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A Living Theology of Krishna BhaktiEssential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada$
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Tamal Krishna Goswami and Graham M. Schweig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796632.001.0001

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The Travails of Illegitimacy: Historical Setting

The Travails of Illegitimacy: Historical Setting

Counterculture Discourse: The Mid-1960s to Mid-1970s

(p.38) 2 The Travails of Illegitimacy: Historical Setting
A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti

Graham M. Schweig

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the three main periods of scholarship on ISKCON, which starts during the mid-1960s—when the movement was founded—and ends in the present. The first period was from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, and features counterculture discourse. Unlike the first period, the second period was marked by cult controversies, which subsequently prioritized ISKCON's self-authenticating efforts. The third and final period of scholarship on ISKCON describes a period of indifference, where academic interest decreased. This chapter also introduces Prabhupada's Gita, which is considered as the ultimate Indian philosophical poem, and the works published about ISKCON's historical and literary antecedents and its beliefs.

Keywords:   periods of scholarship, ISKCON, counterculture discourse, cult controversies, indifference, academic interest, Gita

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