The ISKCON Deity Worship Journal
We are here publishing certain GBC resolutions related to Deity worship either as a reminder, a prompting for discussion, or to inform, and as general reference for pujaris and managers.-Ed.
25.2.3 25.2.3 A pjr
who is not initiated
la Prabhupda shall keep the picture of his guru on the altar while offering
. The picture must be substantially smaller than those of the predecessor
cryas in disciplic succession, or, if not substantially smaller, be placed
on a lower level. After the rat
, the picture should be removed from the
Temple buildings and Property25.3 No property in which the Deity of the Lord is installed may be sold without the approval of the GBC body.( '82)
25.3.1 Once Deities are installed in a temple, that temple shall never be closed.( '75)
25.3.2 A temple must exist at least one year as a viable preaching center before Deities are installed.( '76)
Removal25.3.3 Installed Deities shall not be moved without permission of the GBC, at the annual ®r Mypura meeting.( '78)
Ownership25.3.4 Marble Rdh-Ka Deities shall only be installed in property owned by ISKCON. Exceptions may be made with the permission of the GBC at the annual ®r Mypura meeting.( 78)
25.6.3 The following activities are not allowed
as part of ISKCON functions, whether conducted on ISKCON property or elsewhere:
A. Satya Nryana Kath;. (This is a concocted form of worship).
B. Garbha dance, when it is conducted in association with the worship of Durga. (Garbha dance is usually performed as part of nava-ratri, a Durga festival. However, there are also garbha dances in glorification of Ka. Temple authorities permitting a garbha dance must be confident that the performance is entirely Ka centered.)
C. The reading of Tulsidsas Rma-carita-manasa. (Rmyana readings should be from Valmikis Rmyana, as Tulsidsas work is tinged with impersonalism.)
D. Lectures advocating Mayavda or other offensive philosophies.
E. The singing of the Hindi rat
jaya jagadia hari. (This is a prayer for material benedictions).
A. Worship of demigods as independent gods is not permitted in Ka consciousness. However, the Nectar of Devotion says that demigods should be respected. Worshipping demigods as vaiavas is authorized. For preaching, in order to teach people the right position of the demigods as great vaiavas, ISKCON temples may hold on special occasions ceremonies or pujas respecting and worshipping demigods as great vaiavas, provided:
i) The worship is only as a vaiava (This means that the deva/devi shall be offered: the prasdam arotika items immediately after they are offered to Lord Ka, Ka prasdam flower garlands, and Ka prasdam foodstuffs. No independent worship is offered. Only the chanting of Hare Ka and Vius names is done, as Lord Caitanya did in South India.)
ii) Their status as servants of Ka is made as clear as possible through signs, symbols, and iconography, and
iii) Offerings are of Ka prasdam.
B. Deities of demigods (incl. Lakshm
where no Viu is established), shall not be established without permission of
the GBC. Where they are permitted or where ISKCON acquires a temple with already
established mrtis of demigods, they may remain, provided they are worshipped
as vaiavas, as provided above.
B. Deities of demigods (incl. Lakshm where no Viu is established), shall not be established without permission of the GBC. Where they are permitted or where ISKCON acquires a temple with already established mrtis of demigods, they may remain, provided they are worshipped as vaiavas, as provided above.
It is permitted for other groups, at the
discretion of the local ISKCON authorities, to rent space in ISKCON premises,
outside the temple room, for their own ceremonies and functions, even for functions
listed above (A-B), provided that the public understand clearly
that the function is not being sponsored or conducted by ISKCON. However, no function
on ISKCON property shall include any activity contrary to the four regulative
principles. The GBC recommends that temples provide outside groups rental contracts
clearly stipulating the above restrictions. ('96)