About ISKCON

  • History

    The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), otherwise known as the Hare Krishna movement, has its roots 5000 years ago in the teachings of Lord Krishna, the supreme personality of Godhead. The movement was introduced to the western world by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1965 and it rapidly spread all over the world in a matter of 12 years and we have quadrupled in size since then.

  • Philosophy

    By sincerely cultivating true spiritual science, we can be free from anxiety and come to a state of pure, unending, blissful consciousness in this lifetime!
    The Absolute Truth is contained in the Vedas, the oldest scriptures in the world. The essence of the Vedas is found in the Bhagavad-gita, a literal record of Krishna’s words. Krishna is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive. He is the same God as The Father Allah, Buddha and Jehovah.

  • Global

    ISKCON has a truly global presence with 500 major centers globally, thousands of local meeting groups and millions of congregational members worldwide. What makes ISKCON truly stand out is its distinct atmosphere of peace, tranquility and oneness with God. The beautiful Radha Krishna Moortis (Deities) are truly awe-inspiring. From time to time, you will see and hear devotees sing melodious Hare Krishna kirtan accompanied by musical instruments such as Harmoniums, Mridangam etc.

Philosophically it is based on the Sanskrit texts Bhagavad-gītā and the Bhagavat Purana, or Srimad Bhagavatam. These are the historic texts of the devotional bhakti yoga tradition, which focuses on the spiritual nourishment of the soul thereby guaranteeing inner happiness and contentment for the sincere practitioner.

The basic philosophy begins with the understanding that we are not this body, rather we are the conscious spiritual beings residing in these varieties of material bodies resembling humans, aquatics, plants, etc.
“Those who are beyond the dualities that arise from doubts, whose minds are engaged within, who are always busy working for the welfare of all living beings, and who are free from all sins achieve liberation in the Supreme.”   ~ Bhagavad Gita 5.25 (Give a Blue Background with white text)

Connection of the soul with the supreme through loving devotional service is called Bhakti Yoga

Real happiness can be derived only from a spiritual source, just like a fish can derive happiness only in water, not outside. We are spirit souls and our happiness comes from loving relationships with other spiritual beings, what to speak of the joy that is experienced when we are connected to the supreme spiritual being, Krishna.

Thus to love and be loved is real spiritual nature.

” O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and also those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge.”

~ Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.11