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  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Rupanuga Vedic College; 1st edition (January 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965089908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965089906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,031,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about Hare Krishna recruitment and training. This manual has been written by the person who setup the system used throughout the world. Includes fascinating excerpts from insider newsletters. --From the Publisher

About the Author

His Holiness Danavir Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He studied sociology and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While there he excelled in athletics and was selected the Most Valuable Player of 1970 (indoor volleyball) by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and won the international 2-man beach volleyball tournament at Santa Cruz. On June 11, 1970, he met His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and received initiation from him in February of 1971. Later that year, he was appointed temple president of the Portland, Oregon branch of ISKCON. Then he became the national sales manager for ISKCONs Spiritual Sky Scented Products Company, until he was asked to institute the world s first Bhakta Program in October of 1974 at the Los Angeles temple. Under the direction of Srila Prabhupada, Danavir Goswami proceeded to inaugurate Bhakta Programs elsewhere in America, Europe, Africa, India, etc. Presently this comprehensive educational system for new devotees is standard throughout ISKCON. In 1980, Danavir Goswami inaugurated Friends of Lord Krishna (FOLK), a lay congregational network in the UK, likely the Society s first. Thereafter, he became director of ISKCON Scotland, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium. In 1987 he was elected to ISKCONs thirty-man world Governing Body Commission and authorized as an initiating spiritual master. In 1989 he returned to America to co-direct KrishnaFest, a national traveling Vedic cultural festival which included music, lectures and multimedia theater. In the 1990s he commissioned the establishment of a permanent center in Osafia, Israel to teach Israeli Druze about Krishna consciousness. He has earned the Bhakti-sastri and Bhakti-vaibhava degrees from ISKCON and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vaisnava Philosophy and Vaisnava Administration in 1996 from the Florida Vedic College. Danavir Goswami has taught courses in five major universities, lectured at over 100 colleges and many diverse religious institutions, and appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows. He is the author of Fortunate Souls, His Divine Grace, Change of Heart, Vedic Cosmology, RVC Prospectus and co-author/editor of Vedic Paradigm, Diksa Diksa, Poison Antidote, Uttama Sloka, If Attacked Ill Chant Hare Krishna, Pocket Temple Song Book, and six volumes of Vaisnava Society Journal. He currently serves as ISKCONs Global Director of Monastic Recruitment and Education as well as inaugural president of Rupanuga Vedic College (RVC) in Kansas City, Missouri.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought the book was great and it gives you everything you need to know while and before you decide to be a devotee of Krishna conciousness. From bathroom etiquette to telling the difference between a married woman and a chaste woman it's all in this book. And if you've had the grace to meet the author,like I've had, then you'd know that this book is a mirror reflection of how the author conducts his vedic college. If you can make the time to take atleast a few weeks off from your regular rituals and enroll into the vedic college the book will become a living instruction on the life of a fortunate soul,your soul!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ahimsasankirtananand on November 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book, by Danavir Goswami, is an excellent reference work for the neophyte as well as the advanced devotee. Maharaja is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet and his understanding of Vedic culture is second to none. Learn from the best teacher... it's no suprise that ISKCON appointed him head of the Rupanuga Vedic College in Kansas City! This book is highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jnana caksus on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Friends,
Once while rising very, very early in the morning i felt weary. The title popped out in it's bright yellow lettering, Fortunate Souls!!! I felt refreshed and let myself go on another day involved in Krishna Consciousness!!! One day at a time as the author notes himself, Danavir Maharaja ki jaya!!!
Your servant,
Jnana caksus dasa
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After reading some of Bhaktivedanta Swami's books, I can only conclude that the author of this book missed out on a lot. He obviously has some private issues to deal with. His followers seem so too, as can be read from a previous review. 'What's the difference between a married and a chaste woman?' What's so unchaste about being married????? Very annoying and stuck up. Best to stick with Bhaktivedanta's Books. Maybe a suggestion for the author too.
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