ISCKON is a sect of Hinduism who worship lord Krishna. They accept Bhagavata Puran and Gita(to my current knowledge).

Do they accept the authority of vedas above gita?

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    All the sectarian based cults, even though must accept Vedas, but will glorify their own texts that serve their purpose and deity. Even, all other scriptures, including the Vedas, even if non conforming to their sectarian ideology, will be interpreted(by the those cults) according to and in complete favour of, their own sectarian beliefs.
    – Vivikta
    Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 7:17
  • @Vivikta so do they accept vedas as authority above gita Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 7:20
  • That's opinion based, I guess. No one will explicitly say (at least from within the cult) that they give higher weightage to whichever text. In any way, they must accept Atleast the basic Vedic tenets, to be under the Sanãtan Dharma umbrella.
    – Vivikta
    Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 7:23
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    Everyone including us is biased, but ISCKON (in my opinion) are blatantly and aggressively biased. Thus, I completely refrain from reading and subscribing to their translation and interpretation of scriptures.
    – Vivikta
    Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 8:19
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    They accept the authority of Vedas in namesake. They attribute everything they say as coming from Vedas, although they don't quote any Vedic text in support.
    – RamAbloh
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 13:21

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As per their official site under the article Studying Sacred Texts, They have mentioned only two texts. First is Bhagwat Gita, under which they say:


No sacred treatise, has a setting as intriguing as the Bhagavad Gita. The dialogue between the princely warrior Arjuna and Lord Krishna, the Supreme Godhead before the onset of the Mahabharata War is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom.

Another text, they have mentioned is Vedas, they say:


The word Veda can be traced to the sanskrit word vid which means “to know” or “knowledge.” The Vedic texts contain information on varied topics: from medicine to cosmology , from techniques of yoga and meditation to explanation of lessons in governmental organisation and military protocols.

So as per their official site, they do accept Vedas, however they give special place to Bhagwat Gita as we can notice the bold part.

  • Which book is higher gita or vedas for them Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 8:15
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    @DarkKnight, Gita is the essence of the Upanishads (Vedas) only so technically it doesn’t matter
    – Adiyarkku
    Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 15:00
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    @Archit yes, but there is a difference between vedas and the gita. Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 15:03

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