ISKCON Divisional Councils 3.4.3

ISKCON Divisional Councils 3.4.3

Appendix

An ISKCON Divisional Council is a body that performs certain managerial functions on behalf of an individual Zonal Secretary, on behalf of a group of Zonal Secretaries serving in the same general area or on behalf of a Regional Governing Body for conduct of the affairs of the ISKCON society within a clearly designated contiguous geographical area, called a “Division.” The geographical area in question could be a group of small countries, a single country or a section of a single country, but it should be small enough such that all temple leaders within the area would be generally familiar with ISKCON’s activities throughout the geographical area, and such that the members would be able to meet together several times per year.

3.4.3.2 Formation of Divisional Councils

Wherever there are functioning Regional Governing Bodies, these Bodies shall designate the Divisions for formation of the Divisional Councils within the Region, in consultation with the Zonal Secretaries actively functioning within the Region.

Where there is no functioning RGB, the appointed GBC Zonal Secretaries may designate specific areas as Divisions and may form Divisional Councils for these Divisions. Such designation must be done in writing, addressed to the GBC Secretary and signed by all GBC Zonal Secretaries assigned to the area in question. The GBC Secretary shall acknowledge such designations. If no such written designation has been made then any bodies constituted shall be considered as informal bodies as described under Section 3.4.2.

3.4.3.3 Divisional Council Membership

A Divisional Council shall be constituted of all Temple Presidents, all Preaching Center managers, all Regional Secretaries and all Zonal Secretaries (that wish to attend) within the region as well as resident sannyasis or other leading devotees as the council desires or as the local Zonal Secretaries recommend.

3.4.3.4 Divisional Council Functions

1. Serve as a forum for coordination of the overall preaching strategy in the Division.
2. Serve as a forum for coordination of the implementation of GBC policies, guidelines and resolutions applicable within the Division.
3. Serve as a forum for resolution of any conflicts within the Division. This includes handling of complaints on local matters referred to it by the GBC Body, the RGB, any ISKCON official or body or from individuals.
4. Making recommendations to the RGB, where appropriate, for RGB or GBC legislation.
5. Making recommendations to any Zonal Secretary or other ISKCON official functioning within the Division on matters concerning local affairs.
6. Where necessary and appropriate, undertaking disciplinary action against ISKCON officials and/or other devotees serving within the Division, as allowed under ISKCON law for such a body.

A Divisional Council may also perform other functions within the Division as specifically assigned to it by a Zonal Secretary, the RGB or the GBC Body, such as approving the opening or closing of ISKCON centers, appointing Temple officers, taking final decisions on matters of dispute, deciding on territorial matters among the various temples, making recommendations on sannyasa candidates, formally considering the nomination of candidates who reside within their area of responsibility for serving as new initiating gurus, checking into the management of the local ISKCON centers, overseeing spiritual standards, etc.

The ISKCON Ireland National Management Council: it’s origin, purpose, structure and membership

(Why does it exist, what does it do, and who serves on it?)

The international Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON recommends that all temple managers in the same country form a national management team that meets on a regular basis. (See appendix)

The first National Management Council (NMC) in Ireland was formed in 1988. This current team has been working together since June 2016 and meets approximately every two months.

The NMC strives to create a national preaching strategy so that we can best utilize our temples, finances, and the skills of the devotees. We try to ensure that there is ‘joined up thinking’. We attempt to uphold devotional and preaching standards and deal with the many things that are involved in management. We help, advise, support and encourage each other.

The NMC consists of the local GBC representative, the Temple President or Chairperson from each temple, up to two other managers from each temple, any national department heads, resident sannyasis plus any other devotees who may have a specific expertise that is highly useful. NMC members do not receive any remuneration.

The current members are:

Praghosa das (GBC representative/ Chairman of NMC/ Dublin temple council representative)
Manu das (Temple President, Dublin)
Bhagavati dasi( Belfast temple council representative)
Gaura Nitai das (Chairman of Inis Rath temple council/ NMC Legal Advisor / NMC Vice Chairman)
Isani dasi (Dublin temple council representative)
Karunesvari dasi (Inis Rath temple council representative/ NMC Vice Secretary)
Madhava Krsna das (Inis Rath temple council representative / National BBT manager)
Vrsabhanu das (Belfast temple council representative)
Krsna-katha das (NMC Secretary)

The NMC are servants of the Irish yatra and are thus dependent on the support, good will and co-operation of the devotees in Ireland in order for their service to be effective. Therefore we very much welcome both feedback and whatever contribution the devotees can offer. The more we can work together, the more we can achieve on behalf of Srila Prabhupada.

