The Spiritual Advisors Bhagavata Assembly, or SABHA, has manifold functions. It aims at strengthening unity among ISKCON’s global spiritual leaders.
It facilitates their cooperation, communication and working relation for the progress of Srila Prabhupada’s movement.
The SABHA also offers the GBC the opportunity to hear from other qualified Vaisnavas and tap their collective wisdom in the spirit recommended by Srila Prabhupada.
The SABHA can also suggest issues to the GBC for discussion or solution. They can directly propose new legislation or modifications of existing legislation to the GBC – without the requirement of GBCs having to sponsor the proposal.
Overall, the SABHA collaboratively works with the GBC by reviewing and proposing legislation and by suggesting topics for discussion with the aim of improving the quality, legitimacy and acceptance of GBC resolutions, priorities and directions.
The SABHA adds value to ISKCON’s governance by offering sound sastric advice and by expressing the will of the constituencies they represent. The sacred duty of the SABHA is to, together with the GBC, act as an instrument of the will of the Founder-Acarya.
The SABHA's members are subdivided in the following categories:
(i) Sannyasis & Gurus (12 members);
(ii) Senior devotees (5 members);
(iii) Vaishnavis (5 members);
(iv) Youth (3 members); and
(v) Area representatives (10 members)