the international
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distributed portions of vegetarian food
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To systematically spread spiritual knowledge in human society and to instruct all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to correct the imbalance of values in life and achieve real unity and peace in the world.


To spread Krishna consciousness as revealed in the Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.


To bring the members of the Society closer to each other and to Krishna, the Supreme Being, thus cultivating in the members as well as in all humanity the view that every soul is a part of God with the same qualities.


The Sankirtan movement, that is what it means to teach and encourage collective chanting of the holy names of God as revealed in the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.


To establish for the members and human society a sacred site of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.


To bring members closer together with the aim of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.


To publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings with the above objectives in mind.

These statutes were laid down by Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON's Charter of Incorporation in 1966.

Dr. Joachim Finger
Pastor and religious ethnologist, Schaffhausen, in: "Jesus outside the Church" (Zurich 1989)
The International Krishna Consciousness Movement (ISKCON) was founded in New York in 1966 and can be seen as a branch of Bengali Krishna worship, which gained momentum around 1500. At that time, Shri Caitanya taught a loving worship (bhakti) of the Personal God Krishna, free from all ritual barriers... This theistic view, which also includes the necessity of divine grace, is closest to Christianity of all Indian teachings.
Dr. Tilak R. Chopra
Indological Seminar, University of Bonn
The International Movement for Krishna Consciousness is not a new religion or sect made up for the West by one person; on the contrary, it is an ancient religious tradition firmly rooted in orthodox Hindu lore. Strict adherence to Vedic scriptures (shruti) and sacred tradition (smriti) speaks for the authenticity of this movement. Moreover, it is fully recognized by the educated of the Hindu society in India (Shishtasamaja).
His Excellency Ashok S. Chib
Ambassador of India in Bern, 1986-1989
I am very happy to see that not only members of the Indian community, but people from all countries around the world visit the temple of Krishna to know, enjoy and absorb the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita... Krishna's teachings are not sectarian but all pervading. They are not in conflict with any religion.
Prof. Alfonso di Nola
Department of Religious History, University of Naples, Italy
With today's multitude of mystical-tinged sects and thousands of pseudo-spiritual movements, I have a great deal of respect for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which brings to the West the deepest truths of Indian spirituality and the original culture of that spirituality.
Dr. Vishvanath Shukla
Professor of Hindi, University of Aligarh, India
Words fail me to describe the level of scholarship and devotion found in Srila Prabhupada's vast body of work. Our future generations will no doubt find a better world thanks to the merits of Srila Prabhupada, who advocates international brotherhood and spiritual unity for all people.
Prof. Dr. Harvey Cox
Protestant theologian and author, Harvard University, Boston, USA
One of the most imposing temples in Vrindavan (India) is the one built by ISKCON. It is easy to see that the locals love and appreciate this temple as they flock to the services... Such is the teaching that originated in this place and was brought to the West by one brave man, Srila Prabhupada , now thankfully returned to their hometown.
Thomas Merton
Catholic theologian and author, New York
What Bhaktivedanta Swami brings to the West is the salutary reminder that our passionate and one-sided culture is in crisis, potentially leading to self-destruction, as it lacks the inner depth of true metaphysical consciousness. Without that depth, our moral and political protests are just empty words.
Arun K. Thakur
President of the Zurich Indian Association, 1988-1991
For someone who knows India, and especially for someone who was born in India like me, the appearance of the Hare Krishna members is not unusual. I was born into the Krishna religion and it has remained my religion. The great Caitanya, who shaped the spiritual culture of medieval India, has also been known to me since childhood. ...
... Now that I live in the west and have a responsible job and family, I draw a lot of strength and energy from the spiritual culture of my home country.

That's why I'm glad that the Hare Krishna temples exist. These places are spiritual oases where we find the teachings and ceremonies of our Indian tradition in their authentic form. I believe it is important that we Indians openly proclaim this fact for once, because it always pains us to hear that this millennia-old tradition is called a sect or cult. Christianity isn't called that in India either; Tolerance is one of the top priorities in Hinduism.

In the case of the Krishna religion, it is probably only a matter of time before the misunderstandings and confusion are overcome and the true value of this tradition is recognized.

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