Prabhupāda climbed in the back seat and ordered the driver take him
to Seth’s house, Flat tire and all. We wobbled and bumped down the
back alley at a snail’s pace, arriving at Seth’s house within five
minutes. Prabhupāda’s fire dissipated as quickly as it had risen, and
nothing more was said.

Transcendental Diary, Vol.5: Oct 1976- Dec 1976, TD 5-3,


Vrindavan, Nov 17, 1976

If you pat your subordinates it will increase their faulty habits and if
you chastise them, they will improve. Therefore it is advised that
either your son or disciple, you should always chastise them, never
give them leniency. So a little leniency, immediately so many faults
will grow. Now for our practical life we are known all over the world
as shaven headed, is it not? Now we are becoming hair-headed, we
are forgetting shaving. Because there is a little leniency,
immediately faulty things are creeping in. So we should be known

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as shaven-headed, not hair-headed. This is discrepancy. At least
once in a month you must be clearly shaven-headed. On the bright
fortnight, on the day of purnima, four days after ekadasi. Once in a
month, in the bright fortnight we must be shaven-headed. It is not
desirable that in grown up age also, you be chastised. that is not
desirable-that is also difficult because when the disciple or son is
grown up, if he is chastised, then he breaks. So before being chastised
we should be conscious that this is our rules and regulations, we
must observe. Therefore it is advised by Canakya Pandit [Sanskrit]
After the 16th year of the disciple or son, he should be treated as
friend because if you chastise when he is grown up then he will break
up- that is also another risk. So our request is that instead of
chastising, with folded hands I request you, don’t you become
hippies again by growing hair. Keep your head cleansed at least once
in a month. That is my request. Neither I can chastise you, I am an
old man and you are young men. Lecture S.B. 5.6.3 – Nov 25, 1976,
Vrindavan (Srila Prabhupada instructed this transcript to be sent to all
Temples for implementation of regular shaving)

Prabhupāda: So there is no question of changing GBC.

Satsvarūpa: No.

Prabhupāda: Rather, one who is competent, he can be selected to act


by the board of the GBC.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Of course, if someone has a falldown, just like in the


past some GBC men have fallen down...

Prabhupāda: He should be replaced.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Then he should be replaced. But that’s a serious


falldown, not some minor discrepancy.

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Prabhupāda: They must be all ideal ācārya-like. In the beginning we
have done for working. Now we should be very cautious. Anyone
who is deviating, he can be replaced.

GBC Meets with Śrīla Prabhupāda -- May 28, 1977, Vṛndāvana

Although Śrīla Prabhupāda had mentioned that he would like to sit


in Vṛndāvana and simply translate Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, his stay
there was characterized by intensive management, not by writing.
He had presided over the grand opening of the Krishna-Balaram
Mandir four months earlier, and now he would demonstrate how
the temple should be run. The Krishna-Balaram Mandir was a Vedic
temple complex at a famous holy place, and it was being scrutinized
by persons already strongly opinionated on how a temple should be
run.

Immediately Prabhupāda found discrepancies. In the guesthouse,


which was for guests, not disciples, he found married disciples living
with their children. This was not proper, he said, and these families
would have to find other quarters nearby or leave Vṛndāvana. He also
found problems with the plumbing, the municipal sewage system,
the financial management, the Deity worship, the cleanliness, and
the devotees’ behavior.

Almost every area of temple life and every devotee required special
attention. In the smallest discrepancies, Prabhupāda would
sometimes see the essence of all problems, and he would instantly
point it out. And because his disciples took his words with utmost
seriousness, as coming directly from Kṛṣṇa, his reprimands were
often devastating.

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Prabhupāda was a difficult taskmaster. A Vaiṣṇava is said to be "as
soft as a rose and as hard as a thunderbolt," but Prabhupāda began
showing more the thunderbolt side of his personality. Sometimes a
neophyte’s conception of the spiritual master is that he must always
be peaceful and pleased with everything that happens, and that this is
a sign of his being situated in transcendental consciousness. Śrīla
Prabhupāda, however, demonstrated many moods-including anger.
In its material form, anger (krodha) is described in Bhagavad-gītā as
occurring when one’s lust (kāma) cannot be fully satisfied. A true
sādhu, therefore, because he does not have lusty desires, does not
become possessed by anger…Prabhupāda’s disciples could accept his
anger. They even welcomed it-theoretically. But to bear it was
difficult. The spiritual master must cut through his student’s false ego
to engage that student in pure service. The guru’s show of anger,
therefore, is good for the disciple. According to Cāṇakya Paṇḍita, one
should not be lenient with sons and disciples. Unless he deals strictly
with them, he will spoil them.

Prabhupāda’s anger in Vṛndāvana was not, however, a mere


exercise in student training. He strongly desired to see the temple
solidly established. He trusted that his disciples were sufficiently
loyal to him to withstand the pain of chastisement and take it for
what it was: mercy.

Prabhupāda was vigilant about the devotees’ attendance at the


morning devotional program in the temple. Calling for the temple
president, he asked why some devotees were regularly absent.
Maṅgala-arati, he said, was very important, and everyone must
attend. Punctuality was also important. The exact time for the
maṅgala-arati would vary according to the clock, he said, but it must
always be one-and-a-half hours before sunrise.

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Prabhupāda would take his morning walk, timing it so he would be
back in the temple a few moments before the Deity doors were
supposed to open for darśana. Once when he was waiting, with all
the devotees gathered around, he looked at his watch and then asked
Akṣayānanda Swami, "What is the time?" Aware that Śrīla
Prabhupāda was speaking with exactitude, Akṣayānanda replied that
it was thirty seconds after seven-thirty. Prabhupāda shook his head,
and with a resigned look he said, "It is very difficult to be a
brāhmaṇa-thirty seconds late. Why are they taking so long to dress
the Deity?"

Akṣayānanda explained that the Deity dressing took about one-and-


a-half hours.

"They are simply lazy," Prabhupāda replied.

"How long should it take, Śrīla Prabhupāda?"


"Half an hour at most."

Akṣayānanda was flabbergasted, since he knew of no pūjārī who


could come even close to that. He remained silent.
"What is the difficulty?" Prabhupāda challenged. "Half an hour at
most."

Shortly after Prabhupāda had arrived, he had noticed that the path
leading to the front gate was not clean. He had complained
strongly, "Why this is not clean? It should be cleaned by the time
daybreak comes. I want to see this cleaned." The temple commander,
a young Englishman from Australia named Hari-śauri, was supposed
to supervise all the cleaning, but he had taken much of it for himself.
After hearing Prabhupāda’s remarks about the pathway, Hari-śauri
had resolved to rectify the problem. Immediately after maṅgala-arati
he would run out to the front of the temple, throw water on the stone

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pathways, and madly run the large squeegee over the front steps and
walkway, so that by the time Prabhupāda came by, most of the area
would be sparkling clean. And by the time he would return from his
walk, all the outdoor walkways would be clean. Śrīla Prabhupāda
didn’t say anything further about the walkway, which seemed to be a
positive sign.
Getting the devotees to ring the bell in the temple dome on time was
a major effort for Śrīla Prabhupāda, as was getting them to ring the
bell in the temple hall at all. His desire was that the bell in the temple
dome should sound the hour and ring once every half hour. The
grounds watchman, or chaukīdār, was supposed to do it, and
Guṇārṇava was to see that he did. But for weeks there were problems,
especially during the hours of the night, when the chaukīdār tended
to fall asleep.

For Śrīla Prabhupāda, the undependable bell ringing revealed much


about the overall temple management in Vṛndāvana. He made it
clear: "I am judging the management of this temple by the ringing
of the bell." If the nightwatchman was sleeping, and if the temple
leaders could not execute a simple order, how would the temple and
guesthouse, with all their complexities, operate smoothly?
Akṣayānanda Swami and Guṇārṇava sometimes thought that they
would never solve the problem of the bells, especially since they
already had so many other things to do.

But Śrīla Prabhupāda was relentless. Whenever the bell missed by


even a few minutes he would demand to know what was wrong.
During the night he was usually the only one not sleeping, but he
would wake Akṣayānanda or others and reprimand them if the bell
failed. One night at midnight he woke Harikeśa, his traveling
secretary.

"Do you hear that?" demanded Śrīla Prabhupāda.

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Harikeśa strained to hear. "I don’t hear anything."

"You can’t hear it?" repeated Prabhupāda.

"I’m sorry, but I can’t hear anything."

"That’s right! Go out there and wake up the chaukīdār, and make
him ring the bell!"

Harikeśa went out into the darkness, woke the sleeping chaukīdār,
got him to ring the bell, and then returned to sleep. And so did the
chaukīdār.

At 12:30 Prabhupāda again rang.


"Did you hear it again?"

"No, Śrīla Prabhupāda," said Harikeśa.


"So go out and wake him again!"

In addition to getting the temple dome bell to ring on time, getting


both the bells to operate properly was also a problem. The bells were
of heavy brass, worked by a rope. Prabhupāda wanted the bell in the
temple to be rung constantly during the ārati kīrtanas. It took weeks
for Guṇārṇava to arrange it.
And the bell in the temple dome was particularly difficult, since the
rope rubbed on the stone walls and soon snapped. The thicker rope
Guṇārṇava got simply spoiled the clarity of the chime and made the
ringing uneven, which Prabhupāda immediately noticed. Guṇārṇava
tried a chain-too heavy. A nylon rope-it broke. Materials were scarce
in Vṛndāvana, and each change meant another delay, sometimes
days. Nothing seemed to make the bell work properly.

Śrīla Prabhupāda told Guṇārṇava to try a pulley. Somehow Guṇār


ṇava couldn’t surrender to that particular instruction. He thought the

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rope would just jump the track. One of the devotees did purchase a
pulley, but Guṇārṇava said it was useless.

When Prabhupāda called Guṇārṇava to his room and demanded,


"Where are the pulley wheels?" Guṇārṇava said he had sent them
back. "You rascal!" Prabhupāda shouted. "I am asking for pulleys,
and you are sending them back!"

Guṇārṇava apologized, ran out, and got a pulley. It didn’t work. Then
he got the idea of designing a bracket with a hole in it. The next
morning Prabhupāda came out of his room and walked around to the
front of the temple to check on the bell. For Guṇārṇava and others
the whole affair was becoming unbearable.
"Let us hear the bell," said Prabhupāda.

Giving mighty tugs to the rope, a devotee rang the bell again and
again.
"No, that’s wrong," said Prabhupāda.

Guṇārṇava showed Prabhupāda the wooden bracket arrangement,


and Prabhupāda thought it was a good idea. Guṇārṇava even tried to
improve it by greasing the hole, and it worked for a while. But then
the rope snapped again.

Prabhupāda’s morning walks were usually filled with managerial and


administrative talks, as he pointed out how the devotees could
prevent being cheated, how they could save and collect money, how
they could keep the temple clean, and so on. These talks were
directed at specific individuals and were usually marked by criticism.
Morning walks, therefore, were sometimes tense.

One morning Guṇārṇava invited Prabhupāda to see the new book


display. In a sincere effort to please Prabhupāda, the devotees had set
up a book display just inside the entrance to the temple. There were

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bookshelves with built-in lighting, a display case, and a counter for
sales.
Showing off the book display was a triumph for the temple managers.
The lights worked, and Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books were neatly placed.
The G.B.C. secretary for Vṛndāvana, Gopāla Kṛṣṇa, was also present,
telling Śrīla Prabhupāda that actually the temple was first class and
that things were now going smoothly. As Gopāla Kṛṣṇa,
Akṣayānanda Swami, Guṇārṇava, and others pointed out the features
of the book display, Śrīla Prabhupāda was silent, then suddenly
agitated.
"You say that everything is first class," he said, "but I see that it is
fifth class! Just see!" He banged his cane on the floor and then
lifted it up, pointing. "I have come six thousand miles to tell you
about a bird’s nest." The assembled devotees all looked up to
behold a large bird’s nest within the chandelier. Birds were nesting
there, amid the protruding straw. Yet until now, no one had noticed
the dirty, unsightly presence.

Śrīla Prabhupāda had explained in his letters and books that one
duty of a spiritual master is to expose the faults in his disciples-
even if the fault is only slight. And the qualified disciple considers
himself bereft of spiritual knowledge, always a fool before his
spiritual master. He therefore considers the spiritual master’s
criticisms as mercy.
One day Śrīla Prabhupāda was meeting with the temple managers. He
wanted practical ideas, not sentiments. He complained about
overspending, in Vṛndāvana and now in Bombay also, where
construction was just beginning. "You will squander money here," he
said, "and Surabhi will squander money there. What is your plan to
stop this? What will you do?" No one knew what to say. There was a
long silence.

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Finally Akṣayānanda spoke up. "We will become Kṛṣṇa conscious."

"An impractical suggestion!" Prabhupāda exclaimed.

Akṣayānanda Swami regularly expected the thunderbolt, but that


didn’t keep him from wanting to be with Śrīla Prabhupāda.
- Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol. 6, Ch 48- “At Home in India”

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Conflict Resolution

Regarding our travelling parties, I have got some complaint from


London and other places, so I have given Dhananjaya this policy, that
from outside if any one party comes they must work under the direct
supervision and instruction of the local management, not that they
shall remain separate competitor, no. I want to sell as many books as
possible, that is the main thing. By selling books, that is the best
preaching work. But so there may not be any complaint, your
travelling parties must cooperate with their local temple officers,
and that means they shall operate wherever they are allocated, that
they shall only sell books, no collecting without selling books, and
that, above the wholesale price of the book, any profit there is must
be given at least 50% to the local temple. Ultimately, it shall be up
to the local temple president if the presence of your party is favorable
or not, everything is considered, and if he agrees you may stay,
otherwise if he judges it is unfavorable at the time, he may order you
to go out. But just to avoid these things, better to arrange in advance
with the GBC men concerned. Ours is a cooperative movement, with
Krishna and the advancement of Krishna’s movement at the centre,
and we must continue to sell as many books as possible, but discuss
everything amongst yourselves and do it nicely without irritating
anyone, that is the art. –

Letter to Bhutatma, Kesava – Vrindavana, 2nd November, 1972

So kindly take my word and do not leave our society. If you cannot
agree with the GBC, I can take up your matter personally and do
the needful. I love you all very much, and if you go away and stay
independently that will be a great shock for me. I want to meet you
all together. Let me know where I shall go to meet you. Just now I

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have received the news that in Hawaii the tulsi plants are drying for
want of watering. How has Govinda dasi left the tulsi plants which
she nourished so lovingly? Please therefore all of you go to your
respective positions and revive your devotional activities without any
further delay, and if you cannot cope with the GBC men, which I
suppose there must have been some disagreement, I shall deal with
you directly. But, do not leave the Krsna consciousness movement, at
any cost.

Letter to: Tusta Krsna : -- New Delhi 7 November, 1973

Regarding your dealings with Bhagavan dasa, when two GBC’s are
concerned, the whole GBC must consider. What can I do? I have
appointed the GBC not to fight amongst yourselves but to manage. If
there is fighting then how will you manage? So the whole GBC
committee must decide if there is fighting.
Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Ahmedabad 29 September, 1975

There is no question of removal at the present moment. We shall sit


together in Mayapur if there is any complaint against one another. At
the Mayapur meeting, whatever we have decided that is good for one
year. So if anything has to be done it will be decided by majority
decision of the GBC. I do not wish to give any decision without the
GBC’s verdict. My only grievance is that I appointed GBC to give
me relief from the management but, on the contrary, complaints
and counter-complaints are coming to me. Then how my brain can
be peaceful. Naturally, I want to see that all of my centres are going
nicely, so is it not possible to mitigate the differences of opinion
and work smoothly, conjointly. So best thing is that we wait for the
Mayapur meeting and decide there combinedly what to do.

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Letter to: Jayatirtha -- Johannesburg 16 October, 1975

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Confidentiality

I always had the urge to observe Prabhupāda’s activities and share


them in writing with devotees. I also used to photocopy his letters
and send them to other centers. This was curtailed, however, when
Prabhupāda indicated that some of his letters were confidential;
their instructions were not always meant to be applied generally.
Comment of Satsvarupa M. on SP letter to him - June 13, 1968

The questions as put on Bhagavad-gita, Third Chapter, are very


intelligent and I like it very much. I am very much anxious to hear
about Rayarama. It is my confidential advice to you that if he feels
any difficulties for money, you may discriminatingly help him, and
he should continue as the managing editor. Full cooperation should
be there between you and him. We simply wanted to save the money
for some better utilization. Otherwise we have nothing to grudge
against anyone.

Letter to: Brahmananda : 24 July, 1969

Now, gradually I am trying to hand over the management to the


reliable hands of my disciples, and you should all work by joint
consultation, without any friction. Now, by the Grace of Krishna, we
are expanding and we must work in such a way that our society may
stand a solid institution. In this connection I shall request you not
to circulate all my letters that I address to you. Letters are
sometimes personal and confidential, and if all letters are
circulated, it may react reversely. I have already got some hints like
that with letters I sent to you regarding Kirtanananda and Hayagriva.
So in the future please do not circulate my letters to you. All my

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letters to you should be considered as confidential, and if you want at
all to circulate, you just ask me before doing so.
Letter to Brahmananda -- Tittenhurst 28 September, 1969

In answer to your question about the meaning of Viswa Vaishnava


Raja Sabha, it is: “International Society of Vaishnavas.”

The part about BS. giving permission to distribute meat is to be


omitted because this was a very confidential instruction. It should
not be misinterpreted so that preachers can do anything to spread K.
C., even sense gratification: This is how Shaymasundar is presently
doing.

Letter to: Jayadvaita : August 15, 1974

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Being Available

With reference to Gaurasundara’s letter, ‘I am being overloaded


with mail lately,’ it is not meant for you. I must have sufficient
correspondence with the main pillars of the Society. You are one of
them so you are at liberty to write me as many letters as it is required.
Sometimes I receive many letters from devotees with questions
which could be solved in Istagosthi meetings. Letter to Rayarama,
3rd March, 1968

I have got always time to answer the letters of sincere souls because
my life is dedicated for their service.

Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Christopher, Montreal 13 July 1968

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If all problems come to me, even personal problems, then it
becomes a heavy task for me. I received your letter, full of problems;
Rayarama’s, full of problems; Gargamuni’s, full of problems and
similarly, ISKCON media’s full of problems. If everyone’s problems
are sent to me then who will solve my problems? I have divided
these departments to solve the problems but if in the end they are
all sent to me and I have to tackle, then just imagine what is my
position. The best thing would be to stop all activities and simply
chant Hare Krsna.

Letter to Brahmananda, 15th May, 1969

You write to say how enthusiasm dropped because you were


divorcing yourself from temple activities for GBC work. I never said

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like that. The presidents should not give up their posts, but GBC
work must go on and temple activities be maintained simultaneously.
So now you have experienced practically that your responsibility
for temple upkeep must not be set aside for GBC business. The
devotees enthusiasm must be maintained. As I reply everyone’s
letter and encourage them, so you should encourage the devotees
more and more also. Maintain that spirit and give them direction so
that this standard may not be deteriorated. –

Letter to Jagadisa – Bombay 11th April, 1971

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ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Organizational Leadership is about creating a framework, which can


facilitate fulfilling service engagement for people and efficient
utilization of resources towards the shared goals of the organization.
Organizational leadership includes:

 Creating clear and inspiring vision and purposes;


 Defining clear roles and responsibilities,
 Creating systems & policies and aligning them to
organizational vision and goals;
 Designing and employing appropriate strategies for
sustainable expansion.

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Job Description of GBC

Now I have set up the Governing Body Commission to handle


management, questions of philosophy, and personal problems.
Letter to: Upendra -- Los Angeles 6 August, 1970

Now in New Vrindaban you will be meeting all your God-brothers,


especially the GBC members and try to make a strong program for
pushing this movement on.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Tokyo August 21, 1970

One should have unflinching faith in Krsna and similarly in the


Spiritual Master. That is the way of understanding the secret of Krsna
Consciousness. Unfortunately, attempt has been made lately in our
Society to shake this formula. This mischievous attempt has done a
great harm, but if you the members of the Governing Body
Commission can rectify this mischievous attempt, then still there is
hope of making our progress uninterruptedly. . . . in this institution
if there is a bad disciple he can burn the whole institution into
ashes. The Governing Body Commission’s duty is therefore to see
that every member is following the rules and regulations and
chanting sixteen round regularly on the beads. I hope the GBC in
cooperation with the Sannyasis in their touring program will be able
to keep vigilance systematically in order to keep the Society as pure
as possible.

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Tokyo 25 August, 1970

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So if our GBC members remain strong, strictly following the
regulative principles, everything will be all right. Please continue to
travel among the centers and preach as much as possible.
Letter to: Bhagavan -- Calcutta 19 September, 1970

I have formed this GBC for that purpose, to keep the devotional
standards at the highest level and at the same time to manage a
world-wide organization.
Letter to: Rupanuga -- Bombay 4 November, 1970

Regarding your proposal that recommendations for initiations should


be approved by the GBC members, that is not a good idea. Such
recommendation is for the local President to make from first hand
observation.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Surat 1 January, 1971

What GBC man from India has written that GBC member should be
``disentangled from local management’’? I have no information who it
is. I never advised GBC men to write like that. Why should the
presidents give up their posts? GBC work should go on but the
temples must be looked after simultaneously. Of course for better
management you can go to N.Y.; yours is special case. But this was
not my advice. This instruction should be given to all that I never
advised that they give up the post of presidency. I asked Tamala if he
had written any such direction, but he denied. I do not know which
GBC member has advised like that. Jagadisa was also divorcing
himself from temple management but found the devotees enthusiasm

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slackened and so he has returned to the temple schedule. The
temples must be maintained.
Letter to: Rupanuga -- Bombay 9 April, 1971

GBC members are simply to see that things are going on. Other
centers have got president, secretary, etc. and they are managing
separately. That is the formula. So how is it that the GBC are the final
authority? They are simply to examine that things are going on
nicely, that is all.

Letter to: Umapati -- Los Angeles 9 July, 1971

GBC does not mean to control a center. GBC means to see that the
activities of a center go on nicely. I do not know why Tamala is
exercising his absolute authority. That is not the business of GBC.
The president, treasurer and secretary are responsible for
managing the center. GBC is to see that things are going nicely but
not to exert absolute authority. That is not in the power of GBC.
Tamala should not do like that. The GBC men cannot impose
anything on the men of a center without consulting all of the GBC
members first. A GBC member cannot go beyond the jurisdiction of
his power. We are in the experimental stage but in the next meeting
of the GBC members they should form a constitution how the GBC
members manage the whole affair. But it is a fact that the local
president is not under the control of the GBC. Yes, for improvement
of situations such as this I must be informed of everything.
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Prabhupāda: Town to town. What do you think this idea Huh?
Continue engagement. And as many men may join us, we can
accommodate them. Every country. Yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana prāyair yajanti
hi sumedhasaḥ [SB 11.5.32]. I got this idea, one king, (indistinct),
the grandson of Prthuraya, this Mahārāja Prithu, he performed so
many yajñas that on the surface of the earth, there were only kuśa
grass scattered. Yajña, they require kuśa grass. Kuśa grass. So all over
the world it was simply scattered, after yajñas, I have given my
comment in this. Similarly, we shall perform this saṅkīrtana yajña all
over the world, town to town, town to town. Now we have got GBC
all over the world. Let them organize. What they’ll do? Organize
yajña after yajña, yajña after yajña. So that as at the present moment
even if we go somewhere, are known to: “Hare Kṛṣṇa!” They say. The
whole world will say, “Hare Kṛṣṇa.” Either jokingly or serious, it
doesn’t matter.
London Room Conversation -- August 15, 1971,

I am glad that you have admitted about the GBC members not very
appropriately discharging their duty. I do not mind this discrepancy
but you should be alert; you and all GBC members. We are now
growing in volume all over the world dealing with public money.
People have respect for our movement. Now it is time for GBC
members to be very very careful so that people may not point out
any black spot in the behavior of our society. I have issued a letter
to all the GBC members only for this purpose that each one of you
should always think how to improve the cause and advance our
society and as soon as there is some good point you can
communicate with your colleagues and give some decision and put
it before me so that I can give my final approval. So you should not
remain for a moment without thought of improving ISKCON

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activity. So far you are concerned, being the zonal secretary of that
quarter of the world, your duty is to see that all our different centers
within your jurisdiction must be going very accurately. The accounts
are not being kept very scientifically and if there is extravagant
spending that should be changed. We should simply accept the bare
necessities of life. The balance money and energy should be
employed for pushing forward Krishna’s mission.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- London 1 September, 1971

Regarding your proposed festivals, yes, that is a good idea. Please do


it very nicely. These public festivals have proven very effective in
spreading knowledge about Krishna Consciousness to all the citizens.
In fact, I have directed the GBC to organize such festivals and
travelling sankirtana throughout their zones.

Letter to: Sri Galim -- Delhi 20 November, 1971

As GBC you should see the standard is perfectly maintained, and that
deity worship is perfectly done. Then Krishna will give us all
protection. Neglecting the principles means neglecting Krishna’s
order. So you are one of the chief men of this Institution, kindly
maintain your behavior to the standard so that others will follow and
the whole thing may go on nicely. It was said about Lord Caitanya:
APANI ACARI PRABHU JIVERE SIKHAYA, that is, He personally
used to practice Himself the injunctions and then He used to teach
others. That is our principle: Unless one is perfectly behaved person,
he cannot teach others. My only request is that all the GBC members
should be strictly to the standard of life, and see that others are also
following them. Then our centers will be well-managed. Kindly do
that and advise your co-workers to do that.

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Letter to: Hayagriva -- Madras 13 February, 1972

So as GBC you must see to it that the highest standards of routine


work are maintained throughout all the centers, and that chanting,
rising early, cleansing, and all other aspects of our regular program
may not be neglected. That is our first business. GBC men should not
dictate very much, simply supervise and see that the standards are
maintained. The individual presidents should be more managerial,
more individual, and you can supervise, and if some defect is
detected, you can make suggestions how to correct it. But if we lose
individuality and simply become mechanical, what is the point?
Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Madras 14 February, 1972

It is a very important question, and I am glad that you have asked


me, but I think from now on the GBC men may be consulted in all
such matters of temple management and affairs. I have given them
everything, so they shall be able to answer all questions.

Letter to: Kirtika -- Calcutta 16 February, 1972

So far the GBC is concerned, they are my chosen experts and they
are supposed to know everything, so there is rule of separate living,
that should be followed. If GBC man requests in this way, you should
try to oblige, what is the difficulty?

Letter to: Mangalamaya, Madhupuri -- Calcutta 20 February, 1972

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GBC member means they will see that in every temple these books
are very thoroughly being read and discussed and understood and
applied in practical life. That is wanted, not to see the vouchers
only, “How many books you have sold, and how many books are in
the stock?” That is secondary. . . . So in that way the GBC members
should divide some zones and see very nicely that things are going
on, that they are chanting sixteen rounds, and temple management is
doing according to the routine work, and the books are being
thoroughly discussed, being read, understood practically.

Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.9.2 -- Melbourne, April 5, 1972

The meeting of the GBC appeared to be very unconstitutional,


because all the men were not informed or invited. Syamasundara. was
not invited, Sudama was not invited, Krishna das was not invited,
Tamala Krishna was not invited, neither I was informed. Why? You
cannot hold meeting of 8 persons without inviting the others. Seven
may be a quorum, that’s all right, but you cannot convene without a
general announcement to all the members and myself, giving a
proposed agenda, like that, the topics to be discussed, why the
meeting is being called, etc. Then there is correspondence for
deciding these things, and if there is great necessity, then meeting
may be called, but not whimsically, only after much thought is given
and there is clear intimation of all the members plus myself.
Anything whatever is done is done, but the whole thing appeared to
be giving all power to Atreya Rsi. I cannot understand why, instead of
one GBC man, a person outside the Commission was given so much
power, and there was to be immediate action without divulging the
matter to the devotees. And I am surprised that none of the GBC
members detected the defects in the procedure. It was detected only
when it came to me. What will happen when I am not here, shall
everything be spoiled by GBC? So for the time being, let the GBC

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activities be suspended until I thoroughly revise the whole
procedure. In the meantime, you do your duty as president of
Hamburg Temple, and try to improve spiritually. Our spiritual way
should strictly observe the following points especially: (1). Neatness
and cleanliness of all personal bodies. (I still see those who are
initiated as Brahmins, they do not wash their hand after eating even;
of course, there may be so many defects due to your births in non-
Brahmin families, but how long it shall go on? It is very easy thing.);
(2). Chanting 16 rounds daily. (I don’t think everyone is following
these principles.); (3) Temple worship, which should be performed
rigidly between four and ten a.m.)

