Questions tagged [iskcon]

For questions about ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), the religious organisation, the Hare Krishna movement or its followers (Hare Krishnas).

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Views of ISKCON giving importance on Bhakti Yoga

Why does ISKCON emphasize bhakti yoga over karma and gyan yoga?Which Yoga does the Vedas most emphasize?
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Which Mission is implied by the purport of Gita 10.42?

The 'Bhagavad-Gita As It Is', 'the best-selling and most authorative version of this classic of world literature', by Bhaktivedanta Swami, 'the world's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher', reads in ...
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A question regarding the 'pranama-mantra' of 'Prabhupada'

As the following reads, Swami Bhaktivedanta (the founder of ISKCON)  treats ISLAM and CHIRTANITY as essentially one with Vaishavism. Again and again God has sent His messengers to this material ...
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What could be preventing Krishna to advance to the Middle West states? [closed]

The below map comes from this webpage and shows North American ISKCON temples, centers, gatherings, and home programs. I was wondering what could be the reasons why there are no centres for Krishna, ...
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Why is 6th Chapter of 2nd Canto of the ISKCON Bhagavatam named “Purushasukta confirmed”?

Why is 6th Chapter of 2nd Canto of ISKCON's Bhagavatam named Puruṣa-sūkta Confirmed? What is correlation between Purusha sukta and this chapter? https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/2/6/
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Why does ISKCON images depict Mahaprabhu with sikha, sutra, kanthimala and tilakas?

Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya took Dashanami sannyasa from Sri Keshava Bharati by leaving His sacred thread and 'Sikha', as mentioned in the Sri Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. As a Sankara-sect monk, He also ...
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ISKCON's Bhagavad-Gita vs Other Bhagavad-Gitas

I have seen lot of people saying that ISKCON's version of Bhagavad-Gita/commentaries is different from the other Authentic versions. Can people throw light on what all major differences are there in ...
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Does ISKCON advocate birth-based caste-system or guṇa-based? And on what basis?

What type of caste-system (varṇāśrama) does ISKCON advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If they believe one's varṇa is based on their guṇa: Do they reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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Does ISKCON identify itself as a Hindu organization?

Koenraad Elst in Who is a Hindu? claims the following: 6.7. Are travelling gurus Hindus? ... The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) generally denies that it is Hindu,...
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Is there any relation between ISKCON and Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Ashrama?

I know both are Gaudiya Vaishnava organisations. But are they related in any way (Guru Parampara etc)?
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Why does ISKCON translate bhagavan as 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' and others as demigod?

Why does ISKCON translate bhagavan as 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' instead of just 'O fortunate one' or 'O glorious one' or 'one with opulences'. Only when Krishna or Vishnu or Rama or other ...
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According to ISKCON, what is the difference between Brahmavada and Mayavada?

As it is well known, ISKCON (and other Vaishnavas for that matter) strongly criticize philosophy of Advaita. Srila Prabhupada himself criticized Mayavada in his various commentaries on Vaishnava ...
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What are the expansions of Lord Sri Krishna

I need an answer only from the gaudiya vaishnava (ISKCON) point of view. I want to know all about the Lord's expansions from the first (Balarama), to the chatur vyuhas, to the secondary chaturvyuhas ...
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Do any biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mention Him to be the founder of the Durga Puja tradition in Odisha?

According to this Gaudiya Vaishnava site, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought the tradition of Durga Puja in Odisha: It is a misconception among many Gaudiya Vaishnavas that worship of Lord Shiva or ...
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Did Bhaktivinod Thakur explicitly employ the term 'apasampradaya' to describe unorthodox Vaishnavas?

Bengali Vaishnava reformers in the 19th century reclaimed Vaishnavism as a noble indigenous tradition and rehabilitated its reputation, setting it apart from low-caste, antinomian, suspiciously ...
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In what manner, we are qualitatively one with God/Krishna?

According to achintya bhedabheda philosophy started by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, we the living entities are qualitatively the same with God but are different quantitatively (i.e. those same Godly ...
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Can someone provide non-ISKCON online resources for Krishna-related scriptures?

If you search for something like Bhagavatam, you get overwhelmed by "supreme personality of godhead" type material.
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Does ISKCON consider itself an Astika Sampradaya?

An Astika sampradaya is one that places the infallible authority of the Vedas first. There are claims for instance, that ISKCON leaders believe that Srimad Bhaagavatam is higher in authority than ...
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Do ISKCON versions of Hindu scriptures qualify as Hindu scripture? [closed]

ISKCON has more or less denied being Hindus. They claim to use some Hindu scriptures but their translations are sometimes different from translations by established Hindu sources. Does their work ...
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How has Hinduism spread & existing in Russia?

Russia & nearby countries were part of communist USSR for a while, which was typically anti-religion. Yet there are several Hindu Russians (0.1% of population). How did it spread in such remote ...
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Why ISKCON only advocates Krishna?

Why do ISKCON saints only preach about God Krishna and say that we should only worship him and no one else?