Krishna consciousness, or bhakti-yoga, means how to act in harmony with ultimate reality–the Supreme Person. Bhakti, “devotional service” is how the bhakta, “devotee” and Bhagavan,“God, the possessor of all opulences” relate.
Krishna consciousness is both a practice and the goal of the practice. The goal is to be Krishna conscious. The practice is to always stay conscious of Krishna.
As ISKCON has grown at a rapid rate around the world, some areas were made zones under the direction of a particular GBC member even though they may not have been geographically contingent. Hence it was resolved at the 2012 GBC meetings that a framework be provided to identify zones or fourteen broad territories of the world which will be identified as Areas. The GBC Zonal Secretaries currently active in those Areas shall submit suggestions for zonal configuration to the GBC Organizational Development Committee which will be ratified in the next AGM.
For more information on the discussion regarding zonal configuration, please click here.
There is a process by which proposals are submitted each year by a certain date. These are vetted and voted on by GBC Deputies and committees; the final proposals are submitted to the GBC body for majority voting.
The GBC has a central fund to facilitate the execution of its functions. These funds are acquired from individual GBC members as well as ISKCON members. Also each ISKCON center worldwide pays a yearly contribution to the GBC.
Apart from being required to follow the sadhana or regulated principles of bhakti yoga such as chanting 16 rounds of japa, avoiding meat-eating, gambling, illicit sex and intoxication, GBC members also take an oath of allegiance to ISKCON. Click here to read the oath.