About the Contributors
Candramukhi Dasi (Chandra Wright Marks) is a disciple of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami since 1979. Aghari Dasa (Andrew Marks) is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada since 1975. They have trained in individual and family counselling with an emphasis on communication, listening, and multi-cultural research. Thesis work included phenomenological and ethnographic field research with ‘extreme’ sub-culture groups. Specialisations include working with children and adolescents, family dynamics, organisational psychology, and mediation. They currently own and operate a multi-family real estate development and management company where they utilise principles of enlightened management. They have been counselling devotees since 1985.
Ales Crnic, Ph.D. in sociology of religion, is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences (Centre for Religious and Cultural Studies), and a Teaching Fellow at the Cultural Studies Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His scientific interest focuses on new religious movements, oriental religions, and sociology of religion.
Tadeusz Doktor received his doctorate in 1988 from Warsaw University where he is currently an adjunct at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences. His books include Ruchy kultowe: Psychologiczna charakterystyka uczestnikow (Cult Movements: Psychological Characteristics of Members); Nowe ruchy religijne i parareligijne w Polsce (New Religious and Para-religious Movements in Poland) and (with Irena Borowik) Pluralizm religijny i moralny w Polsce (Religious and Moral Pluralism in Poland).
Jonathan B. Edelmann, a native of Boston, is currently a D.Phil. student at the University of Oxford. His area of research is the relationship of Vaisnava conceptions of nature and creation with contemporary evolutionary theory. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California.
Lal Krsna Dasa (Lyall Ward) is an editor for ISKCON Communications Journal. He works full time for ISKCON Communications on web development and other projects. He lives in Belfast with his wife Syama.
Ranjit Dasa is a Director of the Bhaktivedanta Archives where he has served since 1985. Born in South Africa, he graduated from Rhodes University and after travelling to North America, joined ISKCON in Vancouver in 1974. He has served in ISKCON missions in the USA, South Africa, and India and is currently engaged in various projects for the Bhaktivedanta Archives including book publication, digitisation, photo-preservation and cataloguing. He lives in Sandy Ridge, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter.
Sesa Dasa (Seth W. Spellman) joined the Hare Krsna Movement in 1973 inspired by the political activism of the ‘In God We Trust Party for Purified Leaders’ organised by members of ISKCON. Currently a member of the ISKCON GBC (Governing Body Commission) with a portfolio of the Ministry of Educational Development, he has previously served in various leadership positions within ISKCON including temple president in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia; Managing Editor of Back to Godhead Magazine; and North American Trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Prior to joining ISKCON he attended the United States Military Academy and received a BS in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1991 he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. He lives in Alachua, Florida, with his wife and two daughters.
Arnold M. Zack is a mediator and arbitrator of labour management disputes and former President of the National Academy of Arbitrators, with degrees from Tufts College (BA 1953), Yale Law School (LLB 1956), and Harvard School of Government (MPA 1961). He has taught Dispute Resolution at Yale Law School, teaches currently at the Harvard Trade Union Program, and is a member of the Visiting Committee on Human Resources at Harvard University. He is Co-Chair of the Due Process Task Force, which produced the Due Process Protocol, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution, and is the author of twelve books on dispute resolution and international labour issues. He has served as a consultant to the International Labor Organization and the governments of Greece, Australia, Israel, and South Africa, and recently chaired an international panel to recommend changes in the internal dispute resolution systems of the International Monetary Fund. Among his awards is the Distinguished Service Award for Labor Management Arbitration and the Whitney North Seymour Medal of the American Arbitration Association and the Cushing Gavin Award of the Archdiocese of Boston. He is Vice President of the Yale Law School Alumni Association and a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.