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Cultural Models And Prabhupāda’s Charisma

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This chapter presents a number of cases of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda's interactions with his disciples and prospective disciples in a variety of settings. The incidents described provide a useful foundation for analysing the ways in which Prabhupāda was perceived by his disciples. There are two questions to which this material provides answers. First is the issue of what Prabhupāda actually did in the situations in which he attracted his first disciples. The chapter explains as broad a spectrum of incidents as possible to provide a comprehensive picture of Prabhupāda's behaviour and its contexts. Second, it also presents the interactive situations in such a way that we also gain insight into the devotees' ways of seeing them. The chapter uses the knowledge gained about the Hindu cultural models to test the hypothesis that it is precisely these models that can account for Prabhupāda's charisma.

Keywords:Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda's charisma; Hindu cultural models; violations



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