Sunday, July 21, 2013

Six Reasons Why I’ll Never Again Celebrate Guru Poornima — Based on Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

If You See Kripalu Maharaj or Prakashanand Saraswarti Turn One into Authorities and Run From the Other

If you see Prakashanand Saraswati, please call authorities. He is an escaped felon who was convicted on 20 counts of child molestation. He is believed to be in North India, but could be anywhere in the wold. He could be wearing a disguise.

Today millions around the world are worshiping their gurus through celebrations, from simple to over-the-top. Guru poornima is described as “an auspicious occasion” falling on the full moon day of the month of Ashad (July-August) where students honor their gurus by offering respect and gifts, and participating events that honor their gurus.

This year guru poornima is today, Monday July 22 — but I won’t be celebrating.

Although I celebrated guru poornima for 15 years, I will not be celebrating it this year — or ever again. My first guru poornima celebration was in July 1992 and my last was in 2006. By 2007, I knew my two “gurus” were nothing but sexual predators and con men.

The convicted felon Prakashanand Saraswati is still sought by the U.S. Marshals.

Here’s why I’ll never again celebrate guru poornima:

1. Gurus, like any teacher, aren’t meant to control your life forever.

No one needs a guru, especially not for a lifetime. If someone wants a teacher on the spiritual path, the relationship should be like that of any student to any teacher. You learn something, and go on your way. After all, do you throw an annual party for your first grade teacher?

2. Gurus aren’t God or replacements for God.

No matter how many versus of the Bhagavad Gita my ex-gurus recited telling us that “the guru is greater than God,” many times I thought: I really just want to worship God directly.

3. Gurus drain our personal power.

Worshiping another person, even a so-called guru, diminishes our own personal power and hands it over to them.

4. Gurus are not spiritual superheroes.

Since leaving my cult five years ago, I’ve studied the histories of many so-called gurus, especially those who came to the west. While they each have their unique shtick, there is a palpable similarity: They pretend to be spiritual superheroes — and their followers eat it up.

5. Gurus bring out the worst in people.

Even before I realized my gurus were fake, I suffered mightily to stay on the path because of the other people. There is so much jockeying for proximity, ambitious, jealous, selfishness, and down-right craziness surrounding theses charismatic con men and women that living in the guru’s insular world is a painful way to spend a spiritual journey that should be way more joyful.

6. Gurus tell us to kill our egos and become humble.

Translation: lose your individuality so you are easier for me to manage and exploit.

By the way, if you see my ex-fake-guru, the convicted felon, Prakashanand Saraswati, please immediate call authorities. He is known to be in India, but could be anywhere in the world.

If you see the child rapist Kripalu Maharaj, grab your children and run.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Hari Nimitta Jo Paap Kar Soi Punya Kahaya" — This is the TrueInner-Circle Teaching of Kripalu Maharaj and Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat

Do You Really Want to Belong to an Organization that Teaches This to Some of its Followers in Private — in Particular Underage Girls and Women?

While the masses who follow Kripalu Maharaj or any of his 28 preachers (current number) naively believe his “spiritual teachings” to be pure, people who orbit in the multiple layers of inner circles around him know better.

What are they taught that you aren’t?
Hari nimitta jo paap kar soi punya kahaya.

It means: “If you do any sin in the name of God, it is a good karma not a bad karma.”

Now stop and think about this for just a minute. Why in the world would a devotee of God need to commit a sin for anyone, let alone in the name of God?

There can be only one reason. The sins they are committing benefits the guru in some way.

Kripalu’s Inner-Circle Secret Mantra Hides His Dark Secrets

Kripalu Maharaj in his bed in Rangeeli Mahal, Barsana India — just one of the scenes of his crimes of having sex with women and underage girls. His female follows tell the women and girls that "doing a sin for God is a good karma."

In fact, the answers in Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat are much darker than most decent people want to — or can — believe.

The sins that Kripalu wants young girls and women to commit are having sex with him, bringing him sex partners, and hiding the sex acts from everyone else — including their parents (in the case of underage girls), their husbands (in the case of married women), and the authorities, when they conduct the occasional investigation.

The truth is that this lesson is one of the first things taught to innocent young girls who come to his ashrams to live or visit.

Kripalu’s Secret Sins — Known Only to Select Females (and a Few Men)

The higher-up women, like the preachers and ubiquitous females like Hari Dasi (in India) and others, repeat this like a mantra over and over in private to them.

