Whereas the GBC law passed as resolution 104 of 1999 “COMPLAINTS ABOUT SANNYASIS” states as follows in its entirety:

THAT the GBC Sannyasa Sub-committee shall deal with any complaints against sannyasis. An investigation will be initiated if a majority of the members judges a complaint to merit investigation. Decisions will be made by a majority vote. The GBC Executive Committee shall present the decision to the GBC Body either by correspondence or at the next annual general meeting. A decision of the Sannyasa Sub-committee will be overturned by a majority vote of the GBC Body; otherwise the sub-committee’s decision remains in effect. A sannyasi who does not abide by the decision shall be subjected to penalties according to ISKCON Law. If there are complaints against sannyasis who are also GBC members or gurus, the GBC Executive Committee may decide to deal with them itself; however, in that case the Sannyasa Minister should also participate in the decision-making process.

Whereas this existing procedure has worked well in some instances. However, it should also be considered that sannyasis often function within the ISKCON structure in much the same way that others do, and thus should be subject to the same service rules as other devotees. Complaints about sannyasis may thus be relevant for both local authorities as well as ISKCON in general and there may be confusion as to whether a particular locally relevant disciplinary matter should be dealt with by local authorities or at the international level by the ISKCON Ministry of Sannyasa Services. This confusion has caused the above ISKCON law to be neglected in some cases and there is a need to rationalize the situation.

Resolved:

That the above quoted Law 1999-104 is hereby amended to state as follows:

ISKCON sannyasis shall be subject to the same basic disciplinary rules as other ISKCON members regarding the conduct of their services within ISKCON. A sannyasi’s behavior that is subject to disciplinary action is specified in the approved ISKCON Ministry of Sannyasa Services’ Policy Manual. However, if any complaint concerning a sannyasi is received by any ISKCON authority then the ISKCON Ministry of Sannyasa Services shall be promptly informed of the complaint as well as of any and all subsequent actions taken either by the ISKCON authority receiving the complaint or any other ISKCON authority that becomes involved in the matter.

Upon being informed in this regard, the ISKCON Ministry of Sannyasa Services shall consider whether the matter is in any way relevant to its mandate to uphold the prestige of the sannyasa asrama. If so, then it may choose to advise the ISKCON authority(ies) that are dealing with the matter locally and/or undertake its own proceedings.

However, if a complaint is received directly by the ISKCON Ministry of Sannyasa Services and it contains primarily general concerns about the behavior and activities of a particular sannyasi then it can be dealt with directly by the ISKCON Ministry of Sannyasa Services according to the following procedures:

An investigation will be initiated if a majority of the Sannyasa Standing Committee members determines a complaint to merit investigation. Disciplinary decisions will also be made by a majority vote. The GBC Executive Committee shall present the decision to the GBC Body either by correspondence or at the next Annual General Meeting. A decision of the Sannyasa Standing Committee may be overturned by a majority vote of the GBC Body; otherwise the Standing Committee’s decision remains in effect. A sannyasi who does not abide by the decision shall be subjected to penalties according to ISKCON Law. The appeals process is explained in the Policy Manual.

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