The Italian Parliament hosted an ISKCON 50 conference entited, ‘Fifty Years of the Krishna Consciousness Movement: Srila Prabhupada, Messenger of Peace and Spiritual Knowledge’ at the Chamber of Deputies, one of two houses in the Italian Parliament’s bicameral legislature on 5th October 2016.
Around 100 delegates attended the prestigious conference, which was introduced by the Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies. Speakers at the conference included Madhusevita Das, President of the ISKCON Italian Confederation, and Parabhakti dasa, Vice President of the Italian Confederation of ISKCON.
The event included devotional singing, a prasadam buffet, and a screening of the twenty-minute documentary film Hare Krishna: 50 Years of Service and Joy, which showcases ISKCON’s many impressive contributions to the world.
All Members of Parliament received Italian language editions of the ISKCON 50 magazine ‘The Hare Krishnas: Celebrating 50 Years’ in their mailboxes. The magazine is an easily accessible introduction to ISKCON and its founder, history, beliefs and works.
There was a strong media presence at the conference, as it was considered to be a historic event for ISKCON Italy.
“The Parliament remains the most prestigious place to celebrate an event, and this is the first time we’ve done something directly related to our society there,” Parabhakti said. “I believe it will give us strong credit in the political, academic and cultural spheres. And in general, it will have a positive effect on public opinion that remains long after the conference is over.”