Mukunda Goswami

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Mukunda Goswami
Mukunda Goswami at Moscow ISKCON Temple (1997).jpg
In Devanagari मुकुन्द गोस्वामी
Religion Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Hinduism
Other name(s)
Michael Grant
Personal
Born April 10, 1942
Portland, Oregon
Religious career
Initiation Diksa–1966, Sannyasa–1982
Post ISKCON Guru, Sannyasi, Member of the Governing Body Commission (1984–1999)
Website http://www.mukundagoswami.org/

Mukunda Goswami (Sanskrit: मुकुन्द गोस्वामी; born April 10, 1942) is a spiritual leader (guru) within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (popularly known as ISKCON or the Hare Krishnas).[1]

Early life[edit]

Mukunda Goswami was born as Michael Grant in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Reed College he became a professional jazz musician and moved to New York to pursue his music career. In 1965 Michael met the Hare Krishna founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the next year he was in the first group of initiated disciples, receiving the Sanskrit name Mukunda Dasa.[1][2]

Mukunda was a pioneer in the early days of the Hare Krishna movement.[3] In 1966 in New York City he helped Bhaktivedanta Swami rent a storefront for the first Hare Krishna temple.[4] In 1967 he founded the first Hare Krishna temple in San Francisco and organized a major music event, the Mantra-Rock Dance.

England, George Harrison, and Apple Records[edit]

In 1968 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sent Mukunda and wife Janaki, and two other ISKCON couples to London, where they established ISKCON in England.[3]

The devotees met Beatle George Harrison. One of the things George did to help them get going was to produce an album at Apple Records called Radha Krsna Temple. It came out in 1971.[5] Mukunda (credited as Makunda Das Adhikary) wrote the musical arrangements for all but one song. The devotees from the Radha Krishna Temple in London went to Apple Studios to record it. The hit single, "Hare Krsna Mantra" (released in 1969), climbed the pop charts, including the UK Singles Chart. The devotees toured Europe and also appeared on England's Top of the Pops TV show.[3] The song made the devotees famous and proved to be a significant event in establishing ISKCON in Europe.[6] George Harrison considered Mukunda and the others who first came to England to be his lifelong friends.[3]

ISKCON Public Affairs[edit]

Mukunda established the ISKCON Communications Office in Los Angeles in 1977. Publications included the ISKCON World Review (starting in 1981) and a series of paperback books: Search for Liberation, Chant and Be Happy, Coming Back, and A Higher Taste vegetarian cookbook.[7] Other publications included Who Are They? magazine, Omni magazine, and the ISKCON Communications Journal (ICJ).[8] Mukunda Goswami is still an ICJ Advisory Board Member.[9]

Personal Life and Achievements[edit]

In England, Mukunda's wife left him and left ISKCON; Mukunda never remarried.[10] In 1982 he accepted Sannyasa (the renounced order of life) from Jayapataka Swami. From 1984 to 1999, Mukunda Goswami served on the Governing Body Commission as the ISKCON Minister of Communication.[1][11] Whenever the ISKCON organization was mired in legal troubles[12] Mukunda worked at damage control, but has since left the position in hands of his assistants. The public relations effort has been based in Washington, DC since the late 1990s. Mukunda lived in San Diego until the late 1990s, then moved to New Zealand, then to the ISKCON New Govardhana community, near Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia. Mukunda's brother, Tom Grant, is a jazz musician in Portland, Oregon.

Publications[edit]

  • Mukunda Goswami & Drutakarma Dasa Chant and be Happy ... The Story of the Hare Krishna Mantra. — 1st ed. — Los Angeles, CA: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1982. — xvi, 108 p. — (Contemporary Vedic Library Series). — ISBN 0-89213-118-7
  • Mukunda Goswami Coming Back: The Science of Reincarnation. — 1st ed. — Los Angeles, CA: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1982. — xvii, 134 p. — (Contemporary Vedic Library Series). — ISBN 0-89213-114-4
  • Mukunda Goswami & Drutakarma Dasa The Higher Taste: A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet. — 1st ed. — Los Angeles, CA: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1983. — xi, 156 p. — (Contemporary Vedic Library Series). — ISBN 0-89213-128-4
  • Mukunda Goswami & Michael A. Cremo Divine Nature: A Spiritual Perspective on the Environmental Crisis / Foreword by William McDonough. — 1st ed. — Los Angeles, CA: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1995. — xx, 108 p. — ISBN 0-89213-297-3 (hc). — ISBN 0-89213-296-5 (pbk)
  • Mukunda Goswami Inside the Hare Krishna Movement: An Ancient Eastern Religious Tradition Comes of Age in the Western World / Foreword by Malory Nye. — 1st ed. — Badger, CA: Torchlight Publishing, 2001. — xxv, 278 p. — ISBN 1-887089-28-4
  • Mukunda Goswami Miracle on Second Avenue: Hare Krishna Arrives in the West: New York, San Francisco, and London, 1966–1969 — 1st ed. — Badger, CA: Torchlight Publishing, 2011. — 440 p. — ISBN 978-0-9817273-4-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bryant, Edwin; Maria Ekstrand (2004). The Hare Krishna movement: the postcharismatic fate of a religious transplant. Columbia University Press. pp. xi. ISBN 0-231-12256-X. 
  2. ^ Rosen, Steven J. (2004). Holy cow: the Hare Krishna contribution to vegetarianism and animal rights. Lantern Books. pp. xv. ISBN 1-59056-066-3. 
  3. ^ a b c d Muster, Nori Jean (1997). Betrayal of the spirit: my life behind the headlines of the Hare Krishna movement. University of Illinois Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-252-06566-2. 
  4. ^ Didion, Joan (1990). Slouching towards Bethlehem (14th pr. ed.). New York: Noonday Press. p. 119. ISBN 0-374-52172-7. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  5. ^ For a full discography of Radha Krsna Temple, see: "Radha Krsna Temple, the Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ Harry Castleman & Walter J. Podrazik, All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961−1975, Ballantine Books (New York, NY, 1976), p. 101.
  7. ^ Muster, Nori Jean (1997). Betrayal of the spirit: my life behind the headlines of the Hare Krishna movement. University of Illinois Press. p. 103. ISBN 0-252-06566-2. 
  8. ^ "Mukunda Goswami's Assistant". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Mukunda Goswami's ICJ Advisory Board Member Weblink". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  10. ^ Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, BBT (1980). Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta. 
  11. ^ Rochford, E. Burke (2007). Hare Krishna transformed. NYU Press. p. 144. ISBN 0-8147-7579-9. 
  12. ^ "Mukunda Goswami - Defendant Weblink". Archived from the original on 2007-01-01. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 

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