The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant
Edwin Bryant, Maria Ekstrand
Columbia University Press, Jun 23, 2004 - Religion - 496 pages
Dancing and chanting with their shaven heads and saffron robes, Hare Krishnas presented the most visible face of any of the eastern religions transplanted to the West during the sixties and seventies. Yet few people know much about them.
This comprehensive study includes more than twenty contributions from members, ex-members, and academics who have followed the Hare Krishna movement for years. Since the death of its founder, the movement, also known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), has experienced debates over the roles of authority, heresy, and dissent, which have led to the development of several splinter movements. There is a growing women's rights movement and a highly publicized child abuse scandal. Providing a privileged look at the people and issues shaping ISKCON, this volume also offers insight into the complex factors surrounding the emergence of religious traditions, including early Christianity, as well as a glimpse of the original seeds and the germinating stages of a religious tradition putting down roots in foreign soil.
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A brilliantly scholarly work that doesn't pull its punches. It includes, in Chapter 8, extensive information on how the Hare Krisha's "holy texts" were compiled, which in its original form was a book called "Unzipping the Purports." "Unzipping the Purports" was intended by its author to be published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, but never saw the light of day until this book came along.
A wonderful read for ex-devotees especially, who are trying to make sense of their experience in the cult. Casual readers will perhaps not find as much enjoyment in this, unless they are especially interested in cults. A rare find for the post-Hare Krishna life - there are not enough academic resources like this out there, and certainly not enough press coverage. I applaud the effort of its creators and publishers.
Very interesting. I became interested in Iskcon but then became very upset at the backwards attitudes to women that men seemed proud to boast of. I think some of them are ignorant at how it might seem ok in a western nation where women have rights, but dangerous in many nations where women don't.
KRISHNA The Intimate Deity GRAHAM M SCHWEIG
THE HISTORY OF INDIC MONOTHEISM AND MODERN CHAITANYA VAISHNAVISM
HARE KRISHNA MAHAMANTRA Gaudiya Vaishnava Practice and the Hindu Tradition of Sacred Sound
KRISHNA IN MLECCHA DESH ISKCON Temple Worship in Historical Perspective KENNETH VALPEY KRISHNA KSHETRA DAS
PART 2 Bhaktivedanta Swami and His Predecessors
WHO IS SHRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU
CHARISMATIC RENEWAL AND INSTITUTIONALIZATION IN THE HISTORY OF GAUDIYA VAISHNAVISM AND THE GAUDIYA MATH
BHAKTIVINODA AND SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM
HERESY AND THE JIVA DEBATE
AIRPORTS CONFLICT AND CHANGE IN THE HARE KRISHNA MOVEMENT
HEALING THE HEART OF ISKCON The Place of Women KIM KNOTT
LIFE AS A WOMAN ON WATSEKA AVENUE Personal Story I NORI J MUSTER
CHILD ABUSE AND THE HARE KRISHNAS
FIFTEEN YEARS LATER A CRITIQUE OF GURUKULA Personal Story 11
RACE MONARCHY AND GENDER Bhaktivedanta Swamis Social Experiment EKKEHARD LORENZ
THE GURU MAYAVADINS AND WOMEN Tracing the Origins of Selected Polemical Statements in the Work of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami
AC BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI S PREACHING IN THE CONTEXT OF GAUDIYA VAISHNAVISM
PostBhaktivedanta Controversies of Lineage
CLEANING HOUSE AND CLEANING HEARTS Reform and Renewal in ISKCON WILLIAM H DEADWYLER RAVINDRA SVARUPA DAS
THE GUARDIAN OF DEVOTION Disappearance and Rejection of the Spiritual Master in ISKCON After 1977
THE NO CHANGE IN ISKCON PARADIGM
THE ROUTINIZATION OF CHARISMA AND THE CHARISMATIC The Confrontation Between ISKCON and Narayana Maharaja
DOCTRINAL CONTROVERSY AND THE GROUP DYNAMIC