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Phillip Ahtmann was born in New York City in 1947. His parents enroled him at Yeshiva Rambam when he was five. However, though only a child, he defended the validity of all religious faiths, having learned a great deal watching Saturday and Sunday morning television. He was subsequently transferred to public schools. In Senior High he made friends with a small group of Jewish intellectuals who worshiped literature and music. He joined the then controversial Hare Krishna movement in 1973, and he toured the United States and Canada distributing the books of his Spiritual Master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Conssciousness. In 1981, he received a Master's Degree in Secondary School English Education from the University of Florida, and he started teaching in one public school after another, where he was obliged to keep his religious beliefs a secret.
The English Teacher
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The English Teacher And The Golden Avatar
by Phillip Ahtmann
A Hare Krishna disciple, obsessed with a vision of the Golden Avatar of Vishnu, struggles with his bipolar mind while teaching English in an unsympathetic New Orleans public high school. Though he is a gifted writer and educator, he must deal with disrespectful and hyperactive students who go unchecked by administrators, while he endeavors to teach sincere and gifted students who appreciate him.
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