This saṅkīrtana movement started by the Society for Krishna Consciousness is meant for creating Vaikuṇṭha, the transcendental world that is without anxiety, even in this material world.
– Śrila Prabhupāda Purport to Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 4 chapter 30 Verse 35
Known by popular name of “Hare Krsnas”, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness established by its founder Acarya His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the unique spiritual movement of modern times.
From its humble beginning on a store front in New York, the movement literally took over the whole world causing a cultural revolution of sorts in the late 60s and early 70s.
Till today the movement attracts everyone in the world from all walks of life, teaching millions the ancient wisdom of Bhagavad Gītā and Śrīmad Bhāgavatam on how to make the mission of human life successful.
The movement is best introduced by the seven purposes of ISKCON succinctly articulated by its Founder Acarya Śrila Prabhupāda in its incorporation documents:
- To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples 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 as it is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
- To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, and thus to develop 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 Sankirtan movement of congregational chanting of the holy name of God as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya 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 and more natural way of life.
- With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.
The philosophy of “Zero Waste Mayapur” is directly inspired and strongly founded in the above purposes of ISKCON.
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