Steven Rosen

Steven J. Rosen, also known as Satyaraja Dasa (born 1955), is an American author. He is the founding editor of The Journal of Vaishnava Studies and an associate editor of Back to Godhead, the magazine of the Hare Krishna Movement. He authored more than 20 books on Vaishnavism and related subjects, including Black Lotus: The Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic (2007), which is the life story of Bhakti Tirtha Swami. 



“This book is a long-overdue addition to the early history of ISKCON, and fills in many details that only an insider would know. Certainly nobody apart from Bhaktivedanta himself was more of an insider in the first few years of the movement than Brahmananda. He was one of Bhaktivedanta’s first disciples in the temple at 26 Second Avenue in New York, and, as ISKCON’s first president, was involved in almost all of the activities that Bhaktivedanta set in motion: dancing and chanting in City parks, producing the first editions of Back to Godhead magazine, arranging meetings and talks, overseeing ISKCON’s first book publications, and — as one of the few disciples with a salaried job — providing a small but steady flow of cash for the operation of the temple. . . . In Swamiji, Steven Rosen has given us a glimpse into Brahmananda’s intimate relationship with Bhaktivedanta, and for that, we owe him a debt of gratitude.”

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The Reincarnation Controversy



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"...Rosen clears up many myths and stereotypes of reincarnationist thought found in the major world religions. It is a pleasure to see so many sources collected and summarized into a nice, small volume, which will be effective in educating students and public readers alike."

—Guy L. Beck, Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, Loyola University

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Diet For Transcendence — Vegetarianism and the World Religions



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Exposing the truth about vegetarianism in the world religions — the further we go back in religious history, the more respect we find for life in all its forms. Rosen shows that one of the original intents of the world’s major religious scriptures was to encourage a meatless diet.

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