The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a monotheistic (believing in a single all-powerful God) branch of the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya (lineage), which originates from Lord Krishna Himself. Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead who appeared on this Earth and spoke the Bhargavad Gita over five thousand years ago. ISKCON follows the teachings of Lord Krishna exactly as revealed in the sacred Vedas, including Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
Briefly, members of ISKCON
• follow the philosophy of Vaishnavism (loving devotional service to Lord Vishnu/Krishna),
• embrace the chanting of the holy name of Krishna as a primary practice of devotional service,
• accept the concepts of transmigration, karma, vegetarianism (ahimsa), worship of the deity (Shri Vigraha), cow protection and
• uphold the significance of the preceptor-disciple (guru-sishya)relationship .
All these bring about lasting happiness and peace in society by reviving our loving relationship with God.
ISKCON today is a massive worldwide family of devotees of Lord Krishna where everyone, without consideration of age, caste, gender, language or country can take part in active, dynamic devotional services for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord and thus gain the highest spiritual benefit possible in this human form of life.
Devotees of Lord Krishna in ISKCON follow a pure and simple lifestyle that helps them to remain satisfied in service to Lord Krishna. Such a lifestyle in turn helps them to understand all living beings including people of all nations, even birds and beasts as children of God and treat them with love and respect.