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Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement

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Combining behind-the-scenes coverage of an often besieged religious group with a personal account of one woman's struggle to find meaning in it, this title takes readers to the center of life in the Hare Krishna movement. It follows the inner workings of the movement and the Hare Krishnas' progressive decline.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2001 by University of Illinois Press (first published December 1st 1996)
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The spiritual odyssey of a Krishna follower

The author was looking for a spiritual direction in her life, and she found that in the Hare Krishna movement. In the beginning, she found ISKCON was filled with joy, happiness, and peace, but when she left the organization after a decade; she found it scarred with scandals, enmity, and descended in disgrace. The death of the founder Prabhupada brought changes and years of confusion which was tumultuous. No one in the organization comprehended what woul
The author was a member of the team that produced the newspaper that went out to Hare Krishna members worldwide and as such was privy to inside information not available to most members of the organization. The unique vantage point of the author is what makes this book worth reading if you want to understand how an organization like this under stress slowly falls apart.

What is so surprising is that even with murder, child abuse, and the corruption of many leaders of the organization the author s
this was yet another great book about the corruption within the Hare Krishna movement. But it was written from an insiders view as far as her being a devotee yet also somewhat on the outside as a woman. Since this was written i know many in the movement have worked to remove the sexism which i think was made out of hand by the very gurus who were corrupt anyhow. But back to the review of the book, i really liked that it also had a personal spin regarding her relationship with her father. A great ...more
I find books on the "Hare Krishna" movement to be insightful, especially when trying to understand the misfortunes that have plagued ISKCON since the departure of Prabhupada.

i thought this was a very good personal recollection of a woman's time during the transition period of the hare krishna movement.
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