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Harried Krishna?

Chants can’t drown out the discord in once-thriving religion that started in New York

By KAYA LATERMAN THE NEW YORK TIMES

This article was published January 13, 2018 at 2:01 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Weekdays at Govinda's Vegetarian Lunch, a cafeteria in the basement of Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, the Hare Krishna temple located in the rapidly developing area of downtown Brooklyn, is a peaceful affair. Outside, there are cranes, scaffolding and cement trucks. But inside and down a few stairs, there is faint, dulcet chanting piped through speakers. Contented diners, ranging from municipal workers to financial sector employees, sit together with plates piled full of eggplant Parmesan and chana masala.

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