International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Definition - What does International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) mean?

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is perhaps better known as the Hare Krishna movement. It was founded in 1966 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and is a branch of the Gaudiya Vaishnava school of Hinduism, a monotheistic tradition.

A nonsectarian movement, ISKCON has grown to include more than 500 centers, communities, temples, schools and other properties. In the West, ISKCON has been associated with the countercultural scene of the 1960s and 1970s when members of the society, or Hare Krishnas, spread their message singing the Hare Krishna mantra in the streets and, notably, in airports.

Yogapedia explains International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

The mission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness is to promote the well-being of society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness as outlined in the Bhagavad Gita and other sacred texts. Krishna consciousness, a form of Bhakti yoga, is a state of awareness in which one acts in harmony with the ultimate reality of Krishna.

Roughly 700,000 people worldwide devote themselves to the movement, although there is no agreement on the actual number. Regardless of the number of devotees, in the United States, ISKCON is no longer primarily young white hippies. Most followers now are Indian immigrants, who find the movement comfortably similar to their spiritual upbringing.

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