I find that the devotees are still sleeping up to six, seven o’clock. So
in the GBC Agenda I do not find any such programs for reforming
our past bad habits. So kindly as President of Hamburg center you try
to observe yourself all the regulative principles and see all the
members are following.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Sydney 11 April, 1972

This program to make each and every center spiritually strong should
be the duty of the GBC. So far financing, let them do in their own
way, and you can simply advise them. Don’t bother too much about
financial matters, but your first concern should be book and
magazine distribution. We have to increase our preaching propensity.
That is our main business.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Tokyo 24 April, 1972

I am especially glad that the school Gurukula is improving more and


more in its standard under your management. That is our real work,

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to educate people in spiritual life by giving them the practical
example, so I wanted that the GBC would be a chosen body of men
for that purpose, to see how the students are learning and reporting
to me as my secretaries.
Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Tokyo 2 May, 1972

We need a class of men purely brahmanas. The whole world is full of


sudras. The Krishna Consciousness movement is meant for re-
establishing the system of four varnas and asramas, then there will be
progress of civilization. We have got such a nice process that even
from the base sudras we can create brahmanas of highest calibre. All
the presidents of our centers should see that all the members are
strictly observing the brahminical standards, such as rising early,
cleansing at least twice daily, reading profusely, attending arati, like
that. You begin immediately this process. That is the main work of
GBC.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Tokyo 3 May, 1972

I think it is best thing if the GBC members always travel on


Sankirtana Party in their zone and go from one village to another and
visit the temples to see how the students are learning and do my
work. In this way, they will avoid the propensity to sit down and plot
and scheme how to eat and sleep. So you can advise them all to travel
extensively on Sankirtana all over their zone.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Tokyo 4 May, 1972

I want now that all of my GBC secretaries do my work. Let me sit


tight in Los Angeles and write my books. Now you be always

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travelling here and there, visiting the centers in your zone, seeing
how things are going on and how the students are making spiritual
progress. That is our real concern, the spiritual progress of life. That
is duty of GBC. Practically, this ISKCON organization is there
because I have been always travelling. I never sat down in my old age,
no. So you follow my example and preach widely all over the world,
that is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s version. We are re-apportioning the
GBC zones, so now I may ask you to go to some other part of the
world to see how the things are going on, that I shall settle up very
soon. Will you have any objection?

Letter to: Bhagavan -- Honolulu 12 May, 1972

I have recommended this traveling extensively for the GBC men, just
as I am doing it. If I did not travel there would be no nice
organization.

Letter to: Jagadisa -- Los Angeles 19 May, 1972

Now I want that my GBC representatives shall travel extensively


throughout their zone, without stopping in any one place for very
long. Their job will be to see how things are going on, that the
spiritual standard is maintained very high, to give encouragement to
the devotees, like that. So you organize one traveling party and
yourself lead them and go all over that zone, opening new centers
wherever possible.

Letter to: Madhudvisa -- Los Angeles 26 May, 1972

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I have received your letter from Sydney dated May 30, 1972, wherein
you have expressed some hesitation to become the GBC Secretary for
the Pacific zone. Actually you may be misunderstanding the present
position or policy of this GBC. I have instructed all of the GBC men
to give up their staying in one place and to remain always constantly
traveling throughout their zones from temple to temple. Recently, I
have given Sannyasa order of life to Rupanuga, Satsvarupa, and Bali
Mardan, and I have made Brahmananda the GBC man for Africa, and
I wanted that you should be GBC man for South Pacific zone. So
being Sannyasi is no hindrance for being also GBC. In fact, the duties
of the GBC men are now to be just like the duties of the Sannyasis. I
want that the GBC men should leave the management of the
individual centers to the local presidents and concentrate
themselves upon preaching work. They should be constantly
traveling from one center to another center to see how the students
are learning and to give whatever advice is necessary for improving
the temple standards. In addition, the GBC men will open new
centers, distribute literature, and they should always be traveling
with a sankirtana party to accompany them. So practically there is
no difference between the Sannyasi duty and the GBC duty, and
because you are my veteran disciple and you have had very good
experience, I think there will be no trouble for you to accept the GBC
position, I do not think it will in any way inconvenience you
program of traveling.

Letter to: Madhudvisa -- Los Angeles 12 June, 1972

f you require more men and women to teach there at Gurukula, you
can send from your jurisdiction as GBC man Central USA zone. You
will not be too much involved with local temple management, but
for management which will require the larger interests, that will be
your responsibility as GBC. So you find out some teachers from

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your zone and send there. . . . You mention you like to speak now
very often, but the first business should be to preach to the
devotees. It is better to maintain a devotee than to try to convince
others to become devotees. It is the duty of the GBC to maintain
the devotees, keep them in the highest standard of Krishna
Consciousness, and give them all good instruction, and let them go
out and preach for making more devotees. Your first job should be
to make sure that every one of the devotees in your zone of
management is reading regularly our literatures and discussing the
subject matter seriously from different angles of seeing, and that
they are somehow or other absorbing the knowledge of Krishna
Consciousness philosophy. If they are fully educated in our
philosophy and if they can get all of the knowledge and study it from
every viewpoint, then very easily they will perform tapasya or
renunciation and that will be their advancement in Krishna
Consciousness. So first thing is to instruct all of your temple
presidents and the other devotees to read daily, just as we have done
in our morning class in Los Angeles. You may remember that we
were reading one sloka each morning in Sanskrit and reciting it
altogether and then discussing it thoroughly by seeing different new
things. So you introduce this system and train the devotees first.
Don’t be too much concerned for the time being with nondevotees,
now we must fix-up what devotees we have got in the knowledge of
Krishna Consciousness, then we will succeed. What good are many,
many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable?

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 16 June, 1972

I am very pleased to see the things are going on, and that new centers
are opening many in Germany. Now I am feeling very much inclined
for retiring behind the scenes to translate my Srimad-Bhagavatam.

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This means that now you all leaders, especially the GBC members,
must become very much responsible and do the work that I am doing
to the same standard. So I want you leaders especially to become very
much absorbed in the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-
Bhagavatam, and become yourselves completely convinced and free
from all doubt. On this platform you shall be able to carry on the
work satisfactorily, but if there is lack of knowledge, or if there is
forgetfulness, everything will be spoiled in time. So especially you
must encourage the students to read our books throughout the day as
much as possible, and give them all good advice how to understand
the books, and inspire them to study the things from every point of
view. In this way, by constantly engaging our tongues in the service
of the Lord, either by discussing His philosophy or by chanting Hare
Krishna, the truth is that Krishna Himself will reveal Himself to us
and we shall understand how to do everything properly. Now we
have got so many students and so many temples but I am fearful that
if we expand too much in this way that we shall become weakened
and gradually the whole thing will become lost. Just like milk. We
may thin it more and more with water for cheating the customer, but
in the end it will cease to be any longer milk. Better to boil the milk
now very vigorously and make it thick and sweet, that is the best
process. So let us concentrate on training our devotees very
thoroughly in the knowledge of Krishna Consciousness from our
books, from tapes, by discussing always, and in so many ways
instruct them in the right propositions.

Letter to Hamsaduta -- Los Angeles 22 June, 1972

You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that
the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC
means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that
now we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC

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member is supposed to know everything and anything about the
condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That
is the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields
of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC
assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we
do not take time to understand how the financial matters are going
on, then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to
our inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep
yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving
and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna
Consciousness activity. That is also part of preaching work. I am
also preaching daily. But I am at the same time managing everything,
seeing the statements of accounts, going to the bank, giving advice on
every topic, like that. Just now I have purchased one apartment
house with seven apartments just adjacent to the L.A. temple and
very soon we shall invest in similar properties. So practically there is
no question of my neglecting the financial matters of the society, and
similarly, you shall do as I am doing. That is your real business.
Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1972

You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that
the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC
means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that
now we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC
member is supposed to know everything and anything about the
condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That
is the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields
of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC
assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we do
not take time to understand how the financial matters are going on,
then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to our

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inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep
yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving
and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna
Consciousness activity. That is also part of preaching work. I am also
preaching daily. But I am at the same time managing everything,
seeing the statements of accounts, going to the bank, giving advice on
every topic, like that. Just now I have purchased one apartment
house with seven apartments just adjacent to the L.A. temple and
very soon we shall invest in similar properties. So practically there is
no question of my neglecting the financial matters of the society,
and similarly, you shall do as I am doing. That is your real
business.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1972

Now you must all three, along with the other sannyasis, GBC
members, and other leaders become very serious to actually give the
human kind the greatest welfare, namely, this Krishna Consciousness
movement. Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple
and easy if you simply do as I am doing. You must become
conversant in every feature wherever it is needed throughout the
society. Out first business is to preach to the devotees and to
maintain the highest standard of Vaisnava education. Management
must be there as well, just as I am preaching daily from S.
Bhagavatam, B.G., but I am also going to the bank, making
investments, seeing the trial balance making letters, seeing how
things are going on, like that.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- New York 9 July, 1972

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You have asked many questions, but for this question-answering I
have created 12 GBC men. The GBC man in your zone is
Karandhara. So you may please consult with him, and whatever he
decides, that is all right. I am now desiring to utilize my time only for
translating these books like Srimad-Bhagavatam so that I can give
them to you, my disciples. So if the management is taken over by the
GBC, in cooperation with the temple presidents and the other
devotees, then I will be free for this purpose, and I shall be very
much indebted to you all.

Letter to: Thakura Haridasa -- Calcutta 28 January, 1973

Wherever there are individuals there is bound to be difference of


opinion. Therefore for this purpose I have formulated the GBC.
Therefore any new programs or proposals or discrepancies should be
submitted before the Governing Board Commission and then their
conclusion should be submitted to me for the final approval.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Sydney 14 February, 1973

In your travelling from centre to centre, you must be very careful to


see that the leaders are observing the principles of chanting 16
rounds, rising early for Mangala Arati, participating in the morning
and evening classes, observing the four regulative principles etc.,
and if there is any deviation from this standard then it is the
responsibility of you and the local GBC representative to rectify it
immediately. Within these Vaisnava standards which I have put
forward lies the spiritual strength of our movement. So you may
please do the needful in this regard.
Letter to: Sudama -- Sydney 16 February, 1973

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As GBC member it is your duty to carefully make a broad program
for implementing Krsna Consciousness in every sphere of life, in
this way we will become respected as the most important members of
human society.

Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Los Angeles 6 May, 1973

The materialist without being able to adjust the varieties and the
disagreements makes everything zero. They cannot come into
agreement with varieties, but if we keep Krsna in the center, then
there will be agreement in varieties. This is called unity in diversity. I
am therefore suggesting that all our men meet in Mayapur every
year during the birth anniversary of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
With all GBC and senior men present we should discuss how to
make unity in diversity. But, if we fight on account of diversity, then
it is simply the material platform. Please try to maintain the
philosophy of unity in diversity. That will make our movement
successful.

Letter to: Kirtanananda -- Bombay 18 October, 1973

Regarding marriage matters and second initiations, these things


should be taken up with GBC representative for that zone. More and
more I wish to not be involved in management affairs and want to
devote me time to translating books so please have some trust in
those representatives I have placed as Temple presidents and GBC
members. They know the standard procedures in these matters and
they can advise you.
Letter to: Bhumata -- Los Angeles 2 January, 1974

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Your write that our society should provide some medical facility,
insurance or personnel to handle devotees who become chronically
ill and thus ostracized from our society. Of course this kind of
management of affairs is better handled by the GBC which I have
created for this purpose, I cannot be expected to handle problems of
this sort while at the same time writing my books.

Letter to: Sukadeva -- Bombay 5 April, 1974

I was pleased to appoint you as GBC of South America in the hope


that you will organize the printing and distribution of my literature
there, on the scale of the U.S. and European Zones.
Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Vrindaban 14 March, 1974

As GBC your first responsibility is to keep yourself spiritually fit and


see that all the devotees in your zone of management are chanting 16
rounds, rising early and strictly avoiding the sinful activities. If they
are doing this, then management will be at your finger’s end. Of
course I am encouraged to hear that in each center you have stressed
the distribution of my books and you are seeing that devotees daily
go out for sankirtana as a primary devotional item. So you have a
very wide range of area to cover and many things to look after, please
do it very soberly, consulting when necessary with your GBC
Godbrothers. Our progress is slow but sure, when walking down the
street, we first place one foot down and when it is firm we take
another step. We want to firmly establish centers in South America. I
fully agree that the centers should be as far as possible manned by
men who are native to the country; that will make our position even

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stronger, just as in the USA all you men and women have managed.
Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Geneva 4 June, 1974

I am hearing so many things about management. My request is that


until I am able to return to the USA you all please work peacefully. At
our next annual meeting at Mayapur all complaints and counter
complaints will be heard in the presence of all GBC and I will also be
present. In the meantime work peacefully without disturbing the
situation.
Letter to: Ramesvara: -- Vrindaban 15 September, 1974

Your resignation will be placed before the GBC meeting at Mayapur


and a decision will be taken at that time. I hope in the meantime you
will come to your real condition of mind. Your duty is to carry out
my orders. There cannot be any question of resignation. If anyone
surrenders to Krishna wholeheartedly and engages in His service he
cannot say later on I resign. It is not something like material service.
Once surrendered, it cannot be withdrawn.
So never mind. Don’t be agitated. Any complaint may be put before
the GBC meeting. In the meantime go on with your duties. That is
my request.

Letter to: Ramesvara: -- Vrindaban 19 September, 1974

Regarding the temples being mismanaged, these things will be


discussed at the GBC meeting here. Yearly once or twice there
should be a GBC meeting held to discuss all these intricate
questions. This meeting can be held once in India and once in
Europe or America in my presence.

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Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Mayapur 29 September, 1974

Regarding the election of President, a president can only be changed


by vote. If no vote was taken, then the president cannot be changed.
Neither Hamsaduta can change the president whimsically or can
anybody else change the president. According the "Direction of
Management’’ the GBC cannot change the President but only by vote
can it be done. The GBC’s business is to see that the President and
the members are doing nicely, following the regulative principles,
and chanting 16 rounds and that other things are going on nicely.

If it was decided by vote that Hamsaduta would select the president


then Hamsaduta is right. Without authority Hamsaduta cannot
change the election. If the vote was in favor of Madhavananda, then
Hamsaduta cannot whimsically change the vote. But, if by vote he
was authorized to select the president, then whomever he selects is
right. I was not informed by my secretary that Hamsaduta was
authorized by vote to make the selection. But, why was Hamsaduta
authorized if the vote was already taken? This I do not know.

On the whole I understand there are so many contradictions, so in


the presence of all members you may take the vote again and decide
finally.

Letter to: Mukunda: -- Mayapur 29 September, 1974

I understand that due to financial needs you are doing Sankirtana


party in order to raise funds. Regarding the solution to your getting
the necessary funds as well as your request for men to lead the
Sankirtana, this must be decided by the GBC and not myself. If they
cannot solve this problem, then what is the meaning of GBC? They

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must arrange it for you to receive the necessary funds so that you do
not have to be asking me for money. This is what I want. So you
consult with them, and inform me the result.
Letter to: Dayananda: -- Bombay 1 November, 1974

Yes, following the rules and regulations is the real qualification of


GBC. We have made things easy for being qualified for such position,
but still they are violating.

Letter to: Kirtanananda: -- Bombay 12 November, 1974

Our GBC members should always visit the different temples to see
that everything goes on well, and to see that the management is being
done very nicely.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Bombay 18 December, 1974

Thank you very much for the nice book distribution report. Chicago
temple is doing very nicely. Give them many thanks. There are so
many devotees there in your zone. So, you must see that every one of
them is chanting at least 16 rounds daily and observing our rules and
regulations strictly. Keep everything nicely in this way. This is the
duty of GBC, to see that all of our members are becoming fixed in
Krishna’s service.

Letter to: Jagadisa -- Bombay 12 January, 1975

Jayatīrtha: If there’s some philosophic question and the temple


president can’t answer it, then the GBC...

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Prabhupāda: Then GBC should be consulted. And if the GBC cannot
answer, then I’ll answer.
Jayatirtha: Right. Or, if there’s some quarrel -- one man doesn’t like
another man, and the temple president can’t solve it-then...

Prabhupada: What is quarrel?

Jayatirtha: ...the GBC man can solve it.


Prabhupada: There is no question of quarrel. Quarrel is material.

Jayatirtha: Yes. But it is the Age of Quarrel.


Prabhupada: Quarrel is not good.

Jayatīrtha: The next point is to obtain reports from the temple


presidents, financial reports, like this, to see that things are being
looked up.
Prabhupāda: The general report should be submitted at least
monthly.

Jayatīrtha: Yes. So “to obtain all reports on a timely basis...”


Prabhupāda: To the board of the GBC or to the individual, zonal
GBC. Yes.

Jayatīrtha: We have kind of a system outlined in here, how reports


can be done. It’s a technical thing, but...

Prabhupāda: But they have that everyone is chanting sixteen rounds,


everyone is following the principles, “so much money received, so
much money deposited in the bank.”

Jayatīrtha: Right.

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Prabhupāda: “And this is the balance.” And these are general (?)
report. That’s all.
Jayatīrtha: Right. Yeah, we have...

Prabhupāda: The financial means what they have collected, what they
have spent.

Jayatīrtha: Right.
Prabhupāda: And general reporting: “Yes, everyone is chanting,” or
“He is not chanting in spite of warning,” like that.

Jayatīrtha: Yes.
Prabhupāda: This is very good.

Jayatīrtha: So we have some guidelines in here about that. So, so


should I go on with this?
Prabhupāda: Hm?

Jayatīrtha: So then the next thing, besides having a zonal


responsibility, a GBC man may have a functional responsibility, like
we’ve already discussed.
Prabhupāda: Functional, main functional responsibility is to go and
see that the temple regular work is going on, the president is doing
nicely, to check in this way. You can sit down in the class, in the...,
and see how things are going on. That’s it.

Jayatīrtha: That’s it. Now, one point we’ve included that we haven’t
really done before is the idea of establishing committees and
individual service...

Prabhupāda: Committee, I shall appoint also, if there is any need.


Amongst the GBC, I shall pick up some members and make a
committee for a particular...

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Jayatīrtha: For example, we put down that there may be a regional
committee.
Prabhupāda: Eh?

Jayatīrtha: Just like in Europe, we have a regional committee for


managing, I understand...

Prabhupāda: What is that regional co...?

Jayatīrtha: Isn’t it Bhagavān, Haṁsadūta...?

Prabhupāda: Yes, I have said that Haṁsadūta, Bhagavān and


Brahmānanda may...

Jayatīrtha: So it’s a kind of regional committee for managing.


Prabhupāda: Yes.

Jayatīrtha: So we similarly...

Prabhupāda: That we can change also. For the time being, it is going
on.

Atreya Ṛṣi: I think what Śrīla Prabhupāda has said to us is that if we


have very close cooperation, the spirit of committee consultation
always exists...

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Like if Bhagavān dāsa is in U.S., then Satsvarūpa Mahārāja


and Rūpānuga Prabhu will consult with him, like they always consult
with each other.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

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Atreya Ṛṣi: They should always... And this spirit should go on
amongst the twelve. Or if I’m in Tehran, and if there is a financial
matter...

Prabhupāda: Yes. Don’t bring politics. Then it will be ruined.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Yes. The spirit should be that you write me and ask me,
and I will give you all the service that I can. This should come in us.

Jayatīrtha: For example, in the United States...

Atreya Ṛṣi: Not so much, necessarily, committees and formal...

Prabhupāda: So if a committee is necessary, it should be decided, first


stage, decided by the GBC, and I’ll give final sanction.

Jayatīrtha: For example, one committee that I would propose is in the


United States, since we share so many similar problems and so many
problems overlap...
Prabhupāda: So you... No, the GBC is already there. But that is...
Committee is there, the whole committee. But for any special
purpose, if committee is required...

Jayatīrtha: Another example of a kind of committee would be some


projects. Say...
Prabhupāda: Project will be decided by the GBC.

Jayatīrtha: Say, the Gurukula, for example...


Prabhupāda: Now I have elected this committee in Europe because
the German trouble is going on. When the German trouble is over,
there is no need of committee. It is only for this particular purpose
because there we have to defend court, we have to see... So two, three
heads, not one head. One head may be puzzled. Committee means

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for special purposes. Otherwise, the standing committee, GBC, is
already there.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Just as a question...

Prabhupāda: Just like I appointed the committee to investigate...

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Bali Mardana.

Prabhupāda: Yes. So that committee is not standing. Yet similarly, a


committee may be formed for some special circumstances, but
otherwise the GBC committee is sufficient.

Jayatīrtha: The main point about that is that the GBC, we all meet
together once a year...

Prabhupāda: Yes. And form all, what is to be discussed, what you are
going to do, future. Just like you can discuss the German affairs, and
find out how to defend ourselves. Of course, it is in the hands of the
lawyer. Still, we can suggest...

Jayatīrtha: Take, for another example, there’s the ISKCON Food


Relief Program. Now, last year we discussed this, but no one was
given any specific responsibility for it, and nothing really has been...
Some money has been collected, but nothing major has been done.
My idea would be that if there were a committee, say, of two, three
men formed who would conjointly discuss and work on these
projects, such as this ISKCON Food Relief, then more would get
done.

Haṁsadūta: No, I think it’s entirely an individual...

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Prabhupāda: I think this Oath of Allegiance should be signed by the
presidents also.
Jayatīrtha: That’s nice.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Also.

Prabhupāda: Hm?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Also.

Prabhupāda: Yes. Not only the GBC, but the president.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: I just want to ask a question. We’re in a... This


meeting right now is concerning ISKCON and the GBC, but are we
going to have some kind of meeting regarding the BBT? Because
that’s a very pressing matter also. Is that going to come in in these
discussions, or are we going to have a separate meeting?

Prabhupāda: The BBT I am conducting personally.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: But you mentioned in Miami... This is the reason I’m
bringing it up. In Miami we mentioned that we would be discussing
at Māyāpur. Something, you know, should be done so that...

Prabhupāda: What is that something? The first something is that


everyone is complaining that they are not getting books. You just,
first of all, do it, how to stop these complaints.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: We got to get the books (indistinct)

Jayatīrtha: In India?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

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Jayatīrtha: This is the problem.

Prabhupāda: The India is membership, and the members, if they are


dissatisfied, then? This is not good. So find out the way how this
complaint can be solved.

Haṁsadūta: So does it mean that the BBT should take charge of the
Life Membership program or to see that they’re supplied the books?

Prabhupāda: No. Life Membership... Suppose you make one Life, he


has to be supplied books.

Haṁsadūta: Yes.

Prabhupāda: So fifty percent goes to the...

Haṁsadūta: Book Fund.

Prabhupāda: That is stated in the BBT. That is the main purpose, that
fifty percent must go...

Haṁsadūta: For printing. Fifty percent for printing, fifty percent for
building.

Prabhupāda: That’s all right. This is the main purpose.


Brahmānanda: But the difficulty is that in India there’s no other
source of income besides the Life Membership. How they will
maintain?

Prabhupāda: What is the...? That you discuss.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yes, a meeting. (?)

Prabhupāda: That you discuss, how these sources, how their


maintenance should be... But BBT is already declared. It is meant for

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two purposes. Now you find out how the sources. That is business of
GBC.
Jayatīrtha: That we can discuss afterwards?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Śrīla Prabhupāda...


Prabhupāda: The BBT, that, it should be: how the complaints should
be stopped, and if they have no other income, then how things
should be managed. That is... GBC should discuss.

Atreya Ṛṣi: In other words, Śrīla Prabhupāda, BBT is not outside


ISKCON. BBT is part of ISKCON, and GBC is in charge of all
ISKCON. But in this case, BBT, you have your personal attention, so
since you are the supreme authority in ISKCON, you will...

Prabhupāda: Now, one thing is that sometimes before, Jayatīrtha


suggested that if the ISKCON goes to liquidation, then the BBT also
will be affected.

Atreya Ṛṣi: This is only a legal matter.

Prabhupāda: Legal matter. So I want to protect BBT.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Legally, you will want. But, in fact, GBC is also
concerned...

Prabhupāda: That you are concerned. You do this—now how to stop


these complaints.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Yes.

Prabhupāda: Now they want to maintain from the GBC income. How
this can be avoided, you consider.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Yes. It is not something we forget because it’s BBT.

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Prabhupāda: Yes. But these are the important problems, that the, here
in India, the members are complaining. Sometimes they are sending
complaining to me. So the first business is how to, how the collection
from the membership is being dispersed, how the money is being
dispersed. Suppose I... He is a member. I take him, 222. Then how
the money is being sent? So you see first of all that...

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: This is a GBC matter.

Prabhupāda: Yes. This is GBC matter.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Prabhupāda?


Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: I would like to ask a question. Just like in the... Now,
this is one point to consider. Now, another point is, which we have
put off until this meeting, especially to be considered in this meeting,
is the moving of the Press. The moving of ISKCON Press. Is that...

Prabhupāda: That you decide amongst the GBC.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Is that a GBC matter or BBT matter?

Prabhupāda: No. It is GBC, er, yeah, GBC.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: The GBC.

Prabhupāda: Yes. I want to see, as the chairman of the BBT, that fifty
percent is spent on printing and fifty percent is for constructing
temples. That’s all.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: And who sees to that? The GBC?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: The GBC.

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Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: That means, practically speaking, the management...


The BBT is separate from ISKCON for legal purposes, but the
management of it is done by the GBC.

Prabhupāda: Yes. That’s nice.

Prabhupāda: GBC, practically does not hold any money.

Atreya Rsi: No.

Prabhupada: Then why you...?

Hamsaduta: You can say, "Any monies or properties under my


direction..."

Jayatirtha: That’s what it should say.


Prabhupada: Eh? What is that?

Hamsaduta: Under, under his direction. Any monies or properties


under his direction.
Atreya Rsi: That would be a separate oath. That would be a separate
thing, Prabhupada.

Hamsaduta: Maybe that should just be left out because if we’re going
to have some legal document like an umbrella, then that will take
care of all those things.

Atreya Rsi: Well, that should be in the pledge, in the agenda.

Prabhupāda: No, no, GBC... Does GBC members deal with money?

Haṁsadūta: No, he does not personally. He doesn’t have anything


personal.

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Prabhupāda: No, no. I mean...

Brahmānanda: But he puts his signature.

Atreya Ṛṣi: No, no. As GBC, we do not deal with money. In other
words, if you’re dealing with money, it’s the temple president.

Prabhupāda: The GB...

Atreya Ṛṣi: Not as...

Prabhupāda: The GBC should see that it is being done properly. Why
he should...?

Haṁsadūta: But sometimes it...

Prabhupāda: ...involve himself in the...


Rūpānuga: Well, for example, in New York...

Prabhupāda: ...internal management?

Rūpānuga: Well, in New York, for example, I just recently signed


with Gopī-jana-vallabha Prabhu the papers on the farm. I signed
conjointly with him on the farm because the officers had to sign, and
we just recently had a thing in New York, ISKCON, Los Angeles,
New York.

Prabhupāda: No, no, “sign” another thing. That I have signed, many.
Rūpānuga: So that’s all right.

Prabhupāda: The one thing is that GBC is wandering. If the checks


are to be signed, then where is the GBC?
Rūpānuga: There’s no account, no GBC account.

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Prabhupāda: The... The money matters should be dealt with the
president, secretary and the treasurer, three men. Out of three, two
should sign. And GBC’s business is to see that things are going on,
money matters. That’s all. GBC is not supposed to deal directly. He
has to inspect. That’s all.

Atreya Ṛṣi: So I can cross this...

Prabhupāda: Just like... But the thing is, if the GBC and the president
is the same man, that is not good. That is not good. The president
should be separate. So the president, treasurer and secretary, they
will deal directly, and GBC should inspect book, account, that it is
done very nicely. That’s all. You can question, “Why you have done
this?” That’s nice. Otherwise, in the..., it will be difficult to manage.
Conversation with the GBC -- March 27, 1975, Māyāpur

I have organized the GBC for the purpose of spreading Krsna


consciousness all over the world. In this way I am trying to become
free from the management in order to translate my books. Therefore
there is no need to form a separate new committee. of 64 members.
Let each zone and center push on in their area of the world. If such
an international committee. is to be formed, it can be done by the
GBC. You can make your further suggestions to Jagadisa.
Letter to: Sat Krita -- Denver 1 July, 1975

So some women, they are very easily carried by men. So that is not
very good. Therefore I am instructing our GBC’s that “Let our little
girls be educated to become faithful and chaste.” . . . If the husband is
first class and the wife is chaste and faithful, then the home is
heaven. This is the formula.

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Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.1.31 -- San Francisco, July 16, 1975

Regarding Sydney, that the President has left, if one does not follow
the regulative principles, then he will leave. That is a fact. Has
somebody else been elected? This is the function of the GBC, to see
that one may not be taken away by maya. The GBC should all be the
instructor gurus. I am in the initiator guru, and you should be the
instructor guru by teaching what I am teaching and doing what I am
doing. This is not a title, but you must actually come to this platform.
This I want.

