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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is ISKCON giving upanayana samskara to shudras and mlecchas when it is contrary to Ramanujacharya's teachings?

As ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC) clarified recently while appointing female dīkṣā gurus, they rely on the teachings of Swami Prabhupada and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and not that of ...
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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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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 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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What is the direct relation between Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada?

Srila Prabhupada comes in the direct line of succession of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. His parampara can be found relatively easily if you search online: https://www.iskconbangalore.org/guru-parampara/ ...
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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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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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What is ISKCON's view on Yoga Vasista?

Srila Prabhupada rejects Yoga Vasistha. In Chaitanya Charitamrita, the following incident occurs. When Kamalākānta Viśvāsa heard about this punishment by Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, he was very unhappy, ...
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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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Why Gaudiya Vaishnavas chant the Mahamantra from oppsite direction?

As the present Shankaracharya of Puri Govardhan Math, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati ji has said in one of his videos the order was reversed so that women and Shudras could be initiated into it. https:/...
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What are the expansions of Lord Sri Krishna from the gaudiya vaishnava (ISKCON) point of view?

Krishna appears in three forms known as svayam rupa, tadekatma rupa and avesa forms. svayaṁ rūpas tad-ekātma-rūpa āveśa-nāmakaḥ | ity asau trividhaṁ bhāti prapañcātīta-dhāmasu Kṛṣṇa appears ...
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In what manner, we are qualitatively one with God/Krishna?

In Bhagavad-gītā 14.2 we find, By becoming fixed in this knowledge (of discernment of the guṇas), one can attain to the transcendental nature like My own. Thus established, one is not born at ...
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Why does ISKCON translate bhagavan as 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' and others as demigod?

To understand why Krishna is the supreme personality of Godhead, one has to understand that God is not limited to just one personality. God, comes in various forms. Lord Śiva is a god. Lord Viṣṇu is a ...
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