London, Jun 5 (BAN/CD): ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), the Hare Krishna Movement has been added as a topic to be studied from next year onwards in Hinduism in Cambridge International AS and A levels, by the Cambridge body of examination based in the UK.
Students aged 17,18,19 will be studying about the ISKCON movement as a part of their curriculum and it will be applied in examinations from the year 2021.
Radhanath Swami, spiritual Guru of ISKCON believes this is a great achievement and a step ahead in imparting the essence of Hinduism globally.
“It is imperative for children to connect this vast ancient knowledge that has been in existence ever since the existence of human beings” Swami said.
He added that in today’s competitive era, stress is causing depression in youngsters and knowing real knowledge about life will help them combat this stress, as Hinduism is not just a religion but a way of living.
“Cambridge is one of the strongest pillars of modern education system and for them to include ISKCON in their syllabus is a huge recognition of our spiritual practices.” He added.
Cambridge body of examination based in the UK for their International AS & A Levels has added two new movements within Hinduism i.e. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and Sathya Sai International Organisation. Course syllabus at Cambridge will be including origins, practices and key teachings of these new movements.
Practices such as bhakti, community living, sankirtana, preaching, ‘Food for Life’ project are also part of the syllabus. Teachings of ISKCON will be covered in full detail.
Radhanath Swami added that the Bhagavad Gita and Shrimad Bhagavatam as sources of scriptural authority and the spiritual equality of women are also a part of this syllabus.
The founder of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada, who initiated it more than five decades ago has been appreciated by scholars and religious leaders India’s Vaishnava spiritual culture in a relevant manner to the contemporary worldwide audiences
500 major centres, temples and rural communities, nearly 100 affiliated vegetarian restaurants, 1000s of local meeting groups, a range of community projects, and millions of members worldwide are a part of ISKCON.