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The Hare Krishnas In India
The Hare Krishnas In India

The Hare Krishnas In India

by Charles R Brooks

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Language

English

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

8120809394 - Year: 1992 - Pages: 275

Binding

Hardcover

Charles R Brooks

Author: Charles R Brooks
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 1992
Language: English
Pages: 275
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120809394

Description

This entertaining and sensitive book deepens our knowledge by paths of those Western Hare Krishnas who eventually travelled to or lived in India. The charismatic leader of the sect, the Indian monk Swami Bhaktivedanta, aimed to save Westerners from what he saw as materialism and atheism and atheism by converting them to worship the Hindu god Krishna. In addition, he hoped that Western disciples would inspire Indians to rediscover their own religious heritage. Charles Brooks describes in full detail the work of the reverse missionaries in the town of Vrindaban-which, since it is traditionally considered to be identical with Krishna’s spiritual world, is one of the holiest places in India and the site of some of its most engaging rituals.

Have the Western Hare Krishnas really become part of Indian culture? Can it be that Indian accept these foreigners as essentially Hindu and even Brahman? Brooks answers in a way that radically challenges our accepted images of Indian social dynamics. Analyzing the remarkable success of the International Society for Krishna consciousness and their temple complex in Vrindaban (where Bhakti-vadanta was buried in 1977), Brooks describes the intricate social, economic and religious relationships between westerners and Indians. He demonstrates that social rank in the town is based not only on caste but also on religious competence-many Indians of Vrindaban believe, in Bhakti-vedanta’s words, that Krishna is for all.

Contents

LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES

TRANSLITERATION OF INDIAN WORDS

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2
The Meaning of Vrindaban :
Textual and Historical Developments

CHAPTER 3
The Sacred Pilgrimage Complex

CHAPTER 4
ISKCON and Vrindaban

CHAPTER 5
Pilgrimage Processes:
Aspects of Pilgrim- ISKCON Interactions

CHAPTER 6
Symbolic Interactions in Vrindaban town:
Making Sense of a New Reality

CHAPTER 7
Cross-Cultural Dynamics of Mystical Emotions in Vrindaban

CHAPTER 8
Conclusion

APPENDIXES

Map of Vrindaban
Vrindaban Pilgrimage Clusters
The situation
Loi Bazaar Questionnaire
Methodology

GLOSSARY OF INDIAN WORDS

REFERENCES

INDEX

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