Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West
Publish Date: 2016-05-03
Author: Joshua M Greene
Discover the man behind the movement in this intimate biography of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
In 1965, a seventy-year-old mansoon to be known as Prabhupadaset sail from India to America with a few books in his bag, pennies in his pockets, and a message of love in his heart. He landed in New York at the peak of the revolutionary counterculture movement of the 60s, and went on to spark a global spiritual renaissance that led to the creation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness,which has changed millions of lives.
Through the depiction of Prabhupada as both an enlightened luminary and a personable, funny, and conscientious individual,Swami in a Strange Landshows why cultural icons such as George Harrison and Allen Ginsberg incorporated Prabhupadas teachings into their lives, and why millions more around the globe embarked upon the path of bhakti yoga in his footsteps.
Carefully researched, skillfully crafted, and extraordinarily intimate, this narrative follows Prabhupada as he rises from an anonymous monk to a world-renowned spiritual leader. Set in locations as far ranging as remote Himalayan caves and the gilded corridors of Pariss City Hall,Swami in a Strange Landtraces the rise of Eastern spirituality in the Westand in particular, the rise of yoga culture and vegetarianism and the concepts of karma and reincarnation.
A remarkable journey into the deepest dimensions of the human experience,Swami in a Strange Landshows how one man with a dream can change the world.