New Vrindaban: The Black Sheep of ISKCON
Copyright 2002-07 by Henry Doktorski
Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada

Young Keith Ham
Young Keith Ham

Outline of this chapter:

    Keith Gordon Ham, born September 6, 1937, in Peekskill, New York
    Childhood and strict Baptist upbringing.
    "I've met Christ here in a way I never knew him, to be real."
    High School.
    Summer 1953: Keith stricken with Polio.
    "The life of the party" "who always keeps the beer bottles empty."
    Discovering the pleasures of the flesh.
    1961: Keith and Howard involved in sex scandal; quit graduate school.
    Return to New York City.
    Keith and Howard: "A couple of wild and crazy guys!"
    Tripping on LSD.
    Spiritual seekers.
    October 1965: India.
    July 1966: Meeting Swamiji.
    Decorating the "temple."
    Confined in a mental hospital.
    September 23, 1966 (Radhastami): Keith becomes Kirtanananda Das.
    The Sunday "Love Feast."
    Kirtanananda Establishes ISKCON Montreal.
    Swamiji has heart attack/stroke; Kirtanananda serves as nurse.
    Swamiji returns to India with Kirtanananda.
    August 28, 1967 (Janmastami): Kirtanananda becomes a Swami in Vrindaban, India.

Srila Prabhupada and Kirtanananda Swami
Srila Prabhupada and Kirtanananda Swami, undated.

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