Once someone is indoctrinated into his inner circle secret, then they also start repeatedly whispering it to other females.

And on and on it goes — for the past many decades.

It becomes the experienced women’s “seva” to drill this mantra into the minds of new girls and women, so that when they are taken into Kripalu’s bedroom they don’t freak out when he begins molesting them.

One time one of Kripalu’s main servants walked up to a 12 year-old-girl in India who had not yet been properly prepped, and said told her, “Go make love to Kripalu.”

She looked at the woman in shock and said, “Don’t you think I’m a little young for that?” Then she ran and told her mother.

Naturally, they immediately left the ashram in fear and in horror.

That was at least one girl saved from the clutches of the child sex offender, Kripalu Maharaj.

But the women pimps in Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat don’t make that mistake very often.

I would love to hear from any Hindu to let me know if and how Hari nimitta jo paap kar soi punya kahaya fits into Hinduism.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award Foundation Awards a Known ChildRapist — Kripalu Maharaj

Fools or Foolish? — While Thousands of Young Girls are Lured or Forced into Kripalu’s Bedroom, this Foundation Hands Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Another Tool to Play its Con Game

Vishaka Tripathi, Kripalu Maharaj's daughter, receiving the "award." She is playing a big role now in winning political influence in India to make all the various criminal charges and complaints go away. Within JKP, she is called a "divine being," and is said to be the incarnated "Vishaka gopi" -- one of the eight personal aids of Radha (of course, Kripalu is said to be Radha Krishna in the flesh).

Why would the Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award give an award to a known child rapist?

For years, Kripalu Maharaj’s bedroom secrets were kept hidden from view.

Then two miracles happened: The widespread availability of the Internet in the 1990s and Kripalu’s arrest for raping a young girl in Trinidad in 2007.

These two events worked together to produce volumes of information previously unavailable to people around the world about the dark secrets of Kripalu and his organization, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.

So there is no longer any excuse for claiming ignorance.

A Bright Light Shines on Kripalu’s Dark Secrets

Today a light is shining on Kripalu’s dark secrets. And yet many people look away from the truth.

So it leads me to wonder: Why don’t organizations like this one do their due diligence and find out whom they are giving awards to?

  • Why do they exalt an organization with a dark history — thereby, further fooling more people — and risking those people getting conned too — and more women and young girls getting raped?

  • Are organizations and awards like this one bought and paid for?

  • Are these organizations easily impressed by someone dressed in orange with millions of dollars and scores of followers?

  • Are they doing it for political reasons — to get extra votes from the gurus’ followers?

  • Or are they just blind to the truth and easily fooled by lies?

Fooled or Foolish? How would you define Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award Foundation?

I asked my questions to some people who know JKP all too well — and here’s what I learned.

There is a devotee in JKP who is an active member of Congress party in New Delhi, and he is the main helper behind getting the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award.

Further, there are several cunning people in Kripalu’s gang — seven whose names I know (and will happily share with the authorities), plus the three daughters of Kripalu — working diligently to involve more and more party leaders into their organization.

Why is this important to JKP?

Only one reason: To gain influence to get all of the many legal cases and complaints against Kripalu dismissed — including rape cases (that the public does not yet know about) and also Prakashanand Saraswati’s criminal case from the U.S. (He is currently in hiding and under the full protection of JKP.)

JKP ashrams have been raided by the CBI, but everyone living there is well versed in how to make sure nothing bad is found — they lie and (in the case of underage girls) they hide.

The Real Reason Kripalu Started a School for Girls

As regards Kripalu’s “school for girls,” many people who know the truth know exactly why he chose to start a school for girls — he is obsessed with young girls.

He has raped thousands of them from all over the world. (Remember, that the outrageousness of Kripalu’s crimes is one of the main reasons blind people won’t believe the truth.)

It’s for that very reason that, at the last minute, he didn’t go to Fiji and New Zealand on his so-called “World Tour” in 2007, even though he and his whole gang already had plane tickets — because his gang heard that he might be arrested for raping underage girls from those countries.

Having a school has given him easy access to more young girls for years.

Since Kripalu’s arrest for rape in Trinidad (a case that mysterious “disappeared” after Prakashanand Saraswati, Kripalu’s faithful servant of fifty-plus years) flew to Trinidad with several large checks), JKP started saying it was all about “charity.”

