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

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University of Illinois Press, 1997 - Religion - 213 pages
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Her story of the Hare Krishnas' decline is a gripping presentation of facts gleaned from personal reminiscences, published articles, and internal documents. Betrayal of the Spirit details drug dealing, weapons stockpiling, deceptive fund-raising, child abuse, and murder within ISKON, as well as the dynamics of schisms that forced some 95 percent of the group's original members to leave. Although the movement fell into disarray after the death of its founder, the author's story is one of a continual search for truth and religious meaning as an ISKON member. Muster's account of the scandal-plagued decade following Swami Prabhupada's death ends in 1988 when, disillusioned over the continuing internal strife and scandals, she left her job and the movement.
  

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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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Sonja - Goodreads

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

Contents

ISKCON The Krishnas International Society
1
Unexpected Requirements
10
Going Solo into ISKCON
23
My Zonal Guru
34
Jonestown Fallout
47
A Spiritual Disneyland
54
Drug Busts Guns and Gangsters
61
Whos Watching the Children?
72
PR Bails Out of LA
128
1986 The Year of Crisis
137
The Budget Axe
146
The ISKCON World Review Crosses the Line
155
Six Months Out of Print
163
Womens Lesser Intelligence
171
Moving On
176
Status of People and Things in This Volume
183

The Gurus Start World War III
78
The Storm Within The Guru Issue
86
PR Publications Promote ISKCON
95
Ramesvara Crashes
105
The Revolution of Guru Reform
117
Notes
185
Glossary
195
Bibliography
197
Index
207
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