Welcome to ISKCON Standards.com
We are the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. We have put up this web site to help you get a clear understanding of what are the standards of Vaishnavism according to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. We are not presenting our own opinion. We are simply giving you what Srila Prabhupada has stated. If this site will help you and inspire you to dedicate your life to serving Srila Prabhupada’s mission, we will consider it to be a grand success.
In this material world there is always a tendency for that which is pure to become polluted and distorted over a period of time especially in this age of Kali. This happens also in the society of devotees. For example Srila Prabhupada explains that while Lord Jesus started his movement to put a stop to animal slaughter, his so-called followers are now engaged in the daily mass murder of millions of innocent animals in the slaughter houses. In this connection Srila Prabhupada states:
“The main business of human society is to think of the Supreme Personality of Godhead at all times, to become His devotees, to worship the Supreme Lord and to bow down before Him. The acharya, the authorized representative of the Supreme Lord, establishes these principles, but when he disappears, things once again become disordered. The perfect disciples of the acarya try to relieve the situation by sincerely following the instructions of the spiritual master.”
–from purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 4.28.28
Now that our beloved Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta has departed from this world we must be very careful to avoid the tendency to become slack in following his instructions. It is sometimes said, “When the cat is away, the mice will play.” With love we must carefully and strictly adhere to the wonderful liberating instructions of Srila Prabhupada. For example, while Srila Prabhupada clearly instructed us hundreds of times, “No illicit sex”, there is now an attempt to change this principle to “No sex outside of marriage.” Such things will spoil our movement relegating us eventually to being another bogus so-called religious organization that does not teach pure bhakti.