Beliefs

Owing to its origin in Hinduism, numerous other sacred narratives exist within ISKCON. Those that involve Krishna, Vishnu, or one of the other Vishnu avatars are most central. The narrative of the Ramayana offers one example. This epic describes the saga of the King Rama's quest to rescue his wife Sita from a demon king. ISKCON, like Hinduism more broadly, understands Rama as an avatar of the divine, and in their particular case, Hare Krishna devotees look to Rama as a form of Krishna. ISKCON accepts the Hindu sacred narratives describing other deities, such as Shiva or Ganesha, but subordinates them to those of Krishna/Vishnu.


Study Questions:
     1.     What is ISKCON's sacred narrative?
     2.     What are the implications of living within the Kali Yuga?
     3.     How are the Vedas used by ISKCON members?
     4.     Why are the Bhagavadgita and the Bhagavata Purana considered to be the most important sacred narratives?

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