Origin of Hare Krishna Movement
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also popularly known as The Hare Krishna Movement, belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradāya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic or Hindu culture. The Hare Krishna Movement is dedicated to Lord Krishna who appeared on earth and spoke Bhagavad Gita around five thousand years back. This movement is purely based upon the teachings of Lord Krishna as stated in the holy Vedas.
Lord Krishna appeared on the earth to teach the people of Kaliyuga, how to recite the names of God and how to become His pure devotee. The Lord Krishna appeared in the form of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who was the combined form of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna. According to the Hare Krishna Movement, you can free yourself from the miseries of this world and attain a state of bliss, if you chant God’s sacred names. For this purpose, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu popularized the holy mantra and focused on the listening to the chanting of this mantra, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”.
Further Journey of Hare Krishna Movement
- Later in the year 1965, Swami Srila Prabhupada took the Hare Krishna Movement further and set up ISKCON in New York. He left Vrindavan to spread the movement in the western countries. He went to Boston with a bundle of Lord Krishna’s books. Although that was the struggling phase for him, but he worked hard to spread the message of Bhagavad Gita by delivering lectures on it on weekly basis.
- After lot of struggle, he successfully founded ISKCON in New York in the year 1966.
- In the time period of 1966-1968, thousands of people joined the Hare Krishna Movement that made it possible to establish the temples in the countries like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Seattle, New Mexico, and Montreal.
- During the time period from 1970 to 1977, major holy pilgrimage centers were also established in the various corners of India like Vrindavan, Mayapur, and Mumbai. The largest ISKCON temple is in Mumbai.
- Srila Prabhupada left his mortal body in the year 1977. Before his death, he established 108 temples around the world and had more than 10,000 members.
The successful Hare Krishna Movement
The Hare Krishna Movement is no more a movement as it has achieved its goals and now. Although less than fifty years on the global stage, ISKCON has expanded widely since its founding by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in New York City in 1966. It includes five hundred major centers, temples and rural communities, nearly one hundred affiliated vegetarian restaurants, thousands of namahattas or local meeting groups, a wide variety of community projects, and millions of congregational members worldwide. Also, ISKCON is working for various noble causes. So be a part of Krishna Consciousness and serve humanity.