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. The charismatic leader of the sect, the Indian monk Swami Bhaktivedanta, aimed to save Westerners from what he saw as materialism 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 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 (where Bhakti-vedanta was buried in 1977), Brooks describes the intricate social, economic and religious relationships between Westerners and Indian. 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."
Dr. Charles R. Brooks received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1987 from the University of Hawaii. Besides his research in India, he has conducted research among South Asian immigrants to the United States, and has investigated issues of organizational cultures, homeless populations in the United States, and the impact of drug abuse on American culture. Brooks presently lives in New York City where he teaches anthropology at New York University and the City University of New York. He also serves as an anthropological consultant to government and private agencies.
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Item Code: NAR363 Author: Charles. R. Brooks Cover: HARDCOVER Edition: 1992 Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 9788120809390 Language: English Size: 9.00 X 6.00 inch Pages: 276 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 0.43 Kg