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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:42 am
In Bhagavad Gita (18.42-44), Sri Krishna clearly states that the Varna (caste) of a person is decided by his activities, not by birth. At ISKCON all devotees follow rigorous regulative principles and are carefully guided and observed by their spiritual masters before they become eligible to receive their first (Harinam) or second (Brahamanical) initiation.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:43 am
All initiated devotees in ISKCON take a vow to adhere to the four regulative principles (no meat eating, no intoxication, no gambling and no illicit sex) and chant at least sixteen rounds of Japa every day.
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ISKCON has the basic belief that God consciousness is universal and all major religions are bona fide. With this understanding, ISKCON does not have a mission to proselytize members of other faiths.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:43 am
There are fully practicing Christians and Moslems who are active members of ISKCON.Similarly there are many that have whole heartedly embraced the Vedic teachings explained in the ISKCON temples
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:43 am
Conversion is a an individual experience, a very personal spiritual journey that transcends religious institutions and sectarian affiliations. Conversion models that depend on exclusionist demands of affiliation may often do so without considering the Lord's supremacy, independent in truth.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:44 am
It is customary for religious organizations, engaged in spiritual service, to depend on the congregation for support. While our temples do need money to support, they are ultimately only dependant on the mercy of Sri Krishna for this
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:44 am
People contribute voluntarily, only when they are eager to utilize their wealth in the service of Sri Krishna, and ISKCON takes utmost care that this is done optimally.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:44 am
However no one is excluded on the basis of their wealth or contributions. The greatest spiritual realizations that one can have is that he is not the proprietor of anything - every thing belongs to Krishna and is best used in his service.
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Temples in ISKCON are known to rely on latest technology to attract visitors. Sannyasis fly around the world and keep in touch using Email from their laptops. But all this is being used in the service of Sri Krishna. In itself technology is neither good or bad, it is the intent of its use that makes the difference.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:45 am
The concept of 'yukta vairagya' using everything in the service of Krishna is fully understood and carefully followed in ISKCON.
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ISKCON is the largest Vegetarian Food Relief organization in the world. It distributes a plate of prasadam every five seconds, some times in the midst of war and famine situations. At different places, depending on the resources and interest, ISKCON has established hospitals, schools, farm communities and restaurants.
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However, they do not distribute just food, they distribute prasadam (food that has been sanctified by offering to Krishna), which not only alleviates physical hunger but also provides spiritual nourishment. The focus is always on the spiritual growth of a person, not just the temporary material body.
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The only basis of joining ISKCON is simple: a sincere desire to develop God consciousness. There are attendant processes while making spiritual advancements, like austerity, simplicity and frugalness. Becoming bald is simply one of the prescribed ways to lead a simple, austere life.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:45 am
We hope that this has cleared many common misconceptions about ISKCON held by people in different countries and denominations. As always, we welcome from our readers, discussions on any of these points.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:46 am
ISKCON say that there are only 4 authorized Sampradayas and they say that the verse is there in Padma Purana. In reality there is no reference in Padma Purana for the 4 Authorized Sampradayas.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:46 am
There are mainly four manuscripts for Padma Purana: the Bengali recension, the Anandasrama edition, the Venkatesvara edition, the Vangavasi edition.
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None of the editions contain this Sloka. That verse from Padma Purana is not accepted by other Sampradayas also. Madhavas don’t consider Ramanujas and vice versa. Some Gaudiya Vaishnavas have included this verse in some of their texts. But again there are no proper references given to that verse.
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I don’t think that verse is of any relevance in today’s time especially when the 4 sampradayas themselves don’t accept that verse and also that verse is not there in Padma Purana. It is surely an interpolation.
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That is basically told by them inorder to elevate their own ISKCON community and increase the population of ISKCON which is very bad. This should be made known to everybody because I have seen many people from ISKCON saying that they are the only authorized and others are not. That is a very bad statement.
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Influencing someone by quoting a statement from a Purana which is not even present in the Purana is not good. There are many other Sampradayas (Shaiva, Shakta, Advaita and Swami Narayan) - they don’t talk bad about other Sampradayas. They raise their voice only if someone talks bad about their Sampradaya.
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ISKCON temples are the temples which are funded by mostly NRI devoties who have been tricked into believing that their money is going into some good deed. Infact most of their money goes into their magnificent constructions and really expensive pandits working there and considerably less amount goes into charitable organizations unlike what's advertised.
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on Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:13 pm
ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society with the objective of propagating Krishna Consciousness all over the world, as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam
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ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society with the objective of propagating Krishna Consciousness all over the world, as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam
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In 1987, the society was operating from a rented house in Bangalore. In the year 1987, the leaders of the society applied to Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for allotment of land to construct a grand temple and cultural complex
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The land was allotted on 3 August 1988 – a seven-acre hillock, which was nothing but a huge piece of monolithic rock that could not be converted into sites.
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