However, up until then the only so-called charity it had done was the girls school. And clearly that was for ulterior motives. (Proof of this is that JKP never used to promote it — because why promote something created for the wrong reasons?)

All the Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award Foundation has accomplished is given a very corrupt organization another tool for luring in people and conning them of their money, lives, and dignity. It is helping JKP’s unscrupulous members to collect more cash and its perverted men in orange to have more illegitimate and illegal sex.

JKP Gains Another Tool for Conning More People

JKP wasted no time is publishing the news. Here is how JKP is already bragging about this award from a press release — and using it for propoganda:
“The institution, managed by the followers of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, was especially recognised for its effort on education in the remote village of Mangarh in Uttar Pradesh that is now an inspiration for many similar endeavours nationally, a statement said.”

Do you know what happens in Mangarh?

That is a village basically owned by Kripalu. And those who know say there is not a single woman or girl living there whom Kripalu has not molested.

Who could stop him in a remote, poor village?

Knowing him as I do, I completely believe this — and feel so sad that JKP has been handed another tool to play its con game and hurt more people.

Shame on you Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award Foundation.

I welcome — and will publish — a response from the Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award Foundation, should they wish to provide the people of the world an explanation for this travesty.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat's Dirty Secrets are Just a Click Away — So,Why Don’t More People Look?

The only way to save more people from the large and long-running con game of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat is to share the truth. Please help spread the truth about Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. Please sent them a link to this web page — including every college, temple, and Hindu organization near you.

It’s Easy to Learn About Kripalu’s Arrests for Rape — and Prakashanand Saraswarti’s Arrest and Conviction for Child Molestation — Just Google Them!

Why are organizations like the Center for Interfaith Relations and the Hindu Students Association of Austin College still acting like the founders of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat are not child rapists?

After all, the critical information about the true nature of this organization is readily accessible on the Internet for everyone to see — with just a few clicks.

There’s the news about Kripalu Maharaj’s (aka Ram Tripathi) arrest for rape in Trinidad.

And the subsequent sharing of information about his true nature — and his dark secrets.

There’s the information about his arrest in the early 1990s for raping two underage girls.

There are stories on my blogs from girls who were sexually abused by him.

There’s the deluge of news about Prakashanand Saraswati’s (founder of Radha Madhav Dham) arrest and conviction for child molestation in Texas — and subsequent escape into Mexico, then India, where he’s hiding in plain sight today.

And, of course, there’s my book, Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus, which tells all of Kripalu’s and Prakashanand’s dirty big secrets of sex abuse, money corruption, and typical cult machinations.

No Shortage of Facts Available Online About JKP’s Corrupt History

Maybe the students from Austin College who attended holi at Radha Madhav Dham recently don’t know about the conviction and felonious escape of the founder of Barsana Dham, but the college advisors certainly should.

After all, it was all over the local media during and after the trial.

The Austin American-Statesman covered the trial every single day, and followed up with more stories about Prakashanand’s escape from justice.

The national news also reported the story — as did India news media.

Here’s my post about the many followers of Kripalu and Prakashanand who helped him escape. And there were many others who also helped, but who are not mentioned in the legal documents.

Maybe the organizers of the Festival of Faiths don't know anything about Prakashanand's arrest, conviction, and escape, and Kripalu's arrests for rape and subsequent revelations about his true nature either — but they should have learned before inviting a JKP person to speak, along with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Prior to the mid-1990s, people could be excused for not knowing Kripalu and Prakashanand’s dirty secrets — because they hid them so well.

But today, with the Internet, there is really no excuse anymore, in my opinion.

The Blind Leading the Blind – Why Won’t People Open Their Eyes

Every religion on Earth has its con games, sociopaths, and child abusers. Everyone knows that.

So why wouldn’t people do a few minutes of online research before getting mixed up with and inadvertently supporting a corrupt so-called spiritual organization — especially one that hurts children?

I’m shocked that Austin College didn’t do its due diligence before allowing 15 students to go to Austin and get mixed up with JKP?

I’m even more shocked that the Center for Interfaith Relations is allowing anyone from JKP, let alone Siddheshwari, who has her own personal history of sexual shenanigans that resulted in the closing of her organization, formerly called the Divine Love Mission.

She admitted to a group of her followers that she’d had sex with Kripalu, another JKP preacher, and some of her “followers.”

After the followers kicked her out, the group sent a letter to her newsletter mailing list warning them about her and about Kripalu’s desire to have sex with underage girls.

