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Ethics and Community



Community Organization

ISKCON is organized by temple, with most communities having monastic residents, full-time lay disciples, and larger numbers of congregational members.

Leadership

The Hare Krishna movement recognizes a Governing Body Commission that oversees the movement, as well as a series of gurus who serve as spiritual leaders.

Principles of Moral Thought and Action

The four regulative principles of ISKCON are the prohibition against eating meat, fish, or eggs, gambling, intoxication, and illicit sexual activities.

Vision for Society

ISKCON is an evangelistic movement that seeks to spread the devotion to the divine, specifically what they call Krishna Consciousness, throughout the world.

Gender and Sexuality

Bhaktivedanta founded ISKCON in accordance with what he considered traditional Bengali gender norms, though in recent years the movement has slowly moved toward permitting greater gender equality.

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