The Office of Communications for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) works to create and sustain favorable environments for advancing the goals of the Krishna consciousness movement – by establishing and maintaining confidence and faith in the integrity of the movement’s members and its religious and cultural organization. As such we are committed to helping ISKCON be a respected and influential religious organization all over the world.
Popularly known as the Hare Krishna Movement, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a worldwide confederation of more than 650 temples and centers, 110 vegetarian restaurants, and a wide variety of community projects. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, or denomination, a monotheistic tradition within the broad Vedic, or Hindu culture.
ISKCON is a religious movement that also identifies itself as The Hare Krishna Movement. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic and Hindu cultural traditions.
It is based on the Bhagavad-gita, the spiritual teachings spoken by Lord Krishna. According to many writings, this sacred text is over 5,000 years old and documents the conversation between Lord Krishna and his close friend and disciple Arjuna.
ISKCON traces its spiritual lineage directly to the speaker of this sacred book, Lord Krishna, who is revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The text teaches that the goal of life is to develop love of God, or Krishna. Love of God is realized through the practice of bhakti-yoga, the science of devotional service.
In the latter part of the 15th century, a saint named Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revitalized the bhakti-yoga tradition by introducing an expansive spiritual movement that swept India. Central to this renaissance was Chaitanya’s emphasis on the chanting of Krishna’s name. Underlying this simple practice was a profound, rational, and intellectually comprehensive theology. Hare Krishna devotees worship Lord Chaitanya as an incarnation of Krishna for this age, and ISKCON is a vibrant continuation of the movement Chaitanya revitalized.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is the extraordinary person who dedicated his life to teaching the world about Krishna consciousness, ancient India's most noble message of spiritual wisdom.
In 1965, at the age of 69, on the order of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, representing a line of teachers dating back to Lord Krishna Himself, Srila Prabhupada sailed from India to New York to share Lord Krishna's message. He brought with him a trunk of books, $7 in change, and the firm faith that the holy name of Krishna would transform the hearts of people he would meet. In the years that followed, he founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), traveled and taught throughout the world, opened more than 100 temples and inspired thousands of devotees.
He wrote over forty volumes of translation and commentary on such classics as Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), Chaitanya-charitamrita, and Bhagavad-gita. He wrote not only as a scholar but as a consummate practitioner, teaching by the example of his life. Throughout his works, Srila Prabhupada's mood was to convey the natural meaning of the scriptures without far-fetched interpretations, giving us an authentic rendition of the Vedic conclusions on such important topics as the purpose of human life, the nature of the soul, consciousness, and God.
From 1966 to 1977, despite his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours that took him to six continents. Though no longer physically present among us, he lives forever in his instructions, books, videos and audio recordings, and in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.
1) 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.
2) To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (God), as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
3) 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).
4) 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.
5) To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
6) To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.
7) With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.
ISKCON News is the news agency for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. ISKCON News' mission is to be a reliable, balanced, and timely source of news about, and of interest to the devotees, friends and people interested in ISKCON.
To that end, ISKCON News strives to provide visitors with insightful and thought-provoking news and opinion via quality writing, photographic, audio, and video media. It is with this conviction that such a resource is meant to help to create a more well-informed and connected citizenry within ISKCON, and thus positively impact ISKCON's ability to carry out its mission.
This document is the ﬁrst official statement by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) concerning the Society's relationship with other people of faith in God. This statement serves as a declaration of purpose and a significant basis for relationship with ISKCON’s dialogue partners. [Click Here]
This Special Edition of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies (JVS) is exclusively devoted to selected papers that were presented over 15 years of Vaishnava-Christian Dialogue retreats, held in Washington D.C. and elsewhere. Contributors include Francis X. Clooney, Graham M. Schweig, Kenneth Cracknell, Klaus Klostermaier, Tamal Krishna Goswami, Peter C. Phan and more. [Click Here]
ISKCON Communications Journal (ICJ) is a journal of dialogue, focussing on issues related to missionary development in ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and with issues of communication, administration, social development and education which affect mission in ISKCON. [No Longer Published - Click Here for Archived Issues]
The Journal of Vaishnava Studies (JVS) is a biannual, interdisciplinary refereed publication dedicated to the in-depth study of the Vaishnava traditions of India, from ancient times to the present. The journal presents the research of Vaishnava scholars and scholars of Vaishnavism, thus representing both practitioner and academic perspectives. [Click Here]
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