Patheos Watermark

You are running a very outdated version of Internet Explorer. Patheos and most other websites will not display properly on this version. To better enjoy Patheos and your overall web experience, consider upgrading to the current version of Internet Explorer. Find more information HERE.

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.


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.