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Hindus to sue RSPCA for death of the sacred cow Gangotri

Hare KrishnaBy Radha Mohan Dasa

Hindu leaders and monks called today on the RSPCA headquarters at Horsham, West Sussex to serve a legal notice proposing to sue the RSPCA over trespass to land and goods, in relation to the highly emotive killing of the temple cow, Gangotri at Bhaktivedanta Manor temple.

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Established scholar appreciates devotees

Established scholar appreciates devotees

By Radha Mohan Dasa

Graham Dwyer first met ISKCON devotees in 1975 when he was 16 years old in his home town of Accrington, Lancashire. He was very impressed by their piouty and spirituality and that experience stayed with him until after he completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at Oxford University.

His on-going research at Bhaktivedanta Manor commenced five years ago, which he found most inspiring. He explained “Having published articles in academic religious studies journals on ISKCON it became clear that a new book needed to be written about ISKCON’s 40 years of history, a book that would look at the changes that have taken place over the past 40 years, focusing positive developments especially”.

Graham quickly developed a close friendship with Radha Mohan das, the Bhaktivedanta Manor Communications Secretary, and thought it be would be advantageous to join forces with him in collaborative work. That work involved bringing together in one volume insider and outsider voices to produce an understanding of ISKCON today. The book is called “The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change”. The official launch of the work took place at Winchester University on last month and already there has been much interest from all quarters.

Graham explained “The experience of editing the book with Radha Mohan was always interesting for me because I became more and more familiar with ISKCON’s activities and practices as well as had the opportunity to meet with many devotees. I feel I have personally benefited in profound ways from regularly visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor, not only in terms of advancing my own research and publication profile but also in terms of my personal friendships.”

Now Graham is working on a film project with an award winning Finnish director, Jouko Aaltonen. The film will look in particular at devotional activities and the meanings of devotion and religious commitment of adherents. Specifically it aims to study the life and personality of HH Radhanath Swami which will include following him on parikrama with the devotees in India.

Book reviews by established ISKCON devotees:

“While the book appears to be aimed primarily at the academic community, the eight authors offer a variety of perspectives of the movement which will also be of much interest to others. Of the many facets of ISKCON under discussion we are treated to an overview of its timely inception, its dynamic successes and later mishaps, as well as its present challenges and future aspirations. It is to the book’s credit that more than one author takes a forthright look at some of the serious problems ISKCON has faced over the years since Srila Prabhupada’s physical departure, along with some various - and no doubt controversial - perceptions of the significance of his words. That, along the religious, educational and sociological impact of the Hare Krishna movement and its plainly outstanding successes, are all grist for the academic millithis is certainly a book that many will find timely, and even refreshing, in its up-to date overviews and firsthand accounts of personal insight and everyday spirituality. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Hare Krishna movement.” Sakshi Gopal das

“The Hare Krishna Movement combines insightful ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ voices to provide an essential review and timely update on the growing and maturing phenomenon of worldwide Krishna-devotionalism. For storytracking the Hare Krishna movement as an important focal point in today’s increasingly varied landscape of spiritual practices and aspirations, this collection is a welcome resource.” Krsna Ketra das, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

The book is now available from Bhaktivedanta Manor, Bhaktivedanta Library Services, Soho Street in London, and numerous book companies online including Amazon. You can also write to Radha Mohan das to enquire how to order directly from him: His email is:

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