INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS
Founder Acharya: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Known popularly as the Hare Krishna Movement, ISKCON is a global confederation comprising over 600 temples and centers, 110 vegetarian restaurants, and a diverse range of community initiatives. ISKCON is part of the Gaudiya-Vaishnava tradition, a monotheistic lineage within the broader Vedic and Hindu cultural framework.
ISKCON has its spiritual lineage directly from Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as depicted in all Vedic Sriptures like Bhagavad-Gita & Srimad Bhagavatam. ISKCON teaches that life's ultimate purpose is to cultivate love for God, or Krishna, through the practice of Bhakti-Yoga, the discipline of Devotional Service. In the late 15th century, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu played a pivotal role in the revival of the bhakti-yoga tradition, launching a widespread spiritual movement across India. At the heart of this renaissance was the profound significance of chanting Krishna's Holy Name, based upon a profound, rational, and intellectually comprehensive theology.
This nonsectarian and monotheistic movement is dedicated to advancing societal well-being by disseminating the spiritual science of Krishna consciousness.
7 Purposes Of ISKCON
- To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
- To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (God), as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
- To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
- To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God, as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
- To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
- To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.
- With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books, and other writings.