ISKCON's teachings are based on the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. They were originally written in the ancient sanskrit language and encapsulated the large body of texts known as "The Vedas".


The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was established in New York in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). ISKCON has since developed into a worldwide network of devotees and sympathisers with more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants.

Popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement, the society conducts its activities according to seven aims set out by 'Prabhupada' in its charter of incorporation.
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The Seven Aims

The Seven Purposes of ISKCON. When Srila Prabhupada first registered ISKCON as a legal entity (in New York,USA,1966),he gave the following seven purposes as its aims:

  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 ,as it is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.


  3. To bring members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna ,the Prime Entity, thus to develop the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the qualities of Godhead (Krishna).


  4. To teach and encourage the sankirtan movement (congregational chanting of the holy name of God) as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.


  5. To erect for the members, and 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.


A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, comes in direct succession from Lord Krishna and Lord Chaitanya. The title "Prabhupada" is a term of high honor that means "one who serves at the feet of God."