Hanna Kim, Ph.D., is an authority on the Hindu sect known as BAPS.

Hanna Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at Adelphi University, is an authority on the Hindu sect known as BAPS, which has attracted a global following. It is the largest Hindu sect in the United States. When its 94-year-old spiritual leader, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, passed away in August, The New York Times reached out to Dr. Kim for a comment. 

“Immigrants of all backgrounds experience nostalgia, homesickness, a desire for companionship,” Dr. Kim told The Times. “It’s absolutely reasonable to say that BAPS provides a very welcoming place for the newcomer.”

Read The New York Times article.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj, photo credit: The New York Times.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj (center). Photo by “The New York Times.”

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