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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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International Society of
Krishna Consciousness
(ISKCON)

This religious group is a modern continuation of a movement that adherents claim predates Hinduism. The central theme is devotion to Krishna as the highest personality of the Godhead. Devotees state their lineage goes all the way back to Lord Brahma, creator of this particular universe around 105 trillion earth-years ago. One of the most revered proponents of this worldview is Caitanya (1486-1534 A.D.), recognized as an avatar ("one who descends")-a manifestation of both Krishna, and Radha, his chief consort. Radha is described as a gopi (a shepherdess), who is so overwhelmed with a longing for Krishna that she leaves all other earthly attachments. Thus, she becomes the personification of the ecstatic love existing between God and the soul of every devotee. Radha is also worshipped as a goddess herself.

In 1922 a philosophy and economics major at the Scottish Churches College named Abhay Charan De was initiated into this worldview. He was greatly influenced by an Indian Guru and Spiritual Master (Acharya), Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Goswami Maharaja, who was spearheading a revival of devotion to Krishna in the early 1900's. At the age of 54, Abhay Charan De withdrew from business and family associations, only to assume the sannyasa order of life as a renunciate ten years later. At the age of 70 he came to the Western world and founded ISKCON. He then became known as His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The main source of the religious philosophy of ISKCON is the Bhagavad-Gita. Other Vedic sacred books are revered.


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