PHILOSOPHY

Advanced Spiritual Knowledge

Krishna West teaches advanced spiritual knowledge from the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-bhagavatam and practices a form of devotional yoga called Krishna bhakti. This wisdom derives from the sacred and timeless hymns of the Vedas.

As one of the oldest, most cherished treatises on the philosophy and practice of yoga, the Bhagavad-gita explains that we are all eternal spiritual beings. We have always existed and always will exist. Only our temporary body is born and dies. Compelled by the reactions to our worldly actions (karma) we wander through many lives until we clearly grasp our eternal identity as souls, and our loving relationship with an infinitely beautiful, all-knowing, and ever youthful God, Krishna. Because the practice of Krishna bhakti leads to a profound and personal relationship with God and all living beings, the Bhagavad-gita describes it as the highest stage of spiritual yoga and the joyful summit of religion.

Krishna West is a branch of Gaudiya or Chaitanya Vaishnavism, a movement inaugurated by the celebrated teacher Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the sixteenth century. Gaudiya Vaishnavism teaches advanced monotheism based on the theistic Vedanta of Ramanuja (12th c.), Madhva (13th c.), and Baladeva (18th c.), whose teachings are rooted in the Upanishads, the earliest philosophical texts of India.