Is ISKCON Hindu? in Spiritual Discussions Posted June 11, 2003 · Report reply Hindu is a broad definition. there are aborigines in india who catches the birds and eat it while it is alive - they called hindu also. And personalities like Ramanujacarya, Shankaracharya etc... you can call them hindus as well... But there is fast ocean between them. If you want more broad definition of hindu and bharata varsa - it is not a the peice of kaupin which was raped by muslims invaders and english after that. Bharata varsha it is whole earth including all continents. By Gods arrangements only in India up to the time Prabhupada left for USA - only in India this great principles were still existing due to brahmins and vaishnavas who were kept this traditions. Only because of them Sanatana dharma were kept there. Prabhupada's goal is to reistablish Sanatana Dharma in a whole world. And a proof of that you and me talking about it in this forum.... As for external things - if you ask any passing by "hindu" who works in some software company What is Sanatana Dharma is - most of them won't be able to answer what it is and how do you eat it... (if you get my joke)... Many hindus have no clue what Sanatana Dharma is - and those who can tell you they will quote somehting what they seen in a movie... On other side you can ask any devotee - even that one who joined 2 days ago and ask him what is Sanatana Dharma is - they will tell you - I'm eternally servant of God, Krishna. Eternally - they won't miss that point even if you wake them up in a middle of the night or catch them in some night club. They may not be able to explain what it is but they know that they eternally servants of Krishna - because Prabhupada puts this on every single page of his book. And to end on happy note - most furtunate people on this planet are those who took birth in India for they have chance to know it from a birth... And to answer directly on yoru question - NO ISKCON is here to stay to establish Varnasrama and Sanatana dharma. Person from whom you heard may wanted to say - we not hindus... and do not follow hinduism (because general understanding of hinduism in a west is to worship 33 millions gods and western people can't digest it - becuase of that we say we not hindus and later we explain what it means).