ISKCON London and the origin of Krishna

The story of the KRESHNA movement at ISKON
The story of the KRESHNA movement at ISKON

ISKCON – the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The letters stand for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Iskcon has at least 500 temples in other cities continents all over the world. ISKCON was founded in modern times in 1966 in New York USA. However, Srila Prabhupada spread his knowledge about ancient Bhakti –yoga he broke down into easier forms ways of teaching and spreading spiritual knowledge.  He Wrote” Bhagavad Gita As It Is”, translated into over 70 languages and is one of the largest selling books. From our visit to the temple, we learned that this founder was in his 70s going to different countries, cracked into places in Eastern Europe to spread his knowledge about this faith when this was rare to achieve such topics. A pioneer in many respects.

Radha-Krishna Temple

ISKCON London

ISKCON London

The origin of Krishna

The word Krishna is from the religion Hinduism, Krishna is a god and represents love and compassion. In Hinduism, there is only one god which is called Brahman but there are other gods that represent the sides of him. A shrine is a Hindu temple where they pray, normally there would be statues of gods and very intricate details, as you see in the picture.

The ISKCON website https://www.iskcon-london.org/about

Founder of this Faith A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

What is inside the Krishna temple?

Artworks of Krishna, and a realistic-looking life-size statue of the founder. A Peacock statue was spotted and symbolic appearances in the artworks. Krishna wears a feather in the crown. The eye in the feather represents 3rd eye wisdom knowledge, that’s why Hindus have a red dot on the forehead. They also say that Krishna cleanses the holy feet of Hindu Goddess Radhu with Peacock Feathers Radhu being the romantic interest of Lord Krishna

People at the center were welcoming and open to explaining their faith, temple, and events.

‘Hare Krishna’ These words can be used as a greeting for hello and goodbye. It can also mean “Everything That Exists” The Mantra that may be familiar to some if they heard devotees chanting it. It uses the Sanskrit Language as a call to God, people from all backgrounds can use which for spiritual development

Founder of this Faith and shrine area to him at ISKCON LONDON
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Founder of this Faith is Acharya, Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, also known as Srila Prabhupada. This faith has a combination of modern ideas and ancient knowledge.

 

Flower Garland decorations inside at ISKON LONDON
Flower Garland decorations at ISKON LONDON

Some causes ISKCON members are interested in

  • Animal welfare
  • Vegetarianism
  • Ecovillage

Newcomers / Events

The Centre holds no strings introductory events for people which can be found on their website https://www.iskcon-london.org Range from discussions, meditations, music, vegetarian meals, music, male evenings, female evenings,

  • They hold a Sunday Service
  • They run Courses from yoga, music, diet and lifestyle to name a few
  • They run mantra meditation events with music
  • Govinda’s Vegetarian karma free Restaurant
  • They have a shop

Books, jewellery, incense, music accessories for meditation, books

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The centre had a beautifully decorated temple area

Artworks of Krishna, and a realistic-looking life-size statue of the founder. Peacock statue was spotted and symbolic appearances in the artworks. Krishna wears a feather in the crown. The eye in the feather, represents 3rd eye wisdom knowledge, beauty. Hypnotising powers to wearers. The antidote to negative energies. Richness happiness in the heart. They also say that Krishna cleanses the holy feet of Hindu Goddess Radhu with Peacock Feathers Radhu being the romantic interest of Lord Krishna

People at the centre were welcoming and open to explaining their faith, temple, and events.

Hare Krishna

We can use these words as a greeting for hello and goodbye. It can also mean “Everything That Exists” The Mantra that may be familiar to some if they heard devotees chanting it. It uses the Sanskrit Language as a nonsectarian call to God, people from all backgrounds can use which for spiritual development

Celebrity stars and the ISKCON temple

A lot of stars seem to convert seek spirituality engage with some of these ancient pearls of wisdom, or use lyrics in their songs inspired by their learning.

George Harrison from the Beatles probably one of the first, in terms of this faith.

Iron Man icon Robert Downy Jnr, is also known to be an ISKCON follower and educated about Krishna Consciousness. Hugh Jackman associated to read the Bhagavad Gita. Boy George made an upbeat song with the words ‘Hare Krishna’, this YouTube link spreads happiness.

 

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