ISKCON organises Krishna Lunch Program in Florida to represent Hindu culture in US

Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing not in believing, but in being and becoming - Swami Vivekanand

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October 24, 2016: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in New York City in 1966. Since then the society has expanded a lot. It now has millions of members worldwide, more than 500 centers and temples and about 100 affiliated vegetarian restaurants.

Since 1971, Krishna Lunch has been serving strictly vegetarian food to the students of University of Florida and the community of Gainesville. With $5 donation, one can enjoy the delicious rice, soups and halava. Dhristadyumna “Dennis” Das, 34, is the temple commander for the Gainesville Krishna House.

The food is served from 11 AM to 1:30 PM on all week days at the Krishna House. The restaurant is located one block north of the University’s campus. The food is available for delivery through Gatorfood.com.

According to Menaka Harjani, one of the devotees,” If you can’t pay, you can volunteer and get a free plate of food.” Each volunteer is responsible for a single task. One volunteer hand out the plates, one serves rice and the last one puts salad dressing on the salad and rams a fork.

A group of people continuously chant the Maha Mantra with cymbals and a drum. People gather at the Krishna House to discuss about philosophy and their personal lives. Everyone present at the House is treated with courtesy irrespective of their culture, belief or religion.

However, some people believe that the popularity of ISKCON worldwide has led many people to believe that Hinduism is all about Lord Krishna. According to Aparna Sethumadhavan, a student of the University, “Hare Krishna takes this cultural imperialism one step farther by twisting Hinduism so that it fits into modern ideas of what religion should entail without giving a thought to the thousands of years of history behind Hinduism.”

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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  • Antara

    Since ISKON is extremely popular, such a wonderful initiative to promote Hindu culture would be really effective!

  • Nanda Kumar Das

    I joined ISKCON in 1974, the iskcon of today is nothing like it was up until 1977. In 77 several disciples poisoned Srila Prabhupada and then allowed the abuse of 2400 children. In 1990 and 1992 The GBC world directors voted to not report child abuse to the Indian police where the bulk of the abuse went on. ISKCON also bans every other Vaisnava group. There are many other “Hare Krsna” groups one interested in the philo should seek them out and also study the original books of Srila Prabhupada.

  • Nanda Kumar Das

    proof the oldest Jewish and Hindu philo comes from the same source
    equalsouls dot org