Our third Far North Chicago destination during Open House on Oct. 13 was the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON.
This building, located on Lunt Ave. in Chicago, was formerly a Masonic temple. It was purchased by the Hare Krishna society for use as a community center and place of worship.
ISKCON is a monotheistic sect within Vedic tradition, beginning with Lord Krishna and continued with a succession of spiritual leaders. The sect was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in July 1966 in New York and is open to people of all faiths and creeds.
ISKCON’s web site explains its teaching as follows:
ISKCON’s teachings are non-sectarian, following the principle of sanatana dharma or eternal religion—based on the teachings of Vedic scriptures, including the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam—which denote the eternal activity of all living beings is loving devotional service (bhakti-yoga) to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Worship services take place once a week and involve dancing and singing, followed by a communal meal.
ISKCON consists of more than 400 temples, 40 rural communities and about 100 vegetarian restaurants worldwide.
They conduct seminars, workshops and children’s events, as well as classes in meditation techniques and yoga.
For more information on ISKCON, click on these links:
www.iskconnaperville.org. – A very comprehensive site, where I got most of the information above.