Krishna West Community Guidelines

Thank you for your invaluable participation and contribution to Krishna West!

In accordance with our mission, we seek to serve the Western world with intelligent, appropriate, non-sectarian spiritual activism that powerfully addresses, with spiritual wisdom, issues of social and economic justice, the global environment, and ultimate liberation.

As an ISKCON project, Krishna West accepts the Governing Body Commission (GBC) as the ultimate managing authority of ISKCON. Thus, Krishna West strives to fulfill its mission in full cooperation with ISKCON authorities. To this end, Krishna West programs and social media platforms will observe the following guidelines:

  1. Project Guidelines

    1. Any ISKCON member can start a KW program/project, as long as that member does not:
      • break ISKCON law; or
      • disturb an existing ISKCON project.
    2. ISKCON members who are enthusiastic to organize a Krishna West program/project in their area must fulfill the criteria listed below before publicly announcing the program/project.
      • Ask H.D. Goswami and/or Bir Krishna Goswami for authorization.
      • Contact your local ISKCON temple president or project leader and communicate your commitment to coordinate with them.
      • Register your program/project with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and verify your coordination efforts with local ISKCON leadership.

       

  2. Social Media Guidelines

    1. Krishna West social media managers must use discernment with the content of its posts and comment management, in a sincere effort to placate ISKCON members who remain unconvinced about the legitimacy of Krishna West.
    2. In order to pacify concerns raised by the GBC and other ISKCON leaders, use the following criteria to determine what topics or statements are sensitive and, thus, unacceptable for public domain.
      • Grievances against ISKCON and/or ISKCON leadership.
      • Grievances against Krishna West and/or Krishna West leadership.
      • Statements or quotes by H.D. Goswami that are potentially inflammatory when presented out of context.
      • Disrespectful statements towards Indian cultural traditions.
    3. Refrain from using the reverential name ‘Acharyadeva’ and, instead, use any of the following names when referring to Hridayananda das Goswami:
      • H.D. Goswami
      • Hridayananda das Goswami
      • Howard Resnick, Ph.D.
    4. ISKCON members who are enthusiastic to build Krishna West social media—namely Facebook groups, pages, etc.—must fulfill the criteria listed below before publicly announcing your program/project.
      • Read and agree to uphold the aforementioned KW social media guidelines.
      • Appoint two administrators for your page.
      • Submit administrator contact info (email and phone number) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. To start a Krishna West project in my area, do I need to secure permission from my local ISKCON leadership?
    • As a loyal ISKCON project, Krishna West is committed to organize its projects in a collegial atmosphere of mutual support with other ISKCON temples and projects. To this end, Krishna West leaders communicate with their local ISKCON authorities for the purpose of coordination, as opposed to securing permission. 
  2. Do I need to use the name Krishna West for my project or on my Facebook page?
    • We encourage you to use discretion when naming your Krishna West project/program. For example, if your local ISKCON authorities are particularly inimical towards the ideas of Krishna West, please consider using an alternative name for the sake of diplomacy. Alternatively, if the ‘Hare Krishnas’ have a poor reputation in your area, it might be wise to select a name that will better represent and serve your local community.
  3. Should I build a website for my Krishna West project?
    • It is important not to get bogged down by building and maintaining multiple social media platforms and/or a website until your Krishna West project comes into fruition and you have talented people coming forward to help. In our experience, a simple Facebook or Meetup page with program info that is active and well-maintained is far more effective than a periodically updated website and a collection of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc accounts.
    • KW.com and our various social media platforms are meant to serve KW projects on the ground, as a central hub for KW outreach, activity, info, and resources. So feel free to direct your participants to our already established pages and allow us to lesson your burden while you build your KW project. That being said, if you or someone on your team is a website/social media wizard and has hours of free time every day to maintain active pages, go for it!
  4. When will my Krishna West project be posted on KW.com?
    • In accordance with our project guidelines (see above), after your Krishna West project is officially registered, it is then added and listed under Projects on KW.com.
  5. If I see an inappropriate post or comment on a Krishna West Facebook page, what should I do?
    • Write the author of the comment and/or manager of the Facebook page and respectfully communicate why you feel the post/comment is inappropriate.
    • If inappropriate posts or comments continue to be posted, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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