For the present you should continue going to school because education is important. Without education nobody has any social position and all our students in Krishna Consciousness are expected to be preachers. So preachers must have sufficient education because they have to meet with so many opposing elements. Education should be continued at the same time chanting should be continued. There will be no difficulty. (letter to Indira and Ekayani)
San Francisco 17 December, 1967
Human life is meant for cultivation of spiritual knowledge, in eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the executive heads of all states and all planets are obliged to impart this lesson to the citizens by education, culture and devotion.
Bhagavad Gita, 4.1. Purport
Education means to lead the people gradually to Krsna consciousness.
Lecture SB 1.3.20 Los Angeles 1972
Regarding the answers which you gave to Bilas Vigrahadas, they were all correct. When you study very carefully all of the literature which is available, especially Bhagavad-gita As It Is, you will have in your grasp answers to all questions that may be put to you. Please encourage the others to read this Bhagavad-gita at least one chapter every day.
Letter to Upendra, 6th January, 1969
Please see that the program for studying our literatures is also undertaken very seriously by all the devotees there. Everyone of us must become thoroughly acquainted with our philosophy, so that our preaching work may be carried out nicely.
Letter to Jagadisa, 27th February, 1970
Yes, we must set up our society as a school as best we can. I have already sent you letter. Please formulate the whole curriculum because we have to immediately submit to the Draft department and if this is accepted that will be great gain for our society. “Bhakti-sastri” is awarded after extensive study of Bhagavad-gita, Easy Journey, and Nectar of Devotion. “Bhakti-vaibhava” is awarded after study of Vedanta-sutra and Srimad-Bhagavatam on a preliminary basis; and “Bhaktivedanta” the highest title, is awarded after extensive study of Caitanya-caritamrta.
Letter to Brahmananda, 23rd March, 1969
It is necessary for the leaders of the Krsna consciousness movement to start educational institutions in different parts of the world to train children, starting at the age of five years. Thus such children will not become hippies or spoiled children of society; rather, they can all become devotees of the Lord. The face of the world will then change automatically.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.23 Purport
I consider this Gurukula school to be one of our most important aspects of this movement and it should be given all serious consideration by the members. If we are able to make a whole generation of our children into fine Krsna Conscious preachers, that will be the glory of our movement and the glory of your country as well. But if we neglect somehow or other and if we lose even one Vaisnava, that is very great loss.
Letter to Stokakrsna – Los Angeles 20 June, 1972
Gurukula is our most important project. If the children are given a Krsna Conscious education from early childhood then there is great hope for the future of the world.
Letter to Dayananda, Nandarani – Calcutta 27 January, 1973
By all means you should continue practicing Krsna Consciousness everyday. But that does not necessarily mean that you have to move into the Temple immediately. It is also important to get some education. So for some years you should remain studying in school. But on the weekends with your parents permission you can go to the Temple and stay there but do not fall behind in your school work.
Letter to Durgesh, 16th December, 1974
Soon we shall be introducing the Bhakti-sastri examination which all brahmanas will be expected to pass. It will be based on Bhagavad-gita, N. O. D., Nectar of Instruction, Isopanisad, and the small paperback books like Easy Journey. A brahmana should be pandita.
Letter to Brsakapi, 7th January, 1976
He joined ISKCON in 1973, inspired by the political activism of the In God We Trust Party for Purified Leaders, organized by members of ISKCON. He is a member of the Governing Body Commission and head of the Ministry of Educational Development. He served as the temple president of both Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia; as the Managing Editor of Back to Godhead magazine; and as the North American Secretary of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. He attended the United States Military Academy and later received a degree in Political Science from the State University of New York, Albany. In 1991 he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. He lives in Alachua, Florida, with his wife and two daughters.
To provide Krishna conscious education of high quality to everyone through temples, educational institutions and various global initiatives.
To develop comprehensive educational systems globally, that foster higher spiritual values, fulfill the needs of ISKCON members and the larger society and bring about excellence in all areas of human life.
- Empowering and supporting educational initiatives and collaborations among educators, educational institutions and professionals.
- Establishing and monitoring high standards of Vaisnava education.
- Supervising the development and execution of educational plans and ensuring they are delivered to high standards.
- Understanding and fulfilling the educational needs of the Krsna conscious families.
- Making every temple as an educational centre and a centre of excellence.
Immediate Goal: Start Connecting Educators & Educational Initiatives World Wide
- NOT to interfere but to facilitate
- Act NOW rather than repent LATER
- Be in the quadrant of NOT-URGENT Important than URGENT Important
- As much as possible utilize the knowledge base & resources for the benefit of the devotee community
- Support and promote local educational initiatives.
- Conduct a survey of your temple and congregational devotees to find out your local educational needs.
- Have your educational initiatives endorsed by the MOE.
- Be part of the Ministry volunteer team & help us connect all educational initiatives.
- Send information/news reports to the MOE website for circulation.
- Identify an educational officer for your temple.
- Identify a regional educational representative form your zone.
- Become part of our educational network.