Minutes from our meetings are placed on temple noticeboards and temple websites and are sent by e mail to members of our congregation. If you wish to receive a copy of the minutes directly or wish to raise an agenda item, please contact the secretary, Krsna-katha das, at cjscott108@yahoo.co.uk. (You can also approach any NMC member regarding agenda items if that is more convenient).

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
ISKCON Founder/ Acarya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Dublin Centre Of Vedic Studies

DCVS logo blueSet in the heart of Dublin, Dublin Centre of Vedic Studies(DCVS) offers a wide range of spiritual, practical, educational and personal development courses and workshops based on the ancient teachings of the Vedas.

Some of the courses offered are as follows:
The Coherence of theism
Desire management & calamity management
– Spirituality & Diet, Environment & Economy
Explore – ancient wisdom for modern times

The classes consists of interactive presentations, debates, group discussions, and also offer opportunities for questions and discussions with the tutors. Furthermore, from time to time we invite guest speakers to Dublin for workshops on such essential topics as Forgiveness, Humility, Beliefs, Japa and so on.

The tutors and organisers are members of ISKCON Dublin Krishna Temple Ireland, who live and practice in Ireland and want to share this eternal message with others in a simple, inspiring, practical and interactive manner.

To register for any of the courses or more details, please visit www.dcvs.ie.

kartik

Kartik 2017

On behalf of ISKCON Dublin Krishna Temple, we are pleased to invite you to be a part of our daily program during the month of Kartik. In addition we will be having special programs during the whole month, please come along.

The month Kartik starts on the 6th of October 2017 and runs for four weeks till 3rd of November 2017. During this time pilgrims come from far and wide to offer a candle to Mother Yasoda and Lord Krishna.

Here in Dublin we will be organising a daily program starting at 18.30 consisting of Arati, lamp offerings and singing the Damodarastakam prayers.

If anyone would like to lead Damodarastakam any of the day. Please click on the link here to add your name.

See the list of events for the full month below:

Sun Oct 8th – 6 am until 2 pm
Kartik Special – 64 Rounds Japa

Sunday Oct 8th – 3 pm until 6pm
Sunday Feast with Tulasi Priya Prabhu

Sunday Oct 15th – 3 pm until 6pm
Sunday Feast with Duryodhana Guru Prabhu

Friday Oct 20th – 6 pm
Govardhan Puja

Sunday Oct 22nd
Sunday Feast in Dublin With Dina Dayal Prabhu
Bus Trip to Inis Rath to celebrate Govardhan Puja

Sunday Oct 29th – 3pm to 9pm
Sunday Feast with Kurma Prabhu

We look forward to seeing you all at the temple.

janmastami

Radhastami 2017

This year we are celebrating Radhashtami, the appearance day of Srimati Radharani, on Tuesday Aug 29, 2017 at 18.00. Join us in celebrating, trying to understand and meditating on the significance of this extraordinary day.

Radhastami

The auspicious day of the appearance of Srimati Radharani is celebrated all over the world as Radhastami. The Schedule for dublin is as follows:

18.00 – 18.30 : Kirtan
18.30 – 19.00 : Arati
19.00 – 20.00 : Talks/Videos
20.00 – 20.30 : Kirtan
20.30 : Prasadam

Radha-Krishna are the male and female aspects of God known as the divine couple. Radha embodies the totality of love for Krishna. Thus She is known as the personification of Bhakti, or loving devotion to God. The sum of Krishna’s energies is Radha, His eternal consort. Like the sun and sunshine, Krishna and Radha are one.

“Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Krishna, the Lord at once accepts the devotee’s admittance into His association.” — Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavatam 2.3.23.

Please come along everyone to celebrate the appearance day of Srimati Radharani in Dublin. Also, if you would like to bring any offering for Radharani, please do.

janmastami

Sri Krishna Janmashtami & Prabhupada Appearance Day 2017

Our most awaited and transcendental event of the year, Sri Krishna Janmastami is on Tuesday 15th August. We are once again inviting everybody to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Krishna with an evening full of surprise.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krishna Janmashtami. The Schedule for dublin is as follows:

18.00 – 18.30 : Kirtan
18.30 – 19.00 : Arati
19.00 – 20.15 : Lecture/Quiz
20.15 – 21.00 : Bhajan & Classical Dance
21.00 – 22.00 : Abhishek
22.00 – 22.30 : Kirtan
22.30 – 23.00 : Krishna Video
23.00 – 23.45 : Dramatic Reading from Krishna book
23.45 – 00.00 : Bhoga Offering
00:00 : Arati
00:30 : Ekadashi Feast

Prior to Janmastami, we will be doing a Maha Clean up at the temple,we are inviting everyone to come along to help us. Also, If anyone would like to do some service on the day of the festival like vegetable cutting, sponsor the Abhishek and flowers, or prepare sweets for Lord Krishna, please let us know by emailing dublin@krishna.ie or on facebook.