Letter to Madhudvisa: -- Detroit 4 August, 1975

Regarding your dealings with Bhagavan dasa, when two GBC’s are
concerned, the whole GBC must consider. What can I do? I have
appointed the GBC not to fight amongst yourselves but to manage. If
there is fighting then how will you manage? So the whole GBC
committee must decide if there is fighting.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Ahmedabad 29 September, 1975

There is no question of removal at the present moment. We shall sit


together in Mayapur if there is any complaint against one another. At
the Mayapur meeting, whatever we have decided that is good for one
year. So if anything has to be done it will be decided by majority
decision of the GBC. I do not wish to give any decision without the
GBC’s verdict. My only grievance is that I appointed GBC to give me
relief from the management but, on the contrary, complaints and
counter-complaints are coming to me. Then how my brain can be

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peaceful. Naturally, I want to see that all of my centres are going
nicely, so is it not possible to mitigate the differences of opinion and
work smoothly, conjointly. So best thing is that we wait for the
Mayapur meeting and decide there combinedly what to do.
The local management has to be done by temple president, GBC
should see whether management is going on nicely, and if there are
any discrepancies that will be discussed at the GBC meeting in
Mayapur. That is the process. Sannyasis are meant for preaching
only. That is the principle. But, contrary to the principle if things are
being embezzled then how can I save them. How one man can
manage the whole world affairs? This is my concern.
Letter to: Jayatirtha -- Johannesburg 16 October, 1975

Now I want that there should be established 108 temples before my


death, so you think how to do it. Make some program, train up
devotees. All temples in Melbourne, London, Paris, Bombay, all are
very nice. Everything is very bright and brilliant. The Deity is proof
of the sincere service. It is the duty of the GBC now to maintain
this. Their duty is how to enthuse them and maintain.
Letter to: Madhudvisa -- Bombay 10 November, 1975

So far your becoming GBC is concerned, yes, I had wanted that, but
there are so many complaints. This is not good. GBC must mean that
by his managing, there is not any complaints.

Letter to Cyavana -- Bombay 23 November, 1975

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The idea of GBC changing zones for 2-3 months of the year is also
good. Bring up this point at the Mayapur meeting and vote on it.
Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Vrindaban 11 December, 1975

Another thing, is that the grhasthas may be encouraged to do


agriculture. In the Indian villages like in Vrindaban, they get enough
ghee for their personal use, and sufficient excess to be sold to the
merchants, who then also get some money. Cow protection means
good food and good trade. So I can give you suggestions how to
manage everything, but it is up to the GBC to practically execute all
these points.

Letter to: Jayatirtha -- Mayapur 22 January, 1976

The examination is meant for the intelligent class, not all. Neither it
is compulsory. So to pass the examination means one must have
knowledge. There are higher intelligent class of disciples, otherwise it
is not compulsory. So how to organize it, how to do it, you GBC can
decide. I have given the idea, now how to do it is up to the GBC.
Letter to: Rupanuga -- Mayapur 21 February, 1976

Those who are serving, the... One should learn from him how he’s
serving twenty-four hours; then our joining this institution will be
successful. And if we take it that “Here is an institution where we
can have free hotel, free living and free sense gratification,” then
the whole institution will be spoiled. Be careful. All the GBC’s,
they should be careful that this mentality may not increase.
Everyone should be very eager to serve, to learn how to serve.

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Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.9.24 -- Māyāpur, March 2, 1976

Prabhupāda: So now you all GBC make a plan how to introduce the
books in every home. The same policy in other languages also.
America is English language. Similarly, we can do here also in Hindi
language, in Oriya language, or in Europe. So we have got much
work ahead. Don’t think our business is finished. No. Simply very
intelligent we have to do it.

Room Conversation -- January 29, 1977, Bhubaneshwar

I am glad to hear you are enlivened at becoming editor of Back to


Godhead magazine. This magazine must be edited very carefully.
Nothing irresponsible should be printed, because in the future the
articles in Back to Godhead will be taken as Vedic evidence. I am
asking the GBC members to also concern themselves with the
content of the magazine to assure that it meets the standards I am
describing.

Letter to: Sri Govinda -- Orissa, Puri 1 February, 1977

Your suggestion that the devotees visiting Vrindaban engage in


preaching and chanting and not in gossiping is very good. I have
instructed that this be taken to the GBC and implanted.

Letter to: Gurudasa -- Calcutta 5 February, 1977

Prabhupāda: Now you try to manage the whole world organization


and all GBC men. Suppose I am not there. Manage very nicely.
Independently. Not to create havoc. But really to manage. I am still

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present; I will give you direction. Don’t spoil it. We are in very good,
prestigious position. That is sure. Don’t spoil it. So much hard labor.
I started with very humble condition. Now it has come to this, such
exalted position. You don’t spoil it. That is my request. Increase.
That will depend on your character, behavior, preaching.

Room Conversation -- April 10, 1977, Bombay

My health is not good. I am old man. It is not surprising. Now you


GBC, young boys, all, American, expert, you have got all intelligence,
resources, so don’t spoil. Let the movements go forward more and
more. Now you have got nice places, filled with devotees. Don’t be
anxious for me. That, Kṛṣṇa will take. And even if I go, where is the
harm? Old man. I have given my ideas and direction in my books.
Morning Conversation -- April 29, 1977, Bombay

Satsvarūpa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, we were all asked by the rest of the


GBC to come to ask some questions. Most... These are the members
of the original GBC as you first made it up. So our first question is
about the GBC members. We want to know how long should they
remain in office?

Prabhupāda: They should remain for good.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: They should remain for good.

Prabhupāda: Selected men are chosen, so they cannot be changed.


Rather, if some competent man comes, he should be added. I shall
recommend that Vāsudeva become one of the GBC.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Vāsudeva is Deoji Punja. He’s the founder of our...


He’s building the temple in Fiji.

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Prabhupāda: How many GBC’s are there already?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Twenty-three.


Prabhupāda: So add him. GBC is not to be changed.

Satsvarūpa: But then, in the event that some present GBC member
leaves, either leaves...
Prabhupāda: Another should be elected.

Satsvarūpa: By the votes of the present GBC.

Prabhupāda: So there is no question of changing GBC.


Satsvarūpa: No.

Prabhupāda: Rather, one who is competent, he can be selected to act


by the board of the GBC.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Of course, if someone has a falldown, just like in the


past some GBC men have fallen down...

Prabhupāda: He should be replaced.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Then he should be replaced. But that’s a serious


falldown, not some minor discrepancy.

Prabhupāda: They must be all ideal ācārya-like. In the beginning we


have done for working. Now we should be very cautious. Anyone
who is deviating, he can be replaced.

GBC Meets with Śrīla Prabhupāda -- May 28, 1977, Vṛndāvana

Prabhupada: Now I have given my program. You tackle, GBC men.


At least, don’t make me Alexander the Great in my lifetime.

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(laughs) They say, "You are great, great, great." But don’t make it
small while I am living.
Tamala Krsna: Or after. We will never make you that way.

Prabhupada: Eh.

Tamala Krsna: We should never do that.

Prabhupada: That’s... That’s my request.

Room Conversation about Grhasthas -- July 17, 1977, Vrndavana

Prabhupada: For me, wherever I am kept, I shall remain. This is the


position.

Tamala Krsna: What, Srila Prabhupada? Wherever you are kept?

Prabhupada: Wherever you kept, keep, I shall remain. The institution


depends on the GBC.

Tamala Krsna: Yes. I think that the time that you always were looking
forward to -- of the GBC managing things -- has come, and that if you
can survive, then you can simply be free to translate...

Prabhupada: Yes.

Room Conversation -- November 5, 1977, Vrndavana

Prabhupāda: I wish that you GBC manage very nicely and consider I
am dead and let me try to travel all the tīrthasthāna. Without any
responsibility.

Room Conversation -- November 8, 1977, Vṛndāvana

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ISKCON Organization Structure

I wish that each and every Branch shall keep their independent
identity and cooperate keeping the Acarya in the centre. On this
principle we can open any number of Branches all over the world.
The Ramakrishna mission works on this principle and thus as
organization they have done wonderfully.

Letter to: Kirtanananda, 11 February, 1967

Śrīla Prabhupāda once explained that our mission of Kṛṣṇa


consciousness should be propagated in three phases. The first is to
establish a temple in every school, then in every factory, and finally
in every home. - Servant of Servant by His Holiness Tamala Krishna
Goswami

In my idea, there should be one central body of trustees for directing


all the different centers as well as New Vrindaban, but there must be
a local governing body for each center, that is my idea.

Letter to: Kirtanananda & Hayagriva – 23 August, 1968

I am little concerned about your attempt to form ISKCON Ltd. My


idea is that we should not form a separate organization in London.
The same International Society for Krishna Consciousness as we
have branches in different places in USA, a similar branch may be
opened in London or in Germany. The basic principle of our
preaching work, methods and management must be the same. I do
not know why a separate registration is required. To be more clear,

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I may say that if the management goes to other hands, then it will
be difficult for preaching our principles. Our main principle is
Krishna Consciousness on the basis of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, and
Lord Caitanya’s Teachings. So far different participants in London are
concerned, they must agree to our principles or they must follow our
principles. You should be careful on this point. We cannot agree to
make a mixed up association without any authorized principles. So
far as Hindus are concerned, they are not fixed up in one principle.
Under the circumstances, do not be misled that because some of the
Hindus are taking interest in this movement, they are of the same
opinion. You have seen the affairs in Montreal. So my final desire is
that whatever you do, you must do it strictly on the principles of our
society as we are doing in the US. In the management of the London
branch, if the local Englishmen come forward, that is welcome. So far
Indians are concerned, there are so many varieties of split-up Hindu
society. So I hope you will take necessary precautions in the matter of
registering ISKCON Ltd. ISKCON is the short cut of our society’s
name, but when you actually register the full name, the aims and
objectives as they are stated in our prospectus, must be mentioned.
Anyway, I am so much pleased that your program of Kirtana and
Krishna Consciousness is going on well there although you have not
got yet our own temple. Why don’t you get Back To Godhead from
New York?

Letter to: Mukunda – Seattle, 1 Oct , 1968

Regarding the departments not contributing to the temple, this is not


very satisfactory situation. The method of contributing should be
those who are not married should contribute all their income to the
temple. Those who are married should contribute 50%. That should
be the principle of contribution of the members and followers of the
Krishna Consciousness movement. So if there are problems in this

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matter, discuss it in the board meetings. If such things are not settled
there, then what is the meaning of this board of trustees? The local
management of affairs must be decided by the board, and that
decision should be final.
Letter to: Brahmananda -- Los Angeles 17 February, 1969

I have seen the agenda of your president’s meeting. This is nice. One
thing should be followed, however, as your countrymen are more or
less independent spirited and lovers of democracy. So everything
should be done very carefully so that their sentiments may not be
hurt. According to Sanskrit moral principles, everything has to be
acted, taking consideration of the place, audience and time. As far as
possible the centers should act freely, but conjointly. They must
look forward to the common development. That should be the
principle.
Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Tittenhurst 13 October, 1969

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 12, 1969


along with the copy of the West Coast president’s report of the
meeting held at Berkeley. Gradually this meeting should develop
into a committee of the West Coast presidents, and similarly there
should be one for the East Coast, so in the future we can form a
central governing body for the whole institution. Therefore the
management should be done very cautiously so that everyone is
satisfied in their autonomous managing capacity. . . . Yourself,
Gargamuni, Brahmananda and the others are intelligent. You should
always deal things so tactfully that people may not fall away. Every

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living being is important in Krishna Conscious service, and we must
take all precautions that one may not fall away.
Letter to: Tamal Krishna, 18 October 1969

Now my desire is that I completely devote my time in the matter of


writing and translating books, and arrangement should now be done
that our Society be managed automatically. I think we should have a
central governing body for dealing with important matters. I have
already talked with Gargamuni about this. So if you come back by the
Rathayatra festival, we can have a preliminary meeting at San
Francisco in this connection.
Letter to: Brahmananda, 19 June 1970

Establishment of the GBC - Direction of


Management, July 28, 1970:

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS,


INCORPORATED
FOUNDER-ACHARYA: HIS DIVINE GRACE

A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA

DIRECTION OF MANAGEMENT

I, the undersigned, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, disciple of Om


Visnupad Paramhansa 108 Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Gosvami Maharaj Prabhupada, came in the United States in 1965 on
September 18th for the purpose of starting Krishna Consciousness
Movement. For one year I had no shelter. I was travelling in many

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parts of this country. Then in 1966, July, I incorporated the Society
under the name and style the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness, briefly ISKCON. The lawyer was Mr. J. Goldsmith.
Gradually the Society increased, and one after another branches were
opened. Now we have got thirty-four (34) branches enlisted
herewith:

Amsterdam, Holland

Atlanta, Georgia 1476 Oxford Rd. N.E. 30322

Baltimore, Maryland 1300 N. Calvert St.

Berkeley, California 2710 Durant Avenue 94704

Berlin, West Germany

Boston, Massachusetts 40 N. Beacon St. 02134


Boulder, Colorado 623 Concord St.

Buffalo, New York 40 Englewood Ave. 14214


Chicago, Illinois 2210 N. Halstead St.

Columbus, Ohio 318 East 20th Ave. 43201

Detroit, Michigan 74 West Forest St. 48201

Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Hamburg, West Germany 2000 Hamburg 6, Bartelstrasse 65

Honolulu, Hawaii 2016 McKinley St. 96822

Laguna Beach, California 130 Woodland Drive 92651

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London, England 7 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, W.C. 1

Los Angeles, California 3764 Watseka Ave. 90034

Montreal, Canada 3720 Park Ave.

New Vrndavana, W. Virginia RD 3 Moundsville 26041


New York City, New York 61 Second Ave. 10003

Paris, France c/o Serge Elbeze, BO 113 Paris 14

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 416 South 10th St. 19147

Provincetown, Massachusetts104 Bradford St.

San Diego, California 3689 Park Blvd.


San Francisco, California 618 Frederick St. 94117

San Jose, California 70 Hawthorne Way


Santa Barbara, California 6654 del Playa, Goleta 93017

Seattle, Washington n5516 Roosevelt Way N.E. 98105

St. Louis, Missouri 4544 LaClede Ave. 63110

Sydney, Australia 298 Birrell St. Bondi, N.S.W. 2026

Tokyo, Japan 6-16, 2 Chome Ohhashi, Meguro-Ku


Toronto, Canada 40 Beverly St., Ontario

Vancouver, Canada 260 Raymur St., No. 305, B.C.

Washington, D.C. 2015 Q Street N.W. 20009

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As we have increased our volume of activities, now I think a
Governing Body Commission (hereinafter referred to as the GBC)
should be established. I am getting old, 75 years old, therefore at any
time I may be out of the scene, therefore I think it is necessary to give
instruction to my disciples how they shall manage the whole
institution. They are already managing individual centers represented
by one president, one secretary and one treasurer, and in my opinion
they are doing nice. But we want still more improvement in the
standard of Temple management, propaganda for Krishna
Consciousness, distribution of books and literatures, opening of new
centers and educating devotees to the right standard. Therefore, I
have decided to adopt the following principles and I hope my beloved
disciples will kindly accept them.

There was a meeting in San Francisco during the Ratha Yatra festival
1970 and many presidents of the centers were present. In that
meeting it was resolved that an ad hoc committee be set up to form
the constitution which is taken into consideration. My duty was to
first appoint twelve (12) persons to my free choice amongst my
disciples and I do it now and their names are as follows:

1. Sriman Rupanuga Das Adhikary


2. Sriman Bhagavandas Adhikary

3. Sriman Syamsundar Das Adhikary

4. Sriman Satsvarupa Das Adhikary


5. Sriman Karandhar Das Adhikary

6. Sriman Hansadutta Das Adhikary

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7. Sriman Tamala Krsna Das Adhikary

8. Sriman Sudama Das Adhikary

9. Sriman Bali Mardan Das Brahmacary

10. Sriman Jagadisa Das Adhikary


11. Sriman Hayagriva Das Adhikary

12. Sriman Krsnadas Adhikary

These personalities are now considered as my direct representatives.


While I am living they will act as my zonal secretaries and after my
demise they will be known as Executors.

I have already awarded Sannyas or the renounced order of life to


some of my students and they have also got very important duties to
perform in this connection. The Sannyasis will travel to our different
centers for preaching purpose as well as enlightening the members of
the center for spiritual advancement. The Sannyasis will suggest for
opening new centers in suitable places and the GBC will take action
on it.

As was stipulated by the ad hoc committee, the function of the GBC


will be as follows with particulars:

PARTICULARS OF THE GOVERNING BODY COMMISSION

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"The purpose of the Governing Body Commission is to act as the
instrument for the execution of the Will of His Divine Grace. And
further,

1. The GBC oversees all operations and management of ISKCON, as


it receives direction from Srila Prabhupada and His Divine Grace has
the final approval in all matters.

2. His Divine Grace will select the initial 12 members of the GBC. In
the succeeding years the GBC will be elected by a vote of all Temple
presidents who will vote for 8 from a ballot of all Temple presidents,
which may also include any secretary who is in charge of a Temple.
Those 8 with the greatest number of votes will be members for the
next term of GBC. Srila Prabhupada will choose to retain four
commissioners. In the event of Srila Prabhupada’s absence, the
retiring members will decide which four will remain.

3. The commissioners will serve for a period of 3 years, and they may
be re-elected at the end of this period.

4. The chairman is elected by the GBC for each meeting. He has no


veto power, but in even of a vote tie, his vote will decide. The same
will apply for votes cast by mail between regular meetings.

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5. Throughout the year, each of the commissioners will stay with His
Divine Grace for one month at a time and keep the other
commissioners informed of His Divine Grace’s instructions.

6. The primary objective of the GBC is to organize the opening of


new Temples and to maintain the established Temples.

7. Advice will be given by the GBC in cases of real property


purchases, which will be in the name of ISKCON, INC. (Trucks or
other vehicles will be purchased in the name of the local president).

8. Removal of a Temple president by the GBC requires support by the


local Temple members.

9. The GBC has no jurisdiction in the publication of manuscripts,


which will be handled by a separate committee; profits to be returned
to Srila Prabhupada."

So far my books are concerned, I am setting up a different body of


management known as the BHAKTIVEDANTA BOOK TRUST. The
trustees of this body are also members of the GBC, but their function
is not dependent on the GBC.

ISKCON Press was created for the exclusive publication of my books


and literatures and should be continued in that way.

During my absence no one shall live in my apartment.

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ACB

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Witnessed by:
Date July 28th 1970

(Robert F. Corens)

Rupanuga das Adhikary

(William R. Ehrlichman)

Bhagavan das Adhikary


(Kelly Gifford Smith)

Karandhar das Adhikary


Date July 28th, 1970

At the World Head Quarters

3764, Watseka Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90034

Direction of Management, July 28, 1970

Now that I have formed this Governing Board Commission, the


twelve members should each act as my zonal secretaries. So kindly
keep me informed of your zone’s activities at least once a week or
once fortnightly. In this way I will be encouraged and can give you

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direction and inspiration. Circular to all GBC members -- Tokyo 14
August, 1970

So now the factual administration will depend on the Governing


Body Commission and the sannyasis are entrusted for making
propaganda work. I wish to remain on the background to give you
some directions. So kindly execute the missionary activities very
carefully with enthusiasm, patience, conviction, follow the regulative
principles, chanting regularly sixteen rounds, dealing without any
duplicity, and above all keeping oneself in the society of pure
devotees.
Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Tokyo August 16, 1970

Just like laws are there; at the same time, the government has got a
department which is called law and order department. The laws are
going on nicely, the law and order department examines. So that
examiner, departmental, may be, but the original examiner is the
Supreme Lord, Kṛṣṇa. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says, mayā adhyakṣeṇa:
“Under My superintendence.” Just like in our institution,
International Society for Krishna Consciousness, although I am the
head, still, I have got so many assistants, the GBC members. They
are assisting me, departmental. Somebody is here, somebody is
there. Similarly, God has departmental management.
Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.1.2 -- London, August 17, 1971

You happen to be a member of the GBC. So whatever you want to do


or whatever ideas you want to introduce in the management of our
society, please write in a letter and distribute the copies to all the

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GBC members along with one copy to me also. Then collect the
opinions of each and every GBC member and if the majority
supports the idea then it should be taken as a fact for being carried
out in our society. The majority vote and my opinion should be
taken. When the majority opinion is present, my opinion will be yes
or no. In most cases it will be yes unless it is grievously against our
principles.

Letter to: Bhagavan -- London 20 August, 1971

Yes, actually there is now a skyscraper framework. Now you have


to decorate and cover it nicely. To construct the form is the difficult
portion of the adventure, but when it is there, it is not difficult to
finish it -- simply it requires a little taste.

Letter to: Bhagavan -- Delhi 10 December, 1971

GBC men should not dictate very much, simply supervise and see
that the standards are maintained. The individual presidents should
be more managerial, more individual, and you can supervise, and if
some defect is detected, you can make suggestions how to correct it.
But if we lose individuality and simply become mechanical, what is
the point? . . . Regarding that house, I think it may be a little
idealistic, but if you think it is suitable why not purchase it? There is
need for a centralized European continent headquarters, just like
our Bombay branch is the headquarters for India zone, so if you
think this place may be suitable, and if the owner is very friendly
with us and offers us very good terms, then all the European centres
may cooperate to try for it.
Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Madras 14 February, 1972

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Please accept my most worthless obeisances. I am presently in Japan
with Srila Prabhupada and we are meeting conjointly with Dai
Nippon to organize book production. As a follow up to Srila
Prabhupada’s letter to all Temple Presidents of April 9, His Divine
Grace has instructed me to inform you all of the following:

The formula for ISKCON organization is very simple and can be


understood by everyone. The world is divided into twelve zones.
For each zone there is one zonal secretary appointed by Srila
Prabhupada. The zonal secretaries duty is to see that the spiritual
principles are being upheld very nicely in all the Temples of his
zone. Otherwise each Temple shall be independent and self-
supporting. Let every Temple President work according to his own
capacity to improve the Krishna Consciousness of his center. So far
the practical management is concerned, that is required, but not
that we should become too much absorbed in fancy organization.
Our business is spiritual life, so whatever organization needs to be
done, the Presidents may handle and take advice and assistance
from their GBC representative. In this way let the Societies work
go on and everyone increase their service at their own creative rate.
Now, so far the BTG and Book Funds are concerned, these matters
shall be managed separately from the GBC by a body known as The
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. The Book Trust shall be comprised of
Srila Prabhupada, Karandhara dasa, and Bali Mardan dasa. They shall
combinedly collect the sales proceeds from each Center and utilize all
funds for the printing of Srila Prabhupada’s books and the
construction of ISKCON Centers all over the world. Not a farthing is
to be spent for any other purpose.

The Book Trust shall see to the printing and distribution to Centers
of books and magazines and it will be the serious responsibility of
each Temple President to see that the billed amounts for these are

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paid to the BTG and Book Funds regularly. The billings and
collections shall come from and to Los Angeles where Karandhara
dasa will collect and keep accounts. We request that everyone will
take these formulas to heart and execute them very conscientiously.
In this way we shall certainly be successful in pushing on this
movement.
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga

APPROVED: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON

Your lowly servant at Prabhupada’s lotus feet,

Karandhara dasa Adhikari c.c. To all ISKCON Temple Presidents

Letter to: All Temple Presidents -- Tokyo 22 April, 1972

Prabhupāda: Ah, no problem. GBC means now they should tour very
extensive. That is the first principle, the GBC. Not sit down (in) one
place and pass resolution. No, they must be active. They must act like
me. As I am old man, I am traveling all over the world. Now to give
me relief, the GBC members... I shall expand into twelve more so
that they can exactly work like me. Gradually they will be
initiators. At least first initiation. You must make advance. That is
my motive. So, in that way I want to divide it in twelve zones. And
we have to make more propaganda throughout the whole world.
Now if you think that the world is so big, twelve members are
insufficient, then you can increase more than that and make the
zone similarly divided. It is world affair after all.

Conversation with the GBC — May 25, 1972, Los Angeles

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Regarding your points about taxation, corporate status, etc., I have
heard from Jayatirtha you want to make big plan for centralization
of management, taxes, monies, corporate status, bookkeeping,
credit, like that. I do not at all approve of such plan. Do not
centralize anything. Each temple must remain independent and
self-sufficient. That was my plan from the very beginning, why you
are thinking otherwise? Once before you wanted to do something
centralizing with your GBC meeting, and if I did not interfere the
whole thing would have been killed. Do not think in this way of big
corporation, big credits, centralization—these are all nonsense
proposals. Only thing I wanted was that books printing and
distribution should be centralized, therefore I appointed you and Bali
Mardan to do it. Otherwise, management, everything, should be done
locally by local men. Accounts must be kept, things must be in order
and lawfully done, but that should be each temple’s concern, not
yours. Krishna Consciousness Movement is for training men to be
independently thoughtful and competent in all types of
departments of knowledge and action, not for making bureaucracy.
Once there is bureaucracy the whole thing will be spoiled. There
must be always individual striving and work and responsibility,
competitive spirit, not that one shall dominate and distribute
benefits to the others and they do nothing but beg from you and
you provide. No. Never mind there may be botheration to register
each centre, take tax certificate each, become separate corporations in
each state. That will train men how to do these things, and they shall
develop reliability and responsibility, that is the point. I am little
observing now, especially in your country, that our men are losing
their enthusiasm for spreading on our programmes of Krishna
Consciousness movement. Otherwise, why so many letters of
problems are coming, dissatisfied? That is not a very good sign. The
whole problem is they are not following the regulative principles,
that I can detect. Without this, enthusiasm will be lacking. Even
mechanically following, and if he gets gradually understanding from

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the class, he will come to the point of spontaneous enthusiasm. This
spontaneous loving devotional service is not so easy matter, but if
one simply sticks strictly to the rules and regulations, like rising
early, chanting 16 rounds, chanting gayatri, keeping always clean--
then his enthusiasm will grow more and more, and if there is also
patience and determination, one day he will come to the platform of
spontaneous devotion, then his life will be perfect. All of this I have
told you in Nectar of Devotion. So I do not think the leaders are
themselves following, nor they are seeing the others are following
strictly. That must be rectified at once. Each centre remain
independent, that’s all right, but the president and other officers must
themselves follow and see the others are following the regulative
principles carefully, and giving them good instruction so they may
understand nicely why this tapasya is necessary. And GBC and
Sannyasis will travel and see the officers are doing this, and if they
observe anything lowering of the standard, they must reform and
advise, or if there is some discrepancy I shall remove it. Of course, if
new men are coming, they may not be expected immediately to take
to our regulative principles cent per cent. Therefore we should not be
so anxious to induce them to live in the temple. Anyone who lives in
the temple must agree to follow the rules and regulations without
fail. So if some new man moves in with us he may become
discouraged if he is forced in this way. Therefore let them live outside
and become gradually convinced in the class why they should accept
some austerity, then they will live with us out of their own accord
and follow nicely everything. It is very difficult to give up very
quickly so many bad habits as you have got in your country, so
educate them gradually, first with chanting, and do not be so much
anxious to count up so many numbers of new devotees, if such
devotees go away later being too early forced. I want to see a few
sincere devotees, not many false devotees or pretenders.

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So my point is that the regulative principles must be followed by
everyone. Otherwise their enthusiasm dwindles and they again think
of sex and become restless, and so many problems are there. There is
some symptom of missing the point. The point is to be engaged in
doing something for Krishna, never mind what is that job, but
being so engaged in doing something very much satisfying to the
devotee that he remains always enthusiastic. He will automatically
follow the regulative principles because they are part of his
occupational duty—by applying them practically as his
occupational duty, he realizes the happy result of regulative
principles. So the future of this Krishna Consciousness movement is
very bright, so long the managers remain vigilant that 16 rounds are
being chanted by everyone without fail, that they are all rising before
four morning, attending mangal arati—our leaders shall be careful
not to kill the spirit of enthusiastic service, which is individual and
spontaneous and voluntary. They should try always to generate
some atmosphere of fresh challenge to the devotees, so that they
will agree enthusiastically to rise and meet it. That is the art of
management: to draw out spontaneous loving spirit of sacrificing
some energy for Krishna. But where are so many expert managers?
All of us should become expert managers and preachers. We should
not be very much after comforts and become complacent or self-
contented. There must be always some tapasya, strictly observing the
regulative principles—Krishna Consciousness movement must be
always a challenge, a great achievement to be gained by voluntary
desire to do it, and that will keep it healthy. So you big managers
now try to train up more and more some competent preachers and
managers like yourselves. Forget this centralizing and bureaucracy.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Bombay 22 December, 1972

AMENDMENTS FOR OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

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TOPMOST URGENCY

AMENDMENTS TO BE IMMEDIATELY ADDED TO ALL OFFICIAL


REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS, CONSTITUTIONS,
INCORPORATION PAPERS, ETC.

1.) It is declared that His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta


Swami Prabhupada is the Founder-Acharya of (ISKCON)
International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He is the supreme
authority in all matters of the society. His position cannot be
occupied by anyone else, and his name and title must appear on all
documents, letterheads, publications, and buildings of the Society.

In particular it shall be clearly understood that no real estate may be


purchased or sold by any officer of the Society without the express
permission of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupad, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON.

2.) There shall be a Governing Board Committee of trustees


appointed by the Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad according to the document
Direction of Management dated July 28, 1970. The GBC is to act as
the instrument for the execution of the will of His Divine Grace Srila
Prabhupad.

Dated at New York, July 22, 1974.

Approved: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Founder-Acharya

Signed: Brahmananda Swami,

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GBC , Zonal Secretary

Balimardan das Goswami

GBC, Zonal Secretary

Legal Documents, 5: Amendments for Official Documents, July 22,


1974

Regarding the International Publishing House under one roof, the


principle of management is that everything will be managed by BBT.
We have so many centers but the management is done by the GBC
and myself. So what is the difficulty? It is a question of management,
but not that all staff come together. Any big establishment has got
different works and staff in different place. Recently I met one big
manufacturer from Kannauj. He has got his factories in Orissa,
Mysore, etc., but the whole thing is being managed from Kannauj.
What is being manufactured in Orissa cannot be brought to Mysore.
It is the capacity of management, but not that we bring everyone
together.

Letter to: Hamsaduta: -- Mayapur 29 September, 1974

The idea of GBC changing zones for 2-3 months of the year is also
good. Bring up this point at the Mayapur meeting and vote on it.
Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Vrindaban 11 December, 1975

Prabhupada: And now Mr. Punja, has he written any letter?


Pusta Krsna: Mr. Punjasai? He wrote a letter recently. He mentioned
the business about the books, that Guru-krpa said he was supposed
to some give books from Australia, and he wasn’t getting them.

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Prabhupada: So you can write him -- note down -- that "We are
managing our Krsna consciousness movement by GBC. We have got
about twenty GBC’s for looking after the whole world affair, and
above the GBC, I am there, and under the GBC’s there are presidents,
treasurers, secretaries in each and every center. So the president is
responsible to the GBC. GBC is responsible to me. In this way we are
managing. But why you are proposing a separate trustee for Fiji? We
have no separate trustee till now, but if for security, if it is required,
you can adopt it. So this is our management going on. Now, if you
have got some new idea, so please explain to me how you want to
manage. But I think Fiji temple cannot be managed in a separate idea.
But still, I shall entertain if you have got some idea to manage. The
deed should be given to the founder-acarya, in the name of founder-
acarya like ‘A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-Acarya International
Society.’ "

Room Conversation After Film -- June 28, 1976, New Vrindaban

Regarding the situation in Fiji, it is necessary that we come to a


proper understanding as to the status of the land and the
organization of ISKCON Fiji itself. The first point is that the
governing board of ISKCON may have yourself and your brother as
members, but must also have the GBC for the zone, Gurukrpa
Swami, the GBC Chairman, Tamala Krsna Goswami , and Upendra
das as members. The second point is that after ISKCON has been
organized in the above way the land which the temple is being
constructed on must be leased to ISKCON Fiji with a 99 year
unconditional lease with option to renew which I shall approve.
In case you do not like this arrangement then you may keep the
temple as your private property and as my disciple I will give you
guidance. But you may not use the ISKCON name to collect funds or

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to take loans. In this connection until this matter is resolved no loan
may be taken from the bank or elsewhere and all collections in the
name of ISKCON, must stop. If you desire to keep the temple as
private property then Upendra das may return to Hawaii and
ISKCON Fiji may be dissolved. If you want to consider this project as
an ISKCON project then you must abide by the orders and direction
of the GBC, which you do not like to do. Now whatever you like let
me know.

Letter to: Vasudeva 29 July, 1976

The Secretary

Attorney General’s Department


Canberra, A.C.T. 2600

Australia

DECLARATION OF WILL

I, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the


International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Settlor of the
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, and disciple of Om Visnupada 108 Sri
Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaj Prabhupada,
presently residing at Sri Krsna-Balarama Mandir in Vrndavana, make
this my last will:

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1. The Governing Body Commission (GBC) will be the ultimate
managing authority of the entire International Society for Krishna
Consciousness.

2. Each temple will be an ISKCON property and will be managed by


three executive directors. The system of management will continue as
it is now and there is no need of any change.

3. Properties in India will be managed by the following executive


directors:

a) Properties at Sri Mayapur Dhama, Panihati, Haridaspur and


Calcutta: Gurukrpa Swami, Jayapataka Swami, Bhavananda Gosvami
and Gopal Krsna das Adhikari.

b) Properties at Vrndavana: Gurukrpa Swami, Akshoyananda Swami,


and Gopal Krsna das Adhikari.

c) Properties at Bombay: Tamal Krsna Gosvami, Giriraj das


Brahmachary, and Gopal Krsna das Adhikari.

d) Properties at Bhuvanesvara: Gour Govinda Swami, Jayapataka


Swami, and Bhagawat das Brahmachary.

e) Properties at Hyderabad: Mahamsa Swami, Sridhar Swami, Gopal


Krsna das Adhikari and Bali Mardan das Adhikari.

The executive directors who have herein been designated are


appointed for life. In the event of the death or failure to act for any
reason of any of the said directors, a successor director or directors
may be appointed by the remaining directors, provided the new
director is my initiated disciple following strictly all the rules and

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regulations of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness as
detailed in my books, and provided that there are never less than
three (3) or more than five (5) executive directors acting at one time.

4. I have created, developed, and organized the International Society


for Krishna Consciousness, and as such I hereby will that none of the
immovable properties standing in the name of ISKCON in India shall
ever be mortgaged, borrowed against, sold, transferred, or in any way
encumbered, disposed of, or alienated. This direction is irrevocable.

5. Properties outside of India in principle should never be mortgaged,


borrowed against, sold, transferred or in any way encumbered,
disposed of, or alienated, but if the need arises, they may be
mortgaged, borrowed against, sold, etc., with the consent of the GBC
committee members associated with the particular property.

6. The properties outside of India and their associated GBC


committee members are as follows:

a) Properties in Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor: Jayatirtha das


Adhikari, Harikesa Swami, and Balavanta das Adhikari.

b) Properties in Hawaii, Tokyo, Hong Kong: Guru Krpa Swami,


Rameswara Swami, and Tamal Krsna Gosvami.

c) Properties in Melbourne, Sydney, Australia Farm: Guru Krpa


Swami, Hari Sauri, and Atreya Rsi.

d) Properties in England (London Radlett), France, Germany,


Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden: Jayatirtha das Adhikari,
Bhagavan das Adhikari, Harikesa Swami.

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e) Properties in Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa: Jayatirtha das
Adhikari, Brahmananda Swami and Atreya Rsi.
f) Properties in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador,
Colombia, Chile: Hrdayananda Gosvami, Panca Dravida Swami,
Brahmananda Swami.

g) Properties in Georgetown, Guyana, Santo Domingo, St. Augustine:


Adi Kesava Swami, Hrdayananda Gosvami, Panca Dravida Swami.
h) Properties in Vancouver, Seattle, Berkeley, Dallas: Satsvarupa
Gosvami, Jagadisa das Adhikari, Jayatirtha das Adhikari.

i) Properties in Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, Laguna Beach:


Rameswara Swami, Satsvarupa Swami, Adi Kesava Swami.
j) Properties in New York, Boston, Puerto Rico, Port Royal, St. Louis,
St. Louis Farm: Tamal Krsna Gosvami, Adi Kesava Swami,
Rameswara Swami.

k) Properties in Iran: Atreya Rsi, Bhagavan das Adhikari,


Brahmananda Swami.
l) Properties in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Montreal
and Ottawa: Rupanuga das Adhikari, Gopal Krsna das Adhikari,
Jagadisa das Adhikari.

m) Properties in Pittsburgh, New Vrndavana, Toronto, Cleveland,


Buffalo: Kirtanananda Swami, Atreya Rsi, Balavanta das Adhikari.
n) Properties in Atlanta, Tennessee Farm, Gainesville, Miami, New
Orleans, Mississippi Farm, Houston: Balavanta das Adhikari, Adi
Kesava Swami, Rupanuga das Adhikari.

o) Properties in Fiji: Hari Sauri, Atreya Rsi, Vasudev.

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7. I declare, say and confirm that all the properties, both movable and
immovable, which stand in my name, including current accounts,
savings accounts and fixed deposits in various banks, are the
properties and assets of the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness, and the heirs and successors of my previous life, or
anyone claiming through them, have no right, claim or interest in
these properties whatsoever, save and except as provided hereafter.

8. Although the money which is in my personal name in different


banks is being spent for ISKCON and belongs to ISKCON, I have
kept a few deposits specifically marked for allocating a monthly
allowance of Rs. 1,000/- each to the members of my former family
(two sons, two daughters, and wife). After the deaths of the members
of my former family, these specific deposits (corpus, interests, and
savings) will become the property of ISKCON for the corpus of the
trust, and the descendants of my former family or anybody claiming
through them shall not be allowed any further allowance.

9. I hereby appoint Guru Krpa Swami, Hrdayananda Gosvami, Tamal


Krishna Gosvami, Rameshwar Swami, Gopal Krishna das Adhikari,
Jayatirtha das Adhikari and Giriraj das Brahmachary to act as
executors of this will. I have made this will this 4th day of June,
1977, in possession of full sense and sound mind, without any
persuasion, force or compulsion from anybody.

Witnesses:
1. (?)

2. Tamal Krishna Goswami

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3. Bhagavandas Adhikary

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Declaration of Will, 4 June 1977

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Creating a Clear and Inspiring Vision

So I hope you will take necessary precautions in the matter of


registering ISKCON Ltd. ISKCON is the short cut of our society’s
name, but when you actually register the full name, the aims and
objectives as they are stated in our prospectus, must be mentioned.
Letter to Mukunda – Seattle, Oct 1, 1968

Prabhupāda: Clear vision. Unless one has clear vision, how he can
do welfare activities? You do not know what is welfare. His vision
is clouded. If one’s vision is clouded, if you do not know what is
the destination of your journey, how you can make progress?
Therefore the qualification... Those who are prepared to do good to
the human society, they must have clear vision. Then where is the
clear vision? Everyone is becoming leader. Everyone is trying to
lead people. But he himself is blind. He does not know what is the
end of life. Na te viduḥ svārtha-gatiṁ hi viṣṇum [SB 7.5.31]. So
therefore Vyāsadeva can do it because he has clear vision. Nārada
certifies. Nārada knows his disciple, what is the position. A spiritual
master knows what is the condition. Just like a physician knows. By

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simply feeling the beating of pulse, a... An expert physician can know
what is the condition of this patient, and he treats him and gives him
medicine accordingly. Similarly, a spiritual master who is actually
spiritual master, he can know, he knows the pulse-beating of the
disciple, and he therefore gives him particular kind of medicine so
that he may be cured.
So Nārada Muni knows what is the status of Vyāsadeva. He knows
that he has got clear vision. Amogha-dṛk. Śrīdhara Svāmī says,
amogha. Amogha means... Mogha means sinful, and amogha means
without any sin. Amogha. So long one lives sinful life, he cannot
have clear vision. Diseased condition. How? "Physician, heal
thyself." He cannot have clear vision. Therefore amogha-dṛk means
he is liberated person. He can see. Amogha-dṛk. Dṛk means vision.
Amogha-dṛk.

Lecture on SB 1.5.13 – June 13, 1969, New Vrindavan

I am very glad to know that the GBC is actively working to rectify the
subversive situation which has been weakening the very foundation
of our Society. All you members of the GBC please always remain
very vigilant in this connection so that our society’s growth may go
on unimpeded by such poisonous elements. Your preaching in New
Vrndavana as well as intensified study of our literatures with
seriousness is very much encouraging. Please continue this program
with vigor and reestablish the solidity of our movement. From the
very beginning I was strongly against the impersonalists and all my
books are stressed on this point. So my oral instruction as well as
my books are all at your service. Now you GBC consult them and
get clear and strong idea, then there will be no disturbance.
Disturbance is caused by ignorance; where there is no ignorance,
there is no disturbance.

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Letter to: Hayagriva -- Calcutta 14 September, 1970

In the editorial section which you plan to have for the beginning, the
point should be stressing on the position of the living entities, as it is
stated in Bhagavad-gita that a learned man observes everyone on
the same level, that is, on spiritual understanding. So our Society’s
position of vision is from that platform. We want to see all living
entities as parts and parcels of Krishna without giving any
consideration to outer skin, and that is real education.

Letter to: Madali Bhadra – Sydney, 2 April, 1972

And I am very much stressing nowadays that my students shall


increase their reading of my books and try to understand them
from different angles of vision. Each sloka can be seen from many,
many angles of vision, so become practiced in seeing things like this.
If we are selling the books but we do not know what is inside the
book, that will be a farce, especially if you are preaching and selling
books to the students of Edinburgh.

Letter to: Tribhuvananath – LA, 16 June, 1972

Your vision of 7 Temples on 7 hills is very encouraging. May Krsna


fulfill your transcendental desires. The graphic drawings of the
Temples are very satisfactory and the devotees working together is
very encouraging. May Krsna help you in your noble endeavor to
come out successful in the project of New Vrndavana.

Letter to: Kirtananada – Calcutta, 6 Mar, 1973

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My health is not good. I am old man. It is not surprising. Now you
GBC, young boys, all, American, expert, you have got all
intelligence, resources, so don’t spoil. Let the movements go
forward more and more. Now you have got nice places, filled with
devotees. Don’t be anxious for me. That, Kṛṣṇa will take. And even if
I go, where is the harm? Old man. I have given my ideas and
direction in my books.

Morning Conversation -- April 29, 1977, Bombay

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Planning

Out of the nine responses you


got from GBC members for
your proposal to reduce the
price of BTG to the temples to
10 cents, there are seven in
favor. Therefore I say yes. By
this system of taking a
majority vote on any given
proposal and then submitting
the final decision to me for
approval there is no necessity
for holding a GBC meeting. So
much money will be spent
unnecessarily for travel and big big plans will be made only. So
what is the use? Simply go on as you have done in this case and that
will be best.

Letter to: Karandhara -- London 26 August, 1971

I have no objection to any of the points mentioned therein by you.


Only thing is, we must try to avoid becoming too much overly
organized like material businessmen. Our business is to ourselves
become Krsna conscious, advance in spiritual life, and to preach to
others how they can also take advantage and come to the perfectional
stage of life. Too much business or paperwork, vouchers, plans,
these things become too much cumbersome for our spiritual
growth, they take us away from our real emphasis of work, namely,
to go back to Home, back to Godhead. But I think your plan is not

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like that, so far I can see. It is practical and to the point. But now
you must do it very nicely and complete it. Not that we make some
plan, change things, then do not complete it, again change, this
way, that way—no. There was some plan by Kesava to purchase a
new San Francisco temple in a better part of the city. What happened
to that plan?
Letter to Jayananda, Trai, and Rsabhadeva, May 14th, 1972

Prabhupāda: So now you all GBC make a plan how to introduce the
books in every home. The same policy in other languages also.
America is English language. Similarly, we can do here also in Hindi
language, in Oriya language, or in Europe. So we have got much
work ahead. Don’t think our business is finished. No. Simply very
intelligent we have to do it. –

Room conversation – Bhuvanesvara, January 29, 1977

Make a policy and organization, whereby you introduce the books


in every home a full set in every home. Everyone can afford $250.
The GBC should make such a plan. Print the full sets in every
language. You have to use your intelligence. You have to find how to
remove $250 from their pockets and give them fifty books. They
won’t be cheated. They will gain the greater value for their lives.
Don’t think your business is finished. - Gita-nagari Press – ISKCON
in the 1970’s – 170:10. If You Want To Know My Secret – January –
February 8, 1977

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Those who are cultivating spiritual life and executing devotional
service are always engaged in activity. Such activity can be performed
with the body or with the mind. Thinking, feeling and willing are all
activities of the mind, and when we will to do something, the activity
comes to be manifest by the gross bodily senses. Thus, in our mental
activities we should always try to think of Kṛṣṇa and try to plan
how to please Him, following in the footsteps of the great ācāryas
and the personal spiritual master. There are activities of the body,
activities of the mind and activities of speech. – NOD Introduction

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Creating Systems and Policies Aligned to the
Overall Vision

I beg to acknowledge
receipt of your two letters
dated 20 and 26 February,
respectively, and I am so
glad to learn that you have
been elected president for
this year. In India, when
there was a congress
election among the
executive members, each
year a person was elected
president. I think this
system may be followed in
our institutions also. Of
course it will depend on
the local situation, but in a
round if each person is
given the chance of
managing the whole affairs, that means everyone becomes
responsible officer.

Letter to Gurudasa, 2nd March, 1970)

You may name your daughter Mitra dasi, I have no objection. You
may call your children as you like, but you should always inform my
secretary to make sure the name is entered on our list to avoid
repetition. Later, the children may be given another name upon
initiation, as it is seen fit.

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Letter to Lalita Kumara and Jambavati dasa, 27th November, 1971

But one thing, you say that portions of Bhagavatam are missing.
Pradyumna Prabhu says that he has sent the synonyms for chapters
15-33 in Canto 3 from Australia some time ago, but that the situation
for receiving mail there in New York temple is not very good and that
often letters are neglected or lost. Why these things are going on? I
have appointed this GBC to maintain the standards. I don’t do these
things. I am always careful about the mail and the money. This is
very serious business, if we go to so much effort to make these books
available to the human society, and then no one takes care and
portions are lost, and no money is paid by the temples to Book Fund,
then what is the use? We must have a very efficient office at each
temple, with facilities for prompt distribution of mail to the proper
persons, not that the mail is simply left in a corner for everyone to
pick through and find out for themselves. No, it should be
delivered to the proper persons. And strict accounts must be kept. .
. . You are GBC, and I see by the results of your being there that you
are able to do these things, why you do not help Rupanuga and do
them?

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Honolulu May 9, 1972

The magazine should be published regularly, but if distribution is


less, then the number of printing should decrease. Still if even
distribution is smaller, we should follow the policy of 25 cents per
copy. Artificially increasing distribution and having a big debt is
not a very good policy.
No, maintenance expenditures cannot come from the book fund. I do
not understand why the press has moved and a new location fixed

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up, all for the cost of $10,000. What is the benefit of it? The
Bhagavad-gita As It Is, is being attempted to be printed in ISKCON
Press, but it is taking time—years. Does it mean in this way that the
book fund will have to pay $1,500 per month and await printing?
ISKCON Press is simply meant for printing our books and there
must be sufficient work for printing; otherwise what is the use for
maintenance? First of all it was suggested that the printing place
would be situated in our N.Y. building. Now it has gone to another
building. So I shall require the GBC members to inform me what is
the actual benefit by such removal and keeping the press in a
different building. The policy of maintaining a white elephant is not
good.

That is the immediate important business—how to distribute these


books all over the world. So far as the per cent of discount, that will
depend on your discretion. But quickly distribute all the books as
soon as they are received. –
Letter to Karandhara – Calcutta 17th May, 1971

Upon your recommendation, I have agreed to accept Axel and John


as my duly initiated disciples, and also to give a second initiation to
Suvrata. I am sending a separate letter for them. So far going to Dallas
for the fire yajna, better you should learn how to perform it and do
it there. Every temple president must be very expert in all these
things, so you can consult our Krsna Consciousness Handbook for
the procedure and if there are any further questions, you can consult
with Satsvarupa and he will give you instruction.

Letter to Nityananda, May 10th, 1972

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Regarding our travelling parties, I have got some complaint from
London and other places, so I have given Dhananjaya this policy, that
from outside if any one party comes they must work under the direct
supervision and instruction of the local management, not that they
shall remain separate competitor, no. I want to sell as many books as
possible, that is the main thing. By selling books, that is the best
preaching work. But so there may not be any complaint, your
travelling parties must cooperate with their local temple officers,
and that means they shall operate wherever they are allocated, that
they shall only sell books, no collecting without selling books, and
that, above the wholesale price of the book, any profit there is must
be given at least 50% to the local temple. Ultimately, it shall be up
to the local temple president if the presence of your party is favorable
or not, everything is considered, and if he agrees you may stay,
otherwise if he judges it is unfavorable at the time, he may order you
to go out. But just to avoid these things, better to arrange in
advance with the GBC men concerned. Ours is a cooperative
movement, with Krishna and the advancement of Krishna’s
movement at the centre, and we must continue to sell as many books
as possible, but discuss everything amongst yourselves and do it
nicely without irritating anyone, that is the art. –

Letter to Bhutatma, Kesava – Vrindavana, 2nd November, 1972

You have asked many questions, but for this question-answering I


have created 12 GBC men. The GBC man in your zone is
Karandhara. So you may please consult with him, and whatever he
decides, that is all right. I am now desiring to utilize my time only for
translating these books like Srimad-Bhagavatam so that I can give
them to you, my disciples... So the general policy is that for
brahminical initiation the candidate is recommended first by the
temple president or GBC man, then it is considered. –

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Letter to Thakura Haridasa – Calcutta 28 January, 1973

For taking sannyasa you may consult your GBC member as we


shall be starting a new policy where the sannyasa candidate must
meet certain requirements to be determined by the GBC.
Karandhara may write to Satsvarupa Maharaja for understanding this
matter. This taking of sannyasa should not be a whimsical
proposition, and should not be an excuse for becoming irresponsible,
no responsibility of grhastha, brahmacari, etc. Sannyasis also have
great responsibility to become fearless preachers of our Krsna
Consciousness movement. –

Letter to Danavir – Calcutta 6 February, 1973

After conferring with my various GBC representatives I have


concluded that polygamy must be strictly prohibited in our society.
Although it is a Vedic institution still there are so many legal
implications. Neither are many of our men fixed up enough to tend
for more than one wife. Polygamy will simply increase the sex life
and our philosophy is to gradually decrease the sex life till eventually
there is no sex life. The policy should be that all the women are given
the utmost protection. Women are looking for husbands because
they feel unprotected so it is up to the senior members to give all
protection to the women.-

Letter to Rupanuga – Sydney 14th February, 1973

Regarding Manasvi you immediately inform the police that he has


misappropriated so much money. He must give the account or we

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shall prosecute. Yes, Srutakirti he is a good boy, so he can be made
the President as you suggest. You are GBC so you must stop all this
from going on. The best procedure is that the Treasurer takes all
money collected and immediately writes it in the book and then
daily deposits everything in the bank. None of the collection
should be used for spending. All expenditures should be done by
check as far as possible. Check means two signatures, so in this
way this nonsense will be stopped. Please see that all temples are
following this system. –

Letter to: Gurukrpa: -- Vrindaban 26 August, 1975

Jayatīrtha: So then the next thing, besides having a zonal


responsibility, a GBC man may have a functional responsibility, like
we’ve already discussed.
Prabhupāda: Functional, main functional responsibility is to go and
see that the temple regular work is going on, the president is doing
nicely, to check in this way. You can sit down in the class, in the...,
and see how things are going on. That’s it.

Jayatīrtha: That’s it. Now, one point we’ve included that we haven’t
really done before is the idea of establishing committees and
individual service...

Prabhupāda: Committee, I shall appoint also, if there is any need.


Amongst the GBC, I shall pick up some members and make a
committee for a particular...

Jayatīrtha: For example, we put down that there may be a regional


committee.

Prabhupāda: Eh?

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Jayatīrtha: Just like in Europe, we have a regional committee for
managing, I understand...
Prabhupāda: What is that regional co...?

Jayatīrtha: Isn’t it Bhagavān, Haṁsadūta...?

Prabhupāda: Yes, I have said that Haṁsadūta, Bhagavān and


Brahmānanda may...

Jayatīrtha: So it’s a kind of regional committee for managing.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Jayatīrtha: So we similarly...
Prabhupāda: That we can change also. For the time being, it is going
on.

Atreya Ṛṣi: I think wh

at Śrīla Prabhupāda has said to us is that if we have very close


cooperation, the spirit of committee consultation always exists...
Prabhupāda: Yes.

Atreya Ṛṣi: Like if Bhagavān dāsa is in U.S., then Satsvarūpa Mahārāja


and Rūpānuga Prabhu will consult with him, like they always consult
with each other.
Prabhupāda: Yes.

Atreya Ṛṣi: They should always... And this spirit should go on


amongst the twelve. Or if I’m in Tehran, and if there is a financial
matter...

Prabhupāda: Yes. Don’t bring politics. Then it will be ruined.

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Atreya Ṛṣi: Yes. The spirit should be that you write me and ask me,
and I will give you all the service that I can. This should come in us.

Jayatīrtha: For example, in the United States...

Atreya Ṛṣi: Not so much, necessarily, committees and formal...

Prabhupāda: So if a committee is necessary, it should be decided, first


stage, decided by the GBC, and I’ll give final sanction.

Jayatīrtha: For example, one committee that I would propose is in the


United States, since we share so many similar problems and so many
problems overlap...

Prabhupāda: So you... No, the GBC is already there. But that is...
Committee is there, the whole committee. But for any special
purpose, if committee is required...

Jayatīrtha: Another example of a kind of committee would be some


projects. Say...

Prabhupāda: Project will be decided by the GBC.

Jayatīrtha: Say, the Gurukula, for example...

Prabhupāda: Now I have elected this committee in Europe because


the German trouble is going on. When the German trouble is over,
there is no need of committee. It is only for this particular purpose
because there we have to defend court, we have to see... So two, three
heads, not one head. One head may be puzzled. Committee means
for special purposes. Otherwise, the standing committee, GBC, is
already there.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Just as a question...

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Prabhupāda: Just like I appointed the committee to investigate...

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Bali Mardana.


Prabhupāda: Yes. So that committee is not standing. Yet similarly, a
committee may be formed for some special circumstances, but
otherwise the GBC committee is sufficient.

Jayatīrtha: The main point about that is that the GBC, we all meet
together once a year...

Prabhupāda: Yes. And form all, what is to be discussed, what you are
going to do, future. Just like you can discuss the German affairs, and
find out how to defend ourselves. Of course, it is in the hands of the
lawyer. Still, we can suggest...

Jayatīrtha: Take, for another example, there’s the ISKCON Food


Relief Program. Now, last year we discussed this, but no one was
given any specific responsibility for it, and nothing really has been...
Some money has been collected, but nothing major has been done.
My idea would be that if there were a committee, say, of two, three
men formed who would conjointly discuss and work on these
projects, such as this ISKCON Food Relief, then more would get
done.

Haṁsadūta: No, I think it’s entirely an individual...


Prabhupāda: I think this Oath of Allegiance should be signed by the
presidents also.

Jayatīrtha: That’s nice.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Also.

Prabhupāda: Hm?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Also.

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Prabhupāda: Yes. Not only the GBC, but the president.

- Conversation with the GBC – March 27, 1975, Mayapur

In his last GBC report, Rupanuga Maharaja wrote that you are
delinquent in sending him regular reports. The system of temple
presidents sending twice monthly reports to the GBC was devised
by me to facilitate my receiving news of all the centers through the
GBC. You are free to write me directly when the occasion arises, but
do not neglect to send regular reports to Rupanuga Maharaja.

Letter to: Trai -- Hong Kong 1 February, 1974

Now you are a practical business manager, so we are expanding by


Krishna’s grace; so try to make some formula so our institution may
go on without any difficulty. In your letter to Ramesvara you call for
a meeting of GBC to develop a system of management and
communications which will eliminate chances of recurrences. This
is a good suggestion you have made, so when we next meet
together, you must give it some practical shape.

Letter to: Atreya Rsi -- Bombay 15 November, 1974

Regarding Manasvi you immediately inform the police that he has


misappropriated so much money. He must give the account or we
shall prosecute. Yes, Srutakirti he is a good boy, so he can be made
the President as you suggest. You are GBC so you must stop all this
from going on. The best procedure is that the Treasurer takes all
money collected and immediately writes it in the book and then
daily deposits everything in the bank. None of the collection
should be used for spending. All expenditures should be done by

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check as far as possible. Check means two signatures, so in this
way this nonsense will be stopped. Please see that all temples are
following this system.

Letter to: Gurukrpa: -- Vrindaban 26 August, 1975

I have been informed by Brahmananda Maharaja that only six


temples have sent copies of the Affidavit that I have requested from
each temple. Please see why they are not sending.

From St. Louis I have received not only the Affidavit but also a "Quit
Claim Deed.’’ This decree very nicely expresses very clearly that the
property cannot be sold without written permission by myself or the
GBC. Such a declaration should be from all centers. Please see to this.
Also I want that all centers follow the following procedure for
handling the money. Whatever income is there, every cent must be
given to the treasurer. Immediately he records it in the book. Then
daily he deposits everything in the bank. For the expenditures, he
withdraws from the bank the petty cash by check signed by himself
and the President. Then the expenditures are checked by the
President to see how the money is being spent. The important
thing is that all monies must be given to the treasurer and he
records it and every day deposits everything in the bank. And
whatever is spent that also is withdrawn from the bank. This will
stop the embezzling that is going on. Please arrange for this and
inform me.

Letter to: Satsvarupa: -- Vrindaban 9 September, 1975

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The matter regarding by-laws and the articles of incorporation should
be definitely brought up at our annual Mayapur meeting. One thing:
why is that so few temples are sending the affidavits? You should see
that this is done. This is the important thing. No one should go
against this principle. We have discussed this matter thoroughly.
Please see that it is done.
Letter to: Rupanuga -- Vrndavana 18 September, 1975

To

All Governing Body Commissioners

Re: Examinations for awarding titles of Bhakti-sastri, Bhakti-


vaibhava, Bhaktivedanta and Bhakti-sarvabhauma. Your response is
requested immediately by Srila Prabhupada.

Dear Prabhus,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. Srila Prabhupada has


requested me to write you in regard to the above examinations which
he wishes to institute. Here in India many persons often criticize our
sannyasis and brahmanas as being unqualified due to insufficient
knowledge of the scriptures. Factually, there are numerous instances
when our sannyasis and brahmanas have fallen down often due to
insufficient understanding of the philosophy. This should not be a
point of criticism nor a reason for falldown, since Srila Prabhupada
has mercifully made the most essential scriptures available to us in
his books. The problem is that not all the devotees are carefully
studying the books, the result being a fall down or at least
unsteadiness.

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His Divine Grace therefore wishes to institute examinations to be
given to all prospective candidates for sannyasa and brahmana
initiation. In addition he wishes that all present sannyasis and
brahmanas also pass the examination. Awarding of these titles will be
based upon the following books:

Bhakti-sastri - Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of


Instruction, Isopanisad, Easy Journey To Other Planets, and all other
small paperbacks, as well as Arcana-paddhati (a book to be compiled
by Nitai Prabhu based on Hari-bhakti-vilasa on Deity worship

Bhakti-vaibhava - All of the above plus the first six cantos of Srimad-
Bhagavatam

Bhaktivedanta - All of the above plus cantos 7 through 12 of Srimad-


Bhagavatam

Bhakti-sarvabhauma - All the above plus the entire Caitanya-


caritamrta

Anyone wishing to be initiated as a brahmana will have to pass the


Bhaktisastri exam and anyone wishing to take sannyasa will have to
pass the Bhaktivaibhava examination as well. This will prevent our
Society from degrading to the level of so many other institutions
where, in order to maintain the Temple, they accept all third class
men as brahmanas. Any sannyasis or brahmanas already initiated
who fail to pass the exams will be considered low class or less
qualified. Anyone wishing to be 2nd initiated will sit for examination
once a year at Mayapur. Answers will be in essay form and
authoritative quotations will be given a bigger score. During the
exams books may not be consulted.

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Srila Prabhupada wishes to begin this program at this year’s Mayapur
meeting. He requests that you all send your opinions and comments
here immediately so that everything may be prepared in time.
Hoping this meets you in the best of health and Krsna
Consciousness.

Approved:
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Your servant,

Tamala Krsna Goswami


Personal Secretary

Letter to: All Governing Body Commissioners -- Nellore, South India


6 January, 1976

To All Iskcon Temple Presidents,

Please accept my blessings. Now you must arrange in each temple


there must be sufficient stock of prasadam for distribution. You can
keep first class cooks, two or three, and they should be always
engaged. Whenever any guest comes, he must get prasada. This
arrangement must be made, that the cooks prepare ten-twenty
servings at a time, of puris and subji, and you can add halava and
pakoras, and the visitors must be supplied immediately. Whenever
a gentleman comes, he must be served. As the twenty servings are
being distributed, immediately the cooks prepare another twenty
servings and store it. At the end of the day, if no one comes, our
own men will take, so there is no loss. You cannot say, “it is
finished, “it is not cooked yet, “there is no supply for cooking etc.
This must be enforced rigidly.

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Letter to All Iskcon Temple Presidents — Calcutta 18 January, 1977

Girirāja: This morning you gave the hint that there might be envious
persons coming to take away our properties, so in the GBC meeting
we discussed this point, that... A committee of us six was made to
resolve this. So basically what we did is we made a model trust deed
which can be used for all of the Indian properties. There may be
three trustees for each property. And the basic point of the trust deed
is that the property rests with these trustees and that they have no
right to sell or mortgage or dispose of the property in any way. That
is the basic point. And then we have proposed three trustees for each
of the properties. So...
Prabhupāda: But there will be finally the trustees. And there may be
one advisory board to... Pick up some friends and make an advisory
board. They are not final. Final is trustee. Anything to be done
should be considered first of all by the advisory board, and then if
it should be sanctioned by the trustees, then it can be done. So
some friends, we can make an advisory...

Conversation Pieces -- May 27, 1977, Vṛndāvana

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Project Management (Connecting the Right People
and Resources for Executing Projects)

I am glad that you are training Jagadananda to become my personal


secretary as well as you are training Mr. Phil to translate our thoughts
to German. Please keep this boy with great care because Krishna has
sent him to help us. It is a good combination. Janardana is well
acquainted with French, Hayagriva & you with English & Mr. Phil is

well acquainted with German. So combinedly you can perform great


blitz for bombarding the Western World with Krishna philosophy.
This I wanted & Krishna is sending my good lieutenants. –

Letter to Rayarama – Delhi 4th October, 1967

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Yes, Dr. Bigelow has appreciated my article and admitted in his letter
that "You people in India are so much further ahead in matters of this
kind then those of us in the Western world." (letter dated 16th
February, 1971) There has been no further correspondence with him
in this regards. So if you wish you may publish my letter (in BTG)
and his short reply is given above…I am enclosing one letter from a
new boy in Japan. He was going to commit suicide but came to
Krishna instead. This may make an interesting topic for BTG in the
new type of article you described in your last letter.

Letter to Satsvarupa -- June 12, 1971

As Kṛṣṇa was unlimited, Śrīla Prabhupāda, Kṛṣṇa’s dearmost friend,


was entitled to demand unlimited service on Kṛṣṇa’s behalf. In the
service of Kṛṣṇa, no project was impossible. Impossible,
Prabhupāda said, was a word in a fool’s dictionary. But as
Prabhupāda unfolded his plans for the paṇḍāl festival, the devotees
doubted: How could they ever raise the money? How could they erect
such a huge tent? Where would they get so much food? And who
would cook it? Prabhupāda seemed amused at their doubts. "You
are all Americans," he said. "So what is the use of being American
unless you do something wonderful?"...

Prabhupāda divided the work, assigning Śyāmasundara to


publicity, Tamāla Kṛṣṇa to the paṇḍāl arrangements, Girirāja to
fund-raising, and Madhudviṣa to the scheduled programs onstage.
Catching Prabhupāda’s spirit of "shooting the rhinoceros,"
Śyāmasundara organized a massive publicity campaign, with giant
posters and banners strung across the streets, announcing "His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda will speak in
English language about the science of God. Prasādam distribution

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and bhajan singing will be led by his American and European
bhaktas-Hare Krishna Festival at Cross Maidan-March 25 to April 4."
Inspired by Śyāmasundara’s lead and taking up a spirit of
competition, the other devotees worked at their projects with great
enthusiasm. When Prabhupāda called a meeting of the local ISKCON
life members and supporters, the turnout was disappointing-only
about a dozen. And even those, on hearing the proportions of
Prabhupāda’s plan, became hesitant. The festival would cost more
than one hundred thousand rupees! Although some life members
doubted whether the devotees could actually execute such a large
production, a handful of stalwarts-Sadajiwatlal, Chandulal Bahl,
Kartikeya Mahadevia, Kailash Seksaria, Ramchand Chabria, G. D.
Somani, and others-vowed they would do their best to help raise the
funds.
Prabhupāda remained actively involved, and he warned his
disciples to be wary of cheaters during their business transactions.
Every night the devotees would report to him, and he would ask
about many details. He wanted the best location, the best work,
and the best price. He wanted to know everything: What about the
cooking area? Are all the devotees working to their full capacity? Is
the mailing list complete? Have the invitations been sent? What
about the latrines? What was the cost for the sound system? He
scrutinized every detail with sharp, critical intelligence.

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 4, Ch 33: ‘A lot of ground to be


covered’

I am very glad that at least one cottage is set up in Mayapur in our


own land so that when I go back again I shall be able to stay there at
your care. Mayapur construction will be of grand scale and Tamala
wishes that the matter be given to a big contractor, but I think we

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should do the construction ourselves. Just like my Godbrothers have
also constructed big, big temples but did not appoint big contractors
so far I know. If required I can send somebody expert in
construction work to supervise the work there nicely. You are now
acquainted with the local market. So I think that if we supervise the
building construction work that will save great amount of money.
You consider on these points and let me know your views by return
mail.
Letter to Acyutananda Maharaja, 7th August, 1971

ISKCON Bombay was Śrīla Prabhupāda’s office, and he immediately


got to work. He fired the engineer, whom he held responsible for the
poor, slow work and stolen building materials. At first Prabhupāda
had tried to avoid hiring a construction company by having Surabhi
oversee the whole project, assigning work to various subcontractors.
But that wasn’t working.

Śrīla Prabhupāda wanted a change, but there was no clear alternative.


"We have come to Kṛṣṇa consciousness for a life of eternal bliss," he
said to Surabhi. "But instead of eternal bliss, I am suffering eternal
anxiety." He appealed to Surabhi, Girirāja, and the others to do
something.

One day a life member, a construction engineer, visited the site and
told Śrīla Prabhupāda the temple and hotel could easily be completed
in six months. Prabhupāda then berated Surabhi, who said that six
months’ time was not enough. "Now I am nowhere," thought
Surabhi. "I’m losing my service."

Then another life member, Mr. Omkar Prakash Dir, the chief
engineer with E.C.C., one of India’s largest, most reputable

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construction companies, came to the Sunday feast and examined the
work. Appalled at the poor quality, he said that after two or three
years it would fall apart.
Girirāja, impressed with the idea of hiring Bombay’s biggest, most
competent construction firm, spoke with Prabhupāda, who was also
interested. At first Surabhi resented that the work was being taken
out of his hands, but after meeting with Mr. Dir, he also liked the
proposed change.

The contract was made with E.C.C., and Mr. Dir presented a
progress chart, detailing each phase of the work and showing when
it would be completed. Śrīla Prabhupāda was pleased with their
professional methods, despite the higher cost. Now the work would
be done as professionally and as quickly as possible, and this was
what mattered most.
Prabhupāda stayed for the greater part of November, and the
construction progressed quickly. There was no question of cutting
corners to save a little money, Prabhupāda explained to Surabhi. The
temple had to be a beautiful jewel, so that people from all over India
would want to come and stay. Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol. 6,
1975-1977: CH-48, “At Home in India”

Prabhupāda: Yes, sannyāsī, brahmacārī, means preaching. They are


not meant for material management. They have dedicated their life
for spiritual—although this material service is also spiritual—but
they are not doing much [indistinct]. You cannot expect a very
expertly at management and... But they act. Simply ask them to do
the needful.
Mr. Myer: That’s right.

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Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yeah, out of desire to serve you, they carry out
whatever you ask.

Prabhupāda: They cannot be expert, these men, managers. They are


not... They are giving up everything. But as soon as there is big
establishment, we require a top manager.
Mr. Myer: Sometimes there are so many different areas. There is
temple management. There is book distribution. There is guesthouse.
Now the gurukula is coming.

Prabhupāda: Therefore we want some expert manager to see to this.


When they cannot manage, it is not their fault, because they are not
meant for this.

Mr. Myer: Quite right.

Prabhupāda: So if you kindly take up the general management, you


are welcome. Money is being squandered. I know that. If you can
save some money, that is your great success. –

Conversation – July 1, 1977 Vrndavana

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Respecting Lines of Authority and Organizational
Protocols

Regarding our travelling parties, I have got some complaint from


London and other places, so I have given Dhananjaya this policy, that
from outside if any one party comes they must work under the direct
supervision and instruction of the local management, not that they
shall remain separate competitor, no. I want to sell as many books as
possible, that is the main thing. By selling books, that is the best

preaching work. But so there may not be any complaint, your


travelling parties must cooperate with their local temple officers,
and that means they shall operate wherever they are allocated, that
they shall only sell books, no collecting without selling books, and
that, above the wholesale price of the book, any profit there is must
be given at least 50% to the local temple. Ultimately, it shall be up

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to the local temple president if the presence of your party is favorable
or not, everything is considered, and if he agrees you may stay,
otherwise if he judges it is unfavorable at the time, he may order you
to go out. But just to avoid these things, better to arrange in advance
with the GBC men concerned. Ours is a cooperative movement, with
Krishna and the advancement of Krishna’s movement at the centre,
and we must continue to sell as many books as possible, but discuss
everything amongst yourselves and do it nicely without irritating
anyone, that is the art. –

Letter to Bhutatma, Kesava – Vrindavana, 2nd November, 1972

The thing is, our main business is to distribute the books, either here
or there it doesn’t matter. So if there is transcendental competition
for increasing sale of books, that is good. If he buys one book his life
may be turned, that is best preaching work. But everything must be
done in the spirit of cooperation, without any irritation. If one party
wants to travel into another zone, that is all right, but there must be
prior agreement between the GBC men and mutual consent. If by
going there the book sales will be increased, what is the harm? But
supposing if there is any harm, that is to be judged by the local
president, and if he has good reason to think that another will be
unfavorable to his temple’s operations, then he may order them to
leave, that’s all. So local temple officers should be the final judge to
allow or disallow from anyone outside to sell their books there.
And if some outside party comes, they must sell books only, no
collecting without selling books. They must live in the local temple
and not separately, and they must follow faithfully the instructions
and directions of the local president. They can purchase books from
the temple at regular wholesale price and sell, and whatever profit
there is above wholesale price they must give at least 50% to the local

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temple out of good will. That will be nice. So we shall not think that
this is my zone, that is his zone, just like the Indian and Pakistan
nation are thinking, and then there is war, no. Lord Caitanya has
given us the task to preach His message all over the world, and any
process which may be useful for facilitating this business, that we
shall gladly adopt, never mind his zone or my zone, that is material
designation. But we shall always do everything in cooperative spirit
and avoid any fighting amongst us, that is Vaisnava attitude, to
others, especially to devotees of the Lord.

Letter to: Jagadisha -- 18 November, 1972

So far your question, how far should the orders of my duly


appointed officers like GBC, etc., be obeyed and followed, the
answer is that they must always be followed exactly as he says.
Have you not heard me on this point? Why these questions are
repeated again and again? . . . Of course, my authorities and so-called
officers, they sometimes also order in such a way that everything
becomes topsy-turvy. So you may write to me your grievance -- what
can I do? -- but meanwhile you must follow him exactly whatever he
says. If there is complaint, I can make adjustment later. But first of
all you must without hesitation obey. It is something like the
appealing to the higher court if one is not satisfied by decision of the
lower court.

Letter to: Jayadharma -- Ahmedabad 13 December, 1972

In regards to your question about how the relationship between a


sannyasi and the temple president should be, my hope is that you
will all be able to cooperate together. The temple president is in
charge and the sannyasi should not contradict the instructions.

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Although if he does see something wrong or if he sees a fault or
defect he should bring it out directly to the temple president. And
then work it out in a Krsna conscious way. Not that he will try to
over-ride the temple president’s authority. I want that you all work
together cooperatively. Please continue your programs there with
great enthusiasm and try to strictly follow all of my regulations
without any deviation. Keep yourself always fixed in Krsna’s service.
Don’t let even a split moment go by being engaged in the service of
maya.

Letter to Sukadeva, 28th December, 1974

My request to you is that you try to follow the authorities there,


the temple president, the GBC, etc.—co-operated nicely with them.
Our movement is based on love and trust, so if we do not co-
operate, then how is that love and trust? Follow all of the rules and
regulations very strictly without deviation, chant 16 rounds, attend
class and mangala arati and then everything will be alright.

Letter to: Krsnavesa -- Bombay 16 January, 1975

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Creating Independently Thoughtful Leaders and
Self-Sufficient Temples

Regarding the departments not contributing to the temple, this is not


very satisfactory situation. The method of contributing should be
those who are not married should contribute all their income to the
temple. Those who are married should contribute 50%. That should
be the principle of contribution of the members and followers of the
Krishna Consciousness movement. So if there are problems in this
matter, discuss it in the board meetings. If such things are not settled
there, then what is the meaning of this board of trustees? The local
management of affairs must be decided by the board, and that

decision should be final.

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Letter to: Brahmananda -- Los Angeles 17 February, 1969

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated October 12, 1969


along with the copy of the West Coast president’s report of the
meeting held at Berkeley. Gradually this meeting should develop into
a committee of the West Coast presidents, and similarly there should
be one for the East Coast, so in the future we can form a central
governing body for the whole institution. Therefore the management
should be done very cautiously so that everyone is satisfied in their
autonomous managing capacity. . . . Yourself, Gargamuni,
Brahmananda and the others are intelligent. You should always deal
things so tactfully that people may not fall away. Every living being is
important in Krishna Conscious service, and we must take all
precautions that one may not fall away.

Letter to: Tamal Krishna, 18 October 1969

Regarding your proposal that recommendations for initiations should


be approved by the GBC members, that is not a good idea. Such
recommendation is for the local President to make from first hand
observation.
Letter to: Karandhara -- Surat 1 January, 1971

GBC members are simply to see that things are going on. Other
centers have got president, secretary, etc. and they are managing
separately. That is the formula. So how is it that the GBC are the final
authority? They are simply to examine that things are going on
nicely, that is all. Letter to: Umapati -- Los Angeles 9 July, 1971

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GBC does not mean to control a center. GBC means to see that the
activities of a center go on nicely. I do not know why Tamala is
exercising his absolute authority. That is not the business of GBC.
The president, treasurer and secretary are responsible for
managing the center. GBC is to see that things are going nicely but
not to exert absolute authority. That is not in the power of GBC.
Tamala should not do like that. The GBC men cannot impose
anything on the men of a center without consulting all of the GBC
members first. A GBC member cannot go beyond the jurisdiction of
his power. We are in the experimental stage but in the next meeting
of the GBC members they should form a constitution how the GBC
members manage the whole affair. But it is a fact that the local
president is not under the control of the GBC. Yes, for improvement
of situations such as this I must be informed of everything.

Letter to: Giriraja -- London 12 August, 1971

So as GBC you must see to it that the highest standards of routine


work are maintained throughout all the centers, and that chanting,
rising early, cleansing, and all other aspects of our regular program
may not be neglected. That is our first business. GBC men should
not dictate very much, simply supervise and see that the standards
are maintained. The individual presidents should be more
managerial, more individual, and you can supervise, and if some
defect is detected, you can make suggestions how to correct it. But
if we lose individuality and simply become mechanical, what is the
point? . . . Regarding that house, I think it may be a little idealistic,
but if you think it is suitable why not purchase it? There is need for a
centralized European continent headquarters, just like our Bombay
branch is the headquarters for India zone, so if you think this place
may be suitable, and if the owner is very friendly with us and offers

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us very good terms, then all the European centres may cooperate to
try for it.
Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Madras 14 February, 1972

Regarding your points about taxation, corporate status, etc., I have


heard from Jayatirtha you want to make big plan for centralization of
management, taxes, monies, corporate status, bookkeeping, credit,
like that. I do not at all approve of such plan. Do not centralize
anything. Each temple must remain independent and self-sufficient.
That was my plan from the very beginning, why you are thinking
otherwise? Once before you wanted to do something centralizing
with your GBC meeting, and if I did not interfere the whole thing
would have been killed. Do not think in this way of big corporation,
big credits, centralization—these are all nonsense proposals. Only
thing I wanted was that books printing and distribution should be
centralized, therefore I appointed you and Bali Mardan to do it.
Otherwise, management, everything, should be done locally by local
men. Accounts must be kept, things must be in order and lawfully
done, but that should be each temple’s concern, not yours. Krishna
Consciousness Movement is for training men to be independently
thoughtful and competent in all types of departments of knowledge
and action, not for making bureaucracy. Once there is bureaucracy
the whole thing will be spoiled. There must be always individual
striving and work and responsibility, competitive spirit, not that
one shall dominate and distribute benefits to the others and they
do nothing but beg from you and you provide. No. Never mind
there may be botheration to register each centre, take tax certificate
each, become separate corporations in each state. That will train
men how to do these things, and they shall develop reliability and
responsibility, that is the point. I am little observing now, especially

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in your country, that our men are losing their enthusiasm for
spreading on our programmes of Krishna Consciousness movement.
Otherwise, why so many letters of problems are coming, dissatisfied?
That is not a very good sign. The whole problem is they are not
following the regulative principles, that I can detect. Without this,
enthusiasm will be lacking. Even mechanically following, and if he
gets gradually understanding from the class, he will come to the
point of spontaneous enthusiasm. This spontaneous loving
devotional service is not so easy matter, but if one simply sticks
strictly to the rules and regulations, like rising early, chanting 16
rounds, chanting gayatri, keeping always clean--then his enthusiasm
will grow more and more, and if there is also patience and
determination, one day he will come to the platform of spontaneous
devotion, then his life will be perfect. All of this I have told you in
Nectar of Devotion. So I do not think the leaders are themselves
following, nor they are seeing the others are following strictly. That
must be rectified at once. Each centre remain independent, that’s all
right, but the president and other officers must themselves follow
and see the others are following the regulative principles carefully,
and giving them good instruction so they may understand nicely why
this tapasya is necessary. And GBC and Sannyasis will travel and see
the officers are doing this, and if they observe anything lowering of
the standard, they must reform and advise, or if there is some
discrepancy I shall remove it…

So my point is that the regulative principles must be followed by


everyone. Otherwise their enthusiasm dwindles and they again think
of sex and become restless, and so many problems are there. There is
some symptom of missing the point. The point is to be engaged in
doing something for Krishna, never mind what is that job, but being
so engaged in doing something very much satisfying to the devotee
that he remains always enthusiastic. He will automatically follow the
regulative principles because they are part of his occupational duty—

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by applying them practically as his occupational duty, he realizes the
happy result of regulative principles. So the future of this Krishna
Consciousness movement is very bright, so long the managers remain
vigilant that 16 rounds are being chanted by everyone without fail,
that they are all rising before four morning, attending mangal arati—
our leaders shall be careful not to kill the spirit of enthusiastic
service, which is individual and spontaneous and voluntary. They
should try always to generate some atmosphere of fresh challenge to
the devotees, so that they will agree enthusiastically to rise and meet
it. That is the art of management: to draw out spontaneous loving
spirit of sacrificing some energy for Krishna. But where are so many
expert managers? All of us should become expert managers and
preachers. We should not be very much after comforts and become
complacent or self-contented. There must be always some tapasya,
strictly observing the regulative principles—Krishna Consciousness
movement must be always a challenge, a great achievement to be
gained by voluntary desire to do it, and that will keep it healthy. So
you big managers now try to train up more and more some
competent preachers and managers like yourselves. Forget this
centralizing and bureaucracy.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Bombay 22 December, 1972

Regarding the several smaller temples being dependent upon the


central temple of Washington D.C., that is up to you to decide, but so
far I am concerned, I have not got much stock in such centralized
management or organization. I never wanted that any of my temples
shall be dependent upon the other temples. Rather, our main
business is to train up men to be self sufficient and competent in
many ways to carry on the preaching work, not to make them into
specialists or to minimize their responsibility by centralizing

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everything. If each center must rely upon its own strength to stand,
that will be better training ground for the devotees. We must learn
how to do all kinds of varieties of engagements on Krsna’s service,
not that we shall expect anyone else to act for us and thus avoid
something ourselves. But for reasons of spreading Krsna
Consciousness movement, we may sometimes centralize, just like the
books and money for BBT are managed by Karandhara in Los Angles.
In that case, for more than one man to be dealing with Dai Nippon,
overseeing the general production and financial condition of the
books, if that were left for each temple to manage, there would be
great difficulty and the books would get neither printed nor paid for
nor distributed widely. So in that case, centralized management is
preferable. But in the case of new temples, it is better if they must
have to struggle a little while to establish themselves in their cities,
become familiar with the local city officials and leading citizens, elicit
support from all quarters of the city, like that, otherwise these things
will be neglected and there will be false dependency upon the outside
supplies. This will deteriorate everything. Our purpose of Krsna
consciousness movement is to create first class servants of Krsna,
that means they know how to do everything. –

Letter to: Damodar—Bombay, Jan 9, 1973

Prabhupāda: The president should be restricted that “You cannot


spend more than this amount without sanction of GBC.”

Conversation with Devotees -- March 31, 1975, Māyāpur

In order to start the proposed project in your letter you must have
full sanction of the GBC. Then I will approve of it, if they approve it.

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Do not try to start any project independent of the GBC. I want that
everyone will co-operate nicely with the GBC.
Letter to: Mantrini -- Mayapur 8 April, 1975

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Travelling Extensively for Expansion

I think it is best thing if the GBC members always travel on


Sankirtana Party in their zone and go from one village to another and

visit the temples to see how the students are learning and do my
work. In this way, they will avoid the propensity to sit down and
plot and scheme how to eat and sleep. So you can advise them all
to travel extensively on Sankirtana all over their zone.
Letter to: Karandhara -- Tokyo 4 May, 1972

After a GBC meeting in Los Angeles in early June 1972, Śrīla


Prabhupāda had written to Madhudviṣa responding to his first report
from Sydney. Prabhupāda requested him to become the GBC

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representative for South-East Asia, South Pacific Zone. He explained
that this would mean travelling extensively throughout Australasia
and seeing to the spiritual health of devotees in that zone. Śrīla
Prabhupāda stressed that enthusiasm would play a key part:
I can understand that you have become very much enthusiastic by
shifting to Australia and this enthusiasm is very much desirable by
Krishna. Do not become ever depressed. But go on spreading this
enthusiastic quality throughout that part of the world and this will be
a very, very great service.

I have seen myself that there is a very good potential in Australia and
New Zealand and other places in that part of the world, so you just
apply your experience and your advanced knowledge and enthusiasm
and this will please me very much. Thank you for helping me in this
way.

Madhudviṣa had been relishing the simple life of a sannyāsī on his


bus trip from Sydney to Melbourne. Stopping in Wollongong,
Canberra and Wagga Wagga on the way, chanting and distributing
books and prasādam, he wondered whether becoming a GBC would
mean cessation of this relishable front-line work. Maybe, he thought,
Mohanānanda would like to manage. He wrote and expressed this
doubt to Śrīla Prabhupāda, who wrote back on 12 June 1972,
reassuring him that this was not the case.

Actually you may be misunderstanding the present position or policy


of the GBC. I have instructed all of our GBC men to give up their
staying in one place and to remain always constantly travelling
throughout their zones from temple to temple …

So being sannyāsī is no hindrance for being also GBC. In fact, the


duties of the GBC men are now to be just like the duties of the
sannyāsīs. I want that the GBC men should leave the management of

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the individual centres to the local presidents and concentrate
themselves upon preaching work. They should be constantly
travelling from one centre to another centre to see how the students
are learning and to give whatever advice is necessary for improving
the temple standards. In addition, the GBC men will open new
centres, distribute literature and they should always be travelling
with a saṅkīrtana party to accompany them.

So, practically there is no difference between the sannyāsī duty and


the GBC duty, and because you are my veteran disciple and you have
had very good experience, I think there will be no trouble for you to
accept the GBC position. I do not think it will in any way
inconvenience your program of travelling, but for the time being, if
you prefer, Mohanānanda can work conjointly with you for
managing. We shall decide finally after some months. - The Great
Transcendental Adventure - Kūrma dāsa 5. ‘Krishna Loves You
Too’—Opposition to Saṅkīrtana, Sydney & Melbourne, 1972

I want now that all of my GBC secretaries do my work. Let me sit


tight in Los Angeles and write my books. Now you be always
travelling here and there, visiting the centers in your zone, seeing
how things are going on and how the students are making spiritual
progress. That is our real concern, the spiritual progress of life. That
is duty of GBC. Practically, this ISKCON organization is there
because I have been always travelling. I never sat down in my old
age, no. So you follow my example and preach widely all over the
world, that is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s version. We are re-
apportioning the GBC zones, so now I may ask you to go to some
other part of the world to see how the things are going on, that I shall
settle up very soon. Will you have any objection?
Letter to: Bhagavan -- Honolulu 12 May, 1972

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I have recommended this traveling extensively for the GBC men,
just as I am doing it. If I did not travel there would be no nice
organization.

Letter to: Jagadisa -- Los Angeles 19 May, 1972

Prabhupāda: Ah, no problem. GBC means now they should tour


very extensive. That is the first principle, the GBC. Not sit down
(in) one place and pass resolution. No, they must be active. They
must act like me. As I am old man, I am traveling all over the
world. Now to give me relief, the GBC members... I shall expand into
twelve more so that they can exactly work like me. Gradually they
will be initiators. At least first initiation. You must make advance.
That is my motive. So, in that way I want to divide it in twelve zones.
And we have to make more propaganda throughout the whole world.
Now if you think that the world is so big, twelve members are
insufficient, then you can increase more than that and make the zone
similarly divided. It is world affair after all.

Devotee: Srila Prabhupāda?

Prabhupāda: Eh?

Devotee: The reason why we have thirteen here is because Bali-


mardana, he is actually at the Press, he doesn’t actually have a zone at
this time.

Prabhupāda: Hm.

Devotee: So Madhudviṣa is taking my zone.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

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Devotee: So only keep thirteen GBC at this point? Will Bali-mardana
stay at the Press and be considered GBC?
Prabhupāda: But, he is not going to travel, Bali-mardana?

Devotee: No.

Devotee: Unless he can find a substitute to manage the Press.


(indistinct).
Prabhupāda: First point is the GBC member must be extensively
traveling.

Devotee: What about my position, Prabhupāda?


Prabhupāda: Now, everyone’s position will be considered. This is the
first thing, extensively traveling.

Devotee: So, the positions of Bali-mardana and Karandhara, they have


to remain stationary so much. We have to consider that...
Prabhupāda: No, stationary one thing is that the Bali-mardana,
especially Karandhara, he has got already extensive field locally.

Devotee: Yes.
Prabhupāda: He has to manage so many things. So extensively
touring means for the mission expanding, that is the point. Simply
touring is not required, but doing something substantial to increase
the interest of the society. That is the point. So, Karandhara has got
many department supervisors(?), so he can be given to work, and
sometimes go away (indistinct). So, his position is like that. And
similarly Bali-mardana’s position is there. He can be also if he has got
many engagements, many departments managed there. So he may not
tour but our only aim is that one must take multi-responsibilities.
Conversation with the GBC — May 25, 1972, Los Angeles

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Networking with Outside Forces

In the meantime, I shall request you to open correspondence with


Mr. Marcial Tamayo, or Mr. David Exley, Chief of the NCO section
of the U.N., to get some appointment for a meeting so that we can
further impress them about the importance of this movement and
thereby seek cooperation from the U.N. for disseminating our great
philosophy to the responsible personalities of each and every nation.
They have not yet come to understand the importance of this
movement, but if they kindly hear patiently about the basic
principles of the movement, they will feel obliged to get this
enlightenment. You began contacting the U.N. and it has come to a
little success, and with this clue, if we try more, then our purpose
may be fulfilled in the very near future. So kindly try for this. If they
want to see me personally, I shall be also very glad to meet them. The

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idea is that we want to get some facilities for presenting our
formulas to the different nations of the world. The formula is very
simple, but sublime at the same time. I think you shall try for this.
Letter to Puruṣottama, 19th June, 1968

I am especially appealing to the GBC men to take this mission of


Krishna Consciousness movement very, very soberly and without any
inebrieties for advancing the knowledge of how to inject Krishna
Consciousness into the dead body of material nature. And I am
especially convinced that your government of your country must
come forward to assist us. We may approach our government
leaders with our simple formula and show to them by the practical
result that we are accomplishing the reform work that they are
trying to do by spending millions of dollars but not very
successfully. We, on the other hand, are rescuing the most fallen
members of society among the young people and giving them new
life of spiritual or highly desirable qualities, such as honesty,
cleanliness, truthfulness, morality, like that. Now you approach the
government leaders and convince them in this way, and that will be
the greatest achievement.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1970

We have to organize in the neighboring village from where the Raja


Saheb came to offer his respects to me. He has promised to hold a
meeting of the agriculturists of 20,000 people minimum and this
will be a great opportunity. Now, our next program will be to
organize farming land to set an example to the whole world how
people can be peaceful, happy, and free from all anxieties simply
by chanting Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and living an honorable life

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in Krishna Consciousness. In India especially people are religiously
inclined. They like to live in village and also like to love Lord Rama,
Lord Krishna. This idealism is running through their blood and
veins. We have to organize their natural tendency and elevate them
again back to Home, Back-to-Godhead. Please think over these points
very seriously and as soon as I return we shall take up the program.
My beloved sannyasi disciple Swami Pusta Krishna has promised to
give me a car, and as soon as I get it I shall move from village to
village along with some selected assistants and organize this farming
village development program.

Letter to: Kartikeya K. Mahadevia — Johannesburg 19 October, 1975

Your program for working with the TV personalities seems to be


very nice. Even though the results are not coming so quickly, please
do not be discouraged. But one thing, you should try and get these
TV personalities to show our books and advertise them over the
air. This will be the real success of our endeavors with the media. I
have always stressed that we must become recognized not only by
the mass but also by the class. This class section of the society
should be encouraged to write letters of appreciation of my books
and of our activities.

Just recently Rūpānuga dāsa Gosvāmī has had one very successful
meeting with Kenneth Keating, the American Ambassador to India
and he has agreed to be our chief guest when we open our center in
downtown Manhattan. I have said before, hearing is the first step in
God realization; therefore if we can simply convince these big men to
hear, then gradually they will come to the point of accepting us.
Letter to Mukunda, 21st February, 1973

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I wish to express my heart-felt gratitude for the kind treatment given
me and my disciples, members of the Hare Krsna movement on our
recent two day visit in Tirumala. The special access we were given for
darsana before Balaji is something we will always remember
favorably, and for my American and European followers it was a
rarely given privilege for which they are fully appreciative. We all left
Tirupati feeling very much inspired by the darsana and by your
excellent management, and we hope to return when we are able
again. If there is any land available, either for purchase or
donation, we would be interested in constructing a cottage for the
exclusive use of members of our Society when they make
pilgrimage to Tirupati. Please advise us on the availability of such
land. Again thanking you for your excellent hospitality.

Letterto The Management, Tirupati-Tirumala-Devasthanam, 4th May,


1974

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Risk Management

The matter is little more risky in the sense that the rent is $400 per
month, but you have assurance from friends and your own resources
of $250, so balance is $150 which I think you can collect from the
meetings very easily. So far I am concerned I always take risks for
Krsna. I came here in your country risking my life. And still,
although I am physically unfit, I am trying to execute the orders of
my Guru Maharaja as far as possible. So to take risk for Krsna is
very good. You know the history of my starting the Society in 1966,
it was all risky, and I was alone, but I took it, depending on Krsna.
So I think if you take the risk of $150, for Krsna’s sake, Krsna will
supply you the required money undoubtedly. It depends however
on your personal discretion, but I am hopeful that if you take the
risk it will not be bad. In the meantime, Upendra is also released
earlier from his internment and I think if he takes some job he can
also help. So try to open this branch and let us depend on Krsna’s
good will.
Letter to Gargamuni, 12th February, 1968

Regarding your plan for the house in Beverly Hills, it is all right, but
how can you expect $25 per week from all the centers? I already
asked them for $15 per month for maintenance fund, but they are not
sending regularly. Mostly they are not sending at all. So money
depending on others is no money and education depending on books
is no education. The cash down price can be arranged somehow or
other, but how to meet the monthly expenditures? If it is too
straining, I don’t think it is advisable to take up the risk. Of course,
we must take risk for Krishna, but not to the extent it may hamper
our Krishna Consciousness temperament. We can take a risk as
long as it can be managed easily.

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Letter to Tamal Krishna, Tittenhurst, October 1, 1969

Regarding the land, many hindrances are coming one after another
but still I say that you purchase the land of Jabed Ali. We shall take
the risk because the proprietorship of Jabed Ali is clear, so there is
not risk of purchasing the land. The next risk is that they will not
allow us to construct building. The land in that part of the country
is agricultural certainly and Sridhara Maharaja or Yayabar Maharaja
have got land in that vicinity however. Sridhara Maharaja’s land is
not very big plot. So I will be glad to know what is the measurement
of the land and what is the price. If Sridhara Maharaja and others’
lands are on the agricultural plot and they are permitted to construct
building why we shall be refused for doing so? I think you shall
purchase the land of Jabed Ali Sekh and at the same time apply for
permission.
Letter to Achyutananda – Los Angeles, July 4, 1970

Tripurāri: ...of Devotion it says that a sannyāsī should not take..., be


anxious for disciples but should only take those who are qualified.
But sometimes, when there’s no one qualified, he takes a risk.

Prabhupāda: Yes. One who does not like to take the risk, they do not
take the risk of preaching. But one who takes the risk, he is
recognized by Kṛṣṇa immediately, "Oh, he is taking risk." But he
must know where to take risk and where to act foolishly. Just like
Nityānanda Prabhu took the risk of being injured. But He was
certain that "I can deliver him." That is...

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: You took a great risk also, Prabhupāda, by coming to


us.

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Prabhupāda: [laughs] Yes. I have already written that. I was thinking
that "What shall I do here? I have come here. As soon as I shall
impose these four principles they will say, ‘Go home.’ " But I took
that risk. I never said anything palatable. Against their activities:
"You don’t do this, don’t do this." [break]
Morning Walk – July 8, 1975, Chicago

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Secrets of Expansion/ Growth

There are many things


to be done in our
missionary activities but
the GBC is not yet very
strong to take up all the
things and do them
nicely. There is a big
project in Mayapur also.
So consult seriously the
GBC whether all these
things can be taken in
hand simultaneously. It
requires a very cool
brain and expert
management.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Nairobi 26 September, 1971

The idea of distribution of Prasadam is long standing, and I suggested


this from the very beginning of my missionary activities, both in New
York, and in San Francisco. But it has never come to any practical
shape till now. Therefore, if you can actually start a Prasadam
distribution program, it will be very very nice. But to start a separate
restaurant for this purpose does not appeal to me. If we have
Prasadam distribution program it is to be done in the temple
premises, not separately. Separate attempt will require separate
energy diverted from the temple management. Therefore if you do at
all start Prasadam distribution, try to do it in the temple itself. In the
temple also if you keep some Indian goods for sale, that is also very

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nice. But don’t attempt two at a time. First of all start the Prasadam
distribution and make it successful, then try to do business in
Indian goods. –
Letter to: Cidananda—Los Angeles, 24 December, 1968

So you have a very wide range of area to cover and many things to
look after, please do it very soberly, consulting when necessary with
your GBC Godbrothers. Our progress is slow but sure, when
walking down the street, we first place one foot down and when it
is firm we take another step. We want to firmly establish centers in
South America. I fully agree that the centers should be as far as
possible manned by men who are native to the country; that will
make our position even stronger, just as in the USA all you men and
women have managed.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Geneva 4 June, 1974

Prabhupāda: Then what is the preaching? Alexander the Great? He


was conquering, and as soon he went to conquer another place, the
last place lost.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: What happened?

Prabhupāda: Suppose I have conquered Bombay. Then I go to


Karachi. In the meantime, Bombay is lost. That was being done,
Alexander the Great. Means no proper management. Just like
British Empire lost. They could not manage. So long they were
managing well, it was going on.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Too much expansion with not enough good


management.

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Prabhupāda: No.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Similarly, we should not expand too quickly...


Prabhupāda: No.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: ...unless we have the proper management.

Prabhupāda: I am stressing, therefore, book-selling.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Hmm.

Prabhupāda: Not opening temples.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Oh. Yes. This is the reason, one of the reasons. Hmm.
I don’t think many devotees think in terms of that, but this is a very
practical point, that selling books, once you make the sale, that’s it.
The book will act.

Prabhupāda: Yes. It will remain permanent.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Hmm. It establishes itself as a Deity within a person’s


home.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: The book.

Prabhupāda: Now I have given my program. You tackle, GBC men.


At least, don’t make me Alexander the Great in my lifetime.
[laughs] They are saying, "You are great, great, great." But don’t
make me small while I am living.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Or after. We will never make you that way.

Prabhupāda: Eh.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: We should never do that.

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Prabhupāda: That’s... That’s my request.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: You’ve always said to us, at least whatever we have,


maintain it.
Prabhupāda: And people are recognized I am great. Don’t make me
small. I’ll not give you much trouble, but I am now invalid. What can
I do?

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: It seems like even though you’re invalid, it gives us


more opportunity to serve you.

Prabhupāda: Thank you. What can I do? [laughs] I have to give, give
you that opportunity. [laughing] I cannot do without it. [pause]

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: It seems it’s just..., it is your mercy to us.

Prabhupāda: All right, go on.

Room Conversation about Grahasthas—July 17, 1977, Vrindavan

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Emphasis on Purity/ Quality with Quantity

I am little observing now, especially in your country, that our men


are losing their enthusiasm for spreading on our programmes of
Krishna Consciousness movement. Otherwise, why so many letters of
problems are coming, dissatisfied? That is not a very good sign. The
whole problem is they are not following the regulative principles,
that I can detect. Without this, enthusiasm will be lacking. Even
mechanically following, and if he gets gradually understanding from
the class, he will come to the point of spontaneous enthusiasm. This
spontaneous loving devotional service is not so easy matter, but if

one simply sticks strictly to the rules and regulations, like rising
early, chanting 16 rounds, chanting gayatri, keeping always clean--
then his enthusiasm will grow more and more, and if there is also
patience and determination, one day he will come to the platform of

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spontaneous devotion, then his life will be perfect. All of this I have
told you in Nectar of Devotion. So I do not think the leaders are
themselves following, nor they are seeing the others are following
strictly. That must be rectified at once. Each centre remain
independent, that’s all right, but the president and other officers must
themselves follow and see the others are following the regulative
principles carefully, and giving them good instruction so they may
understand nicely why this tapasya is necessary. And GBC and
Sannyasis will travel and see the officers are doing this, and if they
observe anything lowering of the standard, they must reform and
advise, or if there is some discrepancy I shall remove it.

Of course, if new men are coming, they may not be expected


immediately to take to our regulative principles cent per cent.
Therefore we should not be so anxious to induce them to live in the
temple. Anyone who lives in the temple must agree to follow the
rules and regulations without fail. So if some new man moves in
with us he may become discouraged if he is forced in this way.
Therefore let them live outside and become gradually convinced in
the class why they should accept some austerity, then they will live
with us out of their own accord and follow nicely everything. It is
very difficult to give up very quickly so many bad habits as you have
got in your country, so educate them gradually, first with chanting,
and do not be so much anxious to count up so many numbers of
new devotees, if such devotees go away later being too early forced.
I want to see a few sincere devotees, not many false devotees or
pretenders.

Letter to: Karandhara -- Bombay 22 December, 1972

I am very pleased to see the things are going on, and that new centers
are opening many in Germany. Now I am feeling very much inclined

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for retiring behind the scenes to translate my Srimad-Bhagavatam.
This means that now you all leaders, especially the GBC members,
must become very much responsible and do the work that I am doing
to the same standard. So I want you leaders especially to become very
much absorbed in the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-
Bhagavatam, and become yourselves completely convinced and free
from all doubt. On this platform you shall be able to carry on the
work satisfactorily, but if there is lack of knowledge, or if there is
forgetfulness, everything will be spoiled in time. So especially you
must encourage the students to read our books throughout the day
as much as possible, and give them all good advice how to
understand the books, and inspire them to study the things from
every point of view. In this way, by constantly engaging our tongues
in the service of the Lord, either by discussing His philosophy or by
chanting Hare Krishna, the truth is that Krishna Himself will reveal
Himself to us and we shall understand how to do everything
properly. Now we have got so many students and so many temples
but I am fearful that if we expand too much in this way that we shall
become weakened and gradually the whole thing will become lost.
Just like milk. We may thin it more and more with water for
cheating the customer, but in the end it will cease to be any longer
milk. Better to boil the milk now very vigorously and make it thick
and sweet, that is the best process. So let us concentrate on
training our devotees very thoroughly in the knowledge of Krishna
Consciousness from our books, from tapes, by discussing always,
and in so many ways instruct them in the right propositions.
Letter to Hamsaduta -- Los Angeles 22 June, 1972

So you are very determined and intelligent boy, you have got a cool
head, so I am very much confident that you will be able to render

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more and more the best service to Krsna and to your spiritual master.
That means that you will simply introduce our Krsna Consciousness
program anywhere and everywhere, without any compromise or
deviation from the highest standard of devotional practice, as
chalked out for us by our great predecessors. If you yourself
remain always pure, then your preaching will have effect. As soon
as there is little impurity, the whole thing will deteriorate and go to
hell. So we shall not like to take the credit in that case, therefore I am
praying simply that all of you, my advanced disciples, GBC men,
sannyasis, temple officers, like that, that all of you will become sober-
minded and feeling always very much responsible how the things will
go on as I have given them. If you simply do as I am doing, not
avoiding anything which may have to be done for pushing on Krsna’s
movement, remaining always stuck up very tightly to the footsteps of
Rupa Gosvami, then without any doubt you will remain always fresh
and enthusiastic for working very energetically on Krsna’s behalf,
without any falldown.

Letter to: Pusta Krsna -- Bombay 29 December, 1972

Regarding general state of affairs at Amsterdam temple, I can


understand there is some disturbance among you, but that is not to
be taken very seriously. Real business is preaching work. And if there
is full attention on this matter only, all other businesses will be
automatically successful. Fighting amongst ourselves is not at all
good, but if our preaching work is neglected, or if we fall down in
following the regulative principles-such as rising before four,
chanting 16 rounds, like that-if these things are not strictly observed,
then Maya will enter and spoil everything. So my best advice to you
is to strictly observe these things yourself and be the example so
that all others may follow. We should not criticize each other as
Vaiṣṇavas, because there is fault in everyone and we may be

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ourselves subject to criticism. Best thing is to be above suspicion
ourselves, then if we see discrepancies and make suggestions, the
others will automatically respect and take action to rectify the
matters. That is cooperation. And we must exist on such
cooperation, otherwise the whole thing is doomed if we simply go on
fighting over some small thing. So try to organize things and preach
together in this spirit and that will please me very very much. –

SP letter to Madhu-maṅgala (November 18, 1972)

I am enclosing brahmana threads and gayatri mantra for Ādi Kesava


das and Vivasvan das. You must be very careful before you award
the brahminical thread by recommending a man to me. Now that
we are dividing our society into the four orders as much as
possible, it is not that every man has to be made a brahmana after a
year. Especially if one cannot even get up early and go to mangala
arati he cannot become a brahmana. So consider it carefully before
you recommend further men to me. –

Letter to: Trai, Rome, 27 May, 1974

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Having a Global Outlook, Not Just My Temple, Area
or Zone

I am very glad to know that one rich Indian, Mr. Raj Anand, is
prepared to contribute some money for our temple activities. Of
course your idea that when I go I shall talk with him and get some
big contribution from the Indian community is all right. But my
mission will be more successful if the Americans construct a
temple, although we have no distinction as to American or Indian;
anyone can do it. The best thing will be that since you are trying for
a better place, why not try to purchase a nice church if it is available,
or a big land within reach of the city with some old hutments. If you
find such a place, then you can ask the Indian gentleman to pay for
the down payment amount, which may be 10 or 20 thousand dollars.
Letter to Tamal Krishna – New Vrindavan, 1 June, 1969

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Prabhupäda: (chuckles) And that mataji, she has taken land. I don't
like that idea. Some Hindus are supporting. I don't want a Hindu
temple. Our constitution is different. We want everyone. Kåñëa
consciousness is for everyone. It is not a Hindu propaganda. People
may not misunderstand. And actually, till now in our society there
is not a single other Hindu than me. (laughter) Is that not? --
Meeting with Devotees, New Vrindavan, June 9, 1969

We must stick to our Krsna consciousness business in all


circumstances. This determination will make us successful. Although
according to the Vedic system there is restriction that boys and girls
should not freely mix, the brahmacaris are strictly prohibited to talk
with young women, but in the Western countries this rule is not
valid. As such, we have to accept both boys and girls in the same
standard. But if each of us follow the regulative principles and
chanting of the mantras hardly there will be any chance for sex
indulgence. So we have to be little careful about it and Krsna will
help us.
Letter to Upendra, June 24th, 1970

Regarding marriage, generally the man should be older than the


woman. We have not had good experiences with marriages when the
woman is older. But everything must be done with reference to
time, place and circumstance and in your country such a marriage
is not uncommon. So if you think the match is good then you may
marry them.

Letter to Rupanuga, November 4th, 1970

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Regarding your proposal that recommendations for initiations should
be approved by the GBC members, that is not a good idea. Such
recommendation is for the local president to make from first-hand
observation.
Letter to Karandhara, January 1st, 1971

Our progress is slow but sure, when walking down the street, we first
place one foot down and when it is firm we take another step. We
want to firmly establish centers in South America. I fully agree that
the centers should be as far as possible manned by men who are
native to the country; that will make our position even stronger,
just as in the USA all you men and women have managed.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Geneva 4 June, 1974

Your description of how you are managing is nice. This is


management. The British government was conducting the
management of 600 million people with just 200 Britishers. We
cannot expect all foreigners to come and manage Mayapur affairs.
The best management is to turn the local men into devotees. Make
the management perfect in this way. Things should be developed in
such a way, based on devotional service, that there may not be any
racial feelings. This is Kaliyuga. Very easily racial feelings are
awakened on the material platform, but on the spiritual platform
there is no such thing.

SPL to Jayapataka, 23rd October, 1976

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When asked who would succeed him as the leader of the Krsna
consciousness movement, Srila Prabhupada replied: “All of my
disciples will take the legacy. If you want, you can also take it.
Sacrifice everything. I –one– may soon pass away. But they are
hundreds, and this movement will increase. It’s not that I’ll give an
order: ‘Here is the next leader.’ Anyone who follows the previous
leadership is a leader. I don’t make any distinction between Indian
and European. All my disciples are leaders... as much as they
follow purely. If you want to follow, then you can also lead. But you
don’t want to follow. ‘Leader’ means one who is a first-class disciple.
Evam parampara-praptam. One who is perfectly following. Our
instruction is, guru-mukha-padma-vakya. Do you know this? Ara na
kariha mane asa [‘My only wish is to have my consciousness purified
by the words emanating from the lotus mouth of my spiritual
master’]. To become a leader is not very difficult, provided one is
prepared to follow the instructions of the bona fide guru.”

BTG Vol.13, No.1-2, 1978

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Productive and Well Directed Meetings

With reference to Gaurasundara’s letter, ‘I am being overloaded with


mail lately,’ it is not meant for you. I must have sufficient
correspondence with the main pillars of the Society. You are one of
them so you are at liberty to write me as many letters as it is required.
Sometimes I receive many letters from devotees with questions
which could be solved in Istagosthi meetings.

Letter to Rayarama, 3rd March, 1968

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Out of the nine responses you got from GBC members for your
proposal to reduce the price of BTG to the temples to 10 cents, there
are seven in favor. Therefore I say yes. By this system of taking a
majority vote on any given proposal and then submitting the final
decision to me for approval there is no necessity for holding a GBC
meeting. So much money will be spent unnecessarily for travel and
big big plans will be made only. So what is the use? Simply go on as
you have done in this case and that will be best.

Letter to: Karandhara -- London 26 August, 1971

There will not be a GBC meeting in Janmastami, New Vrindaban.


The important thing now for GBC members is that they go on
working. It is not important to hold a meeting for passing
resolutions etc. The best time and place is Mayapur on Lord
Caitanya’s Appearance Day. That is not only the best for me but for
everyone. Mayapur is meant for that. If possible all devotees from all
our centers should go for 8 days at that time. There is no need for the
Janmastami meeting. Go on working and send me regular reports.
Besides, I will not be going to New Vrindaban for Janmastami.
Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 20 July, 1973

Prabhupāda: According to our present calculated, about 180 mounds.


So there should be 120 mounds excess of grain. Instead of excess,
they want ten thousand rupees for maintenance. This is... This
management is going on. These things were not discussed in GBC?
So what kind of discussion was there? Simply talking? No
practical? And the estimate of budget was presented for ten
thousand rupees per month. And... And when it was scrutinizingly

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studied, immediately it came down to six thousand. So what kind
of budget? So management should be in that way, that nobody is
sitting idly. . . . So everywhere, in each center, this system should be
introduced, and there must be practical application of the
varṇāśrama. At the same time, this program of devotional service.
Then it will go on very nicely.

Morning Walk -- March 12, 1974, Vṛndāvana

Regarding Mayapur, as you have begun this program should be


regularly followed once a year: meet in Mayapur and chalk out
activities for the year. Then, next year meet and see how far things
are being done and if necessary make changes for responsible GBC
and presidents etc. The meeting is very valuable and must be
carried out regularly every year. But one thing is that at Mayapur
last time most of the time was spent discussing but no program
was made firm for the year. For example, our Tamala Krsna
Goswami never proposed to go to the USA at the meeting but now he
has decided to go back to the U.S.A. Of course you can go back, but if
the matter is discussed at the meeting, then a GBC vote could be
taken and they could have selected a replacement. Now this
replacement I have to bother. It is not difficult for me, but why wasn’t
their discussion of the meeting. . . .

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Tirupati 28 April, 1974

The program you have suggested can be discussed at the Mayapur


GBC meeting. At Mayapur each year a program is chalked out for
the entire year, and that is to be executed till the GBC meets again.
Letter to: Cyavana -- Vrindaban 4 December, 1975

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System of Vigilance through Regular Reports
(Management by Exception)

Regarding movement of the members from one temple to another, I


think the local president’s permission is sufficient. Don’t take too
much load of individual administration. That will be unmanageable
in the near future. I have also instructed Brahmananda to ask for
monthly reports, and similarly you may ask for monthly reports.
That will be easier.

Letter to Tamala Krsna, October 18th, 1969

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Kindly keep me informed of your activities at least twice in a week,
otherwise I become very much anxious and due to my blood
pressure sometimes do not eat, do not sleep. I am just trying to
organize a worldwide movement not for any personal ambition but to
execute superior orders, and by the grace of Krsna we are getting
good encouragement. So I request my students to cooperate fully.

Letter to: Jayapataka -- Los Angeles 26 July, 1970

Now that I have formed this Governing Board Commission, the


twelve members should each act as my zonal secretaries. So kindly
keep me informed of your zone’s activities at least once a week or
once fortnightly. In this way I will be encouraged and can give you
direction and inspiration.

Circular to all GBC members -- Tokyo 14 August, 1970

I hope you have received the circular letter which was sent to each
member of the GBC for reporting me the work going on in his
jurisdiction. I do not know in whose direction is our New York
Temple. I have received no report from New York since a long
time. So if it is in your jurisdiction you may kindly inform me what
is going on there. Other reports are very encouraging. Keep your
schedule nicely, then there will be very little chance of Maya to creep
inside.

Letter to: Bhagavan -- Tokyo 20 August, 1970

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I have already sent a circular letter requesting the Zonal Secretary
Governing Body Commissioners to send me at least twice in a
month the reports of the activities in the respective zones.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Tokyo 20 August, 1970

Formerly I issued one circular letter requesting all GBC members


who are zonal secretaries also, to give me a fortnightly report of the
activities in his jurisdiction, but I am not receiving.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Bombay 28 October, 1970

There will not be a GBC meeting in Janmastami, New Vrindaban. The


important thing now for GBC members is that they go on working. It
is not important to hold a meeting for passing resolutions etc. The
best time and place is Mayapur on Lord Caitanya’s Appearance Day.
That is not only the best for me but for everyone. Mayapur is meant
for that. If possible all devotees from all our centers should go for 8
days at that time. There is no need for the Janmastami meeting. Go
on working and send me regular reports.

Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 20 July, 1973

My Dear GBC Members,

Please accept my blessings. I find amongst the GBC members that


Satsvarupa Maharaja stands first because he submits regularly the
report. A sample copy is enclosed herewith. I hope all GBC
Members follow in his foot steps.
Letter to: GBC Members -- Bhaktivedanta Manor 7 August, 1973

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In his last GBC report, Rupanuga Maharaja wrote that you are
delinquent in sending him regular reports. The system of temple
presidents sending twice monthly reports to the GBC was devised
by me to facilitate my receiving news of all the centers through the
GBC. You are free to write me directly when the occasion arises, but
do not neglect to send regular reports to Rupanuga Maharaja.
Letter to: Trai -- Hong Kong 1 February, 1974

Sometime in the past Rupanuga Maharaja reported that you were not
sending him regular reports so he could compile his GBC report to
me; please cooperate with him in this so our huge organization can
run smoothly in all its parts. –

Letter to: Trai, Rome, 27 May, 1974

Jayatīrtha: The next point is to obtain reports from the temple


presidents, financial reports, like this, to see that things are being
looked up.
Prabhupāda: The general report should be submitted at least
monthly.

Jayatīrtha: Yes. So “to obtain all reports on a timely basis...”

Prabhupāda: To the board of the GBC or to the individual, zonal


GBC. Yes.

Jayatīrtha: We have kind of a system outlined in here, how reports


can be done. It’s a technical thing, but...

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Prabhupāda: But they have that everyone is chanting sixteen
rounds, everyone is following the principles, “so much money
received, so much money deposited in the bank.”
Jayatīrtha: Right.

Prabhupāda: “And this is the balance.” And these are general (?)
report. That’s all.

Jayatīrtha: Right. Yeah, we have...

Prabhupāda: The financial means what they have collected, what they
have spent.

Jayatīrtha: Right.
Prabhupāda: And general reporting: “Yes, everyone is chanting,” or
“He is not chanting in spite of warning,” like that.

Jayatīrtha: Yes.

Prabhupāda: This is very good.

Jayatīrtha: So we have some guidelines in here about that. So, so


should I go on with this?

Prabhupāda: Hm?

Conversation with the GBC -- March 27, 1975, Māyāpur

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Being Judicious in Spending Krishna’s Resources

All our property should be well protected, and I think in every


document my name as Founder-Acarya should be mentioned. Special
care should be taken that no property can be sold or mortgaged by

local managers as was done by Gaurasundara. This is my only


concern.

Letter to: Bali-mardana: -- Vrindaban 5 September, 1974

I am in due receipt of your letter dated September 12, 1974 copy of


which to all GBC Secretaries. My only request is we must spend
money very cautiously and not to waste. For improvement we can

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spend. I am simply afraid that money may not be wasted. So when I
saw that the sanctuary was not being finished it gave me some
agitation in my mind. So if people say it will be better than Birla
Mandir, then your labor and expenditure is a success.
Letter to: Jayatirtha: -- Vrindaban 20 September, 1974

Yes, try to reduce the expenditures more and more. It is only with
great difficulty upon all our book distributers that BBT gets its funds.
So those who are responsible should be very frugal to see that not
one penny is unnecessarily spent.

Letter to Radhavallabha -- Bombay 6 April, 1977

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No Changes to be Made Whimsically Without Due
Consultation & Authorization

I have just now received one letter which has described your GBC
meeting of nine men in New York, and I have cabled Rupanuga the
following message: ``GBC Meeting irregular. My strong disapproval,
Make no changes. Inform others. Letter follows.’’ So you can
understand that I am very much perplexed why you have done these

things without consulting me in the matter. If every time someone


feels something they call for changing everything, then all that I have
done will very quickly be lost. so for the time being there shall be no
such changes as you have arranged, until I study the matter
thoroughly.

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Letter to: Hamsaduta -- Sydney 2 April, 1972

P.S. Prabhupada just received Rupanuga’s letter about changes made


in GBC zonal management. His comments: "I do not favor these
changes. Tell them to stop everything. Why they have done this
without consulting(?)

