The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, by Vivek Baliga

Also known as The Hare Krishna Movement, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) subscribes to the teachings of The Bhagavad-gita and the lessons of Lord Krishna. Following the 5,000-year-old scripture, ISKCON inspires followers to believe that the meaning of life is to discover one’s love of the omnipotent God known as Krishna by using the bkahti-yoga. Based on Hindu philosophy, ISKCON believes in the ability to become free from anxiety and supports the idea of reincarnation. Additionally, the group feels that all actions should be meant for Krishna and that people should avoid selfish motives.

ISKCON holds recognition for being the first Eastern religion openly practiced in the West. Emerging from popular ideas held in India, it found practitioners in New York City during the 1960s and soon spread throughout America. Those interested in joining this religion can log onto The website contains links to temples across the world.

About the Author:

Currently studying towards his PhD in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Leeds, Vivek Baliga donates money to ISKCON every year.