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Miracle on Second Avenue

by Mukunda Goswami

Hare Krishna Arrives in New York, San Francisco, and London 1966–1969.

Miracle on Second Avenue is a short, carefully researched documentary book written in a you-are-there style, that catalogs the start and growth of the Hare Krishna movement.

The work is a memoir of Mukunda Goswami, one of the pioneers of the religious group that is now known throughout the world formally as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Miracle on Second Avenue is a series of historical events that include the movement’s founder, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and his interactions on two continents with the author over the three-year period from August 1966 until December 1969.

Mukunda Goswami’s book Miracle on Second Avenue won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award, as their 2012 Biography-General prize winner.

“These awards recognize the books that demonstrate an indefinable synergy of elements that make for an excellent presentation.”

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Reviewed by: Badrinarayan dasa

”This book should come with a caution label: “Warning: If you pick up this book, you will not be able to put it down”. I purchased an advance copy in Mayapur and would pick it up in the evening thinking, “I will read for half an hour and then go to bed”. The next thing I would know, it would be two hours later and I still did not want to stop reading.

“Mukunda Maharaja was present at pivotal moments in ISKCON, his writing style is so warm, intimate, and rich that the reader is transported through time and you feel that you are there, experiencing those events directly. Mukunda Maharaja has done history a great service by presenting this insightful and deeply endearing portrait of Srila Prabhupada. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”

Reviewed by: Kavichandra Swami

”I had a hard time putting it down and was feeling lost when I findished reading. I gave my copy to one devotee who had lost his enthusiasm for preaching. He got so excited and claimed it had changed his life. He is recommended it to his friends and is reading it again.

“The writing is so peronal that it is hard to describe. The descriptions of how they started the movement in San Francisco I found to be most ‘miraculous.’ Shyamasundara, Malati, Yamuna, and Guru das, excpet for Yamuna cooking for Janaki’s wedding, had not even met Srila Prabhupada, but just by hearing about him from Mukunda, became empowered to work tireslessly to spread Krishna Consciousness and to attract Srila Prabhupada to come to San Francisco. All can say it that all devotees should do whatever they can to get this book and read it.”

Reviewed by: Radhanatha Swami

Miracle on Second Avenue is truly a masterpiece. We walk with Mukunda Goswami into a Lower Manhattan Bowery loft where Srila Prabhupada sat alone in material poverty, eager to share God’s love, the supreme wealth, with the whole world. The author takes us by the hand and brings us with him to the moment Srila Prabhupada placed his first step into a dilapidated storefront where he was about to launch a worldwide movement.

“He leads us on to the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury district to meet the extraordinary icons of a generation and watch as a tidal wave of spirituality flooded the counterculture. Mukunda Goswami then takes us on his journey to London making his hit recording. We can see, feel and taste the excitement, humor and wonder of the sixties. All the while we witness the transformation of a seeker in the presence a compassionate saint. As we read Miracle on Second Avenue, we are transformed.”