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Gaudiya Vaishnavism & Iskcon
Culled from the vast JVS (The Journal of Vaishnava Studies) archives, the present volume offers a variety of well-informed papers on the history, philosophy, and cultures of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. It also explores this tradition’s contemporary and most far-reaching manifesatation: the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Thus, the insightful articles found here unveil the many layers of the rich theistic tradition known through the world as “the Hare Krishna Movement.”
Initially the author published first another book: Contemporary Scholars Discuss the Gaudiya Tradition (New York: FOLK Books, 1992; reprint, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1994). This book led to the creation of a scholarly journal. The Journal of Vaishnava Studies (JVS), which is now the leading academic resource for scholars of Vaishnavism around the world. Its articles are used in Hindu-related courses at universities as prestigious as Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford, and they are cited by every major scholar in the field, both in their published works and as references for students to pursue higher studies.
This Volume now is the best of JVS, at least in relation to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s brand of Vaishnava thought.