Principles of Temple Administration


Establishing standards to understand and develop loyalty to Srila Prabhupada’s vision for ISKCON’s growth.

About this Course

This course will be an absorption into Srila Prabhupada’s mood & teachings; especially how it can be maintained and applied in modern scenarios. Through quotes & examples from the life of His Divine Grace the participant will learn about his style of management – managing oneself, the people in one’s charge & organizational development; allof these being within the realms of spiritual development.


To help participants understand and develop loyalty to SrilaPrabhupada’s vision for ISKCON’s growth

    1. To help participants reflect on how SrilaPrabhupada’s mood & teachings can be maintained and applied in changing times & technologies.
    2. To help participants understand and imbibe SrilaPrabhupada’s style of management i.e. learning from SrilaPrabhupada’s instructions & actions on several relevant themes:
      • Self Leadership
        1. Leader should be Exemplary- apaniacariprabhujiverasikhaye
        2. Time Management- Prioritizing, Multi-Tasking etc.
    • Great Zeal & Determination to do something great for Krishna against all odds
    • People Leadership
      1. Cooperation & team work (with room for spiritual competition)
      2. Involvement: Consulting everyone concerned/ open for opinion of others
    • Following line of authority & protocols (eg. SP himself raised hand for voting in GBC)
    1. Giving credit to others
    2. Creating Culture of respect
    3. Devotee Care/ Sensitive to needs of others
    • Training the devotees
    • Engaging devotees (giving them challenges, engaging as per ability & inclination)
    1. Delegating: Investing faith in capabilities of subordinates and empowering them
    2. Correcting deviations/ discrepancies or Troubleshooting
    3. Coaching/ Counseling
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Organizational Leadership
      1. Job Desc of GBC
      2. ISKCON Organization Structure
    • Creating systems & policies and aligning them to the overall vision
    1. Creating independently thoughtful leaders & self-sufficient temples
    2. Travelling extensively for expansion
    3. Networking with outside forces
    • Productive & well directed meetings
    • Sending regular reports
    1. Being judicious in spending Krishna’s resources
    2. Leadership means taking up more and more responsibility
    3. Leader means expert, knows everything about everything in one’s area
    • Having Global outlook not just my temple, area or zone
    • Spiritual/ Thought Leadership
      1. Without spiritual aspect management would remain show-bottle
      2. Dependence on Krishna while managing
    • Emphasis on purity/ Quality with Quantity
    1. Prioritizing Duty over emotion
    2. Balanced approach: not going towards extremes

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