The doctrines of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), are derived from ancient Vaishnava scriptures such as Srimad-Bhagavatam (commentary on the Vedas), Srimad Bhagavad-gita (Lord Krishna’s teachings), and Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrta (Lord Chaitanya’s teachings)
The basic tenet of these teachings is that each living entity is an eternal spirit soul and has a distinct relationship with God, Krishna. Lord Chaitanya distinguished Gaudiya Vaishnavism from other sampradayas by understanding that the spirit soul is “inconceivably one and different” from the Supreme Lord: acintya bheda tattva. Both are of the same spiritual nature, but the Lord is unlimited in quantity, and the spirit soul is his tiny servant.
The eternal relationship between Krishna and the devotee (bhakta) can be revived through bhakti-yoga or the process of serving the Lord with love and devotion and, most importantly, by chanting his holy names.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
The soul’s journey progresses through various bodies until he reaches the supreme goal of complete love for Krishna. When all thoughts and actions are performed solely for Krishna’s pleasure, when the soul has regained its original purity, it goes to Krishna’s eternal, spiritual realm. It does not take a new body in this material world again.
Process of Devotional Service
- eating meat, fish, and eggs
- intoxication (through drugs and alcohol)
- illicit sexual connections.
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