Founder Acharya His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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ISKCON

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a global religious community also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition within the broader Vedic, or Hindu, family of faith and cultural traditions

ISKCON’s system of belief and practice is based on the Bhagavad-gita, “The Song of God,” which, according to tradition, is 5,000 years old. The speaker of this sacred text is Lord Krishna, who is revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The text explains what is the soul, God, the systems of yoga, karma, and reincarnation. It proclaims that the ultimate goal of life is to develop love of God, which is most easily realized in this age through the practice of bhakti-yoga, the science of devotional service.

In the 16th century, a Bengali saint and avatar, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu revitalized the bhakti-yoga tradition across India. Central to this renaissance was Chaitanya’s emphasis on the chanting of Krishna’s name. Underlying this simple practice was a profound, intellectually comprehensive theology.

In 1965, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada left India, and at the age of 70 traveled to America under the order of his teacher, to propagate Krishna consciousness in the western world. He opened his first temple in New York City in 1966, and from a humble storefront presence, ISKCON has grown to be a vibrant global community of temples, rural projects, educational institutes, congregations and vegetarian restaurants.

Founder

Srila Prabhupada

In 1965, at the age of 69, on the order of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, representing a line of teachers dating back to Lord Krishna Himself, Srila Prabhupada sailed from India to New York to share Lord Krishna’s message. He brought with him a trunk of books, $7 in change, and the firm faith that the holy name of Krishna would transform the hearts of people he would meet. In the years that followed, he founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), traveled and taught throughout the world, opened more than 100 temples and inspired thousands of devotees.

He wrote over forty volumes of translation and commentary on such classics as Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), Chaitanya-charitamrita, and Bhagavad-gita. He wrote not only as a scholar but as a consummate practitioner, teaching by the example of his life. Throughout his works, Srila Prabhupada’s mood was to convey the natural meaning of the scriptures without far-fetched interpretations, giving us an authentic rendition of the Vedic conclusions on such important topics as the purpose of human life, the nature of the soul, consciousness and God.

From 1966 to 1977, despite his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours that took him to six continents. Though no longer physically present among us, he lives forever in his instructions, books, videos and audio recordings, and in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

Our Team

At ISKCON News, our mission is to be a reliable, balanced, and timely source of news about, and of interest to the devotees, friends, and people interested in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. To that end, we strive to provide visitors with insightful and thought-provoking news and opinion via quality writing, photographic, audio, and video media. It is our conviction that such a resource will help to create a more well-informed and connected citizenry within ISKCON, and thus positively impact ISKCON’s ability to carry out its mission.

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Anuttama Das

Editor-in Chief, Global Minister ISKCON Communications & GBC member

Anuttama Das has been a member of ISKCON since 1975. He currently serves as the International Director of Communications and as a member of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) for the society. He also serves on the Board of the Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium and is active in several interfaith initiatives in Washington, D.C., including the Religion Communicators Council. He and his wife, Rukmini, live in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

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Kumari Kunti Dasi

Creative Director

Kumari Kunti Dasi is a second-generation Hare Krishna devotee raised in Hawai’i. She currently serves as ISKCON Communications North America Co-Director. Kumari is trained as a Grant Management professional and is currently working on her Ph.D in Global NPO Management. She has a BA from Bhaktivedanta College in Vaishnava Theology, a BA in Journalism, and MSc. in NPO Management. Kumari Kunti’s particular interest is in youth development. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Devaprastha Das

Development and IT Manager

Devaprastha Das has provided development and technical support assistance for ISKCON Communications since 1987. He currently lives with his wife, Padma-malini devi dasi, in Boyds, Maryland, USA, where they host a regular Bhagavad-gita club at the University of Maryland.

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Ajita Das

Head of Fundraising & Special Projects

Ajita Das is the Managing Director & Startup Mentor at Kolkata Ventures, 4 Times TEDx and a Guest Lecturer at a multitude of universities, globally.

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Kalyana Giriraja Das

Head of Newsletter & European Correspondent

Kalyana Giriraja Das is a communications scientist and political consultant in the German capital Berlin. For more than a decade, he worked as an editor at a national daily newspaper, and was Vice President of marketing/communications at the Brandenburg Cycling Federation. Since 2014, he and his agency have been advising companies and associations on public affairs and public relations. He is voluntarily involved in the German Journalists’ Association DJV Berlin – JVBB. He is the curator of several discussion series such as the Berlin Media Salon and PR meets Journalism. Kalyana Giriraja is is active as a press speaker for ISKCON Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, and as Vice President in the Berlin Jagannatha Temple.

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Govinda Sundar Das

Head of Graphics

Govinda Sundar Das is an Italian-Brazilian based in Portugal. He served the ISKCON Lisbon’s administrative committee and managed the local ISKCON restaurant for half a decade. As a Food for Life enthusiast, he coordinated the program in the city for many years. He currently co-organizes Ratha Yatra Festivals in Lisbon and assists the local communication team. For a decade, he has been working professionally as a brand communication strategist and visual designer for a wide variety of industries.

Special thanks to Malati dasi for designing the new website and for the decade of service to ISKCON News Krishna-lila dasi and Madhava Smullen! More information please contact: editor@iskcon.org

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