With all of this information — and more — out there, why would any organization want to risk exposing more people to this corruption and abuse?

Some people have told me that JKP denies everything and says, “It’s a conspiracy” and other such nonsense. Of course, they say that and make other excuses.

Do you really think they want to lose their grand moneymaking and child-abusing scam?

No they don’t! They’ll say anything to keep it running. That’s got to be obvious.

I’m continually shocked by how willing some people are to shut their eyes to the truth — and just blindly accept that anyone wearing the garb of a religious person and claiming to be “spiritual” is given the opportunity to perpetuate their con game — and hurt others.

How spiritual is that?

I welcome feedback from the Center for Interfaith Relations and Austin College.

You Can Help Educate More People About JKP. It's Easy.

Please help spread the truth about Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. Simply sent them a link to this web page — including every college, temple, and Hindu organization near you — because it’s the right thing to do to keep people free of JKP's clutches.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Abusive, Criminal Nature of Kripalu Maharaj is Self-Evident forThose Who are Not Blinded by the Lies

The Nature of Faith Often Causes People to Shut Their Eyes to the Truth — And Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Has Profited Greatly by this Glitch in Human Psychology and Religion

There is so much proof of Kripalu Majaraj's criminal and abusive nature and his long-running spiritual con game. I have presented all I have found on this blog and in my book -- "Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus." But there is no end to the excuses people will make if they don't want to believe the truth, because they want to believe the fantasy.

Last week, I received another request from someone asking for help to get a friend out of the clutches of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.

I would love nothing more than to save another soul from this abusive, criminal cult. However, the power of this organization to lure in certain vulnerable people and keep them there, like many other cults, is sometimes insurmountable.

Simply stated, if a person wants to believe what JKP is selling, there is no proof on earth that can convince them otherwise.

Often during a dialogue with a distressed person, who is anxiously looking for a way to save their friend or family member from JKP, they ask me for "proof."

For example, the person who wrote to me last week at one point wrote:
“I’m helpless at this point because it is very very very difficult to make her understand all this. Can you provide me with any SOLID proof, you can save someone’s life. Please help.”

I hate being in this situation, because I understand this dichotomy oh so well. There is already plenty of proof — but the person simply does not want to believe it.

The Painful Truth — Any Amount of Proof Will Never Be Enough for Some People

I too was once someone who believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that JKP (then called the International Society of Divine Love and Divine Love Mission) was the “only true path to God”  — which is one of JKP’s deceptive catch-phrases.

As I wrote in my book, Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus, at one point I even saw a letter written by concerned former members of Siddeshwari’s group of followers in Oklahoma. They were trying to warn others about the possibility of their daughters being raped if they traveled to Kripalu’s ashrams in India.

I tore up the letter and tried to forget about it. Why? Because it contradicted the reality that I wanted to believe.

I wanted to believe that I was on a pure spiritual path that would ensure my ascension to God’s divine abode before I died (this is the key promise held out like a carrot on a stick by Kripalu and his gang).

It wasn’t until I experienced Kripalu’s sexual activities in his darkened bedroom, witnessed many other disturbing incidents, and began listening to more and more women’s and girls’ stories of sexual abuse, that I was finally able to open my eyes — and accept the painful truth.

Not only is Kripalu not God, he is the diametric opposite of God.

Once I opened my formerly blind eyes and brainwashed mind, I accepted all of the overwhelming proof that already existed about Kripalu — people’s shared stories, the newspaper articles, and the documentation of his arrests for rape.

How Much Proof Does Someone Need?

On January 12, 2013, someone going by the name “Inquistive Soul” wrote the following comment on one of my blog posts about a woman's first-hand story of sexual abuse:
There is no proper evidence against shri kripalu ji…… why r u blaspheming him … it is very sinful…. if u have any proper evidence like video then only u can expose….. what happened in the case of Nityanand of south….. but i know u don’t have any… their is no worth of just listening from anyone …..

On January 18, 2013, Sriganesh S. wrote a comment in reply:
Dear inquisitive soul,

Followers will always boost their leaders no matter how corrupt they may be, as far as philosophy is concerned no pious man will claim himself as God as Kripalu does, it’s a very big deviation from shastra and by common sense one can understand that God can not be arrested and taken into prison house. Like above there are many stories from many many people I heard, everything can’t be fake.

