Bhaktivedanta Institute of Religion and
An informal and independent association of members of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Founded in the 1970s by Subananda das (Steven Gelberg), the
Bhaktivedanta Insititute concerned itself with intellectual and
academic pursuits—particularly in the humanities and social
sciences. Members of the institute were concerned with the
scholarly study of ISKCON (the ‘‘Hare Krishna movement’’) as
well as the application of Vaisnava thought to modern academic
disciplines. During its brief existence, the institute issued sevBhagavan
Sri Ramana Maharshi Center Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
eral issues of the ISKCON Review, a biannual interdisciplinary
publication intended to stimulate and communicate research
and reflection on all aspects of the Hare Krishna movement.
Although sponsored by the ISKCON movement, the institute
and its Review were independent and autonomous, thus
providing a meeting place between ISKCON and informed
scholars of religious history, theologians, sociologists, and others.

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