- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Mandala Publishing; Reprint edition (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683831748
- ISBN-13: 978-1683831747
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West Paperback – October 3, 2017
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About the Author
Joshua M. Greene has produced films for PBS and Disney, has served as vice president for New York’s largest PR firm, and was appointed director of strategic planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. He was also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University in New York. His previous works include the best-selling Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison; Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor; Witness: Voices from the Holocaust; and Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text. In 1970, he was initiated as Yogesvara Das by Bhakivedanta Swami Prabhupada and served for thirteen years in Prabhupada’s society as director of French-language publications.
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I am really glad I bought this book and read it. It touched my heart, stimulated my intellect, and has made me want to check out the Swami's teachings in more detail. Highly recommend it.
I must commend the author for doing a fantastic job. I learned new things about this amazing swami's life. The book weaves a very compelling and informative narrative.
There were a few problems I had. Using a term like Hindu misogyny is not accurate at all. There is no fear of women in Vedic culture. Degraded practices may be present in the modern age, but those are not rooted in the original culture, which gives so much stress to protecting women.
Also, neither the swami nor the Vedas put forward the flat earth theory. Recorded conversations from Prabhupada make the point quite clear; that the planets are round.
It would have been nice if the author included the story of Prabhupada meeting someone who advised him to sell books instead of magazines, as that was a major turning point in the publication effort prior to the travel to the US.
All in all, a great book that is suited for all audiences.
I also enjoyed the writers attempt at maintaining a balance between being an adoring student who worships his teachers but yet wishing to retain an objective perspective on the times and tide that shaped the movement. If you are looking to feel inspired about something or wish to see the possibilities embedded in the human spirit then get this book!!
- Ravi M. Gupta, Utah State University
I cannot tell you how thoroughly I enjoyed this book. It’s one of those books I wish would go on forever. So well written, so heartfelt, so inspirational.