The Hare Krishnas in India

by Charles R. Brooks


  • ISBN: 9788120809390, 8120809394
  • Year of Publication: 1992
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 395.00

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    This entertaining and sensitive book deepens our knowledge by tracing the

    paths of those WEstern Hare Krishnas who eventually travelled to or lived

    in India. Charls 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 Indians 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, 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."

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