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Hare Krishna The International Society for Krishna Consciousness ISKCON is the religious organization for devotees of Krishna who is a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu Their religion is commonly known as Hare Krishna The roots of the faith can be traced to 5000 years ago in a village in India called Vrindavana That day was called the advent of Krishna There was a battle going on between a man named Arjuna and his own friends and family The story says that Arjuna lost his composure because he was overwhelmed at the pointlessness of the battle He sunk in the seat of the chariot that he was in and Krishna who played the role of the charioteer spoke the words that have come together as Bhagavad-Gita Krishna spoke about the meaning of life the subtle workings of creation and the understanding of a self-realized soul He spoke about yoga and its four forms He told Arjuna that he was the source of everything the eternal form of the supreme and the personality of godhead This is how the worshipping of Krishna alone got started The belief in Krishna was revived in the 16th century by a man named Caitanya Mahapruabu who was considered an incarnation of Krishna His teachings would be passed down through a line of gurus The founder of ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was a disciple of one of the gurus He left India at the age of 69 and came to the United States to spread his beliefs about Krishna He organized ISKCON in 1965 He started out in a bad part of New York City selling incense and some of his books It grew as he wrote more books and published a magazine Back to the Godhead Followers would sell the writings on the streets in airports and anywhere else they could get people to buy them Prabhupada died in 1977 but he appointed eleven commissioners who were assigned to
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