Letter to: Bali-mardana -- Sydney April 3, 1972

The GBC authority must be accepted under all circumstances, not


that there will be fighting amongst you. This fighting spirit will
destroy everything, but what can I do, you American and European
boys are trained up in this fighting attitude. Now put it aside and
simply work cooperatively for spreading this movement all over the
world. The standards I have already given you, now try to maintain
them at all times under standard procedure. Do not try to innovate
or create anything or manufacture anything, that will ruin
everything. Simply do as I am doing and be always serious and
sincere to serve Krsna, and He will give you intelligence how to do
everything.
Letter to: Bali-mardana, Pusta Krsna -- Los Angeles 18 September,
1972

Please accept my blessings. I have just been informed by my servant,


Srutakirti, that the young children, under twelve, are not allowed to
use their japa beads while chanting. This policy is not good. Why this
change has been made? I never said they should not use their beads.
That is our business. They must be taught how to respect their beads.
How they can learn unless they use them? That is the trouble with

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you westerners, always changing. No changes should be made
without first consulting with my GBC representative. So, the
children should immediately be allowed to chant on their japa beads.

Letter to Yadunandana – Perth, Australia 14th May, 1975

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Without Spiritual Aspect Management would
Remain Show-Bottle

It is good that you GBC members are meeting and conjointly


discussing such things as life membership, book distribution, etc.
The future hope of solid standing of our mission is on the proper
management of our governing body. Now we are increasing in
volume. The area of our activity is expanding.

Under the circumstances, if our management goes on nicely to


maintain our prestige and good name, that will be our success.
Such status quo can be maintained only on our being freed from
any kind of sense gratifying attitude, because pure devotional

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service means: anya avhilasita sunya or without any other desire than
to satisfy Krishna.
Letter to: Bhagavan -- Gorakhpur 16 February, 1971

Yes, preaching is more important than managing. Just because you


are preaching nicely and distributing so much prasadam, the
management will follow like a shadow and Krsna will send you no
end of help.

Letter to Satsvarupa, November 21st, 1971

Preaching is our real business, preaching and distributing books. If


your preaching work is strong, then your management of temple
affairs will also become automatically very strong. Just like if the
head wills it, the hand will move. Preaching is like the head of our
Krsna consciousness Societyif the head is removed, the whole body
dies. Managing is the hands, which work nicely if the head is

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healthy. If the hands are removed, the body will not die, but it will be
crippled. So preaching is more important than management, but
both must be there if the whole body is to operate nicely.
Letter to Patita Uddharana, December 8th, 1971

So far the practical management is concerned, that is required, but


not that we should become too much absorbed in fancy
organization. Our business is spiritual life, so whatever organization
needs to be done, the Presidents may handle and take advice and
assistance from their GBC representative. In this way let the Societies
work go on and everyone increase their service at their own creative
rate.

All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga


APPROVED: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON

Your lowly servant at Prabhupada’s lotus feet,

Karandhara dasa Adhikari c.c. To all ISKCON Temple Presidents

Letter to: All Temple Presidents -- Tokyo 22 April, 1972

I have no objection to any of the points mentioned therein by you.


Only thing is, we must try to avoid becoming too much overly
organized like material businessmen. Our business is to ourselves
become Krsna conscious, advance in spiritual life, and to preach to
others how they can also take advantage and come to the
perfectional stage of life. Too much business or paperwork,
vouchers, plans, these things become too much cumbersome for
our spiritual growth, they take us away from our real emphasis of
work, namely, to go back to Home, back to Godhead. But I think

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your plan is not like that, so far I can see. It is practical and to the
point. But now you must do it very nicely and complete it. Not that
we make some plan, change things, then do not complete it, again
change, this way, that way—no. There was some plan by Kesava to
purchase a new San Francisco temple in a better part of the city.
What happened to that plan?
Letter to Jayananda, Trai, and Rsabhadeva, May 14th, 1972

Prabhupāda: So the president, local president, must see that the


members are chanting. So this way the institution will be managed,
then it will make progress. That is our spiritual strength—to observe
the regulative principles and at least chant sixteen rounds. Then you
do other things. This is the biggest institution of spiritual activities
so everyone of us should be spiritually strong. Otherwise,
superficially if we want to manage, it will not be possible.
(indistinct).

anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ

jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam

ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-

śīlanaṁ bhaktir uttamā


[Brs. 1.1.11]

Ānukūlyena kṛṣṇānu-śīlanam, favorably. Otherwise, it will go to the


category of anyābhilāṣitā, material desire-jñāna, karma, yoga,
(indistinct). And bhakti is so pure that it has nothing to do with
material activities or speculative, or mystic yoga, it has nothing to do.

Conversation with the GBC — May 25, 1972, Los Angeles

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In your travelling from centre to centre, you must be very careful to
see that the leaders are observing the principles of chanting 16
rounds, rising early for Mangala Arati, participating in the morning
and evening classes, observing the four regulative principles etc., and
if there is any deviation from this standard then it is the
responsibility of you and the local GBC representative to rectify it
immediately. Within these Vaisnava standards which I have put
forward lies the spiritual strength of our movement. So you may
please do the needful in this regard.

Letter to: Sudama -- Sydney 16 February, 1973

Therefore,
as a rigid
principle,
in every
temple
there
should be
class for
hearing
and
chanting.
Without
hearing and chanting, to become leader it is impossible. You can, you
can become leader in the material world, but not in the spiritual
world.

Śravaṇa-kīrtana kare...SB 1.8.22 Lec- LA April 14 1973

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Regarding incorporation of our ISKCON centers, we want to run all
our centers as non-profit religious organizations; that is the main
point. Keeping this point in view too much official control is not
good in spiritual life. The centers should remain spiritually fit and
independent. Some control must be there as is now. Too much
control means so many vouchers. Gradually it will become a
mundane institution. All our managers should be spiritually
advanced Simply and honest in carrying out the orders of the
spiritual master and Krsna. That will be a nice standard. Democracy
in spiritual affairs is not at all good but breeds power politics. We
should be careful about power politics. Our only aim should be
that each and every devotee is full dedicated to Krsna, then things
will go nicely.
Letter to Karandhara, 19th July, 1973

If everyone is strictly chanting at least sixteen rounds daily and


reading the books and observing the regulative principles then
management will be at our finger’s end, and there will be no
difficulty in maintaining Krsna consciousness.
Letter to Puranjana, 7th April, 1974

As GBC your first responsibility is to keep yourself spiritually fit


and see that all the devotees in your zone of management are
chanting 16 rounds, rising early and strictly avoiding the sinful
activities. If they are doing this, then management will be at your
finger’s end. Of course I am encouraged to hear that in each center
you have stressed the distribution of my books and you are seeing
that devotees daily go out for sankirtana as a primary devotional

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item. So you have a very wide range of area to cover and many things
to look after, please do it very soberly, consulting when necessary
with your GBC Godbrothers. Our progress is slow but sure, when
walking down the street, we first place one foot down and when it is
firm we take another step. We want to firmly establish centers in
South America. I fully agree that the centers should be as far as
possible manned by men who are native to the country; that will
make our position even stronger, just as in the USA all you men and
women have managed.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- Geneva 4 June, 1974

I know that Hamsaduta is very expert in selling books but books are
not only for selling but also for reading. Now has the GBC become
more than Guru Maharaja? As if simply GBC is meant for looking
after pounds, shilling, pence. The GBC does not look after spiritual
life. That is a defect. All of our students will have to become guru,
but they are not qualified. This is the difficulty.

Letter to: Alanatha -- Bombay 10 November, 1975

Yes, as a Sannyasi and GBC your first duty is to read my books.


Otherwise how will you preach? . . . Shortly we shall be introducing
the system of examinations for those students who are ready for
second initiation as well as sannyasa. According to the degree,
devotees will be expected to read and assimilate our different books.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Nellore 5 January, 1976

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Dependence on Krishna While Managing

To All Iskcon Temple Presidents,

Please accept my blessings. Now you must arrange in each temple


there must be sufficient stock of prasadam for distribution. You can
keep first class cooks, two or three, and they should be always
engaged. Whenever any guest comes, he must get prasada. This
arrangement must be made, that the cooks prepare ten-twenty
servings at a time, of puris and subji, and you can add halava and

pakoras, and the visitors must be supplied immediately. Whenever a


gentleman comes, he must be served. As the twenty servings are
being distributed, immediately the cooks prepare another twenty
servings and store it. At the end of the day, if no one comes, our own

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men will take, so there is no loss. You cannot say, “it is finished, “it is
not cooked yet, “there is no supply for cooking etc. This must be
enforced rigidly. The temple is managed by Srimati Radharani,
Laksmiji; so why should there be want? Our philosophy is, if
anyone comes, let him take prasada, chant Hare Krsna and be
happy. Everything is being supplied by Krsna, Krsna is not poor, so
why we should deny them? This should be done at any cost. There is
no difficulty, it simply requires nice management. At the end of the
day you may sell or give away. If we believe that Krsna is providing
and maintaining everyone, then why should we be misers? This
means losing faith in Krsna, and thinking that we are the doers and
suppliers. We are confident Krsna will supply! Let the whole world
come, we can feed them. So please do this nicely, begin at once.

Hoping this meets you all in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Letter to All Iskcon Temple Presidents — Calcutta 18 January, 1977

Prabhupāda: Stick to our principle, and see our GBC is very alert.
Then everything will go on, even I am not present. Do that. That is
my request. Whatever little I have taught you, follow that, and
nobody will be aggrieved. No māyā will touch you. Now Kṛṣṇa has
given us, and there will be no scarcity of money. You print book
and sell. So everything is there. We have got good shelter all over the
world. We have got income. You stick to our principles, follow the...
Even if I die suddenly, you’ll be able to manage. That’s all. That I
want. Manage nicely and let the movement go forward. Now arrange.
Don’t go backward. Be careful.

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Acting As Per Time, Place & Circumstances

Yes, you can teach the brahmacarinis sewing very nicely and it will be
a great help to the Society. Of course, if they can remain
brahmacarinis it is nice but it is difficult also. It is not good for the
brahmacarinis to associate with householders; similarly it is not good
also for the brahmacarinis to mix with brahmacaris, but in your
country the boys and girls are accustomed to mix freely. Therefore,
we cannot put any deadline restriction. In my opinion, if the boys
and girls get themselves married just like ideal Vaisnava
householders that is very good. But, if by the grace of Krsna, both the
boys and the girls can live separately, that is still better but is not
possible. If it is possible to divert the whole attention for Krsna’s
service it is quite possible to remain single even for the whole life.

So you have now got a good engagement so remain engaged in that


work and train the brahmacarinis also, chant Hare Krsna and pull on
your sewing machine. There is no need of separation. Live together
and train up your mind, that is all. Artificial separation is never
recommended. And when you see, living together, you have no desire
for sense gratification, then that is the highest stage of perfection.
Voluntary restraint is tapasya, austerity, and this is possible with
advancement of Krsna consciousness. Artificial separation is
foolishness. We recommend voluntary restraint, not artificial
separation. So you should understand that there is no objection to
live together as husband and wife. The tendency is there; it is natural.
But if one can check it, that is very good. But it is not compulsory.
And not to be checked artificially, but with advancement of strength
in Krsna consciousness.

Letter to Himavati, 14th June, 1968

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It is important that we preach the message of Krsna consciousness
exactly as we have heard it from our spiritual master…but there are
changes due to time, circumstances, and the trainees. The spirit of
the disciplic succession may not be changed, but there may be
adjustments to suit the special circumstances.
Letter to Sivananda, 23rd January, 1969

The students are taught by the spiritual master, or the teacher, and
the students themselves go from door to door for begging alms, and
because everyone’s son is in the asrama, nobody declines to give
alms. So there is no financial difficulty at all; but I do not know what
to do in your country. There are so many laws. We have to adjust
things to the circumstances.
Letter to Rupanuga, August 8th, 1969

I have seen the agenda of your president’s meeting. This is nice. One
thing should be followed, however, as your countrymen are more or
less independent spirited and lovers of democracy. So everything
should be done very carefully so that their sentiments may not be
hurt. According to Sanskrit moral principles, everything has to be
acted, taking consideration of the place, audience and time. As far
as possible the centers should act freely, but conjointly. They must
look forward to the common development. That should be the
principle.
Letter to: Tamala Krsna -- Tittenhurst 13 October, 1969

My Guru Maharaja created some brahmacaris and sannyasis for


preaching work, and I am creating all grhasthas. This means that we

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have to adjust things in favor of circumstances in the matter of
pushing Krsna consciousness movement forward.
Letter to Hamsaduta, 1st April, 1970

We must stick to our Krsna consciousness business in all


circumstances. This determination will make us successful. Although
according to the Vedic system there is restriction that boys and
girls should not freely mix, the brahmacaris are strictly prohibited
to talk with young women, but in the Western countries this rule is
not valid. As such, we have to accept both boys and girls in the same
standard. But if each of us follow the regulative principles and
chanting of the mantras hardly there will be any chance for sex
indulgence. So we have to be little careful about it and Krsna will
help us.
Letter to Upendra, June 24th, 1970

Regarding marriage, generally the man should be older than the


woman. We have not had good experiences with marriages when the
woman is older. But everything must be done with reference to
time, place and circumstance and in your country such a marriage
is not uncommon. So if you think the match is good then you may
marry them.

Letter to Rupanuga, November 4th, 1970

The new procedures you are instituting on sankirtana party are very
encouraging to me. The opportunities for expanding the sankirtana
movement are unlimited. We should tax our brains as to what is the

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best way to present Krsna consciousness to particular people at a
particular time and place. I have always thought that in L.A. there
should be at least ten sankirtana parties going out simultaneously
and as you have indicated, such places as Long Beach and other areas
can each have their own Krsna consciousness center.

Letter to Karandhara, November 13th, 1970

So we have to adjust things. Everything is important. Not that we


have to do something at the expense of something else. I cannot say
from here what is to be given preference. That depends on your
management capacity.
Letter to Yogesvara, June 12th, 1971

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge your letter of 17


December, 1971, along with copies of your advertising work, slides,
and Dutch BTG. I am very pleased to see that the foreign literature is
being produced nicely under your enthusiastic supervision. Just try
to increase more and more our output of such books and magazines
in many languages…I don’t think there is need to divert your
attention by producing advertising. I have seen your advertisements
as shown to me by Syamasundara, and I think you have made the
thing less important. This kind of ad is not good, it is not grave.
Our process is to show Krishna Consciousness as it is, not as
others want to see it. By showing KC in this way, you are making the
thing less important. It is not that we should change to
accommodate the public, but that we should change the public to
accommodate us. Better you devote your full time to one thing only,
not many things. That way your enthusiasm and talents will have big
effect by being concentrated. Therefore, kindly concentrate for

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producing books and magazines in European languages, as many as
possible, and make this your life work. These books are the best
advertising, they are better than advertising. If we simply present
Krishna Consciousness in a serious and attractive way, without
need to resort to fashionable slogans or tricks, that is sufficient.
Our unique asset is our purity. No one any where can match it. That
will be noticed eventually and appreciated, as long as we do not
diminish or neglect the highest standard of purity in performing our
routine work, not that we require to display or announce ourselves
in very clever ways to get attention. No, our pure standard is
enough. Let us stand on that basis.

Letter to Yogesvara, December 28th, 1971

Regarding your proposal to accommodate more indoor engagements


for Sankirtana, and thus to avoid the severe cold of wintertime, is a
nice proposal, and I am encouraged to hear that you are always
thinking of how to improve the program of your St. Louis temple.
We should always be thinking of how to spread this Sankirtana
Movement by applying our basic principles according to time and
place, and I especially want that my students enter into the schools
and colleges and present our Krishna philosophy and sell our books.
Letter to: Badarinarayana -- Delhi 18 November, 1971

I have received your letter of 1/24/73 concerning polygamy and feel


that this policy must be strictly prohibited within our society. If it is
not it shall only cause chaos, as what was possible under the
system of pure Vedic culture is impossible at the present time.
Letter to Karandhara, 10th February, 1973

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Leadership means Responsibility

What GBC man from India has written that GBC member should be
``disentangled from local management’’? I have no information who it
is. I never advised GBC men to write like that. Why should the
presidents give up their posts? GBC work should go on but the
temples must be looked after simultaneously. Of course for better

management you can go to N.Y.; yours is special case. But this was
not my advice. This instruction should be given to all that I never
advised that they give up the post of presidency. I asked Tamala if he
had written any such direction, but he denied. I do not know which
GBC member has advised like that. Jagadisa was also divorcing
himself from temple management but found the devotees
enthusiasm slackened and so he has returned to the temple
schedule. The temples must be maintained.

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Letter to: Rupanuga -- Bombay 9 April, 1971

You write to say how enthusiasm dropped because you were


divorcing yourself from temple activities for GBC work. I never said
like that. The presidents should not give up their posts, but GBC
work must go on and temple activities be maintained simultaneously.
So now you have experienced practically that your responsibility
for temple upkeep must not be set aside for GBC business. The
devotees enthusiasm must be maintained. As I reply everyone’s
letter and encourage them, so you should encourage the devotees
more and more also. Maintain that spirit and give them direction so
that this standard may not be deteriorated. –

Letter to Jagadisa – Bombay 11th April, 1971

Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your


letter dated November 29, 1971, and I am very pleased upon you that
you have opened Geneva, Switzerland, center for pushing on the
revolutionary Movement of Lord Caitanya… So now your
responsibility has become very great. Practically, it is in your hands
now to manage things, so I can translate and write books. So Krishna
has given you good brain, good body, good education—everything—
so you may use it in the best way for spreading knowledge about
Him. He shows His special favor by making you a big officer
because now you must become very responsible and serious to
organize and administrate things, and as leader you must set the
highest KC example, so in this way Krishna is forcing you to
advance in spiritual life. –
Letter to Locanananda – Delhi 8 December, 1971

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So now you have taken great responsibility to plant the seed of
Krishna Consciousness in Cardiff, Wales, so I think that if you take
the matter very seriously and remain cool-headed, that you will
attract the attention of Krishna who will give you all opportunity. In
this way, because you are responsible leader, Krishna will force
you to advance in Krishna Consciousness. So you may know it that
you are very much favored by Krishna. –

Letter to Kulashekhara – Bombay 10th January, 1972

So practically there is no difference between the Sannyasi duty and


the GBC duty, and because you are my veteran disciple and you have
had very good experience, I think there will be no trouble for you to
accept the GBC position, I do not think it will in any way
inconvenience you program of traveling. –

Letter to Madhudvisa – Los Angeles 12th June 1972

Prabhupāda: He has to manage so many things. So extensively


touring means for the mission expanding, that is the point. Simply
touring is not required, but doing something substantial to increase
the interest of the society. That is the point. So, Karandhara has got
many department supervisors(?), so he can be given to work, and
sometimes go away (indistinct). So, his position is like that. And
similarly Bali-mardana’s position is there. He can be also if he has got
many engagements, many departments managed there. So he may
not tour but our only aim is that one must take multi-
responsibilities.

Conversation with the GBC — May 25, 1972, Los Angeles

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You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that
the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC
means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that
now we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC
member is supposed to know everything and anything about the
condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That
is the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields
of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC
assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we do
not take time to understand how the financial matters are going on,
then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to our
inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep
yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving
and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna
Consciousness activity. That is also part of preaching work. I am also
preaching daily. But I am at the same time managing everything,
seeing the statements of accounts, going to the bank, giving advice
on every topic, like that. Just now I have purchased one apartment
house with seven apartments just adjacent to the L.A. temple and
very soon we shall invest in similar properties. So practically there
is no question of my neglecting the financial matters of the society,
and similarly, you shall do as I am doing. That is your real business.
Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1972

I have noted that you have returned to gurukula to take over the
managing because Stoka Krsna has left to go to Los Angeles at his
whim. This is not good, this unsteady position. I have never been
in favor of this practice of many times changing the responsible
officers, three times in one week changing presidents. This will
ruin the whole thing. From now on if someone takes the leading

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post, he must agree to stick and not go away just because it is
difficult from time to time. That is ideal leader. He is responsible
and he knows his duty. Just like I did that. My Guru Maharaja gave
me a task and always I was discouraged by my Godbrothers, but I did
not forget him even for a moment, and I was determined to follow
my duty, even though sometimes I did not like to do it. But this
always changing means no sense. If he is leader, he must be fixed-
up. Otherwise, if he has no real interest, why he takes that post? He
must be responsible. He must stick and develop the highest
standard of Krsna consciousness practice in that area of
management. But if he is sometimes thinking, ‘Oh, I do not like to
do this, let me go away at first opportunity: then how will things go
on? That is just like democratic system in your government: every
four, five years changing all the leaders. In this way, each man is
thinking he shall not try to do very much. No one is interested in
the real welfare of the citizens, simply because the post is
temporary. That is not our process.
Real meaning of duty is just like Arjuna; he did not like to be
responsible, he wanted to leave the scene, but Krsna convinced him
‘This is your duty, to fight: so he did it for Krsna, and he fought until
the last man was killed from the opposing side. That is leadership.
He is determined to stick to his position because he has understood
Krsna. But best thing is to discuss with Karandhara and other GBC
men to find a permanent manager of Dallas school, who will not
suddenly go away.
Letter to Satsvarupa, 5th November, 1972

I can very well appreciate your preaching work on European


continent, having received very favorable reports from other big
leaders there. That is wanted, that all of you will take upon

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yourselves the responsibility of preaching widely everywhere the
message of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. By that responsible
commitment to your spiritual master, that is your qualification for
getting Krsna’s blessing upon you. And only in this way will you be
able to make your spiritual progress rapidly. So you are very
determined and intelligent boy, you have got a cool head, so I am
very much confident that you will be able to render more and more
the best service to Krsna and to your spiritual master.

Letter to: Pusta Krsna -- Bombay 29 December, 1972

For taking sannyasa you may consult your GBC member as we shall
be starting a new policy where the sannyasa candidate must meet
certain requirements to be determined by the GBC. Karandhara may
write to Satsvarupa Maharaja for understanding this matter. This
taking of sannyasa should not be a whimsical proposition, and
should not be an excuse for becoming irresponsible, no
responsibility of grhastha, brahmacari, etc. Sannyasis also have
great responsibility to become fearless preachers of our Krsna
Consciousness movement.
Letter to: Danavir -- Calcutta 6 February, 1973

So Vidura was Yamarāja. Not only he was Yamarāja, ordinary, but he


is one of the great authorities. There are twelve authorities mentioned
in the śāstra. One of them is Yamarāja. Balir vaiyāsakir vayam. This is
stated in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Yamarāja is one of the GBC of
Kṛṣṇa. Yes. As we have got twelve GBC’s, similarly Kṛṣṇa has got
GBC’s. Now,

svayambhūr nāradaḥ śambhuḥ

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kumāraḥ kapilo manuḥ

prahlādo janako bhīṣmo

balir vaiyāsakir vayam

[SB 6.3.20]

That twelve men are authorized to preach Kṛṣṇa consciousness. So


we have to follow. Mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ. Therefore we
have created these GBC. So they should be very responsible men.
Otherwise, they will be punished. They will be punished to become
a śūdra. Although Yamarāja is a GBC, but he made a little mistake.
He was punished to become a śūdra. So those who are GBC’s, they
should be very, very careful to administer the business of ISKCON.
Otherwise they will be punished. As the post is very great, similarly,
the punishment is also very great.

Lecture Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.13.15 -- Geneva, June 4, 1974

I wish that you GBC manage very nicely and consider I am dead and
let me try to travel all the tīrthasthāna. Without any responsibility. -
Room conversation – November 8, 1977, Vrndavana

Śrīla Prabhupāda shared with his India G.B.C. secretary. To serve in


such a capacity meant to share Prabhupāda’s confidence in many
ways. It meant enjoying his association eight to nine months of the
year. I had been nourished on this intimacy, and I was not sure that I
was prepared to be separated from it altogether. But such close
connection bore the heavy price of continuous pressure and
tremendous responsibilities. Factually, it meant giving up my

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newfound freedom of preaching with Viṣṇujana in America. -
Servant of Servant by His Holiness Tamala Krishna Goswami

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Expertise as Hallmark Of Leadership

“The more you serve the more you become expert in everything.”

Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Gargamuni -- San Francisco 3 February


1967

So far the GBC is concerned, they are my chosen experts and they
are supposed to know everything, so there is rule of separate living,
that should be followed. If GBC man requests in this way, you should
try to oblige, what is the difficulty? -
Letter to: Mangalamaya, Madhupuri -- Calcutta 20 February, 1972

So the conclusion is the expert manager, the bank manager, so, if


some man in the establishment, is absent, he can do the work
immediately because he has learned all the things. Bank manager
becomes from the lower clerk. When I was manager in Bose’s
laboratory there was a strike. So there was no packer. So I asked all
the clerks to, "Come on. Let us pack." As soon as we begin packing,
the strike was broken. So a man claiming to be in the high position,
he must be expert in everything. He must be expert in everything.
So therefore a Vaiṣṇava is called dakṣa, expert. Expert. So our, this
Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement being the highest, topmost quality,
so in case we require to do the work, some lower quality, we cannot
say that "I do not know." We must do it. –

Audio Transcripts SB 2.9.2 – April 4, 1972, Melbourne

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You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that
the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC
means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that
now we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC
member is supposed to know everything and anything about the
condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That
is the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields
of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC
assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we do
not take time to understand how the financial matters are going on,
then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to our
inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep
yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving
and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna
Consciousness activity.
Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1972

Now you must all three, along with the other sannyasis, GBC
members, and other leaders become very serious to actually give the
human kind the greatest welfare, namely, this Krishna Consciousness
movement. Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple
and easy if you simply do as I am doing. You must become
conversant in every feature wherever it is needed throughout the
society. Out first business is to preach to the devotees and to
maintain the highest standard of Vaisnava education. Management
must be there as well, just as I am preaching daily from S.
Bhagavatam, B.G., but I am also going to the bank, making
investments, seeing the trial balance making letters, seeing how
things are going on, like that.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- New York 9 July, 1972

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Yes, the management must be very first-class. If required we can keep
some paid men. Amateur management is not always efficient. I
approve of your ideas for management. We shall get it passed by
resolution meeting. I like the ideas.

Letter to Surabhi, 23rd December, 1976

Prabhupāda: Bali-mardana. Bali-mardana and another, Karandhara


dāsa Adhikārī. So actually he’s the manager, Karandhara dāsa
Adhikārī. He is looking after.

Śrīdhara Mahārāja: At America.

Prabhupāda: In Los Angeles. He’s very intelligent boy. He knows


everything. He knows accounts, He knows how to construct
building. He knows how to manage. He knows how to publish.
Everything. –

Conversation with Sridhara Maharaja – June 27, 1973, Navadvipa

Prabhupāda: Yes, sannyāsī, brahmacārī, means preaching. They are


not meant for material management. They have dedicated their life
for spiritual—although this material service is also spiritual—but
they are not doing much [indistinct]. You cannot expect a very
expertly at management and... But they act. Simply ask them to do
the needful.

Mr. Myer: That’s right.

Tamāla Kṛṣṇa: Yeah, out of desire to serve you, they carry out
whatever you ask.

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Prabhupāda: They cannot be expert, these men, managers. They are
not... They are giving up everything. But as soon as there is big
establishment, we require a top manager.
Mr. Myer: Sometimes there are so many different areas. There is
temple management. There is book distribution. There is guesthouse.
Now the gurukula is coming.

Prabhupāda: Therefore we want some expert manager to see to this.


When they cannot manage, it is not their fault, because they are not
meant for this.

Mr. Myer: Quite right.

Prabhupāda: So if you kindly take up the general management, you


are welcome. Money is being squandered. I know that. If you can
save some money, that is your great success. –
Conversation – July 1, 1977 Vrndavana

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Definition of Leadership/ Management

Similarly, you should decide about what is to be done with the North
Carolina center. I have no objection if they move to some other place.
Perhaps they will require some other nicely trained brahmacari to
give them assistance either in North Carolina or some other place. So
decide amongst yourselves what is to be done and do the needful.
This is management. You have asked about the management of our
society, and the position is that management should be done in
such a way that people may not break away. That is the first
business of management. I have already explained the matter to you
and Tamala, so you do it consulting amongst yourselves, gradually
coming to the general governing body for managing the whole affairs.
At the present moment whatever you are doing is all right.

Letter to Brahmananda, 27th October, 1969

Also I have got complaint from Nara Narayana that he is not being
allowed to work on his gardening as I instructed him to do it. So you
let him go on with that work of gardening; sometimes he may be
difficult to live with, but good manager means he is able to satisfy
everyone and live in cooperative manner with all the devotees, so if
you manage things nicely he can do tremendous work.

Letter to Giriraja, May 2nd, 1972

As you requested me, I have sent many men from USA to help you,
now you engage them properly, utilize them. That is leadership,
how to engage everyone in their respective duties and properly
utilize their energy.

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Letter to Tamala Krsna, May 11th, 1972

We have got so much to do. We have to deal with so many men


with different personalities. So kindly utilize their energies and at
the same time keep them satisfied. That is leadership. If one man is
appointed as leader, all must follow him and be obedient. ‘Obedience
is the first law of discipline.’ They are pointing out irregularities, but
they themselves are not doing there duty, so they are pointing out the
irregularities in others. They came to serve, now they don’t want to
serve so there is some excuse. ‘Oh! Irregularity, let me go away.’ The
workers should not suggest irregularities.”

