The worshipers of Lord Krishna, claim no allegiance to any particular religion, but only continue developing pure, unalloyed bhakti, love of God, through the practice of devotional service, bhakti-yoga. When this fully manifests as prema, such a pure relationship becomes so intense that there is no awareness of anything else. In this pure consciousness, there is no question of being Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or being affected by any other distinction. There is only God and the lovers of God on the spiritual platform, all of whom are absorbed in sublime and boundlessly ecstatic, loving exchanges.
The Supreme is waiting for us to return to our spiritual position to engage in these spiritual activities. How long it takes for us to return to our spiritual home simply depends on how long we allow ourselves to be influenced or controlled by the material impulses and desires which bind us to this material existence. We should not feel that we are so sinful or fallen that we have no hope for developing our spiritual relationship with the Supreme, for He is always waiting for His lost servants. But we have to begin to show that we want to return to Him by rising above bodily identifications and realizing the science of the soul: our real identity.
The essence of this portal is pure spiritual identity and spiritual experience that we share with Lord Krishna, the only Supreme Being of this Universe. This spiritual identity is the underlying principle of unity amongst all living entities. Re-awakening this identity and love is the ultimate purpose of this portal. And this is most easily attained through the process of bhakti-yoga, the yoga of love of God.
When I took an Eastern World religions class, the Bhagavad Gita had been presented as a jnana based text. Though the professor had mentioned that the text could be seen from a bhakti standpoint, we did not discuss it, and once again I was left with a stronger understanding of the jnana approach, and a modest understanding of bhakti. I took this limited view when I went to visit the temple. I wanted to know how the devotees could overlook the obvious philosophical ideas expounded by the Gita and how they could only extrapolate a bhakti vision from the text. One of the devotees, summed it all up in one statement, “one needs jnana (knowledge) to practice the correct bhakti (devotion).” I thought about that statement for awhile. What did he mean by that? And then a light went off in my mind. The reason why the Hare Krishnas place so much emphasis on bhakti is because they understand the philosophy that the Brahman and the atman are in the end one. Understanding this concept, they have an unyielding love for Lord Krishna. We as human beings are a part of him, and through devotion and chant the Hare Krishnas are acknowledging that homology.
The ISKCON movement has been hijacked by an elite circle of leaders within the institution who wield power by having many followers and thus a great deal of money. These leaders refuse to listen to the their godbrothers and disenfranchised devotees and hide from the problems in ISKCON. Compromise, unauthorized change, deviations like Hinduized ISKCON, New Age ISKCON, etc. are all protected and promoted by these leaders and their yes man. But fortunately, Lord Krsna and Srila Prabhupada are NOT blind to see the problems in ISKCON and they hear the prayers of the sincere non-elitists, including those who are GBC, Gurus and leaders in ISKCON. Nonetheless, the GBC takes the full credit (karma) for all the deviations in ISKCON that have upset devotees. But they remain in full denial, as we say in the West. And there will be the devil to pay for these aparadhi changes and compromises to Srila Prabhupada's movement.