Cults and Gurus.
Cults seem to get quite a bad press with stories of "brain washing," "love bombing" and "recruitment" but I guess it's just a matter of marketing. I mean, look at the way one might become a psychiatrist, is the methodology of recruitment, training and promotion through the ranks not identical?
Church (The Moonies).
Steve Hassan's favorite organisation. Probably still the original and best of all the cults!
Combat trousers and Bibles. Actually, not as scarey as they sound.
They boast some famous members. Founded by Ron Hubbard, this organisation is HUGE. They'll sue me if i write anything negative though. Their "auditing" process is hysterical, I'm after an E-Meter is anyone has one lying around unused anywhere. Great for parties!
I like this group. I'm not entirely sure about Rael's alien abduction story, but just how did he build such an organisation of so many attractive women and high ranking scientists? Having yourself cloned is entirely optional.
Another UFO type group. Founded by George King this one seeks to explain the mysteries of all world religions and UFOs. Great stuff!
International Society of Krishna Consciousness. You seen them in their saffron robes in the large cities. Here's a chance to find out a little more about them.
of Economic Science.
They say they offer courses in philosophy, but, errmmm.....
(The Children of God.)
With the most unusual recruiting methods in the history of cults, "Flirty Fishing" definately had its merits.
I can't help but think these anti-cult groups are more scarey than any of the cults listed here. It would be a bit like being "rescued" by a Catholic. Think about it.
UK based group that views cults as destructive and their members as "victims."
Included here is one time NLPer and former Moonie, Steve Hassan. Exit counsellors (or as they prefer to call themselves, "Thought Reform Consultants!!!!) liberate "victims" of cults and undo the "brain washing" with, errrr.... more brain washing that they call "deprogramming." Great stuff!
If you've ever taken an interest in the cult phenomenom, then you've undoubtedly heard of Rick Ross.
I met some great gurus in India, some making a lot of money, some spreading a sincere message of hope, others covertly going about their business. Fake or not, I will never forget what Sai Baba has built in his followers and provided for thousands of people and the laughter of Babaji, the cheeky chain smoking Sadhu of Varanasi.
Probably the most well known of all the Indian gurus, if you have the chance, go to Puttaparthi and see.
Female guru simply referred to as "The Mother." An interesting community and town is developing in Pondicherry, South India, based on the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. Well worth a visit!
The hugging guru. Also known as "Mother" Amma is a much travelled and unique lady who has a personal touch when it comes spreading enlightenment.