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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not?

This needs an examination of the meaning of the word Hindu. A few questions already exist about what the term 'Hindu' means. Legally in India, anyone who does not follow Abrahamic faiths are Hindus. ...
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Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available?

Here's what I will say about this with all due respect. I had been a member of ISKCON for several years during my undergraduate degree (no longer one). My observations are as follows:- 1) ISKCON is a ...
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Views of ISKCON giving importance on Bhakti Yoga

Partial answer to: Q. Why does ISKCON emphasize bhakti yoga? It's because ISKCON subscribes to Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya established by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Pure devotion to Lord Krishna is ...
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Does ISKCON identify itself as a Hindu organization?

Many a times I have heard that question. And I think many people misunderstand the official stance of Iskcon on that question. Srila Prabhupada has often used to say to his disciples that in public ...
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Do ISCKON accept the authority of the Vedas?

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: Bhagavad-Gita No sacred treatise, has a setting as ...
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Does ISKCON identify itself as a Hindu organization?

The FAQ available on ISKCON's official website clearly states: Is ISKCON Hindu? ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya (denomination or tradition), a monotheistic tradition within ...
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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not?

It does not matter whether we think ISKCON people are Hindus. They have told me that they follow the superior Vedic Dharma since Hinduism is a vague term. I obtained this info from personal contact. ...
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Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available?

First of all I think this question is more suitable for meta rather than main site. But since you have asked, so here is my answer. First we should know What is ISKCON? The International Society for ...
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Views of ISKCON giving importance on Bhakti Yoga

ISKCON belongs to Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition and is one of its branches. Gaudiya Vaishnava Theology is primarily based on Bhagavata Purana, Bhagavad Gita, Gopala Tapani Upanishad, Vishnu Purana which ...
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Why ISKCON only advocates Krishna?

That is so because ISKCON stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It is their personal recommendation, nothing else. Sources here
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Why ISKCON only advocates Krishna?

Because only Lord Krishna has displayed vishvaroopam (universal form) so far. No other god or goddess has done that so far. This is also confirmed in the Vedas specifically Atharva Veda. In the ...
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Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available?

ISKCON is a Gaudiya Vaishnava Hindu religious organisation. They are in fact Hindus. But they consider Sri Krishna as the supreme lord (Swayam Bhagawan) and claim to follow the Mahabharata and ...
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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not?

ISKCON is obviously a Hindu organisation because its discipilic succession goes back to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His philosophical teaching of achintya bhedabheda which are based upon Hindu ...
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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not?

A Hindu is identification of the people which form the Sanatan Religion (the ancient religion) which is prescribed by god(Sriman Narayana) himself. God had prescribed only one text (which represents a ...
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Why is 6th Chapter of 2nd Canto of the ISKCON Bhagavatam named "Purushasukta confirmed"?

Usually ancient Sanskrit works do not have chapter names. There are only chapter numbers and the names of the chapters represent that. As can be seen here which shows the actual Sanskrit (some verses ...
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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? It seems ISKCON advocates guna based caste-system as mentioned in this commentary: Herein it is clearly ...
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Why is the mantra “ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna,..Rama Hare Hare” called a Mahamantra?

A well known Hindu scholar Stephen Knapp in his book Yoga and Meditation has provided an answer to your question why this mantra is called as Mahamantra. There is a separate chapter called Hare ...
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Why Hindu Gods do not protect Hindus anymore in the modern day?

God does not normally interfere in worldly affairs. Resorting to Prakrti, Nature, which is My own Power, I send forth again and again this multitude of beings that are without any freedom, owing to ...
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What could be preventing Krishna to advance to the Middle West states?

I think the time when Srila Prabhupada was preaching, there was counter culture and special attraction towards east which also helped in spreading. Too much tamas or too much opulence generally makes ...
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A question regarding the 'pranama-mantra' of 'Prabhupada'

The letters and personal conversations are more very contextual and you may just see contrary statements depending on the person and context elsewhere. Books are more authoritative than the personal ...
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Why does ISKCON translate bhagavan as 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' and others as demigod?

That's because the philosophical ideas of ISKCON is highly influenced by that of Madhva lineage & Abrahamic religions. In Madhva circles, there is a common proverb; 'Hari Sarvotttama, Vayu ...
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Scriptural reference of Prabhupada's commentry on S.B. 4:19:11

Is there any scriptural refrence regarding this point that sacrificed animal can come back to life if mantras are chanted rightly? This can't be possible because there are actually mantras from the ...
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