The lifestyle, practices, and traditional teachings of Krishna bhakti were first established in the West by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his dedicated students. Prabhupada began his Western mission in 1965 when he came to New York City at the age of 69. There he created the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement.
ISKCON represents an extraordinarily rich and ancient spiritual tradition of Krishna bhakti, developed in India over many millennia. Bhakti, pure devotion to the all-attractive source of existence, Krishna, is at the heart of Indian religion, philosophy, literature, poetry, and drama. The tradition finds its most celebrated expression in the Bhagavad-gītā, the most widely read scripture of world literature next to the Bible and Qur’an.
Today, ISKCON has more than 300 centers worldwide with millions of members. The path of Krishna bhakti offers many rewards, including community and spiritual fellowship. We warmly invite you to learn about our Krishna West communities, enjoy their spiritual resources, and grow with fellow seekers eager for joyful, rational, and inspired spiritual life.