We will also be offering 108 sweets/savouries to Krishna on the day. See bhoga list here, if you would like to prepare any of them, just let write your name next to the preparation.

Most importantly, please come along on the day to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Krishna with us as the temple. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita in Chapter 4, Text 9, One who can understand the truth of the appearance of the Personality of Godhead is already liberated from material bondage, and therefore he returns to the kingdom of God immediately after quitting this present material body.

janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ‘rjuna

Translation
One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.

Srila Praphupada appearance day

Srila PrabhupadaWe will also be celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day on Wednesday 16th August. The program schedule is as follows:

15.00 : Videos
17.00 : Kirtan
18.00 : Arati
18.30 : Pushpanjali
18.45 : Prayer of offerings
19.30 : Talk
20.30 : Prasadam

Please keep in touch with our facebook page for more information about the event and for more information please email us at dublin@krishna.ie

The Watchmaker

The Watchmaker blog for the month of August, written By John McDonnell

The Watchmaker

A watch is a beautiful thing. Take any watch. It has to be designed in such a way that it has to be both attractive and functional. All of the intricate little pieces of the watch have to be assembled together perfectly for it to work correctly. One or more people had to sit down and design it, produce it, and assemble it with great care and attention. Such craftsmanship is a wonderful thing and takes intelligence to do so.

Watches come in many different varieties, forms, colours, sizes and prices. But they all perform pretty much the same function – they keep time.
Take a look at your watch. Can you tell who designed or created it simply by looking at it? Not the brand name, but the person who designed it. Most likely you don’t know unless their name happens to be on it.

If you were to give that watch to a more qualified person and have them analyse the watch to see what it is made of – the different elements, atoms etc, would it be possible to discover who the person is that created it? Most likely not, as that information is not stored in the make-up of the watch. It is located someplace else. Logic would dictate that there is a watch-maker. Simply because we do not see the watch-maker does not mean that there isn’t one. Watches certainly don’t self-manifest perfectly on people’s wrists.

The truth about who created the watch can be discovered. One would have to contact the proper sources at the company who branded the watch. It may even take a little persuading and many phone calls, as they may not want to reveal such information. But if you were to persevere long enough then you could discover the name.

If we analyse a watch we can see that it has two common components with a universe – energy and time. Like the watch, the universe is very intricately designed with many tiny moving parts, all of which move and combine together to make up a gigantic space. Governed by laws and time, planets revolve around suns, elements combine to create so many different forms, and the entire cosmos moves along perfectly.

Given that the watch has a designer/creator that we can’t see or observe, similarly the cosmos has a designer/creator that we can’t see or observe either. But it is possible to discover who the watchmaker is by following the proper channels, not simply by analysing the watch but by contacting the right people. Similarly we can discover who the universal creator is by following the proper channels and contacting the right people. Not simply by our belief or concoctions will this happen. There needs to be action.

How great and intelligent must one be to design and create a universe, what to speak of a watch. He must be vastly more superior to us, with greater power, intelligence and responsibility. And what must we be prepared to do to find out who He is. How much effort and time would it take to discover who the watchmaker is? Now compare that with an entire universe, and perhaps even multiverses.

A notable scientist of the 20th century once created a working model of the solar system. He invited many of his friends and fellow scientists to his home one day. He showed them his model of the solar system. They were very impressed by it. One of them asked him who had made it. His reply was that no one had. They found that to be quite strange, and so they asked him again who made it. He again replied that no one had. Then he noted to them that they found it difficult to accept that no one had created a replica of the solar system, yet they were quite happy to accept that no one had created the real thing.

Unfortunately, many of us are willing to do the same.

rsz krishna balarama

Lord Balaram’s appearance Day 2017 in Dublin

We are inviting everyone on Monday 7th August 2017 at 18.00 for the appearance day of Lord Balaram. Please come and join us and let’s make the birthday of Lord Balaram memorable.

rsz krishna balaramaLord Balaram’s appearance day 

The program will start at 18.00 at the Temple with Kirtan, Gaura Arati, a talk about the past times of Lord Balarama and followed by Prasadam at the end. 

Schedules are as follows:
18.00 – 18.30 : Kirtan
18.30 – 19.00 : Gaura Arati
19.00 – 20.00 : Talk
20.00 – 20.30 : Kirtan
20.30 : Prasadam

Who is Lord Balaram?
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia.

