The Hare Krishna Movement

The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant

Edited by Edwin Bryant and Maria Ekstrand

Columbia University Press

The Hare Krishna Movement

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Pub Date: June 2004

ISBN: 9780231122566

496 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $70.00£54.00

Pub Date: June 2004

ISBN: 9780231508438

496 Pages

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The Hare Krishna Movement

The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant

Edited by Edwin Bryant and Maria Ekstrand

Columbia University Press

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.
The great strength of this very useful and important resource comes from its reliance on both the work of scholars in the field of Indian religions and the evaluations of those who have personally experienced this movement over years of change...Highly recommended E. Findly, Choice
This is a poignant book. David E. Settje, Concordia University, River Forest, Religious Studies Review
Foreword, by Larry D. Shinn
Introduction, by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand
Part 1. Krishna Consciousness in the Context of Hindu Theology
1. Krishna, the Intimate Deity, by Graham M. Schweig
2. The History of Indic Monotheism and Modern Chaitanya Vaishnavism: Some Reflections, by Neal Delmonico
3. Hare Krishna Mahamantra: Gaudiya Vaishnava Practice and the Hindu Tradition of Sacred Sound, by Guy L. Beck
4. Krishna in Mleccha desh: ISKCON Temple Worship in Historical Perspective, by Kenneth Valpey (Krishna Kshetra Das)
Part 2. Bhaktivedanta Swami and His Predecessors
5. Who Is Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?, by Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Das)
6. Charismatic Renewal and Institutionalization in the History of Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the Gaudiya Math, by Jan Brzezinski
7. Bhaktivinoda and Scriptural Literalism, by Shukavak N. Das
8. The Guru, Mayavadins, and Women: Tracing the Origins of Selected Polemical Statements in the Work of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, by Ekkehard Lorenz
9. Bhaktivedanta Swami's Preaching in the Context of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, by Paul H. Sherbow
Part 3. Post-Bhaktivedanta Controversies of Lineage
10. Cleaning House and Cleaning Hearts: Reform and Renewal in ISKCON, by William H. Deadwyler (Ravindra Svarupa Das)
11. The Guardian of Devotion: Disappearance and Rejection of the Spiritual Master in ISKCON After 1977, by Swami Bhakti Bhavana Vishnu
12. The No Change in ISKCON Paradigm, by Krishnakant Desai, Sunil Awatramani (Adridharan Das), and Madhu Pandit Das
13. The "Routinization of Charisma" and the Charismatic: The Confrontation Between ISKCON and Narayana Maharaja, by Irvin H. Collins
Part 4. Heresies
14. Doctrinal Controversy and the Group Dynamic, by Conrad Joseph (Kundali Das)
15. Heresy and the Jiva Debate, by Howard Resnick (Hridayananda Das Goswami)
Part 5. Social Issues
16. Airports, Conflict, and Change in the Hare Krishna Movement, by E. Burke Rochford Jr.
17. Healing the Heart of ISKCON: The Place of Women, by Kim Knott
18. Life as a Woman on Watseka Avenue: Personal Story I, by Nori J. Muster
19. Child Abuse and the Hare Krishnas: History and Response, by David Wolf
20. Fifteen Years Later: A Critique of Gurukula: Personal Story II, by Gabriel Deadwyler (Yudhishthira Das)
21. Race, Monarchy, and Gender: Bhaktivedanta Swami's Social Experiment, by Ekkehard Lorenz
Part 6. Reevaluations
22. On Leaving ISKCON: Personal Story III, by Steven J. Gelberg
23. On Staying in ISKCON: Personal Story IV, by Michael Grant (Mukunda Goswami) and Anuttama Das Adhikari
24. Re-Visioning ISKCON: Constructive Theologizing for Reform and Renewal, by Thomas Herzig (Tamal Krishna Goswami) and Kenneth Valpey (Krishna Kshetra Das)
Concluding Reflections, by Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand

About the Author

Edwin F. Bryant is assistant professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. His publications include The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Cultureand Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God, Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book Ten. Maria L. Ekstrand is a psychologist on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco who was involved in the development of ISKCON's child abuse investigation guidelines.

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