Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Kathryn McClymond - Committee Chair
David Sehat - Committee Member
Isaac Weiner - Committee Member
This essay explores ISKCON’s religious text A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, as an American scripture. This commentary expressed a philosophy which attracted ISKCON’s American converts and gave voice to the protest they had against the larger American culture. Using Thomas Tweed’s theory of dissent, I show how the Bhagavad Gita As It Is gave the American converts of the 1960s and 1970s a language of dissent in the larger American conversation and allowed them to create an alternative American identity. In this way, the Bhagavad Gita is an American text.
Lasher, Christa Marie, "Bhaktivedanta Swami's American Scripture" (2010). Religious Studies Theses. Paper 25.