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By Fizzotti, Eugenio; Church, Catholic
Hare Krishna became a legal religion in the United States in 1966. Currently it boasts 300 urban centers and temples and over forty rural communes globally. The movement's founder, Swami Prabhupada, left India in 1965 for America where he initially had few acquaintances. His firs...t year was spent in Manhattan in a tiny apartment on the Lower East Side. Soon he was surrounded by a dozen disciples, then unexpectedly, this cluster of mostly young people began to grow. Adherents assumed classic Indian lifestyles -- trading in their American fashions for traditional Indian clothing, transforming their diet, and publicly performing their liturgy accompanied by drums and cymbals imported from India. Though outwardly joyous, from the beginning there were conflicts over managerial issues, cultural misunderstandings, and external criticisms.The founder's death caused further strife as the movement splintered into regional groups, each with its own guru. Twenty-five years later, persistent factionalism prevents the possibility of a cohesive reorganization.Read more
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