Steven J. Rosen

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Steven J. Rosen
Born 1955
Occupation Author

Steven J. Rosen, also known as Satyaraja Dasa (born 1955), is an American author. He is the founding editor of The Journal of Vaishnava Studies and an associate editor of Back to Godhead, the magazine of the Hare Krishna movement. He has authored more than 20 books on Vaishnavism and related subjects,[1][better source needed] including Black Lotus: The Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic (2007), which is the life story of Bhakti Tirtha Swami.[2]

Steven J. Rosen has a strong view on vegetarianism and has written Diet for Transcendence: Vegetarianism and the World Religions (1997, previously published as Food for the Spirit) and Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights (2004). In the former volume, he systematically explains the practice of vegetarianism in various religious traditions, such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, with special attention to the philosophical schools of India.[3][not in citation given] In the latter, citing the devotee-scholar Bhaktivinoda Thakur (1838–1914) and the Hindu savant Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927–2001), he looks at early Vedic tradition, animal sacrifices, and the innovative contributions of the Hare Krishna movement.[4][better source needed]

Several years ago he was called upon by Greenwood Press, a major academic publisher, to write the Hinduism volume for their Introduction to the World's Major Religions series.[1][better source needed] Greenwood later commissioned him to write Essential Hinduism, a more comprehensive treatment of the same subject, under the auspices of their parent company (Praeger).[citation needed]

In his 2008 book/CD package called The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting, Rosen interviews 21 kirtan masters from around the world and offers new essays on call-and-response singing as a form of yogic spirituality. His books have appeared in several languages, including Spanish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Swedish, Chinese, and Russian.



  1. ^ a b Satyaraja dasa (Steven J. Rosen)
  2. ^ "Books Received 2006-07" in Princeton Alumni Weekly, July 30, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  3. ^ Gene Sager (2005), Vegetarianism and the Major World Religions, Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  4. ^ Rosen, Steven J. (2004), Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights, Lantern Books, ISBN 1-59056-066-3. pp. 5–6, 11–12. Retrieved 2009-11-13.

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