What is the philosophy of the International Community for Krishna Consciousness, also called the Hare Krishna movement?
It is an original nucleus of Hinduism, called Vaishnavism.
The “International Society for Krishna Consciousness” (ISKCON), was registered in the West (in New York) in July 1966, but goes back more than 5000 years.
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1532) made the movement popular throughout India. Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with more than 900 million followers, second only to Christianity and Islam. (According to several leading encyclopaedias, websites and almanacs). The most important writings are the Bhagavad-gita (The Song of God) and the Srimad Bhagavatam (The most important and original treatise of the personality of God Sri Krishna Bhagavan, and the Vaisnava philosophy).
The Hare Krishna community believes in one God.
Just like the sun, which rises everywhere for everyone and gives light, warmth and life, but is known and called by so many different names, in the same way there is one God for everyone! There is only one source of everything.
The basic beliefs of the Hare Krishna community can be summarized as follows:
- By cultivating a sincere spiritual scientific path, we can become free from fear and reach a state of pure, infinite, blissful consciousness in this life.
- We are not our bodies but eternal spiritual souls, integral eternal particles of God (Krishna). As such, all living beings are one big family and Krishna is ultimately our common father. We accept the transmigration process of the soul (reincarnation).
- Krishna is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and attractive. He is the origin of all living beings and He is the supporting energy of all cosmic creation. He is the same God who is also called Allah, Buddha Jehovah…….
- The Absolute Truth is contained in the Vedas, the oldest writings in the world. The essence of the Vedas is found in the Bhagavad-gita, a literal account of Krishna’s words.
- One can learn the Vedic knowledge from a sincere spiritual teacher – someone who is part of a line of spiritual teachers that goes back to Lord Krishna himself (called Parampara in Sanskrit) and who has no selfish motives and whose mind is completely focused on Krishna.
- Before one eats, one offers the Lord (Krishna) the food that supports all people; then Krishna becomes the sacrifice and purifies the offer.
- One performs all actions as a sacrifice to Krishna and does not do this for one’s own satisfaction.
- The recommended means to reach the full stage of love for God in this age of Kali, also called the age of discord and hypocrisy, is to sing and meditate on the holy names of the Lord. The simplest method at this time for most people is chanting the Hare Krishna-Maha Mantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
The vedic inform us about this Mahamantra as follows: that these names are one with the mentioned, in other words, that these sound vibrations are not different from God. (Abhinatvam nama namino ) a.o.: a quotation from the Padma Purana, it means that God and His Names are completely identical By sincerely meditating on this so, one comes into contact with God. We can realize this by doing this ourselves.
So welcome here! Hare Krishna!