What is Kṛṣṇa conscious movement?
Kṛṣṇa consciousness is the original pure consciousness of every living entity. Being in touch with the material energy the pure soul has forgotten its identity as the eternal servant of supreme lord Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is the only means to revive this lost relationship.
This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is authorized by lord Kṛṣṇa himself. Lord Kṛṣṇa says in bhagavad gita,” There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.” This movement is based on the teaching of Shrimad bhagavad gita and Shrimad bhagavatam.
bhärata-bhümite haila manuñya-janma yära
janma särthaka kari’ kara para-upakära
His mission is that anyone who has taken birth in India, he first of all make his life successful and spread this knowledge for welfare activities of the whole human society. So this Kåñëa consciousness movement is for para-upakära, for doing good to others—the best welfare activities in the world. And it is India’s duty, it is India’s prerogative to take this knowledge and broadcast all over the world for para-upakära.
Srila Prabhupada founded ISKCON in July of 1966. The incorporation document states Seven Purposes of ISKCON:
(1) To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all peoples in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
(2) To propagate a consciousness of Kṛṣṇa as it is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
(3) To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Kṛṣṇa, the prime entity, and thus to develop the idea, within the members, and humanity, at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Kṛṣṇa).
(4) To teach and encourage the Sankirtan movement of congregational chanting of the holy name of God as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
(5) To erect for the members, and for society at large, a holy place of transcendental pastimes, dedicated to the personality of Kṛṣṇa.
(6) To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler and more natural way of life.
(7) With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.