List of International Society for Krishna Consciousness members and patrons

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Founder of ISKCON: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The following is a list of members or people closely associated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. This list is by no means exhaustive - and includes only well known figures within the organisation.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a Hindu Vaishnava religious organization.[1] It was founded in 1966 in New York City by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.[2] Its core beliefs are based on traditional Hindu scriptures such as the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and the Bhagavad-gītā,[3] both of which, according to the traditional Hindu view, date back more than 5,000 years. The distinctive appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which has had adherents in India since the late 15th century and Western converts since the early 1930s.[4]


Member disciples of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada[edit]

Listed by date of first initiation:

Member grand disciples of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada[edit]

Members & patrons in popular culture and the media[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gibson 2002, p. 4
  2. ^ Gibson 2002, p. 6
  3. ^ Klostermaier, Klaus (1998), A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Oxford: Oneworld Publications, ISBN 1-85168-175-2 
  4. ^ dedicated to direct western disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
  5. ^ Brooks 1992, pp. 78–9
  6. ^ Sutherland & Ellis 2002, pp. 209–217
  7. ^ Boy George with Spencer Bright, Take It Like A Man (Harper Collins, First U.S. Edition, 1995) pp.481–482. On page 482, he says, "I enjoy the rituals of offering obeisances to Krishna and chanting, especially when there are hundreds of devotees jumping and banging drums. At that moment it seems like the human ego is truly transcended. I do find the sexual attitudes far too rigid, though I admit the cycle of desire is fraught with anxiety and disappointment. I don't choose to cut off from it, maybe I enjoy the pain." On page 481 he says, "'Bow Down Mister' swept me up in a spiritual whirl and I became an unlikely queer envoy for Krishna Consciousness."
  8. ^ Chitra Subramanyam (November 23, 1999). "Away from cheering crowds, singer lost in Krishna's land". Bombay: The Indian Express. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Daily Mail 19 June 1984
  10. ^ "Henry Doktorski". 
  11. ^ Rob Harvilla (Apr 29, 2008). "The Bloodclot Diaries: The brutal life and times of John 'Bloodclot' Joseph: New York hardcore icon, Krishna devotee, hustler, survivor" (The Village Voice ed.). New York. 
  12. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (May 27, 2007). "Marc Ellis joins the Hare Krishnas". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ Tripp Underwood (September 18, 2009). "East meets West". The Boston Globe. New York Times Company. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Pendennis - 7 Days - The Observer". 
  15. ^ "108 - Creation. Sustenance. Destruction.". 

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