Statement of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness on Ukraine
ISKCON Ministry of Communications
February 25, 2022
As members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), we offer our prayers for all persons who are victims of the evolving situation in Ukraine. We earnestly pray that no more innocent people may suffer and that peace will soon return to that region.
We are especially heartbroken that thousands of devotees of Lord Krishna are living in the areas in conflict. Members of our communities live in both Ukraine and Russia and we fear that great pain is being borne by them, and their extended families and friends, both spiritual and secular. May Lord Krishna protect one and all.
The saints of our tradition teach us that as long as human society claims proprietorship over the Earth and forgets that we are all children of God, we will continue to suffer conflicts between us. This recognition of universal brotherhood and sisterhood extends to the victims on all sides of any hostility.
We earnestly pray for that day when Russians, Ukrainians, Americans, Chinese, Indians, Africans, Europeans, and all peoples will come together under the banner of affection for each other and for God. True peace, true security, and true fulfillment cannot be achieved by economic or political gains. They are found by knowing that we are all God’s children and that all people, indeed all living beings, deserve our respect, protection, and affection.
Aug 06, 2022
Brahmatirtha das Director, Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies