Zagreb 2012

Minutes of the Euro RGB Meeting
Zagreb, Croatia
12-13 May of 2012

Present:

  1. Prahladananda Swami (Euro Divisional Secretary for Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia, Euro RGB Chairman, Health and Sannyasa Minister)
  2. HH Yadunandana Swami (Euro Minister for Educational Development, Bhaktivedanta College Principal)
  3. HG Mahaprabhu dasa (Director of IC Benelux, Minister of ISKCON Communications Europe, Euro RGB 1st Vice Chairman)
  4. HH Bir Krishna Goswami (GBC of Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia)
  5. HH Sivarama Swami (GBC of Hungary, co-GBC of Romania)
  6. HG Radha Krishna dasa (Euro Varnasrama Minister)
  7. HG Syamasundara dasa (Euro Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture)
  8. HG Tapasa dasa (TP Stockholm, Chairman of the National Council in Sweden)
  9. HG Krsnapremarupa dasa (TP Zurich) (Euro Divisional Secretary for Switzerland, TP Zurich)
  10. HG Praghosa dasa (Euro RGB 2nd Vice Chairman, GBC of Channel Island, Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Wales)
  11. HH Bhaktivaibhava Swami (GBC of Albania, Bulgaria, Czech, Finland, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, co-GBC of Romania)
  12. HG Vedavyasa dasa (Euro Divisional Secretary for Spain, TP Malaga)
  13. HG Madhu Sevita dasa (GBC of Italy: Villaggio Hare Krishna, Milano area, Rome area, Catania area, and Terni area; Malta, San Marino; Co-GBC of Belgium, France – except New Mayapur and Dole, Luxembourg, Netherlands)
  14. HG Janesvara dasa (Almviks Farm board, Euro Divisional Secretary for Sweden, Norway and Denmark)
  15. HG Dina Sharana dasi (Co-GBC of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France: Dole; IDSAF Director)
  16. HG Hridaya Caitanya dasa (GBC of Andorra, France: New Mayapur, Gibraltar, Portugal, Spain; co-GBC of Belgium, France – except New Mayapur and Dole, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Euro Divisional Secretary for Benelux, TP Radhadesh)
  17. HG Ravindra Svarupa dasa (Co-GBC of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France: Dole)
  18. HG Trisama dasa (Euro Divisional Secretary for Poland, Nama Hatta Director: PL)
    Dinadayal dasa (Euro RGB Secretary)

Absent:

  1. HH Radhanatha Swami (GBC of Italy: Villa Vrindavana, Firenze area, Centro Studio Bhaktivedanta, Bologna area, and Venice area)
  2. HG Tattvavada dasa (TP Helsinki, Euro Divisional Secretary for Finland)
  3. HG Kripamoya dasa (Euro Minister for Congregation Development)

Guests :

  1. HG Parabhakti dasa (Guest, TP Villa Vrindavana Italy)
  2. HG Malati dasi (Congregation Department Radhadesh)
  3. HG Dharmaksetra dasa (Netherlands)
  4. HG Madayanti dasi (Sarajevo)
  5. HG Brajraj Sharan (Vrindavan)
  6. HG Doyal Govinda (TP Heidelberg – Germany)

Minutes

Review of previous minutes (both from Italy and Mayapur)

The previous minutes were read.

Israel

Dina Sharana dasi will visit Israel to assess and help with the situation there. She will soon meet with the current GBC representative of Israel, Bhaktivijnana Swami. Later, she also plans to visit with another senior devotee. At the next RGB meeting in October, Dina Sharana dasi will report on ISKCON’s situation in Israel. The GBC EC will be requested to pay for Dina Sharana’s traveling expenses to Israel.

RGB Secretary Germany-Austria

The Euro RGB elected Doyal Govinda dasa as the Euro Divisional Secretary for Germany-Austria.

Establishment of the Euro Ministry of Records

Whereas ISKCON has no European Ministry of Records.
Whereas other Ministries and Departments collecting and processing data within ISKCON have no European office.
Whereas there are currently no clear figures and statistics available within ISKCON Europe;
Whereas other departments are already keeping figures but lack harmonization;
Whereas statistics will give an accurate picture of our ISKCON society in Europe;
Whereas statistics are supportive to decision-making;
Whereas questions within ISKCON Europe can be answered with reliable and objective statistics;
Whereas statistics can be used for scientific research within ISKCON Europe;
Whereas statistics can be used for strategic planning within ISKCON Europe;
PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTION:
Resolved, That ISKCON Europe establishes a EURO Ministry of Records.
The Ministry will collect, process and harmonize data from ISKCON authorities and entities throughout Europe. The Ministry will work under and report to the Euro RGB EC.
Dharmaksetra dasa is tentatively appointed as the Euro Minister of Records. His final appointment will be decided at the next Euro RGB meeting, pending a review of a report that he has agreed to compile. This report will state the Ministry’s objectives, how the Ministry will operate, and the Minister’s duties.

