What is ISKCON?

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Published on Jan 18, 2015

Question: What is ISKCON?

Answer: ISKCON is an acronym for The International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada legally constituted this organisation in 1966 in New York.

He is the founder-acharya (spiritual master) of ISKCON.

ISKCON is an organisation of the Vedic tradition established in the West to perpetuate the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.

Srila Prabhupada personally travelled around the world 12 times to develop this fledgling society into a truly international society which currently has more than 300 temples, farms communities, ashrams, schools and institutes.

He established a Governing Body Commission (GBC) to oversee the both the administrative and spiritual needs of the society.

His position as the founder cannot be replaced by anyone but he wisely gave the society a collective management structure so that it would survive his passing.

The headquarters of ISKCON is located in Mayapur in the state of Western Bengal, India.

This place is of special significance because it is the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, religious reformer and divine incarnate by whose instructions and personal example the glories of the holy names of God are spreading.

ISKCON temples are found in almost every major city on every continent and the members are from all races and backgrounds, making it a truly international society.

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