Connecting Devotees Worldwide - In Service Of Srila Prabhupada
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By Gopal Bhatta dasa
ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) is the foremost gathering of leaders and devotees from around the world. The ILS is eight wonderful days of seminars on leadership and related topics within the sacred atmosphere of Sri Dhama Mayapur. Importantly, the ILS is an exclusive and unique opportunity to associate with members of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC), Zonal and Regional Leaders, Temple Presidents and Project Leaders throughout the world.
This will be the fourth ILS. Each ILS has exceeded the previous one in both quality and attendance. In 2016 over 1,200 devotees from over 50 countries attended. Now we are preparing for the ILS 2018.
We encourage all present and aspiring leaders in ISKCON’s global family to participate in this inspiring and nourishing event.
THE DATES: February 4th through the 11th, 2018.
THE PLACE: ISKCON Mayapur Candrodoya Mandir in Sri Dhama Mayapur.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Zonal and Regional Leaders
Devotees with significant responsibility for outreach and devotee care
Bhakti Vriksha Leaders
Devotees seeking to take on more responsibility within ISKCON
WHAT TO DO NOW: Mark your calendars and pre-register NOW so you can receive all the updates and news of the Sanga and be the first to know when actual registration opens – click here now. Please note that pre-registration does not register you for the ILS or for a room. Actual registration for the ILS and rooms will open in September.
SOME DETAILS OF THE SANGHA:
Over eight days, there will be over 60 seminars linked to the eight topic areas listed below, presented by knowledgeable devotees. The ILS is an incredible opportunity to build relationships with ISKCON Leaders from around the world, and in particular with devotees who perform similar services as you. There will be inspirational sessions led by GBCs such as Radhanath Maharaja, Bhakti Charu Maharaja, Jayapataka Maharaja, Gopal Krsna Maharaja, and Sivarama Maharaja, along with dozens of seminars by senior devotees. There will be wonderful prasadam served, and room accommodations for all. Listen to Srimad-Bhagavatam classes given by our best speakers. Take part in unforgettable parikramas and kirtans. Relish the association of devotees while being purified in Mayapur Dham.
PRIMARY THEMES OF THE SANGA:
ISKCON is in a crucial time period. Srila Prabhupada’s disciples are in their 60s and 70s. The movement is already being led by the next generation in many places. In the next 10 to 20 years, the movement will be handed over to this next generation completely. Now is the time to seriously reflect on many important questions. The ILS seminar will focus on the following:
What culture and values will guide ISKCON’s decisions and maintain its purity?
What existing and new systems should be in place to “keep the wheels moving?”
What lessons can we glean from our past mistakes and successes?
What training can be offered to our future leadership?
How can devotees become inspired to maintain strong sadhana and study Srila Prabhupada’s books?
How can we build a society that has healthy guru/ disciple, family/social and organizational interactions?
How will we fulfil Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya’s desire to spread Krsna Consciousness throughout the world?
How can ISKCON’s leaders inspire and maintain the trust of the Vaishnava community?
TELL EVERYONE: Tell all of your devotee friends and colleagues about the ISKCON Leadership Sanga – Pass the word around. Forward this announcement to them.
PRE-REGISTER NOW: Don’t miss this opportunity to work together to keep the wheels moving! click here to pre-register NOW! Be first to receive the announcements for actual registration, as space will be limited.
SRILA PRABHUPADA SAID: If you relieve me of the burden of management, that will be a very great service to Krsna and the movement. See that everything is going on nicely. With great endeavor, we have made the framework, now we have to see that things are going on nicely… He gave the example of the Indian railways. “They have a motto: ‘The wheels must keep moving.’ And it is the business of every employee, whether a train driver, a fireman or a clerk in the office, to do their bit so that the wheels never stop. If the wheels stop, business stops.”