International Society for Krishna Consciousness Revival Movement
AbbreviationIRM
PredecessorInternational Society for Krishna Consciousness
Typereligious movement
PurposeRestoring the original Hare Krishna movement worldwide
Area served
worldwide
AffiliationsGaudiya Vaishnavism
Websiteiskconirm.com

The ISKCON Revival Movement (IRM) was formed as a pressure group in 2000 to revive and reform ISKCON on the basis of the directives for succession given by Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON.[1] IRM opposes both the zonal guru system and its replacement multiple-guru system as unauthorized innovations.[2]

IRM's aim and followership

The IRM’s followers consist of both current and former ISKCON members, ISKCON Life Members, and members of the Hindu community at large. The IRM’s ultimate goal is to rebuild an ISKCON movement operating just as Srila Prabhupada intended, with him as the sole guru and authority.[2]

Zonal and multiple-guru systems

According to IRM, the founder revealed, in a philosophical treatise called “The Final Order” [3] issued on July 9, 1977, a signed directive appointing 11 of his senior managers to act as ritviks (officiating priests) to initiate new recruits into the ISKCON movement on his behalf. According to IRM, all future disciples within ISKCON were supposed to revere Srila Prabhupada as their guru, not any successor. However, shortly after Srila Prabhupada’s departure on November 14, 1977, these ritviks ignored the directive; instead, they divided the world into 11 zones, each claiming to be the guru or spiritual successor in a different area. By early 1978 the 11 ritviks had begun to initiate disciples on their own behalf, acting as gurus for the movement.[4][2]

Over time, a number of the gurus suffered lawsuits, suicide, and other problems. The movement was plunged into confusion and acrimony. By the mid-1980s the Governing Body Commission (GBC), which managed ISKCON, issued a new interpretation of Srila Prabhupada's directive. What he had really wanted, it said, was for all disciples to become initiating gurus, not just the 11 ritviks. Today new gurus are added to the roster via a majority vote by the GBC at its annual meetings in Mayapur. Currently ISKCON gurus number around 80.[2]

IRM's opposition to zonal and multiple-guru systems

IRM contends that both the zonal guru system and its replacement multiple-guru system are unauthorized innovations. Citing GBC resolutions and management directives approved by Srila Prabhupada, the IRM insists that ISKCON will continue to flounder as long as it fails to comply with the orders of Srila Prabhupada.[2]

The IRM publishes a free international magazine, Back to Prabhupada. They have met with considerable opposition from those supporting the current multiple-guru system in ISKCON. [2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Jones & Ryan 2007, pp. 199–200.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jones & Ryan 2007, p. 200.
  3. ^ "The Final Order — ISKCONIRM". iskconirm.com. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  4. ^ Rochford 2007, p. 14.

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