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Introduction to Krishna Consciousness

Who is Krishna?
Many people may ask, “Who is Krishna?” There are numerous Vedic references that can be used to provide the proper explanations. To begin with, it is the Vedic literature that most c… Read More »

Who am I?
Who am I? The Vedic Description of the Soul Who am I? What am I? Am I the body, mind or something more? These are the age old questions that every philosopher throughout the ages has tried to gra… Read More »

What Is Karma?
What Is Karma? Karma is one of those topics that many people know a little about, but few understand the intricacies of it. To start with, the second law of thermodynamics is that for every action… Read More »

What Is Reincarnation?
What Is Reincarnation? Reincarnation is called samsara in the classic Vedic texts of India. The word samsara is Sanskrit and means being bound to the cycle of repeated birth and death through numero… Read More »

Do you believe in reincarnation?
Yes. The Bhagavad-gita, the principal scripture of the Hare Krishna movement, and the roots of understanding reincarnation, states “As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood… Read More »

What is goal of life?
We are not this body. We are spirit souls. We are part and parcel of the Supreme absolute - Sri Krishna. The goal of our life is to establish the lost connection with the Supreme Personality - Sri Kr… Read More »

What is Vedic Culture?
Vedic Culture As Relevant Today As Ever! By investigating the knowledge and viewpoints in the many topics found in Vedic culture we can certainly see that the practice and utilization of this Vedic… Read More »

What Scriptures Do You Follow?
Members of the Hare Krishna Movement follow ancient India’s Vedic literature, primarily Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. These teachings date back over 5000 years and are practiced by more than 9… Read More »

What Is The Hare Krishna Movement?
The Hare Krishna Movement is the popular name for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is a worldwide community of devotees practicing bhakti-yoga, the eternal science of… Read More »

What is Bhakti Yoga?
Bhakti is derived from the sanskrit word bhaj, which means - loving service. Yoga in sanskrit means - connection. Bahkti yoga means to connect to the supreme by means of loving pure devotional servi… Read More »

What is the Hare Krishna Chant?
A mantra is a spiritual sound vibration that purifies the consciousness and awakens love of God. The chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare… Read More »

More on Chanting Hare Krishna
On Chanting Hare Krishna By Srila Prabhupada Although “Hare Krishna” has become a household word, practically nobody knows what it means. Is it merely a repetitious incantation designed to hypnoti… Read More »

Why are you Vegetarians?
The Vedic scriptures establish nonviolence, called ahimsa, as the ethical foundation of vegetarianism and for a peaceful society. According to the Vedas, God is the Supreme Father of all creatures, n… Read More »

Why Be Vegetarian?
Why Be Vegetarian? On the spiritual path, there are several reasons why a person is recommended to be vegetarian. One primary reason is that we need to see the spiritual nature within all living bei… Read More »

Why eat prasadam?
Prasadam The Power of Sacred Food On the spiritual path those that are most inclined to lead a peaceful existence that respects the value of all life often adopts the vegetarian lifestyle. It is in… Read More »

What is the Significance of Deities and Deity Worship?
Deities play an important part in most temples of Krishna. But what is the significance of Deities and Deity worship? One thing to understand is that all the images or Deities in the Vedic pantheon,… Read More »

Who Started the Hare Krishna Movement?
In 1965, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada traveled alone from India to America to establish the timeless tradition of Krishna consciousness in the Western world. He single-handed… Read More »

Who Started ISKCON?
The Society was founded in 1966 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), a pure devotee of God representing an unbroken chain of spiritual masters originating with Lord K… Read More »

Who Is Srila Prabhupada?
Who Is Srila Prabhupada? Srila Prabhupada, known as His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, appeared in this world in Calcutta, India on Nandotsava, the annual festival day celebratin… Read More »

What is ISKCON’s Purpose?
What is ISKCON’s Purpose? When Srila Prabhupada began ISKCON, he established eight principles that are the basis of the Krishna consciousness movement. 1. By sincerely cultivating a genuine spiritu… Read More »

Where the Teachings Come From?
Although the Hare Krishna Movement has only been established in the West since 1966, its roots extend thousands of years into the past, back into the Vedic tradition of India. The Vedas were original… Read More »

Why do some members wear robes and saris?
In the ancient Vedic culture a person dressed according to his or her social and spiritual position. Following those traditions, women who live in Hare Krishna communities wear saris and men wear rob… Read More »

The Peace Formula
The Peace Formula By Srila Prabhupada The great mistake of modern civilization is to encroach upon others’ property as though it were one's own and to thereby create an unnecessary disturbance of t… Read More »

How can I participate?
Many people wonder if they have to shave their heads and wear robes, or live in the temple to join or participate in the Hare Krishna Movement or Vedic philosophy. But that is not necessarily the cas… Read More »

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