I was lucky to have a friend who is a writer guide me in the early stages of my book. She provided me with an outside perspective to help me craft my story into a book that would resonate with people who have been in a cult, those who have not, and people considering joining a potentially bogus spiritual organization.
The seven people reading the pre-publication copy of the book have been very encouraging. One ex-devotee’s feedback on the book has included:
“I love this book!!!!! I can’t wait to read more. Your sincerity and right intentions come through really deeply. So far I am very impressed.”
Another ex-devotee said:
“I’m really enjoying the story. You must have made notes to get all the detail. What memories!”
A woman not in the cult told me:
“What you’re doing is wonderful. It’s well written and definitely interesting. I absolutely think that people will be interested in reading it mainly because it exposes a world that is foreign to so many. I love your honesty in the book. It’s not just about exposing the corruption, but also it's about you and your personal experiences, and I like that. It ties the reader to something that's relatable.”
One Indian man wrote:
“Your narrative is very very gripping. Excellent stuff! I like your honesty and truthfulness.”
If there is a problem with the book, it is it’s difficult subject matter: Two “gurus” abusing so many people, including children, for so long. In fact, one Indian man said:
“This is really heavy duty stuff.... I do lose sleep over Hindu dharma being dragged into mud because of the actions of these people.”
It has been a difficult story to tell – and one that I had to take frequent breaks from writing. But I could never stop writing it, because I was driven by the fact that I’m not telling this story for myself.
I am telling the story of the JKP con game as a cautionary tale for other spiritual seekers; especially those who might be too trusting of men dressed in orange clothes bearing stories of God realization through intimate contact with the “gurus.”