By Nori J. Muster
Nori J. Muster joined the overseas Society of Krishna cognizance (ISKCON)--the Hare Krishnas--in 1978, almost immediately after the demise of the movement's non secular grasp, and labored for ten years as a public family secretary and editor of the organization's newspaper, the ISKCON global assessment. during this candid and demanding account, Muster follows the interior workings of the move 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 of ISKCON–as good because the dynamics of schisms that compelled a few ninety five percentage of the group's unique contributors to depart. in the middle of this institutional disarray, Muster persevered her own look for fact and non secular which means as an ISKCON member until eventually, disappointed eventually with the movement's inner divisions, she surrender her task and left the organization.
In a brand new preface to the paperback version, Muster discusses the non-public conditions that led her to ISKCON and stored her there because the movement's photo 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 relatives workplace the place she worked.
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