Chakra Discussions

New Article On Child Abandonment In ISKCON

by Marie Glasheen

Posted January 14, 2006


Jan 7, ALACHUA, FL - The Journal of Religion and Abuse, Vol. 7, No. 3, has published an article written by David B. Wolf, Ph D, entitled "Child Abandonment and Religious Organizations: A Case Study". The abstract reads:

"This paper describes the history and experience of child abandonment in the Hare Krishna movement. Causes and consequences of this phenomenon are discussed, as are processes of healing for individuals and the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) institution. A historical perspective on abandonment, including an analysis of abandonment in connection with Christianity and boarding schools, is presented as a backdrop for understanding child abandonment in ISKCON. ISKCON, in attempting to authentically represent in the modern world the spiritual Vedic culture of India, must exercise maturity, sensitivity and wisdom in its application of ancient principles. Otherwise, its endeavors will result in inhumane treatment of its members, especially those, such as children, who are most vulnerable."

This article was originally commissioned by the ISKCON Communications Journal (ICJ), though ICJ declined to publish the article after it was researched and produced. A related article appears in the Columbia University Press (2004) volume The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant, in the chapter entitled Child Abuse and the Hare Krishnas: History and Response."

Other published articles related to Vaisnava social and mental health science include:

Wolf, D. A Psychometric Analysis of the Three Gunas, in Psychological Reports, June, 1999.

Wolf, D. The Vedic Personality Inventory- A Study of the Gunas. The Journal of Indian Psychology, Jan., 1999.

Wolf, D. and Abell, N. Examining the Effects of Meditation Techniques on Psychosocial Functioning, Research on Social Work Practice, Jan., 2003.

Wolf, D. Effects of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra on Stress, Depression and the Three Gunas, doctoral dissertation, 1999.

Wolf, D. Effects of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra on Some Mental Health Indicators, The Indian Journal of Social Work, April, 2001.

Abell, N. and Wolf, D. Implementing Intervention Research in Doctoral Education.... Journal of Teaching in Social Work, vol. 23 numbers 1/2, 2003.

Wolf, D. Vaisnavism and the Social and Mental Health Sciences, The Journal of Indian Psychology Jan., 2002

Wolf, D. The Vedic Theory of Social Work, The Indian Journal of Social Work, July, 2003, vol. 64, issue 3.

Wolf, D. Social Work and Speciesism. Social Work. Jan. 2000, Vol. 45 (1).