"He lives forever by His Divine Instructions and the follower lives with Him"
- Srila Prabhupada's dedication to the Srimad-Bhagavatam, New Delhi, India 1962
The Krishna consciousness movement is a global congregation based on the instructions of the Vedic scriptures, the world's most ancient and complete books of spiritual science. Specifically, we follow the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whose activities and symptoms prove that he is the predicted great personality (shakty-avesa-avatar) who establishes the mission of God, or Krishna, worldwide. We recognize and accept that Srila Prabhupada is a pure representative of Lord Krishna and the current link in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya.
Everyone can attain full perfection by following Srila Prabhupada.
In numerous letters and instructions to his followers, Srila Prabhupada urged, "Please study all of my books very thoroughly." (Letter, December 1974.) He often warned his disciples, "When the waves of maya attack, your little sentiment for Krishna may not save you. All my disciples must be
thoroughly trained in the philosophy of Krishna consciousness." (Letter, May 1972). He urged his leading preachers to diligently train devotees rather than constantly canvass for converts: "What's the use of so many devotees if none of them are knowledgeable." (Letter, 1972). Thus, Srila Prabhupada worked tirelessly, night and day, to carefully translate, explain and publish the most important Vaisnava scriptures, such as Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrta, SrimadBhagavad-gita, and Sri Bhaktirasamrita Sindhu (Nectar of Devotion).
Srila Prabhupada listed the following convictions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement:
1. The Absolute Truth is contained in all the great scriptures of the world. However, the oldest known revealed scriptures in existence are the Vedic literatures, most notably Bhagavad-gita, which is the literal record of God's words.
2. God, or Krishna, is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive, the seedgiving father of man and all living entities. He is the sustaining energy of all life, nature, and the cosmic situation.
3. Man is actually not his body but spirit soul, part and parcel of God, and therefore eternal.
4. That all men are brothers can be practiced only when we realize God as our common father.
5. All our actions should be performed as a sacrifice to the Supreme Lord: "All that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me." (Bhagavad-gita 9.27)
6. The food that sustains us should always be offered to the Lord before eating. In this way He becomes the offering, and such eating purifies us.
7. We can, by sincere cultivation of bona fide spiritual science, attain to the stage of pure, unendingly blissful consciousness, free from anxiety, in this very lifetime.
8. The recommended means to attain the mature stage of love of God in the present age of Kali, or quarrel, is to chant the holy name of the Lord. The easiest method for most people is to chant the Hare Krishna mantra:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.