About Iskcon

Honouring the Legacy of Krishna Bhakti in the Heart of Kurukshetra

Vision of ISKCON

ISKCON Kurukshetra’s mission is to spread the message of Lord Krishna and Bhakti Yoga to raise and support the standard of spiritual living, to create a devotee centered community with access to education, health care, child care, animal protection, environment protection, global outreach and cradle to grave quality programs for its members. Our objective is to spread smiles globally and make people learn the process of having a joyous filled life which will also help them in attaining a spiritually enlightened life; hence, we are perpetually wrapped up in numerous social charitable services.

Overview of Kurukshetra

Principles of ISKCON.

The principles of ISKCON are based on the teachings of the ancient Vedic scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The main principle of ISKCON is to promote the practice of bhakti-yoga, or devotional service to Lord Krishna, as the ultimate goal of human life. This is achieved through various practices, such as chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, studying Vedic scriptures, and engaging in devotional service.

In addition to promoting bhakti-yoga, ISKCON also emphasizes the importance of living a simple and austere lifestyle, avoiding meat-eating, intoxication, illicit sex, and gambling. These principles are collectively known as the four regulative principles.

ISKCON also promotes the concept of guru-disciple relationship, where a spiritual teacher provides guidance and mentorship to their disciples. The organization also places a strong emphasis on community living and encourages its members to live and work together in spiritual communities known as ashrams.

Overall, the principles of ISKCON are focused on promoting spiritual growth and self-realization, while also encouraging a simple and harmonious way of life that is in harmony with nature.

History Of ISKCON

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada (1896-1977), the famous chief negotiator of spiritual teachings in India, carried the movement forward and established ISKCON in New York in 1965. Let us take a look at ISKCON’s brief history!

The Beginning

In 1965, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada left Vrindavan behind for spreading the message of Lord Krishna in Western countries. He entered Boston with a trunk full of Lord Krishna’s books and a negligible amount of money in his pocket.
Initially, he struggled a lot, but within a few days, people started noticing him. Some curious people joined him in his chanting and lectures, while some started to acquire serious concern about his holy mission. He lived in New York until the year 1966.
He had started giving lectures on the sacred Bhagavad Gita weekly. In 1966, he established ISKCON in New York City successfully.

Establishment of Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and major accomplishments of Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada stimulated the construction of a large international center at Sridham Mayapur in West Bengal, India which is the best place for Vedic study. However, Srila Prabhupada’s most important contribution is his books. The academic community highly respected its authenticity, depth, and clarity. His books are even used as standard textbooks in many colleges. His author writings have been translated into 80 languages. To publish his writings, Bhakti Vedanta Book Trust (BBT) was specially established in 1972. Thus ISKCON has become the world’s largest publisher of books in the field of religion and philosophy. This Book Trust has so far printed and distributed more than crores of Bhagavad Gita.

Expansion of Iskcon

In July 1966, Srila Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness with great difficulty for about 1 year. Under his thorough guidance, this society expanded over a decade into a worldwide association of approximately 108 temples, ashrams, schools and institutions, and agricultural communities. During the period 1966-1968, more followers joined the sacred mission. As a result, he inaugurated temples in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Montreal, and New Mexico.

Rath-Yatra festival is the largest and oldest yearly festival celebrated in India. The first Rath-Yatra festival was organized in San Francisco. However, at present, this Rath-Yatra festival is celebrated in different corners of the world by the devotees of the ISKCON.

Between 1969-and 1973, several temples were inaugurated in Canada, Europe, Mexico, Africa, South America, and India. A supervisory body was also established in the year 1970 to supervise society’s overall growth.

Some Accomplishments

Around 525 years back, Lord Krishna descended Himself on this earth to preach the recitation of the Holy Names and how to become a devotee in this Kali-yuga – by presenting Himself as a devotee of Lord. This devotee form was none other than the great Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a combined form of Srimati Radha and Sri Krishna.
Later, He popularized the sacred mantra: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.”
Known as the Hare Krishna movement on the western side, ISKCON is better recognized as a monotheistic subdivision of the famous Gaudiya Vaishnava religious tradition. Mainly, ISKCON believes in the teachings of Lord Krishna.

1. Bhaktivedanta Institute was created in 1973 to support the Vedas teachings.

2. 1974 was a crucial year for ISKCON. They started relief programs like food in disaster areas globally.

3. In 1977, before Srila Prabhupada left his material body, ISKCON had successfully established around 108 temples, educational communities, centers, and over 10,000 members.

4. The whole ‘Hare Krishna Movement’ appeared as a revolutionary change in the former Soviet Union in 1989.

5. Srila Prabhupada published the monthly magazine, Back to Godhead, which he called the backbone of his movement. At the height of its circulation in the mid seventies, over a million copies per issue were sold.

6. Srila Prabhupada set up farm communities to teach “simple living and high thinking”, emphasizing cow protection and dependence on God and nature.

7. At present, ISKCON has more than 500 centers globally.

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