I am from South I know about Nityananda and his followers, like you they also say those videos are morphed and fraud videos. For a believer, any true evidence will become fake since he/she is implicated in that way. But those people who were insiders who came out and suffered so much will understand how dangerous cult it was.

Even though for a moment if we assume no cases are there against Kripalu, but still we can’t accept him on the grounds of shastras since he claims himself as God and don’t have any Guru which is mandatory as Lord Krishna Himself said. He proclaims that Kashi Vidvat Parishat has given him Jagadguru title but no one from Kashi Vidvat Parishat came forward and defended Kripalu when he had been arrested.


Sriganeshji could not be more correct when he says, “For a believer, any true evidence will become fake.”

Even if I had hundreds of videos of Kripalu engaging in his sexual activities with women and girls, those who don’t want to believe the truth would say all of the videos are fakes.

Or, as in the case of the person I was exchanging emails with last week, at one point the person wrote this about the friend, who said this:
"Even if all what you stated is true she is ok with it, because god cannot be wrong."

This comment exposes yet another reality of the JKP con game — even with all of the irrefutable proof in the world, a die-hard believer is only going to say, “So what? He’s God. His actions are divine.”

Proof that Kripalu is a Con Man is All Around You

Yesterday, on April 8, 2013, Sobhuji posted the following comment on the same article:
You can’t get any evidence like a Video or something reg So called fake Gurus… Once you enter inside their empire ur trapped. There are thousand numbers few innocent blind follower n few cunning culprits..they wud brain wash you or live u no where. Even politicians, business tycoons, celebrities work and support them.

People should open up their eyes and understand the Indian philosophy, it no where says God demands money for aarati, money for Sadhana, money for everything.. Even a small organisation spend some money for advertising his products to gain more money .. Same way these money making guys do some charity (hospital, school) as a part of advertisement strategy to expand their business, in return make money in multifolds.. And we fools instead of thinking to do something gud for the country continue doing gud for such ‘ money making guys,

…. A visitor of the Ashram.

The reality is that the proof that JKP is corrupt and Kripalu is sexually abusive, a child rapist, a thief, and a con man is right in front of your face — you just have to be able to see it.

UPDATE: Please take a minute to read a new comment on an old blog post. Today (April 10, 2013) Sobhuji wrote a very interesting comment about his first-hand observations in one of Kripalu's billion dollar ashrams.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Adios Prakashanand Saraswati — And Good Riddance!

Two Years After the Infamous Escape of the Con Man, I’m So Very Happy that He Can Never Ever Again Darken the Shores of the United States

My life is full of light and freedom since my two ex-"gurus" lost their freedom to darken the shores of the United States ever again. It's a relief knowing that they are forever half a world away from me. I hope India eventually does the right thing to protect its citizens from these highly skilled con men and child abusers.

On Sunday, I attended the Kite Festival in Austin’s Zilker Park on Town Lake.

As I walked the grounds with my adorable dog and watched kites of all sizes and shapes dance in the wind, I couldn’t help but remember the last time I attended this event. It was two years ago — on the weekend before the infamous escape from justice of my ex-guru, Prakashanand Saraswati.

On that day, I met up with two women from the trial and their husbands. There had been sad drama that morning when Adolph Tonnesen called his estranged daughters to beg them for mercy on Prakashanand’s soul.

“Please don’t hurt the person I love most in the world,” he implored them, completely disregarding how much that convicted child molester had hurt them — and how much that he, as their father, was hurting them now.

Later, we learned that Adolph was also feverishly trying to help Prakashanand get a fake passport.

That’s what “devotion” to con men like Prakashanand and Kripalu Maharaj does to a person — it turns them into selfish, cruel, abusive people who are willing to do anything, including abandoning their children and breaking laws.

Prakashanand’s Gang Broke Laws to Help Him Escape Justice

Prakashanand rallied a whole gang of these kinds of people during his nine months on the run in Mexico — until, in November of 2011, he finally got his fake passport. He was able to return to a place where he knew exactly how to navigate the back alleys with black money deals to keep his butt out of jail.

Despite the best efforts of many people to make him pay for his crimes, he is now living freely in India. But, is he really free? Or is he skulking around in different cars traveling from Mussoorie, where he’s likely hiding, to Delhi for medical treatments, and staying at different people’s homes every time to avoid detection?

You see the alleged “saint” is suffering from an all-to-human condition — prostrate cancer. It’s a condition he tried to keep hidden from his followers, because it might break the illusion of his supposed sainthood.

