I would like to ask another sincere question of the ex-ers.
I learned of the meditative practices Kirtan and Japa from a variety of sources outside the Chris Butler Cult, and even outside Yogic systems in general.
Do any of you feel you received meditative benefits from doing these practices on your own (as devotees are required to chant individually)?
Also, I would sincerely like to ask: I can see how group Sankirtans can be subject to... a different experience (manipulation). But, if one is chanting individually at home, away from other cult members and influences, what is the mechanism by which these meditative practices can be seen as detrimental to one's mental health?
Thank you for your time.
The topic on this forum is not about the benefits of meditation nor its historical background. Just like there is a difference between military indoctrination and cult indoctrination, both in purpose, scope, and methods, there are differences between how cults employ meditation techniques. Remember, even the most destructive and dangerous cults use meditation, religious practices, or noble causes. For example, read Dharmabum’s post on Jim Jones.
Your first questions should be, "With what are these meditations associated? Is there a background program running of which I am not aware? Is this practice reinforcing the doctrine or dogma with which it is associated?"
I suggest you do further research on how people are manipulated in cults.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/22/2010 05:04AM by Vera City.