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The founder of the Hare Krishna movement (or International Society for Krishna Consciousness / ISKCON) was the Indian guru, Swami Bhaktivedanta, who during the last years of his life brought a Hindu denomination to the West. He represented the Bengali (Gaudiya) school of Vaisnavism devotion to Vishnu and Krishna which he molded somewhat to the times when he arrived in New York in the 1960s. Since then, ISKCON has evolved along more conventional by Western standards denominational lines with a largely middle-class, lay membership.When Bhaktivedanta arrived in America, it was a bold step because historically a guru who ventured outside of India was stripped of his Brahman status. However, the effort bore fruit not the least of which was the type of intercultural understanding promoted by the current authors through their study of ISKCON s place within the religion and culture of India."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781560851684
ISBN-10: 1560851686
Format: Paperback / softback
(193mm x 121mm x 10mm)
Pages: 99
Imprint: Signature Books
Publisher: Signature Books
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eugenio Fizzotti

Federico Squarcini (Ph.D., University of Bologna) is currently a research fellow at the University of Florence (Italy). He is the editor ofVerso l India," Oltre l India"( Toward India, Beyond India ) and co-editor ofL Oriente che non Tramonta"( The East That Never Fades ). He is a contributor toCritica Sociologica," Orientamenti Pedagogici," Parole Chiave," Rivista di Studi Orientali," andTestimonianze"and is a member of the board of editors forReligioni e Societa and Kykeion."Eugenio Fizzotti is dean of the education faculty and professor of psychology at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (Italy). He is co-founder of the Victor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Austria, and president of the European Association of Existential Analysis (ALAEF). He has authored nineteen books on the psychology of religion and new religious movements."