Prakashanand’s Reign of Terror is Over in the U.S.

While it would have been nice to see him in jail, it also would have been frustrating. For one thing, his high-priced lawyers would be filing every appeal known to man on a regular basis. Also, his devotees would have been vociferously fighting his detention. Further, it just might have dredged up a modicum of support in the form of the “martyr syndrome.” This way people can see his true colors.

From my perspective, for my life and happiness, I’m thrilled that his conviction for child molestation and fugitive-from-justice status assures me of one wonderful outcome: Prakashanand can never, ever return to the United States.

And that includes Kripalu, too.

Neither of them can darken the U.S. borders ever again. It’s now up to India to either capture them or let them continue to operate their sex cult.

I am reassured by the fact that every year from now on I’m free to attend the Kite Festival and every other event in this wonderful city and country knowing that I’m as free as the kites dancing in the breeze.

And knowing that Prakashanand and Kripalu are forever half a world away.

Now that is a victory!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

OMG! — Kripalu Maharaj and Prakashanand Saraswati of Jagadguru KripaluParishat Are Nothing But Caricatures of Fake Hindu Gurus

New Hit Movie from India Exposes the Fallacy of Con Men and Women “Gurus” — Who are Disgracing Religion in the Name of God

Do these two look familiar? If you are a current or past devotee of Kripalu Maharah and Prakashanand Saraswati -- two very fake gurus and business partners -- you'll definitely be saying "Oh My God." These are characters from a new Indian movie called "OMG! - Oh My God!" It shatters the illusion of guru "holy men" oh so perfectly.

A few months ago, I received two emails from Hindu friends and ex-JKP cult members about a new Indian movie called “OMG! – Oh My God!

Both people said, “You have to see this movie.”

One added, “Kripalu, Prakash, they’re all in there.”

My curiosity was peaked. I had to see this movie. But it wasn’t easy to find a copy, let alone a copy with English subtitles.

Then I received another email recently with a link to the movie online — with subtitles. I immediately watched it. It was definitely an “OMG! Experience.” And I think it will be for anyone who knew Kripalu Maharaj and Prakashanand Saraswati and their minions from Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.

For ex-devotees of these two scam artists, the movie brings home one powerful point: These two guru con men are nothing more than caricatures of fake Hindu gurus. The characters in the movie look and act exactly like them.

OMG!’s Cast of Fake Guru Caricatures

Here’s a quick overview of the cast of caricatures before you watch (and I highly suggest that you do, for yet another confirmation of the sneaky tactics of fake gurus and the gullibility of mankind to worship them). (Spoilers Alert — You might want to see the movie first to get the full shock.)

The Spoiled, Arrogant, Sneering, and Bossy “Leader” of the Pack. First, there’s the character who plays a Kripalu-like leader. Not only does the movie’s character almost exactly physically resemble Kripalu, he also mimics his behavior, including charges for things like his footprints and dancing for his blind-faith followers.

The Anger-Spewing, Constantly Consuming, Lackey Guru with a Belly. How many of us have seen Prakashanand blow his gasket? Uncountable, right? And that belly! We all know that Prakash loves his food — which had to be cooked precisely to his specifications, or else. Heaven forbid if his meals were late or not to his liking.

The Pampered and Sexually-Aware “Didies” and Female Preachers. Someone at Barsana Dham once described the female preachers’ lives as “glamorous.” Indeed, they were put on pedestals and treated like princesses. But not as much as Kripalu’s three daughters, who are all about material consumption. All of these women are also sexually charged. How many times have you seen inappropriate behavior between the fake gurus and their women? Uncountable.

The Crowd of Sheep-Like Followers. While there is a large crowd of people following the fake gurus in the movie, you barely notice them. Just like real life. JKP’s crowd of followers are nothing more than a smoke screen for the fake gurus, an important prop in creating the illusion of spiritual superiority. That’s the sole role of the crowd of followers who follow in the footsteps of Kripalu and Prakashanand.

A Pure Spiritual Message that Few Have the Ability to Hear

OMG’s spiritual message is a lot like what I came to believe on my own — after I left my fake gurus and stopped reading all man-made “spiritual texts.”

Free of any negative influences, I naturally began believing that God does not have to appear in any form, because God is already visible all around us in nature.

