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Ravindra receives Federal Cross of Merit DANDAVATS.com"You came onto the GBC Body in 1987 during a period of great challenges. At that time, there was a need for calm consideration, intelligence and renewal. Your voice and presence on the GBC provided all three. Thus, you helped to steady the “ship” of ISKCON through those turbulent waters and into a bright and new beginning.Your next twenty-seven years on the GBC–including your two terms as our Chairman–tested your patience and determination, but you did not waiver in your commitment to making ISKCON spiritually sound.Among your many unique contributions, you guided us through the difficult years of bringing the New Vrindavana community back into ISKCON. You contributed to the development of the Bhaktivedanta Institute and its pioneering scientific and cultural outreach and preaching. You have written prolifically for Back to Godhead magazine. And, you continue to lead the research developing key elements of Srila Prabhupada’s Temple of Vedic Planetarium.As our Chair in 2000, you completed a vow to chant 64 rounds a day for a month at the foot of the sacred Govardhan Hill, thus praying for ISKCON and personifying the need for sincere personal austerity and purification to advance us in service.During the last two years, your leadership and academic skills again were fully manifest as you researched, consulted with GBC members and leaders world-wide, and then wrote “Srila Prabhupada: The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON.” It is an historic text for ISKCON, and your pivotal role in its creation will not be forgotten.While acknowledging your significant contributions, we must also recognize your able and highly qualified wife, Saudamini Devi Dasi. She too has made great sacrifices and contributions in the service of Srila Prabhupada, and she has stood by your side throughout your entire career of service to ISKCON.Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, you have chosen to retire this year from active full-time GBC service, and we reluctantly accept your resignation. We will deeply miss your regular association at GBC meetings.As a token of our respect, love, and appreciation, we hereby bestow upon you the position of GBC Emeritus."
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