While Hare Krishnas may be one of the best known branches of Hinduism, just because you're aware of them doesn't mean that you're familiar with any actual Hare Krishna beliefs. While they have some things in common with Hinduism and other Indian religions, the Hare Krishnas remain their own distinct group with a very different set of beliefs from those you may be familiar with in the West.
Formally known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) and nicknamed Hare Krishna because of their famous chanting, it was established in New York City in 1966 by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - though it is rooted in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition which extends back to the 15th century in India and the beliefs of Sri Chaitanya of Bengal. While Hare Krishna is probably best known for its chanting and promotion of vegetarianism, there is a much more complex belief system at play. They draw from the Bhagavad Gītā and the Bhagavata Purana as their sacred texts and seek to cultivate spirituality through the word of Krishna, but that's just the beginning.
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