What People Believe: The International Society of Krishna Consciousness
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Founded in India in 1965, The International Society of Krishna Consciousness has around 5,000 members worldwide. Devotees believe that by cultivating an authentic spiritual science, they will become free of anxiety and enter a state of pure, endless bliss. There is a belief that everyone is part of the powerful God Krishna and by chanting Hare Krishna a God consciousness can be achieved. A key figure within the Society is His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanata Swami Prabhupada who translated the text The Bhagavad-Gita As It is. In 1965, Prabhupada became convinced that it was his duty to spread the Krishna Consciousness, so he travelled to America. Prabhupada was spotted by a group of hippies chanting in Tomkins Park in New York’s Lower East Side and soon became a global phenomenon. One year later Prabhupada had opened the first ISKCON centre and published a magazine called Back to Godhead. Now considered a guru, Prabhupada was embraced by figures such as Allen Ginsberg and would visit Haight Ashbury for various counterculture events.
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