GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) Team Members
We are servants with the goal of establishing an ISKCON leadership that is accountable and has a clear, meaningful, and realistic vision; leadership that can inspire trust in all members of the ISKCON community. We then assist those leaders to move forward by looking at our past and learning from our mistakes so as to chart a better course for our future. Our team is loyal to Srila Prabhupada and his presentation of the Gaudiya tradition. We work to protect that legacy for future generations, yet we are acutely aware that relevant, sensitive leadership must be flexible and open to meet the challenges and changes of the future. Our group will use all its skills and varied experiences, and garner whatever other resources are available in order to accomplish these goals. At the same time we will encourage and appreciate the contributions of other ISKCON members in making ISKCON all that Srila Prabhupada wanted it to be.
Gopal Bhatta Dasa
Gopal Bhatta Dasa was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1971 in Detroit, US. From 1973 until 1976, Gopal Bhatta Dasa served as a sankirtan leader for the following cities: Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas and Chicago. He was the temple president in Los Angeles from 1977 until 1980. It is unique that Gopal Bhatta das is currently in no position of formal leadership or management within ISKCON but he contributes with an independence that is considered by many to give a fresh perspective. He is the chairperson of the Strategic Planning Team (SPT) that was activated in 2006 and he has created vitality and drive among the team members that are supporting the GBC’s future. His vision for ISKCON is “more devotees, happier devotees.” He has three sons and one daughter, and his home base is Los Angeles, CA.
Kaunteya Dasa, a disciple of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, joined ISKCON in 1980 and is a member of the SPT since 2007. he has served in ISKCON as book distributor, Gurukula teacher, Deputy GBC member and GBC Zonal Secretary. Kaunteya das currently serves as co-chair of the GBC Organizational Development Committee and, together with His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, as co-minister of the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry (www.iskconcongregation.com); he has designed courses on congregational and community development and has presented them in dozens of countries, hascompiled books (Bhakti-Vrksa Manual, Super Sunday and The Book of Icebreakers) and has produced twenty issues of the “Congregational Development Journal.” As “Dr Carlo Oppecini” he is professor of Indovedic Psychology and Philosophy at the Bhakti Yoga College, Florida, USA (www.bhaktiyogacollege.com).
Lalita Manjari Devi Dasi
Lalita Manjari Devi Dasi was initiated in November of 1991 and joined the Strategic Planning Team in 2011 as executive secretary. She was born and raised in ISKCON and educated at Gurukula. She then qualified as a chartered accountant and has been working as such for the past ten years.
Laxmimoni Devi Dasi
Laxmimoni Devi Dasi received initiation from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July of 1969. She is a member of the Strategic Planning Team since 2008 and is a GBC deputy. She is one of the organizers of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga in Mayapur and will be one of the guest speakers on the topic of polarity management. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned a B.A. in clinical psychology. Involved in ISKCON educational projects since 1974, Laxmimoni Devi Dasi has traveled to various ISKCON centers worldwide to hold seminars on devotional topics such as the practice of Krishna consciousness, Bhakti Shastri, and media awareness as well as participating in several college preaching programs. For 29 years she served as the principal of the Vaishnava Academy for Girls where she trained young women in all aspects of devotional service. At present she is serving at the Bhakti Bhavan Ashram for Women, a training center for ladies that is located at the Alachua Temple in Florida www.bhaktibhavanashram.com.
Rasa Krida Parayana Dasa
In 1984 Rasa Krida Parayana Dasa joined ISKCON when he visited Vrindavan. He was initiated by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami in 1993 and on his order began to develop the Shayamadesa Yatra in the Persian Gulf region and expand the Nama Hatta preaching programs. He has been a congregational leader and preacher since 1990 and is currently leading New Rajapur congregational group. Rasa Krida Parayana Dasa is a certified professional manager with a bachelor of commerce degree and a post-graduate degree in marketing and sales management. He joined the Strategic Planning Team in June 2009. He is also the member of the GBC Organizational Development Committee and the Succession Planning Committee. Rasa Krida Parayana Dasa’s special areas of interests are the study of Srila Prabhupada’s books and systematic presentation of the Krishna Conscious philosophy with a specific interest in congregational development. He currently resides in the Persian Gulf with his wife Apurva Shakti Devi Dasi and their three children.
Currently serving as the Divisional Director: Strategic Planning and joined the Strategic Planning Team in 2013.
Vraja Vihari Dasa
Vraja Vihari Dasa joined ISKCON in 1977, and is part of the Strategic Planning Team from its inception in 2006. From 1978 to 1988 he was a member of ISKCON Detroit’s sankirtan team. He then moved to Vrindavan and served at the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education from 1989-2010. In 2002 he formed ISKCONResolve where he still serves as co-director. Braja Bihari Dasa has a master’s degree in conflict resolution and has published several papers on the subject. He lists his special interests in Krishna consciousness as teaching from Srila Prabhupada’s books. Braja Bihari Dasa presently lives in Maryland with his wife Ananda Vrindavanesvari Devi Dasi and their son Gopinath.
Previous SPT members:
Kaisori Devi Dasi