Vaisnava Philoshophy

The Vedic scriptures state that spiritual life begins when one inquires into the nature of the absolute truth, the Supreme Godhead. Gaudiya Vaisnavas are monotheists and know the personality of Godhead as Krishna, the All-attractive. But it is also recognized that the Supreme has unlimited names such as Rama, Buddha, Vishnu, Jehovah, Allah, etc. The ultimate goal of Gaudiya Vaisnavism is to develop a loving relationship with the Supreme Godhead.
The Vedas also tell us that the understanding of the self, as being non-material or spiritual by nature, is the preliminary stage of realization of the absolute truth. To understand knowledge of self-realization one must approach a genuine spiritual master, just as one learns the essence of any subject from a perfected practitioner.
The congregational chanting of the Maha mantra,

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

as promoted by Sri Caitanya, is accepted by the Vedas as the most effective means of self-purification in this age. The Vedas describe the mantra as a prayer to the Lord, "Please Lord, engage me in Your service".
Devotees may accept formal initiation into the chanting of the Holy Name vowing to abstain from intoxication, gambling, illicit sexual connections and the eating of meat, fish and eggs. ISKCON members believe indulgence in the aforementioned activities disrupts physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and increases anxiety and conflict in society. At the time of initiation devotees also agree to chant a prescribed number of mantras each day.

ISKCON Guru Parampara

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. It belongs to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
The precepts and practices of ISKCON were taught and codified by the 15th century saint and religious reformer Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and his principle associates, the Six Goswamis of Vrindavana.
Sri Caitanya, whom devotees revere as a direct incarnation of Krishna, gave a powerful impetus for a massive bhakti (devotional) movement throughout India. Under his direction hundreds of volumes on the philosophy of Krishnaconsciousness were compiled. Many devotees have followed in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu including, in the 19th century, an outstanding Vaisnava theologian, Bhaktivinoda Thakura who brought Krishna consciousness to a modern audience.
Bhaktivinoda's son, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami, became the guru of Srila Prabhupada and instructed him to spread Krishna consciousness in the West.
Disciplic Succession - The Guru Parampara
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness draws its legitimacy from its place in a long succession of spiritual teachers and disciples (parampara). There are four major disciplic successions (sampradayas), ISKCON belongs to the Brahma Sampradaya, founded by Lord Krishna Himself.
There are many branches to this sampradaya. Our society belongs to the branch founded by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the 16th century.
The principle is that Vaisnava teachings should be passed on, unchanged, from guru to disciple. The most prominent devotees in this lineage are accepted as acaryas: those who teach by example, who carry the line forward. Listed below are the acaryas since, and including, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, The Six Goswamis of Vrindavana (Srila Rupa Goswami · Srila Sanatana Goswami · Gopal Bhatta Goswami · Ragunatha dasa Goswami · Ragunatha Batta Goswami · Jiva Goswami), Krsnadasa Kaviraj Goswami, Narottama Dasa Thakura, Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, Jagannatha Dasa Babaji, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Gaurakisora Dasa Babaji, Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Sri Krishna Himself, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He appeared in the Kali Yuga (the present age), 523 years ago in 1486 AD, in the mood of His own greatest devotee, Srimati Radharani. The fact that Caitanya Mahaprabhu is non different from Krishna is substantiated by the scriptures such as the Srimad Bhagvatam (11.5.32), by the sadhus (saintly persons) such as Srila Advaita acarya, Nityananda prabhu and the six Goswamis of Vrindavan. Finally it is substantiated by all the gurus in bona fide disciplic successions. Since it is independently verified by the scriptures, sadhus and guru, we should also accept that Caitanya Mahaprabhu is an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
ISKCON Nellore Website

Srila Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), was born Abhay Charan De, on the 1 September 1896, in Calcutta. In 1922 he met His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Founder of the Gaudiya Math, who requested Abhay to broadcast Vedic knowledge in the English medium. In 1933, at Allahabad, Abhay was formally initiated and made it his life ambition to expound the Vedic conclusion that real freedom means liberation from the miseries of material life: birth, death, old age and disease, a state that can be permanently attained by awakening one’s pure love for God, krsna-prema or krsna-bhakti.
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Srila Prabhupada in Nellore

Srila Prabhupada visited Nellore on January 3rd 1976. Srila Prabhupada was on  his way back to Hyderabad after finishing a program in Chennai. His senior disciples, H.H Tamala Krishna Goswami Maharaja, H.H Brahmanada Swami, H.H Achyutananda Swami and H.G Hari Souri Dasa and many others accompanied him during the Nellore Visit. Srila Prabhupada stayed in Nellore from January 3rd to 8th. During the visit Srila Prabhupada met many of the important leaders of the town and Rebala Sujathamma volunteered to donate the land for the temple construction. The corner stone laying ceremony was also performed by Srila Prabhupada on the then proposed site. Following are the photos marking the visit of Srila Prabhupada to Nellore.

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Srila Prabhupada in Nellore

Karma Free Diet

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The Sanskrit word karma means "action", or more specifically, any material action that brings a reaction that binds us to the material world. For every action there is a reaction.
We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has its own justice. No one can escape the law of karma, except those who understand how it works.
Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita that “if one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.” Krishna does not accept meat, fish or eggs. Onions, garlic and caffeine are also not offered because they cause disturbance to the mind and are therefore not beneficial for meditation and spiritual life. One should use fresh, natural ingredients as far as possible.