Srila-Prabhupada-Quotes-08Before passing on in 1977, Srila Prabhupada established the Governing Body Commission (GBC) as ISKCON’s ultimate managing authority. Its primary responsibility is to preserve, disseminate, and carry out the instructions of Srila Prabhupada. The GBC convenes in Mayapur, West Bengal, for an Annual General Meeting and passes resolutions by a voting process. This ecclesiastic body consists of thirtysome members who individually oversee the management and spiritual standards of all ISKCON centers, affiliated projects, and devotees in assigned geographic regions. GBC members also supervise projects, initiatives, and ministries. An executive director, the heads of ISKCON ministries, and the GBC deputies support the GBC. Working under the GBC are Regional Governing Bodies (RGBs) and Temple Presidents. Each ISKCON temple is individually incorporated and manages its affairs through local leadership.