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.
|PRESS MATERIALS:||Q&A with author Joshua M. Greene|
PRAISE FOR SWAMI IN A STRANGE LAND
|APPRECIATIONS FOR BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI|
|"One day I just realized, God, this man is amazing!"
--George Harrison (1943-2001), singer-songwriter
|"Swami Bhaktivedanta brings to the West an authentic metaphysical consciousness."
--Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Catholic theologian
|"Swami Bhaktivedanta -- what kindness, humility and intelligence!"
--Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), poet
JOSHUA M. GREENE (YOGESVARA DASA)
In 1982, after living thirteen years in ashrams of India and Europe, Joshua M. Greene returned to his native New York City and produced a series of Emmy Award-nominated children's films for The Disney Channel and PBS. In 1995 he became director of programming for Cablevision, at the time the nation's fifth largest cable provider. From 1999 to 2002 he served as senior vice president at Ruder Finn, a leading New York public relations firm, where he advised faith communities on their role in peacekeeping initiatives.
In 2000 Mr. Greene was appointed director of strategic planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaust was produced as a feature film for PBS. His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history. His editorials on tribunals in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune.
In 2005 he returned to his roots in India's yoga culture and began teaching Bhakti yoga at Jivamukti Yoga School and the Integral Yoga Institute. His books on paths to enlightenment include Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India's Essential Yoga Text. Mr. Greene is a frequent lecturer and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities.
He serves on the boards of several non-profits and provides volunteer family mediation services. He is the father of two and lives with his wife on Long Island.
For more about the author, please visit atma.org.