The Amazing Story of How Krishna Came to America
Into the turbulent 1960s with its civil rights marches, anti-war demonstrations, and challenges to traditional American life stepped 70-year-old Bhaktivedanta Swami, on a mission to save the world. He arrived by cargo ship, having suffered two heart attacks on the storm-tossed ocean journey from India. He had seven dollars to his name, knew no one, and had never been outside his homeland. But he was determined to spread the teachings of Krishna, the Supreme Being of the ancient Vedic scriptures.
He passed away twelve years later. By then, “Prabhupada” (as he was called by admirers) had built an international movement with millions of followers, translated dozens of Sanskrit sacred texts, established hundreds of centers to Bhakti (devotional) yoga, and made Krishna a household name through popular recordings and street chanting parties. The path to self-realization has never been the same.
Swami in a Strange Land shows why cultural icons such as Beatle George Harrison and poet Allen Ginsberg embraced Prabhupada’s teachings, and why millions more have embarked upon the path of bhakti yoga in his footsteps.
Praise for Swami in a Strange Land
“Will edify and inform…a solid contribution.” – Francis X. Clooney, Harvard University
“A real pleasure to read.” — Richard Davis, Professor of Religion, Bard College
“A moving account.” – Professor Ravi Gupta, Utah State University
“Joshua Greene wonderfully tells us this story of timeless love.” — Radhanath Swami, author The Journey Home
“An enthralling and scrupulously researched book about an extraordinary personality.” – Alfred B. Ford
“The true, thrilling adventure story of a modern-day spiritual giant.” –Sharon Gannon, co-founder, Jivamukti Yoga School
Appreciations for Bhaktivedanta Swami
“Swami Bhaktivedanta—what kindness, humility and intelligence!” – Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet
“Swami Bhaktivedanta brings to the West…an authentic metaphysical consciousness.” – Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Catholic theologian
“One day I just realized, God, this man is amazing!” – George Harrison (1943-2001), singer-songwriter