ISKCON is part of the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya, a monotheistic tradition in Vedic culture. The Philosophically it is based on is given in the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavat Purana or Srimad-Bhagavatam. The historical texts of the bhakti yoga tradition teaches that the ultimate goal of all living beings is to awaken their love of God or Lord Krishna, the “all-attractive”.
Although ISKCON has existed on the world stage for just over fifty years, it has spread widely since its founding by the divine grace of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York in 1966.
From the age of five, Richard attended Bible studies and His family regularly attended the Anglican Church. At the age of thirteen, He began to think about the meaning of life, by the age of 15 He felt disappointed “because of the hypocrisy of the entire system”. He was also disappointed in His religion, since he could not find satisfactory answers to His questions.
Richard did not understand why people are born in such different conditions, and why after death there are only two ways for completely different people – heaven or hell. These and many other questions constantly bothered him. Hoping to find answers to them, Richard decided to study philosophy, and after graduating from King’s College in 1968 he entered the philosophy department of the University of Auckland.
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