By Tamal Krishna Goswami
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhup?da (1896-1977), founding father of the Hare Krishna circulate, traced his lineage to the fifteenth-century Indian saint Sri Chaitanya. He authored greater than fifty volumes of English translation and commentaries on Sanskrit and Bengali texts, serving as a medium among those far-off specialists and his glossy Western readership and utilizing his writings as blueprints for non secular switch and a revolution in awareness. He needed to converse the language of a humans enormously disparate from the unique recipients of his tradition's scriptures with out compromising constancy to the tradition.
Tamal Krishna Goswami claims that the social medical, philosophical, and 'insider' types of research formerly utilized have did not clarify the presence of a robust interpretative device-a mahavakya or 'great utterance'-that governs and pervades Prabhupada's 'living theology' of devotion on bhakti. For Prabhupada, the big variety of 'vedic' subject material is ruled via the axiomatic fact: Krishna is the excellent character of Godhead.
Goswami's educational education on the collage of Cambridge, his thirty years' event as a practitioner and instructor, and his broad interactions with Prabhupada as either own secretary and managerial consultant, afforded him a different chance to appreciate and remove darkness from the theological contribution of Prabhupada. during this paintings, Goswami proves that the voice of the scholar-practitioner may be in detail attached together with his culture whereas maintaining a mature serious stance relative to his topic. A dwelling Theology of Krishna Bhakti incorporates a serious creation and end by means of Graham M. Schweig.
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Rather than beg alms like other mendicants in India, he would begin to ﬁnance and simultaneously propagate his mission by selling the two hundred copies of his three-volume translation of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s ﬁrst canto, stowed in the ship’s hold. Apart from these books, forty rupees was the extent of his start-up capital, a most unlikely beginning for any success story. His plan was fourfold: (1) to translate the essential Vaishnava scriptures; (2) to train a core of dedicated disciples; (3) to create an organization; (4) and to conduct widespread propaganda.
The epigraphs at the start of this and the following two chapter sections are the voice of the “other”—possibly Prabhupāda’s—acknowledging this force of history by anticipating the public’s response to his movement. 4 Prabhupāda so closely identiﬁed himself with ISKCON (declaring “ISKCON is my body”) that the question of legitimacy was deeply personal. The chapter title suggests the impossible: legitimating a misﬁt “other” conceived in the conﬂicted alliance of Prabhupāda/ ISKCON, the public, and scholarship.
Central to the needs of this study, my extensive personal association with Prabhupāda as his private secretary and managerial representative allows me what is possibly a unique insight into how the particularities of history have enmeshed themselves in the development of his theological vision. Although the primary focus of this study will be theological, it attempts to plumb the gradual evolution of Prabhupāda’s thought for its historical and sociological antecedents. My intention is to oﬀer scholars of the academic community a clearer access to what has for many seemed a bewildering maze of sectarian discourse.
A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti: Essential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by Tamal Krishna Goswami