Letter to Giriraja, May 15th, 1972

I have noted that you have returned to gurukula to take over the
managing because Stoka Krsna has left to go to Los Angeles at his
whim. This is not good, this unsteady position. I have never been in
favor of this practice of many times changing the responsible officers,
three times in one week changing presidents. This will ruin the
whole thing. From now on if someone takes the leading post, he
must agree to stick and not go away just because it is difficult from
time to time. That is ideal leader. He is responsible and he knows
his duty. Just like I did that. My Guru Maharaja gave me a task and
always I was discouraged by my Godbrothers, but I did not forget
him even for a moment, and I was determined to follow my duty,
even though sometimes I did not like to do it. But this always
changing means no sense. If he is leader, he must be fixed-up.
Otherwise, if he has no real interest, why he takes that post? He
must be responsible. He must stick and develop the highest
standard of Krsna consciousness practice in that area of
management. But if he is sometimes thinking, ‘Oh, I do not like to

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do this, let me go away at first opportunity: then how will things go
on? That is just like democratic system in your government: every
four, five years changing all the leaders. In this way, each man is
thinking he shall not try to do very much. No one is interested in the
real welfare of the citizens, simply because the post is temporary.
That is not our process.

Real meaning of duty is just like Arjuna; he did not like to be


responsible, he wanted to leave the scene, but Krsna convinced him
‘This is your duty, to fight: so he did it for Krsna, and he fought until
the last man was killed from the opposing side. That is leadership.
He is determined to stick to his position because he has understood
Krsna. But best thing is to discuss with Karandhara and other GBC
men to find a permanent manager of Dallas school, who will not
suddenly go away.

Letter to Satsvarupa, 5th November, 1972

This constantly changing managers is not good. We shall develop


more progressively by sticking in one place and working, not that
one week we have three presidents, that is not good. Our managers
should be very responsible for developing their center to the topmost
standard. Why this restlessness? It is just like one man is holding
government post by getting votes, so today or tomorrow or next day,
but he will have to go out, then another man comes, then another,
another-in this way, democratic system, no one becomes responsible
for the welfare of the citizens, only they want to take for themselves
as much as they can before they have to get out, so they do not take
real interest in their duty. It is a little like that. My idea is that the
leaders must agree to stick at one place, even they may have to
remain their life-long, that is the ideal leader, one who is conscious of
his duty.

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Letter to Hrdayananda, 5th November, 1972

Therefore, as a rigid principle, in every temple there should be class


for hearing and chanting. Without hearing and chanting, to become
leader it is impossible. You can, you can become leader in the
material world, but not in the spiritual world.

Śravaṇa-kīrtana kare...SB 1.8.22 Lec- LA April 14 1973

That is the business of leader: He must be himself always


enthusiastic and inspire others to be always enthusiastic. Then he
is real leader.

Letter to: Trai -- Bombay December 27, 1972

Prabhupada: Real leader means who does not commit mistake, who
is not illusioned, who does not cheat and who has no imperfect
senses, who has, or, other words, one who has got perfect senses.
So if you say, "How it is possible for the conditioned soul?" "Yes, it
is possible if you follow the perfect." Just like we are doing. We are
following Krsna. He does not commit mistake, He is not illusioned,
His senses are not imperfect, and He does not cheat. We are
following. Therefore, although we are imperfect, because we are
following the perfect, our proposition is perfect.
Morning Walk -- December 12, 1973, Los Angeles

Leader means authority. His instruction is followed, and actually it


happens. That is leader.

December 16, 1973, Los Angeles

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So far as being leader is concerned, leader means spiritually, not
materially. This you should understand very clearly. If spiritual
potency and strength is there, then material intelligence will
automatically follow. We must have a solid foundation of chanting
and following the regulative principles. Then one is fit to lead
others. I hope you will understand this point.

Letter to Jagajivana dasa, 6th September, 1974

Tamala Krsna: Srila Prabhupada, what are the qualifications of a


perfect leader?
Prabhupada: No mistake, no illusion, no cheating, no imperfection.
Morning Walk -- March 16, 1976, Mayapura

Good leadership means you must learn how to lead people. Yad yad
acarati sresthas tat tad evetaro janah. If the srestha, the leader, is
ideal, then others will follow. But if the leader is not ideal, if he is not
in the awareness of things, then people will be misguided.
Room Conversation with Mr. Tombe (M.L.A.) -- December 25, 1976,
Bombay

Leader means one who has become first-class disciple. He is leader. ...
One who is perfectly following ... to become leader, is not very
difficult, provided one is prepared to follow the instructions of a
bona fide guru.
Room Conversation -- November 2, 1977, Vrndavana

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Being Prabhupadanugas

You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that
the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC
means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that now
we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC
member is supposed to know everything and anything about the
condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That is
the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields
of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC
assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we do
not take time to understand how the financial matters are going on,
then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to our
inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep
yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving
and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna
Consciousness activity. That is also part of preaching work. I am

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also preaching daily. But I am at the same time managing
everything, seeing the statements of accounts, going to the bank,
giving advice on every topic, like that. Just now I have purchased
one apartment house with seven apartments just adjacent to the
L.A. temple and very soon we shall invest in similar properties. So
practically there is no question of my neglecting the financial
matters of the society, and similarly, you shall do as I am doing.
That is your real business.
Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1972

Now you must all three, along with the other sannyasis, GBC
members, and other leaders become very serious to actually give the
human kind the greatest welfare, namely, this Krishna Consciousness
movement. Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple
and easy if you simply do as I am doing. You must become
conversant in every feature wherever it is needed throughout the
society. Out first business is to preach to the devotees and to
maintain the highest standard of Vaisnava education. Management
must be there as well, just as I am preaching daily from S.
Bhagavatam, B.G., but I am also going to the bank, making
investments, seeing the trial balance making letters, seeing how
things are going on, like that.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- New York 9 July, 1972

The GBC authority must be accepted under all circumstances, not


that there will be fighting amongst you. This fighting spirit will
destroy everything, but what can I do, you American and European
boys are trained up in this fighting attitude. Now put it aside and

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simply work cooperatively for spreading this movement all over the
world. The standards I have already given you, now try to maintain
them at all times under standard procedure. Do not try to innovate
or create anything or manufacture anything, that will ruin
everything. Simply do as I am doing and be always serious and
sincere to serve Krsna, and He will give you intelligence how to do
everything.

Letter to: Bali-mardana, Pusta Krsna -- Los Angeles 18 September,


1972

If you simply do as I am doing, not avoiding anything which may


have to be done for pushing on Krsna’s movement, remaining always
stuck up very tightly to the footsteps of Rupa Gosvami, then without
any doubt you will remain always fresh and enthusiastic for working
very energetically on Krsna’s behalf, without any falldown.
Letter to: Pusta Krsna -- Bombay 29 December, 1972

Dear GBC Godbrothers:

Please accept our humble obeisances. Srila Prabhupada has become


very disturbed at the news that Hamsaduta Prabhu has closed the
Edinburgh temple without consulting Srila Prabhupada and has
asked us to issue the following memo.
No GBC man can whimsically do anything without consulting Srila
Prabhupada, especially in the matter of opening a new temple and
closing an old one. Such activities must be absolutely regulated and
cannot be done without consultation of Srila Prabhupada and other
GBC. In the annual meeting in Mayapur the activities of the whole

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year should be resolved, and the GBC cannot do more or less than
that.
In addition Srila Prabhupada reiterates that all GBC must strictly
follow the rules and regulations and do what Srila Prabhupada does.
We must be the strict prototypes of Srila Prabhupada. We must be
pure by preaching and chanting.
To close a temple is a very serious business, as well as opening one. It
means that we are calling Krsna to come and reside there. Once
Krsna is there, we cannot tell Him to now leave. Whimsically closing
a temple means we do not understand what is devotional service and
violates bhakti. Only under very extraordinary conditions can a
temple be closed when there is consultation. Even then a temple is
not to be eliminated but moved to an other place.
Letter to: GBC Godbrothers -- Vrindaban 14 September, 1974

Approved A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


Signed Brahmananda Swami, Bali Mardan das and Bhagavan das

Prabhupāda: Stick to our principle, and see our GBC is very alert.
Then everything will go on, even I am not present. Do that. That is
my request. Whatever little I have taught you, follow that, and
nobody will be aggrieved. No māyā will touch you. Now Kṛṣṇa has
given us, and there will be no scarcity of money. You print book and
sell. So everything is there. We have got good shelter all over the
world. We have got income. You stick to our principles, follow the...
Even if I die suddenly, you’ll be able to manage. That’s all. That I
want. Manage nicely and let the movement go forward. Now
arrange. Don’t go backward. Be careful.

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Room Conversation -- April 22, 1977, Bombay

Prabhupāda: We have to teach by our personal behavior. If you rise


early in the morning, if you take your bath, if you sit down regularly
and keep them (indistinct), how he can deny? How one can deny? It
is not possible. But if I smoke, I ask others not to smoke, that will
never be possible. Āpani ācari prabhu jīvere, first of all you have to
be. If one is not cleansing, you shall tell me (indistinct) this way. We
have to do like that. Not that I (order), "Come on, you do this. Oh,
you cannot do, get out." Not that. We show him. After all, our life is
sacrificed for preaching and that preaching means one should behave
himself, nicely. He cannot say that "You do not do this." Just like one
day in London there was some talks with Nanda Kumāra, you. He
was accusing you, you were accusing him. I heard from (indistinct).
So you should do in such a way that he cannot accuse you. If you ask
him to rise early in the morning, take your bath, and if you do not
take. Supposing some special case. I was taking early bath. Now I
do not take, because due to my health. That is because... Otherwise
regularly I was taking. Not even hot water. Regularly. This hot water
bath I have begun in your country, otherwise I have never taken.
Even in severest cold. Here also I am trying to avoid. I am keeping
tub of water sunshine. Whatever little warm may become, that’s all.
So, of course, for special health reason one cannot rise, he is sick and
cannot attend, otherwise everyone should rise early in the morning,
take bath and be ready for performing our service by six o’clock or
five o’clock. And the kīrtana party, you should know everyone go. It
may be small distance, but all our men should go. That will be real
(indistinct), early in the morning. So many parties come.
Śyāmasundara: From three-thirty.

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Prabhupāda: Three-thirty. So you behave yourself and others will
follow you. What is that? Cleanliness and following the routine
work. That is our method. You must be very clean, neat and clean,
rise early in the morning. We have got our duties.
Room Conversation with Sannyasis, Mar 15, 1974

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MISCELLANEOUS

Deity Worship

Upon your recommendation, I have agreed to accept Axel and John


as my duly initiated
disciples, and also to
give a second initiation
to Suvrata. I am
sending a separate
letter for them. So far
going to Dallas for the
fire yajna, better you
should learn how to
perform it and do it
there. Every temple
president must be
very expert in all
these things, so you
can consult our Krsna
Consciousness
Handbook for the
procedure and if there
are any further
questions, you can
consult with
Satsvarupa and he will
give you instruction.

Letter to Nityananda, May 10th, 1972)

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Pujari should operate entirely under the supervision of temple
president and GBC, not independently. The greatest danger to our
movement will come when we manufacture and create our own
process for worshiping the deities. So don’t ask any more new
questions, whatever is going on, follow it just to the exact standard as
I have given you, that’s all.
Letter to: Dhruvananda -- Bombay 4 January, 1973

Dear GBC Godbrothers:

Please accept our humble obeisances. Srila Prabhupada has become


very disturbed at the news that Hamsaduta Prabhu has closed the
Edinburgh temple without consulting Srila Prabhupada and has
asked us to issue the following memo.
No GBC man can whimsically do anything without consulting Srila
Prabhupada, especially in the matter of opening a new temple and
closing an old one. Such activities must be absolutely regulated and
cannot be done without consultation of Srila Prabhupada and other
GBC. In the annual meeting in Mayapur the activities of the whole
year should be resolved, and the GBC cannot do more or less than
that.
In addition Srila Prabhupada reiterates that all GBC must strictly
follow the rules and regulations and do what Srila Prabhupada does.
We must be the strict prototypes of Srila Prabhupada. We must be
pure by preaching and chanting.

To close a temple is a very serious business, as well as opening one. It


means that we are calling Krsna to come and reside there. Once
Krsna is there, we cannot tell Him to now leave. Whimsically closing
a temple means we do not understand what is devotional service and

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violates bhakti. Only under very extraordinary conditions can a
temple be closed when there is consultation. Even then a temple is
not to be eliminated but moved to an other place.
Letter to: GBC Godbrothers -- Vrindaban 14 September, 1974

Approved A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Signed Brahmananda Swami, Bali Mardan das and Bhagavan das

As a child when I was going to the neighboring Mallik temple, I was


thinking then when will I have such a nice Deity to worship and
now Krsna is so kind that I am establishing so many nice temples
all over the world. Now I want that there should be established 108
temples before my death, so you think how to do it. Make some
program, train up devotees. All temples in Melbourne, London, Paris,
Bombay, all are very nice. Everything is very bright and brilliant. The
Deity is proof of the sincere service. It is the duty of the GBC now
to maintain this. Their duty is how to enthuse them and maintain.

You mention about the wrist-watch given to the Deity. Was it made
in Melbourne? Or somewhere else. Was it made in Japan?

The dresses are made very nicely. It appears from the photographs.
Some of the dressmakers may come here to India, one or two of
them. Krsna is supplying the ideas for you to take photos like this, so
you will be recognized by Krsna. Sarvasya caham hrdi sannivistho/
mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca [Bg. 15.15].

Letter to: Madhudvisa -- Bombay 10 November, 1975

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Finance/ Property/ Legal

There will be many discrepancies in the trial balance if books are not
kept properly. Trial balance means to test how the accounts are
kept scientifically. So if the accounts are not kept properly but
haphazardly there will never be a correct trial balance. To present a
correct trial balance means to correct the whole past accounting
system.

And who has been appointed treasurer and secretary? The president,
secretary and treasurer elected by the members of the center cannot
be changed at least for one year; better to continue it for three years.
All combined together should be responsible for keeping correct
accounts. Giriraja is responsible and he should be made the treasurer.
You should remain as president and Acyutananda Swami as secretary.
So make arrangements in that way.

Letter to Jayapataka Maharaja, August 24th, 1971

You mention that you are no longer much occupied with seeing that
the rent and mortgage is paid and that the incense is sold, but GBC
means to be occupied with everything in the zone. It is not that
now we are preachers we can neglect all other points. No, the GBC
member is supposed to know everything and anything about the
condition and situation of all matters within his jurisdiction. That
is the meaning of secretary. So because we are engaged in many fields
of activity I am especially relying upon that knowledge of my GBC
assistants and secretaries to manage everything properly. But if we
do not take time to understand how the financial matters are going
on, then at any moment we may experience some calamity due to
our inattention to these matters. Therefore, you should try to keep
yourself always informed how the financial matters are improving

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and keep your watchful eye on every feature of our Krishna
Consciousness activity. That is also part of preaching work. I am
also preaching daily. But I am at the same time managing
everything, seeing the statements of accounts, going to the bank,
giving advice on every topic, like that. Just now I have purchased
one apartment house with seven apartments just adjacent to the L.A.
temple and very soon we shall invest in similar properties. So
practically there is no question of my neglecting the financial matters
of the society, and similarly, you shall do as I am doing. That is your
real business.

Letter to: Satsvarupa -- Los Angeles 1 July, 1972

Now you must all three, along with the other sannyasis, GBC
members, and other leaders become very serious to actually give the
human kind the greatest welfare, namely, this Krishna Consciousness
movement. Your task ahead is very huge, but it will be quite simple
and easy if you simply do as I am doing. You must become
conversant in every feature wherever it is needed throughout the
society. Out first business is to preach to the devotees and to
maintain the highest standard of Vaisnava education. Management
must be there as well, just as I am preaching daily from S.
Bhagavatam, B.G., but I am also going to the bank, making
investments, seeing the trial balance making letters, seeing how
things are going on, like that.

Letter to: Hrdayananda -- New York 9 July, 1972

Regarding Manasvi you immediately inform the police that he has


misappropriated so much money. He must give the account or we

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shall prosecute. Yes, Srutakirti he is a good boy, so he can be made
the President as you suggest.
You are GBC so you must stop all this from going on. The best
procedure is that the Treasurer takes all money collected and
immediately writes it in the book and then daily deposits everything
in the bank. None of the collection should be used for spending. All
expenditures should be done by check as far as possible. Check
means two signatures, so in this way this nonsense will be stopped.
Please see that all temples are following this system.

Letter to: Gurukrpa: -- Vrindaban 26 August, 1975

I have been informed by Brahmananda Maharaja that only six


temples have sent copies of the Affidavit that I have requested from
each temple. Please see why they are not sending.
From St. Louis I have received not only the Affidavit but also a "Quit
Claim Deed.’’ This decree very nicely expresses very clearly that the
property cannot be sold without written permission by myself or the
GBC. Such a declaration should be from all centers. Please see to this.
Also I want that all centers follow the following procedure for
handling the money. Whatever income is there, every cent must be
given to the treasurer. Immediately he records it in the book. Then
daily he deposits everything in the bank. For the expenditures, he
withdraws from the bank the petty cash by check signed by himself
and the President. Then the expenditures are checked by the
President to see how the money is being spent. The important thing
is that all monies must be given to the treasurer and he records it and
every day deposits everything in the bank. And whatever is spent that

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also is withdrawn from the bank. This will stop the embezzling that
is going on. Please arrange for this and inform me.
Letter to: Satsvarupa: -- Vrindaban 9 September, 1975

The matter regarding by-laws and the articles of incorporation should


be definitely brought up at our annual Mayapur meeting. One thing:
why is that so few temples are sending the affidavits? You should see
that this is done. This is the important thing. No one should go
against this principle. We have discussed this matter thoroughly.
Please see that it is done.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Vrndavana 18 September, 1975

The GBC has to manage so expertly that there will not be debts. This
debt to the Book Fund must be cleared immediately, if possible by
the Mayapur meeting. Now we require so much money for the
Temple projects in India, but if the Temples do not pay their book
bills from where will I get the money? . . . All the leaders should tax
their brains for increasing the sales of our books. I have always said
that if we simply rely on book distribution all our needs will be met.

Letter to: Rupanuga -- Bombay 11 January, 1976

Prabhupada: And now Mr. Punja, has he written any letter?

Pusta Krsna: Mr. Punjasai? He wrote a letter recently. He mentioned


the business about the books, that Guru-krpa said he was supposed
to some give books from Australia, and he wasn’t getting them.

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Prabhupada: So you can write him -- note down -- that "We are
managing our Krsna consciousness movement by GBC. We have got
about twenty GBC’s for looking after the whole world affair, and
above the GBC, I am there, and under the GBC’s there are presidents,
treasurers, secretaries in each and every center. So the president is
responsible to the GBC. GBC is responsible to me. In this way we are
managing. But why you are proposing a separate trustee for Fiji? We
have no separate trustee till now, but if for security, if it is required,
you can adopt it. So this is our management going on. Now, if you
have got some new idea, so please explain to me how you want to
manage. But I think Fiji temple cannot be managed in a separate idea.
But still, I shall entertain if you have got some idea to manage. The
deed should be given to the founder-acarya, in the name of founder-
acarya like ‘A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-Acarya International
Society.’ "

Pusta Krsna: The deed?

Prabhupada: The deed, yes.

Kirtanananda: Should be?

Prabhupada: "It cannot be dedicated to any of the office-bearers."

Pusta Krsna: The deed should be...?


Prabhupada: "Deed should be made in favor of His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya, International
Society. But it cannot be dedicated to any office-bearer. So I suggest
that you become the president on the temple and Upendra become
the secretary, and either your brother or your wife can become the
treasurer. There is no need of trustees. But in any circumstances, the
temple cannot be a private property in the name of ISKCON. That is
not possible."

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Pusta Krsna: "A private property in the name of ISKCON."

Prabhupada: "If you want to keep it a private property, then the


ISKCON name should not be utilized." Here you have understood
that he’s trying to utilize ISKCON’s name...

Pusta Krsna: To collect.

Prabhupada: ...to collect, and he’ll be keeper. That should be frankly


disclosed, that "This is not possible." So we shall write our Upendra?
No, I have already written that he should be the secretary. No?

Pusta Krsna: Yes. You mentioned earlier today that he was supposed
to be one of the trustees, but now this is different, so...

Prabhupada: So we are not going to make any trustee.

Pusta Krsna: No, no trustee.

Prabhupada: That is wrong.


Kirtanananda: I understand.

Prabhupada: Yes. So in this way write him, "I am very much anxious
to get your clear reply to this thing." Is that all right?
Pusta Krsna: Yes.

Prabhupada: All right.


Kirtanananda: Can I...

Prabhupada: So many things, "push-push-push-push" is going on.


Let it be clear. If he wants to keep it private property, then we shall
withdraw ISKCON name. Let him do it privately.
Room Conversation After Film -- June 28, 1976, New Vrindaban

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Mr. Boyd: Your Grace, in regards to the organization of the
movement, as such, I somehow am led to believe that there’s no
coordination between, should I say, your office, in regards to the
karmī world, and the different temples. Are each..., does each temple
operate by itself, or each division operate by itself?

Prabhupāda: No, (indistinct). There is separate arrangement for


management, but the idea and philosophy is the same. Ultimately, I
am managing. I have my twenty secretaries, they are called GBC, they
are assisting me to manage. Every GBC has got a certain number of
temples to supervise, and ultimately, I supervise everything.
Therefore I come occasionally, stay for few days to see how things are
going on. I have got hundred temples, big, big temples, very nice.
They have organized palatial buildings, but I cannot stay anywhere.
(laughter)
Evening Darśana -- July 8, 1976, Washington, D.C.

Regarding the situation in Fiji, it is necessary that we come to a


proper understanding as to the status of the land and the
organization of ISKCON Fiji itself. The first point is that the
governing board of ISKCON may have yourself and your brother as
members, but must also have the GBC for the zone, Gurukrpa
Swami, the GBC Chairman, Tamala Krsna Goswami , and Upendra
das as members. The second point is that after ISKCON has been
organized in the above way the land which the temple is being
constructed on must be leased to ISKCON Fiji with a 99 year
unconditional lease with option to renew which I shall approve.

In case you do not like this arrangement then you may keep the
temple as your private property and as my disciple I will give you
guidance. But you may not use the ISKCON name to collect funds or

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to take loans. In this connection until this matter is resolved no loan
may be taken from the bank or elsewhere and all collections in the
name of ISKCON, must stop. If you desire to keep the temple as
private property then Upendra das may return to Hawaii and
ISKCON Fiji may be dissolved. If you want to consider this project as
an ISKCON project then you must abide by the orders and direction
of the GBC, which you do not like to do. Now whatever you like let
me know.

Letter to: Vasudeva 29 July, 1976

The president cannot take any loans without authorization. This is a


declaration. These things must not be allowed.

Letter to: Gurukrpa -- Vrindaban 26 October, 1976

Girirāja: This morning you gave the hint that there might be envious
persons coming to take away our properties, so in the GBC meeting
we discussed this point, that... A committee of us six was made to
resolve this. So basically what we did is we made a model trust deed
which can be used for all of the Indian properties. There may be
three trustees for each property. And the basic point of the trust deed
is that the property rests with these trustees and that they have no
right to sell or mortgage or dispose of the property in any way. That
is the basic point. And then we have proposed three trustees for each
of the properties. So...

Prabhupāda: But there will be finally the trustees. And there may be
one advisory board to... Pick up some friends and make an advisory
board. They are not final. Final is trustee. Anything to be done
should be considered first of all by the advisory board, and then if it

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should be sanctioned by the trustees, then it can be done. So some
friends, we can make an advisory...

Conversation Pieces -- May 27, 1977, Vṛndāvana

So far as the money is concerned, it is not meant for banking, but it is


meant for spending. Our policy should be to collect millions of
dollars or more than that daily, and spend it daily. That should be
our policy. Every morning we shall be empty-banded, get collection
of a million dollars during the daytime, and by evening it should be
all spent. That should be our motto. But because we are pushing on
our activities regularly, therefore some money should be saved to
meet emergencies. So if you have got chance of opening a branch in
Laguna Beach, do it. When we get a big temple in Los Angeles,
Krishna will supply the necessary funds. - Servant of Servant by His
Holiness Tamala Krishna Goswami

Prabhupāda sat in his room talking with Guṇārṇava about finances.


"Where are the bills?" Prabhupāda asked.

"I am keeping duplicates, Prabhupāda," Guṇārṇava explained,


showing him how he had attached the bills to the vouchers. "Tejās is
keeping the originals in Delhi."
"This is just an explanation," Prabhupāda replied. "I am an auditor. I
am not A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. Don’t you understand? The
auditor wants to see the bills, not just your excuses."

Throughout the day, Prabhupāda would call in Guru dāsa, Surabhi,


Mr. Lahadi (the engineer), even the contractor, Mr. Alibuchs.
Although the contractor was Muhammadan, Prabhupāda requested

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him, "Please do a nice job, because this is Kṛṣṇa’s temple. If you
work very nicely, Kṛṣṇa will bless you." Prabhupāda assured him that
money would not be a problem. He would arrange that ten thousand
dollars a month would come from his temples in America until the
construction was finished.

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Prabhupāda: Yes. They are one of the oldest aristocratic families of


Calcutta, Mulliks. The whole, from Howrah Bridge up to that street,
all belongs to their property. Very rich men.
Hari-śauri: Now they don’t own so much.

Prabhupāda: No, the Deity has got income. So they have got terms for
worshiping the Deity. So one who gets the term for worshiping, he
takes the income.
Hari-śauri: Oh, in the family members.

Prabhupāda: Yes. But practically that is now their income. The more
one gets the worshiping term longer, he gets more income. [laughs]
The Deity has got very, very good income. All the temples in India...
Just like I am trying to make some fund for Vṛndāvana and Māyāpur.
Even no contribution comes, it will go on. The sevā-pūjā will not
stop for want of money. So there will be no want of money. Still, I
must make some provision, by the income the sevā-pūjā will go on.
Contribution may come or not. That provision should be made. Now
in Vṛndāvana Akṣayānanda is collecting and so many ways. Suppose
nobody collects. That does not mean this temple will be closed. It
must go on. So I am trying to make some provision from that bank
interest, at least five to ten thousand rupees so that the Deity worship
will not be stopped. That is the system in all Indian temples. It must
go on. Nitya-sevā. It must go on. These big, big temple in Vṛndāvana,

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they have got such arrangement. Otherwise how it is going on for five
hundred, six hundred years? They have very good income. Govindajī
has got eighteen thousand rupees monthly income. That is... He’s the
richest Deity in Vṛndāvana. And Raṅganātha is tenant of Govindajī.
Land is taken from Govindajī, and Raṅganātha’s temple is
constructed. The Raṅganātha’s temple management pays the rent. So
Govindajī is the landlord and Raṅganāthajī is tenant. [laughter]
Raṅganāthajī is Rāmānuja-sampradāya, Govindajī is Gauḍīya-
sampradāya. [laughter] So Rāmānuja-sampradāya is the tenant of
Gauḍīya-sampradāya. [break] ...government is looting?

Conversation in Car--August 12, 1976, Tehran

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Temple Cleanliness

“Now there are so many devotees there in Philadelphia. Please take


care of them. Teach them how to remain neat and clean. They should
be engaged always in cleansing the temple. Cleansing is urgently
required. As far as possible, non-initiated devotees may not enter the
kitchen or Deity area. They can help from outside. Just take care of
them so that they may become pure devotees. That is your duty. We
are respected everywhere on our purity platform. This should be
maintained.”
(SPL to Nayanabhirama, 4th April, 1971)

“Regarding keeping our temples clean, this is essential. Unless we can


maintain the temples we presently have, superexcellently clean, we
should not open new centers.”

(SPL to Visnujana dasa Maharaja, November 4th, 1971)

“I am encouraged that you are improving your temple quarters by


decorating them nicely. This will help to attract guests and interested
people. I want that a high standard should be maintained, but
unnecessarily changing and re-decorating is also not good. So once
you have established a very nice standard, avoid too much changing
it again and again. That is wasting Krsna’s money unnecessarily.”
(SPL to Patita Uddharana, December 8th, 1971)

“You should keep everything very clean. That is the first business.
Every room should be as clean as a mirror. The prasadam room

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should be immediately cleaned after taking prasadam, otherwise you
are inviting rats. Be careful.”
(SPL to Mukunda dasa, 20th October, 1973)

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CONCLUDING WORDS

This compilation could at best be a drop from the ocean of


transcendental wisdom that Srila Prabhupada shared with us through
his life, teachings and example. Just like a Vaidurya gem when seen
from different angles of vision displays different colors, similarly Srila
Prabhupada’s instructions, conversations, gestures, activities etc.
teach us myriad lessons in understanding and application of
Vaishnava philosophy and culture. So let us all dive deeply into these
nectar drops and follow the footprints of wisdom and devotion that
Srila Prabhupada left through his transcendental movements,
activities and instructions in the sands of time and the hearts of his
followers.

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