By Nori J. Muster
Nori J. Muster joined the overseas Society of Krishna realization (ISKCON)--the Hare Krishnas--in 1978, almost immediately after the dying of the movement's religious grasp, and labored for ten years as a public family secretary and editor of the organization's newspaper, the ISKCON global evaluation. during this candid and significant account, Muster follows the internal workings of the circulate and the Hare Krishnas' revolutionary decline.
Combining own recollections, released articles, and inner records, Betrayal of the Spirit info the scandals that beset the Krishnas--drug dealing, guns stockpiling, misleading fundraising, baby abuse, and homicide inside ISKCON–as good because the dynamics of schisms that compelled a few ninety five percentage of the group's unique individuals to depart. in the middle of this institutional disarray, Muster persevered her own look for fact and non secular that means as an ISKCON member until eventually, disenchanted finally with the movement's inner divisions, she give up her activity and left the organization.
In a brand new preface to the paperback variation, Muster discusses the private conditions that led her to ISKCON and saved her there because the movement's picture worsened. She additionally talks approximately "the darkest secret"–child abuse within the ISKCON parochial schools--that used to be lined up by way of the general public kinfolk workplace the place she worked.
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Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement by Nori J. Muster