Unfolding the Eternal Wisdom of Devotional Worship
ISKCON – International Society for Krishna Consciousness – was founded by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in New York City in 1966. Since its inception, the movement has gained immense recognition and earned the appreciation of scholars and religious leaders across the world. It was founded with the sole aim of revealing the concealed teachings of Bhakti Yoga or Krishna Consciousness to the world. ISKCON preaches the age-old Sanskrit texts of the traditional Bhakti Yoga practice which includes the Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavata Purana. The central theme of these ancient scriptures is to reach spiritual enlightenment through love and devotion to Lord Krishna – the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Popularly referred to as the Hare Krishna Movement, it encompasses 500 major centers, temples, and rural communities, approximately 100 affiliated vegetarian restaurants, thousands of namahattas or local meeting groups, various community projects, and millions of congregational members globally.
Krishna Consciousness is also imparted through festivals, arts, yoga seminars, public chanting, and literature distribution. The group devotes itself to society welfare through numerous hospitals, schools, colleges, ecovillages, free food distribution projects, and other institutions as a practical application of the path of devotional yoga. The present members work dedicatedly in bringing our country’s Vaishnava culture in its spirituality and relevance before the Western and modern world.