By Nori J. Muster
Nori J. Muster joined the foreign Society of Krishna awareness (ISKCON)--the Hare Krishnas--in 1978, almost immediately after the dying of the movement's non secular grasp, and labored for ten years as a public kinfolk secretary and editor of the organization's newspaper, the ISKCON global evaluate. during this candid and demanding account, Muster follows the interior workings of the circulate and the Hare Krishnas' revolutionary decline.
Combining own recollections, released articles, and inner records, Betrayal of the Spirit information the scandals that beset the Krishnas--drug dealing, guns stockpiling, misleading fundraising, baby abuse, and homicide inside ISKCON–as good because the dynamics of schisms that compelled a few ninety five percentage of the group's unique contributors to go away. in the middle of this institutional disarray, Muster endured her own look for fact and spiritual 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 variation, Muster discusses the non-public situations that led her to ISKCON and saved 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 family members place of work the place she worked.