(Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D.)
As one of the most senior and respected spiritual leaders of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Hridayananda das Goswami is an early pioneer and renowned teacher of bhakti yoga in the Western world. Read more…
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This history clearly shows that human society has most prospered in times of peace and cooperation between those focused on both the physical and the metaphysical dimension of reality. Today, how would such cooperation impact the rational and scientific study of consciousness? Is there an epistemically justifiable way to integrate physical and metaphysical insights into the nature and potential of consciousness?
After speaking so much about Indian externals as an impediment to Western preaching, I would like to propose another cause of ISKCON’s troubles in the West, a cause that is at least as important, if not more so: the treatment of women.
When I began my doctoral work at Harvard, I quickly learned that ISKCON was a laughing stock in my department. Devotees would come to Harvard Square to jump and run around, banging on drums. We all know the story.