Dear Maharajas and prabhus,

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

I am writing to invite senior devotees such as sannyasis, initiating gurus and Srila Prabhupada’s direct disciples, to participate in ISKCON’s “Spiritual Leadership: Being a Guru in ISKCON” seminar this upcoming February 17-20, 2013 in Mayapura. Others who would like to participate can do so if they send a letter of recommendation from a senior devotee.

The 4-day seminar covers many pertinent topics, including:

Role and Identity of the Guru in ISKCON, Principles of Spiritual/Guru Leadership Relationship with the ISKCON Institution, Guru-Management Dynamics, Guru-Disciple Relationship, Care of Disciples, Pastoral Skills, Spiritual Health, & Peer Association

The Guru Seminar is highly interactive and provides opportunities to share realizations with fellow senior Vaishnavas. It was organized by the GBC Guru Services Committee with the direct input of senior leaders including Bhakti Charu Swami, Jayapataka Swami, Radhanath Swami, Ravindra Svarupa prabhu and other senior devotees and educators.

Per ISKCON Law this Seminar is mandatory for devotees who take up the service of diksha guru. The GBC also highly recommends it for siksa gurus, senior managers and other ISKCON leaders.

The Guru Seminar will be offered once in 2013, at Mayapura from February 17-20. Timings will be 10 am to 1 pm, and 3 pm to 6 pm daily.

The Seminar is open to ISKCON gurus (diksa and siksa), sanyasis, regional directors, temple presidents, and other senior leaders who have at least ten years of active service in ISKCON. (References may be required.)

Space is limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. To register please email Padmanayana prabhu the administrator of the Mayapura Institute at and copy myself Prahladananda Swami at

Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your servant,

Prahladananda Swami
Guru Services Committee Chair

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