T his year on the 18th of July 21, 2017 was the day Srila Prabhupada incorporated ISKCON in New York.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was incorporated in 1966 in New York by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acarya. Srila Prabhupada’s teachings are based on a basic principle: simple living, higher thinking, for the goal id to always remember Krsna, and never forget Him. “We shall call our society ISKCON.” Prabhupada playfully coined first the acronym, although many other names were suggested. The principal place of worship was located at 26 Second Avenue in Ney York, which at that point, was the Headquarters of the newly founded ISKCON Society.
When getting the legal work done, Srila Prabhupada outlined the Seven Purposes of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness, which are as follows:
- To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
- To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (God), as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
- To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members, and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
- To teach and encourage the sankirtana movement, congregational chanting of the holy name of God, as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
- To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
- To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.
- With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.