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ISKCON Full Form - International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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 International Society for Krishna Consciousness
  • ISKCON stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
  • It's a spiritual organization that belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava Sampradaya.
  • Its values and beliefs are based on the Sanskrit scriptures Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavat Purana or Srimad Bhagavatam.
  • These scriptures teach that the ultimate goal of all living beings is to reawaken their love for God or Lord Krishna.
  • It was founded in 1966 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City. The members of ISKCON follow the bkakti-yoga tradition.
  • They practice bhakti yoga in temples also as in their homes.
  • They also promote the Krishna Consciousness through festivals, seminars, distribution of literature etc.
  • Additionally to the religious activities, the ISKCON members have established schools, colleges, hospitals, food distribution projects etc, as an application of the path of bhakti yoga.

Regulative Principles

  • The society gives emphasis on four regulative principles because the basis of spiritual life.
  • These principles are inspired from four legs of Dharma.
  • These four principles are as follows:
    • No meat-eating including fish and eggs
    • No illicit sex (even between husband and wife if it's not for the procreation of children)
    • No Gambling
    • No intoxicants
     Regulative Principles

    Regulative Principles

  • The four legs of Dharma are as follows:
    • Daya (Mercy)
    • Tapas (Self-Control or Austerity)
    • Satyam (Truthfulness)
    • Saucam ( cleanliness in mind, body and dealings )


  • ISKCON has seven main purposes which are as follows:
    • To systematically spread spiritual knowledge and techniques of spiritual life to attain balance within the values in life and to attain real unity and peace across the world.
    • To spread the consciousness of Krishna as described within the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
    • To bring the members of the society close to Krishna (the prime entity) and develop the thought within members and humanity that every soul is part of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
    • To teach and encourage the Sankirtan movement (the congregational chanting of the holy name of the God) as described by the Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
    • To raise a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to lord Krishna for the members and society at large.
    • To bring members close to each other for the aim of teaching simple and natural way of life.
    • To publish and distribute books, magazines, periodicals etc, to achieve the above-mentioned purposes.

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