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News and Updates from the Brooklyn Temple Sale Committee- ISKCON GBC
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
GOVERNING BODY COMMISSION
BROOKLYN TEMPLE SALE COMMITTEE
August 23, 2017

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In my capacity as the chairman of the GBC Brooklyn Temple Sale Committee, I would like to share this update with you regarding the Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn, New York, which is presently operating outside the authority of ISKCON.

As you may already know, Ramabhadra Das was officially removed as ISKCON temple president on July 18, 2017 in order to impede him from selling the ISKCON Radha Govinda Mandir in flagrant defiance of the GBC Body.

On July 29, 2017 Ramabhadra Das had the ISKCON sign adorning the exterior of the temple building removed. The signed stated “International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada”. Those who oppose the sale of the Brooklyn temple or reject its “rebranding” as an independent legal entity separate from ISKCON, e.g., Bhakti Charu Swami (GBC chairman), Hansarupa Das (interim Brooklyn temple administrator) and Jayadavaita Swami, have been banned from the temple.

Furthermore, it now appears that Ramabhadra Das has taken the position that the Radha Govinda Mandir is no longer part of ISKCON or subject to the authority of the GBC since it is the property of an independent legal entity named Bharati Center Inc.

Understandably, it is no longer "business as usual” in Brooklyn. Legal action against the Bharati Center Inc., and Ramabhadra Das is being contemplated presently.

On a positive note, the Brooklyn devotees yearn for your association! Please visit New York as soon as possible to fortify them with your Krishna consciousness.

Please do not, however, conduct or attend programs at the Radha Govinda Mandir until further notice. Kindly consider coordinating your visit(s) to New York with Hansarupa Prabhu, ISKCON Brooklyn’s interim temple administrator, who will assist you with your preaching plans and lodging need in the New York area. If you have disciples (initiated or aspiring) in the New York area, please encourage them to associate with recognized ISKCON leaders, such as Jayadvaita Maharaja (jaswami@gmail.com), Hansarupa Das (HansarupadasACBSP@gmail.com), etc.

Finally, please note that Ramabhadra Das is no longer authorized to recommend devotees for initiation, effective as of July 18, 2017. Anyone currently aspiring for initiation from an ISKCON initiating spiritual master in the New York area is advised to consult with ISKCON-approved leaders. Many thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Your servant,
Śeṣa dāsa

Upcoming Events

ISKCON Brooklyn Community Picnic

Please join us for a special Community Picnic this Sunday, August 27th, from 11:30am onwards at Tompkins Square Park in New York City. We will be graced by the presence of ISKCON GBC Chairman, HH Bhakti Charu Swami, and other senior devotees.

We will have kirtan and Maharaja will give a lecture during which many questions about the Brooklyn Temple sale and management will be answered.

We will meet in Tompkins Square Park, under the very tree that Srila Prabhupada chanted under in the early days of ISKCON. This will be a potluck picnic; please bring a dish to share with 15-20 people. Rice, samosas and gulab jamuns will be provided for all!
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