Swami in a Strange Land by Joshua M. Greene: Book Review

Title: Swami in a Strange Land: The Biography of A.C. Bhaktivedanta                               Swami Prabhupada

Author: Joshua M. Greene

Publisher: Jaico Publishing India

Publishing Date: 10th August 2018

My Rating: 5 stars

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From all the biographies I started out and never completed and very few which I managed to finish that too in a long couple of days, Swami in a Strange land definitely stands out. Proficiently narrated, wonderfully articulated, and well researched, Joshua M. Greene has written this biography of Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada with utmost integrity and sincerity.

Swami in a Strange Land is a memoir of spiritual leader, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON (The International Society of Krishna consciousness). The book which will take you to an enthralling and inspiring journey of a man who brought Krishna to the west.

The book is written in three parts, accounting the story of Swami in India, America, and the world. In the first part, his early life struggles in his home country with the details of his family is given. His voyage to America and how he laid the foundation of ISKCON has been beautifully told in the second part of the book and when and how the Hare Krishna movement reached out to the world is been narrated in the third part. The book also includes and discuss the brainwashing lawsuit filed against ISKCON and how the landmark decision stating Hare Krishna movement as bonafide religion was taken.

I was Spellbound and influenced at the same time and was curious to know how a man at the age of seventy who faced two fatal heart attacks on the cargo ship to America was coming to a strange land where he was never been before with no money, no assistance and initiated the Hare Krishna movement with a greater number of people joining him every day.

I must admit that I had never read a memoir with such an amazement. It’s one of those biographies that should be in your to be read list and the one you won’t regret having in your shelf.

I totally loved it. Highly recommended.

Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

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