Lord Balaram was born in Gokul under the protection of Nanda Maharaja. He always wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. His beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from musk, and His broad chest is ornamented with a garland of gunja. Balarama’s voice is very grave and His arms are very long, touching His thighs. Known as the elder brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balaram is worshipped by devotees.  He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.

The splendor of Lord Balarama’s transcendental form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Although He knows the supernatural power of His younger brother, Krishna, still, out of love for Him, He never leaves Krishna alone in the forest even for a moment. Balarama is Sri Krishna’s dearest friend and is a great reservoir of the nectar mellows of many kinds of transcendental pastimes.

We look forward to see everyone on this special occasion on Monday. If you would like to sponsor flowers for the festival and bring prasadam for Lord Balaram’s, do let us know in advance by emailing dublin@krishna.ie. Visit our facebook page for more information and upto date schedules.

As It Is – Faith & Knowledge

As It Is – Faith & Knowledge blog for the month of July, written By John McDonnell

Faith & Knowledge

Faith is not an uncommon thing. Every day we put our faith in someone or something – the bus driver who takes us to work, eating food in a restaurant, and people respect the traffic lights. All these and more we put our faith in to some degree.

We also put greater faith in people we know, such as our family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, mostly due to the fact that we have a deeper relationship with them. We have, for the most part, built a relationship with them over time and have come to know what they are capable of. We trust them, usually.

Let’s look at what definition of faith means:

Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

This is an interesting definition.  For many of us that faith may not be there in God.  Can any of us genuinely say that we have complete trust in God, even in His existence?  And if not God then who do we have faith in?  Many atheistic people have no faith in God.  So why do we find it difficult to put our faith in God?  To have faith in God is a big step for most of us.  To even accept that he exists is demanding.  Why?  Most of us have not developed a relationship with Him.  We have little knowledge about Him, experience of Him, and we are not sure if He even exists at all.  In fact many people claim that He does not exist and have no genuine desire to find out.  So how can we put our faith in someone who we are not sure even exists?

In order to have faith in someone or something we first require some knowledge about it. The person whom you completely trust is most likely someone very close to, a personal friend or family member whom you know well. Similarly we need to first acquire knowledge about God in order to develop some faith. This knowledge comes to us through books such as ‘The Holy Bible’ and ‘Bhagavad-gītā’. Then we take the knowledge we have learnt and put it into practice. From that a result will come. If the result is in accordance with what is being told to us in the book then our faith develops, even slightly. In the Bhagavad-gītā (15.15) Krishna says:

I am seated in everyone’s heart and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas I am to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.

Here we see the word knowledge in this verse. Krishna is stating that all knowledge, including that about Him is coming from Him. Who else would know more about God than Himself? And through the Vedas (which means knowledge), the authorised scriptures, He is to be known. So hearing and reading about God are very important steps in knowing God.
Other ways of developing faith in God are through association with like-minded people, following a bona-fide practice, and direct experience. If you have ever wanted to get to know a person then you would have had to follow one or all of these things. We have to do the same if we want to develop our faith in God.

hh dayananda

HH Dayananda Maharaj Dublin Visit

We have the humble presence of Dayananda Maharaj in Dublin on 24th & 25th June. Come and join us for some marvellous talks and some ecstasy Kirtan.

We look forward to welcoming HH Dayananda Maharaj and all devotees and friends on the 24th & 25th June 2017 to Dublin. Please come and join us!

hh dayanandaProgram Schedule:
Monday 25th June at 18.30 – Talk
Tuesday 26th June at 18.30 – Kirtan 

Venue : Dublin Krishna Temple, Abbey Street Dublin.

HH Dayananda Maharaj joined Iskcon in at the age of 31yrs in 1983. He Served in Manchester from 1986 to 2002 (services were door to door book distribution and various temple services). From 2002 to 2015 he has been based at Bhaktivedanta Manor and from 2005 travelling and preaching in United Kingdom, and Russia including neighbouring countries.

Maharaj took Sannyasa initiation from HH Radhanath Swami in 2011 on the auspicious appearance day of Sri Ramanujacarya to become the 100th sannyasi in ISKCON. 

His Holiness Dayananda Swami is currently giving invaluable help in spreading the Krishna consciousness movement in Eastern Europe and when he visits the UK, he travels to give classes and distribute books in namahatta areas all over the country. Previously he was Brahmachari Leader at Bhaktivedanta Manor and also served in ISKCON Manchester. He is also a dedicated book distributor, experienced in both street and door-to-door book distribution.

We look forward to see you all devotees on the day. Follow us on facebook for more updates on the event.Hare Krishna!