ISKCON Ministry for Sannyasa
This website aims at distributing information about current ISKCON Sannyasa Candidates and at providing resources and logical support for their training. Sannyasa Candidates are ISKCON members aspiring to become an ISKCON sannyasi or a celibate monk who has devoted his life to the spreading of love of God, following the footsteps of the incarnation of God for the present age, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Founder Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known in the West as the Hare Krishna movement, is a branch of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition in West-Bengal (Gaudiya) and consists of Vaishnavas (worshippers of Vishnu or Krishna). Its disciplic succession, or preceptorial line of spiritual masters, comes down from Sri Caitanya (1486-1534) to A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Prabhupada), the founder and preceptor of ISKCON. Since the 1960s, ISKCON has attracted a considerable number of Westerners. The tradition believes that Sri Caitanya, understood to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, appeared over five hundred years ago in the form of a devotee of Krishna to propagate the congregational chanting of God’s holy names. ISKCON belongs to the main branch of Sri Caitanya’s mission, a connection established through a successive disciplic succession of spiritual masters coming down from Sri Caitanya to Prabhupada and which continues through his disciples and granddisciples. It is, therefore, ISKCON’s primary aim to further Sri Caitanya’s mission by spreading the congregational chanting, or sankirtana, of the holy names of God as the easiest and most sublime spiritual practice for developing love for God.
In 1965, Prabhupada arrived at Boston harbour on board a cargo ship from India. At seventy years of age, with forty Indian rupees in his possession, he attempted to carry out the request of his guru to teach Krishna consciousness in the English-speaking world. After a stay in the small town of Butler, at the home of an acquaintance’s son, he moved to New York, where he attracted followers by his presentation of Vaishnavism, a branch of Hinduism that centers on worship of Vishnu or Krishna. These followers opened a second centre in San Francisco. Soon after that, centres in Montreal, Boston, Santa Fe, and London were opened.
From 1969 to 1973, temples were established in North America, Europe, South America, Mexico, Africa, and India. To manage the international society, Srila Prabhupada established the Governing Body Commission (GBC) in 1970 as ISKCON’s ultimate international managerial authority. The GBC consists of GBC Zonal Secretaries, who are managers or officers responsible for ISKCON in one or more countries.