The Amazing Story of How Krishna Came to America

Swami in a Strange Land - available on Amazon.comIn 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 suffering two heart attacks on the storm-tossed journey. He had seven dollars to his name, knew no one, and had never been outside India. 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 world of spirituality has never been the same.

Swami in a Strange Land shows why cultural icons such as George Harrison and Allen Ginsberg incorporated Prabhupada’s teachings into their lives, and why millions more around the globe embarked upon the path of bhakti yoga in his footsteps.

Appreciations

The late Beatle George Harrison, with his then wife Patti Boyd, and Prabhupada at the Harrison home (1969)

The late Beatle George Harrison, with his then wife Patti Boyd, and Prabhupada at the Harrison home (1969)

“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

“Swami Bhaktivedanta—what kindness, humility and intelligence!” – Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet

Poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) playing harmonium and chanting Hare Krishna (1984).

Poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) playing harmonium and chanting Hare Krishna (1984).

“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

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