WHEREEVER YOU ARE, BE KRISHNA CONSCIOUS
The main object of the society
I S K C O N is a worldwide community of devotees practicing the Vedic teachings, the eternal science of rendering devotional service to Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Society was founded by Srila Prabhupada, a pure devotee of God, who is coming down in disciplic succession started by Lord Sri Krishna 5000 years ago.

The main object of the society is:-

1. To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life, and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.

2. To propagate a consciousness of Krishna as He is revealed in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

3. To bring the members of the society together with each other and nearer to Krsna, and thus to develop the idea within the members and humanity at large that each soul is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

4. To teach and encourage the sankirtan movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God, and to reveal the teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

5. To erect for the members, and the society at large, a holy place of trancsendental pastimes, dedicated to the Personality of Godhead.

6. To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simple and more natural way of life.

7. With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes , to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.

Srila Prabhupada on education
Education means to lead the people gradually to Krsna consciousness. [Lecture SB 1.3.20 Los Angeles 1972]

For the present you should continue going to school because education is important. Without education nobody has any social position and all our students in Krishna Consciousness are expected to be preachers. So preachers must have sufficient education because they have to meet with so many opposing elements. Education should be continued at the same time chanting should be continued. There will be no difficulty. [Letter to: Indira and Ekayani —San Francisco 17 December, 1967]

Human life is meant for cultivation of spiritual knowledge, in eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the executive heads of all states and all planets are obliged to impart this lesson to the citizens by education, culture and devotion. [Bhagavad – Gita, 4.1. Purport
Regarding the answers which you gave to Bilas Vigrahadas, they were all correct. When you study very carefully all of the literature which is available, especially Bhagavad-gita As It Is, you will have in your grasp answers to all questions that may be put to you. Please encourage the others to read this Bhagavad-gita at least one chapter every day. [Letter to Upendra, 6th January, 1969]

Please see that the program for studying our literatures is also undertaken very seriously by all the devotees there. Everyone of us must become thoroughly acquainted with our philosophy, so that our preaching work may be carried out nicely. [Letter to Jagadisa, 27th February, 1970]

Yes, we must set up our society as a school as best we can—I have already sent you letter. Please formulate the whole curriculum because we have to immediately submit to the Draft department and if this is accepted that will be great gain for our society. Bhakti-sastri is awarded after extensive study of Bhagavad-gita, Easy Journey, and Nectar of Devotion. Bhakti-vaibhava is awarded after study of Vedanta-sutra and Srimad-Bhagavatam on a preliminary basis; and Bhaktivedanta the highest title, is awarded after extensive study of Caitanya-caritamrta. [Letter to Brahmananda, 23rd March, 1969]


It is necessary for the leaders of the Krsna consciousness movement to start educational institutions in different parts of the world to train children, starting at the age of five years. Thus such children will not become hippies or spoiled children of society; rather, they can all become devotees of the Lord. The face of the world will then change automatically.

[SrimadBhagavatam 4.12.23 Purport]
I consider this Gurukula school to be one of our most important aspects of this movement and it should be given all serious consideration by the members. If we are able to make a whole generation of our children into fine Krsna Conscious preachers, that will be the glory of our movement and the glory of your country as well. But if we neglect somehow or other and if we lose even one Vaisnava, that is very great loss. [Letter to Stokakrsna - Los Angeles 20 June, 1972]

Gurukula is our most important project. If the children are given a Krsna Conscious education from early childhood then there is great hope for the future of the world.
[Letter to Dayananda, Nandarani - Calcutta 27 January, 1973]

By all means you should continue practicing Krsna Consciousness everyday. But that does not necessarily mean that you have to move into the Temple immediately. It is also important to get some education. So for some years you should remain studying in school. But on the weekends with your parents permission you can go to the Temple and stay there but do not fall behind in your school work. [Letter to Durgesh, 16th December, 1974]

Soon we shall be introducing the Bhakti-sastri examination which all brahmanas will be expected to pass. It will be based on Bhagavad-gita, N. O. D., Nectar of Instruction, Isopanisad, and the small paperback books like Easy Journey. A brahmana should be pandita.[Letter to Brsakapi, 7th January, 1976]

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