I related to the conclusion about guru-loving people versus God-loving people: “Faith and belief are very addictive. Once you are addicted to it, you cannot let go easily.”

That statement, in a nutshell, explains how and why so many people will always fall for spiritual con games and guru con men.

For an eye-opening experience, see this movie.

“Oh My God,” Indeed!

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Getting Clear on Cults in "Going Clear" — The Many Ways thatScientology, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, and Every Other Cult are Alike

Author Lawrence Wright Coins the Term “Prison of Belief” — A Chilling Concept for All Ex-Members of Cults

Author discusses the topic of the "prison of belief." It’s a concept I have both lived — and escaped.

I had the great pleasure of attending a book reading on Tuesday night at Book People for author Lawrence Wright’s new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.

The question-and-answer session was fascinating. By diving deep into Scientology, Wright exposed many of the realities of all cults. His theory about “the Prison of Belief” is especially riveting — and chilling — for everyone who has ever been involved in a cult.

I think ex-cult devotees will see the many parallels between this cult and their own cults, in my case, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat.

Here are excerpts from the book reading. Do you see similarities to your cult in Wright’s answers?

1. Was L. Ron Hubbard crazy?

He had mental difficulties, and even asked for help from the military, at one point. But there’s no evidence showing he ever got any help. Some people have called him a malignant narcissist and a paranoid schizophrenic. He was certainly a flamboyant and charismatic character. The legend he created for himself mirrors the concept of a shaman-like existence. In ancient times, shaman were often mentally ill, perhaps even schizophrenics. They are the ones who had the otherworldly visions, which they then shared with their tribes, who viewed them as gifted holy men.

2. Was L. Ron Hubbard a conman?

He certainly made a lot of money out of his venture. He got rich very quickly after publishing Dianetics, which was a worldwide hit. But then he lost his money. That’s when he began creating Scientology. He worked on it until he died. He geared it to be a church and aimed it specifically at celebrities in Hollywood.

3. What happened after his death?

All new religions require both a charismatic founder — and a successor who will keep the founder’s vision going. In Scientology this has been David Miscavige. Under his reign, many things have happened, such as getting tax-exempt status as a “church.” One way they worked to get this designation is by tracking down IRS agents and running smear campaigns about them. The IRS finally caved under the pressure. At that time, Scientology owed over $1 billion in taxes. But it got off with paying only a couple of million.

4. Why are you interested in Scientology?

I understand the incredibly powerful hold religion has on some people. It has the power to transform their lives for good or for ill. It’s a subject of obsession for many people. Every “religion” has it’s own angle. Scientology claims it offers a foolproof technology for personal and spiritual enlightenment. It has aspects that act like a religion and aspects that don’t.

5. How can people fall for an obvious con game?

What defines a community is the idea that “we all believe this,” knowing the ideas seem absurd to “outsiders.” In fact, the crazier the beliefs, the better the believers like it. The fact that others don’t believe provides stronger protection within the community, because they are surrounded and supported by other true believers.

Some religions force members to go door-to-door to evangelize while they don’t get many new recruits, they also don’t get many defectors. The act of forcing members to testify over and over again, making public declarations of their faith, makes it really difficult for them to walk away.

6. How much money does the Scientology have?

It has over one billion dollar, mostly in reserves in offshore accounts. It is gifted in lawyers. They have money, lawyers, and beautiful buildings. What they are hurting in is membership. People are leaving, albeit, quietly.

7. Why do people stay in cults?

Many people feel like they are helped by Scientology. At one time, the government was gearing up for a raid of a Scientology building where “Sea Org” members were reportedly kept in a prison-like environment, enduring extreme human rights indignities. But this is where the “prison of belief” comes into play. If the FBI had raided and told the people they were free, they would likely have said, “But we’re here for our own good.” In fact, some people have escaped, only to return, knowing full well what was in store for them. Many people like living in a totalitarian, circumscribed existence where all of their life’s decisions are made for them.

8. Who joins cults?

People join for different reasons. But there are a few common denominators:

  • People are seeking religion and believe they’ve found the answer in a particular organization.

  • People have personal problems and think a religion will solve them. What they probably need is therapy.

  • Some people are simply born into the religion. In a new religion like Scientology, it’s now into the first and second generation. If they leave, they often lose their families.

I can’t wait to read this book, simply for Wright’s insight into the prison of belief. It’s a concept I have both lived — and escaped. My own book documents my experience in detail: