Kirtanananda Swami, is an American religious guru, former ISKCON guru and co-founder of the New Vrindaban Hare Krishna community in West Virginia. Born Keith Gordon Ham on September 6, 1937. At temple at 26 Second Avenue, Keith decided to accept Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as his spiritual master, receiving initiation on September 23, 1966. Upon Prabhupada's death on November 14, 1977, Kirtanananda was among eleven of Prabhupada's closest disciples who were selected to act as initiating gurus for ISKCON. On March 16, 1987, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission expelled Kirtanananda from the society for "moral and theological deviations." Criminal conviction and imprisonment In 1990 the US federal government indicted Kirtanananda on five counts of racketeering, six counts of mail fraud, and conspiracy to murder two of his opponents in the Hare Krishna movement. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released on June 16, 2004. For four years after his release from prison and before leaving for India in 2008, Kirtanananda resided at the Radha Murlidhara Temple in New York City. In 2008, emigrated to India, and was hospitalised in Thane with a collapsed lung and eventually died of kidney failure on 24 October, aged 74.
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