The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a worldwide movement founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and dedicated to the philosophy and practice of Krishna Consciousness, which is also known as Bhakti-yoga. In this ancient monotheistic practice, dating back thousands of years, the Absolute Truth, the source of all life, is understood to be a person. He is one, but in different faiths He is known by different names. One of His many names is Krishna, meaning “all attractive.” The foundational tenets of Bhakti-yoga are that we are spiritual beings, infinitesimal parts of Krishna, who are meant to connect with Him in love and devotion. Chanting God’s names connects us with Him, as described in all scriptures of the world. This understanding and practice awaken our true self and allows us to develop our personal, loving relationship with God, Krishna.
We chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra (the great mantra for deliverance) that invokes God’s presence:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare