I think it is really important to be careful of judge this path.
Only someone with true experience should decide if it is where they want to go. I believe it is a valid path. There might be wingdut fanatics, but these can be found all over this great planet.
At point, it is important to distinguish Sidhha from the rest of the devotees.
Everyone has free will and is expressing it in many many ways.
If we generalize this group of devoted people as weird lovers of Krsna, we are missing that it is SERVING PEOPLE TOO.
1- Commitment to Realize that You are NOT your body.
2- Commitment to live free of drugs, cheap sex, & negative influence with meditation.
3- Instills through practices a spiritual lifestyle devoted to others with love.
4- Using way less resources on the planet by living together, farming, singing for entertainment/enlightenment.
5- Promotion of vegetarian lifestyle for health & philosophical reasons.
6- The Ego is being looked at critically with Sihha Swarup's(chris B.) knowledge and wisdom. He is very willing to point out others faults if you establish a relationship with him. But its Intense, be ready to be in the fire ! Which isn't an easy job by any means.
Though he comes from an Eastern prospective, it is merely the core of most real religions. Facts can be looked at but there are a lot of emotional expressions of our own personal path. Somewhere down the line I have to except that I am responsible for my actions and future.
There are very questionable things that I still dont understand. But hopefully he is pure in his motivations and I am not seeing the fruits but the blemishes.
(Calif.insider posted on the preceding page and mentioned a female Guru called "Takahani" from Maui, whose followers say she's the Divine Mother.)
James Michener also used the word rascals in the title of his book,"Rascals in Paradise". The book is about notorious pirates, "blackbirders" (slave-runners), and other "rascals" who operated in the South Pacific.
I believe that the devotees use the word as a fond chastisement for those devotees who use deception and unorthodox behavior as a means to achieve Krishna's (or their own; I was never very clear on which) ends.
Bhaktivedanta, from what I can gather, used the word with a slightly stronger connotation (see Webster's).