Krishna Consciousness means original consciousness or God consciousness, an awareness of and affection for the supreme personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna. It is the culmination of all forms of yoga, knowledge, meditation, and spirituality. Krishna consciousness is the natural, original, and blissful condition of every individual. The practices of Krishna consciousness, or bhakti-yoga, are meant to free us from the root cause of all anxiety by reawakening our normal, eternal spiritual happiness. Essential practices of Krishna Consciousness involve the chanting of God’s holy names—among several processes of devotional service—to bring about lasting happiness and peace in society by reviving our loving relationships with God. The process is simple— a meditation on the name, form, activities, and qualities of Lord Krishna.
Just as the sun is known by many names in different parts of the world, “ISKCON,” “Krishna consciousness,” and “Krishna” Himself are non-sectarian and non-denominational terms which refer to the worship of God, the Supreme Person. Anyone anywhere can practice Krishna consciousness and become a “devotee” or member of ISKCON. You do not need to change your religion to adopt the practices of Krishna consciousness—such as chanting God’s names.