Bring River Yamuna back to Vraj – Vrindavan Campaign

The Euro RGB recommends that Madayanti dasi be appointed as an international contact for the Bring River Yamuna back to Vraj – Vrindavan Campaign. The Euro RGB supports the efforts of the campaign and recommends that all European ISKCON centers actively promote this campaign by doing the following:
Addressing and emphasizing the spiritual importance of Yamuna Devi:

  • By including Yamuna Maharani in daily prayers.
  • By lectures and discourses emphasizing the spiritual significance of Yamuna Maharani.
  • By organizing special kirtans or dedicating existing ones to the cause.

Creating effective campaigns:

  • By Involving the Ministry of Communication in creating a campaign
  • By using internal media (Back to Godhead etc.) and external media (newspapers, television, etc.) This has to be carried out across Europe simultaneously so that a larger picture emerges and sends a strong signal of the numbers and quality of people who want the river Yamuna back in Vrindavana. Signature campaigns, internal media, external media, Internet, are special programs should be used.
  • By organizing public events where awareness is spread in various ways such as pamphlet distribution, booths, signature stalls, public announcements, etc.

Create bulk signature campaigns:

  • By placing the link for the Yamuna petition on all ISKCON Web sites. The sites can reach out to their members and users.
  • By organizing a collection of signatures on different occasions and in all temples.
  • By listing forthcoming events (Ratha-yatras, festivals, etc.) and including presentations on this issue in them.
  • Disseminate awareness via social media as Facebook, Twitter, e-mails.

Embassies:

  • By expressing concern to the Indian Embassies in the most suitable way.

ISKCON Europe to Fund an Information Center

1. The Euro RGB agrees that the Consultancy, Education and Training center (CET center) become a department of ISKCON-Europe. Temporary name EFIC is changed to CET center.
2. Funding for the first year of operation of the CET center was secured at the meeting totalling 20,000 euros, which will be paid by the 31st July 2012. Contributions come from various European centers.
3. Every GBC should appoint at least one person per country as a contact for the CET by the 31st July 2012
4. This contact will be responsible for preparing the annual plan of the local projects in their area and sending it to CET by September 1st each year or at least 6 months before the events, preferably by the end of July. (International projects like Rathayatras and Padayatra should be prepared at least one year before, with date, place, etc.)
5. One-time payment fee per country is:

Belgium

1,137.44 €

Croatia

250.00 €

Czech Republic

947.87 €

Finland

947.87 €

France – New Mayapur

284.36 €

France – Paris temple

284.36 €

Germany

947.87 €

Hungary

2,085.31 €

Ireland

1,232.23 €

Italy – Italy: Villaggio Hare Krishna, Milano Area, Rome Area, Catania Area, and Terni Area – Zone Madhu Sevita Prabhu

1,100.00 €

Italy – Villa Vrindavana, Firenze Area, Centro Studio Bhaktivedanta, Bologna Area, and Venice Area

1,100.00 €

Netherlands

947.87 €

Poland

1,200.00 €

Portugal

758.29 €

Slovakia

500.00 €

Slovenia

758.29 €

Spain

1,327.01 €

Sweden

1,327.01 €

United Kingdom

4,170.62 €

Total

21,306.40 €

 

Euro RGB Legal Entity in Brussels

Mahaprabhu dasa, on behalf of a newly created committee, will draft a paper regarding the establishment of a legal entity for serving the purposes of ISKCON Communication and Training Office Grant office. The Euro RGB must approve the proposal. The Euro RGB will decide on its relationship with such a legal entity in due course. The committee to work on this proposal will be: Hridaya Caitanya dasa , Mahaprabhu dasa, Malati dasi, and Praghosa dasa.

A devotee initiated by an ISKCON Guru must be an ISKCON devotee

We would like to remind those gurus initiating disciples in Europe to communicate to their future disciples the following law (7.2.1.4) from the ISKCON Law book:
All new initiates must take the following vows at the time of initiation:

  • To chant a minimum of sixteen rounds daily without fail.
  • To strictly follow the four regulative principles: no meat-eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication, no gambling.
  • To accept the order of the spiritual master as one’s life and soul.
  • To accept discipleship into the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya through the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON and to remain faithful to its orders and teachings.
  • To remain faithful to Srila Prabhupada’s orders by maintaining loyalty to ISKCON and its ultimate managing authority, the GBC.

Succession: Training Future Leaders

Bhaktivedanta College (Radhadesh) can offer nine months of VTE education for all future European leaders. Mahaprabhu is willing to fund that program for two years. A detailed proposal will be delivered at the ELM 2012 in Simhacalam.

Pay-back procedure of the loan taken by ISKCON Germany from New Mayapur

The latest arrangement is that Mahaprabhu dasa is going to transfer a donation of +/- 8000 Euros to the German Yatra. Dina Sharana promised that they would give this amount immediately to New Mayapur against their debt. In other words, that amount will be transferred at the beginning of June to the New Mayapur account. The balance owed to New Mayapur will be paid with monthly installments of 108 Euros.

  • ISKCON GA will transfer 8,000 Euro (as soon as Mahaprabhu’s donation reaches the ISKCON GA account)
  • ISKCON GA will make a monthly payment of 108 Euro until the balance of 3,888 Euro is paid.
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