Monkey on a Stick: Murder, Madness and the Hare Krishnas
When ex-Krishna Steve Bryant launched a one-man holy war against the Hare Krishna cult, his body was found murdered. It was the Krishnas' response to make Bryant a "monkey on a stick", a gruesome warning to all other Krishnas that death was in store for those with dreams of defection. 16 pages of photos.
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Before reading this book one should understand that the contents have absolutely nothing to do with the Hare Krishna ancient Vaishnava philosophy of India, or indeed individual devotees and one should not view all Hare Krishna devotees from the picture that developes by reading this book, as it focuses on certain individuals which brought their mundane attributes and attitudes into a spiritual society which attempts to practice a philosophical system, that excludes all negative vices. There are murderes in human society at large, but no one would be unintelligent enough to conclude that we live in a society of murderers. The fact is that we find more loving and affectionate people in this world then otherwise and so we can not judge society by a handful of bad apples. There are new branches of the original Hare Krishna movement which have sprung up as a result of the transgressions described in the book and others and of which the ritvik system which is described in the book, is a transgression itself, as it is not described or given in the original founder Bhaktivedanta Swamis books, or indeed in the Vedas of India as a bonafied continuation of the ancient system of "disciplic succession or Parampara" The book therefore, really serves no purpose at all, other then to rightly point out some injustices committed in the movement after its founder had passed away but in no way reflects the beauty and sweetness of the Hare krishna societies philosophy and goals. It also fanatically declares that there is only one altenative, which is the ritvik dogma and the ritvik movement, which stands in direct opposition to Vaishnava practices and the movements founders writings where He personally declares that there are many genuine Vaishnava insitututions in this World and by attaching ones self to any such institution one can make spiritual advancment very quickly. This book is certainly not helpful at all for any genuine seeker.
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A great story about the road paved with good intentions and where it can take you. Anyone interested in spiritual community should read this book. You've been warned.
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