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 http://www.iskcon.org. 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.

A Look at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Active with the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research at the University of Leeds, Vivek Baliga stays involved with healthcare projects throughout England. Every month, Vivek Baliga contributes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a foundation that supports Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Located in London, this group began its life on Valentine’s Day in 1852 as The Hospital for Sick Children. Only a 10-bed facility at its start, the organization received attention from notables including Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, and J.M. Barrie, who donated the copyright to the Peter Pan works to the facility.

Today, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children tends to youths as the largest pediatric care center in the United Kingdom. Its specialists are trained in cardiology, hematology, neuropsychology, oncology, and numerous other fields.

People looking to contribute to this medical clinic may visit http://www.gosh.org. The Donate link on “Our Charity Site” contains a variety of ways to give funds, including legacies, ongoing donations, and one-time gifts. The group also welcomes corporate sponsors from around the world.